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Like the title says I got out for my first what I call a real ride, sorry no ride pix it! A real ride for me is with some cool buddis and lots of rain, I had both, and 2 crazy Dogs Maxxis and Jack :D

We hit the beach a top spot, it was raining cats and dogs purfect, 2 jerseys and one jacket, a pisspot, and moto googles in roll off mode and first time since 07, I drew on my RF leg guards:eek:

The boys were all on big rigs:eekster: Jedi, Diggle and a Glory along for the ride, a Regin rider joined us a bit later on!

Let loose the dogs of war, Jack the english terrier was off the little Alien he reminds me of an Alien from the Alien movie but hes a great dog and awesome personality, add in my mutt Maxxis and full on running choas is on point non stop!

A quick ride up the road to the fence to hit the Hoff or the Husslehoff trail, so a quick drop off the fence line to the bottom of the trail and I'm on my bike for no more than a second, my fogged up googles with the fancy rolloffs just determined to let me down sent me for my first over the bars into the soft sand about 5feet to the bottom RFX tumbling on top of me, I avoided completely landing on my neck or head, oouch some pain, but I'm good.

Time to make the big walk up the Hoff and catch up to the others who were long gone with the too mutts!:rolleyes: :D

The googles are thrown into the back pack:nono:

So after a good 10-15min of walking pushing he bike up this awesome trail even backwards ya get a sense of the flow of this wikid trail its all flow, off camber roots in all the wrong places just waiting to nail ya on the apex of a corner, I love it this is my kind of trail!

So we get to the top, and head up to the upper Hoff with some gappers for the boys to try, I'm not in flight mode and won't be for sometime, not by choice anyway. though I did sneak in a few 2fts to flat later on got to be done not a real ride otherwise!

So the boys start sessioning a run or too and its plain the ground up here out of the trees is soft, not muddy or wet because its got great drainage being mainly a good sand base but packed, still soft, the lads are determined to do some air time tranny shaping, ex coming up short which is fun to watch, I got some vid so when I get a chance I will upload on a faster connection!

After that we hit some other narly downhill trail I hadn't ridden for well at least too years it was steep and soft, very steep and very soft, my second OTB fook, this time a little harder, and bunged my leg avoiding the head neck impact, oh well HTFU I told myself the boys are gone try to get some move on, another corner and big drop and no nanny line I tried to make one and then fook another OTB this time rolling down the drop, thank gawd its all soft sand here and branches to the side of the trail, bear in mind on my my own here no one to follow my loyal dog yeah right, when Jacks around hes gone, is well down the bottom of the trail with the lads I suspect, I dust off and feel pretty fookered now, so cruise myself safely to the end of this trail.

By now I realize I'm not the rider I was and its still a long way to go, to be fair I have re damped my fork and while that's working great I also need the stiffest stiff spring in my Van 36, in my local I can get away with my setup and with my new damping it will be butter but its dosen't push you like the beach does not on 6inch, the Beach aka A51 is a challenge if ya know where to ride! my 66 would have loved this the 36 is gonna take some time and more tuning and me mostly, I would say though that on the ground it mostly traced awesome, my run down the Hoff, I wasn't far behind the boys a real tech flow trail with off cambers ready to down you if ya push it or are cocky, I stayed on there and was in full control so was stoked, also I mounted my Romic back on and was very impressed with how the shock performed with my SS setup, it was butter progressive and pedaled great.

We hit the AFL to end another nice wee trail, but with some drops smaller 2-4 ft jumps some with hidden hole son the other side ya can't see until its too late so if not enough sped it can be nasty, I hit a few of these and came up short on the last one as it looked a tame 2ft to flat I nailed it more like a 4ft with gap but the Romic held its line while I had a wee moment and carried on!

So great ride painful but fun, it stretched me out for sure, now I need to get a stiffer spring, a Full Face and neck brace, good to see one of our crew riding a Leatt this day too, :thumbsup:

Now a full week of recovery and physio hopefully;)

One wee pix, I had some Enduro seals put on as well as a fluid rate change, the fork is like butter and after riding in these conditions the seals are awesome, usually a bit of rain would have the fork covered in black gunk oozing out of the stock seals I suspect fluid, not so with Enduros clean clean and smooth, impressed! they look good too:thumbsup:
 

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Doooood, take it easy. :nono: ;) :D Great to be back on the bike again, yeah? Now...stay ON the bike!
 

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Good to hear you're riding!

