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Old 03-03-2012, 05:00 PM   #23236
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But if you don't eat before a ride, how do you replenish all those calories you're burning up?
I usually eat a small bowl of cereal, a couple hours before I hit the trail. Also, riding on an empty stomach (fasting) is good for burning fat stores. Otherwise, I'll just snack on a Kashi bar.

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Oh, did I mention that the frame cracked? I'm thinking this may be a sign from God that I should stick to road bikes.
Means you need that new bike.
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Old 03-03-2012, 06:44 PM   #23237
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Oh, did I mention that the frame cracked? I'm thinking this may be a sign from God that I should try a recumbent
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Old 03-03-2012, 07:07 PM   #23238
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Means you need that new bike.
Strange, that's just what the salesman at the bike store said.
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Old 03-03-2012, 09:36 PM   #23239
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Old 03-04-2012, 09:06 AM   #23240
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Old 03-04-2012, 11:58 AM   #23241
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2:45 on the bike with 3000' of climbing (or so) Lots of rolly. Not too much just 'up.'

Gonna play UW Hockey later too, so thankfully there were a coupla slow doods with us.

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Old 03-04-2012, 12:18 PM   #23242
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heh. this is a kid my son went to k-12 with...



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it takes a minute or so to get out of the jump parks and phase into the trail riding....
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Old 03-05-2012, 05:18 AM   #23243
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So yesterday I went back to the bike store to pick up some spare inner tubes and a tire patch kit. What I didn't realize at the time was that a Trek X-Caliber would be followed me home.



Thanks to all those on this thread who helped narrow down my search - and to the honest salesman who convinced me that buying a $5000 CF mountain bike made no sense in my case.
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Old 03-05-2012, 06:03 AM   #23244
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Old 03-05-2012, 06:04 AM   #23245
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Quite honestly, a $5k mtn bike don't make in pretty much anyone's situation UNLESS you're racing FOR THE WIN. JRA and racing outside the possibility of winning?

Oh, and that Epic S-Works 29er my buddy has: $6k+ is what he's looking for. He's ridden it maybe 4x in the almost year he's had it.

Congrats there Askel! Awesome job!

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Old 03-05-2012, 06:14 AM   #23246
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So yesterday I went back to the bike store to pick up some spare inner tubes and a tire patch kit. What I didn't realize at the time was that a Trek X-Caliber would be followed me home.

Thanks to all those on this thread who helped narrow down my search - and to the honest salesman who convinced me that buying a $5000 CF mountain bike made no sense in my case.

I rode one of those while out bike shopping last week. Nice ride.
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Old 03-05-2012, 06:26 AM   #23247
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Quite honestly, a $5k mtn bike don't make in pretty much anyone's situation UNLESS you're racing FOR THE WIN. JRA and racing outside the possibility of winning?
I'm too chicken shit to be riding on expert level offroad trails anyway. These days I care more about not breaking any more bones than winning races. I've read 40+ reviews of the X-Caliber from dudes who race these bikes on trails that I wouldn't even dare hike on, and if it's good enough for them, its certainly more bike than I'll ever need. I took it to the same offroad trails where I rode my DS600 the previous day, and it was like going from a dump truck to a Ferrari. It's unbelievable how much easier this bike is to ride. I think I'll take it up to the trails in Ocala next weekend.

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Oh, and that Epic S-Works 29er my buddy has: $6k+ is what he's looking for. He's ridden it maybe 4x in the almost year he's had it.
I've seen numerous for sale adds on eBay and other places for high dollar bikes which say, 'Never ridden', or 'Only ridden once.' What were these people thinking when they shelled out all that money?
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Old 03-05-2012, 06:34 AM   #23248
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I rode one of those while out bike shopping last week. Nice ride.
Gotta love those 29" wheels. My previous ride had 26's, and seemed to get bogged down in deep sand and rocky areas, whereas these just float right over it. I had some concerns that a HT would make for a jarring ride compared to the FS bike I had before, but after testing it by deliberately riding over fallen branches and rocks, my fears proved to be unfounded.
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Old 03-05-2012, 06:45 AM   #23249
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Thanks to all those on this thread who helped narrow down my search - and to the honest salesman who convinced me that buying a $5000 CF mountain bike made no sense in my case.
I didn't think so either, but, you do have a Madone.

Congrats, on the new bike.

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(Only my third one after almost 6 years of bike racing!)
Good job!

And, who cares? At least you're out there racing.

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I took it to the same offroad trails where I rode my DS600 the previous day, and it was like going from a dump truck to a Ferrari. It's unbelievable how much easier this bike is to ride. I think I'll take it up to the trails in Ocala next weekend.
Modern technology goes a long way.

Wish I could be in Ocala with you. If you haven't ridden west out of there, you should go through Spider Kingdom, before the spiders set in. It's a pretyy cool area.

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I've seen numerous for sale adds on eBay and other places for high dollar bikes which say, 'Never ridden', or 'Only ridden once.' What were these people thinking when they shelled out all that money?
Good intentions.
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Old 03-05-2012, 06:59 AM   #23250
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Gotta love those 29" wheels. My previous ride had 26's, and seemed to get bogged down in deep sand and rocky areas, whereas these just float right over it. I had some concerns that a HT would make for a jarring ride compared to the FS bike I had before, but after testing it by deliberately riding over fallen branches and rocks, my fears proved to be unfounded.

Yeah, the 29er makes a bigger difference than I ever suspected. I'm lucky enough to have several miles of singletrack right behind the house and have been confirming that over the last few days. It just handles sooooooooooooo much better than my 26 in every respect. I'd read and heard that the 29ers gave up something in tight handling and climbing. I've experienced just the opposite. I'm still trying to find a single downside to the switch. And I keep coming up with nothing.
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