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    • #309855

      They don’t have jurisdiction over deer trails, Tex! The best part is that so few people frequent the deer trails that Bambi will be the one to give ya COVID, VD or any other viral infection.

    • #309854

      Firstly, as has been mentioned, a week doesn’t give enough time if high altitude is involved. Also of note, it wouldn’t give enough time to maximize the experience and spread out over a number of the great places mentioned above.

      With a couple weeks and a vehicamobile, a bloke could spend a day or two in several places and take in so much in terms of great riding from high country forested trail systems to desert rides. Cannot recommend a two week trip highly enough to make it so much more fulfilling and memorable.

      Coming from close to sea level to high altitude can have consequences like altitude sickness that shouldn’t be trifled with. Stay off the hooch for a couple days… Acclimate! Seriously…

      Best wishes on your trip plans, Rdrydr!


    • #308946

      Holy!! Someone quoted the Asspain Times on Singletracks!

      Mid valley does bring good things from the community, for the community… Should be interesting to see what they cook up over there in EdgofHell.


    • #308894

      That only occurs due to improper cone adjustment. Get to a bike shop and gitter set properly. Loose ball hubs are rather rare these days but do work just fine when they are properly set up. Also, check for broken axle by tugging both ends of the axle when the wheel is off your bike…

    • #308476


      What are all the people gonna do with all that toilet paper after someone goes berzerk and buys out all the plungers?

      The sky fell, whaddya say we smoke a hooter and ride bikes??

    • #307444

      Fatbiking in the 10,000′ elevation range, moonlight ride, temp was -10°-15°f.  Very frigid when the breeze would come up but manageable.

      Pogies and proper layering is essential. Platform pedals so you can use something more substantial than those summer clipless shoes is an absolute must, lest ya wanna pay more than the cost of real mountaineering boots for what it’s worth.

      Worthy winter clipless shoes are 45Nrth and Lake 303 but man, the 45Nrth’s are expensive!


    • #307443

      Frankly, the unimproved “deer trail” is one of my favorite haunts. With a plusser and proper tire pressure, I can go miles without drama. The forest terrain is typically loose, loamy and oft sandy. A pair of Rocket Ron 3.0’s serve very well as opposed to a more aggressive tire since they will not displace the material and stay afloat. I tend to enjoy a single speed plusser as well as geared and a full squish in these places.

    • #306206

      With as unique as some components are, parts are very difficult to source on a need it yesterday basis. One thing that one needs to do on wear and tear is order up the parts needed when it shows the need is just around the corner. Unexpected failures give little to no warning and we’re sidelining a bike cause JIT is not in the cards. We unknowingly (knowingly but consequence happens) chose this when we adopted the bitchen bike.

    • #305295

      I just replaced my chain after 1700 km
      now I have noticed that on gears 4 and 5 the chain skips do i also need, to replace the casette or chain rings or something else

      A few items…

      1. Check the chain for tight links.

      2. Fine tune the derailleur.

      3. Adjust “B” bolt properly.

      4. Replace worn chainring and cassette.

      Tight links cause the skip issue frequently. That can be resolved with a chain tool in seconds. B bolt is less likely but can lend to the issue. Fine tuning can sometimes take care of the issue if it is slightly out of adjustment and a minor skip. Major skipping is usually a worn out cassette and it will need replacing. Cleanliness will extend the life of new hardware but no amount of lubrication will resolve a used up drive train.


    • #303857

      RSD Bikes MiddleChild…

    • #303738

      Why not, provided the tread cap is still intact with no casing threads showing through. Use em til they are toast!

      If only there was an economical method to retreads with the price of some tires being absurd.

    • #303635

      I’ll stick with my RSD Wildcat, thank you!

      The 2020 Wildcat is available in two build kits and either 27.5+ or 29 and $2200-3300. Sliding dropout is standard.


    • #303633

      Cannot say I have done a flip chip however, sliding dropouts are a nice way to go.

      Frankly, I have a few drawings that are of custom geometry such as BB drop, HT/ST angles, stack etc. Eventually one will be sent to either  Waltly or Marino for a frame fab.

    • #303632


      I recommend trying as many as you can before making a decision with 3k. When you find one that really intrigues you, ask the shop if they would do a rental on it. The shops that do rental before purchase usually apply the rental fee to your purchase should you pull the trigger. This would give you an opportunity to get to spend some time riding and getting familiar with a bike.

      Once you pull the trigger, enjoy it and replace parts as they wear out and you’ll get some bang for your buck.

      Bike Nerd makes good points as well. Try plus as well as regular tire bikes to see what might suit your needs.


    • #303258

      5 10 Guide Tennies.

    • #293083


      2019 RSD MiddleChild.

      Setup as a single speed and fun as it gets!

    • #292651

      Some RD’s can be changed in that One Up sells cage parts intended for use with “wide range” cassettes.

      Usually, the inner cage portion is staked in position but some are removable. Take a close look at the construction of the RD.

      It may require removing the two pulley bolts to access the inner cage to determine how it is fastened.

    • #292005

      Keeping the core warm is the easy part. Digits, well, that’s another issue all its own, seemingly! Ugh…

      I have low blood pressure so digi-chill is a major concern.

      Layering is the way to go with balmy temps. (20f+) Keep the layers fairly light as heat buildup occurs quickly with moderate to fast pace riding

      Mitts: using full finger gloves is the way to go. Eventually, a collection of several pair turn up in the bin. Various insulation values is key.

      Toes! Freakin toes… Since I ride platform pedals exclusively, a pair of shoes with a little extra room for more insulation is good. Too tight, insulation cannot trap air and be efficient

      For clipless riders, Lake 303 or similar is a winter specific ride shoe used by lotsa fatbikers for very low temps. 45Nrth also has a lineup of boots but they are costly. (Think mountaineering boot price range)


    • #292004

      Since I bought into the plus arena with the addition of four RSD plussers, I have tried tires ranging from 2.6 to 3.25.

      Frankly, I have zero interest in 2.6 or less on these bikes. 27.5 x 3.0 is the go to. A plus tire that weighs in accordance with that of a 4.8 is game over.

      Tire swaps are too frequent for the tubeless career tire changes so Q-Tube SL 26 x 2.7 is stuffed in the 3.0’s and does just fine.

      Nobby Nic Performance 3.0

      Rocket Ron liteskin 3.0 for the fuel economy as well as fast flow trails

      Duro Crux 3.25 for the backcountry unimproved/deer trails that are loose and loamy.

      G-One 2.8’s for street sessions. (Cannot wait to get back on 3.0’s post session)


      Wildcat V1 full squish

      Sergeant V1 and V3

      MiddleChild Single speed trail demon!

      For a 2.4 tire ride, I break out the Koxx Red Sky and trialsin is in session!


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