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  1. Just an update: on behalf of Austin Ridge Riders, I worked with a Travis County grants writer to apply for a State grant to finish out the flow trail system at Reimer’s (four downhill trails and one return). We won the $200K grant! (There is not a specific date though to get started planning and building).
    12 points
  2. Alright, spent the weekend on a little garage bike project. Still some parts waiting to come in to finish, but mostly there and the clean up. Based on the Joy of Bike sliding bike rack - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_deob4L4AEY&t=64s Using common 1 5/8 Super Strut https://www.lowes.com/pd/Superstrut-1-5-8-in-x-1-5-8-in-Silver-Electroplated-Half-Slot-Channel-Strut/1000192655 For sliders/Trolleys - https://paulscustombrackets.com/ Medium Duty – two wheel - https://paulscustombrackets.com/product/1-5-8-strut-channel-trolley-medium-duty/ Heavier Duty 4 wheel - https://paulscustombrackets.com/product/pcb10022d-aluminum-4-wheel-trolley-1-4-mounting-hole/ These hooks from Park work perfect with the Paul’s 2 wheel trolly htt ps://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001P9KP8W/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 and hold a 2.4” tire well Going up a size with Park – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009F96U7Y/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 These hold a 3” tire no problem and are slightly larger all around. For these I recommend the Paul’s 4 wheel trolly. If you order from Paul, let him know in the comments you are using the Park hooks. For the 2 wheel medium duty trolly, you need the hole opened up a tiny bit to fit an M8-1.25. For the 4 wheel trolly you need the hole tapped for an M10-1.5. Thanks to @AntonioGG for the lead on the trolleys. All said and done I will have two fixed hooks (larger size) on the outside edges, and 7 sliding hooks in between. This is on an 8' length of strut. Correctly hung and slid together, I can get the 4 bikes on right now (while I wait on more trolley and hooks) into a 3' space. Added bonus the kids kayaks are up and out of the way, as well as my bins of used bits.
    12 points
  3. I passed a guy blaring a bluetooth speaker the other day. He said, "I'm riding alone." I said, "I'm not surprised."
    11 points
  4. Captain Ahab, Moab, UT
    9 points
  5. Garner State Park. The last time I was there was in the 70s.
    8 points
  6. saw this post on the austin mountain biking facebook group
    7 points
  7. Somewhere on Tunnel Vision in Bella Vista before the smiles wore off.
    6 points
  8. Cleburne State Park.
    6 points
  9. Hazard, whole enchilada, UT.
    6 points
  10. There is an easier way to address this problem: accountability. If someone in APD shoots and kills an unarmed person, the police union pension picks up the tab, not the taxpayers. I am guessing after the second shooting we'd see some serious changes because when someone messes with your pension, suddenly shit gets real. Let's face it, it's a tough job and it is not getting easier, but how much did Austin pay out in legal settlements over the last 10 years that could have been focused on addressing some of these shortcomings? The other piece of accountability is in regards to homelessness. We spend tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions, combined, on addressing this issue. If this were a business you'd have the CEO asking for a full audit. They'd take the full basket of dollars and figure out what is working and apply more to those areas as well as figure out what is not working and stop spending dollars there. This is not happening. People tell us that we are not being humane to the homeless in our community but the reality is that we are, but the dollars are not being allocated in a way that really helps. There are too many programs and too little accountability so we end up with poor effectiveness. Also, a third thing, you damn kids need to stay off my lawn.
    6 points
  11. So Sunday will mark 10 weeks since I broke my collar bone and dislocated my shoulder. I am back on the bike and had a couple rides from Brushy up through SN in the last week or so. Tonight I tackled Picnic and 1/4 and Rim. I unfortunately snapped a spoke exiting Rim and took the walk of shame back, But damn it felt good to be back in the saddle
    6 points
  12. Definitely missed having this in 2020! Watching live now. Two runs in and not disappointed at all!
    5 points
  13. 5 points
  14. I feel the same way about AXS and other electronic devices on bikes. If i have to charge it, or bring my god damned phone, it can fuck right off. At this point, im rapidly growing sick of the technology in my life, in our society and I want it gone.
    5 points
  15. I have a really loud bell. When 3-4 rings elicits no response, I pass them, probably closer than I should, and ring the bell right next to them. Yes, it is rude, yes, it scares the living shit out of them. I am hoping that at least a few of them recognize that their music is too loud. I hate being rude, but occasionally it is warranted. The only thing worse is bikers with Bluetooth speakers….
