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“Allowing motorized bicycles on non-motorized trails meant for hikers, backpackers, and equestrians poses risks and conflicts for the many visitors who enjoy that type of quiet recreation,” Like has been said, they do not consider non e-bikes as part of the groups these trails are for. If they get e-bikes banned they will try to…
Alvin Mullen   2 weeks ago
replied to Gloves without annoying seams
 
I like hand up gloves for everyday riding              handup  
There is no need to worry about frame damage unless you are hucking off 6ft flat drops, in which case you could damage the frame with the stock fork. The actual increase...
 
I would say wind blocking is more importing than base layer down to a point, then you really need both.  And the tips on wool socks, and breathable base layer are invaluable....
Alvin Mullen   on Nov 12, 2019
replied to Are you riding "too much" tire?
 
Unless you are racing it is all a mote point, and the only thing that matters is how it feels to the rider. What size tires gives the ride the rider likes...
 
Giant Trance at $2100 it also a good bike, and it comes in 27.5 or 29.
My old knees and back constantly tell me FS is better for any kind of riding.
Alvin Mullen   on Oct 12, 2019
replied to e-bikes
 
Properp, How long have you been riding, have you ever riden MX and where would you ride a MX bike and see the wilds of nature? I have done both, rode and...
The vortex side is my preference, and I also recommend parking over at the vortex parking area. There have been a few cases of cars being broken into weekdays over at the...
Alvin Mullen   on Oct 9, 2019
replied to Breaking in....
 
Seeing as a few bikes were named, I will say IMHO the best full suspension bang for the buck is the Giant Trance 3 for $2100, but there are tons of excellent...
Alvin Mullen   on Oct 9, 2019
replied to Breaking in....
 
You find a bike you like and can afford, that is a real mountain bike, not a Walmart special. Ride it, ride it off pavement. You're mountain biking. Find green trails in...
Alvin Mullen   on Oct 9, 2019
replied to Help me choose a bike?
 
As far as downhill, this year's world cup winner and many other top riders, are on bikes with 27.5 rear and 29 front. Of course they have 200mm full suspension also.
Alvin Mullen   on Oct 9, 2019
replied to Your best crash story
 
Seeing as this is a mountain biking forum, I won't go back to any of my motorcycle, dirt bike, ATV, or Skiing crashes. My best crash story was just this summer. I went...
Alvin Mullen   on Oct 7, 2019
replied to Help me choose a bike?
 
Also check out the Nukeproof Scout, it has pretty aggressive geometry for a hardtail. Also rode MX and Hare scrambles back in the day, both ATV and bikes.. My last bike was an...
Alvin Mullen   on Oct 2, 2019
replied to Night riding and Deer
 
I have a Timber bell on my bike that can be set to ring freely when riding or quiet.
Alvin Mullen   on Oct 2, 2019
replied to Beginner Help
 
A link from post to post on a chain should be one inch, measure 12 links and if it is over 12 and 1/8 inches it is about time to replace. If...
Alvin Mullen   on Oct 1, 2019
replied to Beginner Help
 
If I am correct, it has a 7 speed Shimano derailleur and cassette. 7 speed is older tech, and has not really been updated in quality in a long time. They are...
Alvin Mullen   on Oct 1, 2019
replied to Bike cleaning Tips needed
 
Since 2015 I have used regular chain lube, dry or wet depending on the conditions I'm riding, only a few times a year. Other than that I use silicone spray on my...
Alvin Mullen   on Sep 24, 2019
replied to Evil The Calling MB Bike Fit
 
I would think a Large would be right for you. But St. Catharines Ontario, Inception Cyclery should only be about 2.5 hours from your area. Not sure about importing, but for a demo...
Alvin Mullen   on Sep 23, 2019
replied to Evil The Calling MB Bike Fit
 
It might help to know how tall you are. I am 5'9" and a medium fits me fine with a 30mm stem.  Also knowing the basic area where you are might help...
Alvin Mullen   on Sep 17, 2019
replied to New entry level SRAM/Rockshox
 
I have an Eagle GX on my bike. Had it for a year and nine months, no issues. From what I understand, the NX is identical to the GX except for some...
Alvin Mullen   on Sep 17, 2019
replied to Dropper post on All Mountain bikes?
 
