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OEM Alternative Brake Pads : One month later - June 3, 2021, 9:52 a.m.

I'm 205ish pounds running Codes and plain old centerline rotors (200 front and rear) and finally (knock on wood) enjoying excellent braking and beautiful, blissful quiet, ride after ride after ride, without any fussing with the rotors and pads to quiet them back down every 15-20 rides or so.  Need to go stock up on spare pads before everyone else catches on.

OEM Alternative Brake Pads : One month later - June 3, 2021, 3:59 a.m.

Making me feel good about my MTX pads.  Running the gold on my enduro bike.  Good experiences just like with the reds on my trail bike.

Lugging About 'Sometimes' Tools - May 28, 2021, 4:35 a.m.

Thx for the response.  They make solid stuff for sure and you won't be missing anything.  But I'm super minimal, hip pack whenever possible and there's stuff I don't want on a non-overnight ride like blisters, ticks and bug bites, allergies, etc.  Know I could take them out, but then why not just build my own.

Lugging About 'Sometimes' Tools - May 28, 2021, 4:29 a.m.

Those look pretty darn good.  Vacuum sealing to make more compact is nice.  Thx!

Lugging About 'Sometimes' Tools - May 28, 2021, 4:18 a.m.

thx.  wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something.  Hear you on the leverage and swivel head.  Bet the hex key function is really choice compared to a smaller, folding multitool.

Lugging About 'Sometimes' Tools - May 27, 2021, 11:17 a.m.

This is shockingly normal!  No mishmashed, frankenstein multitools or the like!  :)

I've always wondered what people are doing with those pack pliers, especially if they're not carrying a tube.  Is there really a need to remove a quick link in the woods?  I always put a nice coat of grease on the threads of my valve stems so I can get them out by hand if all the dynaplugs I carry don't the trick and I have to resort to a tube.  So, I don't need for that either.  Generally curious.

On the first aid front, a great tip is to put some prescription pain meds in there.  Even if you or your buddy is just waiting to be extracted, they can make things a lot more comfortable.  

If you're going to try to get out on your own, they can make the pain of doing that more bearable and increase your chances of success.  Obviously, need to be careful with how many and it's best if you've taken them before (i.e., past surgery) so you have some idea of how you handle them.  Don't be stupid.  Important variables are whether you're by yourself and whether route finding is involved.  

Is there a commercial first aid kit that's worth a crap?  Light enough to carry with what you really need and without a bunch of stuff you don't.  Not sure I've ever seen one.  Would be an interesting review/article.

Less Plastic, More Impressed - May 24, 2021, 9:48 a.m.

This is especially important given that much less of the stuff we put in our recycling bins is actually getting recycled these days.

Crankbrothers Stamp Shoes - May 17, 2021, 6:25 p.m.

I’m as a big a stealth rubber fan as they come, but my experience is that all flat pedal shoes take a few rides to break in and achieve near-max grip (max is that sweet spot with deep, but not too deep, pin pockets).  I’m going to keep trolling from the safety of Maxxis and FiveTen and threatening to change, but if you’ve already got them might as well give them a few more tries.

Four Clamps Good, Two Clamps Better - May 5, 2021, 10:34 a.m.

You people have a better handle on your OCD than I do.  Part of me kind of likes that I bolt on the shifter/remote in one of the two holes, generally rotate it up as far as it will go (run my levers more towards the horizontal side), and go ride.  Feels more than good enough and keeps me from constantly fiddling because the reach to the shifter/remote just doesn't feel as completely perfect as it did yesterday.   Probably different if mixing and matching, though.

Phil Szczepaniak's Mix-Wheeled Chromag Surface Ti - May 4, 2021, 9:40 a.m.

Super cool and very interesting.

Alternatives for Shimano Brake Pads - April 30, 2021, 3:38 a.m.

I've tried most of the aftermarket stuff.  For me, MTX best by far.  Have gone back to plain old centerline rotors and MTX pads. Totally silent and really good performance with Codes.

Winning the Dropper Post Arms Race - April 29, 2021, 5:52 p.m.

Did you try with a OneUp V2?  No difference between 30.9 and 31.6 with it?

Wera Bicycle Tools - April 29, 2021, 10:04 a.m.

I agree about quality tools (or really quality anything), but I think what Gbergevin is talking about is not that.  I'd say what you see a lot on Insta is the equivalent of XX1.  Outside of true pro mechanics that travel to races frequently, nobody needs a lot of that stuff.  GX or X01 will do just fine.  

For example, as a home mechanic I'll spring for Wera L-wrenches and Knipex pliers wrenches (which I'd consider X01), but no way do I break enough chains to go with an X01, and certainly not an XX1, chain breaker.  GX will do just fine for that tool.

The other thing about all of those Insta posts is how unused a lot of the tools look.  Even if you take good care of your tools and cleaned them before the shot, things like rubber handles are going to show wear if the tool has truly been used a lot.

Wera Bicycle Tools - April 29, 2021, 6:56 a.m.

They are using wera bits

Winning the Dropper Post Arms Race - April 23, 2021, 12:31 p.m.

That’s my whole point about shimming.  Not good when you have issues when you’re running out of real estate in the seat post.  No need to defend OneUp’s honor.  It’s a great post.

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