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    My first attempt at xc in a long time

    So I head out to a local trail called flank. It goes up and down and up and up...well you get the picture. General a double track without much in the way of technical. My only bike is my bighit so I drop the suspension, HA and stiffen everything up and head out. Riding along having a good time I see a turn off...I am tired and kinda bored (this is literally 20minutes into my ride) I don't know this trail, must be new...it kind of drops in swings right and disapears. I am without armour, only my xc helmet and no cell phone and I know the trails in this area can get really knarly...

    no...no...no...crap I find I have dropped in to a rooted very wet STEEP trail. On top of that the sharpest dh switch backs I have ridden. 15minutes later after 4 crashes, lots of blood on my shins, some bruises and a crap eating grin I think to myself "I really need to start wearing armour on EVERY ride". I am also finding that I won't do certain things without my full face or armour so I make a mental note to come back to this trail when it is a little drier (hopefully) and with armour.

    Well I really wanted to see where xc trail leads. So I hike back up to the easy trail and keep riding/hiking (I am not in the best riding shape anymore haha) get to the top. I hear water falls all around me. I look left and see a fire road going for miles straight up a mountain...ok not for me, I can't take much more pedalling in that capacity, look right...straight down the mountain...ok not bad but its a fire road. Not in the least bit technical. Look straight and see a single track going...well...somewhere. So I drop in again forgetting that my leg is bleeding and my back hurts. This is a single track that I find fun and a little technical. Low and behold every 20 ft there are left turns and the water falls are getting louder. Stunning view. I sit for a bit watching the falls and just enjoying this natural structure that is within 1hour of my house but I never knew was there. (wish I didn't lend my gf the camera to take to the city) So I complete my ride down the single track just enjoying the ride. I forgot how much fun it is to just ride and enjoy nature. Sometimes I just get to involved in the agressiveness of the sport instead of enjoying the activity.

    Cheers, now for some beer

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    I Like Dat, I like Dat.

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    lol "drier" in a rainforest....Sounds like fun. I don't wear pads on every ride, but then again there is absolutly NO technical stuff around here.

    I'm sure that BigHit was a GREAT XC bike.

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    Its amazing. 45 pounds, slow/small rear wheel, big 2.7in dh tires slack HA. You can't beat it for xc racing

    I would even race on the road with it if I wouldn't fall asleep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom
    Its amazing. 45 pounds, slow/small rear wheel, big 2.7in dh tires slack HA. You can't beat it for xc racing

    I would even race on the road with it if I wouldn't fall asleep.
    I'm sure your bike makes all those XC racers and there 20 pound bikes scared.

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    Surprisingly, Bighits are actually bretty good to pedal, and I used to be able to ride mine (until it got stolen )up heaps of stuff, and not get too tired, it really got me fit.

    Now I have some insurance money to buy a new bike, Yay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom
    I forgot how much fun it is to just ride and enjoy nature. Sometimes I just get to involved in the agressiveness of the sport instead of enjoying the activity.
    I'm glad you (re)discovered this aspect. It took me a while but I came across that epiphany a while back. People ask me things like, "what was your biggest drop or longest jump on that ride?" I always just shrug and reply with, "err... I dunno." Most of my best rides, I don't recall any of the particulars of the stuff I hit. I just remember the experience of flowing with the trail, the scenery and the natural surroundings. That sounds like an awesome trail you have there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopper
    Surprisingly, Bighits are actually bretty good to pedal, and I used to be able to ride mine (until it got stolen )up heaps of stuff, and not get too tired, it really got me fit.

    Now I have some insurance money to buy a new bike, Yay.
    If I had a shorter fork it wouldn't be bad. But I can't be bothered pedalling when hiking it would be faster and less sketchy. Keep in mind...I don't trail ride. I think this is my 4th REAL (as in a cardio challenge) trail this year. I have been dhilling too much. And the hike up the tech dh trail is unrideable "UP" in my opinion. Too steep and wet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by khuon
    I'm glad you (re)discovered this aspect. It took me a while but I came across that epiphany a while back. People ask me things like, "what was your biggest drop or longest jump on that ride?" I always just shrug and reply with, "err... I dunno." Most of my best rides, I don't recall any of the particulars of the stuff I hit. I just remember the experience of flowing with the trail, the scenery and the natural surroundings. That sounds like an awesome trail you have there.
    Ironically I wasn't flowing (in the sense of that perfect feeling ride anyways). The trail was beating me (the tech trail down or the xc trail)...but just riding and enjoying the area was something I missed with dhilling.

    It is an awesome trail. I saw many more trails left and right and, since the mountain is close, I am planning on some serious hike-a-biking in the future..time to build my cardio and see some stuff I have never seen

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    I am getting fit because I DH, BUT have to ride or walk to the top of my trails as I am not old enoubh to drive and there is no such thing as a lift guided mountain in Adelaide.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopper
    I am getting fit because I DH, BUT have to ride or walk to the top of my trails as I am not old enoubh to drive and there is no such thing as a lift guided mountain in Adelaide.
    Yeah im in the same situation in brisbane, although being able to drive doesnt really help anyway... You can drive to the top to start but at the end have to walk back up to get to your car anyway

    I often try to stop and have a look at the scenery you really do see some amazing things on trails. I remember coming around a corner the other day and having a complete view all the way over the city, it was amazing, shame i didnt have a camera with me

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    New stuff, eh? That sounded really cool except for the blood. My blood tastes like iron.

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    Hooligan, you sure you mountain bike. You don't like roots, you don't like wet, you don't like stunts and you don't like blood?

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    Mael, i am coming... (hopefully).... this is one hell of a description for a ride...
    Where the skid marks stop...the tree begins....:D:D:D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom
    Hooligan, you sure you mountain bike. You don't like roots, you don't like wet, you don't like stunts and you don't like blood?
    Yeah, usually one of the above four begets the other when it comes to mountain biking.
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    I don't like blood, I like roots, wet is okay and I never said I didn't like stunts!! Just that I'm not that great at them right now and frustration comes sometimes, but I do like them!!

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    heh i like blood, tastes funny....those trails in bc sound great tho, wish there were some like that in ontario, but we dont have mountains or anything that even resembles them...im thinking bout spending a summer in bc...workin and biking...hopefully next summer, lol and hooligan, bleeding lets you know you need practice hahaha
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    you gots to get yourself up to blue mountain in collingwood. they've got some pretty good dh trails - for ontario anyhow.

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    Yeah blue mountain is run by Intrawest if I remember right. They are working hard to build a freeride/dh park for the yocals

    There is on near windsor too I think, for dh racing anyways

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    I forgot how much fun it is to just ride and enjoy nature. Sometimes I just get to involved in the agressiveness of the sport instead of enjoying the activity.

    Cheers, now for some beer [/QUOTE]


    Ahhhh Sweeeeeet! I want to see that! We have so many beautiful natural gifts that we pass by so many times or don't even know exist. With all of the rif raf now a days, it is refreshing to hear that someone notices!

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    I do take time sometimes. But this year I have been downhilling more than trail riding. I just forgot what it was like to be exhausted at the top of a climb on a summit or escarpment and just look out over a valley of mountains. Going to the top of whistler on a gondola and flying down sometimes gets redundant and allows me to forget why I choose to sacrifice so much to live here.

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