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gar29   on May 29, 2017
rode 8.3 miles at Jenkinson Lake Loop
 

Sly Park with Drew and Hayden via Strava
gar29   on May 29, 2017
updated Jenkinson Lake Loop conditions to Fair
 
gar29   on Jul 9, 2016
replied to Hard-Tails or Full Suspension?
 
I added tubeless and decent tires to my 29er hard tail, that gave me plenty of cush to tear up trails that don't have super technical downhills.  I've found that I'm riding that almost exclusively now and saving my full suspension bike for the bike parks and long downhill rides like Downieville.  If I was…
I appreciate all the comments about this bike will let you ride, it will, but that is an older rig with a rigid fork and v-brakes, right?  If you want something new, you can pick up a 29er hardtail for under $1k that will immediately help you bring it up a notch.  The addition of disk…
gar29   on Jul 9, 2016
replied to Help needed with getting started!
 
I still like my camelbak, You pay a bit extra but they really last.  I've had mine for 10+ years and it's still in great shape.  Just have to replace the bladder every so often.
That was a fun video!  I was thinking the section through the trees looked sketchy as hell!  It was great (probably not for him!) when he hit that first jump and took the tumble!  I saw a guy try to ride a Huffy like that at Northstar, he didn't even make it through one decent…
gar29   on Jul 3, 2016
replied to Tell me something about this GIANT please
 
Boulders are about $350 new.  I'm guessing it's a bit old, the components and fork are probably pretty worn.  It would keep you riding for  bit, maybe enough to save for a new bike!
gar29   on Jul 3, 2016
replied to Front fork recommendation
 
The TK Gold and XC 30 are good options.  I have experience with both and they work well.  Make sure to stick to an air fork.  Those cheap Suntours don't work well, IMO, and I don't blame you for wanting to change!
It looks like a nice bike, well taken care of, but I'd personnally have a hard time paying that much for a 8 year old bike.
gar29   on Jun 11, 2016
updated Sweetwater Trail conditions to Good
 
gar29   on Jun 10, 2016
replied to Need some tire recommendations
 
I've heard good things about Minion front, Ardent rear.  Supposed to have traction all day long.
gar29   on Jun 10, 2016
replied to Toughest Sidewalls for XC
 
I like WTBs.  I'm 200lbs and ride agressively.  I haven't had any issues. On my 26" FS, I'm running Bronson's and on my 29er I run Trail Boss on the rear and Vigilante on the front.  All are TCS and set up tubeless.  Going down to 25psi hasn't been an issue, I did note some…
Great pictures and story, thanks for sharing!
gar29   on May 17, 2016
replied to Stripped thread on crank arm
 
I get your point about the second hand parts.  The problem you might run into with the second hand crank is  worn out chain rings.  If your current ones will transfer over, that will work out, but if not, you might be looking for those next. Good luck whichever direction you go!
gar29   on May 16, 2016
replied to Stripped thread on crank arm
 
Can you order from Chain Reaction Cycles?  They have pretty good international shipping options and are cheap. How does your bottom bracket feel?  If spins smoothly, with no grinding, I'd just leave it.  I personally wouldn't go with the square taper BB, it will limit your choices in cranks.
gar29   on Mar 13, 2016
replied to Have you watched Ashes to Agassiz
 
The full movie is on Amazon also.  Looks pretty crazy!  The Mad Max-esque scenes look pretty, ummm, interesting!
gar29   on Mar 13, 2016
replied to Recovery
 
One supplement I like, and is often overlooked, is CoQ10, which is generally sold for cardiovascular health.  It improves blood flow and I've notice leg cramping while using it.
gar29   on Mar 13, 2016
replied to Opinions - Sexism in Cycling
 
Interesting article.  One thing I think, even if the company has to apologize, they do wind up getting plenty of press from it, which equals free advertising.
gar29   on Mar 10, 2016
replied to Chest mount for smartphone...
 
The helmet mount from the review is pretty crazy!
gar29   on Mar 10, 2016
replied to This bike bell is seriously dope
 
That's pretty cool.  been wanting a bell, maybe this is the one.
gar29   on Mar 10, 2016
replied to Dealing with the wife and new bikes
 
It is definitely harder to buy a new one when you have a child. I rode my last bike for close to 10 years.  The important thing to me was to buy one that you feel will be relevant for a while and you can update as you go.  That philosophy kept me riding on…
gar29   on Mar 9, 2016
replied to Tailgate pads
 
What do you guys think about this.  I don't have the extra cash right now to throw out on a nice pad (I have a homemade bed rail setup in my truck) but we do shuttle runs a lot and the fork rail mount is a pain in that case.  I was thinking of picking…
gar29   on Mar 9, 2016
replied to Tubeless rim tape width?
 
Hey there Fishboy.  Super busy at work, been keeping me away from more casual surfing.  It's faculty recruitment time at the university, and that's what I do....
gar29   on Mar 9, 2016
replied to Dealing with the wife and new bikes
 
I got lucky, the wife bought me a new bike for Christmas :)  I did buy her a new road bike for her birthday, so I'm sure that helped...
gar29   on Feb 15, 2016
updated Clementine / Forresthill Connector Trail
 
to Dusty.
gar29   on Feb 15, 2016
checked in at Clementine / Forresthill Connector Trail
 
gar29   on Feb 15, 2016
updated Clementine Loop
 
to Dry.
gar29   on Feb 15, 2016
checked in at Clementine Loop
 
gar29   on Dec 13, 2015
checked in at Salmon Falls
 
gar29   on Dec 7, 2015
added a review of Rockville Park
 

The trail is well maintained and in good condition. The trail is a good beginner/intermediate trail with only a few...
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