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Offline Slapshot93

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« on: August 11, 2009, 11:23:41 PM »
            So these past few months ive been getting into mountain biking and am loving it, i invite my brothers and girlfriend and they say its too much for them but i keep it up anyway. My question for the more experienced is im wondering if my bike is fitting the profile and what key parts of my bike i might need to bump on to make for a better ride. Im riding an 09 Raleigh mohave 4.0 and have put a prowler XT tire on the back so i have more grips on the climbs but thats about it. If yall got any pointers for me itd be appreciated cuz i cant wait to have the most fun out there!


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Re: Newcomer
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2009, 08:10:23 AM »
"If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

If you are not having any specific issues, I say just get out and enjoy the ride. Changing something out just for the sake of change may only leave you with a lighter wallet and buyer's remorse.

As you gain more experience you may want to look into budget light weight goodies or a proper bike fitting.

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Re: Newcomer
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2009, 08:22:34 AM »
budget light weight goodies

I must be buying the wrong kind of light weight goodies.  They're definitely not "budget".   :D
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Re: Newcomer
« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2009, 08:25:10 AM »
clipless pedels with shoes, a camelbak, and padded shorts are essentials for a safe ,comfortable and controled ride.

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Re: Newcomer
« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2009, 08:29:52 AM »
clipless pedels with shoes, a camelbak, and padded shorts are essentials for a safe ,comfortable and controled ride.

Clipless pedals and safety in the same sentence are not what I pictured as safe, comfortable essentials. Just by 2.5 cents...
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Re: Newcomer
« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2009, 08:33:16 AM »
clipless pedels with shoes, a camelbak, and padded shorts are essentials for a safe ,comfortable and controled ride.

Clipless pedals and safety in the same sentence are not what I pictured as safe, comfortable essentials. Just by 2.5 cents...
Padded shorts=comfortable      camelbak = safty    clipless pedels= control

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Re: Newcomer
« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2009, 09:12:51 AM »
+1 on the shorts and camelbak. Screw clipless pedals, they are a fad. ;D

Ride that bike until you're sure you love this sport and then upgrade the whole thing and keep it as a back up or spare for when you meet someone who also has the fever but no money for a bike.
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Re: Newcomer
« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2009, 09:21:03 AM »
+1 on the shorts and camelbak. Screw clipless pedals, they are a fad. ;D

Ride that bike until you're sure you love this sport and then upgrade the whole thing and keep it as a back up or spare for when you meet someone who also has the fever but no money for a bike.
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Re: Newcomer
« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2009, 12:09:54 AM »
Hey thanks for all the info! i already had a camel back but hadnt thought to buy padded pants. Even though after last week running into a root and it scraping the hair off my shin! But hey thanks again for all the advice and happy riding!

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Re: Newcomer
« Reply #9 on: August 13, 2009, 07:46:45 AM »
Buy some Fox Mid Rangers. They're like $64.99 and sometimes you can find them online for $40 (08 model). I can't speak for the 09 models but they look about the same just fancy.
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Re: Newcomer
« Reply #10 on: August 13, 2009, 08:11:10 AM »
Buy some Fox Mid Rangers. They're like $64.99 and sometimes you can find them online for $40 (08 model). I can't speak for the 09 models but they look about the same just fancy.

this will be his worst purchase.. The Mid Rangers unfortunatelly have a padding that will leave you sore after each ride and wissing you spent the extra $20. It's sad because about 3yrs ago they were my favorite shorts(Padding was much better). i have 2 pairs of Fox's High Frequency which were $89.99 and i'm pretty unhappy also, the pad is not lasting as i thought it would for a high doolla short.

I think i'm going to go with Pearl Izumi.. WOW! what a nice pad it had, they were $85+ but i'm sure it's worth every last cent..

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Re: Newcomer
« Reply #11 on: August 13, 2009, 08:26:19 AM »
I agree. My midrangers are good for about 10 or so miles before the padding feel nonexistant. Unfortunately it seems you have to go lycra to get a really nice pad....I am not ready to take that step.  Anyone know of any baggy shorts with high quality padding for long/epic rides?

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Re: Newcomer
« Reply #12 on: August 13, 2009, 08:28:50 AM »
Well, I run a double layer (motocross underwear under my mid rangers) but haven't heard any complaints about the mid rangers until now. I wouldn't say they are ideal but I'm pretty happy with them cause they are not too long and seem light weight. Getting overstocked 08 models for $40 shipped is what initially got me interested.

They're was no way I could justify just under $100 (with tax) for bike shorts. I bought three pairs for just over what one of the high frequency went for and now I don't have to wash as often.
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Re: Newcomer
« Reply #13 on: August 13, 2009, 08:32:21 AM »
All this talk about butt padding.................this will turn into a FE style thread in no time.
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Re: Newcomer
« Reply #14 on: August 13, 2009, 07:09:29 PM »
if you want to wear baggies. buy a pair of inexpensive baggy shorts and cut the cheap * liner out of them. Then go buy a nice pair of spandex shorts to wear underneath. I bought the top of the line pearl shorts a few months ago and love them. I used the buy $50 price range shorts and they would not last very long or be uncomfortable. I rode the tour de felasco with the pearls and felt better afterwards then than I had after a 10 mile at alafia with cheap shorts.
 
lycra seems to be you get what you pay for.
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