Mountain Biking?

Discussion in 'Sports & Outdoors' started by Cheez, Nov 17, 2010.

  1. Cheez

    Cheez Member

    Just recently started college here in La. I'm not to far from the Lincoln Parish Park in Ruston. From what I've heard they have a pretty well known trail. I love riding, it's a great stress reliever and and great way to see the fall tree (for now). Anybody else like to bike on here?
  2. ajarman

    ajarman New Member

    Cheez, I dabble in Mountain Biking here and there. Like you said, I enjoy it more in Fall and Spring. I ride a Giant Yukon with Shimano gears and clip ins. I have had the bike for almost 2 years and so far so good. I am wanting to step up to a 29'er but just not sure about a single gear. What do you ride?
  3. Cheez

    Cheez Member

    Well I just started so I really don't have the best bike, I just bought it mainly to get across campus. I have a 26" scwhinn with Shimano thumb shifters and gears. I'm thinking about upgrading soon to a Trek 3 or 4 series with disc brakes. You said you wanted a 29'er, one of my friends just bought a 29" Gary Fisher. That thing is beautiful, and from what I've heard it's a completely different riding experience.
  4. ajarman

    ajarman New Member

    The Trek's are really nice bikes. Once you upgrade to a bike with disc breaks you will never be able to ride a horse shoe again. Yeah, I have been looking at the Gary Fisher 29'er and I just can't fork out that much money these days.
  5. ThatSilverStepside

    ThatSilverStepside New Member

    I don't mountain bike but I do ride some flatland BMX
  6. Vincennes02261897

    Vincennes02261897 New Member

    I completely agree, Cheez. Mountain biking is a GREAT stress reliever. I got really into it for a while. I have a Trek 820 with Shimano XT hubs, Mavic rims, Shimano Altus rear derailleur, and clipless/platform pedals (clipless on one side and platform on the other... its a great way to provide extra functionality to your bike).

    I used to go out quite a bit but I had a serious problem of continuing after several miles of riding had me pretty warn out. That's never a good idea because you lose concentration. I wrecked out and tacoed my front wheel (which led me to the purchase of XT hub/Mavic Rim set up). A few months later I took on a trail that was a little too advanced for me and I wrecked out pretty badly. Ended up flipping over my bike and tore every ligament in my left shoulder causing my clavicle to completely separate from my shoulder blade. It was the absolute worst pain I have ever felt (even worse than fracturing my ankle in 3 places playing high school football back in the day). Needless to say, I haven't been back out in a while. I'm sure I'll mount back up before too long, though!
  7. Cheez

    Cheez Member

    Sounds like a pretty nice setup you've got there. It sucks to hear about the injuries though, but I guess that comes with any type of physical exertion...
  8. Vincennes02261897

    Vincennes02261897 New Member

    That's right... just part of the game, buddy. Like you, I just bought a decent bike for cruising around campus at Texas A&M during my freshman year. Then stuff kept braking so I would upgrade with better things. clipped a pedal on a tree so when I bought new pedals, I upgraded. Bent a wheel... upgraded. Etc. Etc. Etc.

    What kind of mountain biking do you enjoy the most? Rocks, wood trails, steep grades, etc?
  9. phoebeisis

    phoebeisis New Member

    Heck, I wish I had known there were bicycle riders here(especially in Louisiana-I'm in River Ridge-suburb of NOLA)-I could have sold you guys some bikes.
    I'm an old gimp-59 and change- so I don't actually mountian ride(and I'm in south louisiana, so no mountains).
    I do ride everyday, and I've found a way to simulate mountains.
    I live about 1 mile from the Mississippi levee, so I ride there, and then proceed to ride up and down the levee for about 20 minutes. I used to just ride the path on top but I just couldn't push myself very hard riding on the level.
    I would just coast along daydreaming for 20 minutes or so.
    I've found it is impossible to just coast uphill-so I get a better workout. If I don't do something physical everyday my body just grinds to a halt and I get fatter and fatter(5'5" 185 +-so I am stumpy enough as it is)

