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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   1 week ago
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...
Yeah, sorry Matt... I guess my reading comprehension wasn’t up to par after a day working on charts and spreadsheets listening to 90’s hip-hop (it was that kind of day)...
Phonebem   1 week ago
replied to What upgrades with $500
 
The normal answer is spend your money on wheels first but given your size, I’d say going Eagle would be the way to go. You should really notice the 50t granny on...
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Phonebem   1 week ago
replied to What upgrades with $500
 
BTW, I have no idea what’s up with that huge break in my reply. I made a quick edit and it just kind of appeared...
Another thing the article missed or barely touched on... In 25+ years of riding exclusively clipless, I’ve NEVER had pedals fail to release during a crash and take a tumble with the bike. I’ve had more than a few 0 mph fall overs on technical climbs when I tried to keep the pedals turning waaaay…
I was thinking this myself. This summer I’m planning on doing a lot more riding on flats to try to break some of the bad habits I’ve developed over 25+ years of riding exclusively clipless.
The extra set of contacts is one I wish I’d have thought of years ago. I managed to tear a contact the morning of my first NORBA National (this was a long time ago) and had to race a VERY muddy course with one eye. It didn’t go well...
Phonebem   3 weeks ago
replied to Ferda girls.....
 
Between this video and our son’s obsession with bikes, my wife has a renewed excitement to get out on her bike. Thanks Micayla!
Phonebem   3 weeks ago
replied to Easier climbing
 
I honestly wish there was another way to say this but... you just need to keep at it, and it will get better with time. You went in the right direction with...
Greetings from a year later! In our area there’s a funny symbiotic relationship between the trail runners and fat bikers on a popular ungroomed trail system . The trail runners break the trail and the fat bikes smooth the uneven trail left behind. It’s pretty nice...
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…
Phonebem   on Feb 9, 2019
replied to What MTB trend do you want reversed?
 
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...
Phonebem   on Feb 4, 2019
replied to Alternative to painting a bike frame?
 
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...
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