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Aug. 22, 2021, 7:07 a.m.
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Joined: May 5, 2012
Re: Official NSMB Coffee Thread

I have that same Eureka grinder and it a big step up from Rocky grinder I used for 17 years.  I still have the Rocky grinder for doing other coffee grinds.  We'll mix it up from time to time...French press, Moka pot, and recently the Aeropress for traveling.  A couple years ago, I picked up a Profitec 500 Pro PID.  It pulls a lovely brew.  

Cheers, Mike

Nov. 20, 2020, 7:52 a.m.
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Joined: May 5, 2012
Re: Cooler temps making my eyes water, options?

I had Lasik done around 1998(?).  Eyes were great for about +15 years.  I have developed a little loss in distance but some slight astigmatisms in both eyes have pushed me back to wearing some corrective lenses.  I have "free" touch ups available from the eye clinic that is was done at but probably won't do it.  One thing, I was not aware of prior to the first surgery was the future impact on correcting new vision issues.  I wear contact lenses for most of my riding and fly fishing then glasses the rest of the time.  Due to the material removed during the Lasik surgery, I now have trouble fitting contact lenses. Since the eye is now less round then average eyes, I have gone to the "flattest" daily contact lens made and it works.  I wear the daily ones 2-4 times then toss them.

I absolutely loved my eyes during those 15 years as I was more into alpine and rock climbing then.  The notion of waking up in a bevy sack and not having to lick my fingers clean to put in contacts was great.

Cheers, Mike

May 12, 2020, 6:44 a.m.
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Re: Online Mattress In A Box

I did a bunch of reading on this site several years ago.  No mattress is perfect for everyones...this site does a good job of comparing pro's & con's of a wide range of mattresses & types of mattresses.  Bang rating included... ;-)

https://www.sleeplikethedead.com

Mrs & I ended up buying from Foam Sweet Foam. https://www.foamsweetfoam.com

Cheers, Mike

March 29, 2020, 6:58 a.m.
Posts: 16
Joined: May 5, 2012
Re: Here's a fun one. What was the first mountain bike you owned? Second bike?

Posted by: velocipedestrian

Diamondback Ascent EX, cantis, rigid, ...

I had the same bike but mine was in pearl with purple speckles.  I still have it but need work to get rolling again.  Bought it after spending a summer working a fishing cannery in AK.  2nd bike was a Marin Bear Country(I think?).

March 23, 2020, 7:05 a.m.
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Joined: May 5, 2012
Re: Why did cush core have to be so good?

A quick update...I got one XC race in before COVID-19 shut down all racing.  The race was at Ancient Lakes near Quincy, WA.  Mostly hard packed sand with some loose sand and 2-3 short but very rough rock gardens.  Those rocks took out a few folks that did not add air to protect their rims & tires.  I was glad for the extra protection and traction from running low PSI in the soft sand corners.

But...I felt the extra weight on those short punchy climbs.  Took them out.  Where I have landed with XC CC...I would run at least one in the rear for pleasure riding but not racing.  And for those that will say just train harder...watts is not lacking in my legs.  At 52 years young and a clyde, I just need all the help I can muster to move up hills.  

Since then, I have been mostly safely riding Tokul area and playing with PSI.  Really amazing how much just one PSI can make a pretty big difference.  I am now running 18-19psi Front & 24-25psi rear on my Maxxis Forecaster EXO (2.6F/2.35R) on my Tallboy3.

Cheers-Mike

March 16, 2020, 5:47 a.m.
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Re: Wuhan Coronavirus

So, here is something interesting...Spain & Italy have banned cycling.

https://www.brujulabike.com/italy-prohibits-bike-riding-coronavirus/

The thought is to reduce the potential of getting hurt for doing something recreational and taking away from the 1st responders & medical support (hospital, docs, etc) from dealing with patients fighting the COVID-19.

I am still planning on riding as it brings me a great mental/emotional escape from the world for a couple hours but will be riding to not crash.

