PhonebemGramcounter

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My Bikes

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I've been fat biking down to -5°F. Starting-out kinda sucks but after a climb things get shockingly comfortable. I really can't stress the benefit of bar mitts enough though, they look stupid but I can get away with full-finger summer gloves all winter with total comfort.
This one came to mind: https://youtu.be/Wkh95k-nuwM
It depends mainly on where you live and ride. During the summer, I might only wash my bike once or twice mainly because I ride in dry, dusty conditions. I do wipe-down...
Phonebem   on Nov 4, 2019
replied to Mixed standard fork and frame
 
I'd suggest (since this is an initial build) that you try to find a boost fork, unless you found an incredible deal on your fork. Its likely paying the difference in price...
Phonebem   on Oct 31, 2019
replied to What MTB trend do you want reversed?
 
Iowasx4mtb gets it! The people out killing it on old-school gear are, and have always been, cooler than people struggling on top-end stuff.
Phonebem   on Oct 28, 2019
replied to Your MTB plan?
 
Continue to have fun riding and not “have a plan.” While that may sound snarky, allow me to provide some backstory. I started XC racing at 14 years old and became a pretty...
Phonebem   on Oct 24, 2019
replied to Is my bike wear and tear normal?
 
From what I could tell by pictures, it looks like you have a threaded cartridge BB but thats just a guess. Before you tear into it though, remove your pedals and clean/grease...
Phonebem   on Oct 23, 2019
replied to winter trail riding
 
I personally look forward to winter riding but I also have a fatbike so its just a different flavor of riding for me. I have an ARSUXEO winter cycling jacket (Amazon) that...
Phonebem   on Oct 23, 2019
replied to What MTB trend do you want reversed?
 
I'll add to "over-manicured trails". It drives me nuts when people with 160+mm travel bikes whine about rough, rocky trails. Its what your damn bike was made for!!!
Phonebem   on Oct 23, 2019
replied to Is my bike wear and tear normal?
 
Jeff hit it on the head. You seem to have yourself a solid first mountain bike and (I'm betting) you are experiencing break-in related adjustment needs. I'd recommend subscribing to the Park...
Phonebem   on Oct 10, 2019
replied to Breaking in....
 
I could type it all out, but Seth did such a good job in a series of videos. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arwxbuYcRvA After you get the basics, Phil Kmetz also has an excellent series of...
Phonebem   on Oct 3, 2019
replied to Lies we tell ourselves
 
So does everyone who isn't Phil Kmetz...
Phonebem   on Oct 3, 2019
replied to Lies we tell ourselves
 
Revengel: "Just Manual through that mud. I’ll be much easier! (fail so miserably, Swamp Thing asks me for my number ‘cus he thought he saw me on Tinder)" That made me laugh way...
This reminds me, does anyone know of anyone offering any personal liability insurance for mountain biking? Before anyone chimes in, I use a passive bell, always try to ride within my limits, and watch for oncoming traffic but sometimes sh—-tuff happens and someone gets hurt. In our litigious society, I’d hate to be wiped-out because…
Phonebem   on Sep 14, 2019
replied to front shock pressure thoughts
 
Diawson hit the nail on the head. Treat the factory specs as a baseline and tweak from there. On my hardtail, I’ve Found I like about 8% less than the recommended sag...
Phonebem   on Sep 10, 2019
replied to Dropper post on All Mountain bikes?
 
Currently I only have a dropper on my trail bike (YT Jeffsy) but I intend to add one to my fatbike (Fuji Wendigo) before winter. I'm also sort of forced to add...
My two current bikes were used and mail order (respectively). I stumbled across a rediculous deal on a steel 29-er hardtail as the previous owner was a triathlon guy and bought a bike a bit too big for him (he bought a MTB the same size as his road bikes, should have gone down a…
I’ve always interpreted “riding light” as staying loose on the bike, absorbing shocks with your body instead of the suspension, and always trying to unweight the bike as much as possible on...
Phonebem   on Aug 21, 2019
replied to Entry level MTB upgrades
 
I like the suggestion of customizing the parts you make contact with first. It’s a great, inexpensive way to make your bike feel “yours”. After that, tires. The stock tires typically suck...
Phonebem   on Aug 9, 2019
replied to I Do not Race!
 
I raced from my teens into my 20’s. The constant worrying about speed, structured training instead of riding for fun, and the general misery you endure from riding “on the rivet” totally...
Phonebem   on Aug 6, 2019
replied to Bring Back 90's color to bicycle frames
 
I'll agree with you on their fragile nature. Also weren't they before somebody realized replaceable derailleur hangers were a really good idea? Also, when will they realize that proprietary integrated systems (like...
This spring I had an off in a local bike park. I washed the front wheel on the approach to a small but fairly high-speed double-double. I swapped on the takeoff and...
Phonebem   on Aug 6, 2019
replied to Bring Back 90's color to bicycle frames
 
Bring back the Kleins!!!  
A much better way of stating the point I was trying to make...
This one really depends on the specifics of the case. According to the article the shop said it would be GTG for his intended usage; but as we all know, "any machine...
Oops, accidentally his submit and can’t edit... I upgraded the fork to a first gen Judy XC and the drivetrain to Deore LX and also did a wheel upgrade. I still have the bike hung over my work area in my garage with my other notable retired race bikes.
My first REAL mtb was $450 in 1994 dollars (about $780 now). A Jamis Durango full rigid, steel frame with Alivio components. I
Phonebem   on Aug 4, 2019
replied to Swapping out an NX groupset for a GX
 
I took a look at the build specs you’re looking at. It looks like it probably has at least a GX cassette (SRAM 10-50t 12spd), someone please correct me if I’m wrong....
Phonebem   on Jul 9, 2019
replied to 1X Help Needed
 
I know you said you checked, but are you positive you didn’t miss a spacer between your gears? I’m only asking because it looks like the meat of your problems is at...
Phonebem   on Jul 8, 2019
replied to Bike superstitions
 
I always seem to ride red bikes with yellow pedals. It started with my red 94 Jamis Durango when I found yellow Ritchey clipless pedals to go with the yellow graphics. I...
Phonebem   on Jul 8, 2019
replied to Need sunglasses suggestion
 
A little update on my earlier recommendation on the Tifosi Swanks. I'm still really happy with mine but if you find you want a little more coverage or find them just a...
Phonebem   on Jul 8, 2019
replied to How true are your wheels?
 
Perfectly true. When I re-tape rims or change tires I throw the wheels on my truing stand. Otherwise I go with the zip tie method.
Phonebem   on Jul 8, 2019
replied to 1X Help Needed
 
If I were to guess, its one of two things; you chain length or your B-screw adjustment (you didn't mention if you are using the hanger extension/longer B-screw).  If I were to...
Phonebem   on Jun 30, 2019
replied to Need sunglasses suggestion
 
I’d second Jeff’s recommendation on the Tifosi Swanks. In addition to having enough ventilation to not really fog, they stay put on my face better than any other glasses I’ve worn. A...
I know! It’s almost like watching the evolution of old-school XC bike’s all over again...   Did everyone forget that XC bikes used to have 23 mm rims and sub 2” tires...
I've wondered about the practical difference between a gravel bike and an xc bike with fast tires for a little while now (other than the drop bars of course). Last week I...
Robert Dobbs; thats the one I saw! To each their own and Niner obviously sees a potential market, but my first thought was of Tomac's drop bar race bikes from the early...
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