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Primarily road and cyclocross racer, 10 years experience. Only recently got into modern XC.
 
What I thought my first bike was: What my bike actually was: 20" wheels, 1x6 drivetrain, gripshift! (I was 7) Mine was way more purple though, and I had the post higher and the bars...
I race but more often I just ride a lot of climby trails so I don't think I'll ever be without my trusty XC hardtail - I just don't mess with the ultralight stuff. I lament the "gravel" category. In the last ten years cyclocross bikes were getting more capable, with discs, greater clearance, thru-axles,…
Bearscat, you can tuck your chin and land onto the back of your head and shoulders and back. Your neck can handle the flexion. Your neck cannot handle the hyperextension that comes from landing chin/face first. TUCK AND ROLL. Don't sprawl and scorpion. Your arms cannot stop a face-first fall, they can only help you…
Sean Gordon   on Sep 9, 2019
replied to Tubeless rims problem
 
I don't know about the pinned rims thing - very few tubeless setups depend on a seal between the actual rim and the tire bead, they depend on a seal between the...
Sean Gordon   on Sep 9, 2019
replied to Lets talk...TIRES!
 
A lot of the folks I ride with run the DHFs in 27.5x2.3 or 2.8 and love them.  They go a little faster than me on the downhills since they have a...
The divergence of gravel and cyclocross bikes is a disaster for most consumers. For a long time cyclocross bikes were the swiss-army knife of bikes. Most came with bottle cage bosses, rack and fender mounts, and for years they trended towards clearance for larger and larger tires. With the reluctant acknowledgement of the demise of…
Sean Gordon   on Aug 30, 2019
replied to Lets talk...TIRES!
 
I've been really, really loving my Maxxis Forekasters 2.2".  I have them on the front and rear on my hard tail.  18 psi front 22 psi rear.  I don't use a faster-rolling...
Sean Gordon   on Jun 17, 2019
added a review of Boy Scout Camp
 

These are good trails, and as a bonus they are within riding distance of NYC. Unfortunately riding here is illegal...
Tuck and roll. Tuck and roll. Tuck and roll. Tuck your chin and roll onto your shoulder, like this guy: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/11/01/a7/1101a764fd18573b0fd760e1c609325d.jpg You will get some road rash. Do not try to "look where you are going," like this: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/5d/1d/46/5d1d46a5953e46c8c1683b3c87b6ff36.jpg You will hurt your neck and face. Do not try to stop yourself with your hand,…
I'm on board with everything except the fork - Cheap coil forks are really heavy and don't ride well. I'd rather more entry level bikes just had rigid cromoly forks.
Sean Gordon   on Apr 16, 2019
replied to What does your bike weigh?
 
Stay away from marginal gains, or vertical changes (IE, more expensive/exotic materials) and try to make lateral moves. I have an 21" trek superfly and I think its a little over 20 lb. ...
Problem: our complex hydraulic dropper remote doesn't work. Solution: add batteries, CPU, motors and wifi.
When I can't stay on-line on technical black trails or I can't focus then I switch to a blue or green trail and hammer the climbs.  You feel productive getting a good...
Indoor cycling on its face bums me out. I'm lucky to live within a couple miles of a park that I can use to ride my road bike, or to cross country ski when it snows. I have access to good country roads, single track, and nordic trails for the weekend. I do the odd…
Sean Gordon   on Jan 8, 2019
replied to What are your mtb goals for 2019?
 
Improve my descending. Learn to ride steep slopers and drops. I did a few XC and CX races in 2017, and only road races for 2018 - I want to get away to more...
Sean Gordon   on Dec 21, 2018
replied to Bike wash
 
I race cyclocross in addition to XC and road so I have a solid cleaning routine that gets the bike back in top shape in 15 minutes. First rule: Brush, don't flush.  You...
 
Just wanted to say I'm generally happy with maxxis tubeless tires, I can usually get them seated with a floor pump.
 
I use the orange seal endurance on bontrager rims w/plastic rim bed strips in conjunction with Maxxis ravager, ikon, and forekaster tires, and HED Ardennes with Hutchinson intense road and Maxxis ravagers. I usually find that low volume tires need to be mounted, sealed, and then ridden for about an hour to get a really…
This is really not a knock against this particular system, but I discourage use of an obturation ring at the valve nut. We all use double walled rims, and we need the seal to occur at the rim bed. Air escaping from the exterior valve hole indicates compressd air and sealant is entering the interior…
Pump clips to the frame, tools and repair supplies in a waterproof seat pack, extra food in a waterproof top tube bag. Keep that extra weight on your bike, not on your back where it can alter your balance, or fatigue or injure you. Eddy King, pro BMX and downhill racer, was paralyzed by landing…
Your local soil, elevation, vegetation, and climate will dictate whether you can ride more than any rule. If you ride in a southwestern desert with soft soil where it rains 3X/year, with little vegetation and roots, you'll have a big impact on erosion and leave ruts that might last months. In the upstate NY we…
Sean Gordon   on Sep 14, 2018
replied to How hard do you push when you ride?
 
As a racer do I my "work" on the road bike.  When I'm on the XC bike I focus on descending skills and cleaning technical features and climbs for most of the...
Do not store protective gear in your vehicle. I'm addition to hotboxing microbial growth, all that ultraviolet and infrared exposure will degrade Polyethelyne, polyurethane, polycarbonate, and polystyrene, and will dry-rot leather. This will reduce the efficacy of your expensive helmet, pads, and shoes. Plus, working on the assumption that your compete kit Will always be…
Sean Gordon   on Aug 30, 2018
added a review of Cunningham Park
 

The East side of the park is fast and flowy, with well maintained berms and small jumps with smooth landings....
Sean Gordon   on Jun 11, 2018
started a topic: (SOS) Save our Shins
 
I rarely have trouble with bashing my shins on the pedals because I ride clipped in, and SPD's don't havesharp edges.  I recently set up a mountain bike for my girlfriend with...
Sean Gordon   on Jun 11, 2018
replied to One Line Advice Thread
 
Climbing technical terrain requires requires precise application of force.
IMBA, more like NIMBY.  A bunch of IMBA folks came in and rerouted some of our trails in Sprain Ridge Park.  Blue Mountain and Sprain Ridge are known for challenging, technical trails,...
 
In rocky Northeast single-track I always wear full finger gloves from Handup. I don't care how hot it is - you need them more when your hands sweat to keep a good...
Sean Gordon   on Jun 1, 2018
replied to Helmets ??
 
I always wear a helmet because as a racer and commuter I basically live on a bike. Even though my commute is low risk, my exposure to risk of falls is constant...
Sean Gordon   on Jun 1, 2018
replied to Carbon Bars Scored: Replace?
 
That's not how carbon fiber works. Composites are not notch sensitive, as determined by an Izod or Charpy test. Aluminum parts are monolithic and crystalline and  and a small scratch can propegate...
Sean Gordon   on Jun 1, 2018
replied to Raleigh Tamland 2 gravel grinder
 
I love bikes like this. I regret purchasing a cantilever equipped cx bike a couple years back right when the road disc thing started. Don't worry about MTB fashion on the road, lots...
Sean Gordon   on May 23, 2018
replied to Tubeless?
 
Tubeless is great.  Another vote here for Orange Sealant and tape, but NOT for their valves.  I prefer the Bontrager valve stems much more, they are squared off and don't require an...
 
Late to the party but I purchased a Trek Roscoe 7 for my girlfriend to get her into riding.  It does really well in technical terrain and the plus tires help with...
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