Will you keep riding too?  Change your riding style and such?

Cheers, Mike

Feb. 20, 2020, 7:15 a.m.
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Joined: May 5, 2012
Re: Why did cush core have to be so good?

Posted by: syncro

is there a point where all that extra traction starts to be a negative? i find that the occasional squirmyness adds a level of unpredictability that can make a ride more fun.

The traction is great and make things a lot more predictable. Maybe I am a bit too much OCD but I like things to be a bit more predictable. ;-)  

My only concern for these inserts is how they will be on longer races/races?  When will I start to notice the added 150gms per wheel?

Cheers, Mike

Feb. 19, 2020, 7:47 a.m.
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Joined: May 5, 2012
Re: Why did cush core have to be so good?

I'm on the Clyde(225-230lbs) portion of the weight scale and trying out XC CC on my Tallboy.  I like to punish myself with the occasional XC Race too but will was willing to tryout these inserts. My tires get a bit squirmy on me if I go too low.  I've been running Maxxis Forecasters EXO (2.6F/2.35R) this winter at about 23F/28R psi.  With XC-CC, I was able to drop those down to 18F/22R psi.  I've only been on a couple rides thus far but really enjoying the traction gains...especially in the wet rocks cornering aspect.  I also appreciate the traction gained on tech climbing too.  

I've got my 1st race with them this weekend and we'll see how they go.

Cheers. Mike

Dec. 24, 2019, 6:16 a.m.
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Joined: May 5, 2012
Re: fuck i hate facebook

Posted by: Mic

Posted by: Stuminator

A few people I know have a rule with family gatherings. When you come in the door, all cell phones go in a box & do not come out until you leave. That way there is more interaction between folks.

That one is great, thanks for sharing. Have to keep that in mind....for quite a few moments I guess

One more variation...invite folks to a bar or diner for just getting together.  Throw everyones phones in the center of the table. First one to grab their phone pays for everyones drinks/dinner...

Nov. 27, 2019, 7:06 a.m.
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Joined: May 5, 2012
Re: Heart Health

Posted by: FLATCH

Posted by: Mbcracken

Posted by: FLATCH

Gentlemen, take it from a guy with a pacemaker, don’t ignore the symptoms.

Ditto...sick s-node for me.  My heart liked to take breaks.  Would stop for up to 30 seconds then magically restart.

Highly recommended read...

https://www.velopress.com/books/the-haywire-heart/

Cheers,

Mike

I don’t like to make diagnosis on other folks, but my experience was very similar. My heart rate was slow to the point where I would pass out. And I was diagnosed with a condition known as bradycardia. One node in my heart does not play nice with the others gets out of rhythm. Your body’s natural reaction to that is to slow the heart until the out of rhythm node gets back online.  Sometimes it would work with just a couple of off beats, more often than not it would result in me passing out. I’m very lucky that it never happened while I was driving. The very first time it happened I was descending  a rather fast trail on bear Mountain when suddenly I felt a little weird then woke up in the ferns.  It took a long time almost a whole year to figure out what it was. Every time I wore a halter monitor it would never happen . Finally after a very serious one the doctor made me wear one until it happened again. Sure enough when it happened again I wiped out at home pretty good.  Ended up with a concussion and spent a week in the hospital and ended up with a pacemaker.  When the information on the monitor was downloaded it turned out my heart had stopped for more than 40 seconds. Kind of a wake up call. Don’t ignore the symptoms.

Amazing how similar stories can be but end up with different results and treatment options.  My story is a bit long but the end results for the electrical side of the heart...it can be controlled/influenced by both the brain and cardiac electrical systems.  

