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Old 04-02-17, 05:10 PM
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Older Folks and MTBing

I get the impression that the vast majority of the people here are primarily road bike riders. Are there some of you, in the 50+ group that are primarily MTB riders? Some who have been primarily MTB riders since the 80's, or even earlier?

I got my first factory built MTB in 1984, and orange Stumpjumper. Before that, in the late 70's I had a 24" wheeled bike that a shop built for me to ride local trails, kind of like a BMX that they fit some gears on.

Here is my current ride in nature, please post up yours:
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Old 04-02-17, 05:11 PM
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Here is another pic from today, a log that for some reason I could not ride over....
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Old 04-02-17, 05:14 PM
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Approaching 80yo, do single tracking for about 15 years - now on a Spec Rock Hopper. No technical stuff, however.
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Old 04-02-17, 05:55 PM
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At first glance at the preceding pic, i was wondering what apparatus you had attached to the handlebars. Closer inspection tells me it is actually part of the fence.
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Old 04-02-17, 06:12 PM
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Was your first reaction 'I don't know what that is but somehow I need it!' Lol
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I do primarily road riding, most of it for transportation. However, multitrack (nontechnical) mountain biking does appeal to me -- I just don't have a lot of nearby places to practice it without first putting the bike in the car. However, your post has encouraged me to take my mountain bike on a commuter rail train to access a trail.
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Old 04-02-17, 06:33 PM
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Originally Posted by gobicycling View Post
Approaching 80yo, do single tracking for about 15 years - now on a Spec Rock Hopper. No technical stuff, however.
You are a hero to me!

I sure hope I am MTBing as I approach 80!
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Old 04-02-17, 06:34 PM
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Originally Posted by John E View Post
I do primarily road riding, most of it for transportation. However, multitrack (nontechnical) mountain biking does appeal to me -- I just don't have a lot of nearby places to practice it without first putting the bike in the car. However, your post has encouraged me to take my mountain bike on a commuter rail train to access a trail.
Go for it!
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Old 04-02-17, 06:42 PM
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This is me with my '91 Fuji Pro steel mt. bike, on top of Tesuque Peak in Santa Fe, NM, probably '92 or '93 or so. Penitente Peak and Santa Fe Baldy in the background. This was a nice ride to a terrific view. Been mountain biking since '89. Do it locally here on Long Island in winter, when the ground is frozen and it's too cold to road ride. Nothing as extreme as I did back in those days. To say I took risks is an understatement.
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Old 04-02-17, 07:14 PM
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I don't have the technical skill to do much, but when I am fit enough I will ride fire roads and such as that. Even so, I find riding dirt and enjoying it requires a fair amount of climbing, and I'm not always fit enough to do that very well. I have a Trek Fuel, and between my fat, old @ss and the bike, and the Camelbak, etc., the combined weight is probably 20 lbs more than what I'm hauling around on my road bike. Makes it harder.

To be direct, one thing that dissuades me from riding more on the dirt is the cleaning. The course I usually ride has some water crossing, and everything gets pretty dirty: me, the bike, my clothes. With a road ride, it's not the end of the world if I come home in my funk and eat, mess around a bit, whatever, and shower an hour or two later. But when I get back from riding dirt, I gotta shower immediately, wash the bike right after, and so forth. Lotta work.

But I'm going to try and put some dirt miles on my Trek this year. I have an out-and-back course where you climb about 1,200 feet and turn around to enjoy the descent. It's nice right now but pretty soon the hills will be all brown.

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Was very interested in mountain bikes in the early '80s but closest I got to one was a 1985 Jamis Gentry, a city bike based on their MTB line, and that included fenders, rack and street tread Panaracer radial tires. That bike spent most of its time on roads/streets and was only off-road for a few rides. That bike ended up as my single speed commuter in Indy for a few years.
Riding home from work one day through downtown Atlanta, a young lady on the sidewalk saw my bike and yelled "Yay! Fat tires!" We both had no idea what Fat Tires/Fat Bikes would mean in 2017.
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Old 04-02-17, 08:32 PM
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This is one of my favorite trails (even though they recently cleaned it up a little too much).

