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Old 09-05-2009, 10:48 AM   #601
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Default Shenandoah Mountain 100 tomorrow!

So I'm headed down to Harrisonburg, Va. in a couple of hours with some buddies for the SM100 tomorrow. It's a brutal race to say the least. We will camp tonight at the Stokesville campground before our 5am wakeup call. The race starts at approx. 6:30am, and I expect the pros (Jeff Schalk, Jeremiah Bishop, Harlan Price) to finish in roughly 6 hours 45 minutes. My goal is to beat my 2007 time by an hour. I was pretty slow at 11:51. I'll be on my 09' Giant Trance X2 with Kenda Smallbloc 8 2.1's. The course has pavement, fireroads, double track, and some gnarly singletrack with over 14,000 ft. of climbing. My taint is already puckering in anticipation of 11 hours in the saddle!
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Old 09-05-2009, 02:01 PM   #602
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So I'm headed down to Harrisonburg, Va. in a couple of hours with some buddies for the SM100 tomorrow. It's a brutal race to say the least. We will camp tonight at the Stokesville campground before our 5am wakeup call. The race starts at approx. 6:30am, and I expect the pros (Jeff Schalk, Jeremiah Bishop, Harlan Price) to finish in roughly 6 hours 45 minutes. My goal is to beat my 2007 time by an hour. I was pretty slow at 11:51. I'll be on my 09' Giant Trance X2 with Kenda Smallbloc 8 2.1's. The course has pavement, fireroads, double track, and some gnarly singletrack with over 14,000 ft. of climbing. My taint is already puckering in anticipation of 11 hours in the saddle!
wow, thats a hell of a race, good luck!
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Old 09-05-2009, 06:24 PM   #603
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Old 09-07-2009, 04:10 PM   #604
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OK,
so I'm finally back on the couch after a long weekend. I still have a bit of numbness in both hands, so typing is a chore. Fortunately everything went really well. My goal was to beat my previous time by at least an hour. My last go around took 11 hours 51 minutes. Yesterday I was able to knock it out in 10 hours 40 minutes.

So where we riding tomorrow? J/K!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 12-11-2009, 04:15 PM   #605
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who has cold weather riding gear?
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Old 12-11-2009, 04:21 PM   #606
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who has cold weather riding gear?
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Old 12-11-2009, 06:32 PM   #607
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Old 12-11-2009, 07:20 PM   #608
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I was planning on riding Fountainhead tomorrow morning if anyone is interested.

1 full lap at about a 1hour pace, then 1/2 a lap or so at a medium pace if there is any gas left in the tank.
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Old 02-16-2010, 09:16 PM   #609
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Looking to get a mountain bike as a means to improve my health.

I've found this bike on craigslist:

Fuji Discovery Mountain bike - $150 firm

17" Chromoly flex frame, Fuji Discovery
24 speed, GRIP shift, STX RC components
Tektro brakes
Mavic Rims
Bar ends
New tires
Every component on this bike was hand picked and built for being a light weight flexible mountain bike.
All in all it was close to $1000 new, however, I haven't had much time to ride her.

Is it worthwhile? I'll be riding on roads, trails, wooded areas. I don't anticipate riding 20+miles a day. I think a mountain bike suits my needs overall. Edumacate me with your experience.
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Old 02-16-2010, 10:05 PM   #610
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I have a hard time believing that bike was ever anywhere close to $1k.

its old. cro mo frame, 8 speed cassette, STX, shimano grip shift.
Not that thats necessarily a terrible thing, but just so you know, its probably from sometime in the 90s.
If all you have is $150 and that bike is in good mechanical shape then its a solid buy. the most important thing is that you start riding.

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Looking to get a mountain bike as a means to improve my health.

I've found this bike on craigslist:

Fuji Discovery Mountain bike - $150 firm

17" Chromoly flex frame, Fuji Discovery
24 speed, GRIP shift, STX RC components
Tektro brakes
Mavic Rims
Bar ends
New tires
Every component on this bike was hand picked and built for being a light weight flexible mountain bike.
All in all it was close to $1000 new, however, I haven't had much time to ride her.

