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December 10, 2019 at 11:07 am in reply to: How to insert page/paragraph breaks when writing reviews? #292716
Jeff, thank you so much!
Reviews are much easier to read now.
I agree with Alvin about wind blocking being important. I know I’m a little late to the party here, but I’d like to offer up my strategy for staying warm…. (First should be noted, I ride in Texas, and I usually don’t ride below 35 degrees)
1. If Its not a ride that needs knee pads, I really like insulated lycra biking pants. There might be a better name/term for them, but I basically went to the bike shop and that’s what I asked for. Anyway, keeps your legs warm through almost anything, but problematic if you wanna wear pads. If its not super cold, just wear normal biking pants and knee pads, and that will block most of the cold air from your legs.
2. I like to wear a hoodie, obviously the colder it is the thicker the hoodie, with maybe an underarmor long sleeve shirt (like a rash guard), or some kind of moisture wicking shirt underneath. This combo serves me well for keeping me warm once the riding starts and my blood gets flowing.
3. The rest is just obvious little things, full finger gloves, and cycling shoes that are insulated and water resistant. Full face helmet can help keep your face warm too 😉
IMO, the really cold days are the best time to tackle the most physically demanding rides. You don’t have to worry about overheating, and if you dress right you can essentially recycle your own body heat.
That’s a good price for the hardtail in that pic.
If you’re new to the sport and buy a used bike, try to get it into a shop to have it looked at before buying. A used bike will probably need a fork service, and might want to have someone inspect the wheel bearings.
November 13, 2019 at 1:54 pm in reply to: If there are, what are the reasons not to clean your mountain bike? #290758
This is something most every biker has an opinion on… I’ve met way more people who wash their bikes than don’t, and I’ve asked multiple mechanics their feelings on it. Most everyone seems to agree that washing it isn’t a big deal.
I think its better to avoid bad washing techniques than washing all together. My general approach is this….
*Use water sparingly. Don’t power wash.
*I use car soap diluted in water on the drivetrain and a dish brush to scrub
* rinse soon after scrubbing and towel dry the frame & fork.
*Let the drive train air dry then re-lube.
November 13, 2019 at 1:43 pm in reply to: Questions/concerns about new fork on my trail bike #290757
Ok lots to comment on there….
If your bike is made for 120mm of travel, the most you would want to change that would be 20+/- either way. You’re right to be worried about stress to the frame. Most bike manufacturers will give you a range of fork travels that will work safely with their frame. If you go for more travel, you’re going mess the geometry up and affect the way it climbs, and you’ll be putting increased stress on the head tube. If your bike is under warranty you probably also risk voiding the warranty by going to a 150mm fork.
If it were me, I wouldn’t go with anything bigger than 130mm in the front. 150mm is Enduro bike territory, and as you can guess, a proper euduro bike will make better use of all that travel than a 120mm trail bike could.
It’s hard to find a truly “small” tire company that anyone sells in an LBS. When i think back to other brands of tires that I’ve been curious about (besides the giants of MTB rubber, Maxxis, Schwalbe, WTB, Specialized, Continental & Bontrager), there are only a few brands I’ve ever seen OTHER than those, and usually I can’t find them anywhere in person.
I can only think of maybe 3 brands other than the ones above that I’ve ever seen with any frequency…. Vittora, Geax and Kenda. I’ve never seen any Geax for sale in shops (only on people’s bikes), Kenda seems to make a very limited range of tire sizes (and next to nothing for 29″ wheels) and Vittora seems promising, but I wouldn’t call them a small company.
So far I’ve been a Maxxis guy, and since I can get a year easily out of most of their tires, I don’t feel the urge to try different brands very much. Unless they do something really weird or stupid, I don’t see myself trying anything other than their tires for a while.
Your first tubless tire install is always a bitch. You’ll learn tricks the more you do it and it’ll get easier. My first experience with tubless was with Specialized tires, and the ones I had didn’t stay inside the rim very well during install. I’ve had much better luck with Maxxis tubless tires since then. Having two good tire levers is essential, and making sure your rim is clean and dry when installing a tire made a big difference for me.
And from my personal experience, I’ve never known anyone to go back to tubes after going tubless, and I’ve never had issues with holes that sealant couldn’t fix so far. I don’t mean to be captain obvious, but its important to make sure you’re actually using a tubless specific tire. I’ve had my current pair of maxxis tires on my bike for almost a year (exo models), set up tubless, and I’ve yet to have a flat on them.
Hi Bike and Stuff
There are two ways to look at this
1. Do what you want and build the bike you want. It’s your money.
2. A 20 year old bike will probably still ride fine, but it’s still a 20 year old bike, and it’s going to ride much differently than a newer bike that has newer geometry and parts with newer technology in them. Lets be honest, rim brakes suck for trail riding, and you’re going to be SEVERLY limited should you ever choose to upgrade your wheels.
Also, if you spend more than 500$ on the total cost of the bike and upgrades, you might as well just buy a new hardtail. In my opinion, a brand new hardtail from any good bike manufacturer is going to be better than any 20 year old upgraded bike, and it will be more upgradeable as you progress in skill.
Hope that’s helpful.
+1 for Lara Bars. Lots of flavors and I don’t get that “loaded with sugar” feeling that I get from Cliff bars lately. Plain ol’ granola bars are alright sometimes too.