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    Speaking of unusual names... When I used to...

    Speaking of unusual names...

    When I used to live in Red Wing, Minnesota there was a bar there named after the owner - "Orel's". That's right, his name was Orel.

    Steve Z
  2. Might call the local bike shop and ask where they...

    Might call the local bike shop and ask where they ride.

    A&B Bikes & Hobbies - (419) 625-4242

    Steve Z
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    Moraine State Park! I've spent a TON of time on...

    Moraine State Park! I've spent a TON of time on the mtb trail and MUP there, plus that's where my son's Boy Scout troop does their canoe & sailing weekend. Awesome place!

    If that's your area...
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    I love night riding, but don't really feel like...

    I love night riding, but don't really feel like the need is there for night vision goggles.

    I ride my local state park trails at night a couple of times a month during the warm seasons (this is...
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    I'd agree that you need a roll if you're paddling...

    I'd agree that you need a roll if you're paddling above class III. It's helpful below of course, but the swims aren't as rough. :)

    For anyone looking to get into whitewater I'd recommend a river...
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    Heck yeah. Spring rains are the stuff of dreams...

    Heck yeah. Spring rains are the stuff of dreams around here. Got in a couple of seldom run whitewater creeks in the Allegheny Gorge area (western PA).

    I limit myself to the easier stuff these...
  7. My LBS is Thumm's out of Warren - they're a great...

    My LBS is Thumm's out of Warren - they're a great shop, but I don't know about their bike fitting skills...

    I've seen people on FB talking about bike fit, but they're mostly Akron/Cleveland...
  8. 99% of the people who see you won't notice...

    99% of the people who see you won't notice whether it's a 26 or 29 - or even know the difference.

    Besides, it's supposed to be about how the bike rides, rather than how it looks.

    Steve Z
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    In my experience people tend not to stick to...

    In my experience people tend not to stick to exercise that they do not enjoy. For me bike riding works because I LOVE to ride a bike - it always makes me feel better.

    So if you don't LOVE to ride...
  10. I've had a couple of fairly serious injuries...

    I've had a couple of fairly serious injuries whilst out in the back country, so I carry a first aid kit on every mountain bike ride, canoe or kayak trip, or back country hike.

    My mtb first aid kit...
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    Sticky: Terrible news. He was an inspiration. Wind at...

    Terrible news. He was an inspiration. Wind at your back, Tom.

    Steve Z
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    Might be old to others, but new to me. A couple...

    Might be old to others, but new to me. A couple of custom, WW I style 'race cars' using immensely huge motors (like the Blastolene guys did for Leno's Blastolene Special).

    Thunderbolt - 27 liter...
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    Poll: I've never forgotten my water for a ride (yet). ...

    I've never forgotten my water for a ride (yet). I've under-estimated how much I'd need, but never forgotten it.

    But... several years ago I forgot my water on a summertime solo whitewater kayak...
  14. Thread: -1 and +1

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    I'm the same - singletrack is by far my...

    I'm the same - singletrack is by far my preference, though I'll ride the rail trail or road if the trails are too wet.

    To me singletrack and road riding are such different activities. Singletrack...
  15. Nope, not me. But I just finished watching a...

    Nope, not me. But I just finished watching a video of a Great Divide tourer who included it in his route:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOOQ7GJdmVo

    Steve Z
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    I'm not exactly in Cleveland, but I'm in the...

    I'm not exactly in Cleveland, but I'm in the area. And I feel your pain - this weather is killing me. I've been out on the fat bike a bit, but the crusty snow we had through much of February was...
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    In my backpacking/kayaking/mtbing travels across...

    In my backpacking/kayaking/mtbing travels across the eastern US I've come across a half dozen or so that were still standing - not in use, but still there. I'm in architecture, with an interest in...
  18. I got my fat bike just before the snow started in...

    I got my fat bike just before the snow started in earnest. So I got two 'dry' rides in before snow season.

    My riding is intermediate level XC. I was really surprised at how well the fatty...
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    I'm a 52 year old guy who is fairly hard on...

    I'm a 52 year old guy who is fairly hard on bikes, and rides shorter technical rides a couple of times a week.

    Coming from a GF Mullet, I find that I'm very satisfied with my 2014 Marlin. It...
  20. For Ohio the northwest corner isn't a mtb hot...

    For Ohio the northwest corner isn't a mtb hot spot. Looks like Findley SP or the Medina trails would be the closest. Mohican isn't that much further, and is indeed very popular. There are also...
  21. Thread: Drug Songs

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    Lots of good songs mentioned. I particularly...

    Lots of good songs mentioned. I particularly liked Warren Zevon.

    I'm also a fan of heavy music, which has a ton of drug songs. This has to be one of my favorites - Exodus: Within the Walls of...
  22. Wait a second. Unless I'm mistaken your 'Smith...

    Wait a second.

    Unless I'm mistaken your 'Smith & Wesson" mountain bike is an off brand with a recognizable name glued on. Meaning it's not a top line bike by any means.
    Such bikes aren't...
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    Nice way to rescue an old bike. I live down on...

    Nice way to rescue an old bike.

    I live down on the other end of the WR Greenway (Warren).

    My well-intentioned father-in-law bought me a 1984(?) Huffy Stalker at an auction for $6. I stripped...
  24. First off, I can't be dismissed as 'technophobic'...

    First off, I can't be dismissed as 'technophobic' as I work on computers pretty much all day.

    But when I ride, part of the stuff I'm trying to get away from is the mindless application of...
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    Mountain biking can be done without mountains. I...

    Mountain biking can be done without mountains. I live in Ohio, and while it's not as flat as Florida it certainly has some mtb trails that will give you an excellent ride.

    Before you give up the...
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