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    • #178976

      I generally solve this problem by riding without pants. 😮

    • #126320

      The Butcher is my current favorite front tire. Every other front I’ve used has had some glaring weakness, but not the Butcher.

    • #125777

      Depends on what you like. Blue Sky connects to Coyote, if you want to keep exploring. The Ginny trail in Bobcat Ridge is my favorite near town.

      If you’re willing to drive a little bit, you can hit Hall Ranch to the south for serious gnar (hopefully on a weekday), or something to the north in the Poudre Canyon – like Hewlett Gulch for some shade and creek crossings.

    • #124708

      You’ll just have to stop wearing your clown shoes when riding that bike. 😃

    • #124809

      I’ve always been puzzled by removing a big ring to install a bashguard, especially on a 3x setup. In what way does the big ring not function as a bashguard for the smaller rings? Mine certainly does.

    • #123327

      I only do mine about 3 times a year, and I live in the dry climate of CO. Big boogers do accumulate, and you should clean them out at least once a year. I’m sure there are other opinions.

      I don’t have the removable valve cores, but it’s still pretty easy. I flip the bike upsidedown, so there is nothing compressing the lowest section of tire (a bike stand does the job right side up). Then I use tire levers to break the seal all the way around the tire. Then I pull the the bead outside the rim at the low point on the tire, and pour in the sealant. I hook up the pump and hammer away until I get to ~50psi, or hear/see the beads pop into place. I ride the bike about the cul-de-sac for a couple minutes, then let the excess pressure out. Done. It takes 5-6 minutes.

    • #122023

      I did a little poking about, and the folks I talked to in Summit and Grand counties think the trails are in OK condition now, assuming you can get there. Of course, there is more rain possible on Sat/Sun.
      I’m waiting for soccer club officials to cancel my other kid’s game tomorrow. 😃

    • #114621

      I should have posted earlier. I give the nobby nic 0 stars. 26in, 2.35” pacestar, tubeless setup.
      I spent a while looking at reviews, and finally pulled the trigger on _one_ nobby nic (the price was a limiter). I intended to use it in the front (flow EX wheel), but became quickly disenchanted with it. In tight technical climbing I seemed to be able to get onto the sidewall in places I usually clean with full effort. Once I got on the sidewall the tire would wash out, and I’d usually plant the bars into the ground. Surprise!
      I gave nic a shot on the rear, and in this application I found myself completely folding the tire over onto the sidewall whenever I really attempted to rail a high speed turn. When this happened, I usually ended up pointing the bike straight and waiting for nic to pop back under the wheel before going back to the usual program. This manuever was always pretty exciting because it usually happen in places with very little margin for recovery. I do weigh 210 and do go down pretty fast, but I haven’t had this happen with any other tire I’ve used.
      My last ride on nic ended with a canted landing after a bunny hop from/to flat. The tire folded on the sidewall and was punctured by a rock. Dead after less than a month of riding. I have no idea how the tread wears. 😀
      I’m still looking for something I’d recommend.

    • #109156

      Living in CO we have some long, relentless climbs.
      Once I’m in basic shape (like the OP, I took ~7yrs off and restarted a couple years ago) – riding the quick after work climbs without stepping off at all. I like to alternate: 1) slog thru a longer climb with as few stops as possible (not concerned about pace) 2) ride the short climbs in a higer gear. 1, 2, 1, 2. When this plateaus, choose a longer/harder 1 and/or 2. 1, 2, 1, 2.
      You can do 1,1,2,1,1,1,2 or whatever works into your schedule. Try to ride 2-3+ times a week to make progress.

    • #111655

      I regularly ride a few miles north on a trail that connects to the one where this happened. I’ve seen as many as three different snakes on the trail on a single ride.
      In this area, sightings are very common in July. My best guess is the snakes are competing for territory during this period. The ones that think the trail is a good place to live don’t last to the end of July.
      Some snakes are skittish, and flee quickly. Others stand their ground with real determination. I’ve never seen them be aggressive, but they will strike when threatened.
      The good news for bikers is that your feet are elevated when on the pedals (a luxury that hikers don’t have). Rattlers make noise, warning you that it’s a bad time to put a foot down.

    • #110282

      I’ve had to recover from a number of injuries to various joints. Here’s how I stretch to get usuable/lasting flexibility fast.
      Get setup in a position to stretch in the most limited direction. Continue to push until you just begin to feel the stretch (don’t push hard). Then hold this position for an extended period of time. After some experience, I tend to shoot for 30 minutes, but you could start at 10 minutes and work your way up. You may have to experiment to find a comfortable position.
      With this technique, I rarely lose all the flexibility I gained, and the next day starts from a better place.
      The therapists have always been amazed at how fast I get my flexibility back (and ask question about how I did it). They don’t have the time to do something like this in the typical PT session.

