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Dec. 17, 2021, 7:27 a.m.
Posts: 97
Joined: Feb. 24, 2017
Re: Deceased MTBr found on Fromme today?

Posted by: FLATCH

Posted by: RAHrider

That's really sad news. It's always worth a good attempt at resuscitation even if things look bad. I've seen people arrest on the side of mountains and survive due to excellent cpr. Too bad this guy wasn't found a bit earlier. My heart goes out to his loved ones.

Just to tag along with what RAH said, don’t be intimidated, even bad cpr is better than none. Speaking as a guy with a pacemaker that does linger in the back of my mind a lot, especially when I’m solo.

Agreed and it is also a good idea to learn how to do it properly. I had a paramedic teach me in the military and I was surprised how much force you are supposed to use. That and going to the beat of Staying Alive. Could save someone's life some day!

Dec. 13, 2021, 8:54 a.m.
Posts: 97
Joined: Feb. 24, 2017
Re: ebikes on the Shore

Posted by: RAHrider

It's hard to love road riding and gravel riding without liking to train. I've never heard of a roadie getting shuttled to the top of Seymour so they can descend the road. In fact, the descents and flats in the tour are just the placeholders between climbs. E bikes don't really jive with that vibe. 

I wonder how many of the mtb riders who are in favour of e bikes have any road/gravel background? Vs those who are anti e bikes. I suspect that riders with more experience on road and gravel will have less interest in e bikes of any sort, but I don't have any evidence. 

The fact that mtb climbs tend to be pretty challenging and the downs so much fun makes ebikes a more natural fit in mtb than other disciplines (for some riders). I just bought a power meter for my road bike rather than investing in any sort of electric motor, so you can all guess what camp I belong to. I've never been one to shuttle or take the lift, so I can't imagine what interest an e bike would hold for me.

Guess I am in the minority of riders who have an eBike but have a road background.  I started grinding out long road rides and kept doing them up until last year, when I had a road crash that busted up my face pretty good.

I have an Intense Tazer MX and I love riding it, it is a lot of fun.  But I still enjoy long rides (and climbs) on my Yeti or my singlespeed.  The eBike is just a different kind of fun for me.

Dec. 1, 2021, 9:20 a.m.
Posts: 97
Joined: Feb. 24, 2017
Re: Gas Rationing, Power Outages, Shuttling, Bike Choices etc.

Posted by: Vikb

Nice Xtracycle! I'm a bit sad I sold my Big Dummy, but I drive so little these days that having an excuse to fire up the truck once a week is actually beneficial and I can do the rest of my bike errands with a backpack and/or rear panniers. When I get rid of the truck I might replace it with another cargo bike.

Thanks! I don't ride the Xtra as much lately, but I try to take it out every so often.

I want a Big Dummy but I have a hard time justifying the cost, since I got the Xtracycle kit so cheap and the donor bike was $75 on Craigslist.

Dec. 1, 2021, 7:31 a.m.
Posts: 97
Joined: Feb. 24, 2017
Re: Gas Rationing, Power Outages, Shuttling, Bike Choices etc.

Cargo bikes! I love mine, classic Xtracycle kit on a Mongoose NX frame. Used to be my daily commuter, now serves as my "pickup truck". Would love to get a Surly Big Dummy some day, but this gets the job done. The only problem with it is that it suffers from the "Xtracycle wiggle" when it is heavily loaded (more than 100 lbs).

Nov. 30, 2021, 2:23 p.m.
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Joined: Feb. 24, 2017
Re: How far do you or would you commute to work by bike? Even in wet weather?

I haven't been bike commuting since I got a new job in April. Before that it was 4-5x week, 25 mile roundtrip. I started hammering on the way home, standing most of the time. Paid off big time for trail rides.

Gotta get back to it, even with the increased distance.

Nov. 25, 2021, 10:34 a.m.
Posts: 97
Joined: Feb. 24, 2017
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.
Posts: 97
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: 97
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.
Posts: 97
Joined: Feb. 24, 2017
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.
Posts: 97
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.
Posts: 97
Joined: Feb. 24, 2017
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.
Posts: 97
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.
Posts: 97
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.
Posts: 97
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...

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