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VT regularbike
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I can't believe this has been so close to my house and I just found out about it. Going to get to ride the mtb like every day now. So stoked.


Miguel wrote:
i mean as long as we're spending money, lets just set the wallet on fire ok

Mon, 03/05/2012 - 10:35
VT regularbike
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It's fast & super flowy albeit very short track but still hella fun. Will be a great skill builder for me.

Miguel wrote:
i mean as long as we're spending money, lets just set the wallet on fire ok

Mon, 03/05/2012 - 10:36
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Ultramontane Ft. Wade Simmons

http://www.pinkbike.com/video/244661/

I love these series of videos so far. As much as I love watching downhill bros do downhill bro type stuff, the majority of my riding involves pedalling and it's rad to see a video that reflects that side as well. Also, it's Wade Simmons so there's going to be downhill bro stuff in at some point, which in this video I think worked well.

Also, fuck dude is so smooth

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Mon, 03/05/2012 - 13:06
JonnieGonePlaid
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(Reply to #304)

Smitty wrote:
Ultramontane Ft. Wade Simmons

http://www.pinkbike.com/video/244661/

I love these series of videos so far. As much as I love watching downhill bros do downhill bro type stuff, the majority of my riding involves pedalling and it's rad to see a video that reflects that side as well. Also, it's Wade Simmons so there's going to be downhill bro stuff in at some point, which in this video I think worked well.

Also, fuck dude is so smooth

These videos have been really good so far, couldn't agree more. He gets his pedaling in and still spews gnar all over those evergreens.

Mon, 03/05/2012 - 13:56
stronglight1047
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(Reply to #305)

deadforkinglast wrote:
stronglight1047 wrote:
here's the $200 brodeal special. thanks for the advice, hope to get out on it this weekend. sorry, that's all the brick i could find.

That's an awesome deal. That's like you bought a Fox Fork and it came with a free bike. A decent bike, too.

thanks! got it out on the fire roads and a little singletrack above LA this weekend and had a great time. i don't know what i don't know, but it seems like the fork is working well and the bike is much easier to control over ruts and gravel than the fat tire road bikes i had been riding up there. i put some M520 pedals on it and some caps on the open ends of the bar but i'm probably going to just leave it alone now and ride it until something breaks.

Mon, 03/05/2012 - 14:46
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Committed yesterday to a 4 (maybe 5) person team for the 24 Hours Round the Clock (aka 24 hours of Spokane). Race is memorial day weekend. http://www.roundandround.com/RoundTheClock/RoundTheClock.php

First 24 hour race I've ever done. Excited/a little nervous. Time to kick the training into high gear. Snowboarding has taken up almost all of my weekends the last 2 months, so I hardly have any base miles under my belt (my 5 mile round-trip commute every day doesn't do a whole lot for fitness).

Looks like the best 4 person teams were doing about 80 miles per rider at 13-14 mph. That seems like a whole lot of off road riding to me.

Also time to start a hunt for a bike with suspension and gears (maybe even full suspension) to borrow for that weekend. The rigid 29er is a lot of fun for most of the riding I do, but it seems like it will literally be a pain for a 24 hour race.

Mon, 03/05/2012 - 16:34
akasnowmaaan
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(Reply to #307)

deadforkinglast wrote:
stronglight1047 wrote:
here's the $200 brodeal special. thanks for the advice, hope to get out on it this weekend. sorry, that's all the brick i could find.

That's an awesome deal. That's like you bought a Fox Fork and it came with a free bike. A decent bike, too.

A buddy of mine's had his since the model first came out, and he's worn through several sets of rims, a full drivetrain, and all sorts of other stuff and the bike just keeps going. He's done everything from XC to road commuting with slicks to chairlift down Mammoth every year.

Seriously puts the lie to people saying aluminum bikes are destined to break.

Should have said it was just a cross check with different geometry. - Todd

Mon, 03/05/2012 - 16:47
Elderbear
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Getting excited for mtbing here. Haven't been able to ride in snow much cos virtually nonexistent, and trails have been all squishy cos temperature swings.

Suspensionbros: My KM has been awesome, but I think it's time for a squishy fork for all day ride fun. Have had good experiences servicing RockShox, am between Recon Gold TK and Reba RL. Is "dual air" dampening something that's worth the extra cashes?

