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I don't know if there is one true epicenter these days. Hard to nail down just one place, but I think my #1 choice to visit right now would be Whistler and...
Hi Jeff. My suggestion/question is about strength training away from the bike that balances out my riding, not necessarily specific exercises make my stroke stronger or improved handling (although I believe overall...

I did a loop on the MTB Project app called Perimeter Loop of about 18 miles, and I really liked...
TK34   3 weeks ago
added a review of Pemberton Loop
 

I'll call it 3 stars, but there's nothing wrong with this trail. Just understand that's its pretty flat, virtually zero...

I'll call this 4 stars but hear me out. First I'm stingy with the 5 stars. The Flow and Braille...
 
Everybody has these days. I try to use them as a mental health day - just ease off the pedals and take a casual pace (or sometimes even shutting down altogether), and...
I agree with Jeff Barber and others - in general its going to be tough for a 6'4" to fit most Large. Can you ride a Large? Sure, you can probably find...
 
I'm hoping to hit, in chronological order, Sedona, Hurricane, Bentonville, and Copper Harbor. Two long shots are Bend and Whistler.
TK34   on Dec 22, 2018
replied to First Full Suspension Bike
 
I'll throw in my experience. There are a lot of really good bikes out there, but I do have the 2018 Santa Cruz 5010 Carbon R and can attest its an awesome...
 
I think OldandRolling nailed what makes off road great - I call it "forced relaxation." When you're pushing it, you have to focus on the next 20 feet and therefore the rest...
TK34   on Nov 20, 2018
replied to Fork, post, shock lube
 
I second BBelfield about focusing on keeping these areas clean. I've seen the experts go both ways on whether to lube or not lube the stanchions, but everyone will agree the most...
TK34   on Nov 15, 2018
replied to Stache ou Farley
 
I've only ridden a Stache, and its a solid bike. I'm sure Farley is solid too. I see it more as fatty vs. plus size, so you need to think about your...
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TK34   on Nov 15, 2018
replied to Seperate Frame or just Bike
 
I totally agree that for most people and especially for people relatively new, go for a good, solid complete bike that you have test-ridden. I've read multiple articles that a complete bike...
TK34   on Nov 15, 2018
replied to What's your relationship with tubeless tires?
 
I'll back up FredCook. My opinion is that tubeless is not the magic elixir for everyone. If you're aggressive, ride a lot of rocks and thorns, like lower tire pressure (less than...
TK34   on Nov 12, 2018
replied to Upgrade Specialized Rockhopper 29er
 
My opinion on tire width? Depends on your trail surface. If you tend to go more smooth and flowy, around 2.2" is my preference running 25-28 psi (and tubes work just fine...
TK34   on Nov 6, 2018
replied to New to MTB lifestyle
 
I'm also in Twin Cities area, and combination of this site and MORC will cover 95% of what you need. Can't stress enough on the trail conditions link that Brad_the_Dad offers. Once...
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TK34   on Nov 6, 2018
replied to New to MTB lifestyle
 
Almost forgot - one more resource is MTB Project app for trail maps. Invaluable when exploring new trails, and its free from REI.
TK34   on Nov 3, 2018
replied to Upgrade Specialized Rockhopper 29er
 
My opinions on upgrades: 1) Tires matter. I prefer Maxxis brand, but the specific tread depends on your trails. Minion is a good place to start. Lots of good choices. 2) Tubeless: Yes...
Thank you both. Looking for an opportunity to run down there yet this year.
Totally get that reply, Grant. But I'll throw in a follow-up question to you or other locals - when it does rain, I assume the trails are closed? Assuming they are, typically...
TK34   on Oct 18, 2018
replied to Broken Spokes and Tubeless Tires
 
Way over-due but thought I'd add something for those who might be searching. One of my bikes was more prone to breaking spoke nipples, probably because they were ceramic.  However, one suggestion...
TK34   on Oct 17, 2018
added a review of Memorial Park
 

I think the review depends on what you're looking for. I prefer the flow of some of the Twin Cities...
TK34   on Oct 17, 2018
replied to USA MTB Trails- October?
 