    5 points
  16. Blue Heron having some mid morning sushi along the NWC trail. Had stopped to try to get a pic of a buck scrambling up the hill just west of metric then spotted this guy.
    5 points
  17. Got it back!!! Thank you CrazyT for catching that post. I was really lucky such an awesome lady found it! I can vouch for the noise cancelling in my truck. Can't believe I didn't hear it fall off or the people who found it laying on the horn.
    5 points
  18. To your first point, I think it depends greatly on where you look. If you zoom in on Burnet or Boerne I'm guessing you might find more miles of trail open to ebikes. Sure, if you focus on Austin you won't see much because the trail networks are primarily located in city/county parks. I don't ride as much as you, but mine would be closer to a 50/50 split between public and private trails. I typically do a mid-week ride in town on public trails (Brushy, Ninja, Walnut, Lakeway) and a weekend ride on private trails (Spider, RPR, Flat Creek, Flat Rock, etc.). My riding these days is less about miles and more about smiles. Riding downhill makes me happy, so I'd rather do more of that. That's why I'm at Spider just about every other weekend. At places without a lift, an ebike would give me the opportunity to double the number of laps on any given day. Again, I don't have one. But I see their place and I am definitely not ruling out the possibility of owning one in the future. I resisted dropper posts for a long time. Hopefully, I've learned from that experience...
    4 points
  19. "Mike! Miiiiiiike! He's riding an e-bike! call the police!"
    4 points
  20. I likely said in this thread I have an ebike (Radwagon), but I hardly ever ride it. I use it to run to grocery store for whoops items and an occasional I dont feel like riding a bike but want the "wind in my hair" feeling. So... yesterday I have a Dr appt 1.5 miles away I figured lets just take the ebike up there easy peasy. Checked the tires night before- kinda flat, pulled it out in the AM and pumped them up. FF to time to go and lo and behold the battery is dead (stay tuned) so since I was in mode to ride a bike I grabbed another one and pedaled away. Dr office was nice enough to let me park it lobby and kept an eye on it. Get home check the battery and start charging. 4 hrs later it shows green- which isnt long enough for an empty battery and guess what... I had forgetten the key sequence on the push pad to turn it on- thats how infrequently I ride it. My neighbors ebike is sitting in my Garage as the company came and put a better controller on it while he was on vacation. It still isnt as zippy as my Radwagon but the Monday guy said it was all in the motor one has vs the other. If i didnt work from home and work was 13 mile away like it was when I commuted I would be all over riding an ebike, hell there were days on the way home it was almost faster to ride the bike vs the traffic. My wife works 1.2 miles by street and maybe 0.8 via some sidewalk shortcuts to work and she absolutely refuses to ride the ebike to work. So to each their own. oh yeah its has made a beer run or two
    4 points
  21. Probably not going to happen. My marketing sense says we are ~2 years out from the great e-MTB pull back. Basically they were fueled by the pandemic and people who had lots of disposable income and wanted to find a "safe" sport. Smash cut to 2023 and the $7-8K e-MTB is battling against vacations and new cars again. Guess what happens? e-MTB was not competing against human-powered MTBs, they were battling against other forms of recreation. The reality is that they got many people into the sport but those were not people long for the sport. The cost and maintenance (as well as degradation in batteries) are going to make e-MTBs less appealing. But the people buying 100% human-driven bikes will continue to be strong and you'll see the manufacturers focused on that crowd again. e-MTB is not the natural evolution of MTB. E-bikes from a commuter perspective will become much larger as a segment because that use case makes way more sense. Especially as the traffic in Austin gets worse each year.
    4 points
  22. I finally got a chance to ride an eBike. It wasn't an eMTB, although it did have a suspension fork. What amazed me is the level of power assist you get! I started out in the middle setting and then tried the turbo setting. Sure you have to pedal, but a mere press on the pedal kickstarts the motor and sends you flying. Even in a high gear you could start from a complete stop without any problem because of how quickly the motor engaged. I'm not sure if eMTBs operate in the same manner, but I just can't see how riding something like that on the trails around here would be challenging (or fun). There are countless use cases for eBikes and even eMTB. I just wish the advertisers / resellers would focus on those specific use cases vs. portraying them as an evolution of MTB. It doesn't even bother me to see able bodied guys riding them on the same trails I ride - I just shake my head and ride on. If we ever get to the point though where manufacturers lose interest in engineering bikes that are 100% pedal power because there's too much money to be had selling motorized versions, that will be the time for me to give up MTB and spend more time on the golf course, where I prefer to ride in a motorized cart anyway.
