Video: How to Buy a Mountain Bike

Oct 15, 2018
by Pinkbike Staff  

Credit: IFHT Films

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  • + 386
 i hate to admit it but i watched this at work
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 same
  • + 75
 Some client of mine is paying $5.27 for me to watch this at work.
  • + 13
 @Highlander406: you have nice clients
  • + 143
 Two things I got from that video:

1. If you progressively get better at mtn biking then you get the hot girl
2. You need two jobs to buy a top tier mtn bike
  • + 9
 yup here too!! Also installed my night-lights on-the-clock today. The days are getting shorter, but my work hours aint! Also helps that the trails featured in this viddy are only steps away from my office confines.
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 @Highlander406: this is why we can't have nice things
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 @ihertzler: nope it's because we're broke from buying mtb-parts Big Grin
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flag Boardlife69 (Oct 15, 2018 at 13:02) (Below Threshold)
 @rivercitycycles:
1+2= Soapy tits
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 @Highlander406: so you make like 65 dollars an hour?
  • + 1
 same here amigo.
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 at work *and* wearing 5-10s
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 @ihertzler: I'll charge a private owned company is that better?
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flag Explodo (Oct 15, 2018 at 15:19) (Below Threshold)
 Same...and my wife is tired of hearing about bikes as well...and for some reason my kids just aren't into biking. Too bad I have other far more expensive hobbies(cars) or I'd have already dropped eight grand or more on a new bike instead of just looking at them and thinking about them.

Somehow a $25,000 engine really puts an $8000 bike in perspective.
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 @rivercitycycles: you forgot the beard
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 @rivercitycycles: Both lies...
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 That's what work is for
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 @rivercitycycles:

3. Need to pick up 3rd job to afford hot girl.
  • + 1
 Yep, me too. #multitasking
  • + 4
 @Explodo: wait why are you trolling pinkbike then. Shouldn't you be on the motorweek forum?
  • + 8
 @Explodo: Well, if you find that $8k sitting around somewhere getting dusty, I'll happily accept a size small Ibis Mojo HD4 please and thank you in advance. Until then, nobody cares how much money you have.
  • + 2
 @Explodo: what engine, what spec! 25 large on a donkey is a lot. That’s seriously good car money!
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 @rivercitycycles: 2 is cutting it close - depends on your first job...
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 @mangochaos: where are these trails located?
  • + 3
 me too!!! shit i realized i need to start doin lawns!!
  • + 3
 Where else would you watch bike videos?
  • + 141
 What you did in 5min there was my past 5 years! That was awesome!
  • + 27
 Relived my Hardrock days!
  • + 41
 Hardrock FTW!! That thing bucked me more times than rodeo clown. Now its a commuter for some bike thief. Hope it bucks him too.
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 The story of my life!! This could be me (even the Squamish part- minus the bear)!
  • + 4
 @Boardlife69: Dude same! 5 years later and I still think about that bike
  • + 5
 Four years for me. But yea, it was like watching a recap of my life.
  • + 2
 Also in the 'this is a video of my life' club
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 @Boardlife69: I had a hardrock stolen. I was at work the Monday after and everyone had their minds blown when I ran outside without saying anything to anyone, grabbed it off the front of a bus across the street, and came back in with it.

One, they thought I stole it. Two, no one had any idea I could run that fast.
  • + 3
 Long live the Hardrock! Also my first bike. Grew out of it and it became a dirt jumper; stripped the gears off and turned it to single speed, slammed seat, one brake. Back when slopestyle was starting to take off and I wanted to be like Bearclaw
  • + 2
 @racecase ... you don't get away that easy without telling..... what's the girls name?
  • + 1
 @PinkStatus: Still have my Hardrock, now its single speed and sits alongside a BTR and Banshee, #stable
  • + 100
 love the evolution of his office attire, i connect to this on a spiritual level
  • + 23
 Same. Currently in a riding shirt at the office.
  • + 53
 Five Ten flat pedal shoes are totally business casual.
  • + 14
 I came to the office in OneUp T-shirt once. "Work less ride more". My current office is relaxed but a few people took notice anyways.
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 Nobody upvote Arrowhead anymore, he's at 69!
  • + 4
 @WAKIdesigns: Same here. My boss joked that we could make that work. LOL
  • + 1
 @ryetoast: Unless everything is soaked and I'm wearing army boots as a last resort, I'm on fivetens. I'm riding a bike to work after all, could just as well have something with grip. It did stop me from sliding around in the hallways from back when I was wearing Etnies. Was fun too though.

