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  • in reply to: “on your left” is now dangerous #585875

    That story has to make us wonder what might have been the outcome had the cyclist been licensed to conceal/carry. Think carefully about this.

    Interesting. And “what if” the other hikers also had licenses to conceal and carry? Then we’d have a real-life John Wick 4……or Keystone Cops.

    Either scenario would be sub-optimal.

    It will be interesting to hear more about this forest melee.

    in reply to: “on your left” is now dangerous #585863

    Hmmmm, interesting, tragic, and sad. Also somewhat comical that the men involved are older “gentlemen”  well beyond the hot-headed years of their youth.

    FWIW I always stop for hikers (technical sections of trail or not) and have always been greeted with smiles.

    in reply to: Best mtb flat shoes other than five ten #582245

    Also very interested in this thread as I’ve found my Five Tens to be horrible (dangerous) in wet weather.  ……and where i live it’s wet 5 out of 7 days a week. : (

    in reply to: Oval chainring and platform pedals #578513

    Just finished my fourth season with a Wolftooth elliptical on my XC bike with flat pedals. I have a circular chainring on my trail bike (and, of course, my road bikes).

    The first two seasons I waffled back and forth on the elliptical benefits but, after finishing the third and this latest season, I give the elliptical a solid “meh”….it is neither beneficial nor detrimental, overall.

    I have not noticed any benefit with climbing with the elliptical. I have found the motion of the elliptical “soothing” on long flat trails but that’s more a psychological than physical plus.

    Technical rocky or rooty sections are a bit of a challenge with an elliptical ring in it interferes with effective pedal-ratchet due to the “dead spot” you mentioned. I’ve mostly gotten used to it and developed the muscle memory to work around it, but it does catch me off-guard now and then.

    After seeing the folks I ride with come to the trail with pie-plate-sized 50 tooth rear clusters on their rigs I’ve concluded that good old-fashioned gearing is the only real solution to making climbs “easier.” ; )

    in reply to: Küat kudos #503399

    Nice!!!…old school LL Bean ask no questions ’cause we stand by our stuff (period) service.

    Surprised that the straps were crack. My Sherpa is 6 years old and spent the first four years of its life either on my truck’s hitch or out on the patio of my side yard – sun, rain, salt, and snow, that bad boy still looks almost new (straps and all). Quality stuff.

    in reply to: do you ride in the rain? #367864

    Nope…I am a fair-weather cyclist and proud of it!!

    …and yes, I agree,  here in the Northeast, if you wait for trails to ” dry out” you’ll have about four days in July when you can actually ride. So we do ride in mud – and some folks in mud and rain. : )

    in reply to: Dirt Rag ceasing operation #305826

    Yeah, I’m also really sorry to see them go. I’ve been an on and off subscriber to Dirt Rag for about 10 years.

    I guess they’re just another victim of the infinite on-line Web-verse.  While I do appreciate on-line media, there is much to be said for the tactile ease and enjoyment of print.  (as an IT office data/hardware monkey I get tired of looking at an electronic monitor all day; printed books and mags are a welcome break)

    I am surprised the folks at Dirt Rag didn’t at least make an effort to move to a quarterly printing like Freehub….oh well.

    in reply to: what mtb shoes do ya run #303262

    After using Mavic MTB shoes for years I switched to Five Tens three years ago……I will be returning to Mavics (or maybe Shimano) this season. For me, the Five Tens are just too flexible, the laces are exposed (which has gotten me in trouble with my chainring several times) and God help you if you need to walk up any muddy or wet incline in them, I usually take them off and hike up in my bare feet to gain traction.

    in reply to: Night riding and Deer #271126

    Wow, and I thought my area had a deer infestation problem!….sounds like you’re up to your eyeballs in deer.

    During hunting season I ride with a bluetooth speaker playing a Led Zepplin/Van Halen mix to alert the hunters that I ain’t a deer. Perhaps if you played a coyote/wolf territory call loop the deer would hightail it away from you?  Of course, if you have wolves in your area those same calls may piss them off and prompt them to come looking for you? ….so maybe just stick with playing the music of your choice.  :- )

    in reply to: Internal Cable Routing: Removing Plastic Sheathing #267768

    Photos of what you’re dealing with??  Frame manufacturer?

    in reply to: Biker sues Specialized, LBS over cracked rim injury #267672

    I wouldn’t read too much into the LBS being named in the lawsuit. The attorneys are just doing their part in casting the joint & severable liability net as wide as possible. I’m actually surprised that the race organizers weren’t a named party, but perhaps the race waiver would be too difficult to overcome in the courtroom?

