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I don't need it on my bikes where I ride. I tried out some droppers and I can do without them. I have been riding for decades so it is no loss for me to be without one. Now-a-days I prefer to ride more XC than anything else.
 
If the singletrack trails are too muddy; I ride fire access roads, or do some urban MTB (hop on and off sidewalks, down short stairs, ride parking lot curbs, practice manuals &...
blundar   on Jul 11, 2018
added a review of Pedros Tire Levers
 

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blundar   on Jul 11, 2018
added a photo of Pedro's Bicycle Tire Lever
 
blundar   on Mar 1, 2018
replied to How to start mountain biking
 
Ride as many different trails as you can. Besides dedicated singletrack trails, also ride multi-use trails, fire access roads, rail-to-trails, street in front of your house, local neighborhood roads, nearby parking lots,...
blundar   on Feb 27, 2018
replied to Picking out my first MTB
 
Your best bet at your budget in my humble opinion is to go to your local bike shops and test ride different hardtails from different shops. The most important part on these...
blundar   on Feb 20, 2018
replied to Anyone buy a bike from Bikes Direct?
 
For the same price, I agree that a hardtail will be much better. It will be much easier and cheaper to maintain, and you will never have to upgrade the rear shock...
blundar   on Feb 19, 2018
replied to What was your first mountain bike?
 
First "mountain-ish bike" was a Schwinn Stingray. I converted it over to full BMX from Sears catalog ordered parts! It was a BMX bike, not really MTB. My next bike was a Raleigh...
blundar   on Feb 19, 2018
added a photo of Airborne Zeppelin Elite
 
Airborne Zeppelin Elite
A fast racing XC bike will never be good in the snow like a fat bike, and a rigid no suspension bike will never be able to do DH competition runs. That is OK. There is nothing wrong with having more than 1 bike for different capabilities. I have 2 bikes (29er XC Ultra-endurance bike…
blundar   on Sep 27, 2017
added 4 photos.
 
2017 Trail Map
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blundar   on Sep 18, 2017
replied to Kona frame size for 5' 5" female?
 
^ Exactly!!
blundar   on Sep 12, 2017
replied to Hello From CT!
 
I lived in South East CT for over 12 years and that is where I learned to Mountain bike in the 90's. I rode in CT, RI, and MA (mostly CT &...
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blundar   on Sep 12, 2017
replied to Kona frame size for 5' 5" female?
 
Typically if you are "in-between" sizes, you go with the smaller of the two.  The smaller bike is easier to toss around. I am 5'9" and ride a small (I have short...
Quote from one of my my articles with the same name as this one: Many years ago I remember when I had just gotten my first mountain bike. At the time I lived in a suburban area just outside of Hartford, CT. I think it was around 1997, and mountain bikes were fairly new at…
blundar   on Aug 30, 2017
replied to Making hardtails less bumpy?
 
If you are being "bucked off" your seat and pedals, then the usual problems are: The most common issue is too high tire pressures. At around 200 Lbs with 2.0" wide tires,...
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blundar   on Aug 30, 2017
replied to Steep Downhill: Front or Back Brake?
 
Front brake is good for around 70% of your stopping power, and the rear 30%. Use both brakes at the same time and get your backside behind the seat with heals down...
blundar   on Jun 20, 2017
replied to front wheel lifting on some climbs
 
Slide the seat 1/2" forward on the seat rails.
blundar   on Jun 6, 2017
replied to Best shoes for platform pedals
 
New Balance 608v4 at $70 FTW, made in the USA!
blundar   on May 23, 2017
replied to Clipless or Flats?
 
"If you have good pedals and good shoes it won’t be that big of a difference." I agree that a good set of flat pedals with good shoes makes a huge...
I know that I get bored very easily if I ride the exact same trail repeatedly again and again. "Mixing it up" is a sure fire way to keep things interesting and having fun when you ride. Here is a link to a short article I did about this exact same subject a few years…
A front fork with proper platform damping and lockout is a real game changer, so definitely #1! The difference between one of these and a cheap pogo stick spring fork, or a rigid...
blundar   on May 15, 2017
replied to Terrible cramps
 
I was sometimes cramping up after long rides, and on rare occasions waking up from leg cramps the night after doing long rides +20 miles, so I told my doctor. After some...
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blundar   on May 15, 2017
replied to Tips for preventing leg cramps
 
I was sometimes cramping up after long rides, and on rare occasions waking up from leg cramps the night after doing long rides (+20 miles), so I told my doctor. After some...
 
"When should you replace your helmet?" Give the helmet a very thorough inspection. Always repair or replace if you find anything questionable. Look at the straps and clips. Is there is anything worn...
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blundar   on May 15, 2017
replied to Newer rider
 
Flat pedals can be awesome, but only if you have a good set up. Cheap one will seriously compromise your riding abilities. Get a good set of flat pedals with replaceable pins...
blundar   on May 11, 2017
replied to Comfortable Knee Pads that fit.
 
+1 on G-Form! I also agree to try them on for good fit before you buy.
 
The length of the stem does a couple of things: Adjusts the quickness of your steering (long stem is slow, short stem is fast steering) Positions how far forward your upper body...
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"What, exactly, is a roller???" Pump tracks started out from the BMX days. Berms, jumps, flat tops, and rollers are terms used to describe features on a pump track. Rollers is a series...
 
I have used 35mm, 40mm, 50mm, & 90mm stems on a whole assortment of bikes. In my opinion, 50mm is perfect for a mountain bike. The 35mm and 40mm made my bikes'...
blundar   on Apr 10, 2017
commented on a photo of Sac & Fox Trail
 
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blundar   on Apr 10, 2017
commented on a photo of Sac & Fox Trail
 
Great place for fat biking!
blundar   on Feb 8, 2017
commented on a photo of Rabbit Valley
 
Wow! Absolutely gorgeous shot...
blundar   on Feb 2, 2017
replied to MTB Sock Height: Low, Mid or High?
 
I usually wear mid height socks. When it is hot I squish them down low to keep cool better. If there is a lot of underbrush and prickly stuff that cuts me...
I took a chance on an Outerdo MTB Gel seat and it has been an outstanding seat so far. I picked it out of a +500 positive reviews on other websites and...
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blundar   on Jan 19, 2017
replied to Mountain bike bar ends: Yea or Nay?
 
In my humble opinion, bar ends are good for those long epic rides (+25 miles or greater), long gravel grinder rides, centuries, fire access road long rides, rail-to-trails, bikepacking, etc. This when...
blundar   on Jan 17, 2017
added a review of Osprey Viper
 

Outstanding build quality, excellent design, perfect size!
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