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  1. #1
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    Thinking about trail riding

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    I really love my road bike. But I have thought about how it might be cool to try trail riding, something more off road. I have a nice hybrid bike that lets me ride in town and on some gravel. So that's not what I'm talking about. I'm talking about going out to a lake or some trails.

    So I don't really know any trail riders. I know the ideal is go out with some one who is doing it and try it with them.

    Also if I were looking at Trek type bikes for this purpose, what do people like.

    I am a sturdy but not fast road bike rider. I did 40 miles yesterday. But my son took me on a hike on hiking trails that doubled as bike trails and I couldn't help but think how biking that might be really cool.

    So am I strong enough? I'm 58 years old. what questions should I be asking?

    And please if this topic is previously hashed out, link me to those threads.
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  2. #2
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    I know xc mountain bikers in their 70s. Just start with easier trails.
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  3. #3
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    I just started mountain biking this year as I got a Surly in January (Well, it was built a little later), and had my first real off-road ride Sunday before last.

    Easier trails, and be careful going over terrain. Also, get the right tires for terrain. I discovered Maxxis lists appropriate conditions for each tire tread type. Not sure if any other makers do this to the extent they do, but that plus feedback on reviews made me choose Ardents, and they didn't slip over roots at all.

    Does make me feel a little better. But I'm quite cautious even though I'm not choosing beginner trails. I did ride the bike a lot on flat surfaces first to get used to the setup and to make sure everything was dependable. Don't want equipment falling off the bike while riding rough.
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

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  4. #4
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    I'll tell you the advice that made the most difference for me and mountain biking, that's to get out of the saddle. When you go over roots or rocks or whatever get out of the saddle and let the bike move under you and let your arms and legs be the shocks.

    I'm no great rider, but that made a world of difference in things I was willing to ride and my confidence level.
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  5. #5
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    I'm 55, and I teach mountain biking. 10% of the gals that show up for the weekly ladies rides are over 50. So don't let the age thing get in your way. I will build on what thekarens said: take a skills class. You will not regret it. It will save you a lot of frustration, help with confidence and make you a safer rider.
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  6. #6
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    Thank you to everyone that replied. It's all good stuff. Irulan, I live in the middle of KS. Where might one attend a "skills" class? Are they usually offered through bike clubs or local bike stores? Just a starting spot...
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  7. #7
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    My LBS has some skills classes and beginner rides. We also have a mountain bike club in this area, but it doesn't look like there are any in Kansas, at least none affiliated with IMBA.

    https://www.imba.com/partners/chapter-and-club

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  8. #8
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    a quick google "mountain bike club kansas" brings up five different organizations.
    add "skills" to the string and this pops right up:
    http://www.meetup.com/The-Wheel-Cycl...nts/168785572/
    it may not be current but these things aren't hard to find.
    I'd check each organization's web site for women's rides, events, classes, clinics
    If you don't see what you want, email the club and ask. Not all volunteer organizations are organized.

    edit: wow, Earthriders has a ladies' only forum, how about that!
    Last edited by Irulan; 05-28-2015 at 07:24 PM.
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  9. #9
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    After about a 15 yr break, I started mt biking again and just love it! As other suggested, I went to a Women's Mt Bike Camp in Indiana. http://www.midwestwomensclinic.com/ I hope to go back this yr!

    The new bikes are amazing. I bought a Juliana Furtado, it is sooooo fun!

  10. #10
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    I would like to get back to mountain biking. There are some parks around here where the trails are not too technical, which is about my speed. I just need to get the mountain bike out onto a road or paved trail to make sure everything is working and to check on some saddle position changes we made last year. So what is stopping me? It just seems there are always fun road rides to do. And I already know the road bike is in good shape and the fit is dialed in.

    One of these days...

    - Gray Trek Madone 4.7 road bike, mystery crack in top tube repaired by Calfee, Bontrager Affinity RXL saddle
    - Red Trek 6000 mountain bike, Bontrager Evoke WSD saddle

    Gone but not forgotten:
    - Silver Trek 2000 road bike
    - Two awesome and worn out Juliana saddles

 

 

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