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  1. #1
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    What do you wish you could tell yourself when you first started mt biking

    Title says it all ... funny or helpful thoughts welcome


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    Stock up on bikes and parts, then sell it all in 2020/21.
    ďI really lack the words to compliment myself today.Ē - Alberto Tomba

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    I really wish I hadn't sold a couple of the really awesome bikes I had back in the 90's. Modern bikes ride way better but they're not nearly as cool.

    Also, I should've learned how to do a couple more cool tricks while I was still young and my body could still recover from crashes in a timely manner.

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    Learn drops when young.... agreed on the stockpile of parts and bikes pre-covid. Would be so rich right now


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    ďFigure out some kind of way to make this seatpost thing go up and down with the press of a button.Ē


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    “Speed is your friend”





    (Until it isn’t)
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    Just because a bike part looks cool / is expensive doesnít mean itís good.

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    Get behind the seat, not over the bars!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldMember View Post
    Get behind the seat, not over the bars!
    Huh? This isnít the 90ís. Lol. Centered/balanced NOT behind anything.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SkiLyft View Post
    Huh? This isn’t the 90’s. Lol. Centered/balanced NOT behind anything.


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    Re-read the title: WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU COULD TELL YOURSELF WHEN YOU FIRST STARTED MT BIKING

    I started mountain biking about 1988 so....

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldMember View Post
    Re-read the title: WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU COULD TELL YOURSELF WHEN YOU FIRST STARTED MT BIKING

    I started mountain biking about 1988 so....
    Haha Iíve only had a bike for a year now... so get the red one. Fuqín faster for sure.


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    Yeah, mine's red... And in the old days, many trips over the bars. Back then, rake angle was much steeper, more along the lines of road bikes. Today's bikes, yes, centered and balanced.


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    Wait!? Wut?! Youve had an mtb for a year and ive had one for 39yrs and you were trying to tell me eebs are bad?

    Anyway, during the 'rona riding days sometime, like right now, i wish it was "there is onely one rule for mtb club"

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    Quote Originally Posted by bennymac View Post
    Just because a bike part looks cool / is expensive doesn’t mean it’s good.
    Oh, dear god, I would have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars over time.
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    What do you wish you could tell yourself when you first started mt biking

    Ride everyday, cause that golden age of mtn biking had a shelf life, and I didnít know it was gonna go away. Trails the size of tire tracks with no one on them, pogo stick suspensions and bar ends, Lycra shorts, inventing the progression of the sport every time we rode something.

    Itís was indeed very special.

    Also: what Toast said.

    Also: donít buy Ritchey clipless pedals.

    Also: donít buy those tires just because they are pale green.

    Also: powerbars are disgusting

    Finally: focus more on enjoying the ride and less on being the ďbestĒ

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldMember View Post
    Yeah, mine's red... And in the old days, many trips over the bars. Back then, rake angle was much steeper, more along the lines of road bikes. Today's bikes, yes, centered and balanced.
    Damn, jelly of your color choice.

    Haha ó yeah prior to 2020 last bike I rode was my hard tail from middle school (circa mid 90ís). Honestly, pretty much any bike these days will monster truck through anything and is stupid capable.


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    Quote Originally Posted by grinch View Post
    Wait!? Wut?! Youve had an mtb for a year and ive had one for 39yrs and you were trying to tell me eebs are bad?
    Youíre still salty?




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    Quote Originally Posted by SkiLyft View Post
    Damn, jelly of your color choice.

    Haha — yeah prior to 2020 last bike I rode was my hard tail from middle school (circa mid 90’s). Honestly, pretty much any bike these days will monster truck through anything and is stupid capable.


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    This was essentially the same as my first MB. Note the angles (and ZERO suspension):


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    Quote Originally Posted by SkiLyft View Post
    Youíre still salty?




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    It was fun. I guess i am salty now though for a minute or less after the "1 yr reveal" , but then everyone is an expert after 3 months so carry on

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    My first mt. Bike was a Univega Alpina, 1986 model.
    I would tell my young self to save up a bit more, and get the Mountain Cycle/stumpjumper/whatever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldMember View Post
    This was essentially the same as my first MB. Note the angles (and ZERO suspension):

    Get out!! Doesnít need to said but Iíll say it again, we millennials are SOFT!


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    Well, something's soft but it sure as hell wasn't that bike! But, didn't know any better...

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    I rode CCM's and Ralieghs off road or where ever as a kid but really they sucked for the job at hand

    I rented the 1st real mtn bike 1983 in Banff, I could tell right away it was the shit so I rode it off trail and down some stairs which freaked out my GF at the time

    1st real mtn bike was an 86 marin which is still my bar bike, the geometry is slack enough to ride it no-hands to the craft brew, no-hands going home is a little more daunting
    Lee Lau - xxx-er is the laziest Asian canuck I know

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    '83 wouldve been at the spoke n edge(toke n vedge)

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    I'm impressed at how many people started on univega alipinas. I'm one of those too.

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