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My first mountain bike ride was on a 30 year old Rockhopper, it was a hand-me-down that I rode in high school but I didn't take it offroad then. My parents brought...
vapidoscar   3 days ago
replied to 2.35 or 2.6" tyres?
 
Why not one of each? 2.35 rear for efficiency and frame clearance and 2.6 front for extra grip. I'm on 2.4s and frame clearance is an issue, especially when my wheel was...
Inspirational. Yesterday my wife asked if we wanted to get a cheap bike to work on and I said no. Changed my mind because of this. Hopefully it is still available and my dad will have a better bike to ride soon. I am all about repair not replace. Just had by rear wheel repaired…
vapidoscar   5 days ago
replied to Lies we tell ourselves
 
@rmap01 I'm still working on the ego from things that happened last year. But has been a mostly pain free 2019. I hit a couple sections on the way home to get back...
vapidoscar   6 days ago
replied to Lies we tell ourselves
 
I don’t need to get off my bike and check the line.  I got this. @Rmap01 Made that mistake on way home Friday. Decided to double back and take the sketchy...
vapidoscar   6 days ago
commented on Who Got You Into Mountain Biking?
 
@rmap01 It is amazing to me how fitness for one aerobic activity doesn't cross over. I'd say I got into decent biking shape this past summer but it didn't translate to running or swimming at all. @kangaldog You forgot to tell us to get off your lawn. But I also don't think most mountain bikers…
vapidoscar   1 week ago
replied to Lies we tell ourselves
 
It's funny the different lies we tell ourselves. Mine are to get me out of trying. If you don't try, you can't fail. I was using my regular hardtail to commute to work but...
Boost 141 isn't new it is the QR equivalent of the thru axle 148 (parallel to 135QR to 142 thru). Breezer and Marin were using it in 2018. That being said, I have never seen a wheel set for sale. If this catches on problem solvers or MTB tools will develop a thru axle conversion…
I think I saw a product for slalom skiers that protected both front and back of the leg and likely the ankle as well. I could see something like that being useful...
vapidoscar   2 weeks ago
replied to Beginner Help
 
If you have been to your mechanic, they have probably ruled out the easy culprits, such as bent derailleur hanger and minor adjustments to the derailleur. I am guessing it works fine on...
Not a pad wearer. I haven't been in a crash lately that I thought the standard pads would help. I don't hit my knees or elbows. I usually get me hands out...
vapidoscar   2 weeks ago
replied to help building a sl xc/trail
 
What about the Fezzari that Matt reviewed. I think they sell frames.
West Creek in Parma Ohio is all but officially open. They just need to put some signs in to get to the trailhead and are not discouraging users from previewing. There is a 0.5 mile crushed gravel double track trail to access the three loops. Total of 3 miles and all have about 100 ft…
I'll ride alone, with my kids or a riding partner but have rarely done group rides. The last one I did, I was on a streak of flatting every ride and the group ride was no exception. Got to the top of the first climb and flatted about a 1/3rd way down. I was pretty…
vapidoscar   3 weeks ago
started a topic: Lies we tell ourselves
 
Because it's a single speed.
As long as it fits you, I say go for it. It is likely a bit old school XC geometry but you can learn the skills and what kind of riding you...
Do you have an alert that tells you to troll every time someone mentions STC or Wilderness Act? Its a law that can be changed. Other people have opinions that differ from you. "Wrong end of history", really?
vapidoscar   3 weeks ago
replied to Annoyed with Strava\'s mapping?
 
@rmap01 I use a Garmin smartwatch for tracking and I know that trees aren't going to help matters. If I am already in the woods it can be hard to get a...
Good read. How do you think you developed the flow-state in the first place? Any advice for those who have never developed that?
vapidoscar   on Sep 22, 2019
started a topic: Annoyed with Strava\'s mapping?
 
Title says it all. Anyone else having issues with Strava mapping you to segments that you weren't on? Almost all rides I have done lately have mapped me to nearby segments. When...
vapidoscar   on Sep 21, 2019
replied to Boost frame to fit 27.5x3.5?
 
You aren't specifying if hardtail or not. Do you have wide enough rims? My wife had a Diamondback Rely Trail and it came with 27.5x3.5. The men's bike is called the Mason. The...
vapidoscar   on Sep 17, 2019
replied to Buying a frame
 
You have an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other. Build pros You can get the exact bike you want down to the last detail You will learn a lot ...
vapidoscar   on Sep 17, 2019
replied to Dropper post on All Mountain bikes?
 
@Alvin_Mullen lol. I'm pretty good about sitting and standing when I am supposed to. Pretty easy rule. If coasting; then stand up. I'm not a masochist. But I have still managed to bend...
vapidoscar   on Sep 16, 2019
replied to Dropper post on All Mountain bikes?
 
Reason #3: rider too heavy. My 27.2 seat post has an obvious bend in it from my riding. I don't think a narrower tube sliding in a 27.2 dropper stands a chance with...
vapidoscar   on Sep 16, 2019
replied to New entry level SRAM/Rockshox
 
I'm just curious. For no apparent reason, I have a very negative impression of the NX Eagle but a positive impression of the Rockshox 35. For drive train, I will probably go with Microshift Advent...
vapidoscar   on Sep 16, 2019
started a topic: New entry level SRAM/Rockshox
 
I'm curious what everyone's experience has been with the new entry level SRAM/Rockshox stuff. Specifically, Eagle SX and NX and Rockshox 35. I know we are seeing these on many base model. I'm...
Don't wear them in the summer; don't have to wash them. But when cold was after each ride. Nothing worse than the weird salt line that forms if you don't wash.
Bumping this conversation related to recent podcast: https://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-podcast/listen-buying-a-mountain-bike-then-racing-it-1000km-across-switzerland/
vapidoscar   on Aug 29, 2019
replied to Lets talk...TIRES!
 
There is such thing as too aggressive and you need to consider mud clearance. I ordered tires offline and the pictures didn't do them justice. They are way more than I need....
 
I use a Garmin GPS watch and I am surprised by some of the weird things that Strava will tell me after the rides. First - on my ride to work I cross...
It got dusty in here. Real fast.
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