It's been a long time. Take it easy to start.
 

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You know, TA, maybe hitting gaps just isn't in your future. I never hit gaps. I descend very gingerly. I love to climb. I love to just cruise flowy singletrack, usually slowly but at least I'm on the bike. I walk my bike down the sketchiest of descents, guilt free.

Sorry to say this but maybe you just need to get back into biking as an xc rider like me. Build up a medium weight 4" ride and just, well, ride. Don't head for steep descents with your DH buddies, find a relatively flat flowy trail where you can just get used to the moves it takes to just ride a bike. I dunno, maybe you never rode that way. Try it. Hey, with all respect, you're the one coming off a near-death broken neck and a year of physio, let that experience be your guide as to how you should ride in the future.
 

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You know, TA, maybe hitting gaps just isn't in your future. I never hit gaps. I descend very gingerly. I love to climb. I love to just cruise flowy singletrack, usually slowly but at least I'm on the bike. I walk my bike down the sketchiest of descents, guilt free.

Sorry to say this but maybe you just need to get back into biking as an xc rider like me. Build up a medium weight 4" ride and just, well, ride. Don't head for steep descents with your DH buddies, find a relatively flat flowy trail where you can just get used to the moves it takes to just ride a bike. I dunno, maybe you never rode that way. Try it. Hey, with all respect, you're the one coming off a near-death broken neck and a year of physio, let that experience be your guide as to how you should ride in the future.
but does TA know wines?
 

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FooK that! ^^^^^

Great to hear your back on the bike. Who the hell needs pics? I followed every word and the pictures in my head were no doubt more hilarious than anything that could possibly have been captured on film.

I did the same thing after my surgery. Pushing myself harder each time. Eventually, I became a better rider because of it. Working through the pain and finding those thresholds. You should expect some spills here and there, but walking away from them is an accomplishment and some folks have to live their life that way. If they didn't most everyone else would not know what the possibilities are. You do much for the sport and I love your stories. I have heard real good things about your trails and I hope to get a chance to visit someday. Until then...I will live vicariously through your antics....Keep the rubber side down and good luck!
 

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but does TA know wines?
I bet he knows my summer wines of choice currently: The Little Penguin Chardonnay and Alice White Lexia, both Australian.
 

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FooK that! ^^^^^

Great to hear your back on the bike. Who the hell needs pics? I followed every word and the pictures in my head were no doubt more hilarious than anything that could possibly have been captured on film.

I did the same thing after my surgery. Pushing myself harder each time. Eventually, I became a better rider because of it. Working through the pain and finding those thresholds. You should expect some spills here and there, but walking away from them is an accomplishment and some folks have to live their life that way. If they didn't most everyone else would not know what the possibilities are. You do much for the sport and I love your stories. I have heard real good things about your trails and I hope to get a chance to visit someday. Until then...I will live vicariously through your antics....Keep the rubber side down and good luck!
No disrespect meant to you, Mtn. Biker123, but I'm willing to bet your injury/surgery pales in comparison to TAs. His was life-threatening and remained so for months after his crash. I for one enjoy posts from TA the man, not necessarily TA the guy who rides hard and hits gaps. Anything he writes is an interesting read. I just don't want this forum to give him the impression that he only is a proper Homer if he returns to riding like he used to, now that he's at least finally able to throw a leg over his bike. It's been a long long long road of recovery for him to get to this point.
 

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I'm conflicted between xcguy's and Mtn.123's opinions, both make some points I could agree with so I'm not going to try and decide. I am really glad to have a TA ride report back and to hear you're enjoying the bike again TA.

I had a great conversation with a riding buddy yesterday in the lift line (my first day ever doing lift serve); I'm planning on doing a little XC racing this year which is a change from years past (typically stuck to techy, slower rides). My buddies take on it was it doesn't matter as whether you're hitting 40ft gaps, pushing that heart rate to get faster in a race, working on cleaning that techy never-ending climb, or something completely different. As long as you're on the bike, stoked to be outdoors and pedaling that's all that matters.
 

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Wow, welcome back to riding TA! It's been a loong time coming for you. Give yourself some time to get back into it. I know it's tough not to be able to go like you used to , but with time it will come. Or maybe another style of riding will develop. Who knows, and who cares? As long as you're on the bike and having fun that's all that matters. Awesome and inspiring to hear you're back on two wheels again!
 

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Congratulations on getting out on two wheels!!

