Who knew mountain biking was such a tight community?

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    Jan 22, 2013 12:41 AM GMT
    Maybe it's just South Florida; maybe it's the fact that the sport is hella fun; but I've never met such a tightly bound group of people.

    I started riding the trails on Oct. 16 last year. As of today, I now have over 15 people in my group...started with only two. Today I met two trail builders while riding, and continued the ride with them. Riding alone is not even an option anymore...always meet new people (or see people I previously met) when riding.

    And in case you're the typical internet junkie who's afraid to get out in the real world for fear of being dissed for being gay, yes, these guys know I'm gay and don't give a fuck. It's a communal sport and everything is fair game. I've been given patches to fix busted tubes (shit happens on the trail), given water when I ran out, and given numerous beers by complete strangers at the end of a ride. Been offered sandwiches, lunch, and invited to parties...all from just being myself and enjoying a ride.

    I started this because it's more fun than riding on the roads. I continue it because the people are so awesome it's slowly becoming more of a family event than just another method of cardio.

    So...if you enjoy cycling and are visiting South Florida, rent a bike and hit up the trails at Markham Park. It's an experience like no other. icon_biggrin.gif
  • mmmm_mmmm

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    Jan 22, 2013 1:35 AM GMT
    so true -- the mountain biker tribe truly rocks -- get with a good group and it becomes a true lifestyle
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    Jan 22, 2013 1:52 AM GMT
    mmmm_mmmm saidso true -- the mountain biker tribe truly rocks -- get with a good group and it becomes a true lifestyle
    I'm finding this out fast. If MTBing paid like being a pilot, I'd go for yet another career change in a heartbeat.
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    Jan 22, 2013 3:10 AM GMT
    it's the same with kayaking. meet tons of great people on the river. not sure what it is about outdoor sports but people tend to be very friendly and open.
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    Jan 22, 2013 3:15 AM GMT
    Yup--I find anything that is rugged and challenging and fun at the same time naturally invites camaraderie. I love my mtn biking and trail running posse (and my roadie buds and my triathlete pals, but they tend to be a bit more cliquish at first).
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    Jan 22, 2013 3:43 AM GMT
    imasrxd saidit's the same with kayaking. meet tons of great people on the river. not sure what it is about outdoor sports but people tend to be very friendly and open.
    Oleta River State Park...North Miami Beach, Florida.

    The kayak rentals are across the road from the mountain bike rentals. The first mountain bike trail is less than 200 yards from the kayak entrance.

    Coincidence? I don't think so. icon_cool.gif
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    Jan 22, 2013 3:54 AM GMT
    DanOmatic saidYup--I find anything that is rugged and challenging and fun at the same time naturally invites camaraderie. I love my mtn biking and trail running posse (and my roadie buds and my triathlete pals, but they tend to be a bit more cliquish at first).
    I must agree that roadies tend to be more cliquish...at least in my experience (rode roads long before MTBing).

    The trisexuals...oops I meant triathletes are quite a different breed, though. They'll do anything (and anyone) that raises their heart rates. icon_razz.gif
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    Jan 22, 2013 4:24 AM GMT
    hm, i've come across my share of MTbiking assholes, and running assholes ,
    and Xcountry skiing assholes .. sometimes i'm an asshole too... but on the whole it's true most are really cool.

    I've become lazy at making new contacts.. i have my group of friends and it's hard enough to find time to ride with them... more is more problems ;p


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    Jan 22, 2013 4:26 AM GMT
    I haven't been to markham park in years. However I have recently been going to oleta state park - specifically for kayaking.
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    Jan 22, 2013 4:34 AM GMT
    xassantex saidhm, i've come across my share of MTbiking assholes, and running assholes ,
    and Xcountry skiing assholes .. sometimes i'm an asshole too... but on the whole it's true most are really cool.

    I've become lazy at making new contacts.. i have my group of friends and it's hard enough to find time to ride with them... more is more problems ;p


    I was lazy at making new contacts from the get-go...never expected it or even wanted it. But these guys are just awesome enough to warrant a friendship.

    Considering most of my riding buddies were pilots to begin with, it was hard as fuck to schedule rides with them (notoriously transient career - nobody is ever in town at the same time). Now meeting non-pilots who also ride, it's much easier to schedule group rides with different groups, since my schedule is ever-changing.
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    Jan 22, 2013 4:37 AM GMT
    sonicpower19 saidI haven't been to markham park in years. However I have recently been going to oleta state park - specifically for kayaking.
    Wanna rent a bike Friday morning at 7:30am and hit the trails?

    I'll probably have to leave at 10am for work, but it only takes a couple hours to ride the whole trail system. And I'll probably have a couple other people riding with me (one near your age, and kinda cute). icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 22, 2013 4:45 AM GMT
    Here in Sacramento biking is a pretty big deal. Folks go all out.
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    Jan 22, 2013 4:51 AM GMT
    fotoben saidHere in Sacramento biking is a pretty big deal. Folks go all out.
    Same here.

