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BeggarsWouldRide - Oct. 13, 2021, 8:55 p.m.

Wow… in the 25+ years I’ve been reading Mike’s work, I’ve always been felt a kind of kinship. While I’m a few years younger, I’ve gone through many of the same bike shop/single speeding/getting older and slower experiences.

I’m relatively new to nsmb.com, but have really enjoyed it over the last couple of years. Welcome Mr. Ferrentino, I think you’ll fit in nicely.

The 365 Day Flat Pedal Challenge - Sept. 12, 2021, 9:52 p.m.

I had a bad injury (hit & run on my commute home from the shop) a couple weeks shy of 5 years ago. With the resulting TBI, I used flat pedals to try and gain some confidence getting back on the bike.

I stayed on flats until last summer, when the frustration of not cleaning a couple of technical climbs hurt my ego enough to put some Time pedals on my bike.

A few weeks ago, I was teaching a beginner clinic and put platforms back on, and realized how nice it was to let go of that ego need.

My wife and I will be setting out for a year of living and working on the road, and I think I may leave the clipless pedals in storage…

Two Ways To Lube A Chain - June 14, 2021, 6:28 a.m.

I’ve had good success with Squirt wax-based lube. 

Fully degreasing a brand new chain and soaking in denatured alcohol seems fastidious, but has worked pretty well. Of course, I do live and tide in a dry, dusty climate...

2021 Transition Spur v. Santa Cruz Tallboy - Feb. 22, 2021, 7:28 a.m.

Second the truck and camp set up question. 

I’ll have an opportunity to ride both of these this year, but it’s unlikely either will pry me away from my Knolly Fugitive.

OneUp EDC Lite Tool - Dec. 16, 2020, 3:21 p.m.

That is just... pretty smart. I may have to steal your idea!

(Will There Be) Revenge Of The Nerd Brands? - Nov. 17, 2020, 8:19 p.m.

Man, don't even get me started on Tony Ellsworth. I was a mechanic at the first bike shop that carried his bikes (very close to where he was based) and have never, in over 25 years as a bike mechanic, heard and experienced so many terrible customer service stories. 

It's because of those experiences that I chose to go with a Knolly Fugitive for my return to full suspension after 20 years.

Trailbuilding With E-Bikes - Another Tool in the Box - Oct. 9, 2020, 4:43 p.m.

Our organization has played around with the idea of an ebike for trailbuilding duties. There are a number of areas that would benefit from being able to get tools on them more frequently that are difficult to get to on foot. 

I was also hoping for a more in depth article, possibly nsmb could look into som of the builders’ set ups.

Trailbuilding With E-Bikes - Another Tool in the Box - Oct. 9, 2020, 4:37 p.m.

I know some Husky users get offended by it, but our Stihl MS260 fits in the Dakine Trailbuilder really well, and is a solid saw if’n you don’t want to push your dad’s vintage saw.

The Coolest Tool - Oct. 9, 2020, 4:26 p.m.

A bright red speedo at that! 

I also had no idea he started Kleen Kanteen- good on ya, Bob!

When Is A Semi-Slick Too Damn Quick?! - May 28, 2020, 2:53 p.m.

I just picked up a pair of e*13 tires For my Knolly Fugitive- TRSrace A/T for the front, SS LG1 plus for the back. I’d Ben playing around with a couple of tire combos. Starting with a 2.6” DHF front/2.5” DHF rear, and then tries a 2.6” Dissector front/2.6” XR4 Rear.

So far I’m very happy with the e*13 tires, especially the SS. Having used a Minion SS a couple of years ago, this is a much bigger volume tire that doesn’t lay the side knobs on the ground on a 30mm rim! 

I’m in Boise, Idaho. High desert, loose over hard, rarely wet, but I rode one of our higher altitude trails on Monday in some classic damp loam and wet rocks conditions, and had no regrets.

A Month with the Santa Cruz Heckler E-Bike - April 21, 2020, 10:11 p.m.

One issue with the increased erosion factor of ebikes that I don’t see discussed much Is one of rider skill. As @Sweaman2 pointed out, an ebike allows a rider of average fitness the power output of an Olympian, While that high level rider may be able to turn those extra laps, they also have invariably had the saddle time to learn things like turning without skidding their rear tire. 

As the director of a trail advocacy organization in the States, I have many other concerns as well.

Dear Uncle Dave: Why aren't Brand New Frames Straight? - April 17, 2020, 2:01 p.m.

I would say that this article made me glad that I purchased a Knolly, but riding it has already done that...

Warren Goodman's Custom Audi e-tron & Electric Shifting Knolly Fugitive - April 6, 2020, 12:56 p.m.

Of the Fugitive.

Mountain Bikers are still getting Hurt on the North Shore - March 26, 2020, 12:35 p.m.

It's ridiculously good. My timing on some moves on tech climbing needs work, but that is all me. This thing rides as good as it looks, and I have yet to walk by it without having to stop and stare for a bit!

Mountain Bikers are still getting Hurt on the North Shore - March 25, 2020, 4:03 p.m.

I built up my new Fugitive last month, and haven't gotten nearly as many rides in as I'd like due to the weather and trail conditions, which are really starting to get nice. I realized the other day that I was pushing myself WAY faster (it's my first full squish in 20 years...) than I normally do, and had to make the difficult decision to stay on my singlespeed until this situation is a bit more under control.

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