    Now if anyone out there is looking for a Giant NRS air -15.5 FRAME(SUITABLE FOR 5"5" TO 5'9") let me know.
    It has been upgraded-27 speeds-Shimano LX/XT parts with Hugi 240 hubbed disc wheels-let me know.
    I will let you STEAL it for a measly $500.
    Well, not a steal, but a decent enough price-dual suspension 100/120 Manitou fork(real steel coils springs-better feel than air springs)

    I liken those Trek 800 series bikes- most Chrome Moly steel frames-rigid at both ends-They make great city/urban/trail do anything bikes bikes.
    Charlie
  10. Cheez

    Cheez Member

    Well in the big city of Ruston La it's mainly wooded with a little bit of rocky red clay type of dirt.

    I may actually be interested in that bike. If you don't mind could you pm me the details and a few pics?
  11. Vincennes02261897

    Vincennes02261897 New Member

    Welcome to the conversation, Charlie! It's funny how you ride the levees. There are some really good forrest trails not far from here with plenty of man-made rock gardens and other technicalities. Ultimately, though... there's nothing naturally steep enough to simulate true mountain riding. The trails are just off of a lake, though. And guess what? There's a levee with plenty of switchbacks that have been carved into the side to add on to the trails. Great place to ride. They've got everything from beginner to more technical trails and a trail committee to keep it all up. Not too bad!
  12. phoebeisis

    phoebeisis New Member

    cheez
    You're in Ruston, right? Do you ever get to NOLA?
    Remind me to post some pictures and PM you.
    I definitely want to sell it, but I might forget to pm you. It is a nice bike-the NRS is suppposed to eliminate BOB-the rear end cycling up and down as you pedal which makes riding less efficient. It actually works-you can dial almost all bob out of it. MTB bikes are constantly whining about BOB in full suspension bikes.

    Vincennes-where in TX? Near Austin?? What levee??

    Charlie
  13. Cheez

    Cheez Member

    Yeah I'm from Dry Prong but I'm in Ruston now for college, but for a deal like that I would make the drive to NOLA. I would just like to know a bit more about the bike (year, size, color, condition, etc.) before I sink the time and money into it. Just let me know man I'm really interested!

    As for the levee thing that sounds very difficult but fun at the same time. One of the reason I like riding the trail is you just can't replace the feeling of flying down a trail nearly hitting trees.
  14. phoebeisis

    phoebeisis New Member

    Cheez- ha- I promise you,when you get to be 59 you will want to pass on that "nearly hitting trees" feeling.Heck, I've become a mpg fanatic-I drive like an out and out sissy now(or whatever the PC word is for sissy). I bet I havent' hit 80 mpg in 15 years!
    When I was 17 I would drive my father's 1965 Plymouth Fury 3 SW at WOT (111 MPG INDICATED) everywhere! I once drove our tiny(1700 lb) 1969 Toyota Corolla SW at WOT from Baton Rouge to Denver(1300 miles). Made it in 20 hours- it did 84 mph at WOT.
    Needless to say soon after that it blew a head gasket-told my dad it must have been cheap Japanese parts! Heck back then-70's-the Texas panhandle was even more deserted, so I carried 4 5 gallon jerrycans of gasoline in the back of it!

    Yeah, I was an adrenalin junkie now I'm a mpg junkie!Tough getting old, but beats the alternative!
    Enjoy the rush-I still like to ride-anything with wheels!

    I'll post some pictures here and PM you.

    Charlie
  15. Cheez

    Cheez Member

    Awesome, I look forward to seeing the pics.
  16. Cheez

    Cheez Member

    So I just ordered my Christmas present to me! It's a 2010 Gary Fisher G2 in crimson red. It should be in sometime next week! Pics will be up as soon as I get it :D
  17. jwco5.3

    jwco5.3 New Member

    Trek ftw!!!!
  18. Cheez

    Cheez Member

    Trek/Gary Fisher FTW!!!
  19. mfleetwood

    mfleetwood Moderator

    Merry Christmas to you! Can't wait to see the pics...and congrats!
  20. Cheez

    Cheez Member

    My bike came in Monday. Between school and the weather idk if i'll ever get a chance to take it to the trails.
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    This is a pic of the color, which turns out to be very tricky to get a good pic of.
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