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Old 07-05-05, 06:31 PM   #1
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Roadie meets rocks

July 4th rocked when I woke up and headed out to October Mountain State Forest with a buddy of mine. I had just picked up a little red number from a sporting goods store (don't hate me 'cause I'm cheap ) weeks before and wanted to break it in just a little more. I road ride for the most part, but I can't believe how much fun hanging on for dear life while descending down boulder and root-strewn trails can be! I even managed to crash (not the first time I crashed on this particular bike) and my buddy took a pic.



Good thing those trees and rocks were there to catch my fall! Didn't want to roll all the way down that mountain.

Anyway, first experience going crazy on a mountain bike and I'm hooked!
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Hehe... reminds me of the time I had a major crash. Took a bad line around a corner, missed the trail and fell down the side of a cliff. A bunch of trees were kind enough to stop me. No broken bones though but I was scraped up pretty badly. I hope your tumble was much milder than mine. At least it looks like you were having a blast.
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Hope your not partial to money... its amazing how fast you spend cash when you get hooked on mtbing...
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Bahahahaha, another one turns to the dark side. Or light side if you're left handed.
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This is so much fun and definitely a nice change of pace. I'm not sure if my road bike is ready to share my bank account with this muddy demon, but we'll see...
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July 4th rocked when I woke up and headed out to October Mountain State Forest with a buddy of mine. I had just picked up a little red number from a sporting goods store (don't hate me 'cause I'm cheap ) weeks before and wanted to break it in just a little more. I road ride for the most part, but I can't believe how much fun hanging on for dear life while descending down boulder and root-strewn trails can be! I even managed to crash (not the first time I crashed on this particular bike) and my buddy took a pic.



Good thing those trees and rocks were there to catch my fall! Didn't want to roll all the way down that mountain.

Anyway, first experience going crazy on a mountain bike and I'm hooked!

Now you understand the term "road weenie".


It takes a truly special breed of person to get the crap kicked out of them by trees and rocks and desire more.

The irony of the MTBer is once he gets better his normal trails bore him and he needs more dangerous things to ride.
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which is where DH and FR come in.
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which is where DH and FR come in.
Okay, I'm guessing that FR is freeride, but what exactly is that? While we're at it, what is a singletrack? I was asked if I knew where there were any singletracks in the area and I just had to stare blankly and say, "I dunno, me stupid!"
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no worries, i didn't know until i came here.

FR is freeride, it's basically "freestyle" biking... big jumps, flips, spins, w/e you like that involves big air. FR and DH are somewhat related. a singletrack is a track that is very tight, and only enough space for one person to ride through, where doubletrack is...well you can figure that out.

so what's this "little red number" that you bought? any pics?
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July 4th rocked when I woke up and headed out to October Mountain State Forest with a buddy of mine. I had just picked up a little red number from a sporting goods store (don't hate me 'cause I'm cheap ) weeks before and wanted to break it in just a little more. I road ride for the most part, but I can't believe how much fun hanging on for dear life while descending down boulder and root-strewn trails can be! I even managed to crash (not the first time I crashed on this particular bike) and my buddy took a pic.



Good thing those trees and rocks were there to catch my fall! Didn't want to roll all the way down that mountain.

Anyway, first experience going crazy on a mountain bike and I'm hooked!
This picture looks like a set up shot to me. I've fallen lots of times and have never ended up in such a "perfect" position (right foot and right hand conveniently clinging to the same small tree; left hand resting gently on the front tire; bike nestled between two trees; smile on your face). Was your buddy (the one who took the shot) conveniently riding with his camera out to snap this "action" photo?
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Actually I would have to say that he hit the treeline from the right side. The bike got caught in the trees and he fell over to the left. It looks like the shot was taken after the crash and he's trying to pull himself back upright. Watch out for that left pedal though. It looks dangerously close to...
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This picture looks like a set up shot to me. I've fallen lots of times and have never ended up in such a "perfect" position (right foot and right hand conveniently clinging to the same small tree; left hand resting gently on the front tire; bike nestled between two trees; smile on your face). Was your buddy (the one who took the shot) conveniently riding with his camera out to snap this "action" photo?
Thanks for the "sarcasm" but this "perfect" shot came exactly how khuon just described it: after the fact. I'm sorry that I "ruined" your "day" with my "fake" "crash". I'll try to pull myself up by the pedal in the crotch next time instead of the "tree."
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so what's this "little red number" that you bought? any pics?
Sorry, I was busy being a smart*** with the other guy and missed this one I go from not having the right color socks to be a good roadie, to not crashing authentically enough to be a good mountain biker! The BMX kids are the only ones who will accept me!

