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2021 Canyon Spectral 29 LTD - March 1, 2021, 12:03 p.m.

There is space for more water bottle, BUT not a traditionally shaped one.  With as sleek as this bike is I really wish they would make a bottle custom for this that fills the triangle between the bottle and the frame.

2021 Transition Spur v. Santa Cruz Tallboy - Feb. 22, 2021, 7:32 a.m.

I ride a last generation SC Hightower and every time I read a Tallboy or Spur review I want to buy 2 bikes.  A Spur for my local riding and a Megatower for bike parks and rougher trails. I have exactly 2 pedal strokes on a Spur and it instantly felt like a great bike for my local trails.

Max Flat Pedal Grip vs Some Slip – What Are Riders After? - Feb. 17, 2021, 12:03 p.m.

I rode clips for years then Time pedals for over a decade.  Then 4 years ago I tried flats and 5 Tens and doubt I will ever stray (might try different shoes this year).  I have never had trouble lifting the bike and adding the ability to move my feet during a ride is perfect.  I found that my knees and hips feel better if my feet move on the pedals during a ride.  Most of my pain came from repetitive movement and just a slight foot move greatly reduces it.

2021 Norco Shore 1 - Review - Feb. 10, 2021, 7:38 a.m.

This bike reminds me of my old Miata when I sold it.  When I bought it the thing was a garage queen that was fun on the streets and entertaining on track.  Over time I moved way to far to the track side of things where it was an absolute blast on track, but dreadful on the streets.  75% of my use was on streets and it was just a pain that whole time.  But when you got on track it came alive and was easily 100 times more fin than when I bought it.  

This bike would be the same 75% of your riding you would want something else, BUT that other 25% of the time would get you reaching for this bike more often that you would think.

Disrupting Lousy Warranties in Mountain Biking - Feb. 9, 2021, 7:37 a.m.

Based on my limited interactions with PNW I would bet there is some level of preferring to make a little less money in exchange for making the customers happy.  Both my interactions with them came from me making a mistake and screwing something up.  Both times they acted like they were the ones who screwed up.  After the second time I decided I am a customer for life.  Their investment of some shipping costs and some tech time has resulted in me buying a couple droppers and bars.

OneUp EDC Lite Tool - Dec. 16, 2020, 7:34 a.m.

I ended up buying these for all the groms in my life.  My son rides and he and his friends are always asking for tools, so now they will have them.  Ohh of course I bought one for myself as well, the quality is surprisingly high for the asking price.

Shimano GR5 Flat Pedal Shoes Reviewed - Nov. 6, 2020, 7:25 a.m.

Every time Shimano comes out with a shoe for flats I get really excited.  Their shoes fit my feet like a glove, no other shoe is as comfortable for me.  BUT, so far their flat shoes have been garbage.  Their clip in shoes to me are the best out there.  I really hope at some point they figure out flats.  The strange thing to me is what I like about their clip in pedals is they have that forgiveness part figured out.  The fact that they get that wrong on flats is frustrating.

Coming Back To Bash Rings (With Wolf Tooth CAMO) - Nov. 4, 2020, 1:09 p.m.

He heckled until I found it and threw it at him.  

The saw blade helps with really high downed trees, I loved when people would say "that isn't possible!" then I would smash the ring into the tree give it a quick ratchet and hop off the other side.  Sad thing is it has been years since I encountered a trail that left downed trees as obstacles, it is such a rewarding thing to get over a tree across a trail.

Coming Back To Bash Rings (With Wolf Tooth CAMO) - Nov. 4, 2020, 7:19 a.m.

Best bash guard I ever had was shaped like a dull saw blade.  It would slide across things, but if you pedaled it would dig into a log and get you over it.  Worst one I ever had was a Truvative one that came OEM on a bike, it was too thin and I still remember bending it and my chainring on a ride.  Ended up taking it off and throwing it like a frisbee into the woods.  Then spent 5-10 minutes searching for it because my buddy refused to let me leave it in the woods.

Plain Parts - Compelling Sentiments - Oct. 19, 2020, 7:34 a.m.

A couple things came to mind:

1. I have a Race Face stem that is either a 50 or  70 with 20-30 mm of rise.  It doesn't work anymore because bars got bigger, but I can not throw it away.  

2. I carry a tube patch kit box that I bought 15 years ago at Merv's Bike Shop in rural PA.  The whole shop was nothing but rare vintage parts that an old dude collected over the years.  I think I spent 2 hours just looking at stuff in there.  Bought a patch kit and some oddball part that I don't remember.  That patch kit box will stay with me forever, just because it reminds me of an awesome day and biking trip.

When Mountain Bikers are the Saboteurs - Oct. 15, 2020, 1:12 p.m.

Part of the problem is "flow trails" have become so popular that many mountain bikers simply do not know how to navigate trails without berms and rollers.  I understand the broader appeal and enjoy a flow trail as much as the next person, but at some point technical trails become harder and harder to find and convincing people to add features becomes difficult.

Shimano Deore M6120 Four-Piston Brakes - Sept. 28, 2020, 9:19 a.m.

I always thought the SRAM vs Shimano thing was interesting.  Having ridden both:

SRAM very beginner friendly and great if you do light / progressive braking.

Shimano great if you are an abrupt braker, but not beginner friendly.  

I race cars and the fastest way is to brake once late and hard.  The problem is this is also the riskiest way to brake.  Add to this the "wandering" bite point and Shimano becomes a very scary option.  I prefer Shimano, but completely understand why others hate them.  I find mine wander ride to ride, but stay consistent through a ride so the first part of the ride I am adapting to where it bites then I am good to go.  Riding SRAM I always want more power earlier in the throw.

2021 Kona Honzo ESD - Sept. 24, 2020, 7:31 a.m.

The only issue I have when riding my hardtail is I tend to be rough on rear wheels.  This winter I plan to add some kind of protection to the rear wheel to try and mitigate this.  On rolly terrain there is nothing like pumping backsides on a hardtail.  

I would also agree with the others about a longer rearend.  I have an old Nimble 9 and it is great in tight stuff, but gets nervous when the speeds go us.  A longer rear end would help this and make the bike more balanced.  BUT then it would stop being a wheelie machine, which is one of the things I like most about it.

Let's Talk About Multi-Tools - Sept. 18, 2020, 10:36 a.m.

If my kids see this they will get so excited about taking those nice Allen's and putting them god knows where.  I have almost resorted to chaining all my tools to the right place on the wall.

Five Trail Etiquette Essentials To Be a Mountain Biker - Sept. 15, 2020, 7:29 a.m.

You left out roost every hiker you see, even if they are in the parking lot.  Screw those non bikers ruining our trails :)

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