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Product Review Updates - Winter Edition - Feb. 19, 2020, 8:40 a.m.

Cam, I love these long term follow ups!  For those of us who are frugal and ride a lot, this is what really matters. I'll happily spend more more on a reliable, longer-lasting product every time (except for tires, grip is king).  

On those e.thirteen tires, maybe try Orange Seal if the tread is still good and you want more mileage out of them. I like both Orange and Stan's, they're good at different things. Orange Seal seems to seal anything up! But also seals up my valves too often. So I use it when needed for extra sealing, and use that valve unplugger little plastic thing every few times I inflate them.  Every once in a while I need to pull the tire off to clear out the sealed up goo on the valve.

Stan's works great for normal use, not quite as crazy-good sealing, but also easier to live with.  It does dry out faster than Orange over the course of a summer. It's my preferred daily driver.

I'm guessing your sidewall threads wore quickly because you like fairly low pressures, if I recall right. Now that I run slightly higher, my side knobs die first. Back in my lower pressure days, it was sidewalls with all those X-marks showing through. And rims, oh so many rims.

Is your Saddle Too Long? - Feb. 6, 2020, 10:02 a.m.

MTB had a serious dorping problem in the early 2000's. Now that enduro racing is the thing, people don't openly dorp any more.

*long live freeride*

2019 Gift Guide: Week 6 - Dec. 19, 2019, 5:53 p.m.

A little correction on trail associations in WA:  Bellingham is WMBC, the rest of Washington is represented by Evergreen

We're pretty lucky throughout Cascadia, having some of the most productive trail associations on the planet.  Evergreen is the group I'm active in, so it's the one I know. Some fun facts: 6000+ current members and 25 paid trail builders. Crazy.

And then I can drive a couple hours either north or south and sample the absolutely sick trails that the neighboring associations have been able to support. There's still fights to fight, and a couple big threats, but it's mind boggling how good it's gotten in this part of the world.

Uncle Dave: Saving the world with bicycles! - Dec. 12, 2019, 6:19 p.m.

Yeah that was one helluva trap. Dude, take the damn 'yoke. 

And then rebuild the Reverb and give it to someone who would otherwise buy a cheapo post. Throwing shit away would be part of the problem. Own the fact that we're consumers, we all live luxurious lives, be OK taking a nice post. Lets reduce our consumption, but also not pretend we're righteous. 

If your only problem is that it won't work in the cold, put your fluid in the freezer and bleed the remote with cold fluid. Depending on which version of the old Reverb you're on, it should work.

If you have the squishy top 15mm problem, it needs an IFP bleed. Not super easy, but not too hard if you've ever bled a fork damper and you're handy like that.

If it's generally screwed, a full rebuild kit is available that has an improved IFP. I've done it a few times. A few special tools may be needed depending on which version. 

Or if that's too much, pay a local shop $170 (USA cost) to rebuild the Reverb and then give it to someone. 

But seriously, take the Bike Yoke. Learn to rebuild stuff, skip beef for a while or forever, but don't be pressured into being a hero. The bigger picture is what matters.

Dear Santa - Andrew's List For 2019 - Dec. 3, 2019, 8:59 a.m.

Hell yeah to the 160 - 180 DC wish list!  I'm sick of destroying CSUs after a few months.  Some brands are worse than others, but they all do it on our modern XC-DH bikes that we're absolutely flogging with slack angles. Oh for the love of vectors.

Fox should do a 36 DC, no need to go 38, I fear that would be too stiff even for a medium-bigger guy like me. But it sounds like industry rumors are for a 38.  Whatever, I just want reliability.

I'm a broken record, but I feel like e-bikes are here to save us. The e-riders will eventually decide dual crowns look cooler and the rest of us will finally have options for forks that don't self destruct.

Old Tools and the Evolution of the Bicycle - Nov. 17, 2019, 6:31 p.m.

We need to pool together and buy Cam some Knipex pliers and go disappear that complete set of crescent wrenches. The horror.

Is B.C. Getting Daylight Saving Time All Year? - Nov. 2, 2019, 8:55 p.m.

Bring it on! I don’t know very many people who like the dark-shift that happens tonight.

But Cam, hooooo boy: “DST will eventually win in California, as it has in the rest of Cascadia”

Cali is NOT Cascadia. Screw them, they’re... different. Spray tans, injected lips and all that. Cascadia is us mossy folks in BC, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and we’ll claim western Montana. Stand united!

Ride Concepts Powerline Shoes - Reviewed - Oct. 24, 2019, 9:54 p.m.

I like a softer midsole where I can feel my pedals a little bit. For example, I like 5.10 Freeriders better than Impacts. 

Anyone know if there's RC models that have shallower/thinner midsoles that put your feet closer to the pedal and with a bit more feel to them?

Evolved Protection: MIPS Spherical - Oct. 2, 2019, 8:56 a.m.

Dual density foam makes a lot of sense. I'm still trying to figure out how MIPS provides much benefit on a full face helmet or one with cheek pads. Wouldn't the snug fitting pads stop the rotation that MIPS says is beneficial? Maybe the small amount of slip/rotation at moment of impact is the key.

I guess this is why you need to test things in labs once you have a good idea.

Building On Boundary Trail (An Heirloom Trail) - Oct. 1, 2019, 9:26 a.m.

You're bang on with this. What does the word 'sustainable' even mean? It means everything, it means nothing. I've tried to stop using that word in favor or more descriptive words like durable, erosion, sight lines, deferred maintenance, carrying capacity, user interactions, sedimentation, drainage, etc.

Manitou Mezzer Pro Suspension Fork Ridden - Sept. 23, 2019, 10:12 a.m.

> Speaking of the crowns, the stanchion-crown pressfit overlap is massive and between the crown steerer, lowers,

This is good to hear. So many forks going in for warranty due to weak-ass crowns.

Maxxis Assegai DD & EXO+ Tire Review - Sept. 18, 2019, 10:56 a.m.

Oh there's a difference. For the same price and no downside, why wouldn't we want the stickiest front tire?

Maxxis Assegai DD & EXO+ Tire Review - Sept. 17, 2019, 11:37 a.m.

This. DD is too much if you like longer rides and you're a mere mortal.

Fiveten and Adidas Reinvent the Flat Pedal Shoe - The Trailcross - Aug. 27, 2019, 9:39 a.m.

Really?  Then how did the original Impact become the holy grail of mtb shoes for 10+ years?

Fiveten and Adidas Reinvent the Flat Pedal Shoe - The Trailcross - Aug. 27, 2019, 8:32 a.m.

That high top with the neoprene sleeve could make a very, very good trail building shoe. Would be nice to throw loam without having to put on gaiters.

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