I usually keep the connector links as spares when I retire a chain. I only stop using them (or taking them with me as spares) if they don't click together nicely, as Andrew mentioned. I think they'd need to be properly buggered to actually fail during a ride.
That old Canfield front triangle looks like it would break just looking at it wrong. I like the "Banshee-ness" of this bike, but I couldn't do the 420 stays on any bike these days aside from pump tracks etc. Same for their hard tail, looks great, but just not enough stability for me.
Ahhh, my DYI (above) method somewhat justified...
I know your feelings about Tri-flow well, Andrew. In my experience it isn't horrible if you wipe most of it away after clean/lubing, and unfortunately I can't delete just my limited frame of reference. It's either that, or the previous 15 years of "whatever wet lube is within reach"... So Tri-flow it is.
Get out the pitch forks everyone, because I decided to give the diy route a try, using a 4-1 mixture of mineral spirits and motor oil. Liberally apply the mixture using the ham-fisted #2 move, back-spin the crap out of the drive train and then use a cloth to remove all the desolved crap. Everything has to be done outside due to fumes, and you just let the mixture dissolve to leave a thin film of motor oil. I used to use Tri-flow, being really careful not to leave much on the chain before riding. I've noticed my diy lube process collects slightly less stuff than my careful Tri-flow results, and it's definitely cheap. That said, it still collects a little bit of stuff, and it stinks until it evaporates. Probably not something I'll do for ever, but at least I'm pretty sure I haven't increased chain wear over my prior habits. I'm going to switch to 5:1 mixture soon, as I think 4:1 is overkill on the lubricant. I look forward to the verbal eye-roll comments...
Well, the biggest differences between brakes in the Shimano lineup are the features on the levers. They've made a lighter/sleeker caliper for the XT, but the functional differences come from the lever features between Deore/SLX/XT. So with a Deore level brake, your getting a DH-capable brake with no reach dial or bite point adjustment.
I took my single piston SLX brakes and put Deore calipers on them, and they are VERY powerful brakes. Comparable to the saint brakes on another bike of mine.
Or as Mr. Lau would say, "Upper upper upper Bobsled".
Nibs Kellet! I knew the Kellet family rang a bell, and after scratching my head, I remembered it was from an old Dirt Mag... Riffling though my collection the Kellet family was featured in the very first Dirt I ever purchased, Vol. 2 No. 3 (2003). I was hoping to find Nibs' first name for Chris, but as it turns out, he was "Nibs" in the article too. His wife is Carol though, Lol.
Thanks for this, I look forward to more from CP. Could listen to him all day long.
You won't see topics taken into account if you're not looking for them. This has been breached time and time again.
Absolutely! As a dog owner, you pretty much know (or should) when your dog needs to take a crap. Take those precautions.
You're right. You shouldn't have to explain this, but you're not an over-driven asshole. I'm assuming you have no issues explaining your position to a fellow riding partner though, and also no issues deciding which type of group shares the same riding values/visions that you do. It's really not complicated at all.
I prefer "the cabbage".
I find it interesting that you haven't come across this topic before, as it's brought up in almost every PB trail dog related article that comes up, and pretty much every point made in these comments are present in the PB comments.
I would probably react similarly to an article about people who bring along "that guy", who always has a mechanical due to not servicing their bike, flats and never has tubes/tools, rides slower than I do, or expects the group to conform to their riding standards (that could be TLR, actually). I'd give pretty much the same response in every case. Think about your group's dynamic when planning your ride, communicate with those riders about potential issues, and if it's going to make you happier then you ditch that group that wants to bring their dog. With proper communication, maybe your buddy starts leaving his pooch at home when they're out with you. Same for "that guy", there's a time/place for riding with them too, and some helpful communication might make them a better riding partner, as opposed to "this guy just shouldn't be on the trails".
Maybe they think twice when thinking about bringing their dog on a super long hot ride, after your suggestion about the dog's safety. Maybe you decide you're not a huge fan of riding with the 4 other people who are more than happy to ride with dogs.
Question about your riding area. Are most of the trails you ride, multi-use? They mostly are around here (Sea-to-Sky).
On multi-use trails you need to be ready to encounter hiker's dogs, so the "big no to dogs on trails" is going to be a non-starter in a whole lot of riding areas, at least in the areas I've ridden most of my life. I can fully understand if your preference is to avoid dogs accompanying you, but expecting to be able to avoid them all together might be a bit unreasonable.
4Runner1, did it sound like there was a lot of good communication happening between TLR and his riding buddies? That didn't come across when I read it.