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December 31st -- a time for reflection :cool:

I had a few two-wheeled epiphanies this year I'd like to share:

Latex tubes are cool
Yep -- been cycling for years (ok, decades) and never tried a latex tube. I picked up a used bike recently that came with a latex tube installed in the back -- otherwise I would never have had the opportunity. I would never have bought one. Well, I gotta tell ya' this thing rocks. Virtually say good-bye to pinch flats. They do lose a bit of air between rides, but the thing holds up great at low pressure. If you're having trouble with pinch flats, or want to run low pressure (say, for that rigid hardtail), think about trying a latex tube. You wont be disappointed.

I finally broke down. As a family man, I picked up a road bike out of necessity. Some days, you want to get a ride in -- but you need to be somewhere. The reality is, it's pretty hard to get a mountain bike ride in and be home by 9 or 10am. With country roads just minutes away, I can get out with relatively few cars and pound out 2 hrs of non-stop riding and be home in time to take care of family business -- fully satiated. :)
On top of that, the roadbike community has killer organized century rides that have guided me through new places. I've met new people, knocked out a hundred miles, and got a T shirt. :p Now I actually look for excuses to ride the road bike -- something I never thought would happen. That sweet, svelt, sexy carbon fiber hottie in the stable has me feelin' ten years younger. So, expand your horizons. Share your love. Have more than one mistress.:cool:

When I'm feelin' kinky I break out a singlespeed. They're cheap, fun, low maintenance..and they're friggin' cool!
My singlespeeds have made rides that are routine a challenge. They're stealthly quiet and no nonsense. I have fully rigid vintage beauties that I've converted to SS and I have a SS specific beaut as well. Now, when it's time to mountain bike, I only want to grab one of the singlespeeds. It's like crack. Need a winter project? Do a Convert -- become a convert!

Choices keep the fire burnin'

So, in short, this year I learned
1) Latex tubes are good
2) I love my road bike
3) I love my singlespeeds, and
4) having choices has kept the passion higher than ever.

So, what have you learned this year?

Cheers my brothers and sisters~

I throw poo
423 Posts
This year I really got back into biking after having been out of it for a long time. I also quit smoking, and moved from FL to VA.

1) Living in a flat state wasn't all bad
2) Passion is better than addiction
3) Mountains hurt going up and going down
4) MTBR is handy to have around

2,438 Posts
Things to live by

  1. Riding home takes two water bottles.
  2. Sand sucks.
  3. When your battery dies, your going to flat.
  4. Just when you finally can clear an obstacale, some dick-head sanitizes the trail.
  5. Two for a dollar, three for a buck.
  6. NM drivers suck.
  7. The downhill from the Heidleberg castle isn't legal
  8. The singletrack in Neustadt and Bad Durkheim IS legal.
  9. Owning a home means you always have a chore.
  10. You need to boil at least 90 minutes for all grain.

4,013 Posts
Oh, interesting thread!

What did I learn? LOTS! Coming back to it after an 8-year hiatus....

1) I learned about MTBR - that's my number one, but it also ties-in with ...
2) there's a lot of great people here (and also locally! met some great people)
3) while i'm not a half-bad (or is it half-good?) rider I always find ways to improve, even if only in small ways
4) telescopic fork's "ain't that bad" :p :D
5) working on bike's hasn't changed in the past 15 years, despite the "technology" - it's still easy
6) while biking isn't as expensive as car's (as a "hobby", or call it whatever you want) this depends on you as an individual. I'm easy, not cheap! :D

Fermented Grain Sampler
clinking clanking clattering collection of collagenous junk
4,164 Posts

1- Singlespeeding 29er is a blast. I test rode/played on different ones over the year and now have one.
2- Riding with my kids has been great. The oldest got a real 24" and is learning to tear it up now. The 4 yr old will follow suit in '06.
3- I need to ride more. I hate knowing that the trail obstacles (hill, tech moves etc) are often not clearable because of my lack of saddle time and whatever mental block I have.
4- Doing your own work on bike is a good thing but its nice to have a good LBS just in case....
5- Stone brewery doesn't make any bad beer.
6- Ride with better riders. (every year this is a good one)

