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I bought a 2018 Whyte T-130. I was looking for something with newer geometry, but wanted to retain the nimble feel and maneuverability my older geo style XC bike afforded me. I found it in the T-130. A little longer wheel base than I had (45.5" vs 42.3"), but nearly the same short chain stay…
FredCook   1 day ago
started a topic: Tool Bottle
 
I always ride with a hydration pack.  Depending on the ride, I have three packs I switch between.  There are times, I could do without hydration (short rides), but still take a...
FredCook   1 day ago
replied to Mountain bike to Gravel bike?
 
Is anyone else using a mountain bike to ride Gravel and how do you like it. Have you done any modifications to make your mountain bike more Gravel worthy? I do occasionally ride...
Good article. For my most recent purchase, I used "geo-tables". I just didn't know that was the term for the spreadsheets I created. :) These days, it's nearly impossible to find a "bad" bike among non department store bikes. I think it really comes down to fit and purpose. Purely unscientific, but for my last…
FredCook   3 days ago
updated Corinth Community Park conditions to Good
 
I personally always thought, in more recent years anyway, that there is a pretty good female representation in the sport. Both professionally and as a hobby. And where I ride, ethnic diversity seems, well, diverse. But I guess i don't really focus on that. Others on the trail are just people riding and enjoying bikes.…
FredCook   4 days ago
updated Johnson Branch conditions to Good
 
"I’d bet a pretty penny that if hip packs had dominated the scene over the past dozen years or so and then backpack hydration packs started popping up, riders would be flocking to the backpacks." Agree! I just can't imagine riding with the weight down around my hip is as comfortable or stable as a…

For whatever reason reason, even though I've been in North Texas for years, I just now got around to trying...
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SlowMitch's review pretty much nails it. A lot of riding in a confined area, yet you feel alone. On my...
FredCook   1 week ago
updated Corinth Community Park conditions to Fair
 
FredCook   1 week ago
replied to MTB Skills/Clinics in Southeast
 
kenwrightjr:  At 55 yrs old I just can’t afford too many crash/recoveries At 57, I keep trying (failing) to tell myself that.  :)  Truth be told, I ride harder now than ever (read: riskier),...
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FredCook   1 week ago
replied to Newbe middle aged man
 
Another old geezer here... 57... riding since the late 70's and just getting started :) Like I keep telling everyone, "you didn't quit riding because you're old, you're old because you quit riding"...
FredCook   1 week ago
replied to No more REI or Dicks for me.
 
So this thread is a little political.  That's OK, at least here at Singletracks, because once again, responses and posts here civilized, polite, and clear to understand.  This is such a far...
FredCook   1 week ago
updated Oak Cliff Nature Preserve conditions to Poor
 
FredCook   1 week ago
replied to Rack Adaptor
 
Bumping this older thread... Regarding hanging the bikes from a dropper post. I have a platform hitch rack for transport, but do use a traditional seat post clamp repair stand.  Until recently, I had...
FredCook   1 week ago
updated Big Cedar Wilderness Trails conditions to Poor
 
FredCook   1 week ago
replied to Winter Apparel
 
For my cold weather rising, definitely layers.  But it doesn't really get that cold here.  Dec/Jan averages are lows in the high 30's, and highs in the high 50's.  Me personally, I...
FredCook   1 week ago
replied to Pet Peeves of the Trail
 
On the top of my list, riders riding the wrong way on a one way trail.  Not so much those that didn't know better because of bad signage, or unfamiliarity with trail...
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Even without knowing what specific version of the GT Sensor (or what condition it's in), I'd consider it over the others.  Looking at what Seven Springs Park (I assume in PA) has...
FredCook   1 week ago
replied to Crash on new bike
 
ronnied82, I'm a little late responding, and there have been great responses already.  But, at the risk of repeating what was already said, I just wanted to share my experiences lately.  I...
FredCook   2 weeks ago
replied to Blogs and video issues
 
The ads seem to be laying out onscreen correctly for me on the articles pages, as well as within articles.  For reference, I'm using Chrome running Win 8.1 Pro (w/media center).
FredCook   2 weeks ago
replied to Familiar Trails vs. Exploring
 
charding: "So, do you prefer riding well-known familiar trails or going out and exploring new places and trail networks?" <div id="post-246505" class="bbp-reply-header">I prefer some of both.  But like you, limited time and local trail availability,...
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FredCook   2 weeks ago
replied to Tubeless air pressure
 
Mann: I have the UST Nevegals; they say 30-50 PSI on the tire. Is it still OK to run them lower? I've always thought the pressure stamped on tires referred to running with...
FredCook   2 weeks ago
replied to Crashing Spectacularly
 
vapidoscar562: How would I have better protected myself in this situation? How can I practice bailing? I used to ask the same myself, and gave up. :)  But over the last couple of years...
FredCook   2 weeks ago
replied to Tubeless air pressure
 
Mann: I’m 160 on a shorter travel full suspension. Trails are hardpack or loose dirt, with more moderate rocky or root sections. I run ~37 on Kenda Nevegals. This is more recent for...
FredCook   2 weeks ago
added a review of Daggett Loop
 

Rode Dagget Loop as a part of doing a bigger route from Kingsbury down to South Lake Tahoe. It's a...
FredCook   2 weeks ago
updated Daggett Loop conditions to
 
FredCook   2 weeks ago
added Daggett Loop
 
From a technical stand point, Daggett Loop is an intermediate trail. Aerobically speaking, it's intermediate when riding from the north...

Van Sickle is an intermediate all down hill trail, dropping 1,687 feet in 3 miles. It has a nice speedy...
FredCook   2 weeks ago
updated Tahoe Rim Trail: Kingsbury to Van Sickle conditions to
 
FredCook   3 weeks ago
replied to Minimum Ride?
 
I never really think about how many miles I intend to ride.  Sometimes, it's more about how much time I have.  But for the most part, my rides are determined by what...
FredCook   3 weeks ago
replied to What's your favorite MTB beer?
 
I'm like charding, not a beer drinker.  But I do like me some rum.  Can't say I've ever seen a mountain bike themed whiskey, or any other hard liquor.  But did come across...
 

Just an update for this week... loop 3 is a "tall weed fest". Almost impassible due to over growth of...
FredCook   3 weeks ago
updated Erwin Park conditions to Good
 
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FredCook   3 weeks ago
updated Erwin Trail conditions to Good
 
"Jared13: I’m not sure how the STA plays into wheelbase" I think by making the STA steeper, the rider is moved forward allowing the other changes in geometry to take place to lengthen the wheelbase. At least that's how I visualize it.
FredCook   on Aug 27, 2018
updated Knob Hills Grapevine Lake conditions to Good
 
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