As for shirts, today I was wearing a blue BTR shirt, yesterday it was a red Cranked shirt... Last week I wore a Dirt shirt at least one day to work. Funny thing is probably that most people don't know what these are all about Wink .
  • + 1
 @ryetoast: and I'm sitting here in my Five Ten flats at work (excel tables) reading this comment...
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 @jodek: I'm here at work in Five Ten Freeriders and the Dirt 20 years shirt Wink .
  • + 73
 Best Trek ad ever...
  • + 69
 for once a video showing the difficulty of working in an office environment... nice
  • + 95
 Yeah but my office doesn’t have a Jess....
  • + 52
 @WolfRidge08: Most don't, just a Carol.
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 @RideTahoe707: don't even get me started on Karen... UGH!
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 @laxguy: Does Karen care too much on work? Ill grab my coat now
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 @RideTahoe707: Sounds nice on the phone (add three stone).
  • + 68
 I honestly don’t know how I make it work, but as expensive as our sport can be I never feel like it isn’t worth it.
  • + 2
 Diminishing return does not apply to mountain bike! Every gram is more expensive that the precedent, but also more important !
  • + 47
 Funny 'cos it's true (except the 'Jess' bit, unfortunately...).

Watched at work but lucky to be surrounded by MTBers so no problems there!

Just lots of nodding in agreement.

Only thing missing is turning up for work in a cast/huge bandage/covered in bruises and trying to explain it to non-rider colleagues, as they look at you in horror!
  • + 41
 My favorite is the "um your shoulder/leg/arm seems to be bleeding?" Oh crap sorry I didn't realize I got cut there too!
  • + 44
 A mate of mine got called into the manager's office because they were concerned about his self harming, He asked what they were talking about. 'All those scratches on your arms, do you want to talk to someone?'
  • + 13
 Turning up for a meeting with wet hair after a morning ride and shower and halfway through it someone points out there’s blood seeping through your shirt!
  • + 14
 my coworkers just expect me to be broken often at this point, "fall off your bike again/hit a tree snowboarding again?". Me: "YUP" with a big smile on my face
  • + 4
 @arrowheadrush: at least theyre nice about it!
  • + 1
 Yup, I started mountain biking last December and I can’t believe how many injuries I have had within the last 10 months. Of course they were all worth it. But my wife now ask me if I’m in one piece every time I finish a ride.
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 the Jess bit is always like: - hello Jess! - oh, hi... ok, you can tell me the story about your mountain biking during the weekend just keep it under 1 minute. Nothing personal. I came here for coffee and hoping to meet Ted since he just became a partner in the company and he looks kind of sexier now. I bet he will buy a new cool car. I will listen to you only because I appreciate that you pay attention to me and fancy me a bit, you are not grouse and you never cross the line. But you are not Ted so you are not worth cheating on my fiance, no matter how lame he is. I just flirt with you sometimes. That’s it. I get attention I get what I want. Now... tell me your story, I will look into your eyes and pretend I am interested. What was the thing you sent this time?
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 @WAKIdesigns: Ah, that's cool enough innit? One minute to talk about what you've been sending is enough if you talk quick.
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 @vinay: the point was, I didn’t send anything because I suck and don’t ride. I just talk about riding at work, just like on Pinkbike. I really can’t ride.
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 @WAKIdesigns: Well in that case, talk really slow. You've still got one minute to tell a story about mountainbiking Smile .
  • + 3
 No... I ask her about her dog. Booom! Roles changed! And if it’s a cat... oooooh... she’ll be talking faster than a crossfitter asked about his shoulder soreness
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 @WAKIdesigns: Cats, dogs? I don't know anything about them! Oh no!
catsdogscatsdogscatsdogs...
cats-dogs
c-ogs
cogs... COGS!