Currently in Exile
2,303 Posts
1. You don't have to hammer all of the time!
2. Put about a 3 to 6 degree outslope when bench cutting trail
3. Trail building is VERY hard work
4. Ride with your kids! Let them decide how much they want to ride, and what they want to ride. They may surprise you, and both of you will go home with a grin.
5. I like to stop for ice cream after a ride too!

Happy New Year!

Hup, Hup
536 Posts
1. Helping younger riders learn the sport is very gratifying
2. It's always good to have friends close by when your light batteries die at 4:00 am
3. Finding good help for a trail crew can be difficult but rewarding

Now broadcasting from CO
1,225 Posts
I'll play...

1. If you can see the tree at eye level it is already too late
2. Riding alone is good sometimes, but riding with a friend, even one who is not a hard core MTBer is excelent too.
3. Take out your anger by repeatedly trying extremely hard tech sections until you clean them... you will feel better about yourself.
4. Use rides w/ the gf as intervals... sprint up the hill then come back downto where she is, turn around and repeat until she is at the top.
5. Doughnuts are not good 6 hr race fuel (or alternatively: sugar highs suck when racing)
6. Attack on the climbs cause when you do you smoke 'em.

That is the extent of my knowledge... ;)

11,722 Posts
Lets see..

1. You cant let work take over your life....
2. Ride your own ride and have fun
3. 5 man 24 teams are tough..
4. Cars ARE evil (falling on asphalt and steel sucks)
5. a mcd's belly bomb is good for 4 hours on the trail

Oh yeah? ...wait till next year..

Happy new year...

govt kontrakt projkt mgr
6,171 Posts

how to split an AVI file
how to use Pinnacle 9
how to take slightly better pics w/ my rebel
..and probably every week I learn something new and useful consumer electronic/computer-technolgy wise.
that the eastern culture is not all against all US people and all our ways
that I still think I'm a youngster.

not learned:

how to permanently keep off a yo yo diet.
how to be diplomatic 100% of the time with superiority.
how not to cramp after 40 to 70 miles.

34N 118W
2,246 Posts
Top 10

top 10 things The Media taught me in 2005:

1) my leaders read my email because they care.
2) camping with cowboys may get me more than I bargained for.
3) I should call my doctor to see if Celexa is for me.
4) if I become famous, the judge will most likely dismiss my case.
5) I'm gay because I listen to Coldplay.
6) carbon fiber is better, lighter, stronger, and sexier all around. I should buy some.
7) If I have 4" of travel, I need 5". If I have 5", I need 6". If I have...
8) I need to pay more attention to Nick & Jessica's marital status.
9) I can "put the fork in" 29er bikes. (thanks MBA)
10) saying "Merry Christmas" hurts others.

My personal tip for 2006: You better lose yourself in the music, the moment. You own it, you better never let it go. You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow. This opportunity comes once in a lifetime, yo.

champagne wishes & caviar dreams,

3,931 Posts

1) Hollywood always entertains.
2) A good friend is better than a good ride.
3) Biking is 90% mental, but that other 10% is really painful.
4) Use the lock valve on the Camelbak.
5) Pee downwind.

mtbr dismember
6,988 Posts
At least three things

1. I can ride solo at night. I discovered this after imjps fell and broke his collarbone half way through our night ride and he refused to continue on.
2. The Stumpjumper is a lot more fun to ride than the Epic.
3. I can not ride three times in one week. I kind of knew this but I tried it this week for the first time since double knee surgery more than three years ago. The knees are killing me!

life is a barrel o'fun
2,502 Posts
1) There is no cure for upgradeitis- sorta like a cold, it has to be waited out.
2) Wet cement does not look like wet cement if you're riding directly into the sun.
3) Never test-ride a bike while dressed in a suit (ref. #2).
4) Hangovers now require one full day of recovery and aren't worth lost riding time.
5) Use the absolute minimum required amount of denture tablets for bladder cleaning.
6) It really is amazing how so many people can go through life without a bike. Baffling.
7) A tidy car isn't worth the trouble when the bike is the main passenger.

