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Bike forums, do you have a favorite?

post #1 of 27
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Epic has been good to me, even in the off season. But, what is your favorite bike specific forum website?

Michael
post #2 of 27
I post on local exchanges from time to time but I deliberately avoid anything with a larger audience. Too much time suck.
post #3 of 27
BikeForums.net is the best one I've found, other than local listservs and team sites. I've found BikeForums to have a better-than-average signal-to-noise ratio, and a lot of good info in a well-organized forum structure. The only quip? A lack of a "Mid-Atlantic" regional board (DC doesn't fall under either the Northeast or Southeast forums, sadly). But there's a lot of good info on the BF boards, be it for gadgets, road or mountain, commuters, long-distance, or whatever. And I know that a few EpicSki folk post over there, as well.

I've also had good luck at the RoadBikeReview (good for reading about the new stuff coming out), WeightWeenies (great for folks building high-end things) and CyclingForums (Euro-centric) boards. The forums at Bicycling.com are decent, if sometimes a bit lacking in depth (sometimes like the training wheels of the cycling forum sites, where most folk "graduate" to BikeForums).

Just my $0.02 - YMMV.
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post #5 of 27
I read www.pinkbike.com sometimes just for a laugh. Lots of youngins there, and lots of idiocy, with the occasional glimmer of something good. That's about it, I live bikes in the summer, so I mostly try to avoid them on my time off.
post #6 of 27
http://www.mtbr.com/ Good for mountain biking stuff.
post #7 of 27
the only national level boards I post on(very little) are eMpTyBeerR and Dirtrag.

damn never checked out bikeforums.net but damn that is a HUGE site.
post #8 of 27
bikeforums.net and roadbikereviews.com (already cited). I like that weight weenies site, but I am surprised that they didn't block my ip address seeing as how I ride a steel frame.....
post #9 of 27
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
the only national level boards I post on(very little) are eMpTyBeerR and Dirtrag.

damn never checked out bikeforums.net but damn that is a HUGE site.
Bike forums is big, sometimes good.

Road bike is really informative. Below are 2 examples of quality IMO.

http://forums.roadbikereview.com/sho....php?p=1772472 & http://forums.roadbikereview.com/sho...d.php?t=119893

I've asked the same question on both forums, Road bike provides better info.

Michael
post #10 of 27
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Originally Posted by WILDCAT View Post
Bike forums is big, sometimes good.

Road bike is really informative. Below are 2 examples of quality IMO.

http://forums.roadbikereview.com/sho....php?p=1772472 & http://forums.roadbikereview.com/sho...d.php?t=119893

I've asked the same question on both forums, Road bike provides better info.

Michael
yeah but their roadies they are like the biggest *******s of the biking world!!
post #11 of 27
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yeah but their roadies they are like the biggest *******s of the biking world!!
LOL... but there are always exceptions to the rule.
post #12 of 27
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yeah but their roadies they are like the biggest *******s of the biking world!!
Watch it, man - dem's fightin' woids here in DC.

(And I could always ask "whose roadies?" - grammar police in effect, y'all!)



I consider myself a "reformed mountain biker": happy to ride off-road, but I've found my zen on the road.

To each his own, right?

As far as the BF vs. RBR debate is concerned: there is far more ego on the former than the latter, but with that comes a bigger depth of knowledge on all subjects, especially some of the more esoteric ones (e.g. advocacy, gadgets, long-distance, etc.). If I need an answer quickly, BF is the place to look, hands down. RBR has a more genial community with a lot less noise, but sometimes doesn't have the quick "bang - found it!" factor. That said, it's a good place.

As far as off-road is concerned, MTBR is my fave for the times when I need to dive into the off-road world. That's not as often as it was when I lived in Utah, but it pops up now and again. But DC and its surroundings are much more of a road mecca, and that's where I hang my hat these days.
post #13 of 27
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
damn never checked out bikeforums.net but damn that is a HUGE site.
It has been known to cause multiple personalities: What if your are over 50 & a Clydesdale, who commutes and is building a Cyclocross bike to use for long distance rides because the Vintage bike is too old?