    4 points
  23. Time ATAC. SPD is fine if you have elevated estrogen. I hope you're happy now.
    4 points
  24. so far, this thread is disappointing me. have we suddenly become civilized or something? what happened to the practice of "pick a pedal and be a dick about it to everyone who does not confirm your subjective tastes" mentality?
    4 points
  25. I've also been meeting with City of Cedar Park and KOM Trails LLC about a re-build of Milburn.
    4 points
  26. Smoke and mirrors IMO. Battery production is not exactly clean and CA would be up his ass. TX’s TCEQ is a fuckin joke. Chartering in Texas and battling in TX courts vs CA courts is the more likely endgame. A few extra zeros on CA R&D payroll vs fewer halts in production aka revenue stream in TX, which is the likely scenario?
    4 points
  27. August 4, 2018 Crusty et al. did the Zia South Boundary Big Ride event from Angel Fire to Taos. The Big Ride departure was at 7 am. I killed some time riding the Angel Fire greebelt trails and reading, then did the van shuttle to pick up the guys in Taos later that afternoon. Everybody finished the ride and all the bikes made it into the van, including the one yet to be loaded, and the 6 of us snuggled up for the twisty drive back to Angel Fire. description:
    4 points
  28. I so agree. I forget what homeless "solution" was proposed that I saw, but the money allocated, divided by the number of estimated homeless, came out to something like $100,000 per person. That was on top of everything else being spent on the problem. Yes, a very efficient use of our money (HUGE eyeroll!) And your point about accountability is right on. What private sector company would allow employees to continue to cause the company massive liability insurance payouts? They would fire the problem employee, retrain the remaining ones so it didn't happen again, and continue on. They wouldn't reduce their work force by 15%, as the company was getting busier by the way, as the solution.
    4 points
  29. Berryman Tire Seal'R is $30 a gallon from O'Reilly Auto Parts. mix it down with water so it's more soupy.
    4 points
  30. This one's pretty damn good, especially considering the brewery. Way more boozy flavor than expected from a marzen. Got mine at HEB
    4 points
  31. Years ago we were doing a big group preride at Reveille before a race. A guy tagged along with a bluetooth speaker blasting lincoln park remixes. After a little while he crashed, the speaker broke, and everyone cheered.
    4 points
  32. There are some serious dickheads out at both Suburban Ninja and SATN. Real bikes, decent kit, so they must ride enough to be somewhat aware of conventions and norms -- and yet they fly up behind me, hub buzzing, in spots where there is no possible way for me to let them past. I've taken to sudden braking near cacti, and enjoy watching them bushwhack around me - hope you have cushcore, brah.
    4 points
  33. Lately ive found mountain bikers aren't any better. We were out on SATN saturday and guys were riding up tailgating, and trying to get around my wife as shes trying to climb these techy ledges. She always over reacts and stops to get out of everyone's way. I'm also trying to break her of that habit. She loses all her momentum and ends up having to walk the feature, frustrated because these cunts are too selfish to give her the space to get up, then pass. Worst yet, I'd imagine these dudes wished their wives were out there riding with them instead of blowing up their BMI rocking potato chips on the couch, watching real housewives. It'd be nice if they had the decency to give a mountain biker some common courtesy At this point I've been playing defense and blocking. I've told a few "you can fucking wait". Guess what.......they wait.
    4 points
  34. what's surprising to me is that trail runners are comfortable with that level of situational un-awareness. so many bad things can happen to someone when they're alone in the woods and they chose to block out one of their senses completely. I usually politely ask them to turn down the music a bit when I finally get their attention, and I've had people get really defensive, no matter how polite. some people are just trash in every situation.
