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  • in reply to: New Bike Day Dilemma #262178

    They could add resale value…

    Money? Sorry, I’m in it for the glory. : )

    Trail surface matters as much as elevation profile. But you can bet, at that angle, it’s likely not smooth. Sure, I’d ride it. Ride meaning I’d bring a bike. It’s only a mile. I’ve pushed my bike, usually loaded, up steeps for three hours numerous times, so it sounds reasonable. Sometimes you have to do something like that to get where you’re going.

    in reply to: Colorado Trail Denver to Durango #261538

    You’ll have a blast on the CT by yourself. Half the mechanical and bodily issues, no discussion, no complaining, no negotiating bivy locations…it’s a bargain to my thinking. I always enjoy meeting other people on the trail; equally enjoyable is casting away alone after a pleasant hello. Get psyched, have fun : )

    in reply to: Trail Hardtails #261533

    Understood, halfsquish.

    I hope that you consider getting a used frame if it opens up more possibilities for you. There is still a nearly-new large Pedalhead on Pinkbike for 900, and it’s been there some weeks. You can even fit a 29 x 2.8 in there. Good luck in any case.

    in reply to: Trail Hardtails #260328

    Ribbing aside, I would be less constrained by price and just get the HT I truly wanted, which would be steel and not prohibitively more expensive than a cheap frame. If I was pinched I’d find it used.

    The sting of few hundred bucks extra doesn’t stick with you every ride like a consolation bike does. And yes, a steel Honzo would kill it. So would a Pedalhead.

    in reply to: Trail Hardtails #260327

    I was going to make a suggestion, but I realize it’s possible the manufacturer has a weedhead on its payroll. Better play it safe – stick with the drunks.

    in reply to: Bike stolen at Sea Otter #260325

    That really blows – sorry to hear it.

    in reply to: Riding on horse trails #260324

    At the point you were told that it was equestrian-only and you continued anyway, it was no longer an accident. Don’t be the rider giving other open space users reason to want bikes prohibited.

    Equestrian only – obviously bike riding is prohibited. Multi-use including equestrians – yield ROW to horses.

    in reply to: Long Days in the Saddle #259959

    Matt, not so much the heft being what creates that momentum. 29″ wheels, ample tires and supple suspension keep me moving forward on rough climbs – despite the added weight. Bikes with a steep seat tube are very comfortable, efficient through the dropper stroke and climb exceptionally. Most modern suspension platforms are great performers up and down – they barely pedal-bob. So what, really, is the disadvantage of a true trail bike? A couple of pounds heavier, that I only notice when I lift my bike off the ground. Experience has shown me that I don’t have more fun on a less capable bike, and I value not feeling beat up after a long ride. If you like riding your bike, it will be less a chore to do it all day or days in a row.

    Ride quality varies greatly between bikes, and deciding what is right for your present and desired riding after a long absence is a daunting task. Every ride on a different bike, even a parking lot ride, will tell you something. Keep digging into it, and be open to possibilities. Good luck zeroing in on something that works for you.

    in reply to: Tarp Shelters and rain #259864

    Lots of bivy bag-like options, but a bivy bag is for surviving a storm, not for sleeping. One night in a good storm in one and you’ll see why. Condensation is an issue no matter the material. Putting in a long day on bike after a poor night of sleep sucks; not at all worth any weight savings . A bivy bag with even one pole at the shoulders makes it livable. (A stiff wire around your head doesn’t count.) Bug netting is mandatory.

    My UL 1P tent weighs about what my bivy bag does, and it has tons of room for everything that needs to be dry, it also has a vestibule. I’ve spent over 60 nights in it, it kicks ass:


    Fred, it’s not hunting on a MTB ride, it’s using a MTB to hunt.

    in reply to: Tarp Shelters and rain #259615

    I think the freestanding UL tents are now good and light enough to not consider a tarp-like solution in potential weather.


    in reply to: Marin County Says Thanks But No Thanks to MTB Tourism #259587

    As if Marin County was some kind of MTB destination. So many other good venues in proxy; it’s not even close to being on my radar. Birthplace of MTB? Zzzzz, who cares – it grew up and moved out.

    in reply to: Long Days in the Saddle #259581

    XC race bikes are not designed for comfort, but for going fast. More bike weight does not absolutely equal unsuitability for all-day riding. I use a 32-lb bike with a coil shock for all day riding. Body position, pedaling efficiency and ease of negotiating terrain up and down make a bike that’s easy to ride all day. It’s not 2012 anymore, trail bikes pedal well.

    PS: Another guy trying to talk himself into being old? Give it up, you don’t have an excuse! : ) I’ll be 58 this year, plan on another banner year, replete with embarrassing many riders my junior. Old is an attitude, not a number.

    Looking good, Dave Lash.

    At least the bike is US-made…

    in reply to: Looking for Beginner Trails in Denver #259235

    Right on, Thrust.

    I’m just visiting, so not too hip to the Denver scene. I bring in beer to my home shop, and we drink them on location. : )

    There is much reason to be stoked about riding, so keep digging into it. Mainly, just get out there. Go scope a trail on foot first if it increases comfort. Use lots of discretion by dismounting stuff you’re not sure about, and avoid getting injured. Get knee and elbow pads. Onward!


    in reply to: Looking for Beginner Trails in Denver #259197

    Hey, Thrust, it’s still a little muddy most places, but I have to second the advice to get an app on your phone. Trailforks, like MTBProject, is free and works via the GPS feature of a smartphone, not dependent on cel reception. If you have the app (or even use the Trailforks or MTBProject web sites ahead of time), you can easily inventory easy trails near to and farther from you.

    Specifically, Green Mountain has some great views and not too far a drive. North Table Mountain could be another. Many other areas exist which have easy trails but perhaps not known for easy trails.

    I’m over in Golden, so don’t know shops in your corner, but Golden Bike Shop and Wheat Ridge Cyclery have been great.

    And…get over that old-person jive. Tons of us riding hard are long in the tooth. Just enjoy yourself and don’t worry what anyone thinks of your age or ability.

    in reply to: Shreditation: Mountain biking and mental health #253434

    It’s a short story: Outdoor activities keep me whole, so I do them regularly.

    in reply to: Singletracks Homepage Improvements? #253432

    Thanks for checking in and for keeping a tidy house!

    in reply to: FS bike weight – today's standards #252707

    The range is wide with over 10 lbs variance between light bikes set up light to heavier bikes set up for more aggro terrain and riding.

    I know there’s a certain trivial aspect that’s intriguing, but I’ve found, more than ever recently, that overall weight has dubious bearing on how good one can ride a given bike. The heaviest bike I’ve owned is also the bike I’ve ridden my biggest days on.

    Yes, I’ve circumventing an answer. : ) Happy trails!

    in reply to: What's your relationship with tubeless tires? #249577

    What Mitch said: It gets easier, faster and far less messy when you’ve done it a few times.

    Judging tubeless by installation only is being short-sighted. You can’t know how much aggravation in the field you’re saving yourself by dealing with it in the shop. By my experience, goatheads, pinch flats, road debris and inner tubes are more high maintenance than tubeless.

    “That leak” – ? If you keep the wheel oriented vertically and are using tubeless gear, you should not get more than a few drops of sealant anywhere. If you have sealant gushing out of somewhere, something is very wrong. Did you check out a video tutorial like the one at the Stan’s site?

    It’s a happy union here. You can learn to love, too. : )

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