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Night Riding Needs: The Blackburn Dayblazer 1500 - Oct. 15, 2021, 10:56 a.m.

Chances are the tiny protection circut connected to the sealed battery failed. Common occurrence. Then what? Throw it in the garbage? 

I have bike lights with batteries I can take out and charge. I can also bring spare batteries for unlimited riding. 

Maybe a bike light investment should have more value than a disposable bic  lighter. 

How difficult is it to have a battery you can remove ? More important to save a dollar on cheaper assembly.

Panic Mechanicking - Oct. 14, 2021, 10:17 a.m.

Ah yes the primal joy of exorsize and recreation on a two wheeled human powered contraption.  To escape the complexities of modern civilization.

Lessons from the Trek Sustainability Report - Oct. 12, 2021, 8:51 a.m.

It's a luxury. All first world luxury is temporary satisfaction with long term complications.  It's our love of cars and trucks. Vehicles that weigh tonnes to haul Bodies that weigh in kilos. 

Then we commute long distances for that desired job.  

Well I don't. I ride a ten year old mountain bike with the goal of a sustainable bike . It's not difficult. 

Each automobile running on fossil fuel releases litteraly tonnes of Co2 . Each year. How much from a carbon fiber bike?  

I refuse work that involves long commutes.   

It's out unbelievably wasteful lifestyles that destroy our own environment.  

Yes I'm a part of that greedy consumer lifestyle.  More material shite than I know what to do with .  That material shite is what we are brainwashed to believe will give us happiness.  

Sort of ironic me looking at new stuff on this site. It's refreshing to know that this site has Andrew . A man that lives a practical life and often the discussion is about sustainable parts and the joy of riding.  

In conclusion you , I , we are the problem . Pointing fingers at something else is easy and a great way to stay ignorant and not change.

The Worst Purchase - Oct. 8, 2021, 10:42 a.m.

Maxis does pump out some wobble tires out of the mold.  I've had a few Maxis tires that are impossible to roll perfectly straight. Maybe the insert amplifies the issue?

The Worst Purchase - Oct. 7, 2021, 9:19 a.m.

What was the name of the Marz repair shop ? Torca?  

Anyways I remember seeing hundreds of old damping carts ready to be recycled.  And an inverted fork with carbonfibre crown. Wade would sometimes be hanging around .  

I got lucky had Super T fork and many 55 forks. The 55 chassis could accommodate many different parts .  The ATA damper is a sealed piece of junk . Personally I still don't like how air springs feel.  For forks. 

My 55 rc3 ti has chrome bubbling off the stantions. It's done.  If I found another in exelent shape I would throw it on. I love a fork that stays consistent in feel and is easy to rebuild.  

Far too many reviews of new fork test were the fork had issues and needed to be addressed through warranty and a trip to the shop.  Not my idea of a reliable fork .

Introducing the All-New Rocky Mountain Element - Sept. 29, 2021, 10:56 a.m.

Increased anti squat makes for a smoother calmer ride. Who writes this stuff! Increased anti squat equates to less pedal Bob. Less small bump sensitivity. 

This is an XC bike so having plenty of pedal platform through anti squat numbers way over 100 percent is a good idea but the ride will be choppy not smooth.  

But hey if your a cluttz with lousy biking skills . Having plenty of pedal platform is what will sell the bike.

Rivals & Collaborators: The Race Face Conspiracy Jersey v. Stash Jacket - Sept. 22, 2021, 6:53 a.m.

Has anyone got thiere hands on the 38 mm beast 20mm axle (option) Durolux. ? 

Andrew I remember lusting over the Intense Slope style . I think Norco made a dual suspension 4 x bike . A 26/ 27.5 mullet? . Yeah . I'm old!

Rivals & Collaborators: The Race Face Conspiracy Jersey v. Stash Jacket - Sept. 21, 2021, 10:22 a.m.

Ultimate climbing dual suspension?  I'm assuming that's a Durolux up front . Are you swapping carts or is it the older coil negative version?  

Suspension werx rebuilt mine. The coil negative version and did a mod. Something about a hole drilled In air shaft. All I know is now I don't get suck down. The fork always sits at a glorious 180 mm of travel.  

Bit off topic . If your wondering if you need a new fork because of performance issuses. Try sending your fork into suspension werx . My fork now performs much better than it did out if the box. 

Treats from Thomas Has  work wonders for showing appreciation.

Rivals & Collaborators: The Race Face Conspiracy Jersey v. Stash Jacket - Sept. 20, 2021, 11:30 a.m.

Andrew that gnar shot on the wet rocks! Noice! 

