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Nov. 25, 2021, 10:34 a.m.
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Re: How far do you or would you commute to work by bike? Even in wet weather?

I have a 56 mile/90 km commute to work now. Looking to get an eBike and just start riding in a few days per week because the traffic sucks.

I have done the route on a regular bike but man, 2 1/2 hours each way is too much. Hoping to cut that down by an hour.

When I had a 25 mile/40km commute, I rode either my Xtracycle conversion or road bike in every day. Wasn't too bad but the weather here is nice.

Nov. 16, 2021, 1:48 p.m.
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Joined: Feb. 24, 2017
Re: NSMB - 2021 - Hardtail Thread

Posted by: Vikb

Posted by: kavurider

Vikb which moto plugs are you using?

I still carry a spare tube, holdover from the past. Although the last 2 times, I used it to fix other people's bikes.

I have the mtb bacon strips and they work okay but I am interested in the larger plugs.

I would keep carrying the tube myself. Just because you can carry a small 26er tube and like you note even if it's just to fix someone else's bike it's a great option to have. You can make a sling out of it for someone's injured arm, etc...

For moto plugs I got a bulk pack like this: https://tinyurl.com/ct4vbfph

They are cheap and bigger than bacon strips. So rather than trying several bacon strips in a bigger hole I use these...essentially the same thing just scaled up. I carry both as the bacon strips are nice for smaller punctures. Between the two of them I haven't had to use a tube on one of my bikes since I discovered tubeless plugs.

Sorry I forgot I had two large plug options. A buddy at a LBS was disposing of the black plugs [middle sized] for some reason a few years ago and sold me ten packs at $1 each. So I use those as well. I throw a few of each into a ziplock and if there is a hole I have lots of options. If you buy in bulk off Amazon you can probably get a lifetime supply for a few $$ or sell/pass them onto your riding buddies for Trail Karma.

Tubeless tire plugs are one of the greatest things I have come across. So handy.

BTW - there are probably all sorts of plug sizes/options beyond these ^^^ ones. Might be some other interesting ones available. These have solved all my tire problems so I haven't looked any further.

Awesome thank you!

Nov. 16, 2021, 8:11 a.m.
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Joined: Feb. 24, 2017
Re: NSMB - 2021 - Hardtail Thread

Posted by: Vikb

Posted by: craw

That scenario has happened to me maybe twice in 30 years and yet those two times are specifically why I carry a spare tube on every ride since. I really need to get over it and invest in some of those giant Dynaplugs.

I haven't needed my spare tube in well over a decade, but I carry one and an energy bar [eat bar and use wrapper as a tire boot] just in case. I have used my spare tube several times to get other people rolling on group rides so it's worth it for that purpose.

I find MTB tire plugs + moto tire plugs takes care of the rare flat I do get and I can just pump up the tire and ride out. 

How big are the giant Dynaplugs?

Vikb which moto plugs are you using?

I still carry a spare tube, holdover from the past. Although the last 2 times, I used it to fix other people's bikes.

I have the mtb bacon strips and they work okay but I am interested in the larger plugs.

Nov. 12, 2021, 7:56 a.m.
Posts: 62
Joined: Feb. 24, 2017
Re: NSMB - 2021 - Hardtail Thread

Posted by: velocipedestrian

Posted by: kavurider

Thanks all! I love steel hardtails.

The Marzocch is a bit of a boat anchor, but it works like all old Zocchis do.

Also this is the first time I have used a Pauls Melvin Tensioner and it is definitely bike jewelry. Works well too!

I have a Race Face crankset I am going to install so I can throw a 32T NW 104bcd ring on (still sometimes lose the chain in really rocky stuff).

You could take a few links out of the chain, it's pretty long for SS.

Agreed and since that photo I have! I was leaving it a bit long initially to dial in my gear combo.

Nov. 11, 2021, 12:55 p.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2021 - Hardtail Thread

Thanks all! I love steel hardtails.

The Marzocch is a bit of a boat anchor, but it works like all old Zocchis do.

Also this is the first time I have used a Pauls Melvin Tensioner and it is definitely bike jewelry. Works well too!

I have a Race Face crankset I am going to install so I can throw a 32T NW 104bcd ring on (still sometimes lose the chain in really rocky stuff).

Nov. 11, 2021, 7:12 a.m.
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Joined: Feb. 24, 2017
Re: NSMB - 2021 - Hardtail Thread

Posted by: RAHrider

No picture showed up. Are we talking 26" wheels?

I am trying this again, not sure why it isn't working.  

Not new for sure, but new to me. Resurrected Rocky Mountain Hammer steel frame, old Zocchi EXR Pro, Mavic wheelset. Set up SS with 32-19 gearing and a Pauls Melvin Tensioner.

I love this bike! It is funny to switch from my Yeti 165 or my Intense Tazer to this. It is remarkably more capable than it appears. But then again, I dig old bikes.

