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Old 12-10-10, 08:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Zephyr11 View Post
I'd take Ray's over the snow any day. Heck, if it were close to me, I'd take a park like that over the trail every so often.

Before I started mountain biking, I did a little bit of rock climbing. And I really liked gym climbing. A lot of the other climbers thought I was nuts because it was "so much better" outdoors, but indoors, you could work on your skills in a controlled environment, the camaraderie was almost better indoors than outdoors (kind of reminds me of snowboarding in the park vs the entire mountain, if that helps), and if you hurt yourself, you weren't laying there wondering how the hell you were getting back to your car. And you never get rained on. Not that I'm a huge wimp who won't go outside in the rain, but very few people would actually RATHER ride in the rain than in nice weather. I've never been to Ray's. But from the pictures/videos I've seen and everything I've heard, it looks great. A little expensive, but I guess they need to get the money for new stuff from somewhere.
All this. Plus you can order pizza into Rays.

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I can imagine than even bombed-out former industrial space can't be cheap when you're leasing so much.
Well it is Cleveland...
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Old 12-10-10, 08:50 AM
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Like I told all of you guys before Rays is an incredible place. I just wish I was smart enoungh to come up with that idea. Livinging here in RUST BELT there are quite a few of abandon factories all over the place. I'm sure Ray was able to get that place for a stee but that is what this city needs. He has done a remarkable job with that place and it is quickly gaining national attention. I'm sure thats why Trek bought the place from Ray and is now building a new one up in Wisconsin in which Ray himself will oversee and manage. On their grand opening day Ray had 7 pro riders their to put on a clinic and sign autographs. Now with Trek involved you can rent some pretty bad ass bikes to ride around in there. One of things that I liked most about Rays was the fact it got kids off the couch and away from video games. People are way to lazy and we as a nation are getting fatter everyday. So if anything else it is great for that alone. Beside some of you guys are right you and really work on some of your stills their.
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Old 12-10-10, 08:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Zephyr11 View Post
I'd take Ray's over the snow any day. Heck, if it were close to me, I'd take a park like that over the trail every so often.

Before I started mountain biking, I did a little bit of rock climbing. And I really liked gym climbing. A lot of the other climbers thought I was nuts because it was "so much better" outdoors, but indoors, you could work on your skills in a controlled environment, the camaraderie was almost better indoors than outdoors (kind of reminds me of snowboarding in the park vs the entire mountain, if that helps), and if you hurt yourself, you weren't laying there wondering how the hell you were getting back to your car. And you never get rained on. Not that I'm a huge wimp who won't go outside in the rain, but very few people would actually RATHER ride in the rain than in nice weather. I've never been to Ray's. But from the pictures/videos I've seen and everything I've heard, it looks great. A little expensive, but I guess they need to get the money for new stuff from somewhere.
Outside = free, I'm cheap Seriously though, I hate riding inside. Yeah I could throw a bike on the trainer and sit all comfy pedaling away and watching a football game on the 67" HD TV. But that sucks for me compared to blasting down a snowy icy road in 10 degrees while hoping no idiot in a car decides to take me out. Maybe it's a matter of sanity,
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Old 12-10-10, 10:30 AM
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Originally Posted by dminor View Post
I looked it up and Ray's is cheaper than summer lift tickets anywhere. Plus, as with ski slopes, you're really paying for the overhead. Since commercial space leases by the square foot, I can imagine than even bombed-out former industrial space can't be cheap when you're leasing so much.
Is it? I guess I'm spoiled from not doing downhill. Season pass looks to be the same as Keystone's summer pass (Ray's day passes are cheaper though), but that's the only price I'm familiar with. But yeah, it's all cheap when you compare to ski. I guess I didn't think of it that way...I was comparing it more to the climbing gym prices (which are pretty dirt cheap, comparatively, at least for the ones I've been at). I'd still pay it without a second thought if I were in the area though.

James, I'm not sure you can compare a bike park to the trainer. I've never been to Ray's, but I've been at plenty of pump tracks and skate parks and I've ridden the trainer, and I can't see how they'd compare even with a roof overhead. But hey, to each their own.

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Back to the OP, I picked up a similar upgrade a couple months back. Shopped like you did. Parked my old brick (1994 Norco Nitro) I took the brick out last night. I couldn't believe the difference in the two bikes. It was huge, you will enjoy waiting and then pulling the trigger on a quality ride.

I now have a list of 4 must have manly items:

1. A very good mountain bike.

2. A Bobcat with trencher, back hoe and front blade attachments.

3. A good woman who lets me ride and buy stuff and understands that I have to spend time tuning the bike up and don't want to watch real housewives kinda stuff.

4. A place like Ray's for when the weather is crappy.

That's my list. Did I miss anything?
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Old 12-10-10, 11:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Zephyr11 View Post
Is it? I guess I'm spoiled from not doing downhill.
Sorry, I wasn't even looking at the season passes. Was looking at per-day and three-day. Per day of $19 doesn't seem bad. Cheapest summer lift around here is $25 and the B.C. resorts are almost all $39 (which, at today's exchange rate isn't just Monopoly money any more). One-day at Whistler is over $50.

Seattle has a (albeit not as extensive) place like Ray's that's free - - Colonnade Park is under a network of freeway overpasses so stays pretty much weather-free year-'round.


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2. A Bobcat with trencher, back hoe and front blade attachments.
That or something like it is high on my list. Bobcat with track set and a six-way blade, Clark Airborne or a Toro Dingo with a six-way. And an old double-drum yarder. And a Kubota with a bush hog. And a . . . .
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Originally Posted by Daspydyr View Post
Parked my old brick (1994 Norco Nitro) I took the brick out last night. I couldn't believe the difference in the two bikes. It was huge, you will enjoy waiting and then pulling the trigger on a quality ride.
I did the same thing. I eventually sold the XC hardtail because it just wasn't getting used, and bought a slacker, longer travel hardtail in its place. It rides differently enough that I have reason to ride both bikes now.
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Originally Posted by Daspydyr View Post
I now have a list of 4 must have manly items:

1. A very good mountain bike.

2. A Bobcat with trencher, back hoe and front blade attachments.

3. A good woman who lets me ride and buy stuff and understands that I have to spend time tuning the bike up and don't want to watch real housewives kinda stuff.

4. A place like Ray's for when the weather is crappy.

That's my list. Did I miss anything?
1. granted

2. The trencher is obviously a not so subtle phallic reference. I dare not speculate what that might signify.

3. A woman should never be used as a yardstick for manliness

4. Ray's is great but other than the name it's not particularly manly. There're plenty of gals ripping there too.
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