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DELIUM Tires - Rugged, Versatile, and Cheap! - April 22, 2022, 8:39 a.m.

For us vintage folk. They don't make 26 inch tires . 

So I looked up Maxis 26 inch 2.5 dhf . They still make them. In super tacky .  Also 2.35 in super tacky . But do they really exsist ?

Everyday Bicycle Tools - April 13, 2022, 1:20 p.m.

Yep I use master craft , Can tire brand . For construction work. When the tool fails . Always replaced same day .  No bill needed. 

Imagine if the bike industry handled warranties with genuine support. 

My favorite cheap bike tool. A spoke . When it's time to replace the chain. I bend some hooks in a spoke and that holds the dreailuer cage forward so I have two hands to work the chain. 

I still carry a chain breaker . If my chain has issues on the trail I'm probably removing it . My chain breaker is integrated into my multi tools .  Three different packs so three sets of tools . 

Ever have a tight tolerance head tube? Than a headset presss is the only way to get the bitch started .  Other head tubes I can almost push the cups in by hand . 

All about the amazing lack of tolerance or quality control of these rather expensive toys.

Parked Projects: GeoShift -2° Vs. Budget Hardtails - April 6, 2022, 10:24 a.m.

Luv this . Much needed article to get new people into the sport.  

I would suggest riding the bikes stock , but with a modest investment in a 7 inch rotor and metallic pads . 

After a getting to know the bike . I believe each 25 cms of travel is equivalent of about one degree of HTA.  So an 150 mm fork verses a 100 mm fork would give you a slightly higher BB and a 2 degree slacker HTA . 

Looking forward to next write up .  

Over forked I would be stoked to ride any of these hardtails .

Serendipity & Wolf Tooth's Axle Trainer-Adapters - March 30, 2022, 11:31 a.m.

Yes good news . Back on the pedals in perhaps in the middle of spring . Maybe modest thrashing on less than treacherous trails by Summer .  Positive mind is a huge healing factor .  

So please try not to let my gutteral satire affect your good nature . 

Luv the vintage bike upgrades.  Please include more . New and improved is more like smoke and mirrors .

Serendipity & Wolf Tooth's Axle Trainer-Adapters - March 30, 2022, 8:47 a.m.

Hows the ankle ? 

E trainers . Exercise with out the work .  Comes with a spray bottle of reverse osmosis water to simulate sweat.

Vanity's Pricetag - March 23, 2022, 7:56 a.m.

Two looks : smooth ,sleek, flowing curves .

Or industrial all buisness 

I prefer both . 

Holes in frames, stems , headsets. Just say no .

Canyon Grizl CF SL8 Suspension - March 22, 2022, 9:58 a.m.

Call it a drop bar bike . It's interesting that these " road bikes"go very fast but I believe have much faster steering from a much steeper hta. They don't feel like a mountain bike . 

It feels different. Riding in the drops full power is fun ! Good for a truly alternative feel. 

I personally love the integrated shifters in the brake levers . Compared to a mountain bike it's a very clean simple cock pit .  North shore is all steep  hills . One click and your in climbing gear . You prefer ten  clicks ?  I'm certain tiny close ratio gear clusters shift like butter . You want to put on a huge pie plate outback with a long cage clutch derailer ?  That's better? More convenient? 

What percentage of time on flats ? , Hoods and drops ? The three different hand possiions that make drop bars quite different from flats . For long commutes and trekking different hand positions is helpful.  

Personally I would throw on a SID fork to upset the fickle roadie crowd. That and pavement is rarely smooth.

Thank You For Knowing Not To Drink Battery Acid - March 21, 2022, 11:57 a.m.

That's a solid argument for six bolt rotors . I don't carry a tool to tighten center lock. All my bikes currently use six bolt some have sexy aluminum carriers in gold to match the accents on my Saint crank. 

E bikes are awesome. On pavement. Silent meat power for the forest please.

Thank You For Knowing Not To Drink Battery Acid - March 21, 2022, 8:20 a.m.

I miss the lengthy warning stickers on forks telling me what not to do with the bike. 

I have an older frame with a sticker that says ' for freeride use " love that sticker . Sucks I can't use the bike for XC . 

You have to admit center lock is much easier to attach . I had center lock hubs . Purchased adaptors. Never had issues. And purple annodized carriers look dope !

Humbled & Stumbled - March 16, 2022, 12:07 p.m.

Digger, Jerry, Pat , dozens more of experienced trail builders. The only people I trust to build properly. Thanks guys and woman trail builders. 

No newbies should not attempt trail maintenance. 

