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Old 03-09-2011, 09:02 PM   #1201
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Old 03-09-2011, 10:29 PM   #1202
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That. Is. Awesome.
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Old 03-10-2011, 04:34 AM   #1203
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The gap jumps are sick, like around 2:22 in the video. Love the dog near the beginning.
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Old 03-10-2011, 10:38 PM   #1204
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Old 03-11-2011, 10:49 AM   #1205
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AFAIK the gap jump around 2.30 claimed a ton of riders. Valparaiso is an awesome course!
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Old 03-11-2011, 11:29 AM   #1206
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Speaking of bikes.. I cannibalized two others to rebuild this one, and it just needs a little more tweaking and a lot more ti. Wish it were as light as my S-Works Roubaix

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Old 03-14-2011, 09:21 PM   #1207
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Siiiiiick broooooos

Shonky is taking longer to build then anticipated. The 3 months of fulltime freelance that I did ****ed me on my taxes.....oops
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Old 03-21-2011, 03:38 PM   #1208
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So is there something about spandex that makes riding down hill a colossal problem?

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Old 03-21-2011, 04:54 PM   #1209
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Old 03-21-2011, 04:54 PM   #1210
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So is there something about spandex that makes riding down hill a colossal problem?
Bad body positioning + wrong bike geometry + lack of descending skills + zero confidence = fail
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Old 03-21-2011, 09:28 PM   #1211
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I don't see where spandex comes into play. Steep hill, loose surface = hilarious video.
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Old 03-21-2011, 09:55 PM   #1212
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I've ridden the 24-Hours of Glen MTB race several times. Any semi-technical downhill sections regularly claim many spandex junkies on cross country bikes. They hammer on the flats and uphills but struggle mightily when the trails get steep and their bike's geometry and their upright body positioning throws them over the bars...just like in that video.
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Old 03-21-2011, 10:20 PM   #1213
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I don't see where spandex comes into play. Steep hill, loose surface = hilarious video.
Pretty much. There were plenty of different bikes and styles in there, it was a steep loose descent.
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Old 03-22-2011, 09:41 AM   #1214
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lol you guys are all taking me so seriously. I was just taking my weekly shot at grape smugglers.
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Old 03-26-2011, 10:59 PM   #1215
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7:30 AM this morning

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Old 03-26-2011, 11:19 PM   #1216
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Wow Jealous

are those studded tires?
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Old 03-26-2011, 11:23 PM   #1217
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Yep. Nokians FTW.
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Old 03-27-2011, 01:28 AM   #1218
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So i think i am finally going to man up and get a bike this year. Im looking at a Gary Fisher Advanced Disc for $399 new. Any comments or reviews on this bike? Also it is a hardtail and i was wondering if i could use it on some downhill, such as if i ever choose to hit up highland park. I understand alot will be riding skill level but would it beable to handle downhill terrain?

Also if there are any more used bikes floating around here with up to a $400 price and a small frame (15") let me know and ill take a look.
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Old 03-27-2011, 07:49 AM   #1219
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Im looking at a Gary Fisher Advanced Disc for $399 new. Any comments or reviews on this bike?
http://fisherbikes.com/bike/model/advance-disc

It's an entry level hardtail mountain bike with basic components. Good for flat trails and paths, but not meant for a lot of abuse. Definitely not meant for DH or aggressive riding, unless you want to spend money replacing everything that breaks, in which case you might as well just spend the extra cash up front and get something better.
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Old 03-27-2011, 09:26 AM   #1220
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Come to CT and ride www.bikerag.com Lots of nice places to ride over here
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Old 03-27-2011, 10:21 AM   #1221
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Yep. Nokians FTW.
awesome. i had been pricing out winter tires, but where i am located the amount of snow or ice is either gone the next day or too deep to move in, so i figured i would save the $ and just hike on those days i'd want to ride.

wish i was up in that area though
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Old 03-27-2011, 01:59 PM   #1222
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Winter riding is awesome, but you have to have just the right conditions. The harder and more frozen the ground the better. April will bring some rain and if the temps drop below freezing at night, the riding will be perfect around here.
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Old 03-27-2011, 01:59 PM   #1223
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So i think i am finally going to man up and get a bike this year. Im looking at a Gary Fisher Advanced Disc for $399 new. Any comments or reviews on this bike? Also it is a hardtail and i was wondering if i could use it on some downhill, such as if i ever choose to hit up highland park. I understand alot will be riding skill level but would it beable to handle downhill terrain?

Also if there are any more used bikes floating around here with up to a $400 price and a small frame (15") let me know and ill take a look.
Gary Fisher makes some good bikes, as well as Trek (being the same company). I would take a look at whats offered by Specialized in that range as well. I couldn't tell you the 11' models and prices since for the first time ever I'm not working in a bike shop this spring (well, not yet, need weekend hours ) but I would check out the Hardrock disc. You may pay a little more, but they are a fantastic entry level bike.

As far as HMBP goes, I wouldn't ride any bike in that range, or even a hardtail on any of the downhill terrain there. I haven't explored their xc-ish trails if they exist, but most of the mountain would be a nightmare on a hardtail unless you're an incredibly smooth rider.
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Old 03-28-2011, 11:23 AM   #1224
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Gary Fisher makes some good bikes, as well as Trek (being the same company). I would take a look at whats offered by Specialized in that range as well. I couldn't tell you the 11' models and prices since for the first time ever I'm not working in a bike shop this spring (well, not yet, need weekend hours ) but I would check out the Hardrock disc. You may pay a little more, but they are a fantastic entry level bike.

As far as HMBP goes, I wouldn't ride any bike in that range, or even a hardtail on any of the downhill terrain there. I haven't explored their xc-ish trails if they exist, but most of the mountain would be a nightmare on a hardtail unless you're an incredibly smooth rider.
Some people ride XC bikes down the left side trails. Though I usually see them with flats more often than not. Hellion is doable with a hard tail also, if you know what you're doing on that trail.
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Old 03-28-2011, 11:31 AM   #1225
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Does anyone know much about the Worcester Earn a Bike program? It sounds like a cool program. Does anyone know the quality of the bike you can earn are they decent or just basic low end bikes?
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