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Sat, 03/10/2012 - 14:07
NoahGenda
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My mtb bros, should I go Soma Groove or Salsa Ala Carte
Soma is twice as expensive as the ala carte, the ala carte is set up with tubeless already.
Both are rigid, but will put an 80 suspension fork on it (whichever one ends up being "it")

Also, the salsa is brown, and I dont know what color anodized goes well with brown, the soma is black/orange.

The best type of fit advice is internet fit advice.

Sat, 03/10/2012 - 14:40
Larry Winget
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(Reply to #310)

NoahGenda wrote:
My mtb bros, should I go Soma Groove or Salsa Ala Carte
Soma is twice as expensive as the ala carte, the ala carte is set up with tubeless already.
Both are rigid, but will put an 80 suspension fork on it (whichever one ends up being "it")

Also, the salsa is brown, and I dont know what color anodized goes well with brown, the soma is black/orange.

I would definitely go Salsa, with gold being the obvious matchy anno color.

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Sat, 03/10/2012 - 15:02
curiousincident
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sounds like a no brainer to me. get the ala carte. probably any ano color would work just as well as any other... gold, red, green....

Sat, 03/10/2012 - 15:05
NoahGenda
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Word, Salsa is complete at $450 which seems like a good deal, tubeless, full X7, BB7 brakes, etc.

I am stoked, this is exactly what I need for just hucking around. Its rigid right now, so I will ride it and then decide on a suspension fork.
My brain just goes to ano with mountain bikes.

The best type of fit advice is internet fit advice.

Sat, 03/10/2012 - 15:11
Russell
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(Reply to #313)

NoahGenda wrote:
My brain just goes to ano with mountain bikes.

as it should, I vote for pink

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Sat, 03/10/2012 - 15:12
curiousincident
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^ pink would be rad.

Sat, 03/10/2012 - 15:14
motorbacon
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(Reply to #315)

Elderbear wrote:
Getting excited for mtbing here. Haven't been able to ride in snow much cos virtually nonexistent, and trails have been all squishy cos temperature swings.

Suspensionbros: My KM has been awesome, but I think it's time for a squishy fork for all day ride fun. Have had good experiences servicing RockShox, am between Recon Gold TK and Reba RL. Is "dual air" dampening something that's worth the extra cashes?

Look into the xfusion forks. They just came out with their 29er series. If you want to wait a few months, i'll be able to give you a review cause I get them at cost. If not, go with reba. Reba is good. Face had one on his ss and pretty sure he was content with it.

Sat, 03/10/2012 - 15:30
deadforkinglast
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Reba is awesome. I will likely be ep-ing an x-fusion for my chameleon sometime soon, probably the velvet rl in a 120mm travel setting. I am pretty excited, just need to figure out the money situation for thenext few months.

Sat, 03/10/2012 - 15:36
NoahGenda
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who is carrying the x fusion stuff? QBP/SBS/etc?

The best type of fit advice is internet fit advice.

Sat, 03/10/2012 - 15:38
Russell
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hella jellz of your deal btw.

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Sat, 03/10/2012 - 15:43
timberland boots
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Yeah I was thinking about x-fusion myself as they've been getting really solid reviews. Marzocchi's new forks have been generating a lot of positive buzz too, I just mounted one on my bike but haven't had a chane to try it out on account of winter

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Sat, 03/10/2012 - 15:59
curiousincident
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(Reply to #320)

NoahGenda wrote:
who is carrying the x fusion stuff? QBP/SBS/etc?

Q does. looks like a whole bunch of x-fusion stuff will be hitting stock in the first week of april.

they seem pretty damn good for the money, and all the reviews i've seen back that.

Sat, 03/10/2012 - 16:00
NoahGenda
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My local mtb know-it-all guy has nothing but positive things to say about x-fusion, cost is real nice too.
Probs gonna grab one come summer for new bike.

The best type of fit advice is internet fit advice.

Sat, 03/10/2012 - 16:09
Elderbear
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(Reply to #322)

motorbacon wrote:
Elderbear wrote:
Getting excited for mtbing here. Haven't been able to ride in snow much cos virtually nonexistent, and trails have been all squishy cos temperature swings.

