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Jared Graves: Dangerously Motivated - March 13, 2018, 7:39 a.m.

nice write-up, thanks.  a bit of a change from "trains hard, eats well, puts the hours in" common refrain of all the off-season pieces.  The role of place in who we are and what we become has always interested me. 

It'd be nice to see him back at the sharp end of the field, consistently.

We Are One Agent Wheelset - Feb. 28, 2018, 7:11 a.m.

A question about the angled drilling of the spoke holes: is the angle specific to wheel spacing?  I have 142 hubs.  I would imagine these are probably drilled for 148 hubs.  Is that going to make a difference?

Dear Uncle Dave - I Can't Decide What Bike to Buy! - Jan. 24, 2018, 6:26 a.m.

I don't disagree with anything you said, but...

I think you may have mischaracterized riding in the southwest.  It is hardly open and flowy.  while the vistas are open, the trails are not...  for example, there is no cutting an inside line, and there is no margin for error in a turn.  you can't cheat a bit and brush up against the vegetation on the inside (or outside) of a turn.  whether rebar tree, jumping cholla, or saguaro, that shit will make you bleed.  for months.  or break your bones.  don't mess with the vegetation in the southwest.

flowy is also hard to come by...  my experience from my travels there are that the rocks are merciless.  And much of the trails are technical.  you can find the flow, but it requires work... and the right bike! 

also, hats off to Llama.  but I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry...

Specialized Defroster Trail Winter Shoes - Jan. 16, 2018, 9:09 a.m.

I'm an east coaster.  I have the 2016 version of these, which, aside from the orange accents look exactly the same, so I'm not sure what the "deep dive" redesign refers to...  anyways, that's not my point!

I ride these from fall through spring.  they deal quite well with wetness.  and indeed, I ride with pants that cover the cuff, which helps with water running down the leg. 

I even use these fatbiking.  My personal experience is that they are good down to about -16°C (3°F).  I've put some of the (expensive) 45Nrth insoles, but didn't find it made a huge difference.   Below those temps, I'll throw flats and use my Sorel's. 

I use them with Time MX pedals.  I've had no issues with cleat channels as mentionned in the review.

I'm into my second year with them, and they are showing very little signs of wear.  I've used them for two "muddy seasons"  (@ 2 rides/week, with +/- 2 months of fall riding, this is 16 rides) and 1.5 winters (winters cause little to no wear on the shoe, winter out here being snowy)

Also, for reference, I usually wear a 43.5-wide in Specialized shoes.  These don't (didn't?) come in half sizes.  They are offered in the "wide" last only.  I bought them in 44, and they fit great with winter-weight socks and a silk-weight liner.

Overall, I am very happy with them.  I find them warm, rugged, and versatile.

Respect for the Wild - A Call to Action - Oct. 18, 2017, 7:45 a.m.

Jan, the sound of your self-righteousness is deafening.  What allows you to assume all (or any of) the bikers he ferries up there are "freshly keen to shred these trails"?! And what makes that a bad thing?

How to Set Up Rebound Damping - Feb. 9, 2017, 10:41 a.m.

I followed his setup instructions last year. What a difference! Turns out I was running a pogo stick before…

2017 Trek Slash 9.9 First Impressions - Nov. 10, 2016, 8:06 a.m.

that chainstay hole… could it be for a internally-geared hub rather than a brake? something like a rohloff? I don't really know how they work, and I'm too lazy to look it up. it's easier to speculate!

Oakley EV Zero Eyewear - June 17, 2016, 11:31 a.m.

I did. that's what I bought to replace my Oakley's when I lost mine. So far they've been ok. They don't seem to stay put as well. And the lenses aren't replaceable. Wasn't aware they're the same lenses as Oakley… source?

Oakley EV Zero Eyewear - June 17, 2016, 6:17 a.m.

How timely was this review?! I was in a shop yesterday and was tempted to drop the coin on them… figured I should do a little searching for reviews first. I had a pair of Oakley's that lasted from 1994 until I lost them in 2015. Granted they'd been warrantied a couple of times and a few new lenses fitted too, but Oakley make a solid product. I was tempted by the Prizm lens, but most of my riding is mostly through dense forest too, so perhaps I'll look for something more clear. thanks!

29er in Front – Party in the Back - June 8, 2016, 8:24 a.m.

Coffee? 49th parallell, Epic Espresso.

29er in Front – Party in the Back - May 31, 2016, 10:13 a.m.

Hey, I bet you planned this so that the comments would turn to everybody's favourite beers and you'd get some very hipster-ish recommendations…. so here goes:

have you tried the Paulaner Hefe-Weisen? I've been on the citrusy-hoppy-beer bandwagon for about a year now. Really like them when they're not overly "piney". But… I recently bought a few Paulaner Hefe Weisen for my brother in law and had a taste… and it was a revelation! Beer didn't have to be bitter to be interesting, refreshing, and flavourful. Anyways, I liked it. You might too. It seems to hit the adjectives you used: refreshing, citrus-y, refreshing. Maybe not crip, it's certainly cloudy, but not too bad. I'd call it refined…

Shimano Deore XT Di2 Launched - April 14, 2016, 9:42 a.m.

hmmm, this might make going 2x relevant again. I'd love to lose some unsprung weight on my rear hub. An 11-32 must be lighter than an 11-50, no?

Thule RoundTrip Pro Travel Case – Reviewed - Nov. 27, 2015, 11:44 a.m.

oh, and another pro-tip for you: that foam you have zip-tied on there? pipe insulation is pre-shaped and doesn't require zip-tying…

Thule RoundTrip Pro Travel Case – Reviewed - Nov. 27, 2015, 11:43 a.m.

so the wheel(s) travel separately? Not sure how I feel about that. On the one hand it's lighter, slimmer, and you could argue at the check-in counter that it's not a bike (it's a frame) to avoid the dreaded "bicycle surcharge". On the other hand, what if the cases get separated and don't arrive together..? you won't get far with just one wheel.

Who Would Actually Buy A Bike Park Photo? - Oct. 21, 2015, 6:05 a.m.

Or is it that narcissism is within reach of more people now. Look back a few centuries and the old castles of Europe are lined with portraits of the nobility doing "rad shit" like hunting and stuff. Hell, they even had rugs made depicting that stuff - sure beats a mouse pad or a coffee mug!

Now that type of "weeeee, look at meeeee" stuff available to the unwashed masses (sometimes quite literally).

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