      It’s usually good to know how hard you can push things, but this approach seems pretty conservative to me.

      Your mileage may vary, but I would like to hear how this works for other folks.

    • #101984


      I use this thing, with a top tube adapter for my stumpy. It’s strudy and secure. It goes on quickly, using the cordless drill 😀. Initial setup was easy.
      It cannot legitimately carry 5 bikes. 3 bikes are a breeze. All four family bikes are more challenging to to get on with no rubbing – 1 stumpy, 1 convetional adult frame, and two odd kid size frames.

    • #87197

      I used them back in the 90s.
      I put some shorties on my newest ride. They were just long enough to give me another hand position. I develop wrist problems if I don’t use another hand position.
      I say "were" because I kept knocking them off the bars – when the bars slam against rocks. I kept cranking them on tighter and tighter – deforming the ends of the bars, but still I couldn’t get then to stay on.
      Now, I use the "air bar ends" like a number of other folks. Doing this on the less intense sections of trail is enough to keep the wrists happy.

    • #106229

      I didn’t have this in mind when I made the comment, but guess I’d better buy a spare 24in tube for the kids’ bikes, and not assume I’ll be able to make my spare 26in tube work. Of course, 15lbs of pressure would probably be enough to get them back to the trailhead (they weigh virtually nothing).

    • #106222
      "mtbgreg1" wrote


      I think that people who don’t carry a spare tube just don’t mind hiking out a long ways, are unprepared, forgetful, lazy, or some random combination of the above 😃

      Of course, I have been that person on occasion… 😳[/quote:s254yde3]

      This summer I flatted a long way from the trailhead. I popped in a spare tube, and kept going (wasn’t able/patient enough to get the thing up to a normal pressure). On the last technical descent I decided to have fun, and go fast -> snakebite. On the ~2mile walk I passed a bunch of other riders going the other way. One guy had a patch, a couple people thought they had tubes, but didn’t. Most folks claimed to be out of luck if they flatted.
      Don’t ask me. I always have tube, and a few tools under the seat.

      The whole 29 vs 26 thing may add another dimension to trail sharing issues. However, I suspect you could make the wrong sized tube work in a pinch. Anybody, had success with this?

    • #106209

      I had the rims on my old bike drilled out to schraeder. The cool thing about running schraeder is that you can run any spare tube, when you flat. The idea is that it would stink to flat on your spare tube, and not be able to use you buddy’s tube because the schraeder value won’t fit thru your presta hole.
      Of course, the number of people running schraeder seems to have shrunk over time. With tubeless, it seems like fewer people even carry a spare tube.
      On my modern FSR I don’t flat nearly as often as I did in the days of NO suspension.

    • #68608
      "DanK_NoCo" wrote


      BTW, I was in your neck of the woods over New Years. Hiked Blood Mtn, but didn’t have a chance to ride.

      Oh cool! What were you doing around here? Blood mountain is easily the best hike in the region–good choice![/quote:fwhb9auf]

      Stopped in to see some of my wife’s HS friends, on the way to a beach vacation in the Bahamas.

    • #102846
      "CraigCreekRider" wrote

      Rode 5 hours with one of these last week and it worked pretty well.
      http://www.mountainsmith.com/products.a … egory2Id=0
      Not a lot of room for extra clothes, but I may be able to strap some on the back with some small bungies.

      This is what I’ve got (really like it):
      http://www.mountainsmith.com/products.a … egory2Id=0
      It’s a pretty similar model.
      3 bottles and a jacket is the most I’ve ever carried on the bike (with another bottle in the cage).
      I use the stock sholder strap anytime I have water in the pack. It looks like they sell a more serious set of shoulder straps. Not sure if either of the strap solutions work for CraigCreekRider. Carrying a lot of weight with no strap can be tough. To prevent sagging, I really have to pull the waist tight, which I find uncomfortable for extended climbs. There are suspension adjustments that might help, but I haven’t fiddled with it much. I just use the shoulder strap.

      I’ve done 4 bottles and strapped on various jackts when hiking with the kids.

    • #68606
      "mtbgreg1" wrote

      Yah man it was no fun. It’s been a couple of weeks now and it’s still a little sore!

      If I can sleep soundly the night of the crash, I classify it as minor.
      My wife doesn’t agree with my classification system. 😃

      BTW, I was in your neck of the woods over New Years. Hiked Blood Mtn, but didn’t have a chance to ride.

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