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57 years old already, and I've never owned a mountain bike

Old 04-23-11, 10:14 AM
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57 years old already, and I've never owned a mountain bike

I feel a change coming on.

I've got a new leg that feels great (following removal of some pins after an accident a while ago). Tested it out today with a great and (for us) quite fast tandem ride, 45 miles.

We overtook some friends on their mountain bikes. Stokerspouse took her first mtb (borrowed) outing with them while I was recuperating, and loved it. As we were riding alongside them for a few minutes, the conversation was all about how we should join them.

And we dropped into the bike shop (as you do) this afternoon, just to say hello. 2 Gary Fisher Paragons, new old stock, half the original price: or, buy one get one free.

And Stkr Spse is the one saying 'go on, lets go for it, why not?' I think it's churlish to resist!
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Old 04-23-11, 10:21 AM
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And we dropped into the bike shop (as you do) this afternoon, just to say hello. 2 Gary Fisher Paragons, new old stock, half the original price: or, buy one get one free.

And Stkr Spse is the one saying 'go on, lets go for it, why not?' I think it's churlish to resist!
The planets are obviously in alignment so you might as well just go with it. Is there singletrack in Bahrain?
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Old 04-23-11, 10:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
The planets are obviously in alignment so you might as well just go with it. Is there singletrack in Bahrain?
The mountain bikers I mentioned find loads of good trails, I'm told. Haven't yet been out with them - but I've spend a lot of weekends with a hiking/rambling group, and lots of the places we walked would be exciting riding. No mountains, but lots of dusty 200 meter climbs and descents
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Don't go there- at your age it will wear you out but the adrenalyn buzz will keep you going till well past Knac*ered.

But a mountain bike will allow you to get to places where roads do not exist. Don't know about Bahrain where one sand dune will look like the next one and the 25 before- but There is something about getting offroad away from the traffic and civilisation that is peacefull. Iy is also far harder on the body. Expect to find a 30 mile offroad as tiring as a Metric till you get used to it but the fitness it will give you will astound even you.
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So, that'll be a yes, then, Mr Stap?

Or a no?

Or a 'it's up to you, but either way it'll hurt'?

Yes, I think I had those possible outcomes in mind
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Old 04-23-11, 12:09 PM
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Originally Posted by wobblyoldgeezer View Post
So, that'll be a yes, then, Mr Stap?

Or a no?

Or a 'it's up to you, but either way it'll hurt'?

Yes, I think I had those possible outcomes in mind
I'd say a definite YES but bear in mind that it will hurt--in a good sort of way. Just don't get ideas on the offroad Tandem-They do hurt.
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Old 04-23-11, 03:04 PM
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I got my first real mtb last fall. I love riding it on the single track on recovery days and "ride how you feel days". I find riding in the woods and over obstacles a lot of fun. I was 57 yrs old when I got it.
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I got my first real MTB, (Cannondale F2000) when I was 46. I went nuts with the off road stuff for a few years, but slowly drifted away from it. I still have the frame of that bike, and just recently been thinking about assembling some new components and building it back up.
Oh yeah, I'm the same age as you W.O.G.
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Old 04-23-11, 06:19 PM
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Go for it. You'll wonder what you've been waiting for.
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I got the bug just before last Christmas. What turned me off was the amount of maintenance required and the planned obsolescence. MTB'ing can be a very expensive sport.
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Old 04-23-11, 08:06 PM
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To the contrary, I have been surprised at the minimal maintenance expense with my Stumpjumper. Aside from cleaning and lubrication, I have only had to replace one set of tires, the chain twice and cassette once and recently replace a broken derailleur hanger in the three years I've had it. The fork is overdue for maintenance but it has had no problems. I was expecting more expense. There is nothing on it that can't be readily replaced.

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Old 04-23-11, 08:21 PM
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I haven't had to do much to my mountain bikes, either. When I lived in the mountains I rode in the snow a lot and that does wear things out. I rode my K2 for 10 years before the frame broke and then I bought a KHS which I've been riding for almost 3 years, especially when the weather is bad or when I want to ride dirt roads by myself.
I think it's great fun and a change of pace from the road when I get sick of cars.
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Mtbs are great. The fun I have is attempting challenging stuff. The bummer is it takes longer to heal as I'm getting older. It's been a low priority lately behind road cycling and everything else, but I need to get out and start doing it more.
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Go for it!

I've actually been neglecting my mountain biking the past 3 years but I really used to enjoy it as a contrast to the road. I'll make the effort to get out on my MTB more this year.
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You haven't missed much. bk
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On the expense side. Depends on what you start with and how you ride it. Of course there is obsolescence with new equipment coming out all the time and breakages but it is down to you. I have been doing XC for the last twenty years and still have the first resapectable bike I bought-a Kona Explosif. It still rides well but in 2000 I got my current ride- a Bianchi Grizzly. My style of riding hasn't changed in that I still do XC but not as far and not as hard. I will replace wheels every couple of years and 2 or 3 chains a year and rear derailler once a year but I reckon that is cheap for the milage done and the enjoyment I get out of it. Just coming up for my first major cost in New front forks but even they are a set of 94 rockshocks that cost me more when I bought them that I would pay today for a GOOD replacement.

Now road bikes and where do I start- I won't as it would frighten the wife on how much I spend on them.
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You haven't missed much. bk
Please share with us the wealth of experience upon which this declaration is based.
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If I could have only one bike - it would be a mountain bike. I got my 1st one in 1985 when some LBS's still thought it was going to be a fad. (25 yrs old at the time). I bought another one in 1990 - still riding it. In fact, 31+ miles tonight on the road with slicks as it is touring mode right now for an upcoming 4-day Memorial Day weekend VT tour.
After that, back to knobbies!
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