New member, weird timing.

Discussion in 'Say Hello!' started by buggravy, Oct 24, 2018.

  1. buggravy

    buggravy Member

    Location:
    Calabasas
    Name:
    Matt
    Current Bike:
    Giant Trance 29 2
    New member, new rider. Maybe an odd time to join the fray here as I had rotator cuff repair surgery (unrelated to taking up mountain biking) 15 days ago, and won't be on the bike for another 3 months or so. This is how I'm getting my fix until then.

    Used to ride many years ago, but had only been on a mountain bike a handful of times in the last 2 decades until recently. Decided to get a bike as a more adventurous way to get some regular cardio, and picked up a Giant Fathom 29 2. It only took a few rides for the bug to bite hard, and for me to realize this was going to be a new obsession, and not just a way to get exercise. It also only took about that long to get a handle on the terrain I have access to and the type of riding I want to do, and also realize that a hard tail XC bike wasn't the best choice for that. Unloaded the Fathom and picked up a Trance 29 2. I'm not a Giant fanboy necessarily, but I'm also not a bike mechanic, so I wanted a bike I could get shop support on, and my LBS is a Giant dealer. Kind of have a sentimental attachment too though, as the first nice bike that I saved up for and bought when I was 18 was a Giant Sedona, back in 1992 when the Sedona was a high end MTB.

    Anyway, got my rotator cuff tear diagnosis 2 days after I got the bike, but got a good month of riding in before surgery. Did all my riding on various trails off of Las Virgenes in Calabasas. Itching to get back out and explore. Also an avid snowboarder, and fly fisherman, though that's all obviously on hold as well. Love the vibe in here, and look forward to being more of a contributor once I'm back in the saddle.
     
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  2. -ROCKY-

    -ROCKY- Member

    Location:
    Lakewood, CA
    Name:
    Rocky
  3. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    @-ROCKY- is old news now. Welcome to the best little mtb forum west of the Pecos, @buggravy. Love the screen name!

    I think you'll like it here. Take care of that gimpy shoulder for now, then ride a lot and write a lot!
     
  4. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS
    Welcome @buggravy

    Use the time here build up the stoke.

    We have all kinds here. I'm sure you will find a way to fit into one or more.
     
  5. -ROCKY-

    -ROCKY- Member

    Location:
    Lakewood, CA
    Name:
    Rocky
    Lol thanks :unsure:. Nothing wrong with being temporarily on hold! :p
     
  6. Redman

    Redman Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Cypress, Ca
    Name:
    Kevin
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Nomad CC 27.5
    @buggravy stoked you found us. Good place to spend some time while you’re on the mend. I too took a long hiatus dating back to the early 90’s. Came back several years ago and haven’t looked back. Hope you have quick and full recovery.
     
  7. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Simi Valley
    Name:
    Edward Bottorff
    Current Bike:
    Niner Jet 9 RDO Plus
    Looks like you are on the other side of the hill from me. I do a lot of riding from here in Simi Valley into Cheeseboro and Las Virgenes Open Space. Welcome aboard!
     
  8. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon & Highball C
    Ouch... Sorry about the diagnosis, but it will be only a bump in the trail... And soon you'll be chasing UPSed through the hills of south Canada.
     
  9. Derkderkall

    Derkderkall Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Covina
    Name:
    Derek Allison
    Current Bike:
    2012 Rockhopper 29
    Boobies!

    (the blue footed variety ya pervs)

    Welcome to the fray.
     
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  10. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    @buggravy !
    Welcome to the fold!
    There has got to be a great story behind the screen name, looking forward to hearing it on the trail with you!

    Mikie of Frazier Park

    Oh, and @-ROCKY- ?
    @herzalot is just jealous of allllll that attention you stolded from him!
     
