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    Newbie getting back into Mountain Biking.

    Its been a long time since I rode a bike on a regular basis. I am 27 now, and decided to get back into it. Not looking to compete just have some fun and get in better shape. I need to build my endurance up for starters i am sure, which me see me doing alot of time on the roads too. I figure that this is a great way to lose some weight andget back in shape. So today I went out a bought a leftover 03 Specialized Epic Comp. Probably more bike than i need, but i am a big guy and this thing felt pretty sturdy. Anyways just wanted to introdce myself and see what kind of free advice and pointers i get.

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    Adios, Mofo J-McKech's Avatar
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    Awesome man welcome. Word of Advice...Go fast downhill!
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    Welcome! That sounds like a nice bike.

    Just remember, they say that free advice is worth exactly what you pay for it.

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    Sounds like a nice bike.... Welcome to the forums, its nice to see somebody coming back to the sport!

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    Hey man..I'm in the same boat with you...I just got back into riding about 2 months ago...best of luck with it. I am enjoying myself quite well
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    Do you have any pictures of your new bike?
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    Couple of quick shots after i brought it home, now if it will just stop raining/sleeting so i can go ride.......... I know alot of you ride in the snow, rain, etc. But we're not used to this on the Florida Gulf Coast

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    Quote Originally Posted by vetteman9368
    Its been a long time since I rode a bike on a regular basis. I am 27 now, and decided to get back into it. Not looking to compete just have some fun and get in better shape. I need to build my endurance up for starters i am sure, which me see me doing alot of time on the roads too. I figure that this is a great way to lose some weight andget back in shape. So today I went out a bought a leftover 03 Specialized Epic Comp. Probably more bike than i need, but i am a big guy and this thing felt pretty sturdy. Anyways just wanted to introdce myself and see what kind of free advice and pointers i get.

    Welcome! and you've come to a good place (getting back into mtb and this forum). I've been riding mtb since the day of the first full rigids and I still learn a lot from the helpful people here. There's one common thread that runs through the group: we eat, sleep, dream and ride bikes!
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    Wow! Great bike! Enjoy it. Merry Christmas!!

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    Another one returns! I also returned to the sport after a long (10 year) absence. It's amazing how little things have changed

    Welcome!

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    How little things have changed? What about all the suspension everywhere these days? granted shimano still has the monopoly on all things drivetrain related but most bikes now have disc brakes(hydros at that), when i first got into mtb'ing at the age of 14(im 30 now) rock shox weren't even about. SPD pedals were just being developed fropm roadie technology, and a HT race bike with no springs anywhere would weigh around 25 lbs. These days u can buy a HT for about a grand with fox forks and a 27 spd drivetrain that weighs the same. And thats not even mentioning the lightweight full sussers u can buy now.....

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    Good news is shimano seems to be loosing its hold on the drive train industry especially with dhillers and freeriders. They have made some critical mistakes in the last few years to really push some of us away (I run sram now)

    The industry has come pretty far and has kind of split into to distinct styles of building.

    1 - old school roadie/xc crossovers. This is super light and efficient machines. Everything you see resembles parts off of road bikes from the shifters to the brakes to sometimes even the wheels.
    2 - mx/bmx cross overs - people who are riding mountain bikes but closer resembling MX or bmx riders. Technology reflects that as well. The suspension is very active and plush with high speed damping and or you have big ole bottom brackets to use the big bearing bearings bmx use.

    Welcome back to mountain biking Its come a long way and has a long way to go imo

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    Welcome, looks like you jumped back in with both feet from the looks of that bike. Lots of good stuff and good people here.
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    oh that bike is fly. So nice.

    Enjoy it!

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    How much was it?

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