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[quote="grizzly":1gc9oeli] If you let someone know where you’ll be going, and when you’re supposed to be back, you’ll never have to walk home!!
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When I was racing back in college, we had several training loops that ranged from 20 to 40 miles. Depending on where we were going, the folks back home would have a general idea of where we were if we didn’t come home.
You don’t have to take 40 pounds of stuff every time you go for a ride…I’ve made it 20+ years riding and racing mountain and road bikes and have never needed anything more than what I currently carry. As a rule of thumb, cell phones don’t work in Wyoming, even in town!
I know it is outdated, but my 15 year old Cool Tool, a tire lever, a patch kit, and a CO2 inflater. If you let someone know where you’ll be going, and when you’re supposed to be back, you’ll never have to walk home!!
My Trek Fuel. Still need to replace the front fork, but very trail worthy.
I’ve had the same Cool Tool for the past 15 years and it still is the best tool I have found. Heck, do they even make them anymore?? As far as pumps are concerned, to heck with my crappy Zefal (you pump for three hours and you’re only at 15 psi) and go with a C02 inflater. It takes up half the room and works FAST.
I’ve been running clipless pedals for 15 years and can never go back. Even riding on platform pedals I get a "naked" feeling like I’m not in connection with my bike.
A bike shop owner asked my friends and I once, "if you could keep only one thing on your bike while giving up the rest of the gizmos what would it be." It didn’t take us long to decide we would all keep our clipless pedals!
I think if you try it, you’ll really like it.
Thanks for the info CJM. I’m running an 11-34 cassette with a 22/32/44 on the front. I would imagine from what you told me, I should probably get a long cage. I’ve also got my a XT top swing deraileur on order so hopefully the new gear will mesh.