Is it worthwhile? I'll be riding on roads, trails, wooded areas. I don't anticipate riding 20+miles a day. I think a mountain bike suits my needs overall. Edumacate me with your experience.
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Old 02-16-2010, 10:27 PM   #611
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id love to bike with you guys. my and a buddy of mine both got new(to me) bikes. i dont know a lot but im learning as i go. i gonna need some schooling from you gurus too lol.


here's mine: bought it off an employee at Bike Lane. ive just cruised around in it but i know it has a lot of potential.

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Old 02-17-2010, 08:23 AM   #612
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People on craigslist always inflate the original value to justify their asking price. Unless anyone says different I'll pick this one up. I'm a casual rider and don't need the newest technology.
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Old 02-17-2010, 10:10 AM   #613
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How tall are you? Just wondering if a 17" frame will fit. And if I were you I'd keep looking. That sounds like a pretty old bike.
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Old 02-17-2010, 10:55 AM   #614
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How tall are you? Just wondering if a 17" frame will fit. And if I were you I'd keep looking. That sounds like a pretty old bike.
and by old he means = POS. Keep looking, there are better deals out there.
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Old 02-17-2010, 10:14 PM   #615
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..or not..
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Old 02-18-2010, 08:32 PM   #616
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I'm 5'10

I'll keep checking craigslist.
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Old 03-05-2010, 02:15 PM   #617
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I'm 5'10

I'll keep checking craigslist.
this is a better deal than the one you posted above for a similar price
http://www.more-mtb.org/forum/showthread.php?t=17814

but it may be too big for you

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Old 03-09-2010, 09:52 AM   #618
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Hey guys, please help me. I am trying to get back into riding and I can't decide on a bike. I have always rode GT bikes and would like to stick with what I know. I found these two that are in my price range. I am really not sure if the extra hundred bucks is worth it to upgrade to the Avalanche 2.0 from the 3.0. I plan on doing some "mild" trail riding and lots of easy flat/dirt riding. Any opinions/suggestions would be appreciated.

http://www.performancebike.com/webap...mmaryOnly=true

http://www.performancebike.com/webap...mmaryOnly=true

(keep in mind that the 3.0 in white and red matches my car)
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Old 03-09-2010, 10:08 AM   #619
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I'd go for the 2.0. I've used both mechanical and hydraulic discs, and to me the hydraulic brakes have a MUCH better feel and better stopping power. The 2.0 is a better bike IMO.
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Old 03-09-2010, 10:13 AM   #620
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thanks, you're right... stopping is pretty important. (learned that the hard way in my wrx)

Yep, just priced them both out and the 2.0 is actually only 20 bucks more than the 3.0 because of a sale they're running right now.
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Old 03-09-2010, 10:41 AM   #621
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always get the best bike you can afford

edit: looks like the 1.0 is only $50 more than the 2.0, id go with that, thats a good amount of bike for $600
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Old 03-09-2010, 12:57 PM   #622
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Question Felt Virtue Four?

Unfortunately, I missed this thread when my son was looking for mountain bike.

We ended up buying a unused but 2 year old 2007 Felt Virtue Four for $900 when the local Hudson Trail Outfitter was closing.

Any comments on how well these bikes hold up?

Any ideas on where to get a users manual? (HTO didn't have it any more)

Thanks,
Harry

Random links to 2009 Felt Virtue Four:
http://2009.feltracing.com/09/order.aspx?pid=32
and 2007 model:
http://www.allproducts.com/manufactu.../product4.html

I've never heard of Felt, but looking at the spec it seeems like a very good deal for $900.

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Old 03-09-2010, 04:07 PM   #623
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I have an '08 Avalanche 2.0 Disc I bought at Performance a year ago while on sale. While I love the bike and it still runs flawlessly after a year of trailing, I wish I would have spring the extra $100 for the 1.0 at that time. It's always cheaper to buy what you want first then have to spend more upgrading later.
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Old 03-14-2010, 07:28 PM   #624
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Well me and the lady just both got Avalanche 2.0's. Pretty awesome! too bad it's been raining the past few days.
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Old 03-14-2010, 10:06 PM   #625
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I just ordered a 2010 Specialized Rockhopper Comp Disk. Bike felt great to me.

Going to pick it up on Tuesday from Annapolis.
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