I moved off my Scarabs to clips because I was tired of my duck stance pushing my feet to the outside of the pedals as my size tried to find a wider stance. That these pedals are designed wider (and longer) is very interesting. I'm definitely intrigued and may have to give them a try.
Most honest review of 2020 right here!
C'mon east to Calgary for our indoor pump track :)
One bit that works very well for is is the straps on top. I can fit a jacket and elbow pads in those straps without worrying about anything inside. Weather where I ride is very unpredictable and it's always a very risky thing to go without a jacket.
I was able to re-own a circa-1996/95 Norco Team ST that had benefited from an upgrade in 1998 (Sid and V-brakes). I thought it'd be this awesome bike, given I'd ridden handmade steel and Ti for years in that era. Was I in for a shock. Geometry and tubesets rooted in 1970s road bikes make for terrible bikes as compared to today's bikes. The "jewel of the 90s" was a deathtrap compared to my modern bikes.
I sold it to someone that was more nostalgic than me and I'm sure he's very happy with it.
I don't regret a single bike part I've sold or moved on from.
How did it already eat a tranny?
I grabbed some gripshift grips (nice and short) from Canadian Tire and squeezed them on with the air compressor. If gives my son a warmer/softer bit to grab, which only works when I can get him to let go of my grips.
Who know an 800mm bar was about right for a toddler.
You know the "everything will get stolen" is largely a Vancouver/Lower Mainland phenomenon right?
I've found the cinch system to be a pain and have noticed friends having to adjust their cranks mid-day and/or get used to the creaks.
The 2 pinch bolt system has been bomber for years so I'm also very reluctant to give up tried and true. Shimano does put a lot of effort into things, but they do flub things from time to time.
Volunteering at community events as a bike mechanic is always a rewarding experience. A top tip is to bring ALL your wrenches. It is unreal the number of different wrenches you need once you get into junker bikes.
Have a look at the XL Firebird 29 for a bike between Santa Cruz's XL and XXL.
If the sizing on the Megatower is like the Hightower and you aren't a throwback to BMX sizing I'd go with your bigger option on the bike. I'm 6'4" and an XL Hightower needed a longer stem and a saddle that was slammed back. The XXL Hightower fit great.
500mm+ reach is the number for folks over 6'3".
How does the t-shirt fit? I'm a large in every t-shirt I try - except Chromag. I've got a branded cotton T that fits like a sausage casing.
Plastic pedals are a nice winter option. They don't conduct the cold as well as metal pedals.