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TK34   on May 22, 2019
replied to New phenomenon when getting air
 
I second the narrow-wide chain ring. I was having the chain jump nearly every ride with a chain guide, in fact one particular trail where the chain would jump at the exact...
TK34   on May 9, 2019
replied to e-bikes
 
I certainly get both perspectives, and I won't pretend to have "the" answer. On the one hand, I sure hope to be doing off-road close to my last days on earth, and...
1) there is no chance I could ride that climb from 5500 to 7500 feet, and I doubt I could ever get to the fitness/skill level to accomplish it. 2) it would have...
TK34   on May 7, 2019
replied to e-bikes
 
Be advised to your buddy that e-bikes on mountain bike trails is a sensitive issue with many, and on many trails they are not allowed. I suspect this will be an evolving...
TK34   on Apr 30, 2019
replied to Backcountry.com
 
I concur. I've made a few purchases on Backcountry and had no issues.
TK34   on Apr 28, 2019
added a review of Hillside Park
 

I'll give it 3 stars, but understand that I give Twin Cities trails like Leb, Murphy, and Elm Creek 4...
TK34   on Apr 14, 2019
added a review of Back 40
 

I'm kind of between 3 & 4 stars on this loop, but I went 4 cause the effort and trail...
TK34   on Apr 14, 2019
added a review of Coler Mountain Bike Preserve
 

Solid 4 stars from me. Quality craftsmanship for these downhill runs, excellent jumps and table tops, cool hub area. But...
TK34   on Apr 14, 2019
added a review of Slaughter Pen Trail
 

I'm stingy with the 5 stars, but I gotta go 5 on Slaughter Pen based on variety, craftsmanship, location, signage,...
TK34   on Apr 14, 2019
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Bentonville Back 40
TK34   on Apr 7, 2019
replied to Looking for help/guidance
 
First of all, welcome to the sport. For so many of us, off road is not just exercise, but a way of life. But with that said, I would hate to tell...
TK34   on Apr 7, 2019
replied to Looking for help/guidance
 
A quick follow-up on major component selection, regardless of whether full squish or hard tail. I strongly recommend a 1x gear setup (which means no front derailleur) and a dropper post (for...
TK34   on Apr 1, 2019
replied to How do you feel about litter on the trail?
 
I would say I'm pleasantly surprised I don't notice much on my usual trails. 100% honest answer that if I see some when I'm ripping along I'm not likely to stop and...
TK34   on Mar 21, 2019
replied to Looking for Beginner Trails in Denver
 
As a fellow non-Coloradoan (but I do travel to Denver often), I would recommend you try Marshall Mesa / Doudy Draw trails and the University Bikes shop, both in and near Boulder....
TK34   on Mar 21, 2019
replied to Best trails to hit in Colorado
 
Like Plusbike Nerd says, its a big state with many MB options in different places. I had a great experience in Fruita a couple years ago, and I think you could find...
The term "flow" trail seems to have evolved into a definition of a machine-built, generally smooth trail that usually includes berms and rollers. And I do enjoy these types of trails, particularly when visiting a trail I've never ridden and want to avoid the harsh, unknown tech that might get me in trouble. But for…
Brian - this is a GREAT topic and I look forward to the series. I have zero doubt that trail riding helps with mental balance.
TK34   on Feb 27, 2019
replied to Best Full Suspension Mountain Bike
 
You're going to find a great bike in that price range, and the "best" bike is the one that gets you riding. I've ridden Stumpy, Trance, Fuel, and Hightower - all excellent....
TK34   on Feb 24, 2019
replied to Backcountry rides this year
 
Good topic. In the upper-midwest, I would suggest the Chequamegon area in North Central Wisconsin is a great site for great back-country trails that are more natural than machine-built. Many different trails...
TK34   on Feb 20, 2019
replied to I'm going crazy, please give advise
 
That's an awesome bike (as are many others on your list). I went with the 5010 only cause the Bronson was a little overkill for my upper Midwest trails, but I was...
TK34   on Feb 20, 2019
replied to I'm going crazy, please give advise
 
I think Plusbike Nerd and Cdreid7 nailed it. You've listed some great bikes - don't over-think the label, and concentrate more on the primary features. With what you've described, I'd like to...
 
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   on Jan 29, 2019
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...
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...
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