Newbie from Bergen County Looking for Advice

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Njpaulie

Guest
Hello All,

I'm Paul 36 Married 3 kids. I grew up on BMX bikes, Dirt Bikes and Three wheelers - Yeah 3 - we couldn't afford the 4th wheel when I was kid! Anyway I need to get that adrenaline rush again. So I bought a very cheap bike and I want to get ridding. Once i find my grove I'll invest the cash in a serious unit. (when I was kids we called our bikes Units - cause we thought it was funny)
After ready many posts on this site it sounds like Ringwood might be like running before I walk. Does anyone know of any simple backwoods trials I can start conditioning myself on? I want to get my feet wet and get my body back into it first. Thank you for any input - I look forward to this adventure and making some new Buds in the process.

Paul - Njpaulie :D
 

VelocityBoy

"Sleeveless Joe"
Try Ringwood.
Download the great detailed map from the rvccmtb.com site start at the Shepherd's Lake lot or Lot C and explore the various fireroads that crisscross the park and, if and when you feel up to it, dip into some singletrack in your own time, at your own pace. I think you'll be surprised of what you're capable.
 

NJ-XC-Justin

KY-DH-Freddy
welcome. i'm in westwood and other friends are nearby in norwood and closter. so there's a few of us bergen folks.
ringwood is tougher than some parks but it's also more fun. hook up with someone who knows the park and you'll have a blast.
also the westchester parks like sparin and blue are less than an hour away so hit those too. we just had our second kid a few days ago so i'm not riding much after tomorrow's race at blue, but check on here for ride announcements and jump on one. welcome!
 
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Njpaulie

Guest
Try Ringwood.
Download the great detailed map from the rvccmtb.com site start at the Shepherd's Lake lot or Lot C and explore the various fireroads that crisscross the park and, if and when you feel up to it, dip into some singletrack in your own time, at your own pace. I think you'll be surprised of what you're capable.
Thanks VelocityBoy! Thats exactly what I was hoping to hear. I'll do some local road time and then head up there once the legs are ready for it.

Rock-N-Roll! I saw queensryche In 88 open for Def Lepard - SICK show!
 
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Njpaulie

Guest
welcome. i'm in westwood and other friends are nearby in norwood and closter. so there's a few of us bergen folks.
ringwood is tougher than some parks but it's also more fun. hook up with someone who knows the park and you'll have a blast.
also the westchester parks like sparin and blue are less than an hour away so hit those too. we just had our second kid a few days ago so i'm not riding much after tomorrow's race at blue, but check on here for ride announcements and jump on one. welcome!
Thank you NJ-XC-Justin - Cool about the westchester trials I am up in that area often - I'll look them up. Congrats on the kid! I have a 2yr old boy 3 yr old boy and 13 yr old Girl - There is nothing like kids man!
 

Shaggz

A strong 7
welcome to the site, Paul. We will be getting back to our MTBNJ weekly rides soon, and these are a great way to learn parks and meet people in a laid-back group format.
 
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Njpaulie

Guest
Thanks - Sounds good to me. I look forward to the adventure!
 

ebineezer

Well-Known Member
bergen county represent!:2guns: Im from bergenfield. let me know if you wanna go for a spin sometime
 
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Njpaulie

Guest
bergen county represent!:2guns: Im from bergenfield. let me know if you wanna go for a spin sometime

Any good Local Trails around? Some basic stuff would be solid for getting my chops up.
 

ebineezer

Well-Known Member
there is some stuff around, but nothing great. your best move would be to hit the streets for a while to build up those leg muscles a bit. then hit up a spot like allaire (south jersey) or 6mile (central jersey). Allaire does beginner group rides...so keep your eye out for threads from the 501'ers
 
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Njpaulie

Guest
Solid Info man! I am going to do just that. Put a few miles in a day and build up from there. We shall meet up and ride once I am in condition. Looking forward to it!
 
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Njpaulie

Guest
Cool - I lived in New Milford when I was born - Berkley St. We moved when I was 2 so I don't know anyone.
 

elzoller

El Guac-Oh
Waldwick here.
Welcome Dude..
Hit Ringwood...start with the tough stuff immediately :D

Actually you can try Jungle Habitat too...
 
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Njpaulie

Guest
Hey elzoller thanks for the welcome. I put some road time in tonight and man am I in sad shape! Where is Jungle Habitat? Is it a place? Or a type of trail? Sorry don't forget I'm a newbie. hahaha
 

robertg

Member
Jungle Habitat would be great, I was there last Sunday and it was a lot of fun. It is in West Milford, not far from Ringwood actually. There are a lot of fun trails at Jungle Habitat and there is an interesting history to the place.
 
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Njpaulie

Guest
Well I hope to take a shot at one of them 2 spots in the next few weeks - I have to see how my conditioning progresses. I don't want to be the guy puking in the weeds! :puke:
 
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mondojoe

Guest
Hey Paulie I'm 35 two kids and just got back into biking too. After a few months of getting into some kind of shape...I used to be round but I think I'm now oval...I went on a beginner ride down at Allaire with the 501 crew, I can not say enough about Frank and the crew. I had a blast, was a little beaten up but felt great afterward.
 

mike_243

JORBA Board Member/Chapter Leader
JORBA.ORG
we arent that bad...:) just like riding I need to get out I hve been fighting either a cold or allergies and have not been out since last sunday..
 
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