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29 in wheels, boost spacing, 1x12 cable-actuated shifting. Seems like the industry has settled on these, and not without reason. The "new" stuff like mullet bikes, super boost, electronic shifting, are variations which I don't imagine inspiring any trends. We seem to think the industry will keep moving, but I wouldn't be surprised if mtbs…
seem like some solid treat! May grab some on sale! :)
 
Wow, people are running some seriously wide bars. I run 750mm, which cut down from 770cm. If I wasn't doing mostly gravity-type riding i'd cut down another 1-2 cm. I feel that after a certain point, there are really diminishing returns to such wide bars, that they inhibit ones ability to move around the bike.…
I saw her pop up on some EWS results last year- quite a surprise she doesn't have more support, especially considering how young she is, and the fact that Germany is a pretty big bike market.
jgmtb   on Jan 20, 2020
replied to Worn tires = fast tires?
 
@bikenerd these are all good points! Indeed, the other day I had trouble seating one of these “aged” tires, so perhaps something I’ll take into consideration ?
jgmtb   on Jan 17, 2020
started a topic: Worn tires = fast tires?
 
I use worn-out high rollers II's on my rear wheel as a semi-slick option. They are super fast, and also an economical / green solution, as opposed to buying a dedicated fast-roller...
jgmtb   on Jan 17, 2020
replied to Flip-chips and geo shifts
 
I used to use the flip-chip on my YT Jeffsy quite a bit. On long days with lots of pedaling no really gnarly descents, I appreciated the slightly higher bb (fewer pedal...
jgmtb   on Jan 17, 2020
replied to Are you riding "too much" tire?
 
I think it largely depends on the terrain you have available and type of riding you like to do, but a lot of people are certainly over-biked, and are riding “too much”...
I think everyone should have one bike in their stable with flat pedals. It feels simpler, how we rode bikes as kids. I enjoy carving corners and riding through gravel on my city bike- it helps remind me of simply, yet effective techniques like dropping heels to push the bike through rough stuff, and shifting…
I've been riding dirt roads and smooth trails on road bikes for a long time. The only problem is that road bikes at some point could not longer accept wide tires (i have vintage 10 speeds which have plenty of space for a 32mm, and a newer road bike with clearance for 25mm). Drifting away…
Funny coincidence, yesterday I tried new (inexpensive) Garmin watch on what turned out to be a ride which turned out to be one of my biggest ever rides on an mtb, but unbeknownst to me, apparently it stopped recording 1/3 of the way through. I got the "oh shit, did this ride not count" feeling…
Sounds cold. Yes, I think when you lead an "adventurous" life, when things don't go to plan, they can turn out bad. I try to learn from these misadventures, but I still often end up making similar mistakes. I guess dealing with the adversity, finding solutions and persisting are also skills which can be honed…
I like the garmin watch, but I think it's definitely good to use it as a tool, and not let it dictate your life choices. I like to wear the watch instead of bringing my phone on short runs, or to track shorter fitness-oriented rides (when i only have a few hours and i'm curious…
The weather i dislike most is actually in the high 30s / low 40s, because it's generally cold and wet. When it's around or below freezing during the day, the ground is frozen and generally it's drier and more pleasant. That said, when it's just above freezing or really cold I'll generally go to higher…
jgmtb   on Nov 5, 2019
added a review of Great Brook State Park
 

I grew up here, riding here a few times a week during high school. Yes, a lot of the trails...
Quite a story. It would suck to die of exposure right next to your car!
Nice one. It's good to hear stories about normal people who ride. Work issues, injuries and kids- all things that normal people experience that can add complexity the the simple act of getting out for a ride. I also feel really bad about myself when I have some difficulties like an injury, only the feel…
This is definitely the industry driving this, with the huge growth of ebikes in Europe. @Jeff: They actually would give a huge advantage. Ebikes don't just help you in the climbs, they help you when accelerating out of corners. There's a guy i sometimes ride with who is on an ebike (he's a positive example…
I practice a mix of the 2nd and 3rd options (waiting at intersections, and short breaks to let them catch their breath. When i have a really heterogeneous group (also in terms of ability and fitness) and i know the trails really well, we sometimes split up and then meet back up at designated points,…
Hey Brian, I asked you a while back why you race. This write-up explains it pretty well! Seems epic, maybe I’ll sign up for next year :)
In the current marketplace of US healthcare, such an insurance definitely has its place. Yes, I think that it is unfortunate that in a country like America (rich, innovative) this is the case, but oh well. As for encouraging people to take risks, for sure this seems strange, but it's more of a marketing ploy…
If you're more comfortable with the backpack, then by all means keep using it. Indeed, scientifically it is irrelevant, it is all about watts you produce over the total weight (you have to push both yourself and your bike). I think the only consideration for forward motion (specifically, acceleration) in weight placement is whether the…
Any ideas how this works on a full-suspension mtb? This system seems fixed, i.e. no opportunity for chain growth. Interesting concept, though.
It's not that we want extra weight on the bike, it's that we want it even less on our backs. If you're looking for climbing ease or KOMs, it doesn't matter where the weight is (back or bike). It's just that it is more comfortable off your back. Also, i feel like with weight strapped…
jgmtb   on Sep 2, 2019
commented on Have you Ever Been Bikepacking? [Survey]
 
I think bikepacking is a bit of an intimidating term. It seems that a lot of people think they need to wait until they buy all the specifically bikepacking-marketed bags before they can go. While it's great they are making lightweight touring gear that you can strap on your mountain bike, it's really not necessary…
I think the term "on-sight" is appropriate. In rock climbing, in which ethics and aesthetics of the ascent are really ingrained, to "on site" a route is to climb it without having any prior knowledge of it, only looking at it yourself from the ground up. Good climbers can analyze the route from the ground,…
jgmtb   on Jul 25, 2019
added a review of Kingdom Trails
 

This is a very easy, flow trail destination, with the majority of the trails on and around a mellow, forested...
Congrats on the Podium, Brian! Seems like a cool experience. This past weekend I also got a podium- first place in the "international" category (there were 7 of us) in the Cucciago Free Ride Birra Sprint, haha! More my speed! ;)
Hey Brian, You didn't like the XM 1650's? Which hubs do they have? I am thinking of building us some new wheels and was going to use 350 hubs. Not a fan?
Nice article! I'm not a very dedicated forager, but in the fall i often spontaneously interrupt my mtb rides to fill up my camelbak with chestnuts, this could be a nice spring alternative. I usually wear full-finger gloves, so i'm ready to harvest these guys.
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