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The Noobs Guide to Bikepacking - Part 1 - Sept. 1, 2021, 9:07 a.m.

An older pic of descending LotS after an overnight trail-maintenance session (also rode/pushed up Lots as OtR was snowed in at that point)  Sleeping bag is on bar, tarp/sleeping pad on right fork leg, bivvy sack on left.  Gear stored vertically on the legs has a much lower moment of inertia and will impact steering less than across the bars.  It also has a lower CoG.  With this setup, I was almost able to keep pace with the rest of the crew who were handicapped by having their trail tools strapped to their packs.

(photo courtesy of Glamour Shots by Dan)

Weekend Warmup #115 - March 20, 2021, 8:27 a.m.

There is an egregious editorial error in this article that cannot be allowed to pass without comment.  The spirited man's dream job is NOT Land Rover mechanic, it is Land Cruiser mechanic.  The difference is night and day.  The Australians (examples of which were featured as recently as Weekend Warmup 112) have a saying:

If you want to go out in the bush, take a Land Rover.  If you want to come back, take a Land Cruiser.

Nobody dreams of being a Land Rover mechanic, they're forced into it after making poor life choices because it's the only alternative to remaining stuck in the desert drinking your own urine in a futile effort to survive. 

Because Lucas.

7mesh Thunder Pants and Men's Skypilot Jacket - Jan. 23, 2021, 11 p.m.

Did anyone else see the title image and wonder if the person with their back to the camera was actually Manservant Hecubus?

2020 NSMB Gift Guide - Week 2 - Nov. 19, 2020, 10:09 p.m.

I'd much rather use goatskin gloves like these ones (also Wells Lamont) than cowhide for trail work. 

The closed grain of goatskin and lanolin makes them naturally water resistant (not waterproof by any stretch though) and they're tougher and more flexible for a given hide thickness.  Better than deer/buckskin in my books too.

Plus they are WAY more Himalayan blackberry (and thistle and...) thorn resistant if you encounter that sort of thing while building.

In Defense Of HammerSchmidt - Dec. 5, 2018, 10:18 p.m.

I for one still love my Hammershizzle.  Looking forward to a little snowfall to use the semi-fat Six-Pack to its full entertainment potential.  This bike was my primary for 5 years or so and I disassembled and re-greased the Hammer after around 3 years of all-season use.  Innards/grease still looked pristine.  Oh, and I probably shouldn't jinx myself, but I'm on my original BB.

With the combination of the HS up front and 6 cogs on a single speed hub in the rear my driveline lifespan is at least triple what I get out of XTR 1x11 with its cross-chaining BS* on another bike.  ...and the XTR has never seen conditions as nasty as what the Hammer routinely saw.

(*And that's with my BB offset non-drive and my 1x front chainring spaced way inboards to give the chain a straighter shot at the low cogs)

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