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Old 10-29-2012, 04:05 AM   #1826
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In other new I am fat and need some local (UW district) bros to ride with. Anyone looking to show me some local trails?
http://evergreenmtb.org/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page info page on all the trails here in WA along with how to get there, typical riding conditions, skill level needed. Also go to this site's main page to find classes and group rides.

Here can get you in touch with some guys:
http://centercycle.com/articles/ride...vents-pg37.htm
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Old 10-30-2012, 01:58 AM   #1827
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I'll chime in here and add one more vote to a hardtail for a beginner. I think it is a good way to get into the sport with a decent component set and not spend too much money. If you get serious and pick up some skills, then you can drop the cash on a better bike. In fact I rode full suspension for years and "downgraded" to a 22lb hardtail last season for XC racing. Couldn't have been happier for the price.

To corroborate a couple other things that were mention...I super strongly agree with going with a Fox fork. I'm currently on my first Fox and the combination of reliability and performance is great. That is after about 15 years riding numerous Manitou, Rock Shox, and Marzocchi forks that always failed. And it is no joke that you can easily spend hundreds of dollars to get sufficiently set up with gear for mt bikign. It doesn't seem like much but if you're doing trail riding you'll probably want a helmet, gloves, sunglasses, backpack, portable tools, shoes, and shorts. It adds up fast!
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Old 10-30-2012, 02:06 AM   #1828
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Here can get you in touch with some guys:
http://centercycle.com/articles/ride...vents-pg37.htm
These rides are great, we have 3 NWIC riders! I work at Center Cycle so if you have any questions about the rides you can come in and ask! Or call the shop, ask for Colin!
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Old 10-30-2012, 02:11 AM   #1829
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I'll chime in here and add one more vote to a hardtail for a beginner. I think it is a good way to get into the sport with a decent component set and not spend too much money. If you get serious and pick up some skills, then you can drop the cash on a better bike. In fact I rode full suspension for years and "downgraded" to a 22lb hardtail last season for XC racing. Couldn't have been happier for the price.

To corroborate a couple other things that were mention...I super strongly agree with going with a Fox fork. I'm currently on my first Fox and the combination of reliability and performance is great. That is after about 15 years riding numerous Manitou, Rock Shox, and Marzocchi forks that always failed. And it is no joke that you can easily spend hundreds of dollars to get sufficiently set up with gear for mt bikign. It doesn't seem like much but if you're doing trail riding you'll probably want a helmet, gloves, sunglasses, backpack, portable tools, shoes, and shorts. It adds up fast!
I guess the most important question we should ask is, what is your total budget?
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Old 10-30-2012, 04:20 AM   #1830
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selling my Giant XTC 3 nrs fs 4" bike on craigslist... want to buy a transition trans am.
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Old 10-30-2012, 01:04 PM   #1831
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Some good advice and resources posted above.

If you get in with some cool riders you might find peeps willing to loan you rides so you can get a feel of it.
Our small local group is pretty good about that and they get excited about getting people on bikes.

I just started biking recently, started off on a hardtail (more than adequate for me) that a friend sold me for $100 (he had over $1K invested). A few friends let me try out there DJs and squishy bikes so I could get a feel of the geo differences.

Now I ride with a very bike knowledgeable friend frequently enough that he knows my riding style/limitations. He points me in the direction of a bike and or parts and I just go for it.
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Old 10-30-2012, 02:31 PM   #1832
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So what's the rain etiquette out here? Don't ride? Or do the trails hold up just fine?
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Old 10-30-2012, 02:42 PM   #1833
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I think when its super heavy rain out there its best to avoid and maybe give it a day or two to soak up. I know that the way Evergreen is building trails these days considers rainy day riding. meaning proper drainage and such. Duthie was pretty soggy the first fall, but you don't see those same puddles anymore.

Tokul East used to be pretty good in the rain. Not sure how it is after the logging. I don't think its ready. Maybe Tokul West is ok.

-joel
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Old 11-02-2012, 12:15 PM   #1834
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How is duthie holding up? Headed to Seattle this weekend and thinking about bring my DJ to ride the slalom for a bit.
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Old 11-02-2012, 04:47 PM   #1835
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Duthie is pretty good. The ds was good last week and we haven't seen too much rain.
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:42 PM   #1836
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Rode out at Black Diamond today. A few puddles in the usual spots. Overall very good and perfect temp. Time to charge the lights up.
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Old 11-08-2012, 06:38 PM   #1837
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Rear end started feeling "loose" on my decent yesterday right before I pinched flatted my rear tire.
Did the walk of shame.
Replaced the tube today on my Reign and was going through a pre-ride inspection when I heard a creaking/cracking sound.
Found the culprit .


