When did mountain biking become so specialized!

calicamper

Expedition Leader
After decades with a 26 I recently made the move to a 29. Loved everything except the long handlebars. I cut an inch and a quarter off of each side and am very happy with the results.
Lol I did the same on my 29er. The wide handle bar thing is strange. The shop kid at the bike shop looked at me like I was crazy when I told him to take an inch off both sides of the bars. I told him bombing down fire escapes requires narrower bars. He was possibly high or thought I was actually bombing down fire escapes. Lol
 
What is the difference between a Gravel Bike and Mountain Bike? I have never heard of a Gravel Bike until now. Showing my age I guess.
 

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CampStewart

Observer
Lol I did the same on my 29er. The wide handle bar thing is strange. The shop kid at the bike shop looked at me like I was crazy when I told him to take an inch off both sides of the bars. I told him bombing down fire escapes requires narrower bars. He was possibly high or thought I was actually bombing down fire escapes. Lol
I measured and my cutdown bars are 26 inches wide. Still very happy with the modification. I rode my old 26 the other day and the 24 inch bars on it felt really weird lol.
 

robert

Expedition Leader
What's even more ridiculous than all of the types of bikes is the price. I've been looking at new bikes lately and manufacturers are insane. It's a freakin' bicycle, I've bought brand new motorcycles and most of my used vehicles for less than what they want for most higher end bikes. I think my 650 V-Strom brand new was like $7200 OTD and it was far more complicated and had far more parts and materials in it than any bicycle.
 

Buliwyf

Viking with a Hammer
Yep. Used to be a huge Cannondale fan. Still have one hanging in the garage. Now a decent Cannondale cost as much as a Honda CRF450l. That's unacceptable.

But, but, motorcycles aren't exercise............. Says people that have never ridden one. I don't see any fat guys on the trail.

Specialized still has a couple decent bikes around $2000. I might grab one soon. I'm going to restore my road bike first, make sure my knees are still game.
 

robert

Expedition Leader
Yeah I don't think most folks realize how overall physically, and mentally, demanding motocross riding can be. I've never raced a dirt bike but even just riding for sport can leave you feeling like you went several rounds with a top boxer. It's definitely a total body workout.

Between being out of the country for the last couple of years and then ortho surgery I've finally started riding my old 26" Stumpjumper M4 again. With prices what they are and me not being able to ride aggressively anymore I just don't see me buying a new bike anytime soon.
 

VanWaLife

Member
Well I guess I got lucky twenty years ago when I happened upon my early 80's Ritchey...never really wanted anything else, although I have picked up a few similar mid 80's MTB's since for very little on CL. Man they're fun to ride!
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billiebob

My Uncle drove a government issued Jeep in Europe
When did it become specialized ? When it became anInternational sport. When Marin County, CA invented it.


Proud to say, in my tiny village our bike shop sells Marin Bikes and the sponsor ALL our mountain bike events.

Marin County California invented OR specialized the sport.
 
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billiebob

My Uncle drove a government issued Jeep in Europe
my friends are buying gravel bikes and trying to convince that's the way to go
It is all about friends, community. culture. You must be a spcial guy to ignore that. Are you biking to be an individual, different or are you biking for culture, freindship, community. Sport is all about being competitive. Seldom does smoking the competition build friendships. As rare is being the underdog. HUGE decision.
 

Organic

New member
Full suspension is wonderful even for just riding around the neighborhood. So plush! Has lockouts for longer distance pavement riding if you don't want to waste energy bouncing around :) If you are patient you can find one on CL and work a deal. Heck, my bike is 15 yrs old but it's a monster on the trails still (Jamis Dakar XLT 2.0) and I was able to trade an RC truck valued around $500 for it!
 

Buliwyf

Viking with a Hammer
If my road bike testing this fall, gives the go ahead, I'll buy one of these in the off season when stores give better deals $2000:




I moved to an area where a nearby national forest has a perfect single track that runs all the way around the lake. And hiking kinda sucks, because of the horse flys from the horse trails. 1.5hours south of me is another state park, with a man made lake, and multiple man made and maintained trails.

Wished either would have existed 20years ago.
 

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MTVR

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Full suspension is wonderful even for just riding around the neighborhood. So plush! Has lockouts for longer distance pavement riding if you don't want to waste energy bouncing around :) If you are patient you can find one on CL and work a deal. Heck, my bike is 15 yrs old but it's a monster on the trails still (Jamis Dakar XLT 2.0) and I was able to trade an RC truck valued around $500 for it!
Craigslist is little more than an e-fencing operation for meth-head burglars. I would not buy a bicycle off Craigslist unless the "seller" could show me an original unaltered receipt for it when it was purchased new from a bike shop, in his name, and showed me matching state-issued photo identification.

The $500 RC truck is another major red flag- tweakers absolutely LOVE stuff like that.

Whenever serving a search warrant, if I see RC vehicles, darts, and large amounts of porn inside, I know that we're gonna find meth...
 
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