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Are Tire Inserts a Solution or a Band-Aid? - May 8, 2019, 12:57 p.m.

I just had my first flat since going tubeless 5 years ago.  It came from just barely not clearing an entire rock garden that I usually pop off the first rock and land just past the last rock in the section.  I was going too slow and landed directly on a square edge that popped the bead. I ended up riding out on a flat tire, but some insert would have made that much better than it was.

Moral of my story, when you help a stranger and give them your tube and they give you their tube with a hole in it, fix the stupid thing before you forget!

2019 Santa Cruz Carbon Chameleon - REVIEWED - May 7, 2019, 7:55 a.m.

I keep looking at these to replace my Nimble 9 at some point.  Having modern geometry and a light weight are very attractive.  After riding a carbon full suspension bike I have no desire to own a carbon hardtail, I like that I can throw my Nimble 9 in a truck bed and not worry about where every other pedal is. My carbon bike has a scratch from a pedal and it drives me crazy that another mistake in the same spot will likely mean a new rear triangle will be needed.  I am 90% sure my next bike will be an aluminum Chameleon.

Zipp 3Zero Moto Wheels from SRAM (in the flesh) - April 17, 2019, 7:41 a.m.

I thought carbon was supposed to be rigid, how does it take to repeatedly being bent?  Conceptually I agree, but have some practical skepticism on carbon being the correct material for this job.

Yeti Cycles Interview: Chris Conroy and Stretch - March 18, 2019, 2:15 p.m.

Has anybody not in the industry tried riding the same bike back to back with different fork offsets?  The idea that a 2mm difference is going to be noticeable just sounds crazy to me.  Half the industry people call it the holy grail the other half say it has no impact.  I have wanted to try it, but have never had the opportunity to swap forks for a ride.

Soma Dream Handlebar Collaboration - Feb. 26, 2019, 7:22 a.m.

I run an FU2 bar on my commuter / gravel bike and really like it.  The only thing that really stood out was my pectoral muscles hurt after rides with lots of climbing.  The sweep engages those muscles more when climbing over a more traditional bar.  

For a while I tried the bar on my old full suspension bike and it was a total hot mess that never felt right climbing or descending.  

I may try one of these on my Nimble 9 as the FU2 bar is too narrow and needs some rise to be comfortable.

PNW Bachelor Dropper Post: Teardown - Feb. 20, 2019, 7:33 a.m.

The PNW people are awesome.  I bought one of their posts for my old steel frame and it works great.  Accidentally ordered the stealth version and they shipped the correct one the day I called to tell them I screwed up.

INTERVIEW - SRAM AXS Boss Chris Hilton - Feb. 7, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

I conceptually like this, but the price and battery concern me. Where I think this could have some huge benefit is if connected to gps and riding history. Imagine if the bike knew a hill was coming up and it automatically shifted for you.  Some cars use similar tech to shift based on gps data.  

My fear is people will just start using this with Strava to prove they are pushing a bigger gear on the trail :(

Giant Swage Lock-On Grips Review - Jan. 16, 2019, 10:30 a.m.

Any idea how these hold up when they hit a tree?  For whatever reason I have a habit of hitting trees with the end of my bars and the Santa Cruz grips have a plastic piece on the inside of the end of the grip that I have gotten really good at snapping.  That said my fear is had I not broken the grip I would have damaged my bars.  So I keep buying them because I like how they feel and appreciate them protecting my bars.

Risk Calamity and Injury - Dec. 20, 2018, 7:34 a.m.

Head injuries are incredibly difficult and it can be impossible to know when you are actually healed.  I fell and had whiplash and a mild concussion.  2 months later I felt fine, but lightly bumped my head.  2 days of headache and nausea followed.  It stays in the back of my head now that any bump could cause another issue.  It has made me really appreciate joint injuries, because at least with those you know when you are healed.

Risk Calamity and Injury - Dec. 19, 2018, 8:13 a.m.

Looking forward to the stories.  Something I have always wondered about is what role attention plays in crashes and how we can maintain concentration while riding.  My last 2 big crashes came on crazy easy trails when I tuned out for a moment and just completely ate sh*t.  

After turning 40 I started to calm down my riding, then I moved west (to Montana) and started riding bike parks.  I didn't realize how much I missed riding things that I didn't think I could ride.  Last summer I rode some lines that scared the hell out of me, but the rush afterwards is addictive.  For the past month I have wanted to hit the same feature, but the trails have been covered in snow.  The thought of spending the next 3-5 months thinking about that dam feature is a major bummer and I can't wait till spring comes and I can finally ride it.

Dear Santa: AJ's List - Dec. 6, 2018, 3:43 p.m.

I would like to see EWS hold a video editing competition along with the racing.  Require a camera on each rider in the same location (helmet or chest or bike) then provide all the video to some editors and have them create a recap show overnight.  I think live is a big ask for something so spread out, but if we could avoid spoilers for 12-24 hours then get a really cool video of the day I would be sold.  Add a few cameras on the side of the trails and everybody wins.

Dear Uncle Dave: My Riding Buddy is a Total A-Hole - Feb. 6, 2018, 7:50 a.m.

For years my group leader would show up late and unprepared for rides.  It drove all of us crazy till we just started to all show up later and later.  Eventually the leader would get there first and have time to figure out how to fix his bike before we got there.  Of course we then had to re-fix his bike because while he was great at keeping the group together he was useless at fixing anything.  I miss those days.

Why so Angry about SRAM DUB Crank/BB? - Jan. 23, 2018, 8:20 a.m.

My issue is trying to remember what is on my bike to try to order replacement parts.  It used to be you could just order stuff and it worked.  Now you have to know the specs on everything or you get incompatible stuff.  Then once the new stuff catches on the old stuff is hard to find.  My favorite bike is a steel hardtail with a straight steertube and a seatpost with minimal dropper options and old ass non-boost wheels.  If I could find a decent fork for it I would be happy, but I am stuck with a 10 year old Zokie that is next to impossible to find rebuild kits.  That bike is just as fun as my modern full squish with all the new standard boxes checked.  So the new stuff is "better" but 90% of wouldn't notice the difference so is it really all that much better?

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