Suspensionbros: My KM has been awesome, but I think it's time for a squishy fork for all day ride fun. Have had good experiences servicing RockShox, am between Recon Gold TK and Reba RL. Is "dual air" dampening something that's worth the extra cashes?

Look into the xfusion forks. They just came out with their 29er series. If you want to wait a few months, i'll be able to give you a review cause I get them at cost. If not, go with reba. Reba is good. Face had one on his ss and pretty sure he was content with it.

Just saw the 29er stuff from xfusion while browsing on Q. Hmmm... what makes xfusion potentially more desireable in your opinion?

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Sat, 03/10/2012 - 16:28
deadforkinglast
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All metal internals, good prices and a serious ramp up in quality of suspension in recent years. A few friends of mine have them and I can say that they feel almost as good as my fox, which is about the highest praise I usually give a fork.

Sat, 03/10/2012 - 16:43
Elderbear
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I see... have heard great things about 'em, just haven't seen many or ridden with many folks who've got 'em. Let the contemplation begin!

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Sat, 03/10/2012 - 17:06
anomaly

Broke my finger on the first descent on day 1 of 4 day MTB weekend =/ I still put in another 20 miles yesterday but swelling got pretty bad and the doc said I need to stay off the bike a few days.

Sat, 03/10/2012 - 19:38
motorbacon
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(Reply to #326)

Mr. Bear wrote:
Broke my finger on the first descent on day 1 of 4 day MTB weekend =/ I still put in another 20 miles yesterday but swelling got pretty bad and the doc said I need to stay off the bike a few days.

Sucks. Just tape it up and go ride.... atleast you had squishy fork....

About the Xfusion stuff, it will be available in March from what I understand. I'm friends with a bunch of racerbro's who are sponsored by xfusion and a few other companies and I can get the 29er fork with remote lock out for stupidly cheap.

Should be grabbing one in a month or two. The rigid fork is fun and all, but I'd rather have some squishyness going on as long and choppy descents suck asshole.

Sat, 03/10/2012 - 19:51
motorbacon
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Started way later than expected, but it was a pretty miserable ride for me. I wasn't able to get my lungs going til I hit the rocky ridge climb, and this was after riding from bernal, doing reverse stiles, then stiles and finally rocky ridge.

Then on the descent on rocky ridge I clotheslined myself on that damn branch. First time I wore sunglasses (doctor's orders) and damn thankful I did. Dented the helmet and left some bark on my glasses' frame. Only scratch was on my eyebrow, but it was a pretty good hit. Anyways, kept on riding after taking inventory of myself and felt good. Now my neck is sore and sense of smell is a bit funky but it's starting to get better.

Amazing day out though. Sad to see those clouds coming in....'

Beer time.

Sat, 03/10/2012 - 19:51
motorbacon
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I'll try get pictures of Rocky Ridge later in the week. Shit you not, it's like Mars threw meteors or something at earth and they all landed in one place and someone decided to make it a trail. Bet snowmannnn would agree. The climb is brutal. Not steep, but stupidly technical.

Sat, 03/10/2012 - 19:53
jamey
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First ride on my tubeless wheelset. I ran the rear at 25psi and the front at about 20psi. The "squeeze test" felt just right, but I was hitting my rim with that psi, which is weird, cause I'm a super small dude. The tires grabbed super well, especially on the most excruciating steep/rocky fireroad climb ever. Overall, I really liked how they road today.

Shitty pic that doesn't really show its steepness or length. Shit snakes around a few times, which tricks you into thinking the climb is almost over, every time. Bastard.

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Sat, 03/10/2012 - 20:52
curiousincident
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yep, that branch looks like a real buzzkill when it comes to gettin' rad off that little rock drop. glad you're alright.

reminds me of when i was a kid in my parent's house when i got too excited running down the stairs to the basement i'd bash my forehead on a low edge of the ceiling. there's a permanent dent in the drywall, that fucker took me out so many times. might explain some things...

Sat, 03/10/2012 - 20:53
Russell
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(Reply to #331)

motorbacon wrote:

looks like a guy dancin

MoonCat wrote:
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Sat, 03/10/2012 - 21:10
jamey
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skanking

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Sat, 03/10/2012 - 21:14
anomaly
(Reply to #333)

motorbacon wrote:
Mr. Bear wrote:
Broke my finger on the first descent on day 1 of 4 day MTB weekend =/ I still put in another 20 miles yesterday but swelling got pretty bad and the doc said I need to stay off the bike a few days.

