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About Me

Hardtail master race, fried food enthusiast.

My Bikes

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Renthal ultra tacky push-on. Currently wired on, but I’ll probably glue the next pair. Super grippy, pretty comfortable. Way cheaper and comfier than lock-ons.
I'm technically not a member but I'm out doing trail work every week. We're building a skills park and this allows me to have a hand in what gets built. I really enjoy building the types of features that I want to ride, and making sure that this place doesn't turn into some smooth, boring…
Head Over Handlebars   on Jul 23, 2019
started a topic: Stan's No Tubes Neo Hub PSA
 
Quick warning to anyone considering a Stan's No Tubes wheelset. Back in January I got a Stan's Flow mk3 wheelset for my hardtail. The rims are great, they've held up extremely well to...
Head Over Handlebars   on Jul 15, 2019
replied to How true are your wheels?
 
Both wheels are slightly out of true and dented. There's a reason I don't get expensive carbon wheels. If they get really bad and need to be trued I'll take them to the...
Head Over Handlebars   on Jun 23, 2019
started a topic: Best Places to Ride in San Diego Area?
 
Hi all, I'm going to be on the road next month heading from Tennessee out to Vista California, a little north of San Diego. I'm planning on bringing my bike along and...
When it rains here there are a few places nearby that have very gravelly soil that drains incredibly well, and have trails built more recently with drainage in mind. The other option is to head to Windrock. Riding park in the mud is kinda fun, and guilt-free as far as I see. You're paying to…
Heavy metal for me, all the time. Lamb of God is an excellent pre-ride band to listen to. I think their best pump-up songs are: Contractor, Everything to Nothing, Set to Fail, Pathetic, and Redneck. I never listen to music while I'm riding, and really dislike others doing it. Headphones block out other noises and…
Tubeless plugs are pretty great. I've ridden two different tires with multiple plugs in each for a few months with no issues. When I looked at the inside of the tire I found that the plugs had flattened against the rubber from the pressure, and bonded extremely well. It sure as hell beats throwing a…
Head Over Handlebars   on May 21, 2019
replied to tire inserts
 
Another big rider here (215 lbs), and a fairly aggressive rider, and on a hardtail. My back wheel hates me. I've been running Nukeproof ARDs front and back for about a month and...
Head Over Handlebars   on May 1, 2019
replied to Backcountry.com
 
I ordered a backpack from them not too long ago and was happy with the experience. They seem pretty reputable, but make sure you opt out of all the e-mail newsletter stuff,...
 
The biggest issue I have with my kneepads is that they slide down. Any fasteners, such as velcro, etc. need to be very strong. In some cases it could be the difference...
Head Over Handlebars   on Apr 12, 2019
replied to Riding on horse trails
 
It depends on the area. My local trail system used to allow horses but they've been banned since 2012. I assume this was due to the higher mountain biking, hiking, and running...
It pisses me off to no end. You packed it in so you can damn well pack it out. I live in Eastern Tennessee and it seems like the people around here...
So this is a replacement/alternative to MIPS? That sounds good to me, although the price is a bit steep. The MIPS liner in my helmet digs into my forehead if the padding slips a little bit. Even if this isn't the best solution it's still nice to see companies trying something new to improve on…
Head Over Handlebars   on Mar 4, 2019
replied to Reader Bike Checks
 
My 2017 Orange Crush. Probably the only Orange bike in Tennessee. Long, slack, aluminum hardtail made for getting rowdy. The picture isn't quite up to date; now it has Stan's Flow mk3...
I'd be perfectly fine with 26 inch wheels, but 27.5 is also just fine. Internal cable routing is pretty annoying, but the one thing I really don't care for is the obsession...
 
That's better. I couldn't get the image to show up last time. 2017 Orange Crush; the picture is a little outdated, since now I've got some Stan's Flow mk3 wheels on it...
Head Over Handlebars   on Jan 23, 2019
replied to Advice on Hardtail Bikes
 
After looking at both of them I'd suggest the Nukeproof. The spec on both of them is nearly identical, so what it comes down to is geometry. They're also very similar there,...
I haven't gotten a chance to ride in really dry conditions on the vigilante yet, but it works very well on looser, gravelly terrain. It's a really versatile tread pattern.
Let me throw another suggestion in there: a 2.5 WTB Vigilante. I've been running one (tough casing, high grip compound) as a front tire for a few months now and it's great....
Head Over Handlebars   on Jan 20, 2019
replied to Biking Photography Survey!
 
I agree with FredCook. I'd feel much better about carrying it in a backpack rather than on the bike.
Not very well. I go to a martial arts class twice a week, so I'm still getting some exercise. I have small loop of trails in the woods in my backyard, so...
Thanks for all the suggestions folks! Framebreaker: thank you for the recommendation for Pearl Izumi. I got an mtb barrier jacket from them in XXL and it fits great. Plenty of room to...
 
Yesterday was Christmas, and some of us will be excitedly waddling out to the trails, weighed down with too much food, to try out our fancy new parts and winter clothing. And...
I agree that setting them up is a pain, but so is riding a steep climb, cleaning your bike, and many other thing we do for the sake of mountain biking. The...
I think the HPG-1 should be fine. Park Tool's website says that it's for suspension and bearing use.
Head Over Handlebars   on Oct 12, 2018
replied to Truck Bed Mounting Options
 
I'd just get a moving blanket from harbor freight for five dollars and drape it over the tailgate. Put the front wheel and fork of the bike over the tailgate with the...
This is really stupid and really awesome. Where can I get one?
Head Over Handlebars   on Oct 10, 2018
replied to Post Ride PUB suggestions
 
When I visited Moab a few restaurants stood out to me. The Blu Pig, for great barbecue, Milt's Stop and Eat, for great burgers and tater tots, and The Moab Diner for...
Head Over Handlebars   on Oct 9, 2018
replied to Post Ride PUB suggestions
 
I'm guessing you're talking about Oakridge OR and not Oak Ridge TN, but hey, we've got some good stuff here in TN. Crafter's Brew is where dads go to drink beer and they've...
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