    I ride a $1000 Trek hardtail (with mods up to $2000); but most of the guys i ride with have bikes worth $5000+. To them it's more of a game of who has the coolest looking bike...unless you can clear the tabletops and doubles with a $1000 bike when their $5000+ bike can barely roll over the top. icon_cool.gif
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    Jan 22, 2013 12:09 PM GMT
    Don't get me wrong--I think it's important to have good equipment, and it's awesome to have a sweet bike, but I think that there are a lot of guys out there whose discretionary spending on bikes and gear outstrips their riding skills/capabilities.

    I see guys who are new to the sport who plunk down $5,000 on a bike without even knowing whether they really are going to like it or stick with it. And Paul is right--it's very satisfying to smoke them on the trail or the road. I've got some nice bikes myself, but the best part about them is the engine icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 22, 2013 11:16 PM GMT
    DanOmatic said... I've got some nice bikes myself, but the best part about them is the engine icon_smile.gif
    Is it a 2 stroke engine? Cause I'd love 2 stroke it.

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  • hebrewman

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    Jan 22, 2013 11:27 PM GMT
    the boating community is like this too. i grew up with boating and it's nice to know that even though decades have past since i was a kid, the marina and boating lifestyle is still the same. i dock my tri cabin at a small marina in middle river, maryland (126 slips in all) and everyone pitches in and helps each other out. after i was diagnosed with cancer and still tried to maintain the boat while in treatment, i had a never ending helping hand from my fellow boaters. once while washing her, i had no less than 5 members check up on me at various times. when i went into the cabin to get a cool drink, someone banged on the hull and yelled....''aaron!!! are you okay? i see the bucket and the hose, but are you okay?!! " yeah, the outdoor lot is the best community going.
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    Jan 22, 2013 11:38 PM GMT
    Ah, I see... I was thinking "tight" as in the old euphemism for being smoked up.
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    Jan 22, 2013 11:51 PM GMT
    I knew.
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    Jan 23, 2013 2:45 AM GMT
    hebrewman saidthe boating community is like this too. i grew up with boating and it's nice to know that even though decades have past since i was a kid, the marina and boating lifestyle is still the same. i dock my tri cabin at a small marina in middle river, maryland (126 slips in all) and everyone pitches in and helps each other out. after i was diagnosed with cancer and still tried to maintain the boat while in treatment, i had a never ending helping hand from my fellow boaters. once while washing her, i had no less than 5 members check up on me at various times. when i went into the cabin to get a cool drink, someone banged on the hull and yelled....''aaron!!! are you okay? i see the bucket and the hose, but are you okay?!! " yeah, the outdoor lot is the best community going.
    I knew about the boating community (been part of it), but never realized it extended past boats...till recently.

    Yeah, the outdoor types really are a different breed. it doesn't exactly take me back to my roots (raised in the sticks); but it does expand on my roots, and has shown me a different side of the lifestyle I used to hate because of its bigotry. The bigotry is gone, and now it's fun. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 23, 2013 4:16 AM GMT
    Yeah, it's very tribal. If you're stopped taking a break or whatever, everyone who rides by slows down and asks if your okay. Several years ago a fellow competitor had a heart attack during an XC race. Every one stopped racing and we just rode together to the finish line. At his memorial ride over 100+ riders showed up to pay their respects, most of which had never met him. All walks of life with different beliefs and backgrounds but we all share the same passion. It's pretty awesome.
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    Jan 23, 2013 8:01 PM GMT
    *convenient concern*
    fellow rider falls
    me" are you ok?"
    crasher "...uh...i...don't......!?!?."
    ...i'm already too far to hear the rest...

    that's actually happened in races.
    and i've been on the receiving end also.
    it's ok.


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    Jan 24, 2013 2:11 AM GMT
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    sonicpower19 saidI haven't been to markham park in years. However I have recently been going to oleta state park - specifically for kayaking.
    Wanna rent a bike Friday morning at 7:30am and hit the trails?

    I'll probably have to leave at 10am for work, but it only takes a couple hours to ride the whole trail system. And I'll probably have a couple other people riding with me (one near your age, and kinda cute). icon_wink.gif


    Haha I just saw the offer and it is a shame that I'm back in Chicago for college. Missed opportunity there Paul ;)
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    Jan 24, 2013 11:32 PM GMT
    sonicpower19 said
    paulflexes said
    sonicpower19 saidI haven't been to markham park in years. However I have recently been going to oleta state park - specifically for kayaking.
    Wanna rent a bike Friday morning at 7:30am and hit the trails?

    I'll probably have to leave at 10am for work, but it only takes a couple hours to ride the whole trail system. And I'll probably have a couple other people riding with me (one near your age, and kinda cute). icon_wink.gif


    Haha I just saw the offer and it is a shame that I'm back in Chicago for college. Missed opportunity there Paul ;)
    No biggie. My group of riders is already 15 strong and steadily growing; but getting everyone together at once is pretty much impossible (different schedules). However, I am riding Amelia tomorrow morning @ 9am with one of them. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 03, 2013 5:22 PM GMT
    definitely a tight community.
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    Feb 04, 2013 2:48 PM GMT
    xassantex saiddefinitely a tight community.
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    That looks awesome!

    And the singlet is pretty nice, too.