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5th October 2005

planegirl12:27pm: Confidence Building
Hi, I am new to the list and looking for some advice. Most of my cycling time is spent being a Roadie (don't hit me!) but lately I have been mountain bike riding about once a week. Riding the trails had me nervous from day one, but in the first months of summer I made a lot of progress and started attempting and successfully riding the "scarier" parts of the trail.
Then, one evening in July I had a horrible ride with my boyfriend and his friends in which they went bombing downhill and I went crashing downhill, and I ended up walking 2 hours home bleeding and dragging my bike along behind me. Now to his credit, the BF waited very patiently and was very encouraging, but I was so shaken up that I didn't stop hyperventilating until about midnight. And then I got up at 4am and went to work.
Since that nasty little episode I can't breathe normally while riding downhill because I am so nervous. I don't mind climbing, except that I know I have to turn around and descend, and I am seriously freaked out by riding single track with any sort of drop or precipice off to one side. I end up walking a lot, and the more miles I walk the worse I feel about my (lack of) progress and my (lack of) confidence.
GAH! What can I do to stop being such a wreck?? It is so mind over matter and I am losing the battle.
Any ideas or comaraderie would be greatly appreciated.
Current Mood: annoyed

4th October 2005

schmako2:34pm: Anyone know where I can buy a single Hollowtech I (not hollowtech II!!) crank bolt?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Current Mood: angry

29th September 2005

schmako10:05pm: I was thinking about getting this frame as an upgrade from my hardrock pro 2004.

Does anyone know if everything off the hardtail will be compatable with this new frame?

And is it good value at £449.99 instead of £700. Cheers!
Current Mood: good

27th September 2005

henrys_ashes8:48am: West Fork of the San Gabriel River
Last Saturday's ride was along the west fork of the San Gabriel River. It's a great ride for beginners.

It's an easy 8 miles in along a paved road that slopes gently upward toward the Cogswell Reservoir. The road follows the river which is bee-yoo-tee-ful!

San Gabriel River canyon

You know you want to see more!Collapse )
Current Mood: good

26th September 2005

henrys_ashes11:46am: X-posted to my journal
My workout bike ride finds me grinding up a killer hill to a park, then screaming down a winding fire road back to civilization.

The first time I rode my bicycle from my house to the park was nothing but agony. So was the second time, and the third, and the fourth.

Each uphill climb -- including today's -- presents a sinister, dark moment of self-doubt when I don't think I'll make it.

"My lungs aren't big enough. My legs aren't strong enough. My heart is too weak. Today I'll have to turn back."

No reward. No obvious reason to continue. Just pain. "Why am I doing this?"

But today I achieved a personal goal -- to ride to the top without stopping -- and I've found that the exhiliration of reaching the summit far outweighs the pain of the ascent.

I'm more than pleased that I persisted.

View from the top

View from the top
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On the way down, I startled a beautiful six-point buck that was grazing alongside the fire road. Since I had the speed advantage, I was able to keep up with him for a few moments as he leapt gracefully to my left side and just out of reach in front of me. It was a brief but magnificent "run" with a deer. Eventually he ducked into the trees and ran up a steep hillside.

Yup, today is a very good day!
Current Mood: accomplished

23rd September 2005

cobalt_sky3:46pm: Anyone from Ohio?
I'm trying to find out what the best trail in ohio is.

Here are the trails I have done so far.
West Branch 6 out of 10
Quail Hollow 3 out of 10
Findley State Park 6 out of 10
Vulture's Knob 8 out of 10
Ray's Indoor MTB Park 10 out of 10
Alum Creek 5 out of 10
Atchinson 2 out of 10

I know Ohio has a bit of a bad reputation as a state to go mountain biking in, there are a few hidden gems.

Any thoughts?

20th September 2005

henrys_ashes12:29pm: MTB Newbie
I'm new.

I'm from Southern California.

I ride really slowly.

I huff and puff on steep hills.

I have left chunks of my living flesh on the trail.

I'm loving it!

Oh, and I have some trail pictures on my journal. Please have a look.
Current Mood: happy

17th September 2005

cobalt_sky3:56pm: Rays
I so effing can not wait for them to open!

14th September 2005

schmako1:39pm: Woohoo! I've apparently won a sram X.0 groupset for Fort Bill :D
Current Mood: ecstatic

6th September 2005

schmako6:19pm: Thought i'd give a wee update seeing as i'm off to Fort William tomorrow! Bikes in a bit of a mess just now, needing to sort the B/B as its creeking and sounding horrible at the moment and the back hub is so loose its unreal, they'll be getting sorted tomorrow before I leave. Other than that it seems to be working perfectly, well it survived a 10 mile cycle there, so it aint a total loss. I'll put loads of pictures and update what the champs were like when I get back!
Current Mood: excited

25th August 2005

schmako11:54am: Yas! I'm going to fort bill for the MTB champs, going on Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Amazing!
Current Mood: excited

24th August 2005

ianrox12:22am: The Story of Ian and the Most Ridiculous Jersey Ever...
...Also known as the 2005 Single Speed World Championships. Of course, I feel obligated to give a good rundown of the events.
I can only hope you feel obligated to read it.Collapse )

There's quite a few pictures there, so beware!

Cross-posted, of course.

