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Any mountain bikers here

JetrailJetrail Member Posts: 201 Member Member Posts: 201 Member
Hi, I was just wondering if anybody else here rides mountain bikes?. I used to ride BMX bikes all the way up till I got into my 30s and then stopped. I decided to give mountain biking a try last year because I wanted the exercise but needed something that was lower impact on my knees then running. Needless to say I fell in love with it and I'm planning on riding a lot this year. I was just wondering if there was anybody else on here that rode.

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  • NorthCascadesNorthCascades Member Posts: 10,227 Member Member Posts: 10,227 Member
    I wish. There aren't any trails I'm interested in within a ~75 mile radius. So it just doesn't make sense to have one. ☹️ Every now and then I rent one when I'm away and have a blast.

    Gravel though, we've got plenty of that, and it gets you off the beaten path. I ride gravel in the mountains, that should at least make me an honorary MTBer.
  • preferablybeerpreferablybeer Member Posts: 80 Member Member Posts: 80 Member
    Love mountain biking! Haven’t in a while to be honest but will be starting up again. Love being on two wheels!
  • amorfati601070amorfati601070 Member Posts: 2,320 Member Member Posts: 2,320 Member
    Used to until someone stole my Scott Spark 730. Stupid Junkies probably rode it into a river. RIP

    Might get a hardtail again, pretty much just ride XC

    Im a Roadie fo sure but MTB is so much better for fun.
    edited April 4
  • tbilly20tbilly20 Member Posts: 154 Member Member Posts: 154 Member
    I am a big fan of dirt riding! Indiana is not exactly renowned for its mountains or trails, but the Hoosier National Forest in Southern Indiana is home to some of the finest trail systems in the Midwest. The weather was great here yesterday, and I made it out on single track for the first time this year.

    This is my Trek Fuel EX!
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  • redduck1963redduck1963 Member Posts: 5 Member Member Posts: 5 Member
    I don't get to ride as often as I would like, but I ride road and mtb both. I'm lucky enough to have a roughly five mile loop that starts about three blocks from work. Trails are just about dry now after winter, time to hit it again!
  • VegasFitVegasFit Member Posts: 1,233 Member Member Posts: 1,233 Member
    I ride MTB! Got addicted about three years ago!
  • jjpptt2jjpptt2 Member Posts: 5,189 Member Member Posts: 5,189 Member
    Yep. Full squish, HT SS, and road.
  • pridesabtchpridesabtch Member Posts: 910 Member Member Posts: 910 Member
    Every time I go I flip something. I'm just not technical enough for the trails here in WV. I stick to the pavement, but love having other riders as pals on here.
  • MaltedTeaMaltedTea Member, Premium Posts: 5,141 Member Member, Premium Posts: 5,141 Member
    I love mountain biking. This season, my son gets my old commuter bike and I'm shopping for an urban-friendly mountain bike.

    My city - Montréal, Canada - is actually an island with one big hill in the middle so it makes for some fun rides! Plus, there are plenty of rugged trails nearby.

    Looking forward to seeing more of this thread!
  • VegasFitVegasFit Member Posts: 1,233 Member Member Posts: 1,233 Member
    Last night was our official night ride of the year. Last year of course cancelled by Covid. Took me about a mile to get used to riding in darkness again. I missed it!
  • SailorDoom88SailorDoom88 Member Posts: 9 Member Member Posts: 9 Member
    Love mountain biking! I was a full-fledged roadie for awhile, raced road and CX, then got a full-suspension mountain bike (Specialized Safire Comp) a couple years ago and fell in love. I am still not where I'd like to be skills- and fitness-wise to take advantage of all the beautiful trails here in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho, but I am progressing each season. Last week, I went on a trip to Fruita, Colorado to visit some family and was able to check out some of the amazing trail systems there -- even though I've only scratched the surface, I would love to go back and would recommend that area to anybody since there's something for all skill levels! Getting more into mountain biking is one of my main reasons for focusing on my health and fitness lately. I have now hit my goals for 16 weeks in a row and am just about to purchase my planned reward: a season pass to our local MTB park -- I am hoping that will help me work on some skills (although there may be some diminished focus on fitness, since it it all lift-supported). If I continue to hit my health and fitness goals, I plan to enroll in a 3-day MTB retreat in British Columbia that incorporates instruction and rides for fun, which has always been out of my league and way too expensive. The pic below is from some late-summer riding at a nature preserve near Spokane, Washington last year. I'm really enjoying this thread and getting amped for this season!

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  • cwolfman13cwolfman13 Member Posts: 39,023 Member Member Posts: 39,023 Member
    Jetrail wrote: »
    Hi, I was just wondering if anybody else here rides mountain bikes?. I used to ride BMX bikes all the way up till I got into my 30s and then stopped. I decided to give mountain biking a try last year because I wanted the exercise but needed something that was lower impact on my knees then running. Needless to say I fell in love with it and I'm planning on riding a lot this year. I was just wondering if there was anybody else on here that rode.

    Yup...mountain and road. I typically do more road or cross-country trails because I can just roll either bike out of the garage and go ride and for mountain biking I have to load up and drive at least 30-40 minutes...but it's hella fun. Haven't been out on the mountain since the fall...wife and I are planning our first big excursion for the season next Sunday when we have to drive up to see my mom in the mountains anyway...might as well hit the trails for a couple of hours.

    I have a hardtail, so nothing crazy
    edited April 7
  • jjpptt2jjpptt2 Member Posts: 5,189 Member Member Posts: 5,189 Member
    VegasFit wrote: »
    Last night was our official night ride of the year. Last year of course cancelled by Covid. Took me about a mile to get used to riding in darkness again. I missed it!

    it's an entirely different experience.
  • JetrailJetrail Member Posts: 201 Member Member Posts: 201 Member
    jjpptt2 wrote: »
    Yep. Full squish, HT SS, and road.

    That is awesome. Right now I just have a full suspension mountain bike. I still have the BMX bike but I doubt I'll ever be back on it seriously. So last year I decided to try mountain biking and of course anybody that was looking for a bike last year nose due to the pandemic there was a massive shortage. I found a cheap hyper havoc, I took it to the local mountain bike trails with my buddy and quickly realize that the bike was not capable of what I needed LOL. During the fall I was able to pick up a old Mongoose black comb frame and I decided to build it because I like the bike. So this will be my ride for this year and probably next at least until I get better at mountain biking but I'm also riding a echelon flex bike in the house to help burn calories and start to build more endurance.
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