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  1. I need to finally pay for the whole thing and then just wait for shipping to come through. Based on recent experiences with shipping, global systems are run with the same kind of efficiency that Southwest Airlines has, so I'll get it some time in 2024. just kidding I need to treat inside tubes for anti-rust and assemble. hopefully the headtube and BB tube don't give me any grief. that internal dropper post port looks like it might force a tight bend, but I'll deal with it one way or another. That bend in the seat tube is super low, which should give me plenty of room for the long dropper post I bought in anticipation. I just hope the geometry holds true to my intentions.
    7 points
  2. Happy Near Year's Eve Eve from Raleigh Beach on the River Neuse
    6 points
  3. Fantastic! Can't wait to see it and hear your thoughts. I hit Walnut Creek today for a shakedown ride and absolutely loved it! I think I'll love it even more with a slightly shorter (130mm) fork. So much fun and the ride quality was amazing....although I attribute some of that to the big balloon tires. LOL
    6 points
  4. It's refreshing the few times you see rule #1
    5 points
  5. I was riding with a friend one day and passed a mom hiking with a young boy. I heard the boy say, "look mom. Those guys are bumpy ridin'!" as we bounded through a rock garden. So from now on, "mountain biking" in Texas shall be known as "bumpy riding."
    4 points
  6. This thread is like borrowing your mom's Netflix password. All the drama without actually costing you any money. Well most of us I guess. 😕
    4 points
  7. There are two kinds of riders in this world. Those who can ride with fanny packs, and the rest of us. If you're among the fanny pack tribe, you may be interested in this Osprey Seral 7, which I used for about 10 minutes before I realized that I am not like you. It is in "as new" condition. I rinsed the bladder, but never actually drank from it. It's been hanging in the garage and is in danger of becoming an orphan. Someone please put it to use.
    4 points
  8. Hey there, I'm curious if anyone else here has purchased a Maniak from Binary Bicycles? Mine arrived yesterday and I built it up and will be heading for a ride today. For those unfamiliar, Steve who runs the youtube channel Hardtail Party partnered with Binary Bicycles in Arizona to build a custom-designed Ti hardtail frame to his specs. Primary intention is a do-it-all hardtail with clearance for 29+ tires. I love hardtails, but since I'm old I also love comfort. LOL So a big-tire Ti hardtail sounded great to me! I pre-ordered in early March and it just showed up and I can't wait to ride it! It's currently built with a 140mm Pike, 29x2.8 Rekons, and easily fit a 210mm dropper. Size is large and I'm 6'.
    4 points
  9. The true irony is there are some decent mountains in Texas but the trails are terrible there. I'm for creating a class of bicycles exclusive to the rockbike riding found in CTX. Something with high BB for the gardens and ledges, and good at flat turns. Throw in a half dozen bottle mounts for summer riding and it should be perfect.😁
    3 points
  10. But "punchy, short, uphill bikes" is really a terrible name.
    3 points
  11. Not MTB but it is off-road. I watched the race this weekend and I’m still watching this last lap, catching new things on every viewing.
    3 points
  12. I cannot unthink this thread.
    3 points
  13. A drizzly early morning turned into a stellar afternoon, big turn out, laps were ridden, trail work got done, everyone ate, swag was raffled. Invested a bit of social capital by making sure the park rangers were fed. Altogether a wonderful day. If you haven't been on Hamilton Pool Rd in awhile, the amount of development going on is simply staggering. A huge shout out to Milton Reimers and family for starting the process that led to Reimers Ranch going into the public domain, and the voters who had the sense to vote in favor of the bond issue that purchased Milton Reimers Ranch. There were comments at the time that this would be the last chance to transform substantial acreage into a county park, and this has proven to be true.
    3 points
  14. Enjoying one of my first solo brews the guys trusted me with😆. https://afogbrewing.com/on-tap Tall boy Ale
    3 points
  15. Wow! That alt line is awesome!
    3 points
  16. You have to keep in mind that your "speed" is relevant to what is being measured. Most people (no offense) and not doing it right which is why they can't seem to figure it out. Let me give you an example: Netflix's Server <-A-> CDN server (internet edge) <-B-> Your ISP's server <-C-> Your Router <-D-> Your switch (or wireless) <-E-> Your computer Now, each of the segments (A-E) have a different speed, so what is your "Netflix speed"? The short answer is "always the slowest segment." For instance, my ISP connection (C) is 500Mb/s (generally measures out at ~560-585Mb/s) all of my networking (D) is 1000 Mb/s and my wireless is ~475-520Mb/s. So, in a perfect world, watching Netflix on my laptop *should* be ~475-520Mb/s, because the is the lowest speed link, right? Nope. That is only the connection to my ISPs server. Upstream to the internet (B) and beyond (A) are the real limiting factors. I deal with a lot of big files within my network, so obsessing on the speed is critical. But I think the simple answer for the non-network enthusiasts is "if you are getting a solid stream and no sputtering then your work is done." I've seen people obsess about the pings on their system and trying to get the lowest latency without understanding that A and B are having the real impact on their performance. That being said, my network is massive overkill for the house, but the question of "is our wifi slow" is never asked. My wife knows better. If "the internet" is slow, it is Spectrum's problem, not mine.
    3 points
  17. 3 points
  18. Brewmaster pulled this one from his vault. Wow.... So freaking good
    3 points
  19. ended the year with a smile.
