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All the Small Things - Oct. 20, 2020, 6:28 p.m.

Nobody in any of my riding groups wear glasses. I know some people wear them all the time, but I would say the majority of people around here don't. Definitely not a must have item.

SKS Airspy Review - Sept. 22, 2020, 8:06 a.m.

I added a good quality pressure gauge to my floor pump. Makes it fast and easy to top up tire pressures before a ride. No need for a seperate pressure gauge.

Also, how long before these get plugged with sealant?

The Only Drivetrain That Matters - July 6, 2020, 3:02 p.m.

That doesn't sound good. Looks like I will be (happily) running my trusty XT 11-speed for a while yet.

Dear Uncle Dave: What's with the Drivetrain Cartels? - June 26, 2020, 3:01 p.m.

IMO, Shimano is better value and is more robust than SRAM. SRAM works beautifully when it is new and properly tuned, but Shimano seems more tolerant of wear and misalignment. I have been running the 11-speed sunrace cassettes for quite a while now and they're great. They shift fine and last reasonably well.

SRAM Launches new 52-tooth Eagle Drivetrains - June 25, 2020, 2:52 p.m.

That's brutal, and yeah you aren't the only one with this problem. I am hoping microspline is a better design.

SRAM Launches new 52-tooth Eagle Drivetrains - June 11, 2020, 2:03 p.m.

Me! I run Shimano 11-speed with the Sunrace 11-46 on all my MTB's. Very cost-effective, reliable, and acceptable level of shifting performance. I much prefer the smaller gear-tooth steps on the Sunrace compared to the Shimano cassette. I love all the new drivetrain stuff because it helps drive down the cost of the tried-and-true previous generations.

The Best Part of Mountain Biking is all the Parts - June 6, 2020, 8:25 p.m.

That was great Cam, thanks for writing it. I think there is a word for that feeling you are describing. Joy. 

I am 59 and appreciate every day I get out on my bike. None of us know how long we will have that ability. There is something special about a ride with friends/family, and the post-ride beer never tasted sweeter.

Over-Forking The North Shore - May 22, 2020, 1:15 p.m.

Definitely. And it's very noticeable when you have gone past the sweet spot. Tried running a 160 mm fork on a spitfire and it felt wrong. Dropped it to 150 and it felt perfectly balanced. I just upped the travel on my Fugitive from 150 to 160, and I initially didn't love it. Removed a token, dropped some pressure, and lowered the stem a couple of mm and it's now perfect.

Godwin's Law of E-Bikes - May 2, 2020, 1:30 p.m.

Well said sir. I couldn't agree more.

Godwin's Law of E-Bikes - May 1, 2020, 9:24 p.m.

I agree that these things are clearly not the same as a motorcycle or motorbike. The are obviously a motorized bike however. Is calling them this inflammatory? (Serious question).

e*thirteen Vario Dropper Remote & 180mm Vario Dropper Post - April 24, 2020, 7:38 p.m.

"Don’t interrupt said seat tube with pivots or bends and all of a sudden min 150mm posts are possible for short riders as well. It’s really no different than how desirable straight seat tubes were pre-dropper posts and plenty of companies found a way then."

One of the many reasons knolly bikes are so appealing.

A Month with the Santa Cruz Heckler E-Bike - April 23, 2020, 12:54 p.m.

"Do you really think there are people that don't realize that e-bikes have motors? That the name fools people?"

No, of course not. However, by sliding that e- in front of the word bike, they are implying that motorized bikes are pretty much the same thing as a real bike. They aren't.

A Month with the Santa Cruz Heckler E-Bike - April 22, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

I think motorized bicycle is the most accurate term. Sure, They are a motorized cycle, but they're not the same thing as a motorcycle.

I think the term E-bike is a slimy way to market these as being essentially the same as a real bike.

A Month with the Santa Cruz Heckler E-Bike - April 22, 2020, 7:21 p.m.

No, They aren't just E-bikes. They are motorized bicycles. The E-bike term is the marketing department trying to pass them off as the same as real bikes, and minimizing the fact that they have a motor. Terminology matters.

A Month with the Santa Cruz Heckler E-Bike - April 22, 2020, 8:51 a.m.

Happens alot on my commute as well.  Riders need to learn to warn people when they are passing, especially at speed. This applies to everyone of course, but I get passed much more often by people on motorized bikes.

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