Took it down to the LBS, a new part will be requested tomorrow. Dammit, I was planning on riding ratpac on Sunday.
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:46 PM   #1838
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^Yikes! Is it under warranty?

I really need to get on my bike. Stupid in-laws are ruining my weekend!
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Old 11-09-2012, 12:38 AM   #1839
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Should be. Frames are warrantied for life to the original owner.
Apparently this failure is unheard of.
No big hits are wrecks. Been over the bars on this bike 2-3 times total, nothing ever bad and nothing recent.
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Old 11-29-2012, 03:34 PM   #1840
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A lot of train building and maintenance has been put in this past month.
We now have about 15 miles of single track cut in.
It's going to be a good mix of x-country that is a bit flowy with some mild technical riding that won't be outside of anyone's riding ability.
I was out yesterday putting in some hips along a small section of an access road that links two trails to make some sorta of fun options. Weather turned on me, it started to snow and get REALLY cold so I didn't polish it up.
Some others are finishing up linking the top of the hill to a trail that goes through the lower perimeter of the property. So far it's around 2 miles of descent. Some bootable wedges haven been put in as options and some descent berms as well.
Things are looking well, this is really going to be a fun place to ride in 1-2 years.
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Old 11-29-2012, 04:28 PM   #1841
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A lot of train building and maintenance has been put in this past month.
We now have about 15 miles of single track cut in.
It's going to be a good mix of x-country that is a bit flowy with some mild technical riding that won't be outside of anyone's riding ability.
I was out yesterday putting in some hips along a small section of an access road that links two trails to make some sorta of fun options. Weather turned on me, it started to snow and get REALLY cold so I didn't polish it up.
Some others are finishing up linking the top of the hill to a trail that goes through the lower perimeter of the property. So far it's around 2 miles of descent. Some bootable wedges haven been put in as options and some descent berms as well.
Things are looking well, this is really going to be a fun place to ride in 1-2 years.
What trail is this?
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:12 PM   #1842
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Network of trails in C. Washington.

https://www.facebook.com/Stay.trails?ref=ts&fref=ts
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Old 03-19-2013, 06:53 PM   #1843
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anyone riding these days? I finally got on the bike for a short spin at Duthie over in Issaquah. Was painfully obvious it had been 4 months. Eventually gained a little confidence towards the end and didn't feeling like my lungs and heart were going to explode.

-joel
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Old 03-19-2013, 11:11 PM   #1844
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anyone riding these days? I finally got on the bike for a short spin at Duthie over in Issaquah. Was painfully obvious it had been 4 months. Eventually gained a little confidence towards the end and didn't feeling like my lungs and heart were going to explode.

-joel
I started riding a month ago actually. Picked up a used specialized hardrock and put about 300 miles on it before I decided the bike couldn't keep up with me. I have a brand new sette razzo x7 waiting for me at home right now
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Old 03-19-2013, 11:43 PM   #1845
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I'm changing jobs in a couple weeks, Ill have more free time in the evenings so I'm looking to meet up and ride Japanese gulch or Duthie after work a couple times a week.
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Old 03-20-2013, 01:22 AM   #1846
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I need to find a cheap way to spin my all mountain bike like a trainer...no matter how heavy I squat my legs hurt if Im not pedaling the bike weekly
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Old 03-20-2013, 02:18 AM   #1847
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i just built up a hardtail giant. i plan on breaking it at some point. will be riding a lot at duthie and other trails. i might try to volunteer with emba.

here's trails at summit ridge black diamond
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Old 03-20-2013, 02:25 AM   #1848
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Been riding when ever it's too warm ride pow.
Spent a few days this week building.
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Old 03-20-2013, 03:27 PM   #1849
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Anyone going to be out at Beacon Hill for the Double Down Hoe Down?
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Old 03-20-2013, 06:57 PM   #1850
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I've ridden a few times in the last couple weeks. The west side trails are still too soggy, but there is good riding to be had to the north and east of Bend. I need to service my Joplin R. It won't raise back up when I push the lever. Also need some new shorts, glasses and gloves.

Early season climbing is painful, well I guess climbing is painful in general. But it feels good to pedal.
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