strolled into the spesh dealer yesterday and said 'how do you guys do tubeless set ups' and they said, gorilla tape all day. i said for everyone, all bikes you sell, and they said yep, only gorilla tape. i said how about them 2bliss rim strips and they said oh they work, but only on Roval rims, they are custom made for that. he was going to look for one to just give me, but i said i'd wait till i need new tires (i'm gonna try hillbilly front, eliminator rear next) and buy a pair then. he said they do work well but can also fold over and tear just like tape. tape is a PITA in my experience and gorilla tape sure makes a sticky mess.
'when spokes start breaking'..... you routinely break spokes? are you one of those types who goes through multiple wheels a year, you only ride park right?
as crazy as that seems to me, the manager of a LBS showed me a cool photo. he busted the spoke flange right out of the hub on the front wheel. said he was just pushing into a tight corner and a loud bang, then dangling spokes from a piece of flange. that's just nuts. high end hub too. he just had a major crash when the rear axle on his bike broke. it seems that bicycles, even heavy duty ones with high spec, just don't like guys over 250.
mostly i don't but sometimes i do. depends on where i'm riding. locally i don't, at least not the last couple years. i was on a very remote trail in Powell River recently by myself and felt that i should have. i do have a wide webbing belt set up with holster, it's not that bad to ride with.
a fixed blade knife (a light and cheap one) would also be a wise idea in these areas.
i have a Timber Bell which can be turned on or off with a lever. it is very effective and the brass bell sounds pleasant and carries far, according to other riders.
years ago, a couple who write backpacking books on the Rockies had a 'tape' (this is a small rectangular device that used to be played in a radio by sliding the tape into the hole. it's complicated but just take my word for it, it's very old fashioned and long discontinued) called Bears Beware. they used equipment to test vocalizations and worked with a vocal coach to see what sounds carried the furthest, cut through wind or rushing water noise and were easiest for people to make over the course of a day.
the following sounds were most effective:
woooooww! aaayyyyy ohhhhh. hey oh, hey oh repeated quickly and loudly. wooow wooow wooow. similar vowel sounds that are easy to yell out with emphasis. these sounds carried far and could be heard next to a rushing stream, but not always, especially around rock walls, etc. my wife and i do this often in dense forest on remote trails.
the problem with riding bikes is the speed. it's why i'd rather have the timber bell always on when riding remote places and calling out in addition. after a while though, you simply can't call enough and you get tired and drop your guard.
if you do this in the Chilcotin, while riding the meadows, and going into and out of meadow and treed areas, especially around creeks, you are at great risk. i surprised a sow with 3, yes 3 grown cubs the size of Newfoundland dogs because i was tired and no longer calling ahead. i pulled my bear spray, the only time for real, and slowly backed away (they were within 20 feet) and they all just ran away from me. i thought i was a dead man.
if you are truly concerned, you're going to want a couple of layers of methods, sounds and protection, in my opinion.
why did no one tell me this neither. i find all the tape types at times problematic and i've wondered why something better hasn't come along. i heard of these rim strips, but never seen one, and no one i know uses them, nor do i see them in shops.
so what's the catch, they a hundred bucks a pair or something?
this type of trail is rare on the Island and there was never a lot of it to begin with. most of the steepest lines are often revitalized into one of those crappy, painful, more rideable trails you won't enjoy. but the rest of us sure do!
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Race to the bottom. Running a 26t oval w/Garbaruk 10-50 cassette.
rad. i only just hear that 26 was an option recently. lots of clearance under the bb that's for sure! how's that Garbaruk cassette? what shifter and der are you using? this is probably a light drivetrain set up.
speaking of Cypress, would any of you who ride it say that there is a optimal kind of bike for these trails? a big enduro bike or double crown DH bike? do many people ride these with 'enduro' bikes?
looking for same, riding same. highest on my list are the Shimano GR7 with the scree collar, which i really like. great overall reviews for this shoe. the next is the Ride Concepts Hellion which are said to be like a higher quality and firmer Freerider Pro. it will come down to fit and feel for me, if i could only find my size to try on.....
i don't get this whole saint/zee brake pad rattle thing. i've got zees on both bikes, and never a sound. until the last ride. i heard occasional buzz and it's a sound i don't recognize. even when i bounce the bike on the ground. i think it's the pads!