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FredCook   4 days ago
replied to Biking Photography Survey!
 
I took your questionnaire.  But the last section asking to prioritize where on a bike to mount a frame type of bag... I (personally) would never load my DSLR's in a bag...
 
Man, I hear ya, Plusbike Nerd.  I'm not sure how those of you who live in places with real winters do it.  Where I live, we ride 'year round.  At least normally. ...
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The problem with breaking rules is the rule maker will enact more rules.  We may not like the rules, and believe me, there are many I don't like, but breaking them is...
It might depend some on the bike.  Brand, model, geometry, etc.  The right size for me (I'm 5'-10") may be a large or a medium, depending on the bike itself.  The biggest...
FredCook   1 week ago
replied to What are your mtb goals for 2019?
 
Wow, Fred. 70? of rain and trails closed since August. Unbelievable. You need to move to Colorado. It's crossed my mind.  :)  I'm usually in Vail in July, and spend time in Frisco. ...
FredCook   2 weeks ago
replied to What are your mtb goals for 2019?
 
No specific goals (yet) other than the usual annual MTBing trips and a couple one off MTB trips.  But in general, ride, ride, ride.  Used to be pretty consistent with riding 5+...
FredCook   2 weeks ago
updated Corinth Community Park conditions to Poor
 
I agree with the comments that most dropper issues are probably due to (lack of) maintenance.  I've had those conversations with riders that say they're having issues, and when I asked when they...
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Other than my daily rides in North Texas, and a few weekends in Central Texas and the Panhandle, I'll be hitting my usual vacation rides in Colorado (basing out of Vail), and...
FredCook   on Dec 24, 2018
replied to Playing in the mud?
 
For us here in North Texas, ridding in mud just isn't something we normally have the option for.  For one, like many places, our trails close when they're muddy.  Secondly, well, it...
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FredCook   on Dec 24, 2018
replied to Bike wash
 
I think the finish on a bike is at least as tough as the finish on a car, so "scratchy surfactants" probably isn't an issue.
FredCook   on Dec 21, 2018
updated Corinth Community Park conditions to Fair
 
I think a lot depends on the type of trail, how you ride them, and, of course, personal preference.  For me, I prefer the feel I get from 2.4's or 2.5's when...
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BTW, I added shreditation to my spell checker...  next, get to added to Webster's.
Love it!  Anti constipation riding!  :) I'm going to assume that works for me too, and I'm not gong to stop riding to find out!
Nothing special or dramatic for me, other than what others have said... riding is a great escape, gets my mind off of (and forget about) daily nonsense, makes me feel good, relaxing,...
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FredCook   on Dec 19, 2018
replied to Singletracks Homepage Improvements?
 
Regarding the balance between mobile and desktop users...  I've long since stopped web development (been there, done that, got the t-shirt, not looking back), and even then, it was more for curiosity...
Great story!
FredCook   on Dec 18, 2018
replied to Singletracks Homepage Improvements?
 
+1 on mikekelly's comment regarding not "making a website phone centric".  These days, you get less usable information on a web page with a 24" monitor that you used to get with...
FredCook   on Dec 17, 2018
replied to Lost weight by mountain biking?
 
In my opinion, GTXC4 nailed it.  Diet has more to do with weight loss and maintenance, and <i>health</i>, than anything.  I've always been pretty active on a daily basis, which includes straddling mountain bikes since...
FredCook   on Dec 13, 2018
replied to Replacement for WTB WeirWolf
 
Ah, VelociRapter's, I remember when they were "the" tire to go with in the 90's.  We used to refer to them as the tractor tire for bikes.  Yeah, not the fastest, and...
FredCook   on Dec 12, 2018
replied to Replacement for WTB WeirWolf
 
If you want to stick with WTB's, the Vigilante (front) / Trail Boss (rear) combo is great and worth considering.  I ride 'em on hard pack, rocks, roots, a little sand, tacky,...
FredCook   on Dec 11, 2018
replied to FS bike weight - today's standards
 
Remember, bikes don't win races, people do.
 
I'm not sure, but I would certainly do some research.  The discounts are pretty significant... the Spectral 9.0 is 6999 directly from Canyon, and 4899 at the link you question.  If it...
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FredCook   on Dec 11, 2018
replied to Grips and sweat
 
OldAndRolling, one note from my experience riding in North Texas (100+ degrees with 80%+ humidity) is that finger-less gloves are a b***h to get off after a ride.  I've been using full...
FredCook   on Dec 11, 2018
replied to FS bike weight - today's standards
 
Good answer Pedlr, very true. OldAndRolling, personally, I don't pay attention to bike weight anymore.  I just ride a bike, and judge my capability on that ride.  The reasons are pretty much what...
FredCook   on Dec 5, 2018
updated Katie Jackson conditions to Good
 
FredCook   on Dec 5, 2018
replied to Bike wash
 
I've used car wash soap in the past.  No issues.  But my go to soap is Dawn.  No issues with it over many, many years.  I use dawn in my chain cleaner...
FredCook   on Dec 3, 2018
updated Corinth Community Park conditions to Good
 
FredCook   on Dec 3, 2018
replied to Coyote Attacks
 
Robjs1017... If you're asking if I've encountered hogs here in DFW, yes.  I've come across hogs while riding Ray Roberts Johnson Branch (near one of the small ponds) and Knobb Hills (in...
FredCook   on Nov 30, 2018
replied to Coyote Attacks
 
Robjs1017, I rode Frisco NW Community, including Ranger and Redhawk loops, yesterday (Thursday).  No coyote's.  Did see a lot of  deer and feral hog tracks.  That trail has been closed so long...
FredCook   on Nov 29, 2018
updated Northwest Community Park conditions to Good
 
FredCook   on Nov 29, 2018
started a topic: Coyote Attacks
 
Having had many encounters with Coyote's over the years throughout the southwest, the one thing that's always consistent is, they're skittish around humans.  Even when I've come across a pack, which seems...
FredCook   on Nov 28, 2018
updated Horseshoe conditions to Good
 
FredCook   on Nov 28, 2018
replied to Bike vault
 
Bikes are stored in the Garage.  The overhead doors to which, by the way, have no outside handles or access to locks.  When we're away, door openers are disabled and overheads are...
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I'm also in Texas, and yeah, one rain easily shuts us down for days sometimes.  As for AR, Bentonville specifically... EXCELLENT drainage!  I've ridden that area, Bentonville, Rogers, Fayetteville, the day after...
FredCook   on Nov 27, 2018
updated Horseshoe conditions to Fair
 
FredCook   on Nov 26, 2018
updated Johnson Branch conditions to
 
FredCook   on Nov 23, 2018
updated Isle Du Bois conditions to Good
 
FredCook   on Nov 22, 2018
commented on My First Pedal Assisted Mountain Bike Ride
 
Have you considered the Liv brand of bikes for your wife? The seem to be lighter, and have geometry more tuned for female riders.
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