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  • in reply to: Hard Case Bike Box Suggestions #648765

    Borrowed a hard case box this last year from a friend, beleive it was a Thule. Made the weight limit but made it a point to only put bike in it and maybe a multi-tool. Most modern bikes I think come in around 30-35 lbs. Bike only plus weight of box and you should make the 50lbs. Put  your helmet and tools in your checked bag. Hopefully you will be traveling minimally with tools. Enought to get bike back together. I think the biggest thing is the size of the box. Felt my friends box was a bit on the smaller side and I ride a large bike compared to his medium. Called for more disassembly…more time and tools involved. My travel also had me going to a destination that had tools. If you can coordinate tools at your destination this saves alot on weight no matter where you would pack them.

    in reply to: Question on Rockshox #646881

    Had a very similiar situation years ago when I first started getting into mountain biking. I think it may have been a Rockshox Judy. Turns out the bike was old enough that model had changed so much that there were no parts or info on it because of modernization. Chances are fork is way out of date. If you could get someone on the phone can be really helpful or talk to you local bike shop that deals with MTB bikes.

    in reply to: Presta Vs. Schrader #646879

    I don’t have an argument either way. But I have never seen a tubeless option or set up with Shrader valves. Maybe I am shelter and it can be done but it appears all MTB rims are set up for Presta. Someone correct me if I am wrong. Not needing an adapter and more airflow an ability to get sealant in easier would be a nice benefits of Shrader for setting up tubeless if it even exists.

    in reply to: “on your left” is now dangerous #639338

    Grumpy Old Men, right! Unfortunate situation and it is unclear what really happened. Seems like the MTBer should have been off his bike walking around. Generally whether riding in the Midwest or out west my experience has been most people are considerate, biker or hiker. Yield when you are supposed to and thank those who yield to you even if you have the right of way. Countless times hikers have yielded for me before I had time slow or adjust to go around them. Those that mess up the rules generally don’t know or understand, let’s be gracious, or did not have time so I responded for both our sakes. Respect and courtesy.

    in reply to: Why do you leave your car keys on your tire? #639337

    I stash my keys in the gas tank or under the hood just below my wipers most of the time. Most of the time I do this because I am within 30 min of my vehicle and riding light, no pack, and I hate having a bunch of stuff in my pockets. It is a convenience thing. If I have a pack on it is easy enough and plenty of room for them. Top the tire seems too obvious but consider most parking lots where mountain bikers are parking to ride aren’t frequented by the shady type. Most likely other bikers not looking to boost a car or steal out of it.

    in reply to: Bike rack causing car to auto brake in reverse #639336

    When I am a vehicle with all the extra stuff on it the first thing I do is go into settings and turn it off or all the way down if off is not an option. Probably easiest solution. Agreed with comment that so many new features are a detractor for me with new vehicles. I want to drive my vehicle not have the thing do all the work. Keeps me engaged so I don’t zone out as much and probably safer overall since it forces me to pay attention.

    in reply to: How do you repair tubeless flats on Fat Tires? #639335

    I was a late adopter of tubeless. I couldn’t see the benefit. Then because of job and family I might get to ride once a week and for a month straight each time my ride was either side tracked to fixing a flat or ended shortly. Went tubeless a little over 5 years ago and only had 2 flats that shortened rides both my fault. One was running to low a pressure and I knew and it go pinched in an awkward down tree, tired burped big. Still had enough to get down hill to vehicle. Other was a thorn the size of pencil lead. Should have left since I knew I needed to freshen up my sealant that I had not put new in about 6 months. Pulled it out and it leaked significantly. Still had enough sealant to slow leak down and get to car. Watch a few videos online on repairing. So much less time spent on flats and tires.

    in reply to: Old expensive Vs modern cheaper #637805

    Whyte T130. Newer and what you like and in your budget. I ride 2017 and 2018 hardtails. Both great and capable. The 2018 is still very similar to current models.  The 2017 could use a degree or two of slack. My observation is there was a bigger jumps in making bikes substantially slacker from 2015-2018. The newer 2018 will probably be plenty capable for what you want. Bonus is it is the make and model you have been looking at already.

    in reply to: Need help deciding #615319

    Both good bikes. Almost bought a Fathom and I did buy a used Cujo for my son. A friend of mine tried it out and like it so much he went and bought one. Cujo 21 is a newer model. Bikes basically same bike. I don’t think you can go wrong either way but I would recommend the Cujo.

    in reply to: Would this be a good first bike? #615315

    I am going to start with the answer most give and it is it depends. Most on this site would probably tell you that if you really enjoy it that this a very beginner bike. This is a slight step above big box store bike and big box store bike is not the answer ever for mountain biking. I looked this bike up shortly and couple of things that jumped out immediately. One was the fork, the most expensive component besides the frame itself, I have never heard of. Two the drive train is either 2x or 3x. Most modern bikes now go with 1x and this started going this direction in back in around 2016 or maybe earlier. More things that make it heavier and can go wrong. KHS makes some good bikes but I believe this is on the low end. I am a bigger guy too 6’1″ and I am leery of low end bikes not handling my weight. First for you safety and second so you can really enjoy the sport I would recommend something better.

