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Introducing SNIK - A GPS Tracker for your Bike - June 1, 2021, 2:33 p.m.

Does it come in a 5 pack for that reason?
Or at least a 2 pack and 5 of the housings to make it easy to switch.

SR Suntour's Zeron Fork - Bargain Coil Goodness - May 6, 2021, 8:09 p.m.

I got a RM Instinct Coil this spring and the Cane Creek Helm has been quite nice.  It does cost more than double the Zeron though.  I found I needed to turn the high speed compression on it up quite a bit to stop from bottoming out, however I only noticed this on certain features, like on large drops to flat, or on rock faces with transitions that look like this 


I'm very tempted to put this on my Chromag, but my only hesitation was that I'm too lazy to bump up the travel to 160.  I'll have to try it out at 150mm. 

When first feeling the spring, I was worried that it'd be too stiff, but when I'm riding it feels super smooth.

OneUp EDC Threadless Carrier - April 15, 2021, 12:06 p.m.

My only thought now is, hmmm, could there be a way to use this on straight steerer tubes, like on my road bike or commuter.  More pocket space = more space for snacks.

Daylight Saving Time: You're Doing it Wrong - March 24, 2021, 11:04 a.m.

Or you convert your commuter bike to an e-bike and tow your mountain bike past everyone that's chosen to be part of the traffic jam.  Remember, you're not stuck in traffic, you are traffic.

Or just ride up in the dark and start your ride down in the light.  It's nice turning your light off part way up the climb and enjoying the sunrise.

More importantly, does this mean Skyler is back in Vancouver?

Owen Foster's Character Rich Toyota 4Runner & Chromag Surface - Oct. 2, 2019, 9:28 a.m.

Why is the bike wet?  

Were you taking pictures in the rain?  Do you not own a rag?  Was it hot and the bike was sweating from the stress of the photo shoot?  

(sorry, pet peeve of mine)

What should I do when all my Bike Shit gets Stolen? - Oct. 1, 2019, 5:13 p.m.

Only one solution.  You need a robot dog that lives in your truck to protect your stuff... preferably with some sort of taser system built in. 

Dear Uncle Dave: What's with all this reach and stack nonsense? - May 29, 2019, 9:03 a.m.

I'm curious as to what this would actually look like in real life.  

How many spacers would you be adding to each bike?  

Where is the desired reach measured to (center of stem at steerer or at handlebar)?

It's also crazy to me that my saddle height is ~725mm to the rails and I ride a medium...  I must have the proportions of a t-rex.

Dear Uncle Dave: Getting old and other nonsense - May 10, 2019, 9:04 a.m.

This sounds a lot like some of the e-bikers I've interacted with.  I'm assuming they are ashamed of themselves and feel the need to scurry off and avoid human interaction.  

I also don't think Meister understands the Fromme road.  It's similar in appearance to the 2019 Albstadt WC XC course.  I'm assuming even though it's a wide dusy sidewalk that racers are going to be weaving from side to side.  I sure hope they don't get in the way of any e-bikes.

Claire Buchar: Life Behind Chromag Bars - Jan. 14, 2019, 12:53 p.m.

That roll at 1:20 is effing loose.

Dear Santa - Andrew's List - Dec. 8, 2018, 7:47 a.m.

Nice.  Westcomb has really stepped up their game in recent years.  I too had discounted their products, but they look decent.  I'll have to stop by.  Now, if only they had a ski pant that could rival my Strafe Cham pants.

Dear Santa - Andrew's List - Dec. 8, 2018, 7:34 a.m.

I agree, Neoshell is the shit.  My favorite ski pants are Neoshell (thanks Strafe).  Stretchy and breathable.

Also, the problem with 3D printing is it doesn't seem to be quite there yet.  We could try to make a cheap injection molded glass fiber brake lever Andrew.  Make a mold with Smooth On and then use epoxy and glass fiber / carbon fibers.  It'd be a fun and reasonably easy experiment.

The Apple-ization of the Mountain Bike - Nov. 5, 2018, 4:48 p.m.

ZigaK, The problem with most online printing services (like Shapeways) is that the materials they use lack structural strength.

The steel is not any good (sintered, then bronze is added to increase strength) .

The Aluminum is okay, but they only have one alloy option and I doubt it's strength. The Aluminum uses SLM (Selective Laser Melting) and it's pretty expensive. It'd be interesting to design a cassette and see how much it'd cost in aluminum. 

And for the luddite dentists in the house, we could always order you a 9 speed cassette made of PLATINUM!

The Apple-ization of the Mountain Bike - Nov. 3, 2018, 7:04 p.m.

Just build it all yourself.  

Stop whining and buy a fancy new ADAM (atomic diffusion additive manufacturing) 3-D printer ( ) and buy a Solid Works license (or Rhino if you want free flowing shapes).  And you can print yourself anything you want.  Then you don't have to be the great armchair engineer that you claim to be.  Don't want to buy a 3D printer?  Build your own CNC machine 

In all seriousness though, 3-D printing is pretty exciting.  It's one of those things that sucked initially (FDM), but now they're getting pretty good.  Hopefully companies like Shapeways keep buying more printers that can re-produce higher strength materials... and hopefully the cost for these printed parts also keeps going down.  Then you can start an online store and people can just order parts on demand.  Keep a digital database and bam, part (we're not there yet though... yet).

Plugs of 3? Let it be... - Aug. 30, 2018, 9:52 a.m.

Yes!  Single Speed!

Also, if you're interested.  I made a chain length calculator.  It can be helpful if you don't have a proper tensioner (or if you want to minimize chainstay length).  I used a Blackspire Stinger and it works pretty well.

Edit:  Here's a new and improved one with all possible gear ratios in a table:

Dear Uncle Dave: I Can't Stop Judging Others - April 7, 2018, 9:14 a.m.

Our society is essentially a bunch of self righteous entitled hypocrites.

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