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    Used to use a computer when I rode road. Never on...

    Used to use a computer when I rode road. Never on the MTB. I'm quite certain I'd crash if I was looking at the darn thing too much. Since going rigid ss I've taken all stuff off my bars that make it...
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    +1. There's a little mini make-shift pump track...

    +1. There's a little mini make-shift pump track near the trailhead of one of the easier trails where I live, and that helped my 8 year old a lot with getting comfortable riding off-road. He's not a...
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    +1 on the Five Tens. I also wear Freeriders but...

    +1 on the Five Tens. I also wear Freeriders but they have other models as well--it's all about the Stealth rubber sole. The grip is incredible especially on pedals with pins (I have pedals with...
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    Just turned 55 this weekend. My main ride is a...

    Just turned 55 this weekend. My main ride is a rigid single speed 29r (Kona Unit) which I beat myself up on 3-4 times a week in the mountains here in SoCal (and love every minute of it)
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    When I was road riding here in the Los Angeles...

    When I was road riding here in the Los Angeles area, I actually found quite the opposite to be true--it was always a fancy mercedes, beemer, land rover, etc that would mess with me, driven by some...
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    The main reason I gave up road riding and only...

    The main reason I gave up road riding and only mountain bike now. I'd rather have a run-in with a tree than an Escalade going 50mph on a residential street, which is how they drive where I live. Was...
  7. Thread: Late bloomers

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    I've almost always HAD a bike of some sort, save...

    I've almost always HAD a bike of some sort, save for a few stretches w/o, but I didn't really get "serious" about it until age 50. I had purchased a road bike and was just starting to get into it(was...
  8. Thanks for the info folks! I've got about $50...

    Thanks for the info folks!

    I've got about $50 Jenson USA gift dollars burning a hole in my pocket, so I think I'll get a 2.4 for the front and start with that, and go from there….
    They have the...
  9. Thanks. Yeah, I wouldn't mind more grip on the...

    Thanks. Yeah, I wouldn't mind more grip on the rear, that's for sure. I lose rear wheel traction on climbs sometimes with the ss, trying to power up them as fast as I can. I know it's a technique...
  10. Different tire widths vs. matching width on rigid ss

    I ride a 2014 Kona Unit (rigid ss 29r), currently with the stock 2.25 Ardents on front and back. I ride some fairly gnarly stuff here in SoCal, and also lots of loose, dry stuff over hardback....
  11. I ride a 2014 Kona Unit (I got bitten by the...

    I ride a 2014 Kona Unit (I got bitten by the rigid singlespeed bug--actually selling my Talon as we speak). I did however, also test ride another Kona 29'r that also fit me quite well, the Taro, but...
  12. I'm about your height and also ride a 17"...

    I'm about your height and also ride a 17" 29r---I'm totally sold on the wheel size, and that's coming off a 27.5 that I started with. That said, the first 29rs I tried--Trek, Giant---just felt weird,...
  13. Totally! When I bought my 8 year old son his...

    Totally! When I bought my 8 year old son his first mtb he wanted one with front suspension because he thought it looked cool, but with the help of the LBS we talked him into this one: MT 200 Boy's -...
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    +1. I keep my phone in my shorts, so even if I...

    +1. I keep my phone in my shorts, so even if I couldn't get my pack off, etc., I'd have a better chance of accessing the phone. Everything else goes in the pack.
  15. I bought a 2014 Talon 4 with the Suntour fork,...

    I bought a 2014 Talon 4 with the Suntour fork, and I'd have to agree, it's just not great---it was really the weak link of the bike. Otherwise, great bang for buck though. Whatever brand you choose,...
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    I take my almost 10-year old with me...

    I take my almost 10-year old with me sometimes--started when he was 8. He started out quite enthusiastic but for whatever reason, unfortunately it's tapered off and he's just not that into it now...
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    That's pretty much the only way I end up riding...

    That's pretty much the only way I end up riding with someone else! I like that actually, you don't feel like you have to stick together if the skill levels are really different, or you want to take...
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    Frequency of riding alone

    I know all the possible dangers and downsides to riding alone, and it's always recommended to ride with someone else when you can, but if I didn't ride alone, I'd almost NEVER ride. I ride alone 99%...
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    The only con (and that depends on your...

    The only con (and that depends on your perspective:) is that your road bike might gather dust! That's what happened to me--I started MTB'ing about 2 years ago at 52, and eventually ended up selling...
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    434109I'm 54, but I don't feel TOO old (well,...

    434109I'm 54, but I don't feel TOO old (well, depends on the day…). All I'm riding these days is my 2014 Kona Unit. Singlespeed mtb'ing is making me feel younger, no doubt...
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    Hmmm. Starting to sound like it might not be such...

    Hmmm. Starting to sound like it might not be such a good proposition after all. Think I'll just stick with my brushes and rags...
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    Ah, I hadn't considered the type of chain being a...

    Ah, I hadn't considered the type of chain being a factor--I'm a mechanical noob;)
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    Park Tool Chain Scrubber

    I was thinking of springing for one of these: Park Tool Co. » CM-5.2 : Cyclone Chain Scrubber : Cleaning & Lube

    however in the description it says it will work with "some" single speed bikes. I...
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    I was concerned at first because I'm not what I'd...

    I was concerned at first because I'm not what I'd call a particularly "strong" rider. And at 54, I'm no spring chicken. But I haven't found riding ss (rigid as well) to be any more difficult, it's...
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    Yes!!! And don't forget - they are super FUN....

    Yes!!! And don't forget - they are super FUN. Haven't touched my geared MTB since I got mine. Riding all the same trails too, and riding better to boot...
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