Build on public land? Then really you should consider every user group. Build , maintain to a level everyone can enjoy.  Build chicken routs around stunts. 

Old school gnar . Like upper Crippler .? Who took out the small diving board on the steep section.? Some one who rides the trail but that was too difficult for them. Gnar trails . Don't fix them , let them mature into unbelievably diifficult jank. Because that's my favorite challenge. Yes I'm sending  clear message to the people " fixing" the trail. 

There are no simple solutions. Impossible to please everyone.

Humbled & Stumbled - March 16, 2022, 9:05 a.m.

I don't ride in other countries or provinces . Is the North Shore gnar movement a local embracement of terrifyingly fantastic steep janky lines? 

Can we build some flow trails for the flow crowd. I believe the flow crowd is now the majority.  As long as the flow crowd stays off of janky gnarly trails all good. What if they want to progress? 

Have you been riding for decades ? Then those newbies need your support , your guidance. That's why I love this sport . The support from fellow riders. 

Ride arounds are a necessity in my opinion. Braids should and will be blocked off. 

Oddly I find modern bikes long , dead feeling , boring. Perfect for newbies on flow trails . I get it . 

Anyone remember the phrase DH trials ? Are you good at track stands ? Manuals ? Wheely drops ?  That's my joy. I'm definitely a minority.

Three Tears For The Too-Fresh Retro Rigs - March 14, 2022, 12:39 p.m.

When I saw the 2003 Giant XTC . I wanted one. Had massive amounts of rear platform. Too much. The Manitou fork also uses platform. Not great for off-road but silky smooth on pavement. I purchased the bike in excellent condition about 5 years ago. Gets ridden every day. 

My grip shift I installed is very easy to do cable swaps. Trigger shift for right side . Original 9 speed rapid rise mated to a new Sunrace m 90 derailuer. 

I put on large rotors and Avid bb7 disk brakes . More power than need but with a 60 litre back pack ripping down trails on the gulf isands . Much appreciated. 

Plenty of ruffled feathers over long stems , old geometry, anything not considered new. 

The best bike is the one I'm on and yes I'm having fun. 

Still have my 2006 Giant Faith frame and Shivers . Will make a great park/ shuttle rig if I ever get it finished. 

The problem with attractive commuter bikes . They are attractive to thieves . My bike looks ugly on purpose.

The Universal Cartridge Mountain Bike - March 11, 2022, 9:09 a.m.

The worse thing you can do to limit the joy of s ride is to obsess about parts while riding. 

I staring 5 meters ahead at janky gnar concentrating on my next move . 

My worst rides are when I'm thinking about my bike . 

Big fan of durable parts that don't need constant attention. 

Love my Durolux fork six months later after suspension werx gave it a serious make over . Including drilling holes to prevent suck down. 

I really miss true open bath damping. Simple , effective , perhaps an oil change every two years ? 

Threaded BB are easy to replace or pop off the seals and shove in fresh grease . 

No matter what the adult toy if used often it will need maintenance . Or batteries;)

Things Put Aside, For When I Can Ride (Part 1) - March 7, 2022, 8:45 p.m.

Some may have noticed the rather affluent crowd parading in hi end out door jacket s, pants , merinio wool tops. Not mountain biking garments. But it's out door gear.  One can not be seen in public with a permanent blemish or a loose thread. These thoughtful people donate such garments to thrift stores . The hunt is great fun . Over the years I have collected some amazing clothing I use in layers . 

Japan makes garments I believe with a greater attention to detail. Such as extra buttons sewn on the bottom as spares . Thumb holes are cool. The only brand I don't see is Patagonia. Probably because the quality is so good it becomes a best friend you can't part with. Life time warranty is nice. 

Really any favorite garment can be fixed professionally by a seamstress. I use shoe glue. 

I think my only bike specific clothes are vintage Sombrio jerseys that I wear. I like clothes that look good ,don't make me look dorky,in a  pub or jibbing in the Shipyards . Even if my gear has fixed ripps and a funny spot that won't wash out.

PNW Components Range Gen 3 Bar and Stem - March 4, 2022, 11:30 a.m.

A stem must take rather large loads from handle bar leverage . 6061 is perfect for making fly fishing reels . For a part that must take a great deal of stress every time we hop on the bike I feel much more confident on a stem made of 7075 or 2014 . 

I have a Straight line stem carved from 7075 billit and a cold forged 7075 stem . 

I prefer over engineered to saving grams . A carved 6061 stem under 250 grams is not something I can trust .

They hid the machine marks? I love observing the tool paths on my Straightline stem !

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