Mountain Biking

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    Oct 19, 2012 12:26 AM GMT
    Roadies are kinda cute, but in a skinny-cute way. I used to be a century rider, but my knees just didn't like the abuse. And I didn't like the shape my body took (kinda stick-figured).

    Now I've taken up mountain/trail biking. It's WAY more intense, requires MUCH more strength and balance, and is WAY more fun! And the guys to ride this style are MUCH more hotter. Roadies tend to be on the skinny/scrawny side.
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    Oct 19, 2012 5:10 AM GMT
    Back into biking in my 40s, I started with a Giant NRS 1, which had just won 2000 Best Bike and got 2001 Overall Bike of the Year. Here's the review http://www.mtbr.com/cat/bikes/bike-full/giant/2001-xtc-nrs-1/prd_355650_95crx.aspx .

    Just a mid range bike but with excellent specs and at the time superior design for locking out pedal bob while keeping suspension engaged. I think it was the first auto lockout utilizing geometry instead of some mechanics like a pin. Loved it then and still ride it now. In fact one of the reasons I selected my new location was because of all the bike trails nearby. Just minutes away I've got about 30 miles of off road, mostly shaded for summers.

    I first got into mtn biking at Oleta in Miami on a rental after seeing how much fun it looked. The bike sucked but I had this smile on my face the entire time and was hooked that first day. Researched bikes right away, got some skills going, only did two endovers including one that threw me about 15 feet, not real smart in your 40s with just a helmet & gloves.

    If you are going to get into technical trails, get yourself some protective gear. After that last fall I started dressing like Darth Vader. Now I just do the less technical rides. So I got to enjoy about 10 years of the really fun stuff. Wish I'd known about mountain biking sooner.

    Then I started riding road on the mtn but couldn't get up enough speed to make that satisfying so I got a roadie now too. They're very different rides.

    In your area some of the fun trails are Oleta as well as Markham out by Weston. Also ride the berms out in the Everglades, you'll find various access points. On a hot day you can do Quiet Waters up in Deerfield, not a lot of trail but it is all shaded. I wouldn't do a hardtail there on the medium or tech trails, full suspension only as there's a ton of Australian Pine roots. Hard tail can do their easy trail though. A lot of the Everglades you can do with just a hybrid, not even front suspension required on the double tracks. It's a beautiful ride out there but just do that in winter as there's often no trees and summer would burn ya.

    A real nice stretch of Everglades is Parkland to Boynton, out in Loxahatchee. Another nice ride is Jonathan Dickinson up in Jupiter. Most of the parks have easy, medium and tech trails. If you get very adventurous, you can ride on top the dyke around Lake O on a hard packed double track. That's also a winter event as there are no trees up there and few places to stock up so bring lots of water and some snacks. Or just do like the Belle Glade to Pahokee stretch, maybe just 12 miles plus the trip back.

    Here's Lox just north of Parkland. It's gorgeous out there.
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  • DanOmatic

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    Oct 19, 2012 3:40 PM GMT
    I'm both a roadie and a mountain bike enthusiast, and I totally get what Paul is saying, but there are a lot of husky guys with fat asses on mountain bikes.
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    Oct 20, 2012 12:33 AM GMT
    theantijock said... In your area some of the fun trails are Oleta as well as Markham out by Weston.
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    My current profile pic was taken at Markham Park. icon_cool.gif

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    Oct 21, 2012 5:21 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    theantijock said... In your area some of the fun trails are Oleta as well as Markham out by Weston.
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    My current profile pic was taken at Markham Park. icon_cool.gif

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    Cool. I actually thought that might be this one section of Quiet Waters. I liked Markham though a bit far. And that's where I did my two endovers. First was full speed fast on a str8way when this root came up high out of nowhere and I think I braked too hard as I hit it. Must have put too much pressure on the front disc cause that bike threw me off like a bucking horse. I didn't know a body could stay in the air that long without wings. Felt like an electric shock on landing.

    Another time I was riding and I think I was too tired, not sure what else I did wrong, I think maybe I turned on a rock, not sure, but coming down just a short hill I fucked up something and wound up doing somersaults bike over me, me over bike. I didn't get hurt but I'm kinda glad no one saw it. I'm guessing it wasn't very graceful.
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    Oct 21, 2012 5:43 PM GMT
    My balance absolutely sucks and my technical skills are pretty terrible though i do have fun mountain biking.

    Mountain biking increases your bone density, while road biking does not; so, doing both is excellent cross-training.
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    Oct 21, 2012 6:04 PM GMT
    metatextual saidMy balance absolutely sucks and my technical skills are pretty terrible though i do have fun mountain biking.

    Mountain biking increases your bone density, while road biking does not; so, doing both is excellent cross-training.


    Here's the trick: don't look down. If you look at the bridge you're crossing, yer gonna wind up wet. Be aware of obstacles, but rule number 1 is look in the direction where you're going. If you look to see what's under your tire, the first rule will still apply so yer gonna wind up under your tire.
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    Oct 21, 2012 6:06 PM GMT
    theantijock said
    metatextual saidMy balance absolutely sucks and my technical skills are pretty terrible though i do have fun mountain biking.

    Mountain biking increases your bone density, while road biking does not; so, doing both is excellent cross-training.


    Here's the trick: don't look down. If you look at the bridge you're crossing, yer gonna wind up wet. Be aware of obstacles, but rule number 1 is look in the direction where you're going. If you look to see what's under your tire, the first rule will still apply so yer gonna wind up under your tire.


    definitely familiar with that rule: it applies equally on the road as on the trail. i'm just a bit afraid of heights, so invariably i end up looking down anyways lol
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    Oct 21, 2012 7:07 PM GMT
    Yeah, totally get that. I did this one ride where I just kept moving, not a problem, and wound up on top this pretty big hill. The ride down was hugely fun, a hard packed surface, a little rocky but very fast. And then I went over to look at how I got up there.