    As others have mentioned we don’t have all the details. And we don’t know what was said and done in the manufacturing, sale, setup and maintenance of these wheels. I don’t think the LBS or Specialized wants to see any of their customers seriously injured; that’s just bad for business….and, of course, the plaintiff doesn’t want to be injured, that’s just bad for him.

    I couldn’t find the documentation that came with my Roval Control wheelset so I went on-line. It’s an alarming, yet amusing, read…… but not much different from other wheel manufacturers (carbon or aluminum) that I could find.

    Take a look at the bike documentation from your manufacturer – you might be surprised at what they expect from you in terms of on-going care and maintenance of your bike’s components.  😉

    in reply to: Biker sues Specialized, LBS over cracked rim injury #267421

    Yikes!!…poor guy.  This is a tough one. He had the wheels for six months, so lord knows what he did with/to them in that time. And MTB racing is an inherently risky activity. Unless they can show Specialized and the LBS knew of some design defect and failed to inform folks my inclination is to shrug and say “that’s life.” – But we Americans sure do love to sue one another.

    That said, I am running home and checking my Roval wheelset with a magnifying glass tonight. :- O

    Niner is thinking along these lines with its NINER MCR 9

    Niner MCR 9 RDO Full-Suspension Gravel Bike

    For me my “gravel” riding usually includes 40-50% asphalt. And the gravel sections are usually jeep trails or fire access roads so FS is not a huge issue.

    My new Warbird seems well suited for this environment, but of course, a moderate or large pothole or divot on gravel (or asphalt) is to be avoided.

    I thought about using my XC bike as a gravel grinder but confess I never put gravel tires on her. ….though it is hard to imagine she’d be a “rocket” on asphalt, that simply is not her strong suit. Then again, I ain’t racing so being a “rocket” is not a priority.

    Check out the MCR 9

    in reply to: e-bikes #264810

    Why are you comparing recreational trail riding to competitive sports. On trails where e-bikes are allowed, no one loses. As long as everyone obeys the rules it is a win-win situation. Sure some may not obey the rules and there could be repercussions, but that happens all the time already with riders on regular bikes. I know of several larger trail systems where I ride that now allow e-bikes, and it has changed nothing for me.

    No, no, no, they are both recreational, that is precisely my point. This is something you do for fun (I’ve been a recreational weightlifter for decades). Since this is recreational that implies (for me) optional. IMHO you don’t need electrical assistance for something that is an optional human powered activity. I think it best if you choose the option of taking an easier (non-amplified) path….whatever that may be, for whatever the human-powered activity is.

    Reading the opinions here I have come to the conclusion that we’re just going to have to agree to disagree.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going out for a nice long jog….on my Segway. ;- )

    in reply to: e-bikes #262142

    frankly, what right do I or anyone else have to tell another what they “need” for a bike? Come on.

    Hmmm, so what not rules?….you’re OK with someone riding a motocross bike on MTB trails?….no, you “come on.”

    We have entirely too many people (at least in my neck of the woods) trying to limit MTB trails as is. We don’t need to give them any more ammo for their anti-MTB arsenal with motorized fare.   — If we don’t police ourselves, others will happily do it for us.

    Grumpy old man? ….you are damn right! And, if you were wise, you’d get grumpy too.

    in reply to: e-bikes #262128

    Comparing the use of e-bikes, which is legal and as far as I can see has only health benefits for older people, to the use of anabolic steroids, which are illegal with many potential side effects, is a real stretch.

    Well, I guess that is where you and I differ. I think, in this specific instance, it’s a fair comparison…..annnnd your reaction is about what I expected. BTW Steroids, like e-bikes, are only illegal if used, well, illegally. 😉   Physicians can prescribe them.