Yes, 26" wheels, 1.95 tires!  

Sept. 10, 2021, 12:36 p.m.
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Re: How far do you or would you commute to work by bike? Even in wet weather?

I am still working out the details, but I would have a 54 mile round trip commute to work right now.

I used to have a similar commute when I was younger, rain or shine.

I had a 25 mile round trip that was the perfect length.

Aug. 31, 2021, 5:41 p.m.
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Joined: Feb. 24, 2017
Re: Anyone know why none of the 3 ski hills on the shore run bike parks in the summer?

Posted by: thaaad

Posted by: craw

It's a little funny that so many of us are so into bike parks and shuttling but kind of negative towards ebikes.

That's cuz trucks are cool and macho and ebikes are for wusses.. obviously.  

/s

Yup...funny that...

July 17, 2021, 8:10 p.m.
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Joined: Feb. 24, 2017
Re: Welcome former PB users!

Posted by: Stuminator

Posted by: kavurider

Posted by: Stuminator

Pinkbike Day 4; Must see...Watch some fully sponsored rider ride & rip apart some secret trail on the north shore with his pro bros. (Video footage shows the entrance & exit of said trail.)

A big reason why I said earlier that their articles lost me a while ago.  Pretty sure that is has had a direct effect on why our local trails are getting so blown out...

Should have added "on an e-bike, nonetheless".

Nah, it is not limited to e-bikes.  I have seen plenty of groups of Endur-Bros skidding and ripping up the trail.  Or adding shortcuts.  Mostly because they want to try what they've seen in the latest pinkbike shredit.

July 17, 2021, 8:40 a.m.
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Joined: Feb. 24, 2017
Re: Welcome former PB users!

Posted by: Stuminator

Pinkbike Day 4; Must see...Watch some fully sponsored rider ride & rip apart some secret trail on the north shore with his pro bros. (Video footage shows the entrance & exit of said trail.)

A big reason why I said earlier that their articles lost me a while ago.  Pretty sure that is has had a direct effect on why our local trails are getting so blown out...

July 17, 2021, 8:39 a.m.
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Joined: Feb. 24, 2017
Re: Welcome former PB users!

Posted by: syncro

Posted by: kavurider

I wasn't trying to be rude.

As for why I said it was an implosion...the original announcement on PB that Outside purchased the site was over 1200 comments yesterday. And none of them were positive.

And now every article they are posting is now being brigaded by commenters complaining about the fear of a paywall.

I know you weren't, just pointing out I was curious about your implosion comment too. I saw the implosion definition that shoreboy posted coming from a mile away, and know that wasn't what bux-bux was looking for. I was surprised by their reaction to it tho. I think you got dragged in to things due to cheering on shoreboy's reply. 

Nobody died, life goes on.

Works for me!

July 16, 2021, 7:27 p.m.
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Joined: Feb. 24, 2017
Re: Welcome former PB users!

Posted by: syncro

^^^ Now that's a perfect example of an implosion. 

Fwiw bux-bux, I was curious what kavu meant by implosion too as the comments on PB weren't as bad as they made them seem .

Whoa...what happened there?

I wasn't trying to be rude.

As for why I said it was an implosion...the original announcement on PB that Outside purchased the site was over 1200 comments yesterday. And none of them were positive.

And now every article they are posting is now being brigaded by commenters complaining about the fear of a paywall.

July 16, 2021, 12:48 p.m.
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Joined: Feb. 24, 2017
Re: Welcome former PB users!

Posted by: shoreboy

Posted by: bux-bux

Posted by: kavurider

The implosion in the comment section is something to behold right now.

At least here in the US it is definitely not a fringe sport. Mountain biking has been assimilated into the group of "lifestyle" sports.

I lost interest in PB's articles a while ago, I just hope their buy/sell doesn't go away, although I am pretty sure it can't keep existing in it's current form after this acquisition.

What do you mean by implosion?

im·plo·sion

/imˈplōZHən/

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noun

an instance of something collapsing violently inward.

"the PB comments section undergoes a violent implosion caused by fear of the Outside paywall"

a sudden failure or collapse of an organization or system.

"the free content found on PB may soon undergo an implosion"

Thank you! Perfect.

July 14, 2021, 8:55 a.m.
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Joined: Feb. 24, 2017
Re: Welcome former PB users!

The implosion in the comment section is something to behold right now.

At least here in the US it is definitely not a fringe sport. Mountain biking has been assimilated into the group of "lifestyle" sports.

I lost interest in PB's articles a while ago, I just hope their buy/sell doesn't go away, although I am pretty sure it can't keep existing in it's current form after this acquisition.

July 13, 2021, 6:13 a.m.
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Joined: Feb. 24, 2017
Re: Wolf Tooth (ReMote) Props

Best dropper lever out there in my opinion. Need to get them for my other 2 bikes.

Wolftooth customer service is great and having all the small parts available is so awesome!

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