+ 22 years ago now, I had very odd "fainting" episodes with slight twitches.  Lasting maybe 30-45 seconds.  But, they would only happen once every 1-3 years.  At the time, I was diagnosed as having epilepsy.  Halter device, multiple MRI's and EEGs over the years all gave no results.  Maybe the epilepsy meds (dilation 10 years then Keppra for 10 years) "helped" because they act as sodium controls for neural transmitters in the brain but could have helped the cardiac system too.   The best diagnostic tool for me was what is known as a cardiac loop recorder.  2.5 years ago, I had one installed over my heart just under the skin.  It would track my cardiac rhythms and I could mark "events" or odd feelings. These devices are really great.  Battery life is about 2 years, easy to install and great data capturing for your docs to review. I could also download those via a communication box I had at home.  This device is what truly saved me and finally figured out my cardiac events. In August of 2017, I took the "calculated risk" and weened myself off the epilepsy meds.  Xmas of 2017, I had a passing out and scared my family.  Dec 27, 2017, I had the pacemaker put in.  The settings for me are to catch my heart in what is called rate response.  So, If I am lounging and my heart drops suddenly from 55bpm to 20bpm...the pacemaker(PM) will take over and bump me backup to 50bpm.  Same goes for if I am doing a hard MTB climb...say my heart is at 160bpm and suddenly wants to drop/stop...pacemaker will take over and bump me up to a 150bpm then slowly bring me down as I recover.  

I have backed off on riding less tech/gnar but have gotten back into XC racing.  I get a bit nervous about super big crashes with having a pacemaker and a couple leads going into my heart.  It is quite secure and all now but I still have a big huge voice screaming don't crash and mess-up my pacemaker.

No docs can say why my heart likes to take a break.  I have one neurologist that is still convinced it is in my head.  My cardiologist admits it could be either and/or both heart & head.  The only way to really verify either one is via an autopsy.  

So, as Flatch suggests...don't ignore symptoms and I would add to also get multiple opinions.  Remember, they call it "practicing" medicine for a reason.  

Cheers, Mike

Nov. 26, 2019, 6:20 a.m.
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Re: Heart Health

Posted by: FLATCH

Gentlemen, take it from a guy with a pacemaker, don’t ignore the symptoms.

Ditto...sick s-node for me.  My heart liked to take breaks.  Would stop for up to 30 seconds then magically restart.

Highly recommended read...

https://www.velopress.com/books/the-haywire-heart/

Cheers,

Mike

Oct. 10, 2019, 6:10 a.m.
Posts: 16
Joined: May 5, 2012
Re: how bout a good ol fashioned tire thread

I run the Rekon tires F&R on my Tallboy3 during the dry season.  2.6 on the front and 2.35 Race on the rear.  About ready to swap those out for the Forekaster now that the rains have arrived.  The Rekon does OK in the wet but the Forekaster does better in the mud & wet.

Cheers, Mike

Jan. 3, 2019, 7:21 a.m.
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Joined: May 5, 2012
Re: Who knows TVs?

Down here in the lower 48...We bought a new TV last spring.  I poured over all these review sites but found this one pretty decent.

https://www.rtings.com/tv

One thing I would recommend, if you are not in a hurry, is to wait until April time frame.  That is when next year TV's will be released and saved about 30% on my TV.

Cheers, Mike

Dec. 3, 2018, 6:11 a.m.
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Joined: May 5, 2012
Re: Need new hub

Posted by: UFO

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The only beef I've heard of the rear hubs is difficulty removing the drive ring to get at the bearing for replacement, but this is a job I would leave at the shop anyways. Everything else is super easy to service at home without any specialty tools.

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The newer 240/350 hubs do not require the removal of the drive ring to remove the drive side bearing. :-)

Cheers - Mike

Nov. 21, 2014, 4:23 p.m.
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Joined: May 5, 2012
Winter Riding Footwear

Some Alpineduros just arrived for testing and I've been using some Mavic Drift Shoes that I'll be writing up shortly.

So far so good and they are available at MEC. I would like to be able to push the cleats further back now that I've gotten used to that though.

When reviewing the AlpineEduros…I'd be interested in your thoughts on how they might hold up to light trail building duties too. Most my winter riding is getting to a trail bit to work on for 3-4 hours, then ride out.

Cheers,
Mike

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