    But, you don’t like steroids, I get it (ethically, neither do I) so let’s change our tack somewhat.

    You seem to be caught up in a belief that these older folks have no alternatives. I don’t buy that….at all. We are talking about mountain biking, yes? It is a recreational and, by definition, optional, activity, is it not? There are plenty of other recreational/optional activities; heck there are even plenty of options to pursue in enjoying the activity under discussion (different types of trails, length of ride, pace, etc, etc, etc), and most of those options don’t require a motor.

    My fundamental concern is that you are motorizing a non-motorized activity. It has nothing to do with being “hard-core” or masochistic or sadistic. I see parents with their toddlers on Striders on the green trails where I ride. Now that is -EXTREMELY- cool. I’m certain that the other “hard-core” riders I know think the same thing. None of us expect them to ride the red or black diamond trails, or to make a 20mile ride. None of us expect them to keep pace with us, why would they? Soooooooo, if a three-year-old can manage a green trail on a non-motorized bike and be happy ……why can’t the rest of us?


    in reply to: e-bikes #262101

    You may not think getting older people out on bikes is a cogent argument for e-bikes. I can’t think of a better argument because the young folks don’t need pedal assist.


    And just a quick follow up question to this….. If these poor 70 year-olds could get Anadrol or Oxandrin from their physicians and they could then go out and shred the trails they used to shred when they were 40-something, would that be a good argument for “getting them out on bikes”?

    in reply to: e-bikes #262090

    You may not think getting older people out on bikes is a cogent argument for e-bikes. I can’t think of a better argument because the young folks don’t need pedal assist. The bike manufacturers, shops, and people buying up the bikes might disagree with you. Here is what Trek has to say on their website:
    “On- or off-road, they’re perfect for those who want to climb faster, explore more, or just get there a bit faster.
    Only e-bikes offer the flexibility to get in a workout, ride with a faster friend, haul a heavy load, or simply cruise. Even if your ride varies from day to day, an electric bicycle always gives you the option to do and experience more.”

    So I am ALL for older people getting out on bikes. I just think arguing the need for mech assist for them to do so is weak. There are plenty of fantastic truck trails, fire access roads etc. etc. etc. that older and younger folks can use to get their bike and outdoor fix.

    As for Trek, wellllll, I really don’t care what Trek has to say on the matter…..they are trying to sell more bikes; a huge conflict of interest!

    As for Mr. Weir, my comment is, why not just use a CRF250RX and be done with it?

    “But I don’t think it’s cool to look down on older people using a new technology to get out and enjoy themselves…”

    Whoa, Nelly! I am Not looking down on older people. I AM AN OLDER people! 😉  While not 70, I’m on the wrong side of 50. I can’t bench press 405LB anymore….. and you know what??  I’m OK with that. Nor can I keep up with 20 year-olds on the basketball court…..and you know what?  I’m OK with that too.

    That said, I still go to the gym to lift, but I don’t hang out with the powerlifters anymore. I still play b-ball now and then, but I play with folks my age and I have fun – I actually have a lot of fun…..and I certainly don’t need an electric motor to have fun.

    in reply to: e-bikes #262046

    ….Before anyone gets on too high a horse about this, realize that someday, if you are lucky, you too will be the 70+ year old wanting to bike, and also realize that some of these old cyclists were pretty hard core back in the day and are probably responsible for some of the trails you ride on now.

    So, I’ve heard this argument before but it seems like a very steep and slippery slope. I mean, can this be applied to any activity? I want to still be able to bench press 405lb when I’m 70, or take part in full contact martial arts and play pickup basketball with the 20-year-olds, well, OK, 30-year-olds…….can/should I use mechanical assistance to do so? Personally, I think I should step back and realize that, well, time waits for no one and I should move on to easier activities. —With everything, turn, turn, turn, there is a season, turn, turn ,turn…..

    Don’t get me wrong, I think there are one or two cogent arguments for e-mountain bikes, but this just isn’t one of them.

    in reply to: Albany Pine Bush Trails (purple) #261970

    Hi David

    Welcome from the Finger Lakes!

    I have not ridden the Pine Bush, but there is a review of it here:

    From the descriptions and photos, it appears to be the perfect trail for someone new to mountain biking.


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