Michael
post #14 of 27
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Watch it, man - dem's fightin' woids here in DC.

(And I could always ask "whose roadies?" - grammar police in effect, y'all!)



I consider myself a "reformed mountain biker": happy to ride off-road, but I've found my zen on the road.

To each his own, right?

As far as the BF vs. RBR debate is concerned: there is far more ego on the former than the latter, but with that comes a bigger depth of knowledge on all subjects, especially some of the more esoteric ones (e.g. advocacy, gadgets, long-distance, etc.). If I need an answer quickly, BF is the place to look, hands down. RBR has a more genial community with a lot less noise, but sometimes doesn't have the quick "bang - found it!" factor. That said, it's a good place.

As far as off-road is concerned, MTBR is my fave for the times when I need to dive into the off-road world. That's not as often as it was when I lived in Utah, but it pops up now and again. But DC and its surroundings are much more of a road mecca, and that's where I hang my hat these days.
you do relize that trails in the mid altantic are WAY tougher than anything in utah. you should get out more.
post #15 of 27
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
you do relize that trails in the mid altantic are WAY tougher than anything in utah. you should get out more.
Oh, I realize that the trails around here are technical, and that I need to buck up on riding them. But I'm also not a fan of driving to where I ride, and the good trails are at least an hour from DC on a good traffic day. Perhaps next year, or later this fall (my likely racing team is one that's primarily off-road, though I'd do most of my racing on-road).

But I grew up riding in the mountains of northern Utah - almost all of that riding off-road. And while it wasn't as technical as here (no mossy roots, etc.), it was a good workout. I guess I've been off the off-road horse for long enough that I'm.... rusty, to say the least. And my mountain bike is an old hardtail racer - not really suited for the trails out here. Lam excuse, yeah, but I've found that I excel at road cycling - due in no small part from alpine ski racing and from mountain biking in days of yore.
post #16 of 27
www.mtbr.com Definitely.

Great breadth of forums and a fantastic reviews section on virtually everything (equipment is mostly mountain bike specific, but lots of non-mtb specific reviews too)
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post #18 of 27
mtbr.com

I like weightweenies also. I haven't visited weightweenies for quite a while. Actually I forgot about them.
I must be geezing....
post #19 of 27
cyclingforum.com. A small group of regulars, some political buzz, but the tech info is good.
post #20 of 27
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
you do relize that trails in the mid altantic are WAY tougher than anything in utah. you should get out more.
The real treasure of road riding in the east coast? It's almost like off-road riding in Utah! Just as painful and just as beautiful!

Especially now, when the trees are putting on their color coats...

This, from one of them a**** roadies.
post #21 of 27
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The real treasure of road riding in the east coast?
this makes non sense at all, I was saying the local XC trails in Pa are multi times more technical than nearly anything XC in utah.
post #22 of 27
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Originally Posted by Johnnys Zoo View Post
mtbr.com

I like weightweenies also. I haven't visited weightweenies for quite a while. Actually I forgot about them.
I must be geezing....
I forgot one... wvmba.com... it has some pretty cool links on trial access.

As far as single track. I've ridden both in Utah and WV, PA. They both have admirable qualities. Very different but both nice.
post #23 of 27
Another vote for mtbr.com. As a mountain bike newbie, I've learned quite a bit from it,from gear to techniques and trails.
post #24 of 27