"Hey honey. You know I'm running a 11-36t cog now? Yeah, upgraded to 10sp recently. So GNAR! I just outclimbed a goat the other day who just happened to be descending like a bat out of hell. And then when I descended like I bat out of hell I outdescended the goat again as he was climbing like a goat again. Sorry, what do you mean you don't know what I'm talking about? You need to get out more. You know, on Pinkbike. Oh hey Ted this is Jess. She's still a bit sore after cheating on her fiancee. You know, with that crossfitter. I mean, uhm oh that was one minute already cheersbyetakeiteasy"
  • + 1
 This. I was riding 6 weeks after breaking my shoulder blade and they thought I was insane. Well they were partially correct. I was going crazy from not riding in the middle of summer!
  • + 45
 Do we think Randy went through a similar process when buying his Cannondale?
  • + 23
 It's a Habit
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 I miss Randy already!
  • + 41
 Road biking is not fun. Save your money.
  • + 4
 On my 12.5 mile loop I hit 50 +/- 2 mph on a road bike downhill stretch. It’s strange. And we all know strange is fun.
  • + 31
 This is amazing, and 100% accurate. Well done. I also watched it at work while, you know, "working". Have to start slow on Monday and do a little bit of nothing. But don't do too much of nothing, because then you might have to do something.
  • + 19
 "the average worker is only productive for two hours and 53 minutes per day" - google search

I researched this fun fact while also "working"
  • + 5
 @crashrun: f*ck, I need to slow down.
  • + 29
 His face when the seatpost went up.. Had to rewatch it. Gold.
  • + 25
 I didn't buy a dropper post for the longest time because nobody told me if you push the button again IT COMES BACK UP. His reaction reminded me fondly of my own stupidity lolol
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 @ryetoast: you actually made me lol
  • + 10
 Amazing! That and the kids dancing, having "more fun than you'll ever have" put a HUGE smile on my face
  • + 25
 In real life Jess doesn’t ride with other male mountain bikers because they are all either super insecure and try to show her how good a rider they are or super thirsty and creepy and say super cringey and awkward things to her.

Also, don’t forget you have to put stickers on your 4Runner/Tacoma to show people how much you love the lifestyle.
  • + 1
 I’ve got Plattekill and Moab stickers on my FJc. After a ride I bust out a cold beer from the ARB and drink it under the awning. #lifestyle
  • + 2
 She rides with the boys too...

www.instagram.com/hellomegatron
  • + 24
 Lie. There is no Jess in my office
  • + 22
 The buttered up rabbit hole, if your reading this your already too deep.
  • + 21
 BCPOV!!!
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 Haha, so stoked to have snuck in there!
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 @BCpov: Is it bad that I read your comment with your accent?
  • + 11
 how to by a good bike 101:... buy from some one who constantly upgrades to the "latest an greatest" and sells their old slightly used bike on the cheap to fund their expensive addiction.
  • + 9
 When I got my first job after college my Subaru died the week before i started. I borrowed my moms minivan and spent my first paycheck on a new Specialized P.3. Then parts for my stumpjumper. Then eventually a car. Spent $600 on 2 bike racks roof bars and a wind deflector the wrx would look like a proper bike shuttle. Worked night shifts for 8 months and came in sweaty every day from bike riding. Looked at bikes all night online. This video showed an accurate progression of my addiction....i mean passion.
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 In my 20 years of mountain biking, I'm yet to meet a Jess. WHERE ARE YOU, JESS??

*cries self to sleep*
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 In real life Jess doesn’t ride with other male mountain bikers because they are all either super insecure and try to show her how good a rider they are or super thirsty and creepy and say super cringey and awkward things to her.

