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Old 04-15-10, 11:41 AM
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Rediscovered the joys of a Hard Tail and Checking in!

Hey Y'all.
Been a while. Just got back from a trip to Rome, was quite amazing.

Got back from Roma and decided I'd get the bikes out, gave the Kona a good wash and wax (yes I waxed it) job and got it looking almost NEW! Had to get the road grime and grit out of it.

Went for a ride today, but I took out my Old Trek 3900, that I recently rebuilt. Felt soo wierd at first because the geometry is way different. But after the climb to an elevation of 1200 feet to the Castle I was began to remember how the old bike felt. It climbed like a champ and even though I have a 2x8 setup, I didnt even feel like I needed the granny, even at the steepest part of the mountain. Super impressed with the way it shifted as well. The LX was banged up during its fight with my spokes a while back. After I straightened it out when I rebuilt it I never really tested how well it shifted. Both the front a Rear Derail's. shifted flawlessly... I STILL cannot for the life of me get my Kona to shift like that. All in all, hardtail felt great, it was a good change. I even locked out the fork for a while and rode it rigid.
The decent was fun, but sketchy. I was bouncing and getting thrown all over the place due to the lack of suspension and a crappy fork. Hit 32 MPH on the way down, only to get the Schießa scared out of me by an older German, his car and his chainsaw. Then farther down, a freaking flatbed truck!!!! (no cars are supposed to be on this path.)

I think a decent front fork will make my hardtail experience molto buona.




Eh, sorry for the endless rambling, just wanted to check in, been a while since I've been active around here.

I Graduate the 11th of June, and get on a plane the 15th-17th (whenever the rotator decides to leave) and head to PA to be at WVU the 22nd for orientation. Then I stay in PA (pittsburgh region for those of you nearby) Looking forward to getting in some good riding!!! Any area's in and around Pittsburgh to ride?

Also, does anyone have any good bike box container shipping things they can recommend?
I am looking at shipping atleast one of my bikes to PA because the movers usually have no clue how to handle them... The last bunch in GA tried taking off my QUICK RELEASE wheels with a wrench and screwdriver, and then tried to turn the handlebars by loosing the one nut on top and not the stem... and they then set the frame down on the RD and Chainwheel!!!
I then took over for them when I saw this...
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Then I stay in PA (pittsburgh region for those of you nearby) Looking forward to getting in some good riding!!! Any area's in and around Pittsburgh to ride?
Check out http://www.porcmtbclub.org/, a local group that has a lot of rides and info about trails. I do most of my riding at Frick Park in the city (because it's close to where I live), but from what I hear there's even better riding out in some of the parks around the county and the region.
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Graduate high school, you mean? Im just getting into biking seriously, but Im always looking for a ride! I live about 40 minutes west in East Liverpool, OH. I would love to get mixed up in a ride.

I dont have two bikes, and only a hardtail, so no crazy stuff for me! Well.. being a beginner factors in too.
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^You can do anything (well, mostly) on a hardtail, you just gotta be less of a beginner as you said

Rebel - good to hear from you again. Funny to hear you want out of Germany ASAP
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Good to hear from you.
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Originally Posted by Business810 View Post
Check out http://www.porcmtbclub.org/, a local group that has a lot of rides and info about trails. I do most of my riding at Frick Park in the city (because it's close to where I live), but from what I hear there's even better riding out in some of the parks around the county and the region.
Thanks, Ill have to check it out. The area I will be in is about 20-30 mins from Pittsburgh so I'm not in the immediate city. I know theres a rails-to-trails close by, but I'm not into the soft easy stuff.

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Graduate high school, you mean? Im just getting into biking seriously, but Im always looking for a ride! I live about 40 minutes west in East Liverpool, OH. I would love to get mixed up in a ride.

I dont have two bikes, and only a hardtail, so no crazy stuff for me! Well.. being a beginner factors in too.
Yea High School! If I have a vehicle we could possibly get together, I'd love to get out a ride. I should have a truck, my dad slipped up the other day, I said well I could keep my tools in my vehicle if I have one. He said, having a toolbox in the back of your truck invites people to break into it in the area you'll be in... So I'm thinking they got me the truck I was looking at. There has also been some e-mails between them and my uncle concerning vehicles for me lol.
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^You can do anything (well, mostly) on a hardtail, you just gotta be less of a beginner as you said

Rebel - good to hear from you again. Funny to hear you want out of Germany ASAP
A good hardtail frame will take a lot, just have to learn how to absorb the shock with your body.
Germany just isnt for me. Travel and cultural oppurtunities were nice, but as far as LIVING here, I don't dig... The language is rather confusing and hard to grasp, as opposed to something like Italian, or Spanish.

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Good to hear from you.
Thanks! I'm still alive lol
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Cool man! If it comes to it, my dad would tag along (Hes much more experienced than I, 30+ years of biking. Let me know when youre back in town, settled in, etc.

Ill try and get in shape by then...
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Iight sounds cool.

Lol I'll probably fall apart long before you need to be in-shape. My right leg is just beat up, I blame it on soccer.
Knee hurts under stress, has a loud POP and CRACK when I bend down, and I can feel it shift around, my ankle is steady pain, and I think I have either a stress fracture or bone spurr on my right heel.


Spent the entire day today servicing my Treks fork. Got some Finish Line Fork Oil, and drained and degreased the whole thing, and then rebuilt it. Works decent, better than before, and I still have my lockout so i didn't screw it up. I also cleaned and re-packed my headset bearings... Greasy and messy day!

I also got in a quick 21 minute, 5.8 mile road ride, around the base to waste some time. I took the roads in a certian order so I could stay going up hill almost the entire time.
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Seems like a pretty quick pace for wasting time around base.
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Yea I was happy.
Not going to be doing that now though..
I severely jacked my ankle up today.
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