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Saint Johns/ NE Florida // Florida

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Alvin Mullen   1 day ago
replied to New bike
Great price on that Diamond Back... it is a single pivot suspension, so it may not be a great climber, but should be a very good overall bike to start with.
Alvin Mullen   1 day ago
replied to New bike
About the only decent FS bike under $2000 is the Giant Stance. Fair bike, medium quality components, easily will handle up to intermediate trails. I have one, it was my first FS...
Alvin Mullen   6 days ago
replied to Manual Machine?
I built one, but have not had time to even try to use it yet. Actually I am trying to modify it so it folds up and I can bring it with...
Alvin Mullen   1 week ago
replied to Brake Bleeding Kit
It is a little expensive but this kit has the adapters for almost every brand of brakes, including Bengal (Helix).  Amazon Link
Alvin Mullen   2 weeks ago
replied to Disc Brake clean up and bleed
Park tools and GMBN have good videos on all kinds of how toos.  
And I have worn a helmet when climbing to the tree in my back yard to trim branches.
Sounds like a good idea, I planned on doing it, but so far I am able to run the pressure I like with tubes (20psi rear 25psi front), and I rarely get...
Alvin Mullen   on Oct 13, 2018
replied to USA MTB Trails- October?
It is a huge country, there is no one best place. There are places that are truly mountainous, those that are only hilly, and even areas that have little or no hills...
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I plan to be at Alafia on the Sunday of the FTF, and probably both days at Santos. I live close enough to Santos to take day trips and have a good...
There are large number of manufacturers that show up and do demos at Florida Fat Tire Festivals. Alafia river state park in November, and Santos in March every year. And at both you...
Alvin Mullen   on Oct 5, 2018
replied to I need another bike.
Trek Stache has the shortest chainstay that I know of.
These guys are amazing.
Alvin Mullen   on Sep 30, 2018
answered a question about
Alvin Mullen   on Sep 24, 2018
replied to Tool Bottle
there are several companies that make a tool holder that fits in a bottle holder, I just use an old plastic, screw on lid, fish food container. It has room for plastic...
Alvin Mullen   on Sep 17, 2018
replied to MTB Skills/Clinics in Southeast
I did two, half day clinics with Ninja Mountain Bike Performance at Santos FL, this year for my 61st birthday.  Basic skills and beginning jump classes.   Looks like they have a...
Scarabs look great, but a bit pricey. Still, if I go back to metal pedals, I may have to thy them. The shear line on the pins seems like a great idea, can we just get those for any pedal? As far as the Synth, not really a version of the Scarab, they look about…
Alvin Mullen   on Sep 14, 2018
replied to No more REI or Dicks for me.
I can see saying lets not talk politics on a site dedicated to non political things, unless of course it directly affects that thing, but to say we just shouldn't because it...
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Alvin Mullen   on Sep 14, 2018
replied to No more REI or Dicks for me.
I do not think you came off uncivilized, and I understand your frustration with both sides. And your calling it politics du jour, I find, unfortunately, quite accurate for many people. I...
Alvin Mullen   on Sep 14, 2018
replied to What used mountain bike should i get?
I wouldn't take any bike with less than 150mm suspension to a downhill park, you are probably better off, as has been said already, renting.   Sure Phil Kmetz rides a 130mm bike...
Alvin Mullen   on Sep 13, 2018
replied to Winter Apparel
What's Winter?
Alvin Mullen   on Sep 10, 2018
replied to Blogs and video issues
I just went to Chrome settings to look at the version and when I did, chrome updated. problem seems to have cleared. I thought chrome updated automatically.
Alvin Mullen   on Sep 9, 2018
started a topic: Blogs and video issues
If I go to the main webpage, all the articles are from two years ago. If I go to the articles page I get new videos and articles, but it is always...
Alvin Mullen   on Sep 7, 2018
replied to How hard do you push when you ride?
I ride by the concept that the best mountain biker is the one having the most fun. So what ever you enjoy. At over 60 I no longer push much at all,...
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Alvin Mullen   on Sep 7, 2018
replied to Hardtail XC recommendation
All good bikes. I recommend, what every brand you get, go for a high enough model to get a full air fork. Also the Nukeproof Scout is a nice hardtail.
Alvin Mullen   on Sep 1, 2018
replied to Minimum Ride?
I always try for 10, and usually get it, but at my age and in the Florida heat, I take what I get.
Alvin Mullen   on Aug 31, 2018
replied to New rider
I will +1 to the disc brakes. And the more you weigh the more important it is. Back in the day before disc brakes were common I have have more than one...
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Alvin Mullen   on Aug 31, 2018
replied to Bad crash
I almost always wear a full face!!!
Alvin Mullen   on Aug 31, 2018
replied to Old Schl BMXR new to MTB
I did not take your response as harshly as Charding did, so no problem.  But to answer you confusion, on an FS bike not just the shock technology has changed (and it...
Alvin Mullen   on Aug 31, 2018
replied to Old Schl BMXR new to MTB
That was a decent entry level shock 10 years ago. So okay for easy trails. If your skill level is there, you could ride it on harder trails, but it will be...
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Alvin Mullen   on Aug 31, 2018
replied to New rider
They only thing that could be better for even a starter bike IMHO, is the fork. If you could afford to step up to the Trail 3 or a Cujo 2 the...
Nice thought, but just no room on my bike. Anything under the seat hits the tire when the dropper is down.  If you look at the avatar pic, you will see I...
I have never carried much, and now carry more than I ever did, and most of the people I have seen riding don't and have never carried a lot. On my old...
Alvin Mullen   on Aug 24, 2018
replied to What's your favorite MTB beer?
  My new favorite after a ride is Dogfish blueberry ale.
Alvin Mullen   on Aug 20, 2018
commented on a photo of Balm Boyette Scrub Preserve
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Alvin Mullen   on Aug 20, 2018
commented on a photo of Balm Boyette Scrub Preserve
New parking area is off Balm-picnic rd
Alvin Mullen   on Aug 19, 2018
replied to Rockshox Charger 2 Upgrade
I'm not a serious enough or good enough rider for it to affect me much, but having come from motocross (years ago) I miss the forks with separate high and low speed...
I say none! I can't imagine trying to manual over bumps, jumps or anything rough and technical with bars that are not solidly connected to the front wheel. It would be an...
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