Chardin "My seat is also pretty high, and I love being able to drop the seat when I stop for a break and can sit instead of stand over the top tube."   LOL,,...
Alvin Mullen   on Sep 16, 2019
replied to Dropper post on All Mountain bikes?
 
I don't know what to say, I'm over 200lbs and have a friend that is close to 300lbs and uses a dropper no problem.   You do know you are not supposed to be...
Alvin Mullen   on Sep 12, 2019
replied to Dropper post on All Mountain bikes?
 
The only two reasons I can see for not using a dropper post is: 1. racing where every once counts. 2. just can't afford it. Seeing as you can get a decent cheap dropper for...
Alvin Mullen   on Sep 10, 2019
replied to front shock pressure thoughts
 
What brand and model fork is it? When you say rabbit for rebound, do you mean all the way toward rabbit, usually there are several clicks between turtle (slow) and rabbit (fast)...
Alvin Mullen   on Sep 8, 2019
replied to New Rider
 
Just a note on what Rob said, I also started full squish on a Giant Stance, good first FS, but only really suitable for green and blue trails. I took it on...
Alvin Mullen   on Sep 7, 2019
replied to New Rider
 
Unless you plan to keep the Talon as a second bike, you should get half or so of what you paid for it on trade. If you are not in a hurry,...
Alvin Mullen   on Aug 19, 2019
replied to Rockhopper options
 
Unless you have an affinity for mechanics, or have done a bit of wrenching so you are comfortable, I would say new for sure. Matter of fact, back in 2015 I bought...
My cheeter slick 5 speed stingray got stolen the summer before 8th grade, 1970. My step grandfather gave me his old Schwinn Typhoon. I stripped it down, changed the bars, put on wide knobby tires and started riding gravel and trails in Michigan. So I basically had a single speed Klunker and I had no…
Alvin Mullen   on Aug 16, 2019
replied to Handlebars
 
Bar rise it more about what feels good to you than anything else. I prefer my bars higher than most an run 40mm rise on both my bikes, partly because I used...
Alvin Mullen   on Aug 16, 2019
replied to Are these tires fit for basic trails?
 
Maybe OK for gravel roads and very easy trails. Maxxis Rambler 700/40 would be a bit better. That is the only tire I could find with a decent off road tread that...
Alvin Mullen   on Aug 16, 2019
replied to what are you using for grips?
 
If you aren't using clamp on grips, I think they make a huge difference. I use ODI Rouges.
Alvin Mullen   on Aug 12, 2019
replied to Looking for Fork and Shock Upgrade
 
Putting a 160mm fork on a 120mm frame will change the geometry, but will not over stress the head tube unless it was a crappy frame to start with. I've had this...
What I find interesting is that Specialized redesigned and re-released the wheel just after.
Quite a few time over the last five years riding.
Alvin Mullen   on Aug 2, 2019
replied to Swapping out an NX groupset for a GX
 
From what I have heard there is very little difference between NX and GX. I read somewhere there are just a couple of plastic parts on the NX that are metal on...
Slight difference in geometry, 2017 and on uses a 150mm fork, 2016 uses a 140mm fork. I personally would probably go with the newer model.
Alvin Mullen   on Jul 21, 2019
started a topic: Summer of mountains
 
Did a week in North Georgia, rode several trails at Carter's Lake, and several trails at Talking Rock, and shuttled from Mulberry Gap to Pinhoti 2. Being from the flat lands of...
Alvin Mullen   on Jul 8, 2019
replied to Need sunglasses suggestion
 
I recommend https://www.ryderseyewear.com/  lots of options, prescription and non, several types of lenses and colors, including photocromatic. I got my son a pair of photocromatic non-prescription for Christmas. They work real well. If...
They are not totally flat, but I use and love Sketcher Vigor 2.0 Traits. You might do a search for them. The largest I can find are 14 wide  Here is a...
Alvin Mullen   on Jul 8, 2019
replied to Hi, new member in Florida
 
Markham is not far from Miami and Virginia Key as the crow flies, but it takes awhile driving. Here is a video I took when we were at Markham Park a few...
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