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Looking for what's next... for me?

I have been riding since 1990... some road but mostly MTB. I started with a steel fully rigid trek and have run the gamut from there to front susp, to full susp, back to hardtail, to now singlespeed. Currently riding a steel frame On One Summer Season, steel frame, set up for single speed, with a Fox Float 140 on front.

In a bit of the doldrums riding wise and just wondering if you had opinions on what might get me going strong again. I have a few options, I think:
  • 26" full sus
  • 29" hardtail
  • custom or semi custom Ti frame
  • 2x10 gearing
  • 1x10 gearing
  • 29" full susp

There may be others...

Or am I just being silly? I ride regularly. Mostly tight singletrack, with travels to fast and swoopy "imba style" flow, along with the every now and then "big ride". I am a basic trail rider, not a racer, not fast, don't catch big air, enjoy being in the woods and have fun on fun trails. I have moved past enjoying the "death ride" and don't mind that I sometimes choose to walk a section that earlier in my biking life I would have challenged and crashed and hurt...

So what say you? Stop my search and ride, get the latest and greatest (can you define that?) or perhaps search for an upgrade for my current super tough steel steed?

Ramble ramble....
 

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Throw some drop bars on your bike.
I picked up a Salsa Fargo recently and plan on doing some bikepacking with it, but it has been a blast for just railing my familiar local trails on. Totally different style and approach compared to my full suss and it keeps things interesting.
Also try going back to flat pedals if you have been clipped in for a long time. Talk about an eye opener. I totally forgot how to ride a bike properly with flats. This will be my next mission if I get "bored".
 

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Throw some drop bars on your bike.
I picked up a Salsa Fargo recently and plan on doing some bikepacking with it, but it has been a blast for just railing my familiar local trails on. Totally different style and approach compared to my full suss and it keeps things interesting.
Also try going back to flat pedals if you have been clipped in for a long time. Talk about an eye opener. I totally forgot how to ride a bike properly with flats. This will be my next mission if I get "bored".
I'll have to see if I can jump on board someone's bike with the drop bars... can't really see it. BUT that is why I am asking. Totally think the flat pedals might be a way to go at this point. Good thought.

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Take a trip! Even driving two hours and pitching a tent in a park and riding there can reignite the thrill of riding. Make to bring your significant other... Of course I mean your favorite bike...
 

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Take a trip! Even driving two hours and pitching a tent in a park and riding there can reignite the thrill of riding. Make to bring your significant other... Of course I mean your favorite bike...
I am leaning hard towards this great advice. This is what I meant by "big ride"... I have a few other ideas brewing also. Thanks for the reminder..
 

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Stop Riding!

That always works for me. I ride six months of the year and ski six months. By this time of year, I've had my fill of skiing and look forward to riding. Come next October, I'm itching to ski. Maybe where you live skiing is not a great option but there are other things you might like to do. Getting new equipment is nice but material things are not the long term solution. Change is good.

Actually, you sound like you are doing just fine. After a while the spark may not be there but you have settled into a comfortable routine.

PS: I do like the idea of a trip others have recommended. It will provide a "change" in where you ride.
 

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I am leaning hard towards this great advice. This is what I meant by "big ride"... I have a few other ideas brewing also. Thanks for the reminder..
:thumbsup:

I live in Rochester, NY. I will go to Ithaca (1.5 hour drive) or Buffalo (1.25 hour drive) and ride for a day and then just come home. Every time I forget the trails in these areas (relatively to the trails in Roc) so it always seems new.

We all needs some fresh every now and then ;)
 

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:thumbsup:

I live in Rochester, NY. I will go to Ithaca (1.5 hour drive) or Buffalo (1.25 hour drive) and ride for a day and then just come home. Every time I forget the trails in these areas (relatively to the trails in Roc) so it always seems new.

We all needs some fresh every now and then ;)
Hey Tim, I'm from Rochester too, small world huh? Can't wait for this snow to melt so we can get back on the trails!
 

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go back to 20 year old hardtail 26 incher with rim brakes


anything else is plain old hype.
 

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Learn some new skills!

Take a trip to the Seven Springs bike park near Pittsburgh, rent a DH bike & discover all the fun stuff you've been missing by only riding XC.

Also, check out Ray's MTB in Cleveland before it closes 4/24, rent a jump bike & try out the rhythm lines & pump track. Bring your trail bike for the skinnies & obstacles.

(edited to fix typo)
 

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I went back to riding full rigid steel hardtails, one a 29er 1x9 and the other a 26 1x10. I have had more fun riding these bikes over the last two years than I have since I was a kid riding a BMX bike. Sometimes simpler is just more fun.
 

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Half the fun of riding is meeting new people. I don't race much, but I enjoy comparing my skills against others. It's a rush to meet a guy who can a absolutely destroy me on the climbs, but I can give him a run for his money going downhill.

Or finding a bunch of riders who are all similar fitness and skill level and who enjoy the same types of rides.

I've found that being involved with a club helps as well. Being part of a community really boosts the interest of meeting new people and riding new trail.
 

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Maybe a fatbike.

Maybe a cross bike...which you can ride on the road, gravel roads (look into "gravel grinders" aka endurance rides that are mainly on gravel roads), and on trails if not too technical.

Get some packs and try bikepacking/expedition.
 
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