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Nov. 8, 2008, 8:27 a.m.
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Could this be the real genius of HammerSchmidt?

I have to weigh in on this (pardon the pun)…..

…most criticizing Rohloff or internal gearing in general have never seen one, much less ridden one. And few have done their homework re: the weight differential issue. I did that homework long ago when I saw the first significant article on the Rohloff in MBA (1998). Conceptually internal gearing blows the doors off the externally geared drivetrains. The main issues: cost, weight disadvantage, increased "sprung" weight. Weight is really a non-issue. Compared to a typical DH or freeride setup, the differential is 250g (you have to compare the weight of everything you are replacing not just a derailleur vs the hub). This really is a minor increase in weight for almost all of us (and I ride up more than anyone I know). Cost; okay this is a real factor. These things are pricey but if you look in terms of portability from bike to bike and the fact that they last, seemingly forever….forget about it. The sprung weight issue has some merit, particular on some suspension designs but on most this is overcome with appropriately tuned shock and spring rate. I have run them on single pivot (not that good) and vpp (excellent and a complete non-issue).

The advantages: almost no maintenance, optimal chain line at all times, instantaneous shifting while pedaling or not, exceedingly long service life, almost indestructible, gives a big bike a complete range of gearing covered by a typical 27 speed xc bike with no duplication of gearing that is all completely evenly spaced. The main disadvantage for me is that I will continually forget to oil my chain as there is really no need to ever look at it.

Regarding the Hammerschmidt, I can't see pairng it with the Rohloff as the range of gearing on the Rohloff already covers way more than anyone would have on a 2x9 which would give a high gear that only the Terminator could push (though that would be cool to see). None the less, I really love the idea and the ingenuity of this and the undeniable bling factor. Mind you, I'm like a Crow and shiny things when it comes to bike parts.

Oct. 30, 2008, 9:27 p.m.
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Best Rockshox/Sram Service in Van

Sent my WC Boxxer to Norco for regular servicing….they did superb work with very fast turnaround.

Oct. 27, 2008, 8:35 p.m.
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Vedder

No trail days that I know of at present. The city has no juridisction over the road. The road falls under Provincial jurisdiction, specifically Ministry of Forests which has it listed as Deactivated (meaning they are not actively maintaining it). If any of the logging that is planned goes through, there will be improvements to the road, but all plans are on hold at this time due to the poor business climate in the forestry sector.

A few years ago when the road was getting really bad, a bunch of us fixed a section as part of the annual Vedder Cleanup day with the benefit of some donated gravel. This could be a possibility for the future. For now, you are gonna have to push, or ride up or befriend those with 4bys.

Oct. 27, 2008, 8:29 p.m.
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Armstrong or Palmer?

no epo tests back then doesnt mean he wasnt guilty like the rest. he only didnt get caught… come on, you really believe hes clean? every "big" name in the sport in the last years was a customer from fuentes and armstrong was the only lone warrior in the big fight?

No. Lance was not likely the only "lone warrior". However, he has never tested positive for anything including over-indulgence in "blow" and bratwurst like our teutonic friend and perennial 2nd placer in TdF Herr Ullrich.

Oct. 26, 2008, 9:41 a.m.
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Vedder

Ditch Chicken - when you are at the entrance for Dilemma, turn around and push up the skidder road opposite the entrance. The trail starts off the skidder road to your right about 500 feet up this road. A little difficult to see but keep your eyes peeled and you will find it…..it will take you out to Electic Lettuce or you can duck out to your right early and get back onto the road about half way up to Dilemma.

Turd-Furg starts off Hidden Pleasures at the hairpin just before the little wooden ramp you jump over (just after the step-down to big booter). Pretty easy to find.

Oct. 26, 2008, 9:33 a.m.
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Armstrong or Palmer?

If I wanted to hero-worship a load of junkies, I'd take my prayer mat down East Hastings…

…that was small-g god. I did not know that Lance was turning tricks behind the Patricia for a $10 rock so he could get his "smoke on"

Oct. 26, 2008, 9:30 a.m.
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Armstrong or Palmer?

come on, this guy did doping like all the other "stars" of this sport. thx to them, cycling is dead now in germany. our biggest tv stations dont do live events anymore, the german tour is canceled, also some track events in the winter…

I totally agree with you if by Lance Armstrong you mean Jan Ullrich.

Oct. 25, 2008, 4:50 p.m.
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Armstrong or Palmer?

Okay, okay.

Lance first then anyone other than Palmer second.

Oct. 25, 2008, 4:07 p.m.
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Mavic Deetrak Tubelss Conversion?