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I picked up a team stumpjumper in 1991 and rode it a lot. I do gravel riding now but I've been thinking of picking up a plus sized MTB. That would be a lot of fun for single track.
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I try to get out and hit the single track trails at a local desert preserve here in Tucson once a week or so on my much upgraded Bikes Direct Motobecane hardtail.

I used to be a ski instructor when I lived in Washington, and hitting the trails is about as close as I can get to skiing without doing some traveling.

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Old 04-02-17, 10:06 PM
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I ride mostly road but would do more mtb if I could get friends to go with me. Today was one of those unusual mtb rides and I was pretty tired from the road ride Saturday but still had fun.
I rode a little on my friend's new Trek Remedy, and wow, now I want one.
My KHS is ten years old and quite heavy.
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Old 04-02-17, 10:25 PM
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I ride mostly road but would do more mtb if I could get friends to go with me. Today was one of those unusual mtb rides and I was pretty tired from the road ride Saturday but still had fun.
I rode a little on my friend's new Trek Remedy, and wow, now I want one.
My KHS is ten years old and quite heavy.
MTBs have changed, improved, dramatically over the past ten years. You will be happy if you get a newer bike, heck, NBD is always a great day.

Where was that pic taken?
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I haven't tried our local single track venues. But when I resumed cycling a couple of years ago I wouldn't have bet that my favorite rides would be gravel. Decades ago I hated riding gravel. Now I go looking for it. So maybe I will take a crack at the local single tracks -- probably on my comfort hybrid with spring suspension fork, rather than my rigid fork mountain bike.
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[QUOTE=Kindaslow;19485309]MTBs have changed, improved, dramatically over the past ten years. You will be happy if you get a newer bike, heck, NBD is always a great day.

Where was that pic taken?

That's near 9000 feet at the top of Mt. Pinos, overlooking Lockwood Valley. It's about 75 miles north of downtown L.A.
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Is it true that MTBing leads to smoking pot and growing a man bun?
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Is it true that MTBing leads to smoking pot and growing a man bun?
A definite NO on the man bun.

The other one is questionable, but that was 30+ years ago.
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A definite NO on the man bun.
Just realized that most men 50+ are lucky to have any hair at all.

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52 here and been mt. biking since the late 80's. Used to do a lot of fire roads and single tracks but haven't had time the past few years. I have a few older mt. bikes but this is my main ride. 2011 Hardrock
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Heh. 65 here and still riding mtb, though not so much the technical stuff anymore and only where I can ride to the ride. I have a silly but strong aversion to 'driving to ride'.

Just the one bike, a completely-rebuilt '05 Giant Rainier. Totally old-school; hardtail 26er, classic NORBA geometry -- great on-road (w/slicks) and off. I'd like a new bike, but wouldn't use it enough at present to justify the expense. If I manage to retire back to my native Vancouver Island, B.C. the roadish bike will be gone, and new mtb acquired. The area is mtb heaven.

Lousy pic of the old beast attached -- this is where it lives, at our summer place on the Bay of Fundy in N.B. Trails just a few minutes from the front door.
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Ellsworth Isis (2005?) has been my MTB ride for a while (shown newish)



And my (1984?) Ross Mt Whitney is still kicking around - my son cleaned/de-rusted/lubed it... and will probably take it college.



Yeah, early 80s was the start of the MTB craze and I got into it riding like a lunatic bicycle messenger in Manhattan - riding block long wheelies, bunny hopping curbs, riding/jumping staircases, and slaloming cars and pedestrians.

My house is currently only ~1 mile away from one of the best MTBing parks in the area. Fabulous away-from-traffic workout location and about the only thing my son is interested in riding with me, but I have to say I've been leaning more toward road riding and touring lately for the scenic variety and transport/utility practicality. MTB riding along the NE coast tends to be confined in smaller hamster-wheel parks, relatively slow rooty/rocky technical stuff, and in the warmer months you can't stop without a serious aerial assault (bugs).
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At the age of 70 I just retired and sold the MTB last summer. This year will be a mix of gravel roads, dirt bike trails and a bit of pavement on a more upright hybrid.
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