My solution was to use spacers/shims to bring the cassette further inboard,
although depending on your frame and chainring size this might not be an
option. In the "correct" chainline (I'm using a double crank, so I started off
with the OneUp spacers), the chain would jump down with just slight
ratcheting. After shimming it takes me backpedaling almost 180° before it
falls down. So far that's not been an issue on the trail because I never
really backpedal more than 1/4 turn. I also am not noticing any ill effects on
the small end of the cassette. We'll see how it holds up in the long run.
What you're looking for is the Mountainsmith TLS. They've been around forever,
have key hooks, compartments, secure bottle sleeves, multiple compression
straps to keep the load nice and tight to your back, and even external shock
cords and cinches to stuff an extra layer into. I'm pretty sure they're the
same price or cheaper than this, and come in multiple sizes. Perfect for mtb,
fishing, hiking, whatever. Only thing it doesn't have is full waterproofing,
but they make rain covers for them too. I've carried 2L of water, pump, tube,
tools, a jacket, and lunch in there with no real discomfort or awkwardness.
Much preferred over a pack on hot days.
Yeah I would actually watch slopestyle stuff if it looked like this. It just
oozes style and precision, without all the jerky gymnastics that turn me off
of most slope runs. Having the sound made it even more mesmerizing.
Sixpoint's The Crisp? Excellent, refreshing beer the first time I had it, but
I noticed the same thing you did. First time I had their beers I thought all
but one were fantastic. Maybe about a year ago I tried several again and was
seriously underwhelmed. Watery, muted, blah. Haven't tried anything I loved
from them since. They have a gose that's okay, but gose is the new hop bomb
this year. Everyone has one now, and you can hide anything under enough salt
and lactic acid.
There's much better stuff available in NY state. The beer scene here lags
behind the rest of the country IMO, but it's getting better all the time.
This is brilliant. I bring "climbing burritos" - nut butter, honey, dried
fruit, and cereal rolled up in a tortilla. Just as sticky as a power brick,
but much tastier/cheaper. The same guy that introduced me to those brings
turkey dinner leftovers on a winter mountain summit. He knows how to do it
I've been meaning to try Alton Brown's DIY energy bars for some time. They
look good too.
True. I stumbled across this fact on the Arcteryx website last year and it
rocked my world. Went on to check for all the big membrane shells (GoreTex,
eVent, DryQ, etc), same story. Always dry em, and hit them with some Tech Wash
or similar every once in a while. My jackets got instantly better.
The bike is still made of triangles, he just filled in what would be the
hollow areas with extra carbon fiber. The same front "triangle" could be made
to look exactly like a Spec Enduro, and would probably be a lot lighter. You
can make a bike like this without obvious geometric shapes, but for the same
stiffness it will be heavier than a normal hollow truss design. The carbon
filling in the middle of the triangles contributes little to no strength.
Giant Stance is worth a look, I think it's the best deal out there from any of
the big brands. Obviously the Recon/32 might be a little small under a 200lb
guy, but you're not gonna find a lot of light, XC-friendly bikes with Pikes on