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  • in reply to: Lost weight by mountain biking? #253032


    I began mountain biking again years ago, because I had a medical procedure and some sciatic issues.  Despite what the doctors told me, I refused to stay still.  Biking was deemed a “safe” low-impact exercise that I could perform.  As with me, nothing is never “low-impact”.  However I have seen the benefits of weight loss and shredding down.  Despite how much or how hard you ride, diet is the biggest key, just the same with lifting weights.  I’ve ridden just about all disciplines, however, road is not my thing.  I have lost weight?  Yes.  However, it’s what I fuel my body with that makes the difference.  Being military field activities will require a high caloric intake and there are times, where despite treacherous climates and rigorous activity, you wouldn’t see a reduction in weight if you had the food, resources, and/or rations to keep it packed on.  I can honestly testify that I have had a reduction in 22 lbs in 6 months easy (I’m guessing/about, for me at least) from biking and just eating better.  Control your portions and fuel your body with the right stuff, that makes all the difference.  That makes me wonder, what would the results be from those that are strict on Keto?  I can’t do that, I believe that the Cookie is one of man’s greatest inventions and refuse to turn that down.

    I bike because I love the outdoors, hitting jumps, cutting up and feeling like a kid.  The exercise is  something that just comes with it.  My goal to stay lighter is the desire to be a little faster and easier to get fancy behind the bars.  I know it’s not a regimen so to say, however that’s my piece.  Take care.


  • in reply to: The Monkey Trail business. #234040

    Been shredding here for years, some sweet spots for air, especially the last 2 grueling miles.



  • in reply to: Planning trip next summer to Alps Need Help #228674

    I’ll have to look back to specific areas and try to make some contacts, it’s been a while.  Considering that region, you won’t have an issue communicating with the locals.  They mostly understand English as they are taught it.  Deutsch/German, even some of the slang, you would get by with just fine.   One thing about the Alps is that their roads really hug the mountain side, so be ready for a ride around those especially if you take the buses.  Those drivers all think they’re Andretti and will drive like it.  Usually the valleys are rich with towns and things to do.

    My wife and I were out there before I knew about this website.  If you’re trying to stay around the Bavarian area to catch proximity to the other neighboring countries, you can check out Neuschwanstein Castle as well.  The terrain out there great.  I think it’s just figuring out what you want to ride and see, it’s pretty consistent unless your looking for particular landmarks or water.

    Jungfrau is a beautiful area in Switzerland and has trails with epic sites. (Just remembered that one)

    PM me back if you like and I’ll see if I can dig into some older stuff and pull something up.

    Happy Hunting.



  • in reply to: Thank you Veterans! #228672

    My pleasure.  I’ve actually heard thank you more in this past year than I have my whole career.



  • in reply to: Enduro bikes under 3000! #224536

    Lol drcbrath, got me there. Suppose my mind was thinking of higher components and such for that level. Yup, this is a great start. My bad lol. ????????


  • in reply to: Enduro bikes under 3000! #224534

    I know you said enduro, however I have taken my Trek Fuel EX all over the world.  It has been able to take anything I’ve thrown at it.  Granted I’m running a Fox 36 TALAS up front, beefier wheels and tires, and with other upgraded components.  I’ve ridden different mountain ranges, climates, and it takes em all.  I think you can find the package you are looking for except the -3k range, unless it’s used.  The capabilities and technology (with R&D behind it) are going to run those prices.  Unfortunately, it is what it is.  With and others like it, perhaps you strike a deal?  When you find what you are looking for, throw up a pic and share, we’d love to see how it worked out.  Take care.



  • in reply to: Steep Downhill: Front or Back Brake? #224494

    Start easy and see what fits you best and makes you most comfortable.  Go from there and as you feel more confident and your skill increases, that will change.  Everyone on here has answers and they are all right, however style plays a big part.  One time you may want to rip down with no brakes, next time carve a line with your rear, then another endo down the slope.  An aspect of mountain biking that makes it awesome is that you can do what makes you feel good and still have fun without being in trouble lol.  Have fun and take care.



  • in reply to: Rider weight to travel #217639

    The X2 is max at 250psi.  As mentioned earlier by Aaron, you could increase your pressure a little or get spacers.  Getting knowledgeable in this area will give you appreciation down the road when you get to tuning it how you like.  Try to learn as much as you can about it.  I was initially thinking that the pressure in the air chamber below your floating bolt was leaking or low.  That would definitely act as you stated and throw everything off.  When I started riding I was 227 (used to lift a lot) and I had the same issue and still do although I’m lighter.  Riding hard will push your suspension when set just at your limits.

    Hopefully, you figure it out soon and get dialed in.  Have a good one.



  • in reply to: If money were no object… What's your dream bike? #217628

    The issue with you question is that it’s singular.  Could we make this plural, one for each bike discipline? lol

    My Fuel Ex has been terrific!  I’ve taken it everywhere and it’s never came out lacking.  Of course it’s modded, but I think the only thing I could go for would be more travel.  So maybe a Slash, however I’ve though about a Salsa Bucksaw for the fatty side.

    Hard question …for me.




  • in reply to: Best shoes for platform pedals #217582

    You can’t be 5.10 period.  I have the Freerider and the Freerider Contact, the original Freerider is more durable than the contact.  You can get 5.10s on closeout and Zappos sells them a little cheaper too.  I ran some DVS that had great grip before, however nothing out there beats 5.10.  So, if you’re FLATS for life like me, go with quality 5.10s.  My original Freeriders have held up past 2 years and are great.


