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May 9, 2016, 3:47 p.m.
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The bike touring / bikepacking thread

trailers are great, but they're not cheap. if you can borrow one, or another time of touring set up, for your first tour, as gotham said, it will help you decide on what you want to invest in down the line. depending on when you are going, i can lend you mine

brooks saddles are no more inherently comfortable than any other saddle, ime. the key is finding a saddle that works for your body type and position on the bike. wtb and specialized both have "fit programs" if you can find a place that runs them. they should be able to help you identify the model and size that works best for you

Thanks for your advice. I might take you up on the trailer rental offer.

As for my saddle, it might not be my chromag saddle as much as it's getting used to being on the saddle for a long time. Most of my rides are 1 to 2 hours and I have no issues there. But the admittedly rare 4 hours and I find my chamois isn't what it should be. I should probably just spend more time in the saddle and get better chamois. I usually use the MEC liners and they're on the thin side. If I find that's not helping I will check out the "fit programs" and have my sit-bones properly measured etc.

May 9, 2016, 12:35 p.m.
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The bike touring / bikepacking thread

If I go trailer, should I go with the BOB with the suspension (Ibex?) To me, I imagine it's a smoother system once off road, even on gravel. That said I'm on a hardtail so maybe the extra weight isn't worth it.

One other thing I am wondering is if it's worth removing the dropper post and my regular chromag trailmaster saddle for a rigid post and one of those modern Brooks saddles. I forget the name but they're not leather and technically they come broken in. The reason I wonder is after a few hours in the trailmaster (or any other seat I've ever had) even with the chamois there's some pain going on. Of course I've got to think about my son too so he would for sure have chamois and maybe I will get him a cushier seat too.

May 9, 2016, 10:30 a.m.
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The bike touring / bikepacking thread

Hey, I'm thinking of taking my 12 year old son on a multiday KVR bike tour to get our toes wet and see if we want to pursue more adventurous trips (either touring or bike packing) in the future.

He has a fairly new 27.5 wheeled Norco hardtail and I have Chromag 29er. Both overkill perhaps for the KVR but it's what we have to work with. I am wondering what others' experiences are with the BOB trailers vrs Rack/Panniers vs the frame bags/handlebar bags/seat bags. I imagine I could use just about anything for the KVR but going on bigger adventures in the future (say Mt Hood in Oregon) would we be best in investing in some of those frame bags that you see for bikepacking on mountain bikes and fat bikes?

June 15, 2015, 9:58 a.m.
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NSMB - 2015 – Hardtail Thread

Nice looking rootdown. I love mine.

Jan. 11, 2015, 10:09 a.m.
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x-king, ardent race or rock razor

I like my butcher purg combo but think I will try a slaughter on the back to replace my purgatory. Might go grid instead of control as sometimes I find the purgatory control a little squirmy really run tubeless. But l like to climb and fear the extra grams. I am mostly an xc guy and weigh in 175. Should I stick w control? Does the grid feel less squirmy if running 28ish psi tubeless?

Jan. 7, 2015, 2:35 p.m.
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NSMB - 2015 – Hardtail Thread

Not many changes since this picture except lowered stem, SLX M530 pedals, tires running tubeless, full size mucky nutz front fender and some nice battle scars.

Aug. 26, 2014, 3:37 p.m.
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Tri-Cities 2014 Trail Conditions (PoMo, Coq, PoCo) (Merged)

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Can you pm me any descriptions/locations of those trails too? I know Starz pretty well (broke a helmet there once) but Stinger is new to me. I may have ridden it already though. There are some nice trails that go down to the elementary school area.

Aug. 25, 2014, 8:43 a.m.
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Tri-Cities 2014 Trail Conditions (PoMo, Coq, PoCo) (Merged)

Hey folks. Anyone know any good xc-ish routes around Eagle Mtn? I'm on a chromag hardtail (which is quite capable) but I'm not nearly as capable as the bike. So far I've found climbing up along the powerline trail and then down Upper Eagle to Lower Eagle to Academy and that's a lot of fun (not too over my head) and a good work out. Any other routes up there that would be good as well? I have to ask because on trailforks Eagle is considered green and if that's green then I know Black diamonds are not going to work for me (yet.) Any other good pedally rides up there for a rugged hardtail (ridden by a hack?)

Thanks!
taco

July 16, 2014, 12:59 p.m.
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NSMB - 2014 – Hardtail Thread

A more recent picture except I am running flat pedals and it's a hell of a lot dirtier.

July 16, 2014, 12:50 p.m.
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NSMB - 2014 – Hardtail Thread

Welcome to the party. Are you going to the Chromag anniversary ride in August?

http://www.worca.com/events/chromag-bikes-exile-steel-st-august-23rd-2014/

Ha that looks awesome. Don't think I will be in the area that weekend but I am starting to think I should be. I was in Whistler recently and rode/crashed the Rootdown on the Zappa Trails. Lots of fun to be had in there. Lots of people saying "nice Chromag." Also rode some xc in the Cheakamus River area which is really beautiful.

You guys/gals that live up there are lucky.
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July 16, 2014, 10:52 a.m.
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NSMB - 2014 – Hardtail Thread

July 16, 2014, 9:21 a.m.
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NSMB - 2014 – Enduro / Trail Bike Thread

I suppose this can go in the trail bike thread and the hardtail thread. Unless this thread is strictly full suspension bikes. If that's the case, my apologies.

June 20, 2014, 10:10 a.m.
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many of you ride hardtails?

I had my Root Down built up as my one and only year round riding bike. I might build an urban beater out of spare parts I have lying around but I don't see any full suspension rigs in my near to medium future.

One of the things I like about the hardtail is it works me out more since my legs are required to act like suspension. I can only get so lazy.

June 3, 2014, 11:10 a.m.
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NSMB - 2014 – Hardtail Thread

Good buddy of mine nearly finished his Rootdown build. Still to come: Hope 40T-Rex [HTML_REMOVED] Stealth Reverb

That looks great!

Stealth Reverb? I have a rootdown and as far as I know it doesn't have any way of running a stealth reverb unless I drill a hole or something. Maybe I don't understand what a stealth reverb is but I think it's the kind that goes with a frame designed to run the cable through the frame right?

I must say that if I can run a stealth dropper post with my Rootdown I'd be pretty pleased. :)

May 26, 2014, 9:57 a.m.
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NSMB - 2014 – 29er Thread

A beautiful bike. As are all Chromags.

As a sort of suggestion, it is quite easy to make a muckynutz-style fender yourself. Search the forum for some suggestion concerning material and a how-to.

I used a laminator, found a 1:1 sized pic on the net, adjusted the form a bit, had three cable ties lying around - and voila, ready to shred. Clear plastic though, but with a bit of creativity it can be coloured as well.

That's a good suggestion but I read it too late. ;) Anyway the muckynutz xl works really well as I was riding in the slop this weekend and it really helped keeping the mud out of my eyes. Lowered the stem too…first I dropped it all the way down but I ended up preferring a 10mm spacer underneath (and a 10 on top because I don't want to cut the fork steerer down.)

It's perfect now I think. The Butcher on the front is great but I think maybe I will go with something faster/less traction than the Purgatory on the back to speed the climbs up a bit.

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