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Old 12-05-09, 02:41 PM   #1
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Things I learned today

Hi, I'm a long time cyclist (road / commuter) but new to mountain biking / cross country riding. For everyone's amusement, I'd like to share some things I learned today:

- Pedaling through sand is HARD
- Fallen logs with no bark are ridiculously slippery after two days in the rain
- So are pine needles
- I definitely need a helmet
- Those cute little chainrings I've seen more and more on the road are actually pretty useful on trails
- Hybrid bikes with street-friendly, low tread tires really suck for anything not paved

But most importantly, I was reminded that beer tastes really, really good after a hard ride

Hope everyone's having a good weekend, look forward to getting to know everyone as I spend more time in the woods!
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Old 12-05-09, 03:16 PM   #2
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Old 12-05-09, 03:49 PM   #3
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Awesome! Glad you had a good time and hopefully many more to come. Sand sucks. Mud sucks, too.
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Sand is hard to ride in, but great to crash in.
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You never said whether or not you had FUN.
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The sand I hit here is normally unexpected and matches the hard pack pretty well so when I hit it there is no other way to go but down due to pretty much hitting a brick wall!
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You never said whether or not you had FUN.
I was on a bike - it's kinda implied
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another convert. welcome.
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All Hail the trail. Welcome to the world of dirt. Plus you don't have to listen for traffic behind. Get that helmet really soon. Last October I had a "Moment of Clarity" as my head hit a second rock, I thought, "this is a great helmet." From the depression in the plastic and Styrofoam, that was an understatement. But that bifferony is now just a point of pride.
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Fair enough, but wait until you have a bad day on the trail, though.
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Fair enough, but wait until you have a bad day on the trail, though.
A bad day on the trail still beats a good day at the office.

Unless it ends in the hospital. Then it's just a bad day all around.
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Old 12-08-09, 04:20 PM   #12
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i havent ridden my MTB since sat(epic cold weather). Its alot more fun than road biking man, welcome!

(this coming from a road cyclist of about 4 yrs)
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