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I started riding at age 50 through the prompting of my sons. Now I am totally addicted and only wish I would have started earlier in life. Having lived in Mongolia for over 20 years, my favorite riding experience is exploring the many mountains of the country for new trails.

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Nice Greg. Camaraderie, physical and mental challenge, exploration, experiencing nature/creation, reflection, high speed fun (why can't I get away from that one =) ), and helping others (giving not just receiving) -- mountain biking offers so much to those who have a keen interest in it. It most certainly enriches our lives, and we are…
I was hoping to ride a couple of the better trails in MS last fall on a trip to GA, but I ended up having to shorten the trip and fly, rather drive. Bummer. I wanted to hit the better trails of MS, AL and GA for the first time, but missed out. Hope to…
mongwolf   1 day ago
replied to Getting Back at It!
 
Wow, I can't imagine what your life has been like the past few years.  But way to go for not letting the tumor/ear get the best of you.  A you know better...
Wow, nice to see components like the Eagle 1x12 at this price point. I think we have begun to see some downward pressure on mtb prices. For some years there, it was a pretty strongly upward sloping price curve.
mongwolf   2 days ago
replied to Giant limited lifetime warranty
 
Do any mtb companies offer frame warranties than extend to second owners?

I concur with Stillfat's spin. This is playful little ride to throw in as an extra if you are riding...
mongwolf   3 days ago
commented on a photo of Khargana Gol
 
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mongwolf   3 days ago
commented on a photo of Khargana Gol
 
It's not as easy as it looks, standing in the stream. The water is frigid even in July.
 
Thanks for the input Sweets.  Lots to think about.  I'll do a little background reading on what you have suggested.  I ride a lot of big backcountry in Mongolia and CO --...
mongwolf   5 days ago
added a photo of Khargana Gol
 
The beautiful backcountry of Khargana Gol (pronounced "Hargone" "Gaul"). Gol means stream in Mongolian. Khargana Gol is located mostly east...
mongwolf   5 days ago
started a topic: e*thirteen's TRS+ 1x11 9-46 cassette
 
Does anyone have any experience with e*thirteen's 1x11 TRS+ 9-46 cassette (the "Eleven+")?  With 511% range it sounds pretty nice.  I got a little curious about it, reading the YT article that...
 
Looks like you've been outdone on the beard Greg. LOL. Awesome photo.

Only 290g with a large platform, narrow profile, super good grip, and classic look. Superlight 9/16" Titanium axle. Large 105x105mm platform. Lightweight Magnesium...
mongwolf   5 days ago
added DMR Vault (Mg) Superlight
 
9/16" Titanium axle. 105x105mm platform. Magnesium body. Ultra low profile 17mm with concave foot-bed. Tunable stud or bolt pins can be fitted to fine...
mongwolf   6 days ago
replied to GIOSBR Stage 2
 
She's a real beaut.  When will be her maiden voyage?
Some interesting comments and thoughts by all. As most know, a saddle too high can cause the hips to rock back and forth and lead to lower back issues. I see this periodically when riding easier trails where there are more noobs riding. Very generally, you want a small amount of bend in your knee…
One of those awesome moments on the trail.
mongwolf   1 week ago
replied to Upgrades to improve bike fit
 
Yes, I'm doing a little on my old HD to get ready for warmer weather too.  Cheers.  Ride on.
I think rmap is mostly right -- reasonably measurable goals with a good strategy. Personally, I don't plan to start working on my riding goals until the first of March because January and February are such a wash in Mongolia. If I get some riding in before March, it's a plus. I also think keeping…
I recently blew up my derailleur and didn't even feel the impact and the hanger was just fine.  The derailleur took the brunt of the impact, not the hanger.  That can happen. ...
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mongwolf   1 week ago
replied to Upgrades to improve bike fit
 
Well then, the extra gear could be worth it to you.  I added an easier granny gear on a bike a couple of years ago (not on a 1x system) and wow...
mongwolf   1 week ago
replied to Upgrades to improve bike fit
 
We are just missing each other in internet space. =)  
mongwolf   1 week ago
replied to Upgrades to improve bike fit
 
Oh I just reread and saw you have the NX on your bike.  Sorry about that.  So are you feeling that you need that extra gear to make really tough climbs easier? ...
mongwolf   1 week ago
replied to Upgrades to improve bike fit
 
What is your current drivetrain?  And we do you think a new dt will help you on your climbs?  Did you see my questions about climbs? Any thoughts?
mongwolf   1 week ago
replied to Upgrades to improve bike fit
 
When you say you are having problems climbing, is the front end wandering on you or is the rear losing traction?  Or are you just getting tired on the climbs?  Or is...
mongwolf   1 week ago
replied to Upgrades to improve bike fit
 
To make the bike more trail-like, maybe you want to lighten it up a bit and speed it up a bit: 1.)  lighter high quality tires are probably the first place to consider...
mongwolf   1 week ago
replied to Upgrades to improve bike fit
 
So Ben, when you say want to make the bike more trail-like, what are the issues you are dealing with besides you thinking that it is too much bike?  For example, are...
mongwolf   1 week ago
commented on Crashes Happen. Keep Moving Forward
 
Mike, I loved your article and especially your thought about planning long solo rides in new terrain. Long solo exploration rides definitely have inherent risks in them, but nothing is more satisfying in mountain biking to me -- the preparation, the anticipation, the map work, the sat image work, the actual exploration and navigation on…
mongwolf   1 week ago
commented on Crashes Happen. Keep Moving Forward
 
Wow, great thoughts rmap !!!!!!! It seems the health benefits of mountain biking are often spoken of but rarely in the context/discussion about the health risks of mtbing. I say that as I am presently rehabbing a lower leg deep gash I got 30 days ago on a ride in CO. LOL. I didn't go…
mongwolf   1 week ago
replied to 5'6" 29er size selection
 
Smart.  Take your time.  If it is not clear at the store, I would ask if you could demo both bikes on a local trail.  It is a big purchase.
mongwolf   1 week ago
replied to 5'6" 29er size selection
 
It is a big decision.  If you haven't already, I strongly recommend that you get on each sized bike and test ride them.  In years gone by I would almost always recommended...
mongwolf   1 week ago
added 4 photos.
 
Some late September larch colors, looking north.
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mongwolf   1 week ago
added a review of Two Dogs
 

I love this little loop. The climbs are stout, and the downhills are very fast. It is a mix of...
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mongwolf   1 week ago
added a review of Two Dogs
 

I failed to mention in my first review why the trail is called Two Dogs. There are a couple of...
mongwolf   1 week ago
added Two Dogs
 
Head west from the THD on a 4WD two track. Go about quarter of a mile (~0.5km), and you will...
I've been following this forum quietly and with envy. =)  Congrats to Phanton and Alvin.  Good times ahead obviously.
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mongwolf   1 week ago
replied to Best online shop to get upgrades?
 
I've gotten some good deals at Colorado Cyclist occasionally.
mongwolf   1 week ago
added a map of Two Dogs
 
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mongwolf   1 week ago
added a map of Two Dogs
 
 

Here's a good trail map for Versailles https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/7d0d46_88bda7b8363f4e3b9ab9c913c3000099.pdf
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