Mountian Biking

  • code_joe

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    May 31, 2007 4:06 PM GMT
    I'm a real big Mtn Biking nut and was seeing how many other people out there Love to mtn bike. I just moved to Phoenix, AZ and now looking for places to go mtn biking. There were tons where I came from (UT).

    I'm not sure if I dare go out in the heat though. It's supposed to be 110 this weekend. I guess I could try an early morning ride though.

    What kind of trails do ya like? I mostly ride slick rock but love a new adventure any time.
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    Jun 01, 2007 4:02 PM GMT
    Hey, Code!
    We just moved here a few weeks ago, too, from SoCal and we MBd a LOT!. Just settling in and figuring the "lay of the land". We haven't gotten out into the hills (sorry, "mountains") yet, just some local trail stuff and LOADS of house projects...
    Cheers!
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    Jul 19, 2007 1:05 AM GMT
    Hi Code Joe,

    We must be alone around here. I took up mountain biking about a year ago. I've already broken a finger and bruised my ribs. Kind of hard to get the other guys into it when I start out with that eh?

    I love it, but needless to say I've eased up. They have some great trails in Charlotte at the whitewater center. They are steep and technical; going up and down the Catawba river valley. I was just in the Smokies a couple of weekends ago. I did the Tsali trails around Fontana Lake. The lake is 40 miles long with the Smokies towering over one end and the Natahala forest covering the other. The water in some spots is pristine and the absolute perfect temperature. I met a young (about your age) mountain biking stud there and have a great story about that.

    It's a great full body workout. I do better up hills than down. We also have these amazing trails that wind through the rain forests of western NC. It never gets too hot under the canopy and you can ride by some amazing waterfalls. One of the state parks has the rock slide thing you are talking about. I don’t know much about that.


  • cowboyathlete

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    Sep 19, 2007 2:09 PM GMT
    I love mountain biking almost as much as I enjoy lifting, but my asthma and the rain in southeast Texas often interfere. There are very few (openly) gay mountain bikers in Houston. I am loosely part of a gay and lesbian cycling group here, but they are all roadies.
  • iHavok

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    Sep 19, 2007 2:22 PM GMT
    Love mountain biking. My goal someday is to go do Moab.
    Currently I do enjoy Humboldt county most as far as places I've been.
  • demonwring

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    Oct 04, 2007 3:31 PM GMT
    I just started over the summer and I'm really loving it.

    Don't really know any other mtn bikers though so right now I'm just going solo.

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    Oct 04, 2007 3:40 PM GMT
    Love it! Went yesterday evening as the sun was setting and hit a trail I haven't been on before. Made for some interesting riding! Scenes from Predator were playing through my head!

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    Oct 09, 2007 4:44 PM GMT
    Something I am trying to get into also.

    Luckily I have a guy at work who is an abosolute freak about it.

    But I know there are lots of place in San Diego, not to mention So Cal.

    Anybody got any tips?
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    Oct 31, 2007 5:32 PM GMT
    There simply aren't a lot of gay MTB'ers out there, so it's going to be difficult finding gay riding buddies, especially ones at the same skill level.

    But I don't think it's necessary to find a gay riding buddy. All of my riding partners are straight, and it's no big deal. They're some of the coolest people I know.

    I can't claim to know trails in a lot of places, but if you're looking for ride suggestions in

    Bay Area
    Downieville/Tahoe
    Puget Sound
    Whistler
    Fruita/Moab
    Winter Park
    Sedona/Flagstaff

    give me a shout.
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    Nov 01, 2007 12:09 AM GMT
    I work in the bike industry and there are very few gay mountain bikers. I know about 5. But, like mentioned above cyclists in general are very open and all but one of my riding buddies and teammates are straight.
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    Nov 05, 2007 1:01 AM GMT
    I took up mountain biking seriously in May and have been having a blast. Luckily, I have a biking buddy who has been able to teach me a great deal. I'm finally getting to the point where I don't feel I'm holding him back. We normally ride 3 to 5 times a week. Now that it's getting dark so much earlier, we've taken up night riding; it's just as fun if not more so. We're already looking to compete in some races next spring.