The beauty of Ghetto is that you can use UST, standard, new or used and all will work just fine. Way more options than just what is available with UST

Oct. 25, 2008, 4 p.m.
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Armstrong or Palmer?

Palmer was skilled for sure. He was skilled at extracting never-before-seen levels of sponsorship dollars from apparently brain dead industry folk while producing essentially nothing on the DH circuit (unless you count spectalur crashes and 3rd place finishes). He is singularly responsible for raising sponsorship support levels to lofty heights where before they sucked bad (previous to 1995), and then killing sponsor support for most race events (after 1999-2000). In 4-5 short years, the business world began seeing through the smoke screen of hype and asking, "what are these guys doing for our bottom lines?" The answer when it came to Palmer was "nothing". While he has had reasonable success in many other endeavours, the same in mountainbiking elluded him and will continue to do so.

With respect to Lance, well come on, he is a god and must be worshipped. Me first…….

Oct. 25, 2008, 3:48 p.m.
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you know....

my white 88 stumpjumper is beautifully old school. I still have it and when I begin to get nostalgic about the old days of mountainbiking, I just have to get on board and ride it for a bit to cure myself of these warm and fuzzy feelings. It makes me appreciate technology and sends me running back to my little fleet of new high tech rides.

Oct. 23, 2008, 8:23 a.m.
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Mavic Deetrak Tubelss Conversion?

You will have no problems with the conversion using this rim and virtually any tire casing that you want to use (whether brand new or older rubber). You absolutely will save rotational weight and you will have a noticebly improved ride quality. I have used both Stan's and the Ghetto set up (you likely have seen my old article http://www.nsmb.com/gear/tubeless_12_04.php) and both work well. Stan's is a no brainer and works really well but has its attendant costs. Ghetto will take a little time for you to get up to speed. Once you are through the learning curve on Ghetto, you will have no trouble at all with it. The only thing that I have changed since the old days is that I now more consistently use the Stan's sealant though I do still use Mold Builder (Stan's does seal better on big punctures and when you dent a rim particularly on big bikes running really big rubber). I am still tinkering with addition of a matrix to the mold builder to improve this (Stan's uses a Silica based matrix to improve the sealants solidifying properties and I have tried this with some success but still don't have it quite right).

Go for the conversion. You won't be sorry you did.

Oct. 23, 2008, 8:12 a.m.
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Gear Shots 45 - Mongoose Pinn'r, Sugoi Hans Shorts and Transition Wheels

Bummer for you guys

Oct. 20, 2008, 8:26 a.m.
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Weighing up the issues...

…I noticed when I calculated the weight with single ply tyres and tubeless I was able to lose a fair amount. I currently run 2-ply tyres and love them because they feel so solid and I have yet to puncture (before I punctured regularly). Does going tubeless mean I can get away with single ply or are they still likely to fold under speed in corners etc?

Tubeless can be run successfully on either DH, wire-beaded or folding casing tires. I generally run 2.5 wire Nevegals on the back and same size/type Blue Grooves on the front but have been running the folding bead Nevegals on the back of my big bike since January last year. I had 1 flat in 10 months with many, many Whistler days thrown in there. The only flat was on my last day, last run at Whistler (bend the rim inward so the sealant could not seal around the bulging bead…..wire bead may have helped in this case). The one concession you must make when running the lighter casings as tubeless is that you will have to run with a little more pressure. I generally run between 20 and 25 pounds with the wire casings and between 25 and 30 on the folding bead casings. No squirming, excellent feel to the ride, no flats and mega weight loss (about a pound difference per tire just for the rubber without factoring in the rest of the tubeless conversion).

Given that I ride with the finesse of a dump truck, I can really give my endorsement to this without any hesitation.

Oct. 20, 2008, 12:19 a.m.
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Chainsaw sharpening

We have quite a bit of hardwood on Vedder which is certainly much quicker to dull a saw than conifers. We also have to deal with quite a lot of dead fall so the wood does tend to be lying on the ground and can be a bit dirty and hard to keep the bar out of the dirt. My father-in-law taught forestry for the better part of his career and I learned all of my saw handling from him. He free handed all of his "in field" sharpening and would touch up with 1 or 2 strokes of the file at each refuel or even more frequently if you are doing more bucking than falling (which tends to be the case for us builders). It takes only a couple of minutes to touch up the chain and will keep the saw maximally sharp, keep your fatigue level down and improve safety. Once the teeth are visibly worn from normal (I always have a new one on deck to compare to), I just toss it and go with the new one rather than spend the bucks to have the shop try to make a silk purse out of an old sows ear.

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