Also, don’t forget you have to put stickers on your 4Runner/Tacoma to show people how much you love the lifestyle.
  • + 1
 Took it a step further and put MTB stickers on my work truck (and one very inconspicuous beer sticker).
  • + 10
 This follows my day to day to a T. Glad I'm not the only one who spends more time looking at bikes on my work computer than actually working.
  • + 12
 Was that Randy?
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 The Life and Life of: Randy, a MTB Prodigy
  • + 9
 Watching this at work surrounded by people who can care less about mtb’ing.
  • + 34
 Is the term genuinely "can care less" in North America or something? It means the complete opposite of what I'm sure people are trying to say but it turns up like this so much on this site.
  • + 5
 @el-nombre: yes and yes
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 @el-nombre: No people just butcher it. I wish I could care less because it drives me insane
  • + 8
 Just a typical example of today's north american language comprehension and abilities...
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flag nyhc00 (Oct 15, 2018 at 11:00) (Below Threshold)
 Wow...you all really put me in my place over a simple grammatical error. Congrats on winning absolutely nothing.
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 @el-nombre: No, they are just butchering it. One of those things where a mistake is just continually propagated by those who couldn't care less about getting it correct.
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 @cofo11: Or could they?
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 @cofo11: I would of tried to correct you and flush that out a little bit more, but for all intensive purposes your right irregardless.
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 @el-nombre: This is one of those special cases where constant misuse of language has led to the something (technically) incorrect being accepted as generally correct. For all intents and purposes, 'could care less' and 'couldn't care less' now mean the same thing, despite meaning the opposite.

Just like how 'literally' can now literally mean figuratively.

We're in the end times.
  • + 23
 Lots of people making mute points here.
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 @VtVolk: lmao that's genius
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 @el-bomber: The correct term is “couldn’t care less”. But so few people say it correctly.
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 @VtVolk: excellent response. I did a LOL
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 You working in the wrong place there, broklahoma!
  • + 1
 Irregardless of what you think, we do not butcher the English language! (I'm just happy spell check caught that, if it didn't it would truly be the end!)
  • + 2
 @Biggles604: Well now if there was any doubt about posting my original question, it has now vanished. If David Mitchell complained about it, I'm totally justified in complaining about it too Big Grin
  • + 9
 Didnt even mention owning a tacoma
  • + 7
 Awesome! Love it! headset on, grinning and laughing behind my office PC. coworkers looking at me like I'm crazy!!! hahaha!
  • + 7
 This video wins Pinkbike for at least the last few weeks and until another Danny Mac or Semenuk raw edit comes out.
  • + 7
 Me and the wife made a raw edit last night. Ah man, you should see how well she flips now, and lands to dirt. Sorry... Wrong webpage
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 @Dropthedebt: can she corkscrew?
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 @Boardlife69:
she can show you her Cash Roll
  • + 4
 The funniest part of the whole vid is the quick shot of the light glinting off the reflector on the pedal as he’s trying to get his swagger on. That whole segment is too damn funny. Tears are running down my face.
  • + 5
 For those of us who have been riding for 20+ years this was a great reminder of those early days. Good stoke refresher.
  • + 4
 It would have been nice to know you guys were following me around and taking notes of what I do before you make a video about it! sheesh.
  • + 6
 Forgot some vocabulary: stoked, pinned, send, etc.
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 Pretty solid! I did thousands of K on a walmart bike, then a 400$ bike, then my first little trails, I had fingerless gloves! a slow evolution of bikes and skills, until finally ending up with a used carbon Trek Slash, jesus its like genius! (wife could care less about MTB, good commuter though)

Well done guys and gals on that one!
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 That was truly awesome!
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 Watched at work: check
in 5.10s: check
rode this am: check
have a tacoma with a shuttle rack and RTT: check
Meet a Jess: Got her number, I'll say check