    The Richmond area has great trails, from rolling hills to technical and rocky along the James. The western part of Virgina and West Virgina are within a few hours drive and have some of the best trails on the east coast.

    We're in the planning stage of a spring trip to Colorado and Utah... specifically Fruita to Moab. Anyone with advice... drop me a line.

    Not only is mtn biking great fun, I'm also in the best shape I've been in years. It has certainly helped me lose a few extra pounds I didn't need.
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    Nov 06, 2007 11:27 PM GMT
    Someday I'll back into it. I miss it.
    There just isn't any more room for another bike.
  • mtnbiker7

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    Nov 12, 2007 10:49 AM GMT
    Someday! No man, do it now. Throw away a road bike if you have to! Just kidding... I'm from Idaho, and we have awesome (I know, but it really is) biking here. Went to Moab about 15 years ago for the first time, and that's when it really became a spiritual thing for me (without the religious mumbo-jumbo). Then it was raining one day and the lady at the campground told us to try Grand Junction and Fruita Colorado. ( we rode Pollack Bench loop with an amazing kid from a local shop, thanks RYAN!) That sealed my fate. I will be a mountain biker till they pry my cold dead fingers from my handlebars. It got really hard to ride for a few years. I was on beta blockers to deal with a very leaky aortic heart valve, and couldn't get my HR over about 155. But now I've got a new valve, the heart of a 30 year old (the cardiologist said), a the desire to get crazy on my bike again. My point is, all of you guys who want to go, just go! If you are confident in your skill set, just go out by yourself for a few hours on that mountain bike. The good stuff, the really lucid moments, happen when you're biking by yourself, without distractions. Oh, and go to Moab. You will never be the same.
  • jockguy05

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    Nov 17, 2007 1:37 AM GMT
    There's even less Gay MTB riders in Australia. I ride mostly in Sydney, but make the trek to Canberra on occasion's. To Majura Pines, Sparrow Hill and Mt Stromlo. But when I'm riding it's about the bike, not the sexuality of the riders I'm with. Though it would be nice to know that cute ass in front of me could be mine...lol
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    Jan 22, 2008 1:43 AM GMT
    Some sweet video for the mtn bikers out there:

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    Jan 22, 2008 5:59 PM GMT
    Sweet video... The back guy gets a lot of credit keeping up with the first guy and keeping that camera on him....awesome trail....nice!
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    Jan 22, 2008 6:44 PM GMT
    I'll take whatever trail I can get... that doesn't happen all that often these days, though.

    I fell into the trap of working in the sport; it's a great career, but when you spend all day every day facilitating others' enjoyment of it, the last thing on my mind when I get home is a bike ride.
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    Jan 23, 2008 6:34 PM GMT
    eb925guy saidSweet video... The back guy gets a lot of credit keeping up with the first guy and keeping that camera on him....awesome trail....nice!


    Yeah, right?! Did anyone else find themselves bouncing up/down in response to the jumps/landings in the video?!
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    Jan 29, 2008 5:45 AM GMT
    wow, awesome video!!! My bf got me into riding on some paved trails in spring of last year, he gave me a trek bike and I experimented with mountain biking and fell in love with it!!!

    usually he is the daring one but even he says he cant believe I ride on the trails that I do! I love it and cant wait for it to warm up to get back out there!!! Its great exercise, great fun, good challenge and a great rush!!

    Nothing like it...
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    Feb 12, 2008 2:23 AM GMT
    I'm a huge MTN Biker, I'm out almost every weekend, when it's not too hot in the desert here in Tucson. PHX also has some good mountain biking. It's nice to be out in the middle of the desert and just see how awesome it is!
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    Mar 01, 2008 3:23 AM GMT
    I just bought my first mountain bike this week! I'm pretty stoked about it...actually I'm really stoked...I don't know if I will be doing any videos like the one above any time soon of the free riders (sick ... by the way) but some solid trail riding is in my very near future. I went with a Specialized Hardrock XC with the Disc brakes and all of my friends who bike already say its a fantastic bike for a starter like myself because lets be honest, I am probably not gonna do any crazy jumps any time soon...

    Good to know there are plenty of guys doing this...any in the NNJ/NYC area? Say hi!

    KP