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Great to be out riding again after 20 years. Took my son out for the 3rd time, to the Backbone trail, trying to to develop our skills and strength. He almost got thrown off his seat 3 times. I drove into a bramble once. Eees all good. We had a great time. Spent a some time getting to know the trails, the layout, the turns, the level of difficulty. We couldve done more distance, but saved it for later. Trying to teach my son to take it easy, learn the terrain, before going banzai :)

The vid may be boring to most of you, but it was a blast shooting it.


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nice vid looks like it must have been hot as heck i was laughing when i saw the gecko running away from the bike 2:11
 

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Good video... Bad song. Not a fan of that song. The music videos even worse. Just sayin.
 

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20 years for you as well huh? Yeah, I'm supposed to hit some trails this weekend with a friend, and it's close to 20 years for me as well. My butt is gonna be sore come Saturday. So how fast were you hitting the trail?
 

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gundom66 said:
20 years for you as well huh? Yeah, I'm supposed to hit some trails this weekend with a friend, and it's close to 20 years for me as well. My butt is gonna be sore come Saturday. So how fast were you hitting the trail?
Not very fast at all. I am still trying to recover my skills. Who ever said you never forget how to ride a bicycle, didnt know about MTB :)

We went out for the forth or fifth time today. Did the IN and OUT loop from Will Rogers Ranch to Eagle Rock. It took as a little over 3 hours to go up, and 45 minutes to get down :)

I feel that today, I have a little of my mojo back. I was jumping over staircases, sometimes 3 steps at a time. Speeding up on the straights, a little rear wheel drift on the corners. It felt good, in control. Unclipping downhill and standing on the SPDs with the flat of my foot went a long way to improve my confidence. Specially with sheer drops bordering some of the single track. But I still held back. My son likes to keep up with Dad, but he has a bit more riding to do before I lead him down the slippery slope ala banzai :)

Need to brush up my climbing skills too. I kept dropping my front wheel into the ruts. Towards the end of todays ride, I did a little off saddle climbing. I was amazed on why I didnt start doing that when I started riding again. Need to get my behind of the saddle more often.

Oh, and getting rid of my Bontranger Jones XR and my sons Caballero tires made a big improvement. We're still in bottom shelf territory, but those WTB Weirwolfs (mine) and Exiwolfs (Junior's) helped a lot.
 

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I'm no hardcore mtbr even way back over 20 years ago, but I've always rode my bike off-saddle when going uphill. I got ways to go since I just bought my 4300 Disc last week and only tackled mostly paved trails and road. I still yet to do some upgrades and may go with the saddle first to get some comfort, then the drive train and wheelset, but those are long ways from now. I just have to swallow it for now with the "stock". Wifey is the banker... and I'm done with my atm withdrawals for the year. :p
 
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