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Are there any dirt jumpers and uban specialists on this board or anybody interested in learning how to jump, drop and do beginning trials balance type stuff?

I really respect the fit riders who can climb fast for a long time, but I can't. Get smoked on Tuesday night road rides. Get hammered on any long climb with fit riders. BUT, I do enjoy technical riding, up and down. I'll still be working on fitness and climbing, like on my road bike, and maybe if (eventually) drop some pounds and do more intervals, can learn to climb faster for longer (or at least become more immune to the pain of it!)

I didn't want to "abuse" my XC bike, so my Dirt Jumping HT is coming soon. With perfect fall weather on the way to the valley, will be spending some of my riding time developing my bike handling skills more

I would be stoked to do this with other riders of similar interest in improving their bike handling skills too. Or, more advanced riders willing to session with beginners and "pass on the knowledge". I think a set of flat pedals and some pads is all you really need.

I have pads and a FF Helmet. The only prob is my FF is BLACK. Oh well! I'm not going to sell it just to get a color that stays cooler.

I don't have a backyard with north shore style stunts, so the playground will be willow lane, Ussery, and local area such as picnic tables, curbs, loading docks, ramps, skatepark, and some stunts and jumps on the mountain and foothills. Anything that I can find that works and that won't embarrass me (I'm not going to try and launch a set of stairs off the City of Boise building on a Sat evening!)

It's weird. You can ride across a curb, but elevate that curb say to four feet and it's a whole diff feel.

I am not competing with anybody, except myself, to get better technically.

It's an enjoyable new challenge and another aspect of biking in addition to pure XC or all-mountain tech riding that also applies and transfers over nicely to trail riding. If you've done a XC ride with somebody who has a strong BMX, DH, or trials background of some sort, then you know what I'm talking about. They basically fly with speed, smoothness and style.

The kids who are ripping it up riding their bikes at the jumps and parks now, when and if they decide to start mountain biking, will have superior skills. What's good for them is good for us, regardless of age!
 

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Hi - New to this board. Will become a Boise resident in a few weeks and would like to learn to DJ also. Looks like we both originate from the Southland and have similar riding attributes (I suck at climbing!).
 

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Welcome

Bombin4X said:
Hi - New to this board. Will become a Boise resident in a few weeks and would like to learn to DJ also. Looks like we both originate from the Southland and have similar riding attributes (I suck at climbing!).
Bombin,

Welcome to Boise. Look me up when you get here, my email is [email protected]
what part are you from? If you're like me, you WILL miss the Southland. I've ridden a lot of places and really think the best overall diversity of riding is right there. Bosie is a pretty cool place too.

There is a really good DJ area here. I"m supposed to get with the local SWIMA rep to set up maintaining it. Got sidetracked but still plan to give him a call.

IF you're in or close to Orange County, go to www.socalmtb.com or the SoCal site on mtbr and find the protest ride that is happening at 9am at Aliso this Saturday. It is extremely important that a large group show up at Top of the World at 9am. A guy named Jeff Jarvis has organized it, and the media will likely show up. The ride is to protest ongoing bad county policies towards mountain bikers in the park, and now there is a planned luxury golf course supposed to go in right below Meadows Trail.

Some of the riders will do the "illegal" trails (the super steep technical ones), the other will do the legal trails like Rock It, Cholla, Matthis, Coyote run, etc.

Thanks!
 

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From the weather report this morning . . .

I don't think you'll have to worry about your helmet being too hot for a while!

I know what you mean about getting dropped on climbs. I ride with a great group of friends, but I wonder sometimes if they get tired of having to wait on me to catch up to them. My plan is to do lots of cardio this winter (yeah, right!) and strengthen my legs for spring.

Please post your progress on the skills stuff. Sounds like it might be fun (or possibly really painful) to try. It looks like the trail riding is going to be pretty iffy for a while.
 

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You know you can count me in Daryl. I have a couple weeks in the next 2 months that I will be out of town (such as next week) but I will be doing a lot of trials and street riding this winter. Most people become complete wusses (sp?) in the winter because they don't like the cold or the wet or the dark. Let me know sometime if you want to ride.
 

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Thanks for the warm welcome

mtnbkrdr98 said:
Bombin,

Welcome to Boise. Look me up when you get here, my email is [email protected]
what part are you from? If you're like me, you WILL miss the Southland. I've ridden a lot of places and really think the best overall diversity of riding is right there. Bosie is a pretty cool place too.

There is a really good DJ area here. I"m supposed to get with the local SWIMA rep to set up maintaining it. Got sidetracked but still plan to give him a call.

IF you're in or close to Orange County, go to www.socalmtb.com or the SoCal site on mtbr and find the protest ride that is happening at 9am at Aliso this Saturday. It is extremely important that a large group show up at Top of the World at 9am. A guy named Jeff Jarvis has organized it, and the media will likely show up. The ride is to protest ongoing bad county policies towards mountain bikers in the park, and now there is a planned luxury golf course supposed to go in right below Meadows Trail.

Some of the riders will do the "illegal" trails (the super steep technical ones), the other will do the legal trails like Rock It, Cholla, Matthis, Coyote run, etc.

Thanks!
Will look you up for sure not too long after we arrive, thanks. We're in Simi Valley, so getting to the OC while we're packing for that protest ride won't be possible. I'm sure I'll miss the diversity of socal but not going to miss this smoggy-overcrowed-lib-taxing-hollyweirdo state. It used to be nice here, long ago apparently. So much drama :mad: with Cali trails - it's too bad. I'm a CORBA member so I am definitely concerned about Advocacy and the future of mtb. Will have to check SWIMBA out for sure. Looking forward to riding with you. Good times....
 

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Will definitely get with ya

zebdi said:
You know you can count me in Daryl. I have a couple weeks in the next 2 months that I will be out of town (such as next week) but I will be doing a lot of trials and street riding this winter. Most people become complete wusses (sp?) in the winter because they don't like the cold or the wet or the dark. Let me know sometime if you want to ride.
Your trials skills are coming along nicely, and you're making it look easy!

Have a good Thanksgiving
 
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