Mountain bikers are hardcore

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    May 06, 2008 5:22 AM GMT
    Yesterday I went and did some mountain biking in the Boise foothills. One of the few benefits of living in Boise (if I did or were going to in the future) is that the following trails are just five minutes from downtown.

    This was my first real foray into mountain biking. I'm pretty sure I unwittingly chose the hardest trails I could possibly have ridden on, because it was rough going. I do not count myself yet among the ranks of mountain bikers, so the title of this thread is not stroking my own ego. The kind of people that can get up some of these slopes with little to no stopping are incredible. And, well, the booties on mountain bikers are very shapely.

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    The grade on this trail is actually much steeper than it looks. I made it all the way up without pushing my bike, though I had to stop several times.
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    This was the hardest part. I made it up maybe a quarter of the way before having to push my bike up the rest of it. It was rough.
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    May 06, 2008 7:12 AM GMT
    Hmmm, I do not recognize this particular trail but I have only been in the Boise foothills biking a few times. I remember going just beyond that dam that is above Boise. The trail there was a lot of fun because it was like a roller coaster and I found myself being forced to rest because of being thrown into the dirt so much. The trail you show does look hellishly steep especially around those rocks in the last picture. You will definitely develop some spectacular glutes if you do that trail often enough. Mmmm, there is nothing better than a bicycle boy’s bum.icon_wink.gif
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    May 06, 2008 3:06 PM GMT
    Love to mt bike, however I wouldn't say that I have a spectacular body, but I'll keep trying . I do find that doing cardio on the step mill (escalator like machine) has really helped me with the endurance of those long steep hills! I need to get out more often, I usually go on Saturday mornings but time is always an issue for the week ride. Those trails look great, I need to travel around some and ride.
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    May 06, 2008 4:00 PM GMT
    alexander7 saidHmmm, I do not recognize this particular trail but I have only been in the Boise foothills biking a few times. I remember going just beyond that dam that is above Boise. The trail there was a lot of fun because it was like a roller coaster and I found myself being forced to rest because of being thrown into the dirt so much. The trail you show does look hellishly steep especially around those rocks in the last picture. You will definitely develop some spectacular glutes if you do that trail often enough. Mmmm, there is nothing better than a bicycle boy’s bum.icon_wink.gif


    That's Lucky Peak Dam you're talking about.

    For anyone in or familiar with Boise, the trail I went on was the Three Bears trail. And you are right, the rocks in that last picture were ridiculously steep. I am amazed at anyone who can get up that without pushing their bike.
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    May 06, 2008 7:53 PM GMT
    I love mtn biking!!! I live in va so most of our trails are in the woods which is really nice. It sso beautiful and you have really becareful of rocks, tree roots and stuff. My bf is usually the more daring one but I took him on one of my favorite trails last year called the "roller coaster" and he said he would never go again and he didnt see how I enjoyed it, it was to dangerous.

    I LOVE IT!!! Its a great workout and such a challenge.
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    Jul 08, 2008 1:09 PM GMT
    I do a lot of biking each summer, typically between 2,500 and 3,500 miles. Most of that is road biking, but I really enjoy single track, freeride and downhill mountain biking. Mile for mile, mountain biking takes much more out of you. A hard 35 mile singletrack mountain bike ride takes as much out of me as a century ride on a road bike. That, plus I crash more often mountain biking. Mountain bikers are hard core.
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    Jul 08, 2008 1:31 PM GMT
    I've never been mountain biking, but I do road bike every day. Mountain biking looks great though; I love being out in the mountains anyway. I'm in DC via Seattle, and I miss the outdoors so much. There's just something about being on top of the hills, out among the trees and wind, and looking down on the rest of the world. You can't beat that feeling, and I'm sure it's twice as nice when you've just biked your way to the top.
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    Jul 10, 2008 10:13 AM GMT
    Here in Canberra we are very spoilt for choice on Mountain Bike tracks.. we have 3 dedicated mountain bike hills/forests and one of these is going to be hosting the 2008 Mountain Bike World cup in August.
    http://worldcup.mtbworlds.com.au/park/?IntCatId=16

    at the http://www.stromloforestpark.com.au/index.html where i love riding..
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    Aug 05, 2009 5:44 PM GMT
    Anyone here like FR/DH (freeride or downhill) mountain biking? Where to you like to ride? Any good crash & burn stories?
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    Aug 07, 2009 12:55 PM GMT
    HELL YES !! AND WE ARE HOTT TO!icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 07, 2009 1:22 PM GMT
    OutdoorMutt saidAnyone here like FR/DH (freeride or downhill) mountain biking? Where to you like to ride? Any good crash & burn stories?

    You mean like that time I caught my wheel in a root, flipped over my handlebars, flew 20 ft and broke both of my wrists landing?
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    Dec 24, 2009 6:09 AM GMT
    hardcore.. hmm, yeah.

    but i still hate mud , it stains my pretty Pearl Izumi shorts.