    3 points
  20. Looks like you're in for some bumpy riding.
    2 points
  21. Then you're really gonna love the future of this country....
    2 points
  22. I have to laugh at myself, as I'm starting to warm to e-bikes and really the change has been happening the last month of so. Going from, "Hey, they are for slackers!!!! to Hmmmm, there's going to be one in my future. It's all OK" I can see they are keeping older riders on the trail, pavement and gravel longer. The rate of adoption of e-bikes and the evolution of e-bikes is astounding; there are some road bikes around now that aren't readily identifiable as e-bikes. I'll also venture a guess the number of riders in the 70+ age bracket with a comfortable retirement income + discretionary cash may be part of what is driving the e-bike adoption curve. The downside: I'm a regular at a Tuesday morning ride on the Southern Walnut Creek Multi-Use Path. Meet between 8 and 10 am (depending on time of year) at Govalle Park on Bolm Rd. Ride at your own pace, regroup at the turn-off to the tennis courts, stop and chat at the very end, turn around, ride back and have coffee. Mostly older folks, retired. Recently some riders are showing up with e-bikes. A few people got them for medical reasons (capping heart rate to avoid triggering afib, bad knees). Now a few more perfectly fit strong riders have showed up who don't really "need" an e-bike, but got one anyway, because...So now the overall speed of the group has increased, and I can't keep up. The leisurely chats while riding along that kept me sane during Covid aren't happening.
    2 points
  23. By that logic we probably shouldn’t call our bikes mountain bikes🥳
    2 points
  24. I asked a question a few days ago but have not gotten a response either. The Marino FB group reports similar experiences this week as well. https://www.facebook.com/groups/220557769424981/permalink/717087856438634/?mibextid=Nif5oz Fortunately for me, my frame arrived in Florida yesterday, so the delivery date is coming!
    2 points
  25. The Travis Country pumptrack might be a good option. You're never more than a 60-second ride back to your car if you park near it. On that note, the Mueller concrete pumptrack is generally mellow and they built a tiny, even mellower pumptrack area for beginners. Gaylord Sackler Memorial Skate Park https://maps.app.goo.gl/P2qbu7DrGGWUbNht77 Not dirt, but still fun! The Mueller neighborhood has miles of gravel paths with sculptures and gardens to explore, and you can stop for ice cream along the way.
    2 points
  26. Peddlers! It was my kids' favorite when they used to ride.
    2 points
  27. 2 points
  28. Over the past several months I've re-read all of the Heinlein on my shelves (nearly every book published). Then, I took on Azimov's Foundation and Robot series of books. At this point I am scrounging more Azimov, like the Galactic Empire stories, his detective stories, and may go looking into other books by him to add to the shelf. I like his style. After doing that, the thought of drifting back into a re-read of Douglas Adams' works is likely to be on the map. The five book Hichhikers' trilogy, and the Dirk Gently, Holistic Detective books. Adams has an inspirational quality that is easy to absorb and apply. Harry Harrison's Stainless Steel Rat books could be next after that. This is all part of a tried and true periodic manitenance program that may be considered a form of brain debugging. When performed every decade or so it helps sustain a healthy, balanced perspective for dealing with the more ironical* aspects of life, the universe, and everything in a way that, when a moment arrives which is not particularly pleasant, can at least be found to be humorous when viewed properly. 😏 (* a Bushism)
    2 points
  29. Yeah, R&I is dead. It's just not worth the drive for me. From Tulsa.
    2 points
  30. I'm all for more wood features, especially if they help avoid areas that get/stay muddy when it rains! May try to get out there next week again, looks like we're going to have some nice weather! Also, I need to learn the names of all these new trails.
    2 points
  31. Clearly this is what's necessary.
    2 points
  32. My rant was a gripe and education. This is not a solution, this is a half-measure that IS potentially dangerous and costly. If these logs are placed without being secured they will (ARE) failing to stay put. The will become impalement hazardous - impaling people, wheels, and derailleurs, etc. That said, no, I am not sabotaging this "work", I haven't touched this crap, except to roll over it.
    2 points
  33. Yeah, I like OWA107 far better than W12. Although the hunting game for any Buffalo Trace whisky is pointless to me. Did you hear about the 400+ person lines a various Spec's locations the past few days? Nope thanks. For my wheater preference Maker's Mark Cask Strength is DAMN close to OWA107. And higher ABV and cheap and available.
    2 points
  34. Picked up another great low-cost BIB to try and have been really pleased with it. As @Barry has noted, seems you can't really go wrong with any of the available BIB selections, no matter the price point. On the other end of the spectrum, my neighbor turned me on to a side-by-side comparison of Wellers 12-yr and Wellers Antique 107. Hands down the 107 was my preference. In fact, I didn't really care for the Wellers 12-yr at all. Suppose it all comes down to individual preference as folks are paying $250 per bottle for that stuff.
    2 points
  35. The same goes for feet. If your shoes are tight, be it from thicker socks or two pairs of socks, you'll feet will likely be cold and tingly.
    2 points
  36. I bought my wife an e-mountain bike recently. Giant Trance. It's been a game changer. Now I'll be on my regular bike and it's up to her to keep up with me...and she can. So I can ride at my pace with my wife. We have done rides now where I was huffing and puffing doing climbs. She would have NEVER been able to make it up those before. But there she was at the top waiting for me. lol We just rode the mission trails in San Antonio last week. We did 32 miles. Great fun for me, great fun for her. Again, she would have never been able to do that. So fun
    2 points
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