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    HI i'm new

    Hi guys i'm new to this forum and want to start downhill biking. I picked up a carrera kraken yesterday for £240. Whats the minimum amount of gear you should wear when downhilling, full face helmet obviously and elbow and knee pads, would tracksuit and trainers be ok to ride in? i was also thinking of buying a proper riding jersey

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    Shin protectors, camelbak, pants that are skin tight by the calf and ankles, ipod.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AntiCitizen View Post
    Hi guys i'm new to this forum and want to start downhill biking. I picked up a carrera kraken yesterday for £240. Whats the minimum amount of gear you should wear when downhilling, full face helmet obviously and elbow and knee pads, would tracksuit and trainers be ok to ride in? i was also thinking of buying a proper riding jersey
    Okay then....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Danson View Post
    ...ipod.
    iPod NANO please!

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    Specific reason for not buying an ipod touch. Biking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Danson View Post
    Specific reason for not buying an ipod touch. Biking.
    +1 on that...

    thats why i said nano!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AntiCitizen View Post
    Hi guys i'm new to this forum and want to start downhill biking. I picked up a carrera kraken yesterday for £240. Whats the minimum amount of gear you should wear when downhilling, full face helmet obviously and elbow and knee pads, would tracksuit and trainers be ok to ride in? i was also thinking of buying a proper riding jersey
    You'd better be a smooth DHer if you are using an XC bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ca7erham View Post
    You'd better be a smooth DHer if you are using an XC bike.
    OMG you're right.

    Carrera Kraken IS an XC bike...

    but on BikeRadar, it said,

    "...it's only really the precise and totally predictable handling and the fork's performance that makes it an enjoyable ride, especially on trails that point slightly downhill..."

    ...
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    Don't worry- You will make a downhiller as you have a headstart.

    The only criteria for a Downhiller is that no matter much you normally use it- When Gravity takes over- Leave the brain at the top of the hill.

    And add to your list some elastoplast- You will need them.
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    Oh, yeah, just go play around on your hill. You will do fine. Not everyone can afford a DH bike.
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    you missed one item from your list of gear AntiCitizen......

    ...pot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pdub660 View Post
    you missed one item from your list of gear AntiCitizen......

    ...pot.
    A hearty bowl should precede a good downhill.
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    You guys are dating yourselves with your vernacular.......POT lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by felt1 View Post
    You guys are dating yourselves with your vernacular.......POT lol
    So, what is the 'now' term? KGB? Bud? What?
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    Sorry, I forgot to check the Jane listings: http://www.marijuana-addiction-treat...eet_names.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by stapfam View Post
    The only criteria for a Downhiller is that no matter much you normally use it- When Gravity takes over- Leave the brain at the top of the hill.
    Guess you haven't ridden much downhill or raced downhill. I find DH more mental than any of the other biking disciplines. You have to be very focused mentally...if your mind starts to wander, you crash; if you get hungry or fatigued, you'll get weak mentally and you'll crash, etc. I've never had it happen when I'm on the road bike or trail bike. It's a strange feeling, not like bonking on the road or trail bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntiCitizen View Post
    Hi guys i'm new to this forum and want to start downhill biking. I picked up a carrera kraken yesterday for £240. Whats the minimum amount of gear you should wear when downhilling, full face helmet obviously and elbow and knee pads, would tracksuit and trainers be ok to ride in? i was also thinking of buying a proper riding jersey
    The tracksuit only works if it is white, velour and says Sean John on it.
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    The caveat with a strap-on, of course, is you will have to get creative with a couple of lock cables and an anchor point

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    I wear diapers when I downhill!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by junkyard View Post
    The tracksuit only works if it is white, velour and says Sean John on it.
    I prefer a nice plad from the gap.
    Like a circus monkey on a stolen Harley......

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker66 View Post
    I prefer a nice plad from the gap.
    Clearly you don't know anything about downhilling. Also acceptable would be a yellow/green Puma track suit.
    Quote Originally Posted by dminor View Post
    The caveat with a strap-on, of course, is you will have to get creative with a couple of lock cables and an anchor point

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    Quote Originally Posted by junkyard View Post
    Clearly you don't know anything about downhilling. Also acceptable would be a yellow/green Puma track suit.
    .......dangit!
    Like a circus monkey on a stolen Harley......

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    I can tell by your response that you are probably a hack who rides an orange or blue bike.
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    The caveat with a strap-on, of course, is you will have to get creative with a couple of lock cables and an anchor point

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