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post #1 of 51 (permalink) Old 04-13-2004, 01:34 PM
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Any MTBers out there?

Anybody out there like offroading on bikes for athletic people?

If so, name your rig and your favorite trail!

I have a 2000 Trek 6000 with a ton of upgrades:
XTR Rear derailer
Double titanium egg-beater pedals
Terry damsemfly race profile seat with titanium rails
XTR cassette on order (mine's TOAST! - rode Sedona trails in AZ)
Avid mechanical disc brakes
Mavic wheels (shitty hubs though)
Rock Shoxs Sid race fork!!!

My favorite trail is the man-made one in Augusta MI, just outta Battle Creek (Fort Custer). It's just like a motocross track in some sections. Awesome jumps! But locally, I also like Bullfrog Lake in Palos.
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I suck but it's fun, tough, and good exercise. I'm hoping to get out this afternoon. Emma Carlin and John Muir are just minutes away. A friend is going to Crested Butte this summer but don't think I'll be able to go. He's doing the Fat 40 later this summer and we're kinda of training for that.

He's trying to get me to buy his Fuel because he has his eyes on a new carbon one.

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OMG I LOVE THE FUEL!!! I don't think I need a softtail (not much of a downhiller...I'm a climber) but the Fuel makes me drool!! Trek should hire me for marketing! "The fuel makes me drool!"

Emma Carlen and John Muir are two of my favorites too...I think Emma's harder...more climbs, but MUCH fewer people. We should ride sometime! It's too sloppy for me now though...
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I used to, but I have no time for it and I'm fat and old as a result.

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My favorite trail was the connector loop from the John Muir to the Emma Carlin trails at Kettle Morraine. My wife and I did some good cycling at Lake Tahoe once, the flume trail was awesome.

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Go to Medaldale Raceway Park in C'ville off RT 31. Just north of spring hill mall It's a fun time to MTB.

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Actually the trails are in great condition right now. We're probably going to Emma this afternoon. Emma kicks my ass! The climbs are a bitch.

They cut some new track on the blue route last year and it was dippy and rutted until it got packed down. That's where I see the Fuel as being nice, it just soaks that stuff up.
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OH I'M GETTING SO EXCITED!!!! KETTLE IS CLEAN! KETTLE IS CLEAN!!! My 'fat person bike' :laugh is in service, so now's a good time to get some in some good huckin'!

JRSMAIL - That's my 'hood! I rode that trail when it first went it summer before last -- It was fun but horribly maintained. We lost the trail after about one mile too -- it was like it wasn't even finished yet. Did you know that raceway had the longest straightaway in stock car racing?

Sticky Nicky -- whatcha doin' with the titanium bottom bracket and the Race Face cranks?
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Sticky Nicky -- whatcha doin' with the titanium bottom bracket and the Race Face cranks?
Keeping them on my bike-thank you very much

I rode Kettle numerous times in the rain, kept the bugs down! It made those rocks damn slippery though.


Any recommendations on a "modern" shock that's reasonable? My 21 needs a rebuild and you can't buy the kits anymore.

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I rode Kettle numerous times in the rain, kept the bugs down! It made those rocks damn slippery though.
Yeah, those two hills on the connector aren't any better when it's dry. It was dry last year and I bit it going down, endoed into a tree with my shoulder. Luckily not hard. I think mt. biking is more dangerous than cycling sometimes.
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They still make the Sid...You know, Fox has started making mountain bike forks...They've gotten good reviews...I'm sending my sid to Rock Shoxs for maintenance next week.

Try pricepoint.com. They undercut EVERYBODY on mtb parts.

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Any recommendations on a "modern" shock that's reasonable? My 21 needs a rebuild and you can't buy the kits anymore.

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Nice to see people MTB here.

I have a 02' Cannondale F600 with a few upgrades, mostly cockpit stuff. I ride a lot of urban in Chicago, but Palos and Desplains River Trail are better if you have sun light, which I usually don't. Been getting into freeriding, but I think I'll always XC for the health benefit. F'ed myself up pretty bad last week jumping shit in the city.

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If you like freeriding, you should check out Chicagofreeride.com buncha CRAZY guys...They fill their camelbacks with beer and hit the pavement! I've met a few of them guys...real stunnas!
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This is great. My roommate and I were just talking about MTB this past weekend. I'm thinking about repurchasing (I have an 1992 (?) GT) and he's looking to upgrade components.

Any recommendations to good bike shops. Bonus points for city locations.

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Where you at in the city? I've always had relatively good service with Kozy's. There's a location in the loop (600ish South LaSalle if memory serves) and one on the corner of Webster and Clyborne further north. They've always been good to me, prices might be a little high though?

Oh yeah, I have a '95ish Cannondale with a Manitou that I'm quite fond of. In addition to the trails mentioned above, I used to log a lot of miles at Deer Grove in Palatine (the ravines right off campground 5). It was a blast til the park rangers started cracking down on us. Oh well.

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I'm at Diversey, Damen, Clyborn.

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My ride??? Which one? I used to race MTB bikes and have accumulated quite the collection. My bikes that are currently ridable:
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Locally, I usually go hit the trails "near" Bullfrog lake.
Kettle is great for a road trip.
Favorite trail would have to be the Porcupine Rim Trail out near Slick Rock Utah.

Sticky, get a Manitou Black for a new fork. Very cheap now and a great fork for the money. I have gone through a couple of them now and have really like them.

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Used to be into it....rode Palos alot. Rode in Boulder for a weekend a few years back. Now Im out of shape and stick to the Praire Path.

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Let's go ride!!!!! Me down at Jubilee State Park, near Peoria. These were the old stomping grounds

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Kiecker, hit the one just South of you then bud (we're kinda neighbors!). Their storefront is on the Southwest corner by Webster Movie theater. The shop is across the street. Good guys IMO.

Oh yeah, in school we spent our time at Sugar Bottom (Iowa City). Great trails through the pine forests! Never raced there, but always wanted to. Single track passing?

edit: Wow...this thread is taking off fast. Isn't it about time Ducman showed up and put everyone to shame with his supersecret rides?

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THESE PICS ARE GREAT!!!!! This thread is making me happy. I wanna get MUDDY!!!

The Sugar2 is a SWEET bike!

Brian -- What series did you race? I wanna do WORS someday. I've heard SO MUCH about Jubilee State Park -- I'm serious...Let's go!

Allen - You live near me...Let's hit the raceway sometime!

Jack -- I put that pic on for my wallpaper! I LOVE IT!

Oh, and BTW -- anyone else make motorcycle noises when you mountain bike? I make dirtbike noises...
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Oh, and BTW -- anyone else make motorcycle noises when you mountain bike? I make dirtbike noises...

That's the only way I can make it up some of those longer climbs.

.......brrrrupp.....brrrrup..brrrrrrrruPPP!!

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THESE PICS ARE GREAT!!!!! This thread is making me happy. I wanna get MUDDY!!!
Muddy hey? COOL!
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