    4 points
  35. FYI all, RIP the Oskar Blues Ride... ... Long live the Celis Ride! It's the same plan, but 1 block further south. We'll be rolling (wheels down, that's what rolling means, so show up 10-15 minutes early) out of Celis Brewery at 6PM every Thursday with dry trails. Look for ride advertisements at various social media outlets near you, like FaceSpace and various Discords. I'll talk to our social media coordinator about putting this on the MeetUps as well. /rant: Oskar Blues Brewery had been frustrating us quite a bit over the past several months. The first source of annoyance was their inability to retain a reasonable food truck. Sometimes there is no food truck there whatsoever, or if it was there it closed at 8 or even 7:30. And for a while now, it has been maybe the worst food truck I've ever had! It's a freakin' health food truck...at a brewery! Quinoa and salad is certainly not what you want after a ride. Recently though we've figured out how to solve the food truck issue by ordering online from SpicyBoys toward the end of the WC ride, then picking up our order on the way to OB. (And let me tell you, if you haven't tried the SpicyBoys truck, you're missing something out of your life.) But worse than the food situation was their disappointing and inconsistent hours. Their posted closing hour is 9PM, but they've been closing between about 8 and 8:30 for months now. They regularly close early even when they have guests. They even locked their doors at about 7:45 a couple of weeks ago so they didn't have to serve thirsty stadium guests! We sat with our final beer and watched scores and scores of people tug at the door wondering what was going on. All this, plus a few weeks ago they had SEVEN freakin' IPSs on tap, and absolutely no beer darker than burnt sienna. No Old Chub, Ten-Fiddy, DBC, or even an amber. They've since remedied that situation, but come on, man. That's unforgivable. Meanwhile, Celis is always open until 10. Celis has 3 GOOD food trucks, including Backdraft Pizza, the Salty Cargo, and a new taco truck coming soon (or just order from SpicyBoys on the way!). Also they just opened an expansive new beer garden and parking area. Sure, they don't do barrel aged beer like OB, but the consistent hang-out and better food options really made the call for us here.
    3 points
  36. so years and year and years ago, i was coming home north from South Austin... I got home and realized my Kona dawg deluxe was gone out of the back of my truck. never knowing if it got stolen or fell out of the back of my truck 6 months or more goes by - on a whim one day I check craigslist and sure enough there is my bike posted in an ad! I contacted the seller acting as an interested buyer. met him in South Austin in a parking lot... as soon as he took the bike out of his truck bed I busted out a picture of my bike and said that the bike belonged to me.. according to him, his friend who he claimed found it once it fell out of the back of my truck was actually the principal or Lamar high school and they happily let me take it back.. the guy also joked that prior to meeting us he had JUST left from another place where he had just bought a new pistol and a bunch of ammo. glad homeboy was a nice guy because apparently he was packing heat! haha
    3 points
  37. For me clipping in is better. And short chain stays are better. The only relation they have is that @ATXZJ has the opposite preferences on those points. This was simply my reply to his "fight me" statement.
    3 points
  38. Clipping in is better for riding with super short chain stays.
    3 points
  39. This Orange Seal story has the feeling of an online review where the package arrived damaged, so the reviewer gives the product 1 star and flames the product/company, but the real fault is with the delivery company. It doesn't seem like he would maliciously lie about one of the two wheels having a tube. He probably just forgot he hadn't set them both up tubeless. It doesn't seem like any of your disdain for Orange Seal comes from actual use of the product. Only a bad experience with someone affiliated with the product (not even selling that product to you) who could have made an honest mistake.
    3 points
  40. Wear elbow pads while you're learning. Those slow-mo fall overs are not as annoying when you don't hurt yourself.
    3 points
  41. Ah, so it's not just technique - you're actually doing it all wrong! just kidding...
    3 points
  42. Google knows things.
    3 points
  43. I'm an absolute master at step-ups and certainly never fall to the side. https://photos.app.goo.gl/xhYLziLdSZfNRpGr5
    3 points
  44. So far as open meadow type trails go (which I don't usually enjoy), I actually find this one kind of fun. There are enough big turns and little g-outs to keep it interesting if you hit it fast enough. And it was supper fun the one time I did it on my gravel bike.
    3 points
  45. What I'm about to say may seem trivial to some or at most a minor issue - but my month, quite possibly my life, is immediately ruined when I come across a hiker/runner who has headphones in so loud they are unaware of their surroundings. So loud that shouting RIDER BACK does not alert them to my presence. I've seen this brought up before in other mountain bike forums, but I need to stop letting it get to me so much. I just cannot believe the audacity of some people. They might as well come into my house and take a giant shit on my floor. I'm incredibly non-confrontational, so I won't say anything besides a short, snarky remark along the lines it's not a good idea, but on the inside I'm FUMING. It's like road rage but while riding, haha.
    3 points
  46. That looks uncomfortable, but hey, whatever makes you ride faster...
    3 points
  47. We're trying to revive the Brushy Fri morning ride series. So come join when you're ready!
    3 points
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