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  11. MrGreedom

    MrGreedom Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Name:
    Ryan
    Current Bike:
    BH Lynx6
    Welcome
     
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  12. mike

    mike iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity Smash
    Welcome, @buggravy! Heal up now, get rad later :cool:
     
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  13. da big hills

    da big hills Well-Known Member

    Location:
    pearl harbor
    Name:
    cagey
    Current Bike:
    enduro 29
    Welcome from your western partner
     
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  14. da big hills

    da big hills Well-Known Member

    Location:
    pearl harbor
    Name:
    cagey
    Current Bike:
    enduro 29
    I love Blue Footed Boobies. But I love bush too, that is why I hit the high chapparal
    Happy trails
     
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  15. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    La Verne, CA
    Name:
    Dennis (AKA Dio)
    Current Bike:
    2013 Trek Slash 9 (26er)
    Welcome to iMTB out of commission therapy! Lots of us come here to heal. This place is perfect for your condition. Hang in there!:confused:
     
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  16. buggravy

    buggravy Member

    Location:
    Calabasas
    Name:
    Matt
    Current Bike:
    Giant Trance 29 2
    Thanks for the warm welcome, folks. Definitely hope to see some of you out on the trails once I'm back up to speed.
     
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  17. scan

    scan Well-Known Member

    Name:
    fran allas
    Current Bike:
    Scott Spark
    Velcome! There are, have been , and will be the walking wounded here. Also have the riding wounded too, but that's just part of mtbing:thumbsup:.
     
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  18. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Vassago/Trek
    Welcome to the jungle!
     
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  19. mountaingirl sara

    mountaingirl sara iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    So Cal
    Name:
    Sara Ford
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz 5010
    Welcome, hope you heal up fast!
    I’m also out of commission at the moment, but this nuthouse helps speed up the healing :)
     
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  20. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    What I thought of when you said that... :rolleyes: :oops: I know...
    0f58beb95872df6f5a01c31f9164a94e.jpg
     
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  21. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Simi Valley
    Name:
    Edward Bottorff
    Current Bike:
    Niner Jet 9 RDO Plus
    Boobies not Bluebies!
     
  22. konakc

    konakc Well-Known Member

    Name:
    kc
    welcome. The best thing about mtbking... its not exercise.. its just fun..
     
  23. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    If you noodle with the alien girls, Captain Kirk, she's supposed to be green.
     
  24. Torrent77

    Torrent77 Member

    Name:
    Dave
    Welcome @buggravy . I too have been off the bike due to rotator cuff injury and just getting back on the bike.

    I'm going to link a video for new rider orientation. It speak truth in every level.

     
  25. buggravy

    buggravy Member

    Location:
    Calabasas
    Name:
    Matt
    Current Bike:
    Giant Trance 29 2
    Yes, that's perfect! And I can (unfortunately?) relate all too well.

    Re: your RC injury, did you have surgery? If so, how long were you off, and what has it been like getting back on? Everyone's different obviously, but it helps with perspective.
     
  26. Torrent77

    Torrent77 Member

    Name:
    Dave
    My injury, due to swinging a 15lbs sledge hammer, did not need surgery, but was enough to limit my arm rotation for about 1 month. I got most of my rotation back with physical therapy and icing. I've been flooping it lightly to regain strength. So far so good! I hope you make a speedy recovery!
     
  27. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    Blue... Green... It don't matter. They are still RED hot!
    (You saw that right? What I did there?)
     
  28. ndocpjf

    ndocpjf Member

    Location:
    Agoura
    Name:
    Nick
    Current Bike:
    Specialized Hardrock
    Las Virgenes you say? Sounds like my home turf. Welcome to the Club!
     
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  29. buggravy

    buggravy Member

    Location:
    Calabasas
    Name:
    Matt
    Current Bike:
    Giant Trance 29 2
    Indeed, mostly rode Upper LV Canyon, and a little off of Mulholland. Lots of fun stuff around here to keep me busy as I progress it seems. And thanks!
     
  30. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    I just realized this guy looks almost exactly like Potsie!!!! :Roflmao
     
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