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Over. Built? - Jan. 26, 2023, 5:05 p.m.

I like sauce.

Starting A Discussion Of Mountain Bike Culture - Jan. 9, 2023, 10:03 a.m.

All I can say is I love the welcoming world of mountain bike trail builders and maintainers. That community within our sport contains the best, most welcoming, stoke-filled people in the PNW. The people who show up to dig are just so warm and fun to be around. Even the "off-system" builders in my neck of the woods (WA state) have mostly shed their grumpy ways and joined in the good fight. 

There's a pretty big difference between the "just a rider" and the folks who come out to dig. There's so many people riding now that the average mountain biker has trended closer to being like the average person instead of the rugged weirdo of old. If you want that community and core feel, go out and join a handful of dig days. They're good people!

To frame it to fit into Andrew's article, we take care of our own resources and make things happen.

MTX Gold & Red Label Brake Pads - Jan. 2, 2023, 9 a.m.

Now this is the kind of review the people can use!  Good stuff. 

Golds look like a solid upgrade for Codes. I used to be 100% happy with my Code RSC until I got Hayes A4. Now I wouldn't mind more power in my Codes for a trailbike I'm building up.

Am I reading this right that the Gold pads lack power for the first few feetres of a winter descent until they're warm? How much of an issue is this vs OEM?

2023 Norco Fluid FS A1 Long-Term Review - Nov. 28, 2022, 11:06 a.m.

Thanks for the input! I’ll demo, but only so much to learn on short winter rides. 

Same boat as me. Riding performance wise I can adapt, but back and hip injuries mean I’ve got a pretty narrow window for setup on the long rides I love.

2023 Norco Fluid FS A1 Long-Term Review - Nov. 28, 2022, 9:40 a.m.

Niels, how did you like the XL?  I'm the same size and looking at getting an Opic. Norco sizing has us riiiight between sizes (for my personal preference). 500mm reach has been my sweet spot so far, but there's obviously other factors.

Aenomaly Constructs SwitchGrade Saddle Angle Adjuster - Nov. 8, 2022, 1:58 p.m.

These SQ labs saddles are brilliant... until they cause a bruised tailbone from that bumped up back. I had to ditch mine, though I could probably go back now that I've let the tailbone heal up (about a year).  Everything has pros and cons.

If I lived somewhere I had to pedal flat road to get to the climb trail, I'd buy the Aenomaly tomorrow. Good lawd that flat road pedaling is uncomfortable for us taller guys who do mostly steeper climbs with a nose-down saddle.

Canyon's K.I.S. Tech Promises Steering Stability - Oct. 25, 2022, 11:51 a.m.

"for most, a HTA of 66-68 would work just fine." Hard nope on that. I bet you a dollar and a donut that many world cup xc bikes will be right around 66 in a few years. Those guys are slow adopters, but they're getting there now that they've moved past that shameful dirt roadie phase.

Paint Fast: Red Bull Rampage 2022 - Oct. 20, 2022, 8:59 a.m.

This was great!  I never really follow rampage, but totally got into it with this writeup/paintup.

Who to Vote for on the North Shore - on October 15th - Oct. 14, 2022, 9:11 a.m.

So true, Cooper. Anywhere in the world, trail access is about politics and money. That may be disturbing to some, but if you're willing to "go there", stay there and grind it out for a long time (years), you can develop an amazing trail system. It isn't easy or fast, but it works.

I know Bond from our advocacy days. I'm really happy for N Van that he's involved, and I sure hope he wins!

One Mechanical From Dark - Oct. 3, 2022, 11:25 a.m.

I've tried way too many waterproof gloves, they just all suck because you sweat them out and they get cold. Like Andrews, the non-waterproof Briskers are the best I've found. I bring a couple pair, and maybe a non-warm glove for when I'm warmed up and starting to sweat hard. Swapping into something dry half way through the ride is amazing.

Asymmetric Plane Flat Pedals: A Followup - Sept. 14, 2022, 3:34 p.m.

That reminds me, I've got 3 very bent pins to saw off and replace on my trailing/left pedal. I keep forgetting this until I'm on the trail and my foot is bouncing around. Doing it tonight.

My Enemy The Sun - Sept. 8, 2022, 9:38 a.m.

Also sun averse, but luckily in the land of conifers and ferns. I'm not overly fast to burn, but I grow bad things on my skin easily, with scars to prove it. 

As a prolific sunscreen wearer, I have no idea how you deal with the gooey mineral stuff while riding. I wear it while surfing, because reefs (long sleeve rash guards for the win), but man that stuff is thiiiiick and feels gross when it gets dusty. Really slow to apply, as well. Give me my Coppertone Sport or Banana Boat Sport.

When I lived on Oahu the joke was that all the haoles didn't like wearing sunscreen and would get constantly fried because they were desperate to get tan. My Asian and Polynesian friends just rolled their eyes as they religiously slathered up.

People are weird about sunscreen. Just use it.

Stuff we saw at Crankworx - Aug. 11, 2022, 11:02 a.m.

I think it's a flex + alignment thing. If you've got a frame that doesn't side load the shock, and the alignment is bang-on, they're fine. The trunnion bearings on my Carbon Patrol last forever with an annual repack.

But get a bit of twisting or alignment that binds even a little bit, and you're in for some frustration. My shop/shock buddies have seen quite a few prematurely worn trunnion shocks and destroyed bearings. 

Basically there's a lot less margin for alignment error or weird loads with trunnion vs the standard mounts.

2 New Flat Pedals: Race Face Atlas and Aeffect R - Aug. 3, 2022, 11:50 a.m.

Back in the MG-1 days we were night riding and a buddy noticed sparks flying from my pedals when I smacked them on rocks. Gives a new meaning to the term pedal strike. I'm hell-no to MG pedals these days, don't want to risk burning the forest down.

2 New Flat Pedals: Race Face Atlas and Aeffect R - Aug. 3, 2022, 9:14 a.m.

Bold moves on lifetime warranty. I wonder what it covers? As someone who regularly bends left pedal axles and has never met an inboard bearing that can last a winter, I'm tempted. 

I'm still loving my OneUp composites for winter, but the skinny pins on comp pedals are murder on shoes, and the plastic bodies eventually deform around the pins from pedal strikes. I figure swapping pedals summer and winter will more than double the life of my shoes since the pin positions will be different.

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