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Dec. 6, 2021, 9:43 a.m.
Posts: 145
Joined: Jan. 21, 2013
Re: Ford Maverick Hybrid for Bike and Non Bike Stuff

Posted by: Kenny

It'll be worth literally nothing in +/-5 years.

Surely it will seem wasteful to witness a fleet of five year old fully functional vehicles, probably left to rot in alleyways or sent off to the crusher in a procession - with literally no value or purpose as of 2026.

Dec. 2, 2021, 12:19 p.m.
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Re: Ford Maverick Hybrid for Bike and Non Bike Stuff

They're a good looking truck, I talked to a guy in a Lowes parking lot that had one - he said it was very reliable in the previous week that he had owned it. Unable to comment on ownership past 5 days so you might take that reliability review with a grain of salt. 

Too bad Ford doesn't offer a plug in variant. That would be really enticing.

Nov. 30, 2021, 9:41 p.m.
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Joined: Jan. 21, 2013
Re: Favourite resource for weather and conditions

Windy is great once you learn to use it.

Nov. 29, 2021, 10:28 a.m.
Posts: 145
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Re: How far do you or would you commute to work by bike? Even in wet weather?

+1 on the ~15km range, if the weather totally goes off the rails that's not quite enough time to get the emergency foil blanket out, but it is enough time to get warmed up on a decent day and settle in.

Nov. 29, 2021, 10:20 a.m.
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Re: Short travel 29'ers

Interesting - the Explosif I had used a similar system to the RSD and I experienced no self adjusting adjustable stays. Probably the worst has been Salsa Alternators ... if they're not TIGHT they can migrate a bit under hard braking. Either way it doesn't hurt to take a closer look at sturdier hardware should the need arise.

Nov. 28, 2021, 8:55 a.m.
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Re: Short travel 29'ers

Yeah, I figured for the price it looked like it had all the big things in the right place. The Process I had before felt pretty unrefined so I’m guessing it won’t take much to have the Wildcat feel better (and lighter!)

In terms of build quality I have it mentally in line with a Commencal or a Marin. Not perfect but functional and it’s not like it costs Yeti-dollars so I expect final QC accordingly.

Will post an update once I ride it and also will LocTite the hardware, as I picked up a good suggestion to do that on the last page of this thread. If it holds up, the value proposition here is where the appeal is.

Nov. 28, 2021, 8:48 a.m.
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Joined: Jan. 21, 2013
Re: Not what I ordered.

I am FAR from having the necessary physique to wear any mesh clothes confidently but have used tight fitting undershirt base layers from Specialized before. It gives me that “sausage on a BBQ ready to burst” look that’s so hot these days but on a really hot and humid day I find it helps with wicking sweat. Same goes for a cold day, I think it creates a little more air space btw me and my jersey. 

Haven’t tried one in a while though, since moving to as much wool as possible.

Nov. 26, 2021, 7:38 p.m.
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Re: Short travel 29'ers

Funny, I just ordered a Wildcat V3 for May 2022 delivery. I’ve never sat on one, looked over the geometry chart for a bit and chose a size. This has the potential to majorly backfire but I also see the upsides - the other RSD bikes I have seen all looked ok and it’s a Horst link so everything should be fine. 

Went for a frame only L in green. 

Fingers crossed.

Nov. 24, 2021, 5:44 p.m.
Posts: 145
Joined: Jan. 21, 2013
Re: My Wheel Plays Like A Harp While I Ride

Oh no! That’s unfortunate!

Nov. 12, 2021, 8:02 a.m.
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Joined: Jan. 21, 2013
Re: Kyle Warner injured from Phizer vaccine

Posted by: bux-bux

Well that sucks. Hope he recovers. I really don't think Mountainbike sites want to get into the for or against vaccinations.

Nov. 8, 2021, 6:38 a.m.
Posts: 145
Joined: Jan. 21, 2013
Re: Works Components 2 Degree Angle Headset

Posted by: Ride.DMC

I managed to get a ride in. I only had time to get to my local trails, Delta Watershed Park. Anyone who rides there knows it's not the type of terrain where you would expect a slack(er) bike to shine, but having said that I thought maybe it would be the perfect terrain to expose the warts of a slack(er) ride?

Well, that wasn't the case. I didn't notice any change. No more pedal strikes than usual. No difficulty navigating slow speed turns. No floppy feeling.

I was kind of disappointed to be honest. I guess I thought if I noticed the negatives straight away, the positives would be equally noticeable once I get to the right terrain.

Now there are a couple of short steep sections in the park, so I decided to check one of them out near the end of my lap... And I swear the bike DID feel more stable and more composed. But then I assume I must of imagined it because it was literally 50 feet of trail, maybe less. How could I really notice anything with such a short sample?

So the jury is still out I guess if this "upgrade" made any difference. I've gone from disappointed to happy that there seems to be no ill effects at least. I am looking forward to getting on some steeper trails sometime soon.

I think taking some time on that bike, in its new form, in some terrain that's well served by a slacker head angle is the key. I managed to ride my bike (with the -2) and a buddy's rental 153 (stock headset) back to back and there's definitely a difference. But, like any suspension bike, static geometry isn't the same as dynamic.

Nov. 6, 2021, 6:42 p.m.
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Re: Works Components 2 Degree Angle Headset

Posted by: martin

The new just released today Wolf Tooth 2 degrees geoshift seems absolutely perfect. I've been running their Premium headset for 2 seasons and while expensive, it was totally worth it. The Geoshift ends up being like 20-30$cdn more than the Works but I think it would be worth it. I'm getting one and will report back!

I also ordered a Wolf Tooth -2 deg for my fat bike. Should be just what the dr ordered for that bike, that has an otherwise fairly steep HA. 

Have tried Works Components before too, on a Process 153 - just like the other person. Was a quality headset, and the bike felt a lot better with the angle set.

Nov. 3, 2021, 1:35 p.m.
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Joined: Jan. 21, 2013
Re: Bike frame/parts drought 2021

Posted by: SixZeroSixOne

I happened to walk into Cove Bikes for the first time in many years at the weekend...

Oh dear, how sad that places is now with a pretty poor selection of bikes on the floor...

Is that just a sign of the times or has Cove really gone downhill 😳

Cove-ID supply issues

Nov. 1, 2021, 9:30 p.m.
Posts: 145
Joined: Jan. 21, 2013
Re: Help with Hope Pro 4 rear hub - slight wobble after bearing change

If you have a spare wheel, tossing that in might test “hub play or frame play” pretty effectively.

Oct. 27, 2021, 12:05 p.m.
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Joined: Jan. 21, 2013
Re: Electric Vehicle (EV) discussion thread

I don't think we should be subsidizing people buying new vehicles, rather we should add what would be a subsidy amount to ICE vehicles. e.g. instead of taking $3k off the price of an EV we should add it to new ICE vehicles. There's surely some political reason that doesn't happen.

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