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Have New Standards Made Bikes Better? - Aug. 25, 2021, 6:35 p.m.

Yeah sorry. It was the locking nut and axle thread used to mount the RD. Don’t give them any bright ideas about derailleur threads!

Have New Standards Made Bikes Better? - Aug. 25, 2021, 6:31 p.m.

Ha! Sploog, runny shit, whatever you wanna call it, it sucks and is one of the shittiest things about tubeless.

Have New Standards Made Bikes Better? - Aug. 25, 2021, 12:07 p.m.

I'm not sure about how broadly spread this was, but Norco did have a different thread on their earlier models with a UDH (I believe it was the Optic, maybe the Sight, too?). I haven't come across others but it hasn't seemed widespread. 

It sucks when manufacturers use a new hanger design for every freaking model in their range, some (looking at you YT) make several that look blooming identical, but aren't. Argh!

Have New Standards Made Bikes Better? - Aug. 25, 2021, 11:57 a.m.

Presta valves drive me nuts because of their short lifespan now that we use spunk to help seal our tires. If schrader valves prevent that, I'd be in but I somehow doubt it. I've been contemplating going back to ghetto tubeless because from memory, I had less issues with it but I'd be surprised if the valve suddenly didn't fill with goo. 

The weight balance Cam speaks of is something to consider too, and something many don't. I've been told by some much smarter bike folks that it makes a rather large difference (at least for high speeds, which again, Cam pointed out). 

It hasn't been front-page news for a couple of years now but there were quite a few World Cup DH teams using weights to balance their wheels. 

https://www.vitalmtb.com/photos/features/PIT-BITS-2019-Val-di-Sole-World-Cup-Downhill-Bike-Tech,12517/PIT-BITS-Val-di-Sole-2019-World-Cup-Downhill-Bike-Tech,131311/sspomer,2

Oakley Sutro Review - Aug. 25, 2021, 11:27 a.m.

Just what I was thinking as I read through these comments. Thanks to everyone helping with suggestions based on their sweat management experiences. It's great to see the community step in to help each other like this!

Oakley Sutro Review - Aug. 23, 2021, 1:31 p.m.

Calling my friend, Andy. There are some great sweat management options being discussed here.

Oakley Sutro Review - Aug. 23, 2021, 1:30 p.m.

The Ryders glasses I’ve tried were really quite good, too and the only thing to offer similar clarity to the last couple of pairs tested from Oakley. Ryder’s Fyre lens is quite special.

Oakley Sutro Review - Aug. 23, 2021, 1:27 p.m.

Great point! Taking the eyewear with you is such a good idea. It would be horrible to get home with a new lid only to discover it doesn’t fit with your glasses.

Oakley Sutro Review - Aug. 23, 2021, 1:22 p.m.

Interesting. Has what you’ve noticed with replacements since COVID or does it pre-date that?

Canadian Made Carbon: the We Are One Arrival - Aug. 20, 2021, 9:03 a.m.

So good. I didn't want it to end. We need more!

Cycling Canada's 2021 World Champs Selection Blunder - Aug. 20, 2021, 8:53 a.m.

There are also Canadian racers there already who weren't selected. Instead, they'll be watching from the sidelines. It's kinda wild.

Cycling Canada's 2021 World Champs Selection Blunder - Aug. 20, 2021, 8:52 a.m.

I looked into this further and Tom Pidcock was unavailable to race Worlds because he's racing the Vuelta a Espana, Grand Tour road event.

Cycling Canada's 2021 World Champs Selection Blunder - Aug. 19, 2021, 8:49 a.m.

Wow, that's terrible. I wonder what happened there? I was under the impression that the U.K. was quite good with support.

Cycling Canada's 2021 World Champs Selection Blunder - Aug. 18, 2021, 3:27 p.m.

Yeah, I noticed that too. It's as if the focus has shifted to grooming the younger racers…

For the record, the athletes pay the CCA to be on the team. I don't recall how it works for athletes on a pro team, but I believe they still contribute. The money covers the cost of jerseys, staff etc. My understanding is that it doesn't cost the CCA anything more to have more athletes represent Canada but I need to confirm that with them. Hopefully we'll have more on this shortly after the final World Cup.

Cycling Canada's 2021 World Champs Selection Blunder - Aug. 18, 2021, 3:26 p.m.

I heard from Jennifer again today and she was stoked to say, she's now accepted the invite. The short notice made it tough for her to make it happen but is excited to go racing and represent Canada!

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