Like many others have said, take it easy and work it back gradually, but most of all, enjoy the rush of pedal power moving you through the woods, fields, etc. :thumbsup:
 

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I'm conflicted between xcguy's and Mtn.123's opinions, both make some points I could agree with so I'm not going to try and decide. I am really glad to have a TA ride report back and to hear you're enjoying the bike again TA.

I had a great conversation with a riding buddy yesterday in the lift line (my first day ever doing lift serve); I'm planning on doing a little XC racing this year which is a change from years past (typically stuck to techy, slower rides). My buddies take on it was it doesn't matter as whether you're hitting 40ft gaps, pushing that heart rate to get faster in a race, working on cleaning that techy never-ending climb, or something completely different. As long as you're on the bike, stoked to be outdoors and pedaling that's all that matters.
good point, Skunkty. I was thinking the same thing. I'm sure TA will let us know what his intentions are ... but from his posts, I think he is more of a 40ft gap guy than a heart rate monitor guy (not that he couldn't). ;)
 

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Haha on the wines I know my NZ wines well and some Euro ones from my days in the UK, some Aussie wines but I prefer my NZ and local region from home, they so great Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir. but I'm a Cab Sav man like my reds, but whites are good for the right occasion too :D

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You know, TA, maybe hitting gaps just isn't in your future. I never hit gaps. I descend very gingerly. I love to climb. I love to just cruise flowy singletrack, usually slowly but at least I'm on the bike. I walk my bike down the sketchiest of descents, guilt free.

Sorry to say this but maybe you just need to get back into biking as an xc rider like me. Build up a medium weight 4" ride and just, well, ride. Don't head for steep descents with your DH buddies, find a relatively flat flowy trail where you can just get used to the moves it takes to just ride a bike. I dunno, maybe you never rode that way. Try it. Hey, with all respect, you're the one coming off a near-death broken neck and a year of physio, let that experience be your guide as to how you should ride in the future.
Ya make some good points, I can take the flow, cruisey is hard, I hate walking down anything, walking up no problemo lol 4inches XC nah not for me, I'd have to give up riding :D
It won;t be for sometime let me tell ya and if it i it will be different to be sure, I won't be doing them on a DJ bike and I won't be wearing a PP and singlet and shorts, though I did have my RF FR guards on that day lol.

I'm not feeling any need to hit gaps or pressure just out riding for fun, it was good to get a real ride in, but mostly it was getting used to being back on a bike in that environment, my wee track is not really testing in the same way, so I wasn't sure where I really was ! Where I came off was more of not knowing the trail and in normal circumstances in my condition I would walk the trail first, like I did on Hoff, I went hard out on that one and stayed on quite comfortably because I had some idea what to expect, the other one was steeper and softer but not as techy and my fork needed more dialing in so with that it probably cancels out any danger if anything I was riding slower in that situation more tense because I was not sure what was coming and that had as much affect, which can happen in on any trail, ride loose and relaxed is what I try to tell myself, hard cause my bones are still resisting, next time I could make sure I'm more aware of the trail or take one I know till I'm more competent, but really I should be able to ride those quite comfortably!

Hard for me to go back to XC maybe 29er rider I'm more of now through injury but not style, I just can;t sit comfortably in XC position, if anything I want to go bigger forked and rear, and I'm happy to stay grounded cause Ive always been a corner rider first jump second, so I can handle not doing the jumps again but I feel the need for more travel to make up for my disabilities lol and travel the ground safer and in control, if I try to ride safe by avoiding stuff I just put myself in more danger, not to say I will seek man made gaps to put myself in danger, that's probably done for me at least for sometime! I trying to get my skills back and flexibility looking down the trail far enough to see whats coming!

What I have learned is I have no need to replace the RFX its more than enough for me, the bike feels good, the new style of bike Ive been keen on I just couldn't make use of and I'm not accurate enough to ride it at its potential, but the angles are nice on my neck:)

Ride Hard Die Free!!!! love it AZ :D

MTN 123 you guys are on the same wave length I think if I find a balance between what XC and all the others are saying I will be fine, I'm trying to go with the flow and at my own pace as my body lets, me, so baby steps and I do get more each time, it was good to see where my limits are at the mo, its like re learning all over again! :rolleyes: :D

bob, moose, 6th, serrotta, fo, ramc, skunkty, cellhero, hubba,

chur guys

Moragn I hear ya definitely not a heart rate monitor guy :D
 
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