Dr SweetsTrailblazer

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Alpharetta // Georgia

 
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About Me

A longtime rider, I maintain a high appreciation for irreverence, chaos and nasty terrain. I've ridden all over N America including BC as well as Switzerland, Italy, France and Holland. Despite having ridden many places, the trails in the Pisgah National Forrest remain some of my favorites.

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Dr Sweets   2 days ago
replied to Trail Riding Bike - NC
 
I'm certainly biased, but the correct answer is The Calling. If you wanna schlep down to Roswell, GA (4 hrs +/-) we (Blue Mountain Bikes) can put you on a demo (we've...
Dr Sweets   3 days ago
replied to Tubeless?
 
I first ran tubeless a dozen years ago. There were no tubeless ready tires (Mavic UST sucked), no dedicated rims or tape. It was a mess and hard to manage and I...
No, you'll die!   Actually, outside of my commuters or CX bikes there aren't any hard tails I've owned that I did not over fork. Sure, a flimsy fork or a cheap alloy frame...
 
@scgpro: "Rock & Roll ain’t noise pollution. And I care about Dr Sweet’s “opinion” about as much as he cares about mine. Everyone is just so uptight about the small stuff." You are...
Dr Sweets   1 week ago
replied to Best Value All Mountain
 
Kinda like Miata is always the answer for the budget-conscious auto enthusiast, a Kona Honzo holds a similar spot in the trail/AM mountain bike world. The one linked is the lowest cost...
Dr Sweets   1 week ago
replied to Cheap Full Suspension Bikes?
 
Ironically, I was going to steer you towards a used Santa Cruz Heckler or Bantam as they are bombproof, simple and fun bikes. The Fuji is basically a copy of one so...
@kenginnova: "RVA has a thriving art and music scene. It also suffers from many of the urban issues of mid-sized southern cities. Yes there is decay. Yes there is poverty." Everyplace has some...
I use a variety of different items depending on the ride length. My go to has remained a zip lock bag with a half a dozen or so organic calimyrna figs. I also...
I really like matte painted frames. I like the faded patina they develop and prefer bikes to look kind of beat up. I do not sweat scratches, chips nor dings much. My...
Wow. Impressively snobby BS. I am sure you will hate RVA so go ahead and jump in front of a city bus preemptively and save us the bitching. That said, RVA has...
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@DirtNeck: "Finally, Dr Sweets-with a handle like that-you could be our new dentist (you never know)-my apologies for the “Impressively snobby BS…” post.   Rereading my original post, I do come across...
 
My vote goes for the the Kona Honzo AL/DR. Take the money you saved and bump the fork travel up to 140mm  (maybe a $50 job) and ride the hell out of...
Dr Sweets   on Apr 26, 2018
replied to Time for tech to trickle down.
 
@GregHeil: #1 Square taper bottom brackets. Spending slightly more on a hollow style BB would make bikes better. #2 3×8 drivetrains.  Going hand in hand with #1 let’s ditch this old DT....
 
@konaben: "Can any Following MB owners comment on how poppy and boostable it feels agains the V1 Following? Having breifly tried both a privately owned V1 and demo model MB at a bike...
I suppose if you must have a Pivot and are okay with the Super Boost nonsense, pressfit bottom bracket, high price point (for a "budget" alloy) and loud color scheme, then have at it.
Big 29ers work for smaller (ahem) riders too. I'm 5'9" ride a Wreckoning and love it. There many great options for long travel 29er All Mountain/Enduro/hard Trail/Light Freeride/or whatever you wanna call...
Dr Sweets   on Apr 13, 2018
replied to Dropper SeatPost - Worth it?
 
@CorreyMaddocks: "It depends on your height, and is generally more valuable if you’re taller. My friend id 6’4" and he loves his. I’m 5’8" with a 30" inseam and I have no...
Dr Sweets   on Apr 12, 2018
replied to Dropper SeatPost - Worth it?
 
@bikecowboy: "I have been considering the purchase of a dropper seatpost. I can see why it would be advantageous to have, but I have never used one so am wondering if its...
Dr Sweets   on Apr 9, 2018
commented on a photo
 
Looks like the new schtuff at Blankets.
 
"@Chendy20:  @DrSweets thanks so much for your take! The calling def looks rad! Three quick questions do you think the 650b is a better choice due to my height or you have more...
 
@Chendy20: "I’d like to hear how you guys are liking your new evils!! Dr Sweets I’m 5’5”, I live in Florida, I’m coming from a 26er with 150 mm of travel and I...
Dr Sweets   on Apr 2, 2018
replied to Only a lad...
 
Thanx, @JeffBarber. It is very possible that I actually rode Ira back in the day, but had no idea as I would just go wherever. As far as access, I used to...
I may see y'all up there and if so I will be sure to give y'all the finger.
This is easy. Buy a 29er long travel rig. Any color you want as long as it's black. Whatever you like or something like that.
The weather is looking pretty decent for this event. I do not believe that I have anyone that would be free to participate with me for this, but no big deal. Occasionally,...
In the mid to late 90's single speeds were the bastion of creeps that thought Shimano's Mega9 was dumb (it was). It was about chaos, craziness and giving the mountain bike establishment the finger. These days way too many single speedsters I come across are XC riders with a chip on their shoulder working themselves…
Dr Sweets   on Mar 18, 2018
replied to Non-negotiables
 
Like @JohnFisch above I too have broken everything one can break on a bike, I however have broken and bent QR axles. I switched to thru-axle forks in '00 and have not...
Dr Sweets   on Mar 16, 2018
replied to Tire logo
 
@rmapo1: Well said Dr. S! It was the Whores. reference that got you, right?
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Dr Sweets   on Mar 16, 2018
replied to Tire logo
 
Removing amp name plates was fairly common practice among punk/hardcore bands in DC in the 80's. I started pulling/cutting off the name tags from my jeans as a kid. I am not...
Dr Sweets   on Mar 16, 2018
replied to Tire logo
 
Personally I think most logos suck. I'm a closet graphics snob that dropped out of a graphic design program. If it was up to me, I'd have plain black tires with no...
Dr Sweets   on Mar 13, 2018
replied to This is XC mountain biking?
 
I am pleased to see this after years of watching "mountain bike" races that were on what amounted to dirty streets. Enduro racing IMHO has the most in common with the way...
Dr Sweets   on Mar 10, 2018
replied to Fender to protect dropper post stanchion
 
This just seems like more crap to dangle off your rig. I've employed dropper posts for over thirteen years and the damage that this doohickey protects from has never happened to me....
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