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I found a map for a trail online that was about 10miles away so I thought I'd check it out. Being my first "real" trail since when I was younger (and trail meant riding on the side of the road doing BMX tricks) I have now developed a new rule of thumb for picking where I should and shouldn't try riding:

If I'd have a hard time walking the trail then I probably shouldn't bike it. I never thought mountain biking could be so exhausting... but that was just because I went most of it with my bike on my back. I tried using every old BMX trick of bunny hopping, wheelies, and a few "inadvertant" endos :D but I just couldn't seem to get my bike to climb over 6ft boulders and hop on top of all the 3ft tall rocks that made up the path. I'm actually surprised my new bike didn't crumble and just fall between the rocks (Giant Boulder SE).

Well, either way, what I did get to ride (about 50ft worth every 100yds) was amazing and I think it all made me about 300 times better. Gonna get up early and try to blaze one up more my speed before I head to work.

.... and so the addiction begins!
 

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If you had a hard time on that trail you need to buy more stuff. That is what this sport is all about.
Had to walk a section> Need FS bike.
Got thirsty> Need Hydration pack
Endo>Nice Helmet
Flat tire>pump and tubes
What sceenery>Digi cam
I could go on>for a long time

Just take all future earnings and send them to the bike retailer of your choice.

I'm just kidding of course. Some great hiking trails don't make such good MTB trails. I hope you have fun with your new adventure.
 

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Dartman said:
"Then the worm has definitely turned for you, man. Feel good?" :D
Feelin good's good enough...
 

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Dartman said:
"Then the worm has definitely turned for you, man. Feel good?" :D
Yeah, all I can think about is where I want to try and ride next. My LBS suggested a few trails to break in my new bike without breaking it, so I'll probabaly head over there as soon as I get off work.

Laffy said:
If you had a hard time on that trail you need to buy more stuff. That is what this sport is all about.
Had to walk a section> Need FS bike.
Got thirsty> Need Hydration pack
Endo>Nice Helmet
Flat tire>pump and tubes
What sceenery>Digi cam
I could go on>for a long time
Well, I think I've perfected the "jump over the handle bars when you endo" technique... something I haven't had to do in a long time, but well worth the effort. :D

I think my next purchase will have to be a digital camera so I can take pictures off all the areas I CAN'T bike through but look oh so cool.
 
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