BBelfieldGramcounter

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Escondido // California

 

My Bikes

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I don't get why anyone would risk messing with this stuff.  I'm of the opinion that no part of a bike no matter the cost has an excuse to catastrophically fail. Thinking...
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I hate those days. They're almost always when I'm trying to huck something and it's not clicking. I generally give up as to not kill myself. Any day casually pedaling through nature...
Sounds like a good system. All liability related law should put personal responsibility first.
BBelfield   2 weeks ago
replied to Opinions - Sexism in Cycling
 
I'll give my feedback on the article as requested; it starts off strong then ends too abruptly. Just when you start exploring other thoughts on the matter you post up a quick...
BBelfield   on Dec 13, 2018
replied to Replacement for WTB WeirWolf
 
You don't need anything special. All can be run with tubes. Tubeless means tubeless ready, not tubeless required.
BBelfield   on Dec 12, 2018
replied to Replacement for WTB WeirWolf
 
I think you'll find that any modern tire designed for all around trail use will have more traction then what you're riding. I've run the weirwolf and I do like them for...
There's a few breweries making beers for fire relief in the area. Some will have a bigger distribution radius. Something to think about if you want to try a new beer in the near future.
BBelfield   on Dec 11, 2018
replied to FS bike weight - today's standards
 
My FS "enduro" bike is around 32lbs but I run relatively lightweight tires. I prefer solid, reliable parts over lightweight but since I build my bikes frame up I use weight as...
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BBelfield   on Dec 11, 2018
replied to Grips and sweat
 
Just addressing the corrosion; hose your grips off after your ride?
BBelfield   on Dec 5, 2018
replied to Bike wash
 
Car wash soap is great and gentle. That and simple green (for drivetrain) is all you ever need.
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There's a lot more margin built into parts, gear and other accessories. If you already know what you want to upgrade on the bike that's a good bargaining chip.
BBelfield   on Dec 5, 2018
replied to Lost weight by mountain biking?
 
It would be an interesting read but I for one can't contribute. Riding motivates me to stay fit but is not a big contributor to that cause.
BBelfield   on Nov 20, 2018
replied to Fork, post, shock lube
 
What part of these parts are you lubing?
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BBelfield   on Nov 20, 2018
replied to Fork, post, shock lube
 
There are some dedicated stanchion lubes but generally you just keep these areas clean. I have used finish line "dry" as well as other similar products sparingly around the dust seals then...
BBelfield   on Nov 9, 2018
replied to Manual Machine?
 
I haven't used a manual machine but long manuals are kinda like long wheelies;  you have to do small inputs to keep you going straight or to turn. Usually the problem is...
Suggestion for next article: 11 body parts you can sell to fund your mtb trip to the Alps!
BBelfield   on Oct 31, 2018
replied to Disc Brake clean up and bleed
 
Replace it. If it was a modern common caliper you can get a rebuild kit but when you can get a new loaded caliper for less then 50$ it's usually not worth...
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Like others have said, do not upgrade that bike. It is essentially a "bike path" bike, meaning tooling around the city and dirt/gravel roads. The $800-1000 range will get you a good...
BBelfield   on Oct 30, 2018
replied to --Please Identify This DH Frame--
 
Intense
BBelfield   on Oct 24, 2018
replied to camelback or water bottles?
 
I like riding without a pack but I've found that I can't do it and have what I consider necessary to carry. As far as cleaning; if you only put water in...
If you put on your tinfoil hats it's easy to see why bike components are being targeted in these tariffs. Obviously Shimano wants to sell more SLX, XT XTR level components as these are made in Malaysia and Japan! Trump rides Shimano and so do I! In all seriousness, "most" brands and component levels that…
I strongly believe you are correct, this is a (necessary) negotiating tactic. The Light & Motion CEO is being dramatic with his comments. If the claims on their website about designing and manufacturing in the USA are true then they would be forced to raise their prices by a couple dollars at most to make…
Yes more articles like this! I enjoy dorking out over plants and trees and animals and anything in nature! Jeffry Pine tree is my "favorite" tree if I had to pick. Smells like vanilla.
BBelfield   on Oct 18, 2018
replied to Sedona AZ - Beginner to Intermediate
 
