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Phonebem   1 week ago
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   2 weeks ago
replied to Lies we tell ourselves
 
So does everyone who isn't Phil Kmetz...
Phonebem   2 weeks ago
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...
Phonebem   on Jun 5, 2019
replied to dropper post user fee
 
I have an eThirteen TRS+ dropper and have had no problems. Any complaints you may read are typically from the early run (early 2017 batch) not having a strong enough spring which...
Phonebem   on Jun 4, 2019
replied to dropper post user fee
 
I’m with Oldandrolling on this. Look into a mechanical dropper (eThirteen and PNW come to mind) for trouble-free use and maximum serviceability. My eThirteen has been trouble-free for two seasons and I’ve only...
Phonebem   on Apr 15, 2019
replied to Riding on horse trails
 
For everyone: this is the correct answer. A freaked-out 1600 lb. animal is bad for everyone involved. To the OP: good on you for owning-up to your mistake in a later post. You...
Phonebem   on Apr 11, 2019
replied to 6K Bike at Walmart?
 
As I recall, the WalMart Bike Assembly Area is just a space where the assembler they hire sets-up his tools (yes, they are provided by the assembler) so it’s going to be...
Phonebem   on Mar 31, 2019
replied to Anyone buy a bike from Bikes Direct?
 
I have two friends who have bought 3 bikes from them. One friend bought both a Sturgis fatbike that included a free wheel upgrade (from no-names to Mulefut) and a Fantom 29...
Most of the people I know went for a dirt ride yesterday afternoon, I opted for (likely) one last snow ride on the fat bike for the season. I figured it’s going...
Totally agree! This would be infinitely more effective than a booklet that will be thrown away with the warning stickers and owner’s manual (that’s about as useful as a generic description of a bike).
It might not be a popular opinion, but I think the only effect this will have is increasing the amount of waste generated with every bike purchase. I’d think a better way of providing g the info would be for sites like this to continue loudly beating the drum as well as adding a splash…
Phonebem   on Mar 7, 2019
replied to What upgrades with $500
 
I didn’t suggest wheels because I couldn’t think of any worth “upgrading” to within his budget. I hadn’t heard of the Hunt Wheels before and I’m liking what I’m reading. I might...
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