23rd August 2005

schmako3:17pm: Well here's 3 hours work from yesterday put on my bike! Which was a new Bottom Bracket, XT Crankset, XT Front/Rear Derailleurs and they all seem to be working excellently!
Drive Side:

Non-Drive Side:

Annoyed cause I aint getting up Glentress until Friday, for now cycling to work will have to do!
Current Mood: good

16th August 2005

schmako10:00pm: New Bike Stuff
Seeing as i'm a bit flush with cash just now i've decided to upgrade and replace a lot of stuff on the bike. Definately needing replaced are the: Back Derailleur, Front Derailleur, Bottom Bracket and Front Chainset, so I though I may as well upgrade them while i'm at it.

Bike Repair Manual: £8
XT Hollowtech II Chainset: £140
XT Front Derailleur: £30
XT Rear Derailleur: £35
Shimano Bottom Bracket: £30
Oil/Cleaning Stuff: £17
Panaracer Fire XC Tyre: £25
Specialized BG Enduro Gloves: £25

Total: £310

That'll be the bike working ace and i'll get my arse down and build more trails too!
Next upgrade'll have to be to clipless pedals, but i'll wait until next payday to get them.
Current Mood: good

14th July 2005

ianrox1:35am: Because of my newfound love of my Karate Monkey and its 29" wheels, I have decided that it would be in my best interest to sell my Haro SS MTB to purchase a Gary Fisher Rig SS. I'll miss the bike, but I love 29" wheels sooo much.

On to the bike...Collapse )

2nd July 2005

cobalt_sky4:33am: Mmm, bike parts....
I just ordered my new seat post! It a 'Cane Creek Thud buster LT 3G Seat post'

This will give me 3" of travel in the rear (insert dumb joke here) so now my hard tail will have a more full suspension feel to it!

Which is cool! But I'm also looking at picking up a 2001 Gary Fisher Cake frame, it's all scratched up, so when I get it, I'm going to make all camouflaged and army looking! Right down to make the Gary Fisher logo in cool army looking font! I can't wait!

23rd June 2005

cobalt_sky2:37am: So over at Rays MTB indoor park (http://www.raysmtb.com) they're putting in a 'Gary Fisher Pump Track' Thats sweet! But to tell you the truth, I don't even know what the hell a "Pump Track" is. Can some tell me?

Thanks Shawn!

22nd June 2005

ianrox10:03pm: Exciting developments from Surly

I was just browsing Surly's "new" section on surlybikes.com, and in addition to those amazing looking SS disc hubs they're making in a limited run, they have unveiled a new frame;

Those are 26x3.7" tires. The frame can accept a 4" tire. It uses 135mm hubs front and rear. And yes, they also make a rim that can accept such an absurdly wide tire. I swear, I don't work for Surly, I'm just really impressed.
cobalt_sky3:21pm: Cleveland?
Anyone live near Cleveland Ohio?

I'm looking for people to ride with!

21st June 2005

i_want_a_mullet3:25pm: Hey I just joined this awesome community does anyone know any great southeastern wisconsin trails? I was wondering what kind of bikes you all ride...

15th June 2005

schmako6:21pm: Hey guys, just wondering if anyone has any recommendations for forks?

My current rig is:

Hardrock Pro Frame (hardtail).
XT hydraulic disks (160mm rotors).
Deore complete chainset.

My riding style is mainly xc, with a bit of agressiveness added in. Basically your red route style riding. I've heard the MX comps with eta are good, any help is appreciated cheers!
Current Mood: good

6th June 2005

schmako7:29pm: Alright guys, just upgraded my hardrock pro's disks from the crappy mechanical shimano 475, 6" disc to the rather nicer shimano LX hydraulics with XT levers, again 6" discs.

Anyone know what the difference will be like for cross country and a wee bit freeride?
Current Mood: tired
ianrox8:58am: Time vs. Crank Bros.
Well, seeing as my Time ATACs are damn near three years old, and it seems the springs are starting to wear out a bit (although it may be the fact that the soles of my shoes are horribly worn down, leaving me to practically walk on the cleats), it may be time to get some new pedals. My question is, has anyone ridden both ATACs and Egg Beaters, and do you have a preference? Where I ride, I notice that more people seem to choose Egg Beaters over the ATACs. I think Egg Beaters might have better holding ability (I know they have a wider release angle)?

1st June 2005

ianrox5:45pm: Has anyone registered for the Single Speed World Championships in State College, PA? I just want to see if anyone here is going.

By the way, registration for it opened up about 40 minutes ago, and it's just about full - 296/400. If you want to register for it, head on over here, but hurry up!

Totally crossposted.
(trailbiking, bikepirates, dh_fr_mtbiking, mountain_biking)

22nd May 2005

ianrox8:00pm: Hey, I'm New Here
Does anyone have any recommendations for MTB tires? Preferably in the 26x1.9-2.3 range. I've heard that the Hutchinson Scorpions (Spiders?) are really good on just about any surface. I have a pair of Kenda Karmas on my bike now, and while they do pretty well with dirt and everything, I tend to slip a little on the rear going up rocks (I live 2 minutes away from Fairmount Park in Philadelphia), which usually results in me dabbing and having to start over again. Any thoughts?

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