Thanks for suggestions, it would be cool to hear what the OP ended up riding.
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BBelfield   on Oct 18, 2018
replied to Encounters with wildlife
 
I had a herd of cattle crossing the trail so I waited a few minutes. They all crossed except for one that was a few yards off the side. The second I...
BBelfield   on Oct 17, 2018
replied to Sedona AZ - Beginner to Intermediate
 
Related question, has anyone used a shuttle service out there? I want to check it out and can ride any trail but if I bring the wife and kid I can't spend...
BBelfield   on Oct 15, 2018
replied to Hydraulic Disc Brake Problems
 
I think you took my comment to mean temperature affecting the brake fluid. I was talking about the brake system itself. It is a "sealed system" because of seals which are effected...
BBelfield   on Oct 12, 2018
replied to Hydraulic Disc Brake Problems
 
Brakes that sit for long periods of times (especially when stored in the elements and with big temperature swings) need to get cleaned and bled. Using your brakes just once with corroded...
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BBelfield   on Oct 12, 2018
replied to Sanity check
 
Just stick to the 29 wheels. You mentioned pedal strikes; the smaller wheel isn't helping you there.  A shorter stem is a cheap way to get you over the back of the...
BBelfield   on Oct 12, 2018
replied to Sanity check
 
That torker looks like a cool cheap bike. I'd take it to 7-11 for beer runs. If your commute involves hills a coaster brake is terrifying. I don't get your tire size...
I am only responding to the pricepoint comment. I don't think we're talking $50 more for good tires at the OE spec level. It's more like a $10 difference for something lightyears better.
BBelfield   on Oct 8, 2018
replied to Commencal bikes and costumer service
 
That definitely sucks but I think you're being overly harsh. If your perceived attitude translates into how you called them about the issue, I can see why they're not going out of...
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BBelfield   on Oct 8, 2018
replied to Bike work stand project
 
Most bikes can be clamped by the seat tube. Obviously not your trials bike but jaws can be made to open large enough to clamp the middle of the frame I would...
BBelfield   on Oct 8, 2018
replied to Bike work stand project
 
I suppose it depends on how tricky you want to get and how much money you want to spend then. If I was using a mill I would make the clamp head...
BBelfield   on Oct 8, 2018
replied to Bike work stand project
 
What tools do you have access to?
Now to buy a trials bike (and find room in the garage)
It is basically free. When I was younger and didn't have the extra cash I rode the same bike for years and only worried about tubes, grips and chain lube. I didn't need parts unless something broke and gear was a helmet and skate shoes. I spend a lot on the sport now but it's…
BBelfield   on Sep 21, 2018
commented on So, How Was the First Reno Interbike?
 
Didn't attend, but based on the coverage from all the big media sites this event is on it's way out. Not much in the way of new product at all.
BBelfield   on Sep 20, 2018
replied to Pet Peeves of the Trail
 
Dogs are awesome. Most dog owners are not.
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BBelfield   on Sep 20, 2018
replied to Newbe middle aged man
 
I hope to keep learning entirely new things the older I get. Being fit gives you an advantage in any new sport. The number one thing I believe would help most new...
awesome, I want it
BBelfield   on Aug 29, 2018
replied to Raising Kids Who Love to Ride
 
Thanks, there's great info in there. My 2 1/2 year old daughter has had a balance bike for a year. She doesn't ride it much yet but she loves working on it...
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For short rides I'm sure it is. I still use a full size hydration pack because I can't stand anything on the bike or in my pockets. A more recent benefit I...
How would you rate this vs other inserts? If you had to pick one would you go with the vittoria?
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