October in Northern States can be beautiful, but also somewhat unpredictable. To your question, Alaska would be AWESOME in the Summer but October is probably too late in the year. I don't...
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TK34   on Oct 17, 2018
replied to Helmets ??
 
Plenty of comments on this, but I'll add that I recommend to ALWAYS wear a helmet. In addition to the obvious crashes where I know I've whacked my noggin, here's another example....
TK34   on Oct 17, 2018
replied to Sedona AZ - Beginner to Intermediate
 
My first advice would be head to Over the Edge Sports. I had a great experience renting from them and they offer tons of advice. Second, the "H" trails Hangover, Hiline, and...
TK34   on Oct 9, 2018
added a review of West Magnolia
 

A nice network of trails not too far from Boulder, but still feels remote. Bring a GPS app like MTB...
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TK34   on Oct 9, 2018
added a review of Marshall Mesa Area
 

A nice trail for what it is - convenient to Boulder area, mostly Beginner skill level, nice views of flatirons....
TK34   on Oct 9, 2018
added a review of Fantasy Island
 

I'll call this 3 stars, but I try to be stingy with the ratings and you should include this loop...
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TK34   on Oct 9, 2018
added a review of Victoria's Secret
 

Not a fan for what I prefer. Its almost all rock garden including the numerous climbs. Its not crazy tech,...
 

I try to save my 5-stars, but this is one of them because it fits my preferences: mostly flow with...
TK34   on Oct 9, 2018
added a review of Sweetwater Preserve
 

4 stars only because I'm stingy with the 5's. This trail is almost all flow with some of the best...
TK34   on Oct 9, 2018
added a review of Santa Cruz 5010 Carbon
 

Feels very solid underneath, gives you confidence it can handle anything. Geometry and suspension is great for intermediate to expert...
TK34   on Oct 9, 2018
added a review of Mellow Vello
 

100% experience renting from this shop. Smaller shop with experienced help, mine was a Santa Cruz Bronson. Friendly and helpful...
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TK34   on Oct 9, 2018
added a review of University Bicycles
 

I try to save my 5 stars, but I've rented here twice and 100% satisfied. One unique approach is that...
TK34   on Oct 9, 2018
added a review of Winsor (254)
 

I go 4 stars with the understanding I save 5 stars for truly epic (example Sedona or Copper Harbor). Very...
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TK34   on Oct 9, 2018
added a review of Seeley Pass Trail
 

3 stars, but I try to be stingy with the 5 stars and please read these comments. When you include...
TK34   on Oct 9, 2018
added a review of Hiline
 

Purposefully didn't give this a star rating, because it depends greatly on your skill level. The views are awesome. There...
TK34   on Oct 9, 2018
added a review of Mescal Trail
 

Probably my favorite trail I did in Sedona, because Hiline was too much for me. Just an awesome area, great...
TK34   on Oct 9, 2018
added a review of Cuyuna Lakes
 

I try to save my 5 stars, and Cuyuna is worthy with the caveat that there is not a lot...
TK34   on Oct 9, 2018
added a review of Copper Harbor Trails
 

I save my 5 stars for truly epic rides (Sedona, Bentonville, etc.), and Copper Harbor is one of them. A...
I'm an out-of-towner from MN (which has very solid trails IMHO), so I can't speak to the "best" trails in Arkansas, but I can confirm Bentonville is one cool destination. I went there 3 years ago and was blown away by the trails available right in town, and there is just a vibe to the…
 
I'll add a few thoughts from a local. Not a fan of Piedmont since I prefer more flow, but Brewer is solid with great views of the city. If you're in Duluth, also look up Mission Creek. Cuyuna is a great destination with great flow - you'll probably be disappointed if you're looking for a…
 
As a local to the Twin Cities, I might not put them in this order but this article nails the best in the area. If you're looking for a couple more, there is a solid loop in Bertram Park in Monticello and Memorial Trail in Red Wing.
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