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Anyone familiar with the Ghost brand? German made, seem pretty popular over there but I haven’t heard much about them in the USA. Distributed by REI but there’s none in stock locally for me to get my hands on. Reviews seem positive but not seeing them anywhere other than a big box store is concerning.
 

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My GF is looking for something new and with REI one town over we thought about Ghost, but the few reviews I found were: "meh"
What model was she looking at? Seen a couple decent reviews on a few of the AMR models. And love em or hate em, the 10% REI member dividend isn’t bad.
 

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Why the skinny-tired bike?
1) it’s all I own.
2) those trails are the only place around with any sort of serious ele gain
3) cross is coming

ETA: this was also my first trail ride of the season, so I’m rusty as hell. Plus I took a few turns that I now know not to take [laugh]

Most of the time I spend in this particular park is spent running, and I wildly underestimated the skinny-tire difficulty on a few of the trails I picked.
 
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1) it’s all I own.
2) those trails are the only place around with any sort of serious ele gain
3) cross is coming

ETA: this was also my first trail ride of the season, so I’m rusty as hell. Plus I took a few turns that I now know not to take [laugh]

Most of the time I spend in this particular park is spent running, and I wildly underestimated the skinny-tire difficulty on a few of the trails I picked.
Were I to attempt that, I'd likely be emerging doing the Mexican-foodstuff-carryout-walk-o-shame. [shocked][wink]

 
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3) cross is coming
Speaking of: in a few weeks I will be setting up Cyclocross practice at Ski Ward in Shrewsbury. It will be each Wednesday night in September at 5:15. I will post more details once the planning is finalized. Come ride CX with the Minuteman Road Club.
 

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Speaking of: in a few weeks I will be setting up Cyclocross practice at Ski Ward in Shrewsbury. It will be each Wednesday night in September at 5:15. I will post more details once the planning is finalized. Come ride CX with the Minuteman Road Club.
If I thought I could get from Kittery to Shrewsbury in under an hour at that time of day, I’d be all over it.

Sadly, I don’t think it’s even physically possible, nevermind legally [laugh][crying]
 

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I have an HD3 and love it. Big bike for trail riding but comes into it's own at KT, D Acres, etc. That is a solid suggestion but...and don't tell her I told you this, but we went to JRA this week to see what they had and the sales guy handed her a helmet and she put it on backwards. I handle most of the maintenance chores but if I ask how long something that has obviously been broken for a while has been the way it is, she has no idea.

I would scoop that bike in a second, but she needs something aluminum.
 

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Hot for Fezzari Abajo, got a little cash burning a hole in my pocket. Hype, or the real deal ? What say you NES?
First ride this afternoon. It's infinitely more sure footed than the hard tail I've been riding. Nice bike. Have to learn how to set the suspension up, and get used to the dropper I guess.The obligatory "on the trail" pics came out kinda blurry. Between gulping air like there wasn't any left and my heart struggling to circulate the sludge the camera never really stood a chance.
Dawn patrol to Trail of Tears Saturday I'm thinking. Maybe I can get a decent snap there.
 

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I f***ING HATE MYLAR BALLOONS!

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Honestly, every other ride I'm taking these damned things out of the woods. This morning it was an entire bouquet.
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Also had to clear a blowdown, so I had to cut the ride short to get home and give Albert his insulin.
 

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Got a chance to ride a YT Capra earlier this week. Well built, quality components, felt great, all around a good looking and feeling bike. I didn't want the enduro style and was more interested in the Jeffsy and then I get an e-mail from YT saying they're having their Labor Day sale. Up to 20% off. So I just ordered a Jeffsy Should be here in about a week. I'm pumped!
 

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Got a chance to ride a YT Capra earlier this week. Well built, quality components, felt great, all around a good looking and feeling bike. I didn't want the enduro style and was more interested in the Jeffsy and then I get an e-mail from YT saying they're having their Labor Day sale. Up to 20% off. So I just ordered a Jeffsy Should be here in about a week. I'm pumped!
Nice man!!

Where did you find a YT to ride?
 

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Nice man!!

Where did you find a YT to ride?
A very close friend of mine has a Capra. In my frantic looking at/demoing every bike I could find, I completely forgot about it. Probably because it wasn’t the model I was interested in. The thing is really nice. She has some miles on hers and the build was one step down from the top line model. The components were well above average at that price point and everything about it looked well thought out and constructed. In the end, for me it was the Jeffsy vs a 2018 closeout Ibis Ripley at Backcountry. The latter went out of stock, the Jeffsy got discounted, and I wanted something sooner than later to ride this fall so the decision was made easy for me.
 

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A very close friend of mine has a Capra. In my frantic looking at/demoing every bike I could find, I completely forgot about it. Probably because it wasn’t the model I was interested in. The thing is really nice. She has some miles on hers and the build was one step down from the top line model. The components were well above average at that price point and everything about it looked well thought out and constructed. In the end, for me it was the Jeffsy vs a 2018 closeout Ibis Ripley at Backcountry. The latter went out of stock, the Jeffsy got discounted, and I wanted something sooner than later to ride this fall so the decision was made easy for me.
You made a good choice.
 

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Well, THAT didn't go according to plan. [thinking]

This morning I decided to take the orange beast on the new thing at Rockhouse, to see if any more work had been done on it (answer: not yet). It was a great ride... right up until it wasn't. Just past where the little loop branches off, and just before a rock-armored water crossing, there's a little ziggy-zaggy around a tree and large boulder. Well, I went into it a bit quicker than intended, skidded, and one leg went down and stayed while the bike and other leg went the other direction. Yep: groin pull. [shocked]

You'd think with all the time at the gym, and that stretching regimen I do, I'd be more resistant. Nope: clumsy Aspie is still clumsy. [frown]

The only upshot: since I was doing the (painful) walk limp of shame out anyway, I was able to bring with me that piece of Tyvek that's been trailside and bugging me every time I rode past it.

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