  • in reply to: What MTB mistakes have you learned from? #216281


    Hesitation causes you to second guess your confidence and judgement, and can be disastrous.  Second guessing yourself and sacrificing physics for the sake of confidence usually ends up in you going too slow and ending up somewhere that looks nothing like what you had in mind.  Confidence paired with using a little skill will allow you to push the envelope to another level while mitigating a yard sale due to hesitation.

    Probably my biggest one there…

    Take care,-GT

  • in reply to: How often do you wash your mountain bike? #216280

    I take a shower with mine… but really.

    Washing is as needed.  Dusty, things get wiped down and chain cleaned.  If it requires a wash then yea…

    Jim Klass is my kinda guy.  Moving parts require more attention that structural.  I’m kinda like that, go through everything and check.  I ride hard and love to push limits, so taking really good care of my rig is in my best interest.  I also periodically check torques, even thought I use loctite.  Annually, I conduct an overhaul of the bike to include suspension.  Everything gets checked, and replaced as needed.  I’m big on keeping those bearings and other moving parts clean and smooth.  I can feel a difference if something isn’t moving as it should.  Besides, nothing feels better on your bike that fresh fluids and new seals on a worked over shock and fork!  You appreciate it much more too.


  • in reply to: Bike tie-downs? #213601

    Tailgate covers are best IMO.  However, if your tailgate has that spoiler type lip to it, don’t even bother.  The bike won’t rest fully under the headtube and will just be unstable.  Single bike transport, just running a strap around your seat-tube part of the frame to one set of D-ring/hooks on the corners of your bed and then turn your front wheel 90 degrees and the other strap wrap around the upper head tube and secure to the other lower d-rings/hooks has always worked well for me.  Even going off-road, desert, mountain, NEVER and issue when secured this way.

    Multiple bikes is when you need to consider making a rack with either PVC or lumber.  Because my Titan Pro-4X has the cleat system all over the bed, I just run the cleats where I need them and I have secured 5 mountain bikes while on an 8+ hour trip (one-way).  I’ve also seen people who purchase skewers and fabricate and/or weld them to the front bed rail, sometimes the side to secure the bikes.

    Ultimately, it’s up to you and I think that depending on your particular truck, could be a fun project to experiment and see what works best for you.

    Best of luck on your EPIC endeavors!


  • in reply to: Best shock to compliment the Pike fork #207497

    MaxwellD, the others make great points. Biggest thing is, how do you ride and what are you looking for…  If your savvy enough, you can make the adjustments on a shock that you desire depending on its capability. Personally, I’d go with the Float X. However, “Will it fit your bike?”, is something that obviously must be checked.  When it comes to “matching” suspension, other than preferred travel, it’s all in matching the performance to your riding style and needs. Hopefully, you find the right fitting shock.

  • in reply to: Any gay bikers out there? #207495

    Think you’re on the wrong site buddy.

  • in reply to: First bike #190419

    If it were me, I’d go with the GT.  Mainly due to the fact that there is a smoother transition of shifting.  If you look between the two, you have nice and smooth on the GT, but the Fuji goes from 6 to one tall granny gear, kinda gross.  But it works too.  Also ne more gear on the GT.  Pretty comparable, but I’d go GT.  Good luck and take care.


  • in reply to: Help installing Handlebars and stem #189868

    The only issue that you may run into are the spacers on the steerer tube.  When I got my Spank Spike race stem, I had to purchase some spacers to get the right stack height for it to fit.  You may have to wait until your parts come in to do that (if doing yourself).  However, the guys at the bike shop may or may not do it for free (depends if they have the spacers as spare parts on hand or not).  All depends on them.

    Other than that, triton189 hit it on the head.  Real simple.  I torque regardless of carbon or aluminum as well. Take care.


  • in reply to: Wear earbuds riding on the trail? #189858

    It depends.  Alone, more than likely.  Depends on the mood and setting.  During dirt jumping, always.  Freeride almost always.  With the guys, loud enough to hear.  Basically, if others are around or the parking lot had others out, then just enough to have background music.  If I don’t want music, then it’s all nature for me.

    I’ve thought about a bluetooth speaker to put in the sack, need durability and play time.  Any input on that?


  • in reply to: This bike bell is seriously dope #186886

    I just yell at people, uh I mean a courteous, How’s it going… lol.  But that does look nice.  Thanks for the share.



  • in reply to: Need help with suspension #186656

    29er is a bit large although you can run with Alvin’s suggestion.  Depending on where and what you are riding, 29er isn’t near as agile, but if you’re freeriding or hitting open spots, you should be fine.  As for the travel, you should have 120mm stock as Alvin mentioned and a RockShox Pike is a solid fork.  You won’t be disappointed in that.  I wouldn’t go any bigger than 150mm on a 29er (just me) without something that you could open up for descents and then set it back to something shorter for trail/climbs, say like a Fox TALAS, going 130-160.  Really its all up to you.  What I can say is that the guys I session with have experimented a lot and either tailored their bikes to their riding style and liking or simply built their own.  Really, I think if you go with what you like and whats comfortable, you’ll be happy either way.  You could also check the Pinkbike crowd for added input.

    I’ve ridden many bikes, not as much as some on here perhaps, however, what I think others here can add as well is that, an AM/Enduro setup is capable of hitting downhill and freeride just fine.  If you’re looking to get really serious, then yes absolutely more travel.  I run mainly a Trek Fuel EX9 with 120mm and I’ve ridding many mountain ranges and have done just fine for years now.  Bikes these days are very capable, so too much travel may not be necessary.

    When it comes to suspension, more travel isn’t always better.  Check for the capabilities of the fork, because this is where they shine.  Wish you the best and when you figure it out let us know and share the know.

    Take care,


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