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Santa Cruz Chameleon MX - Nov. 26, 2021, 3:07 p.m.

Never underestimate the contribution of the rotor.  I am less familiar with what options SRAM has, but Shimano has stock rotors that run from terrible to amazing.

WRP Mullet yoke for Specialized Enduros - Nov. 10, 2021, 5:52 p.m.

Yes.  This is the truth.

Lessons from the Trek Sustainability Report - Oct. 12, 2021, 4:26 p.m.

Ha ha...well that's of course what they meant!  I was never great at those "what is the missing number from this series" puzzles.

If anything, that means even fewer Madones and Fuel EXs.

Lessons from the Trek Sustainability Report - Oct. 12, 2021, 7:23 a.m.

It’s like all of the stages of climate change denial in one comment!

1- it’s not real.

2- it might be real but it’s always happened.

3- it might be real, but who knows if humans cause it.

4- okay. Maybe it’s real. Is it really so bad?

You seem to be missing “okay. So it’s real. It’s too big a problem to fix”

CO2e accounts for other atmospheric pollutants other than carbon. And yes, other forms of pollution are bad. That would fall under the ocean plastic portion of the report, for example.

The Noob's Guide to Bikepacking - Part 2 - Sept. 7, 2021, 4:29 p.m.

Appreciate the real world experience with the smaller seat bag.  The Blackburn bag works quite well once you have it figured out.  I just wonder if it's worth all of the dropper clearance issues and care.  I just lent the rear bag to somebody who used it on the weekend (I'll leave it to him if he really wants to chime in) and it sounds like it worked fairly well with a lighter clothing load.  I think less weight and the ability to really pack into all of the nooks and crannies will really help things out, but you're still left with clearance issues.

Or just blow it all up and ride a hardtail.  Does the rack system ever intrude while you are riding?

The Noobs Guide to Bikepacking - Part 1 - Aug. 31, 2021, 4:11 p.m.

I can imagine any European reading this site wondering what the hell we're talking about.  "You mean, you can't just ride by trail from one village to the next, stopping at hotels, pubs and restaurants along the way?"

The Noobs Guide to Bikepacking - Part 1 - Aug. 31, 2021, 4:10 p.m.

Man.  I've gone the other way!  Bikepacking is inspiring me to strap more stuff to my bike.

The Noobs Guide to Bikepacking - Part 1 - Aug. 31, 2021, 4:09 p.m.

Naw.  2000-2001.  Semenuk wasn't even at "grom with leg stuck in fork" levels until late 00's.

https://www.pinkbike.com/photo/2348654/?s4

The Noobs Guide to Bikepacking - Part 1 - Aug. 31, 2021, 4:08 p.m.

This experience has gotten me dramatically re-thinking backpacks.  However...I can't see myself heading down the 60L backpack game.  Yes, lots of weight on the bike sucks for certain things, but I've been surprised at how little I notice it in other respects.  I think there's a good balance somewhere between weight on the body and weight on the bike, though.  Glad to hear from your experience that I can probably deal with more weight on my body than I think I can.

The Noobs Guide to Bikepacking - Part 1 - Aug. 31, 2021, 4:06 p.m.

I don't mind the weight on the handlebars.  Obviously, there's a limit.  I think if you're running a hardtail, racks and panniers make a lot of sense.  As does running a hardtail for bikepacking makes a lot of sense, too.

Have New Standards Made Bikes Better? - Aug. 25, 2021, 5:13 p.m.

Yes!  This is a great idea of a standard that solves a problem.  Moving from the wild west of hangers to one (or at least a few) standards is a step in the right direction.  However:

- If this is all a ploy by SRAM to get us hooked and then launch some weird proprietary direct mount standard, I take it all back.

- I'd never thought about axle threads!  But again, even if there are 2-3 UDH's, we're far better off than we were.

Have New Standards Made Bikes Better? - Aug. 25, 2021, 5:10 p.m.

Freehub bodies is a great one that I didn't touch on.  However, as far as standards go:

- Hyperglide probably did need a refresh

- You can relatively easily swap a different freehub standard onto most hubs

So, as far as new standards are concerned, this one didn't bother me all that much.  If there is backwards compatibility, or the ability to easily convert to another standard, that seems to be a good way to do things.

Dear Uncle Dave: Why aren't my chainstays longer? - Aug. 10, 2021, 10:39 p.m.

I enjoyed a few Clues songs, but the Unicorns was greater than the sum of its parts.

Dear Uncle Dave: Why aren't my chainstays longer? - Aug. 10, 2021, 10:38 p.m.

Yes. For sure. The spreadsheet was more to show me how things changed as parts lengthened or shortened.  It would take too much speculation to bring that to the real world, but it was a great exercise to better understand the impacts of certain things.

Dear Uncle Dave: Why aren't my chainstays longer? - Aug. 10, 2021, 10:35 p.m.

The problem is that I wouldn’t release it into the wild without somebody checking the math. The number of people that I would both trust to get that right and that would know what the hell I was talking about is very small.  Throw in the torture of wading through somebody’s excel formulas...I don’t think I could do that to somebody.

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