the Geolander's get great reviews. one thing for sure, the advertised prices per tire are never the same as the LT versions in the size needed for my truck. if you want quality tires, you gots to pay to play.
when the part is falling and you notice it falling, isn't it funny that you already know the direction of the bounce? you know for certain that it's going to bounce quickly, erratically, if totally predictably underneath the workbench and the random stuff you have under there. it's not going to bounce towards your feet or into the open where you're standing. it's an amazing and little studied law of physics that should have some research dollars thrown at it. seems like Murphy knew something about this.
i've had 2 sets of Goodyear wrangler adventure AT tires and they have been very good. i really have no complaints. nearing the end of the road on my current set and considering alternatives. not looking for more off road performance such as Duratrac's or KO's which i'm sure are excellent, but i also know they are louder on road and wear faster.
i've been looking at the Nokian tires and the Rotiva Plus which, on paper, looks like an excellent tire in the same vein as the adventure's i've been running. they are a Finnish company and have numerous claims to using processes and materials that are more eco-sensitive than their competitors.
few reviews out there, but i read one that said it was a horribly loud tire. i couldn't abide that. seems last time a tire thread came up there were a few real knowledgable guys out there, so opine away.
and Albertans. but they are coming now. main hwy that runs through Courtenay, 2 lanes each way. outside the strip mall fishing store, a dually pick up with monster 5th wheel, parked, yes, parked, in the right lane. just stopped on Cliffe Ave.
i've said it a thousand times and i'll say it again. Strava is a plague and the number of riders that subscribe to dick measuring every single ride is appalling. i even know friends in this boat and i don't ride with them. mountain biking isn't racing, but people have been fooled into thinking it is.
you're so right. it is exhausting. and all you're doing, all any of us are doing, is existing in the world we were born into. we didn't create it, or even the values we have, (if you think you're responsible for your values, you're kidding yourself) it's just where we are. as a big brained mammal we have this curse that we can reflect on the craziest things, like, who are we, why are we, and can we be different if we don't like who we are. it's bloody painful. sometimes i just wanna be my cat to avoid being a human that is living at the expense of something else. i feel by being alive, other beings are being dead. i don't like it.
there are a few keys for me, though i was aware of them before, he reinforced them. heels down (and flexible) is a big one, very helpful and i'm not great at it. been stretching this week and thinking about it.
not sure he mentions, but twisting the hips makes a diff for me. keeping the knees and hips mobile (rarely static) too. if i get over tired or nervous i get stiff and my performance goes down fast.
i'm not sure there's one thing, but from what i've read, the agricultural revolution is what has done us in. it's what made it possible and then necessary to stay in place and grow like mad. then it made it possible for riches to compound and accrue to the smartest, and/or the strongest, etc. you see where i'm going with this. i've gleaned this from the book Sapiens. he basically says, agriculture, cereal grains in particular domesticated humans, fucking us for good from the high quality forager existence we had prior. i'm no expert (he is) and i must say, his arguments are compelling.
i agree with all of the above, except for not making a big incremental change. i'd say go up to a 40mm riser at least. 50's are out there (Chromag FU40 is coming soon in an FU50) and maybe more? i refuse to go up more than 20mm in spacers, less if possible to preserve the reach and to mitigate flex in that area.
watched one of those Vorsprung videos, that guy is awesome. he was talking about fork dive and he said what some people refer to as fork dive is their fork working properly through the stroke. he said too many riders set their bars up so they feel ideal when JRA or climbing, but if you expect to bomb down trails with 160 + forks you have to set up your bars accordingly higher as you're going to be down in the travel during the whole fun part of the trail. mind blown...
i thought that was brilliant and selected my new bike putting more thought into both ETT and stack, not getting caught up as much in reach. with a properly high stack for my preference and style, and 15mm spacer, with 40mm riser bar, i feel the bike set up is better than any i've had before and i'm more comfortable and i think, the better rider for it.
and all non native people have to decolonize, er something. it's going to be hella complex to send me back to the many disparate places in Europe my mutt bred parents 'came from'.