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TK34   3 days ago
replied to Chain skips
What you're describing is pretty common. The cogs and chains wear together, so when you replace one side of the equation it may not match up very well with the used side...
Came across this article in early 2020, and let me just put in a plug that these two areas (downhill runs at Giants Ridge and the new trails at Tioga/Cohasset/Grand Rapids) are really starting to take shape. I got a taste of both in late 2019 and really liked what I saw. I love the…
To the good people of KT area and Vermont, I will certainly respect your choices and there is no animosity in this post. Let me just say that KT was high on my list of places to visit in 2020 and spend decent money. As it currently stands, KT has slipped down that list. If…
A couple thoughts from a guy in the heart of fat bike country (Minnesota). As Bike Nerd points out, conditions in the snow need to be goldilocks - not too cold but not above freezing, recently groomed not rutty, recent snow but not too much. When the conditions are right, its a lot of fun…
I liken Strava (or other apps) to alcohol, religion, and politics - should be enjoyed in moderation;-) Yes, sometimes we want to hammer it, record the data, pound our chest a little. But what I got from the article (and totally agree), is to balance that with occasionally slowing down - smell the dirt, look…
TK34   2 weeks ago
commented on What's Your Favorite Mountain Bike Color?
Santa Cruz 2018 Bronson army green. Almost bought one. Regret I didn't.
TK34   3 weeks ago
replied to Did you achieve your 2019 MTB Goals?
Hey RMap, I'd call that a solid PASS. Just the mileage and the Strava PRs makes it a great year alone!
TK34   on Dec 13, 2019
replied to Newbie Question
I have the 2018 5010 Carbon. Its a great bike. My Upper Midwest riding and preference is similar to what you describe: more flow than tech, some jumping and drops, but not...
If an e-bike gets you outside, if you're recovering from an injury, and especially for those getting older who want to stay active, I'm all for e-bikes. Maybe someday I'll join you. Now if you're younger/healthy and ride an e-bike more for the fun, go for it. Why do I care? Well, where I do…
TK34   on Nov 20, 2019
replied to Gloves without annoying seams
I'm a big fan of Fox Ranger gloves. Never noticed any seam irritation, they're economical, and have held up really well for me including occasionally throwing them in the washing machine.
TK34   on Oct 24, 2019
replied to Winter MTB Vacay
Coming from the Upper Midwest, my go-to Winter destination is Arizona. I schedule the flight for Phoenix, and then preference is to drive to Sedona. But sometimes the weather in Sedona isn't...
TK34   on Oct 24, 2019
replied to Is my bike wear and tear normal?
Aaron - welcome, and you've got a fine bike. I like to say that the "best" bike is the one that gets you on the trails. Ride the crap out of it! As...
TK34   on Oct 24, 2019
replied to Winter MTB Vacay
Garducio - temperature in Moab late November is borderline, depending on what you like. Average highs are high 40's F (high single digit C). But temps could be in the 50's or...
TK34   on Oct 21, 2019
added a review of Giants Ridge Downhill Bike Park

I'm stingy with the 5 stars, and this new downhill bike park is still under construction, but the builds of...
TK34   on Oct 21, 2019
added Giants Ridge Downhill Bike Park
As of October 2019, Giants Ridge has four gravity trails served by the Sarajevo Express chairlift. Two beginner runs, one...
TK34   on Oct 21, 2019
added 4 photos.
Tioga Minneflowta and Hockey Hair entry.
TK34   on Oct 19, 2019
added a review of Tioga

I save my 5 stars for truly epic trails, and while I can't call Tioga 5 stars yet, the potential...
TK34   on Oct 7, 2019
replied to Help me choose a bike?
I can't tell you what to buy, because ultimately there isn't one perfect bike for everyone. But I will add that I am a big advocate of the dropper post and 1X...
TK34   on Oct 3, 2019
replied to Lies we tell ourselves
I'm going to flip this a positive direction: "I don't have the skills for that drop/rock garden/gap." Until I get the balls to try it:-)
TK34   on Sep 10, 2019
replied to Dropper post on All Mountain bikes?
I'm a big believer in droppers for all types, especially for All Mountain (if what you're referring to is mid-level suspension travel that will be going both up and down hills). You...
TK34   on Sep 6, 2019
replied to Tubeless rims problem
My two cents that Plusbike and Rmap bring up a worthwhile point that everyone shouldn't just rush to tubeless because that's the cool thing. I've got two full squish bikes, one tubeless...
TK34   on Sep 6, 2019
replied to New Rider
I second Plusbike. For that budget, I would suggest one of the plus sized tire hardtails that he recommends. A full suspension for less than $1500 will be hard to find, and...
TK34   on Sep 4, 2019
replied to New member
First, I'll fully support the notion that if an eBike gets you outside and riding on any kind of trail that can support it, DO IT!  But I think the debate continues...
It depends on the type of lube. For an oil-based "wet" lube, I've found I can go much longer between re-lubing including when it gets wet. For that reason I use "wet"...
TK34   on Aug 22, 2019
replied to GPS vs Cycle Computer: Distance Accuracy
Thanks Jeff. I actually found and read this article before my post, but your follow-on statement about your subsequent test on a "dense and curvy" trail really speaks to my question, so...
TK34   on Aug 22, 2019
started a topic: GPS vs Cycle Computer: Distance Accuracy
I'm curious what other riders experience when comparing mountain bike distance traveled for a GPS app (like MapMyRide or Strava) vs. a cycle computer. For me, I've found that for road biking...
TK34   on Aug 22, 2019
replied to Entry level MTB upgrades
Like everyone says, don't overd0 the upgrades - just get riding. I agree with others that I would hold off on expensive upgrades like a fork or 1X gearing. But I'll chip...
TK34   on Aug 14, 2019
replied to colorado trails
Colorado is so wide-open with possibilities, its hard to single out one particular place. Crested Butte is on everyone's list, somewhat calendar dependent due to elevation. Grand Junction/Fruita area is drier, lower...
TK34   on Jul 23, 2019
replied to MTB in Oregon
I haven't been yet, but I've got Bend high on my list.
TK34   on Jul 2, 2019
replied to Looking to buy 1st mountain bike
I think you're on the right path - a quality hardtail is a great place to start. Marlin could be a very good fit if budget is a major concern, but if...
TK34   on Jun 29, 2019
replied to Hi, new member in Florida
I fully respect your effort to save some money, but check on the 1X gear setup and dropper post - can't recommend them enough. As for the 2.8" tires, I certainly don't...
TK34   on Jun 28, 2019
replied to Hi, new member in Florida
First, welcome! Strongly recommend you not worry about finding the "perfect" bike - make a good choice and get riding! Second, you're thinking makes a lot of sense for a hard tail...
TK34   on Jun 26, 2019
replied to BIG BOX against Established Brand
My two cents that I think the answer depends on how you're really going to use the bike. I personally wouldn't go cheap big-box, but if you're an occasional rider staying on...
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