Thank you for reviewing affordable gear!

Makers - Paul Brodie - Sept. 17, 2021, 12:01 p.m.

Was reading another publication . MBA has a story mentioning how the builders in Cali saw the sloping top tube on the frame Brodie built and borrowed his idea. 

I'm terrible at links and copy paste . I could PM you the story.

Sloping top tubes were big, and I give Canadian builder Paul Brodie credit for making that happen. The first days of Kona, we called the bikes Cascade, and we also raced and sold Brodie bikes. So, we adopted the sloping top tubes pretty much before anyone else and used the 71/73 geometry. Frame geometries never really changed until we started making the top tubes longer. I recall getting a prototype Marin made with a 23.5-inch-long top tube, 70-degree head angle and a 130mm stem. Times have changed!

Quote from Joe Murray.

Makers - Paul Brodie - Sept. 16, 2021, 10:24 a.m.

Apparently the first man to fit a sloping top tube to a mountain bike. He helped forge the path of what mountain bikes are today. 

His videos on modified motorcycle s is absolutely fascinating. Plenty of old school hack saw and drill press action . 

This is awesome . Think globally act locally. Plenty of local local companies pumping out bike parts and gear. 

Some nostalgic moment s would be sweet. Remember Core Rat ?  Is Straightline still churning out parts?

Dreaming Of Crate Suspension - Sept. 7, 2021, 9:20 a.m.

Gave this some thought. A steel front triangle or aluminum with a straight seat tube .  Two halves of plate machined for bearings and a machined center channel that mates to seat tube. Clamshell the two halves and bolt around seat tube.  These are your adjustable pivot points to mate whatever rear suspension tickles your fancy. Cost for machining 4 pieces of bar stock. It could be done manually or simple CAD design.  I'm guessing about 500$ for the machined parts as it's a very easy process with few cutting steps.  

Cascade components ? Makes after market links for Suspension.  Link mods are done with a newly married  part machined by a second party.  

Personally I like the idea of saving frames from going into the trash. Mate the two good halves together.  

I used to own a lathe. I really wish I had space and money/ time to run a small cnc milling machine .  

Yes with Renolds top notch steel tubing you can or as Andrew points out the better material stainless steel. You can make a front triangle about 4 pounds or 2 kgs no problem. Mate this to a spesh carbon fiber read end with said link mods.   Weld on shock mounts and you . Spent a lot of money lol. 

But it would be my custom bike . BTW is it impossible to buy rear ends from bike companies? Don't they keep spare front triangles and rears for warranty issue s or do they take apart existing frames. ?

The Noobs Guide to Bikepacking - Part 1 - Aug. 31, 2021, 8:06 a.m.

I do plenty of bike packing to explore Vancouver and the gulf islands . I most definitely ride dirt whenever I can.  Sometimes semi teck , compared to the Shore, trails. The idea of stuff hanging from my bike plus the extra weight would not inspire me to ride trails. 

I use a 60 litre back pack . If I load the back pack properly it feels quite natural except for the extra weight. But that weight is centered on my back . Not an extra five pounds on my handle bars. My bike with extra air in the fork and shock behaves the same as the bike had not changed in weight. 

Usually my pack and  gear , including camera, weighs about 15 kilos before I factor in water. And I bring a filter.  I also frequently bring my DSLR camera gear in a back pack when I ride so I'm used to riding with a heavy pack. 

Frame bags to me appear to be fancy bike accessories to give you that bike packing look.  

A 60 litre back pack is easy to keep water proof, mud proof. Easy to carry over streams. Much more convenient for pushing bikes up steep terrain.  

Bike touring with a credit card ? Drive your bike to your destination , put on those cute looking frame bags and have fun! 

Thinking about a multi day grunge fest into the wilderness with your bike and camping gear. Get a good back pack. Packs designed for climbing are best .

Have New Standards Made Bikes Better? - Aug. 25, 2021, noon

No .  

But it's sold lots of new bikes that are not compatible with old bike parts. 


Yes.  yes it is. 

Innovation I like . 

The era of innovation has lost it's innocence.

I Learned to Ride in Crappy Gear (and my Kid doesn't have to) - Aug. 16, 2021, 10:20 a.m.

Andrew. A.C.   Thank you for not having the callus attitude. We got lots of power!  Being conservative is caring about your planet . Your families future. 

Remember the heat wave? The black outs caused by overconsumption of electricity? From AC units I'm certain. What happened to the sick and the elderly that truly needed that AC?  They died. Sorry that's rather extreme but unfortunately accurate. 

Thank you Andrew for understanding that we need to consume less and be more thoughtful of all our actions.

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