For 2006:
1) Survive another 24hr race (at least three laps w/o wanting to die.)
2) Get to at least one new riding destination.
3) Convince a certain tandem owner to let me try riding it on a trail.
4) Convince somebody to try #3 with me. Maybe even a newbie :D
5) Give SS a try for one full ride (and not quit at the first hill.)
6) Pre-qualify potential friends/employers/suitors for mtb tolerance.
7) Hope that OLN runs footage of Lance on a mtb (preferably shirtless) :cool:

6,176 Posts
Lessons learned..and re-learned...

1: Cars really really are a necessary EVIL.

2: Time accellerates exponentially once you pass your 40th birthday.

3: The older you get, the more you appreciate simplicity.

4: Global Warming is a reality that will only get worse.

5: Money, Power and Sex runs this world.

6: It is possible to be fitter at 60 than you were at 40.

7: 29'ers are the best thing to happen to off road bikes in a looong time.

8: Singlespeeds *are* harder.

9: Your family and loved ones are the MOST important things in your life.

10: Riding, building, wrenching and playing around with bicycles is fantastic fun.

Happy New Year to everyone.


Portland, OR
3,112 Posts
good thread.

things I have learned this season would be

even if the you dont think you're going to make the obstacle your trying, atleast try it, bail ...whatever, then atleast you've tryed it instead of just looking at it.

Never give in, never give up.
Try your best, even if everyone is still way better than you.
Ride your bike, doesnt matter how you have it set up, as long as your on it. ( people in my area are bike snobs )
when your out there on the trail, or in the mountains or wharever. Just have fun

43 Posts
1. When you snap off your presta stem, apparently you can still put air in, you just can't get it back out.
2. Speed defies gravity, but would someone please tell my break lever fingers that.
3. Buying a house was easier than I thought. (gulp! what have i gotten myself into)
4. Watch were you stick the lube.
5. Never listen to the car dealership.
6. One day with a great man is still better than 900 days with a mediocer one.
7. Let your Yes mean Yes and your No mean No. (this one's harder than you think)
8. I am not the person I thought I was at age twenty. Thank God because that person was an unknowing fool. At least now I am a self aware fool. I kind of miss that younger fool though; what I've gained in thoughtfulness I seem to have lost in boldness.
9. Having weaknesses is okay. Having needs is what brings people closer togeather as they share what they have with one another, whether it's on the trail, wrenching the bike, or over a cup of coffee.
10. Well I don't have a tenth one. Darnit, I only learned nine things this year. Geez.

Ride it like you stole it
85 Posts
Getting Older

- My 30's are better than my 20's were
- Hangovers are bad, no matter how much fun you had
- Mountain biking has been a great investment in my life
- Buying a house is a pain in the [email protected]@
- You will never be the fastest rider on the trail
- The U.S. should take lessons from Europe on building city bike lanes

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This is an excellent thread!

Some of the things I learned last year:

How not to say that's the last patch of sand or the last "big" hill - how do you think I got my name??!!

That if you're a woman racing the 50 - 55 category it's a blast to beat ALL the younger ones starting with the 17 & up category!

That it's more fun to fall in cryptobiotic soil (sorry!) than slickrock!! That's your first clue I ride alot in the desert!

How not to curse too loudly going down rocky downhill courses on a hardtail in the wind.

That going through brush might not be as fun for other people.

And last but not least - that I might have the least expensive bike at a race but I'm having the most fun!!! :)

Happy New Year!! My bike is calling me..............I'm off to ride!!
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