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Oct. 20, 2008, midnight
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Weighing up the issues...

My VP Free is about 40 pounds and I ride up Vedder regularly with it. While riding a porky bike up hill can be done by anyone, the question should rather be, do you want to do this regularly. I love the discipline of earning your downhill….I'm a masochistic, aerobic ex-xc racer type. I love it. The fact that there are but a small handfull of guys that will actually come out to ride with me when a shuttle isn't involved is testament enough to how popular this is. And I can say from the bikes I have tested over the years that there are definitely very different quality of rides when you are pedalling up. Some 40 lb bikes are easy on the rider (my VP Free is a case in point). Others that may even be a tad lighter will make you see visions of heaven before you get to your destination.

I am going to suggest that in order to max out your fun quotient, you should endeavour to keep the pork off….the wheels will give you the greatest bang for your buck and tubeless will definitely help. Excessive rotational pork is gonna rip your heart out. Good strong wheels, do not need to be Atom Lab heavy. You can save weight up front as well without loss of performance (have you seen the retardedly light 09 WC Boxxer?). Everything else that saves weight will help but not as much as in these 2 areas and it will cost you substantially.

Regardless, you need to get a star on your crown for making it your goal to ride up……rep coming your way brotha.

Oct. 19, 2008, 11:46 p.m.
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2.1 xc tires

Hey Tom,

have you tried the 2.1 Nevegals…a little heavy but work great. I don't use them on my xc bike now because I am such a fairy about weight on that thing. I have used Continental Explorer Pros and really loved them (though they are 2.1 they look more like 1.9's). An el cheapo old standby would be IRC Mythos. Pretty good in mud….suck bad on wet wood. The bonus is that at about 20 bucks a tire, you can replace them before they get worn too bad and really begin to lose performance in the traction department.

Oct. 19, 2008, 11:40 p.m.
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'06/'07/'08 boxxer internals in old '03 outers?!?

Hey there,

Anyone know if I can fit new internals into my old '03 boxxer lowers and stantions?

Cheers,
Buzzes

I'm gonna say no on that one.

Curious to know why you would entertain the thought.

Oct. 19, 2008, 11:37 p.m.
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Ever build something and then not have the courage to ride it ?

I think we're creating a monster. :(
Sorry for the noisy camera phone pictures. Once it's finished, I might be too pussy to ride it. Especially while it's wet.

I get a good sense from the photos where the carcasses could be recovered from if you were going to try to ride that rock face when wet….

Oct. 19, 2008, 11:35 p.m.
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Ever build something and then not have the courage to ride it ?

that is some of the finest 12 year old boy woodwork I have seen in a good spell. Actually, apologies to the 12 year olds out there; I think you guys do better than this.

Oct. 19, 2008, 11:28 p.m.
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Armstrong to come out

I wouldn't bet against Lance.
Astana is going to be scary good. Contador, Leipheimer and Kloden getting water bottles? Wow.

Wasn't it Contador that was spouting off about not riding "under" anyone (I guess he is now like the big dog pissing to mark out his territory). I can't imagine after that kind of rhetoric and the fact that he is a pretty legitimate team captain that he would be willing to be Lance's lieutenant….So who is going to be Lance's new Hincapie?

Oct. 19, 2008, 10:37 a.m.
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Armstrong to come out

maybe there's nothing more depressing for you.

I have a feeling that there's nothing more depressing to LA than sitting on his ass not racing.

You're right…..there is nothing more depressing to me….I do wish him well. I think having your ass handed to you at Leadville by Wiens (sheesh, that guy is as old as me)would either make you rethink your plans or double your efforts to do better.

Oct. 18, 2008, 10:53 p.m.
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weird tubeless problem...

This depends on the porosity of the tire sidewalls (and this various from tire to tire). The Continental Explorers on my XC bike need top-up once per month for sure while the Nevegal 2.5's on my big bike can easily go 6-8 weeks. Summer temperatures will tend to shorten the interval.

Oct. 18, 2008, 3:22 p.m.
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Armstrong to come out

While athletes are remarkable performance machines, the same evaluation cannot be leveled against their powers of thought and logic. There really is nothing more depressing than watching one of these ex-retireds try to reacquire the shine and fail.

Oct. 18, 2008, 3:13 p.m.
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Vedder

…. we did open up
a couple new trails, Turd-Furg( don't ask) and Ditch Chicken.
As for the road, it's as bad as it's ever been.

sheesh, I have only been off my bike for 3 weeks and now two new trails open? Is one of these, your new one and the other Todd's connector off Hidden Pleasures? If so which one goes with which name?

Oct. 18, 2008, 3:08 p.m.
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weird tubeless problem...

Because the sidewalls of all non-tubeless tires are somewhat porous, air and some water vapour will be lost over time. This causes the nature of the sealant to change over time as it dehydrates. The end result is partial or complete coagulation and hardening of the sealant. This will not happen if you remember to regularly add more sealant.

Oct. 18, 2008, 2:54 p.m.
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Dave Wiens beat Lance at Leadville

We Menno's are inherantly non-athletic types. But when we discover athletic pursuits we do it with an obsessiveness that is unmatched. We are not half-baked about anything….

Oct. 18, 2008, 2:49 p.m.
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Help out a Trail Builder!

hitch receiver locks are cheap and pretty darn effective. They are a bit of a pain to put on and off but are well worth it. There are a variety of these available in a broad price range that will fit any kind of hitch receiver. A definite must-have if you are gonna fork out the bills for a superb rack.

Sept. 22, 2008, 8:15 a.m.
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STOLEN 2009 Mongoose Pinn'r

Unlike so many bikes that get lifted and are never, ever seen again, the Pinn'r is now back home with me after a very observant undercover RCMP detective took note of it at a crack house bust.

The bike was essentially unaltered and was being used for basic transport and as a trade commodity by crack heads. Had the cop not seen the notices that I posted in one of the local bike shops, this bike might have languished in the evidence lockup and would likely have been sold at a police auction.

Sept. 1, 2008, 12:33 p.m.
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STOLEN 2009 Mongoose Pinn'r

This is a test bike that is not presently available on the market. Mongoose does not presently have a Canadian distributor so anyone riding a Mongoose will have purchased it in the US and no one other than a sponsored rider or Mongoose staffer will have this 2009 bike.

The bike:
medium moss green Pinn'r Foreman. 2009 Marzocchi 66, Roco, Saint drivetrain, Hayes Stroker brakes, Kenda Excavator tires.

The bike was taken from my home in Chilliwack.

also taken was my gear bag with about 1500 dollars worth of riding gear including a $400 Mace Carbonfoil helmet.

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