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Whatcha Packin' - Cam McRae's on Ride Carry - April 26, 2020, 6:13 a.m.

The one OTC med to add is a few Benadryl(or similar).  It's the one pill I carry to help stop some allergic reaction to a bee sting or something similar.  I don't mess with any anti-inflammatory or pain meds...I might throw those in a 1st Aid kit if I were going deep into the woods for a night or two.

2021 Rockshox SID Ultimate Fork - Ridden on the North Shore - March 19, 2020, 8:03 a.m.

Seems like this new fork would be perfect for the SC Blur TR.

Cheers

150 days on Shimano XTR, OneUp, WeAreOne, E13, Yeti... - Sept. 27, 2019, 2:27 p.m.

I went for the 168mm on my XTR cranks which is still more narrow then the XT at 172mm. Felt better for my alignment and cornering.

150 days on Shimano XTR, OneUp, WeAreOne, E13, Yeti... - Sept. 25, 2019, 6:22 a.m.

I've put about 1700 miles on my XTR setup.  Got ~1500 miles out of the chain which is a big improvement over the M8000 XT chain for me.  I would only get about 800 miles out of those. This chain swap was done in time with my rear cassette and Blackspire oval chain ring still having plenty of life in them. I have no creaking coming from the cranks-chain ring interface.  The only creaking I had was when I was running the rear cassette without the thin clear plastic spacer.

The brakes have been fantastic for me as well.  I also swapped out the brake pads recently and got closer to about 1800 miles out of those.  I did run them a little longer then I should have but my at home cleaning and bleeding of those calipers were fine to get them back to top notch braking again.

Cheers, Mike

Cam McRae's Best of 2018 - Jan. 9, 2019, 7:46 a.m.

Those XTR 9120 brakes are amazing!  I have a couple rides on mine thus far and are the best brakes I have ridden.  Waiting for the XTR chainring to complete my drivetrain...no one seems to have them.

A Disgrace to Mountain Biking - Sept. 17, 2018, 7:09 a.m.

While riding the Enchilada in Moab...we came across a guy that put a sizable slash in his tire.  Nothing that a wrapper and tube couldn't fix and get him out.  The problem was the locking nut on his tubeless valve was so tight it would not move with our fingers. Thus could not put a tube in... I've since thrown in a small micro Leatherman that has a small plier on the end to get those nuts off.

Cheers, Mike

Riding 2019 Shimano XTR 12spd in Crested Butte - June 26, 2018, 6:39 a.m.

@cam...Thanks for the great writeup and congrats on surviving riding at altitude. ;-)  Shimano seems to have been a bit vague on what improvements have been made to the brakes.  Other then moving the mounting to improve lever action, what other changes have been made to the calipers and inner workings?  Would like to assume they have redesigned them to not have the "pumping up" problems.

STRAP IT ON! Gear to Help Ditch your Backpack (etc.) - June 1, 2018, 7:25 a.m.

I run a SpeedSleev Ranger for rides under 2 hours.  http://www.speedsleev.com  Holds 2 Co2 canisters, 29'er tube, two tire levers, a tool and some zip ties.  My bike\(Tallboy\) also fits a good size water bottle.  Rode with it all last winter and it kept everything dry and clean while on my saddle.  Longer rides, I use a backpack for loads of water.

2019 Shimano XTR 9100: 10-51 12spd is Here - May 28, 2018, 3:13 p.m.

If the micro-spline (which I am sure will eventually become more widely used model of freehub) helps free hubs last a bit longer for my clyde legs...I am all for it.  I like Shimano stuff and usually go thru about 1.5 years per freehub.  

Cheers,Mike

KC Fontes and his Bartlett Tendon Knee - April 30, 2018, 7:09 a.m.

That is awesome!

Introducing SRAM DUB Cranks and Bottom Brackets - Jan. 18, 2018, 8:14 a.m.

I'm looking forward to the dentists dumping XTR cranks for cheap... ;-)

Cheers,

Mike

Topeak's Ratchet Rocket Lite DX Tool - Aug. 11, 2017, 8:22 a.m.

I've used my Silca to do bike builds.  Really like the ease of the torque for carbon bits. I'd rank its quality at or close to Snap-On.

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