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When singletrack is closed there are a couple parks with crushed limestone double track. They only close if enough snow for xc skiing. Still get to be in the woods.
Looks like a great way to get a ticket for an obscured license plate. In some states, bike racks are not exempt. For $549, it should have an illuminated license plate frame that is always visible (folded or in use). I realize that most police are reasonable but for that one who is power tripping…
This is what I like about REI. I just don't like their store, although they trued my broken wheel at a decent price and offer shop discounts to members (of which I am not one).
vapidoscar   3 weeks ago
replied to Mixed standard fork and frame
 
So the fork I was eyeing up sold out but is still available in 29" flavor. What are the thoughts running 27.5" in a 29" fork? The fork can be adjusted to...
It seems like the Polygon is more comparable to the Roscoe (plus trail bikes), whereas, the X-Caliber is an XC bike. It will help the readers if you give more detail about...
Because you earned that dirt. But you should clean your bike every once in a while, if only to inspect the frame for cracks.
vapidoscar   on Nov 3, 2019
started a topic: Mixed standard fork and frame
 
Need advice: building bike up from frame. Have found the frame and fork combination that I want but frame is boost and fork is not. I wouldn't have thought this would be such...
Am I missing something? 63.5 degree head angle sounds like a downhill bike.
vapidoscar   on Oct 30, 2019
commented on The Ultimate Hardcore Hardtail Build, 2019
 
Awesome build Jeff. I'm most interested in your impressions of the steel vs. Other materials. I'm mulling over a build and have three options: aluminum, steel and titanium. Geometry is very close on all three with a very slight edge to the steel. For the steel, I'm concerned about weight and maintenance. But if properly…
 
You aren't giving much information about the kind of riding you are going to do. I will assume it will be trail riding, I think that is most common. I can't claim...
vapidoscar   on Oct 28, 2019
replied to Who else is watching Rampage right now?
 
The more I see of Brendan Fairclough's run the more impressed I am. The drop off the Rock is huge and the canyon gap flip followed by the most technical chute is...
vapidoscar   on Oct 28, 2019
replied to Your MTB plan?
 
Living in North East Ohio, our trails are fairly tame for a couple reasons: 1) the terrain doesn't allow for extended downhills and 2) the land managers and trail organization are more...
Not a ridiculous survey. "Which is most important?" Does not mean other measurement don't matter. When you look at a geometry chart, what is the first thing you look for. * Reach * Head angle * Seat tube angle * Stack That's how I start. I know my current bike is wrong for me in…
vapidoscar   on Oct 23, 2019
replied to winter trail riding
 
I need goggles that don't steam up. I need them all the time though because any wind in my eyes makes them water. I probably look like the saddest guy on a...
vapidoscar   on Oct 22, 2019
replied to winter trail riding
 
I certainly don't mind winter riding but I need to figure out my clothes. Sometimes I just put on some hunting clothes and make sure I have warm gloves on. Other times...
vapidoscar   on Oct 21, 2019
replied to Leasing mtb
 
I'd lease if I was living somewhere for several months but not permanently relocated. Like a temporary work assignment.
vapidoscar   on Oct 18, 2019
replied to First mountain bike ride horror stories
 
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   on Oct 17, 2019
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   on Oct 15, 2019
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   on Oct 14, 2019
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   on Oct 14, 2019
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   on Oct 8, 2019
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   on Oct 1, 2019
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   on Sep 30, 2019
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…
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