PhonebemGramcounter

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BTW Oldandrolling, that wasn’t all meant as a reply to your post. I got started on the Skills with Phil recommendation, and things just kind of took off...
Phil Kmetz (Skills with Phil) has a lot of really good teaching videos aimed at beginners. Most of the drills can be done in a backyard or park. For clothing, one of the benefits of the spin class craze is the amount of slightly used bike clothing in thrift shops and consignment shops. You can…
 
You got me on the matching everything craze... I miss the days of (and I’m dating myself here) spotting a Judy SL because it was yellow, or knowing if you were looking...
 
Have you considered Plasti-Dip? I haven’t heard of it being done on a bike, but it might be worth a try...
That’s part of what bit me, my backpack (basically an off-brand Camelbak MULE) had everything I needed for a ride so I only checked it when something changed (I ate energy bars,...
I got to do about a mile “walk of shame” back to my truck Saturday when I broke the chain on my fat bike. I first thought “No problem, I’ve got a...
Phonebem   on Jan 17, 2019
replied to How do you handle cycling withdrawal?
 
Easy, drive to Moab or to the mountains where there IS enough snow for fat biking! Sorry, I’m a bit spoiled living in Utah... I used to get through the dark days of...
I have a dropper on my Jeffsy and a rigid post on my hardtail and I really have no intentions of swapping it. I know where I use the dropper and usually...
Phonebem   on Nov 13, 2018
replied to Torque
 
Yep, it’s why I have 3 calibrated torque wrenches (different ranges). Every forum I’ve ever been in always has the debate “what torque wrench is best?” I’ll tell you, just get a new...
While I don’t prefer this method, it’s usually the one I use...
 
Run tubeless only except for the fatbike (only ride on snow and just don’t trust the tires to stay sealed with <5psi). I’ll second what someone else said about just using an injector,...
Phonebem   on Oct 13, 2018
replied to Truck Bed Mounting Options
 
While it’s not as cheap as the moving blanket over the tailgate option, I have a forkmount rack made from a 2x6 that I’ve mounted axle mounts to.  I screwed some pieces...
I should have been more clear in my earlier comment. You’re right in the pushback mainly being in the Class2&3 ebikes while power assist is just that... I should have quantified that I’m OK with it IF the rider had to be doing most of the work.
Addendum: I also recognize that not everyone lives in both and area with good DH/tough enduro trails and lift-served access. In some places, even shuttling gets tricky due to road access. I do see a potential for ebikes to open-up more riding opportunities for a lot of people.
Yay I get to start! While I don’t own an ebike or have any real desire to own one (see below), I can see a benefit in allowing pedal assist bikes on more trails. First why I don’t want one for me, most of my riding is more cross-country oriented and I genuinely get an…
Phonebem   on Oct 2, 2018
commented on 8 Killer Tips for Mountain Biking at Night
 
For a spare light, I really like the Petzl eLight. It only weighs 26 grams, fakes less space than a multi-tool and provides more than enough light to get you out of an emergency. Mine lives in my riding pack for every ride.
Phonebem   on Oct 1, 2018
replied to Mountain bike to Gravel bike?
 
Earlier in the summer a local bike collective had a 90’s Hoo Koo E Koo that was converted to a gravel bike. The want was strong...
Phonebem   on Sep 3, 2018
replied to Moab...yes another ?
 
I’d say run what you’re comfortable with. If you switch back-and-forth, I’d suggest go with flats. If you’ve ridden exclusively clipless for 20+ years, you should be OK with clipless. If you go...
Phonebem   on Aug 29, 2018
replied to Raising Kids Who Love to Ride
 
I don’t have any advice to share yet (my son just turned 1 and is getting a balance bike for Christmas), but you just got another subscriber to your blog!
This got me thinking, has anyone else noticed there seems to be an increase in “climbing advice” posts as the LLS trend in bike design continues? I’m just noticing a lot of posts about problems with pedal strikes (low bottom brackets), wandering when climbing (wide bars) and wheelying (slack head tube angles and a general…
An often overlooked part of technical climbing is core strength. You have to manage to separate your leg movement from your upper body, when you don’t things go off-the rails. The wandering...
Phonebem   on Aug 12, 2018
replied to Bronson versus Capra
 
Yeah, I’m aware of YT being online only (I have a Jeffsy). Have you looked to see if they have any demo dates in your area (https://us.yt-industries.com/shopware.php?sViewport=campaign&emotionId=353)? Or maybe do some extensive...
Phonebem   on Aug 12, 2018
replied to Bronson versus Capra
 
<p style="text-align: left;">If you decide on the Capra I’d recommend trying to demo before buying. I’ve found, if you’re on the fence size-size, it’s usually a good move to go with the...
Phonebem   on Jul 29, 2018
commented on a photo of Cypress Trail
 
Nice get! Older Fishers were pretty sweet bikes. I almost bought a HooKooEKoo that was converted to a gravel bike from a local bike collective. I just couldn't justify a 6th bike in the rotation...
Phonebem   on Jul 22, 2018
replied to Salsa Beargrease 2017
 
The ratcheting technique can be your friend. https://youtu.be/1UuqWeJqOTk
Phonebem   on Jul 17, 2018
replied to Going Knee Pads - POC, Dakine or TLD?
 
I know you didn’t mention them but have you looked at G Form? Mine really aren’t much more noticeable than 3/4 length tights when pedaling.
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Phonebem   on Jul 17, 2018
replied to Going Knee Pads - POC, Dakine or TLD?
 
And I have a problem with  pads with straps (they tend to chafe and bind my skin). You can do under-sleeves but that seems to defeat the purpose of better ventilation. Just a...
Phonebem   on Jul 9, 2018
replied to GT Aggressor Pro Upgrades
 
Looks like you “upgraded” quite a bit... Too bad you had to go through the broken bike issues, but you ended-up with a pretty good bike that shouldn’t need anything for quite...
Phonebem   on Jul 9, 2018
replied to Favorite Songs to Ride To?
 
This is kind of embarrassing but I listen to a heavily curated dance/ pop music playlist when I ride. We’re talking Rihanna, Lady GaGa, Kesha, Beyoncé, etc... I’ve found the beat matches my...
Phonebem   on Jul 6, 2018
replied to One Line Advice Thread
 
“I don’t use brakes, they just slow you down...” -Missy Giove   I actually overheard he tell this to a fan who asked about her brake preference in dual slalom.
Phonebem   on Jul 6, 2018
replied to The Age Old Debate of Rock Shox vs. Fox
 
First off I’ll admit, I’m just not a good enough rider to tell apart equivalent, properly set-up suspension components. That being said, I’m partial to RockShox mainly due to their support of...
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If the Oury grips are a no-go, the Lizzard Skinz Northshore grips have a similar feel. They are what I went with when Ourys were unavailable and they were about the same...
Phonebem   on Jul 6, 2018
replied to Share mountain bike deals here
 
I’ve been hesitant to post deals before (out of concern about advertising conflicts). I’ll be sure to share any new ones I find!
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