    Well the ride up was just a narrow trail, maybe 2-3 feet wide, cut into the side of this oddly steep, man-made mound going up, I don't know, maybe 40-50 feet, just guessing the numbers. But looking at it I was thinking to myself that I wouldn't even walk up that ledge. And I wasn't able to ride up it again because now I was thinking about it instead of just doing it.

    Thinking will fuck ya up everytime. I guess that's why so many people go through life without it.
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    Oct 21, 2012 8:03 PM GMT
    metatextual saidMy balance absolutely sucks and my technical skills are pretty terrible though i do have fun mountain biking.

    Mountain biking increases your bone density, while road biking does not; so, doing both is excellent cross-training.
    That's why I have a cross-trail bike...big fat knobbies (29 x 2.2) for the trails, and hybrid tires for road.
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    Oct 21, 2012 8:07 PM GMT
    metatextual said
    theantijock said
    metatextual saidMy balance absolutely sucks and my technical skills are pretty terrible though i do have fun mountain biking.

    Mountain biking increases your bone density, while road biking does not; so, doing both is excellent cross-training.


    Here's the trick: don't look down. If you look at the bridge you're crossing, yer gonna wind up wet. Be aware of obstacles, but rule number 1 is look in the direction where you're going. If you look to see what's under your tire, the first rule will still apply so yer gonna wind up under your tire.


    definitely familiar with that rule: it applies equally on the road as on the trail. i'm just a bit afraid of heights, so invariably i end up looking down anyways lol
    I'm afraid of heights, too; but I'm also an adrenaline junkie (standard ADHD characteristic).

    Oh and for your balance, do a "slow race" - either by yourself or with a friend. The idea is to ride as slow as possible without putting your foot down or falling over. When you can do a "track stand" (bike completely stationary) for more than 5 seconds, then your balance should be adequate for the more complicated riding trails.
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    Oct 22, 2012 3:07 AM GMT
    lean towards the back of your seat too... Agreed though, I love seeing mountain bikers over roadies..
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    Oct 22, 2012 4:39 PM GMT
    congrats and welcome to the club Paul !!
    it's an awesome sport.
    i find mountain biking is about infusing a certain dose of fear in every ride.
    Every ride needs its " oh my god" moment .
    IT's also about mechanical failures... sigh . Never leave home without CO2 cartridges and a multitool .. and a spare tube if you're not riding tubeless.
    Typical hazards: a branch that gets stuck in your derailleur ruining your pullies, snake bites on a tire, ( yay for Stan's silicone goo ) , a branch that gets stuck in your spokes and breaks one or 2 , a worn out chain that decides to snap mid ride , you handlebar gone crooked after a crash ... etc.

    And yeah, MTB demands more upper body strength as you're always adjusting to terrain , lifting front wheel, bunny hopping, standing or seating on tip of saddle cllimbing , how far back and crouched you position yourself for a downhill .
    And you're constantly shifting gears.

    Lots of fun .
    ... lots of money also.. icon_sad.gif
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    Oct 22, 2012 9:42 PM GMT
    icon_neutral.gif Isn't it, sort of by definition, impossible to "mountain bike" in Florida?

    Swamp-biking, maybe I could believe. icon_confused.gif
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    Oct 22, 2012 10:19 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidicon_neutral.gif Isn't it, sort of by definition, impossible to "mountain bike" in Florida?

    Swamp-biking, maybe I could believe. icon_confused.gif
    It's not completely impossible. Land can be build up pretty high to provide some nasty downhills. Not anywhere near the intensity of a real mountain, but fairly intense in it's own way. Especially for a novice like me. icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 22, 2012 10:20 PM GMT
    Oh and if you ride here after a big t-storm, it will pretty much be a swamp.
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    Oct 23, 2012 6:48 PM GMT
    if you mount a guy, you're having gay sex, if you mount a mountain bike, you're mountain biking.
    the nature of your mount determines your activity.
    but as opposed to sex, it's preferable that you don't end up under your bike.
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    Oct 23, 2012 7:03 PM GMT
    xassantex saidif you mount a guy, you're having gay sex, if you mount a mountain bike, you're mountain biking.
    the nature of your mount determines your activity.
    but as opposed to sex, it's preferable that you don't end up under your bike.
    I ended up under my bike last Friday. icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 24, 2012 7:21 PM GMT
    Big bike?
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    Oct 25, 2012 1:28 AM GMT
    xassantex saidBig bike?
    29 inches.
  • LJay

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    Oct 25, 2012 1:33 AM GMT
    I thought mountain biking meant standing on a hill wearing a jock strap.
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    Oct 25, 2012 1:38 AM GMT
    LJay saidI thought mountain biking meant standing on a hill wearing a jock strap.
    No, that's called being alone on a Saturday evening.
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    Oct 25, 2012 1:44 AM GMT
    Started mountain biking a couple years ago. Surprised how much it works the upper body. Challenging trails around Atlanta and North Georgia.
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    Oct 25, 2012 2:03 AM GMT
    fitguyatl saidStarted mountain biking a couple years ago. Surprised how much it works the upper body. Challenging trails around Atlanta and North Georgia.
    It's definitely added a whole new dimension to my workout schedule.I already found the hard way that MTB'ing for 2 hrs and lifting heavy for 1 hr, in the same day, is a bad idea. Especially on leg day. icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 25, 2012 5:37 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    xassantex saidBig bike?
    29 inches.


    oh a 29er .nice.
    actually you never gave the specs of your bike... *curious*