Sucks. Just tape it up and go ride.... atleast you had squishy fork....

About the Xfusion stuff, it will be available in March from what I understand. I'm friends with a bunch of racerbro's who are sponsored by xfusion and a few other companies and I can get the 29er fork with remote lock out for stupidly cheap.

Should be grabbing one in a month or two. The rigid fork is fun and all, but I'd rather have some squishyness going on as long and choppy descents suck asshole.

I'll be back on Monday or so but it killed my day in Santa Cruz and my Annadel plans for tomorrow.

XFusion has made a big play lately, I might give them a shot.

Sat, 03/10/2012 - 21:19
timberland boots
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Overhanging branches are the fucking worst. Gave myself a concussion last summer on one of those with a poorly designed trail layout ridden for the first time

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Sat, 03/10/2012 - 21:20
deadforkinglast
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(Reply to #335)

Mr. Bear wrote:
motorbacon wrote:
Mr. Bear wrote:
Broke my finger on the first descent on day 1 of 4 day MTB weekend =/ I still put in another 20 miles yesterday but swelling got pretty bad and the doc said I need to stay off the bike a few days.

Sucks. Just tape it up and go ride.... atleast you had squishy fork....

About the Xfusion stuff, it will be available in March from what I understand. I'm friends with a bunch of racerbro's who are sponsored by xfusion and a few other companies and I can get the 29er fork with remote lock out for stupidly cheap.

Should be grabbing one in a month or two. The rigid fork is fun and all, but I'd rather have some squishyness going on as long and choppy descents suck asshole.

I'll be back on Monday or so but it killed my day in Santa Cruz and my Annadel plans for tomorrow.

XFusion has made a big play lately, I might give them a shot.

Sorry to hear about your hand, dude. Injuries aside, I hope you had fun in Santa Cruz. You at least got to ride two of the best trails out there, Mailboxes and Sweetness. That little trail on campus, Star Wars, would be better if it were longer and if that big fallen tree hadn't sunk another five feet, but I hope that was some consolation for not getting to hit Mailboxes again.

My knee still hurts from that stupid fall at the bottom of Sweetness. Fucking bikes, man.

Sat, 03/10/2012 - 21:55
Russell
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we need to do some trail maintenance. gonna buy a folding shovel soon. i'll bring my saw and show that tree who's boss.

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Sat, 03/10/2012 - 21:56
anomaly
(Reply to #337)

deadforkinglast wrote:
Sorry to hear about your hand, dude. Injuries aside, I hope you had fun in Santa Cruz. You at least got to ride two of the best trails out there, Mailboxes and Sweetness. That little trail on campus, Star Wars, would be better if it were longer and if that big fallen tree hadn't sunk another five feet, but I hope that was some consolation for not getting to hit Mailboxes again.

My knee still hurts from that stupid fall at the bottom of Sweetness. Fucking bikes, man.

Aye, I had a blast. I wish I could've ridden West Ridge today as well as Mailboxes a few more times.

The shop I demoed the SL-R from said I could demo another bike for free given how my day went sideways.

Sat, 03/10/2012 - 22:24
anomaly

Also, not interested in riding with those dudes again. They can shred but continually dropped people who had no idea where they were.

Sat, 03/10/2012 - 22:26
Russell
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(Reply to #339)

Mr. Bear wrote:
Also, not interested in riding with those dudes again. They can shred but continually dropped people who had no idea where they were.

always a party foul

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Sat, 03/10/2012 - 22:28
bobbythehawk
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(Reply to #340)

jamey wrote:
First ride on my tubeless wheelset. I ran the rear at 25psi and the front at about 20psi. The "squeeze test" felt just right, but I was hitting my rim with that psi, which is weird, cause I'm a super small dude. The tires grabbed super well

a. i dont think bike pump gauges ready very well at low pressures. I ride on "16 (or lower) psi front 18 psi rear" and everybody calls BS. I donno.

b. try n ride smooth!

