Now let's talk bushings vs bearings. Bushings are much cheaper, theoretically better and should be easier to change. Yet they mostly dies off save a few instances.
New item that I've used several times now and supper happy with is the Patagonia Airshed Pro Pullover. It's from their running line. It's a mix of Capilene in the arms and back but has a windproof front panel with a deep zipper on it. I've used a Houdini for a few years and a big fan of windshirts but found it didn't breath well enough for high output wear. So far the Airshed is a better balance.
This sounds like my life for most any big planned ride or event. Like 2019 Crankworx EWS80, the afternoon before the event on a shake down ride of a frame I had just finished days before I found the rear end wasn't braced well enough. So up till 2am in the workshop brazing in new gussets then 4 hours sleep to get up and drive up to Whistler and race the event.
There is a guy in the UK doing a pretty good job of trying to keep / get those motors running.
I recall him getting skids of motors from Brose to cannibalize for parts as Specalized / Brose don't make the individual parts available and offer little to no service outside of warranty.
Trailforks auto hides rides that have sensitive / unsanctioned trails. With that said there are ways to "find" these with some of the tools on the site. So uh if you REALLY want it secret don't log it with ANY app.
I did the first 16 years exclusively on clips. My first 3-4 years on the Shore on clips, then wanted to get better at jumping so in 2009 decided that bike park and shuttles were for flats and pedaling was for clips. Did the back n forth for a couple seasons then it was just back to all clips for everything.
The last two seasons have seen a return to flats when riding with the kiddos. Track stand skills on flats are currently at an all time high.
I don't feel like I gained any "newer betterer" skills with the time on flats, but I did fail at more tech climbs. I find when clipped in I'll grunt it out further up a gnarly climb while on flats it's "meh walk it, no rush dude" as soon a climb gets challenging.
Beautiful work guys. The contrast of the CNC work with the steel front end works great aesthetically. The rear end work is the hardest to do in steel so doing it all via CNC was a smart move.
I've ordered the individual bits in stainless online from a spot in the US called KC Tool. Agree that rusty tools in the bike kit suck.
Beautiful bike with lots of innovation there. Paul's part of the inspiration that kicked off building my own frames in the garage. I didn't do his frame building class but did attend one of his open house nights and it's the first time I handled a brazing torch to stack little blobs of brazing rod.
You need some flush cutters in your camera bag.
Shame, shame, shame.
How can we have a mention of Cool Tool and not it's eccentric founder Bob Seals? Bob started Retrotec bikes and after leaving the bike world he founded Klean Kanteen. He's known for showing up to the early singlespeed races wearing nothing put a speedo.
I've been using a set of Fix-It sticks for a few years, I managed to lose one of them and yet to replace it. Along with the Fix-It Sticks I've carried a small chain breaker that was salvaged from some old Topeak. This unit looks like it could be a worthy addition.
Regarding 1/4 bits, get WERA HexPlus bits. They are better.