    The MSRP on these bikes are around $500. If you are looking at used as I have always bought used, I would recommend a bike that the original MSRP was $,1000-$1,500. I would recommend becoming familiar with shocks. As I mentioned before this is the most expensive component on a hardtail.

    in reply to: One Line Advice Thread #611825

    Point your belly button (position your hips) in the direction you want to corner.

    in reply to: One Line Advice Thread #611824

    Learn to use the front brake, it is where your weight is pushing into and keeps traction.

    in reply to: Help with MTB EPQ A level #611823

    My observation of trail builders is that they kind of know but ultimately they get close and ride it to see if it works. Having built a few small runs behind my house and realizing there needs to be more room for turns or whatever, I feel there should be some basic rules of thumb. I would focus on what is the rule of the thumb and then what are the allowances that fit within the parameter. It seems builders intuitively know this and use a bit of art to design the trails based on what the terrain gives them.

    in reply to: Thoughts on different body protection #611822

    Good choices:

    I don’t wear elbow or knee pads but may start with knee pads shortly. Most of time I don’t need them but on a recent spill banged knees on bike as I went down and it would have been nice to have some padding.

    A lot of good brands of mtb gloves out there. I don’t care for padded palms but some prefer it. Light gloves are best.

    I have a Giro helmet and recently borrowed a POC. My Giro helmet was way more comfortable. Going to stick with that brand and it is more affordable too.

    I would suggest eyewear too. You don’t need some expensive specific pair. I use Pugs and they are cheap work well and fit well under my straps on my helmet.



    in reply to: What bike should I get next #505185

    If you are looking new the Salsa Rangefinder and Trek Roscoe are just a bit above your budget but would be great. Specialized Fuse I think also fits in this category. Used is where you will get the most bang for your buck. If you are patient and know what your looking at you can find great bikes used and get more for your money.

    in reply to: Brake lever upgrade… #504554

    I am a bit surprised you are having issues with braking. I am 210 before gear and water and have little issues stopping except at really high speeds usually on a mountain trail. I assume you have hydraulic disc brakes. I also assume they don’t need a bleed and pads are good. Assuming all this some brakes have an adjustment to take lead out of them. It makes it where there is not the zone where you are pulling but nothing happens and then as you get deeper they start to grab. You may want to try and make them more sensitive. That is my preference.

    in reply to: Best time to buy a new bike? #503722

    Most of this advice sounds good but I think the current environment is different from what the past. COVID has most bikes sold out. I am not sure there will be deals on new bikes just because there are no new bikes to sell and the companies and shops are not hurting to make space or get rid of bikes. Unless you want a really high end bike around where I live bike shops are just about empty. The racks are full of all the repair bikes they have to return to customers. I would highly recommend considering as used bike and probably find some good deals in December. My guess is there will be people desperate for Christmas money and ready to unload that bike they bought and barely rode. The market most likely will be flooded and drive prices down. If you have a bike and can stand to wait my guess is that next Spring is going to be a buyers market and there will be even better deals on used bikes. My two cents for what its worth.

    in reply to: Newb here with so many questions #501002

    First I would suggest more research. There is much to learn but I will take a stab at answering some questions. What is your budget? If you have $1,500-$2.000 to spend on a bike and money left over for a helmet at minimum but I would suggest gloves, shorts and some kind of eye protection then just go to the bike shop and have them help you pick a bike. If you have this type of money you can stop reading. I hear your details and I suggest a hardtail and the travel you suggested 130-150 is good. I would not buy any bike with a 26″ wheel unless it is a fat bike. Newer bikes have a 29″ or 27.5″ wheel. I have both and either one is great. Droppers are great but not necessary. I have a Timberjack Salsa, 29er and a Santa Cruz, 27.5 and both are capable and great. Most bikes worth buying have a lock out on the shock. I would suggest more YouTube videos. Seth’s Bike Hacks or GMBN have a lot of great videos that you can learn all about mountain biking and they aren’t talking down to you or over your head. This is the one warning I would given the current environment. Bikes are hard to come by right now due to COVID. Everything got bought up even on the used market. Some selling on the used market realize there is a high demand and low availability and are raising prices. This is one of the few times I might suggest new over used. Watch for scams on used bikes.

    in reply to: Bike shop service #500097

    Sounds like a bad shop. Find a new one. Shop should talk you through what they can do and can’t. If there is change in the agreement after you leave there should have been a phone call. Treat it like your car.

    in reply to: pressure or fun? #498536

    I agree with the sentiment of the statements here. It is about having fun. Most people don’t stick with an exercise regiment because it is mentally stressful. Riding a bike is fun. Even on days on I am tired or run down and I do chill on my ride, my heart still gets up and my muscles are taxed. Maybe not to the max but I am getting something. The next time I ride instead of some mental pressure or remembering how much I hurt from going hard last time, I am relaxed and excited to be on the bike. Enjoy the ride, fitness is this great bonus to riding.

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