Sat, 03/10/2012 - 22:37
bobbythehawk
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(Reply to #341)

Mr. Bear wrote:
Also, not interested in riding with those dudes again. They can shred but continually dropped people who had no idea where they were.

thats rough man! usually at least someone out of the group will chill out and wait at junctions/tell you where to go.

Sat, 03/10/2012 - 22:39
jamey
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(Reply to #342)

richbobby wrote:
jamey wrote:
First ride on my tubeless wheelset. I ran the rear at 25psi and the front at about 20psi. The "squeeze test" felt just right, but I was hitting my rim with that psi, which is weird, cause I'm a super small dude. The tires grabbed super well

a. i dont think bike pump gauges ready very well at low pressures. I ride on "16 (or lower) psi front 18 psi rear" and everybody calls BS. I donno.

b. try n ride smooth!

Yeah, I think the smoothness factor was the big key player. They felt great, just not when I was hitting decent sized rocks. Is this just one of the drawbacks to riding lower pressure? If so, what do you do if you just have to go down rocky trails and there is no clean line? Maybe I wasn't hitting my rim as bad as I thought?

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Sat, 03/10/2012 - 22:45
JUGE FREDD
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(Reply to #343)

richbobby wrote:
jamey wrote:
First ride on my tubeless wheelset. I ran the rear at 25psi and the front at about 20psi. The "squeeze test" felt just right, but I was hitting my rim with that psi, which is weird, cause I'm a super small dude. The tires grabbed super well

i dont think bike pump gauges ready very well at low pressures. I ride on "16 (or lower) psi front 18 psi rear" and everybody calls BS. I donno.

indeed, no pump gauge works worth a damn remotely low

so buy this: http://www.amazon.com/Meiser-Presta-Valve-Gauge-Pressure-Relief/dp/B004XISIK4

accurate to 0.25psi and even more precise — on a big 29er tire it takes like 5 sec for the bleed button to drop a psi

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Sat, 03/10/2012 - 22:53
bobbythehawk
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yeah! i have a really good gauge from when i used to race karts. I'll break that out and see what i really run.

(also, 2.4/2.25 tyres) so maybe ?!?? we'll see.

jamie - i usually only pwang when im really sloppy and hit a square edge. knowing me, thats like twice a ride

Sat, 03/10/2012 - 23:11
motorbacon
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Tubeless on a rigid is amazing. Thats all I know.

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 00:07
deadforkinglast
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(Reply to #346)

Mr. Bear wrote:
Also, not interested in riding with those dudes again. They can shred but continually dropped people who had no idea where they were.

Yeah, they can definitely be dicks about that sometimes. They are good dudes once you get to know them, but are a couple of fucking hyperactive kids with short attention spans. They don't mean to drop, they just don't think to wait. Which is not significantly better.

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 13:39
CheshireCat
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DFL: I know the feeling. I'm insanely bad about that. I get wrapped up in what im doing and forget to wait up. Luckily I usually have friends who are a little more 'with it' to remind me to wait up at the top of climbs. I get dropped on descents anyway lol.

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Sun, 03/11/2012 - 14:31
jamey
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(Reply to #348)

CheshireCat wrote:
DFL: I know the feeling. I'm insanely bad about that. I get wrapped up in what im doing and forget to wait up. Luckily I usually have friends who are a little more 'with it' to remind me to wait up at the top of climbs. I get dropped on descents anyway lol.

This is me, too. I can do some dropping if it's on a road bike, but absolutely not if it's mountain biking.

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Sun, 03/11/2012 - 16:51
timberland boots
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Hit up the skills park today while waiting for the trails to dry up. That new Marzocchi 55 is really fucking smooth, I love it. Having trouble getting the threshold and compression adjustments to have any noticeable effect at all but it's super plush and doesn't dive under braking anyway so it's not a huge priority

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Sun, 03/11/2012 - 18:11
motorbacon
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Great morning ride with a couple friends. One has hammerfest add and is stupidly fast on a 35 lb 2x1 fat bike and the other is just stupid fast and has one speed:hammer. No one else showed up, so it was just us three. I lost a lung. My entire body is sore. Extremely technical climbs, switchbacks, short hell grades, you name it. We rode it. Both ex roadies that turned to mountain bikes and have proper mtb skillset. It's rough.

Great ride. Good peoples. Slow me.

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 19:04

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