Given that I have the same bike, I'm clearly under-utilizing it's capacity.
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Great write-up. Didn't look like you were suffering too bad up Mtn Highway when you started climbing again. You passed me, the wife, and the kids right around the exit to Floppy and were the only one of the top three to bother to say hello. Good form all around.
Somewhere between McGyver and Packrat, depending on the length of the ride and the distance I'd have to walk out at what time of day.
An oddity that I carry is a spare rear derailleur as single speeding it can really suck if there's lots of up and down to get home and adjusting chain length, hi/low limits, etc. takes so much time versus have a low-end $20 derailleur to slap on.
Other than that, I carry a tube, pump, patch kit, multi-tool w/ chainbreaker, zipties, relevant hanger, a few links of relevant chain, and a spare derailleur cable.
Thanks for this timely review. Just rebuilding the kids' bikes with 9 speed 12-36 cassettes and no clutch derailleur along with 30t RF NW rings so they still don't have the complication of a front derailleur but a good climbing gear with their 24″ wheels (smaller wheel size also makes gearing lower). Glad it's working. This mod should work well in the park for them without dropped chains, but also allow them to climb a good deal of where we are going - should make Burke more rideable, as Fromme was all good with the older 32 front, 34 rear low with 24″ wheels.
"finally sold the last of the WTB MotoRaptors to another unsuspecting Aussie"
Gotta agree with the Gore Socks. Spendy at $60, but better than plastic bags for the same breathability reasons as a breathable jacket. I ride most every weekday through the winter and a pair of gore socks typically lasts 2 to 3 seasons. Even with a minor holes over time, they still work. And with plastic bags, your heels slip.
Agree with Morgman on buying a quality fabric rather than brand or bike specific. Most bike specific jackets I've had in the past don't carry the quality or know-how of outdoor brands. PacLite rules the roost, but even Marmot Precip jacket, at half the price of a mtb brand, works 80% better.
Micro headlamp, waterproof matches, and a space blanket… you never know when it's gonna' get dark fast after an injury or major mechanical. In summer you suffer, in winter you die.
Did two laps in the park yesterday on the 29r, as I was coming off an all mountain ride and a ticket landed in my lap late in the day. I estimated the Commencal Meta29r with it's slack(er) angles and leggy travel would do well, as I've ridden that bike on more terrain this year than I would have imagined, but it truly was a revelation. CIU was so fast with unfortunately fun overshoots on pretty much all the hits and still able to tweak the bike out on many. The Ninja/Karate/Club combo was thrilling. Thought the berms would be too tight for the wheelbase, but it just trucked around them and Devils club felt freshly raked.
I wouldn't likely love it on In Deep or Goat Gully or Freight Train, but all the in between stuff might make a full day in the park worth exploring next year…. or maybe it was just riding such a light flickable bike in the park rather than the 26″ sled????
Or maybe it's just that all bikes are fun.
Quality times at work.
Interestingly, that vid even went well with the "Rogers Cellular" hold music I've got blasting from my phone right now as I sit here and wait.
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