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Five Trail Etiquette Essentials To Be a Mountain Biker - Sept. 15, 2020, 10:07 a.m.

I personally wish I hadn't read this. It's an April 1st kind of post at best. I'm disappointed, but nobody has to care.

You Should Try a Friction Thumb Shifter - Sept. 11, 2020, 1 p.m.

I, too, thought that was a hilarious slam on the tire. But it perked my interest as I have been thinking about actually trying one of them. Maybe now I shouldn't...

Free Your Junk (and Ditch your Chamois) - Aug. 31, 2020, 11:37 a.m.

Does anyone who mostly doesn't use a chamois, do you prefer saddle that are a little softer? A little wider? I rode 25 miles on the road bike yesterday without pad and with WTB Silverado. I think narrow is better, but probably only for me on road bikes. But the saddle feels a little harder without the pad, and I kinda wonder if a softer saddle would help. In the past I fully bought into the soft saddles are worse (due to more soft tissue compression), but maybe that's something to revisit?

Free Your Junk (and Ditch your Chamois) - Aug. 29, 2020, 11:08 a.m.

The other issue about all this is the expense. Because I've spend a lot on money on bibs already. Spent a lot of money on saddles too. Now I want fancy undies. And I'm still not sure what saddle I should be one, because I'm not sure I've ever stumbled onto the perfect combo of saddle/clothing/ass yet. LOL

Free Your Junk (and Ditch your Chamois) - Aug. 29, 2020, 11:03 a.m.

Sucks that they are all sold out of all sizes but small!

I like the sound of those and that they are wool. They do have seams though, that look like they would hit where the saddle and body interface with each other. Those are the best I've seen though.

With bibs, I often find that I get rubbed the wrong way in the crotch. Specifically at the top of the inner leg. I guess that's what I'm calling the crotch. When I rode with some fitted boxers like the ones we are all talking about, I found that the seams effected closer to my sit bones. If I had ridden longer, it might have been a problem. However, it wasn't as bad as getting a blister at the top of my inner leg/taint/ball area.

Free Your Junk (and Ditch your Chamois) - Aug. 28, 2020, 1:23 p.m.

I want to see the seams not in the crotch, as that is a main contact point when sitting on a saddle. I also don't like the seams coming under the cheeks. But the seams on the outside of the cheeks seems fine. I guess my question for garment makers like this is why not have the seems on the outside of the leg? I'd even entertain less structure in the front if that meant it was easier to put seams out of the areas that would cause saddle and pedaling conflicts.

Free Your Junk (and Ditch your Chamois) - Aug. 28, 2020, 11:14 a.m.

I'm in process of trying to make this kind of switch. The main problem I have is that all the options appear to have seams in the crotch area. In order to have true bike-able garments, I'd like to see the seams moved to the outside of the leg or something similar. In general, I think not having seams in the crotch area would benefit both men and women. However, I can't be certain until something like that is available, because I'm not sure if seems on the outside or back of the legs would be bothersome as well. But I'd guess they would be.

What are you Afraid Of? - Aug. 25, 2020, 7:31 p.m.

@Lee - I suck at jumping. Also lack places around me where I could practice. But I've had and continue to have similar Mental Health struggles. These three words are awesome. I want a tshirt!

"seek joy anyway"

My new Mantra. Thank you!

Bontrager Verse, A Saddle For All Riders - Aug. 20, 2020, 3:06 p.m.

I too caught Andrew's comment in another recent article and I had meant to ask him about ditching the diaper as he called it. Curious minds would like to know more, as this sounds good to me as well... Well Andrew???

Bontrager Verse, A Saddle For All Riders - Aug. 20, 2020, 10:15 a.m.

You like the SQLab that much huh?

Bontrager Verse, A Saddle For All Riders - Aug. 20, 2020, 9:07 a.m.

Hey Andrew. Like you I really enjoy the WTB saddles like the Deva and Silverado. I bought a Koda, and didn't like it at first, but think I might have to try it again soon. My main complaint about the WTB saddles of late is the very short rails. The rails on this Versa look great!

I finally (after many many years and many many saddles) have figured out that my saddle setback should be very different on my road and mountain bikes. Steeper STA's have now made the WTB saddle fit much better, since I no longer feel the need to slam the saddles all the way back. However, on my road bike since I have a longer torso, I need more setback. I think this Versa is going to be bought for my road bike because of the rails. I'm also happier on narrower saddle on the road, and like wider saddles on the dirt.

Thanks for all your saddle reviews. I feel like they are often just for me. ;-)

The Exactingly Simple Industry Nine Hydra Hubset - June 4, 2020, 10:50 a.m.

Would love to hear direct comparision between teh Hydra and the P321. Cost, weight, ease of use, and durability.

To Ride or not to Ride During a Global Pandemic? - March 19, 2020, 8:10 a.m.

"There are 9 million people in California, mainly in the bay area, under a "shelter in place" order, meaning they too will have to forego cycling or any other outdoor activity."

This is not the info I have and I live here. I have been doing short road rides from home, and will continue to do so. Hiking trails also remain open, though I have not done that yet, I intend to. (short drive)

Teardown - Shimano XTR M9100 Hubs - Feb. 20, 2020, 1:04 p.m.

I have thru bolts without quick releases. I just tighten them down with a 6mm allen key. Again, this is on my road bike though. No biggy.

Teardown - Shimano XTR M9100 Hubs - Feb. 20, 2020, 1:02 p.m.

Well I'm actually talking about my road bike. But yes, after patching a tube for example, the discs often need to be adjusted even if it seems like they would be going back in the same place. There must be some amount of pinching that happens when tightening the through axel, and this pinching introduces some binding and changes the alignment just enough to cause irksome rubbing.

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