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Alternatives for Shimano Brake Pads - April 29, 2021, 2:30 p.m.

My last pair of brake pads were galfer pro compounds. They took way longer than Shimano's to bed in (especially on the rear) but once bedded in had noticeably better power than the Shimano ice tech semi-metallics they replaced. I was riding a decent amount in wet conditions though, and they wore out faster than any pad I've used before (put them on in November, lasted for about a month and a half of winter riding). Even riding in winter and wet conditions I generally get at least double the ride time from Shimano's so I switched back for this round. I'm curious to see if any of these other options last with decent power!

Introducing the Zipp 3ZERO MOTO Wheel Series - April 8, 2019, 9:42 p.m.

For me and a few other riders I know, an appeal of carbon rims is their enhanced ability to hold a true despite riding aggressively in rougher terrain. I might be totally wrong here, but I'm inclined to think that a carbon rim with more vertical flex/compliance might lead to greater changes in spoke tension, thereby reducing a rim's ability to hold a true.  It'll be interesting to see if their durability claims pan out nonetheless.

Gateway Drugs For Kids - July 3, 2015, 7:29 p.m.

As a teen who's getting into the sport of mountain biking, I find all this incredibly interesting and applicable to my own progression. My first 'real' mountain bike was a stretch for me and had a similar birthday plus christmas plus allowance deal rolled in with it, but that bike has opened up more doors for me. Now, I'm lucky enough to ride for a local race team that has made acquiring new rigs much easier, and I'm able to support my hobby by working a summer job.

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