Finally feel like I'm winning for once...just as winter sets in *sob*
  • + 4
 I laughed so hard I have tears in my eyes! The truth hurts. My tummy from laughing so hard. Loved every second of this!
  • + 6
 This hits me in my core
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 they make it seem easier than it is to buy that dream bike lol
  • + 43
 nope, he's single and has two jobs, he can buy whatever he wants.
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 Amen to single and two jobs. Hallelujah.
  • + 4
 IFHT fucking kills it every time. Serious props chaps
  • + 4
 oh look its my entire 3 years in 5 minutes.
  • + 3
 that was a nice break from looking at framesets in the buy and sell section.
  • + 2
 Lol! I love the website headline he’s on! “Trek has created the world’s best mountain bike ever”
Thumbs up Matt and Jason. Once again, nailed it.
  • + 2
 The backwards fork on the Canadian Tire bike had me on stitches. Also how dirty and unloved his car becomes
  • + 1
 I'm still waiting on "How they stole 160 Rocky Mountain bikes video!" I think it was fake news to get people to notice their new 26inch bike release, coincidence?
  • + 2
 ...with a hammer directly to the shop window... would say my friend from Bosnia... Smile
  • + 2
 and what about those guys who started when they were kids? i feel left outside, i wanna be made fun of, too!
  • + 2
 The bike shop in the video is Trek Bikes Port Coquitlam, if anyone's looking for a new bike its a great place!
  • + 1
 ... and the sequal should be get married, get a kid, get more busy with work, but still scape out enough time on the weekend for a ride...
  • + 3
 This was just stupidly EPIC!!!! So true!!!! I still suck though :-(
  • + 2
 Maybe it is a blatant advert for Trek, but I don't care, this is VOY for me, absolutely love it's truth!
  • + 3
 This was a documentary, right? Right!!!
  • + 3
 lol just so freakin true its scary
  • + 1
 I wish I could share riding like that with my significant other. I watched at work on mute, but still felt the power of the truth.
  • + 4
 bikes are live!
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 Where are the last shots taken?
Magnificient
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flag imho4ep (Oct 15, 2018 at 11:44) (Below Threshold)
 Britannia area, south of Squamish, BC i believe.
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 @imho4ep: Hey, whoa!
The first rule of Britannia...
  • + 5
 @imho4ep: There's nothing in Britannia. Looks like it was shot in Whistler to me.
  • + 2
 This is by far the best mountainbike video I've ever seen!
  • + 2
 i need to go to dentist school just so i can afford my bike
  • + 3
 Instant Classic!
  • + 3
 What a great film
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 IFHT back to MTBiking
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 Awesome
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 The story of my life
  • + 2
 Same here!
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 We all need a "Jess" in our workplaces.
  • + 2
 Pretty much sums up my mtb experience...
  • + 1
 Lesson learned, if you don’t want to talk to the one people at work, talk about biking, thanks!
  • + 1
 Godammit, that was sweet. In the non-slang sense of the godamned word. Y'all up in my feels.
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 Hit me right in the feels! Time to delete my entire Watchlist in Buy/Sell.. orrrr not
  • + 2
 Hahaha, brilliant.
  • + 1
 100% accurate other than the girl part.
  • + 1
 and desk job part too and those smooth flowing trails don’t exist in northern ireland. only person to offer to ride with me is my mechanic tho he’s kept busy building racecars and he raced dh long years ago.
  • + 1
 This is literally my life!!!!
  • + 1
 oscar nominee for masterpiece short story!
  • + 2
 Bloody brilliant
  • + 2
 The bible
  • + 1
 That wasn't Gully was it?
  • + 1
 shoutout to Zane Simmonds
  • + 1
 I fucking love this sport
  • + 1
 Ahahahahahahahah! Voted for the best video of the week!
  • + 1
 Me 1.5 years ago lol. And I’m up to carbon now Wink
  • + 1
 I also watched it at work, lol
  • + 1
 you can never have enough bikes....fun videoSmile
  • + 1
 I was entertained
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 Refresh my life.
  • + 1
 I feel attacked.
  • + 1
 This is gold.
  • + 1
 Hellzyes.
  • + 0
 This video actually got me hyped!
  • + 1
 lol. Yea more or less
  • + 0
 What trail is at the end of the video?
  • + 1
 Well done video!
  • + 0
 anyone know name of the trail on 4:40 ??
  • + 1
 So right on the money.
  • + 1
 Beautiful stuff here
  • - 1
 Mt.bike theft is up, no suprise since the prices are beyond ridiculous! Secondary markets are booming!
  • + 1
 This was a good one lol
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