Gooseberry Mesa MTB heaven

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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
this makes non sense at all, I was saying the local XC trails in Pa are multi times more technical than nearly anything XC in utah.
You think so? Have you ever ridden Gooseberry Mesa or Zen Trail near St. George? I think you've only done Moab. SW Utah has the best trails in the state and the most fun riding, ANYWHERE. I have ridden many amazing trails in the west but Gooseberry is the most fun trail. Little Creek Mountain is nearby and almost as much fun, more flow, even more views. All the east has are smaller mountains and bigger crowds.
A few suggestions before you die. Mckenzie River Trail and Umpqua Trail, OR. River Trail #223, MT, Downieville and Noble Canyon, CA, Monarch Crest and Sand Canyon, CO. Sedona and the Arizona Trail, so many great sections. Many trials are built by mountain bikers for mountain biking, sooo much more fun than a multi use trail.
As far as biking forums go, Tucson MTB and MTBR.
post #25 of 27
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Originally Posted by skeeee View Post
You think so? Have you ever ridden Gooseberry Mesa or Zen Trail near St. George? I think you've only done Moab. SW Utah has the best trails in the state and the most fun riding, ANYWHERE. I have ridden many amazing trails in the west but Gooseberry is the most fun trail. Little Creek Mountain is nearby and almost as much fun, more flow, even more views. All the east has are smaller mountains and bigger crowds.
A few suggestions before you die. Mckenzie River Trail and Umpqua Trail, OR. River Trail #223, MT, Downieville and Noble Canyon, CA, Monarch Crest and Sand Canyon, CO. Sedona and the Arizona Trail, so many great sections. Many trials are built by mountain bikers for mountain biking, sooo much more fun than a multi use trail.
As far as biking forums go, Tucson MTB and MTBR.
I have ridden Gooseberry. which is really fun. but Moab is overrated.

I will still stand by my statement that the average trail is Pa is more technical than the average trail in Ut. whether that is fun or not is in the eye of the beholders

spoken like a true western snob because you didnt list one east coast trail meaning you have never ridden anywhere but the western state.
post #26 of 27
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Originally Posted by songfta View Post
Oh, I realize that the trails around here are technical, and that I need to buck up on riding them. But I'm also not a fan of driving to where I ride, and the good trails are at least an hour from DC on a good traffic day. Perhaps next year, or later this fall (my likely racing team is one that's primarily off-road, though I'd do most of my racing on-road).

But I grew up riding in the mountains of northern Utah - almost all of that riding off-road. And while it wasn't as technical as here (no mossy roots, etc.), it was a good workout. I guess I've been off the off-road horse for long enough that I'm.... rusty, to say the least. And my mountain bike is an old hardtail racer - not really suited for the trails out here. Lam excuse, yeah, but I've found that I excel at road cycling - due in no small part from alpine ski racing and from mountain biking in days of yore.
Check out http://www.more-mtb.org Lots of good info.

Songfta - I've got the perfect hardtail ride for you and you don't even need your car. Take the W&OD to the Reston Ice skating rink parking lot, off road on Colts Necks Trail to CCT Trail back onto W&OD. For some added fun you can follow the CCT trail offroad to Oak Marr Rec Center and then a left onto Rt. 123 back to the W&OD. About 15 miles of off road (all well marked, decent single & double track with lots of rocks, roots, & logs) plus another 30-35 miles of road. It's a good suburba ride.

BTW - You can't let any of the roadies pass you while you're on the W&OD.

I've ridden all up & down the east coast and out west in CA & CO, and WV has some of the hardest trails I've ever ridden. Plenty of climbing and lots of rocks & roots, muddy rocks & muddy roots, did I mention the mud? The scenery in WV is beautiful.
post #27 of 27
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
this makes non sense at all, I was saying the local XC trails in Pa are multi times more technical than nearly anything XC in utah.
Try Zen Trail near St. George, UT and then you will change your tune. That's sweet technical riding.
Gooseberry Mesa is also the most fun tech trails I've ridden anywhere, Zen is tougher but shorter.
If you've only ridden Moab, I think St. George has better riding, but the locals are ultra conservative.
As far as mtb sites go, if coming to Tucson check out TucsonMTB.
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