I don't think I'll be doing any freeriding with this. Did the whole BMX/dirt jumping thing when I was a teen, and it was cool but I grew out of it (not BMX, but the jumping part). Who knows, I might be coming full circle. As long as I stop fake crashing, I should be all good!



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p.p.s That's not real mud. I got the good stuff from here!

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what are all the maps?
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Thanks for the "sarcasm" but this "perfect" shot came exactly how khuon just described it: after the fact. I'm sorry that I "ruined" your "day" with my "fake" "crash". I'll try to pull myself up by the pedal in the crotch next time instead of the "tree."
Don't flatter yourself by thinking you affect my day in any way whatsoever.
Just like everyone else on this board, I was giving my opinion.

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Welcome to the woods, mirona! Glad you liked it!


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Hehe... reminds me of the time I had a major crash. Took a bad line around a corner, missed the trail and fell down the side of a cliff. A bunch of trees were kind enough to stop me. No broken bones though but I was scraped up pretty badly. I hope your tumble was much milder than mine. At least it looks like you were having a blast.
Went on a rough ride last week and missed a DH curve(bottom of the hill actually-almost 90 degree turn) and plowed into several saplings. I had brought my left hand up to brush some spiderweb off my face and(not having ridden this trail in years) forgot about the curve and couldn't get my fingers over the brake lever before the trees got me. Locked up the rear, but it just wasn't enough to stop me. Had the sticky little bits of a spruce in my helmet and shirt for the rest of the ride. I couldn't help but laugh when I stopped, it was just so funny. Plus, I didn't really get hurt. Ah, good times....
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Well, before I was a mountain biking god, I put out quite a few miles on my road bike. Those maps are mostly for planning routes and tracking where I've been. Some of the maps not shown are also hiking trail maps and stuff like that. I get lost very easily
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Well, before I was a mountain biking god, I put out quite a few miles on my road bike. Those maps are mostly for planning routes and tracking where I've been. Some of the maps not shown are also hiking trail maps and stuff like that. I get lost very easily
Well, those map skills will definately come in handy when you're deep in the woods. I sometimes get lost in the trails behind my house which I ride fairly regularly. Once when I first moved here, I got really lost. Luckily a nice woman on an old full-rigid DiamondBack (10 years older than yours ) who happened to come along was able to lead my dumb full-suspension riding ass out. That was a blow to the ego.
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getting lost easily? maps on your wall at home won't help when you're lost out there.....

anyways, you might want to raise your seat up just a bit nice colour
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wow

i ride my hardrock over the pavement due to lack of off road trails ( flatsville illinois,usa) But i plan on going to utah, hopefully in a few months i can report my crazy ride

congrats to your crazy adventure!
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If you're in the Chicago area, there should be quite a few trails fairly close. Have you thought to check out the Chicago Area Mountain Bikers webpages for suggestions? Palos was my favourite when I lived in the area.
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I feel your flatlander pain. I happen to be in the part of WI that the glaciers steamrolled. Flat is this area's claim to fame. yay Oshkosh!
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I just started MTBing this week, have been a roadie for a few years , already cracked a helmet and crashed the thing 5 times. Seems I have the legs but not the skill. One question ,is it better to go with platform pedals or cleats ?
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