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  1. Early Spring color on trails we don’t mention
    7 points
  2. Hit the foothills trail in Franklin state park with the Mrs on Sunday. Man that place has gotta be the best TX State park when it comes to MTB trails. Climbing back out is so steep, but the vistas are totally worth it! https://www.trailforks.com/trails/lower-foothills-4626/
    7 points
  3. Another hard lesson learned about listening to your body, and another lucky outcome. Earlier this month I started experiencing a dull pain in my chest that got slightly worse when I exercised. I sort of wrote it off to aging and angina, since I wasn't feeling any other symptoms, such as shortness of breath, lightheadedness, weakness, etc. The one real oddity was a ride on Jan 7, where I was having to stop after every climb to catch my breath and where my max HR far exceeded the norm for me (and for any 65yr old dude for that matter) at 190. I wrote that off too, to lack of sleep and alcohol consumption the day prior, aka "low body battery". Still, I did make an appointment with my Cardiologist but the earliest available was in mid-Feb. Fast forward to Jan 28 (this past Sun) - woke up excited to pick up my buddy and head out to RPR for some much needed riding before settling in for an afternoon / evening of NFL action. I started feeling some sharper pains in my chest though, that would come and go as I was just going through my morning routine. Finally my better judgement kicked in and I let my friend know what was going on and that I didn't want to chance it, especially knowing the medical response at RPR would be less than ideal for anything life threatening. I woke up my wife and let her know that I was going to just run over to the BS&W Emergency Hospital in Cedar Park so that I could get checked out and back home for the NFL games. The EKG was perfectly normal, but given my past history of pulmonary embolism, they did a CT Scan, even though my D-Dimer (blood indicator of clotting) was only slightly elevated. Good thing they did as multiple clots were discovered across both lungs. Needless to say, instead of enjoying some ice-cold beer that afternoon, I was treated to a steady drip of Heparin while watching football on a hospital-grade (small) flatscreen TV. They found no DVT this time, and surmised that the clots may be the residual effect of stuff that's been going on for the past few weeks. In any case, I'll be on Eliquis indefinitely now given this second episode of pulmonary emboli. Moral of story, listen to your body and don't fear the dreaded "false alarm at the ER", as I've had a few of those myself as well. In retrospect, I should have gone much earlier and just got lucky this time, again. SIMILAR MTB RIDES DEC 30-JAN 13
    6 points
  4. Back in 2007 at the age of 35 my wife had C6-C7 fused and it simply went amazing. She was in an enormous amount of acute pain and it was iimmediately healed and its been pretty trouble free outside of her getting reear ended in a car accident (which has lead to a few minor issues with the next lower disc). I've got a bigger longer story of how we got to this poiint and how the Dr alleviated my skeepticism very thoughtfully (and ended up being predictiveely accurate). If yoou are interested then I'm happy to get on the phone with more details. If it can be determined that THIS is whats NEEDED, then I'd highly recommend our Dr. Cheers, CJB
    5 points
  5. After some convincing, got the wife up into the franklin mtn foothills today. She was far from stoked with some of the steep climbs, but the scenery and feeling of accomplishment was worth it. Plus the weather was killer today.
    5 points
  6. I looked up and January is almost over and I’ve barely been on my bike. Uncool. So today I rode.
    5 points
  7. This is from 2015 in Sunset Valley (bored w all the rain) and was shut down by the neighborhood. There was a ton of work done and it was super fun to ride.
    5 points
  8. Sneaking out before the rain arrives.
    5 points
  9. Local Spec's was blowing these out for $23. Had to grab one at that price
    3 points
  10. You're probably okay Apnea-wise. As long as you are getting a restful sleep and there are no points where you stop breathing for extended periods. The prominent cause of Apnea is when a back-sleeper's muscles relax and the jaw follows gravity. Then, the soft tissues weighted by the jawbone closes the airway. CPAP inflates the airway, opening it so breathing doesn't stop and no O2 starvation occurs. (CPAP= Constant Positive Airway Pressure) Of course, if the snoring is bad enough there could be other health repercussions due to injury by blunt force trauma from the missus.
    3 points
  11. Those bikes are all over the place here and they use bike paths, but it doesn't bother me. It's one less car on the road and I don't think any of those people would pedal anyway. Same with people using golf carts in my hood to pick-up their kids from school. It's an EV and takes up less room, weighs less, and doesn't hit as hard as a 6000lbs suburban.
    2 points
  12. Stopped by Total Wine to pick up some whiskey and beer. Wanted to try the Still Austin Rye but they didn't have it available. Ended up tasting the Still Austin Blue Corn BIB instead, and wow! That stuff is incredible. I couldn't bring myself to spend $90 for it, but at some point, I probably will. It was that good!
    2 points
  13. Kudos to those who dedicate themselves to maintaining a high fitness level and enjoying their Acoustic bikes. These riders are at the top level of mtb riders, and always have been in the minority of the overall number of riders. However, the "different blend of the population" mentioned above is actually the majority of riders when considering who are the mtb-riding public the manufacturers are selling to. Price parity will be the deciding factor for many when it comes time to buy. For a new rider, or, an existing rider that wants to ride more and finds it tough to maintain the fitness required, they are likely to find an electric Class 1 alternative within their budget. This effect of price reduction will only improve over time as economies of scale contribute to lowering the costs to manufacture. An e-mtb offers a wider range of users the joys we all love about riding trails. To most, this would be considered a good thing to have more people enjoying trails, and I hope the trend to acceptance by those who take umbrage toward e-mtb riders can become easier as more of their friends make the shift. The growing trend of e-mtb adoption and new Class 1 model offerings from every manufacturer who wants to stay in business indicates a potential for inevitability of e-mtb sales eventually outpacing standard bike sales. At least among the crowd who purchase bikes by size and fit to their body. This is a transition, which is occurring due to a disruptive technology being introduced. Much like the conversion from flip-phone to smart phone; chemical camera to digital; cathode-ray TV to flat screen; or horse and buggy to automobile. The list of examples for technology disruptions is very, very long, and they all have in common an exponential growth curve. Happy trails
    2 points
  14. Seems like a step in the right direction. E-bikes like that hardtail are essential for trail maintenance in remote and steep places like el paso. I've been pushing the local trail stewards to start looking at these hardtails for maintenance volunteers. You can get way more work done in a shorter amount of time, for a small investment by the local trail advocacy groups. Particularly when they are bringing people from all over to race 50 miles through the franklin mountains and dodging overgrown cactus and dead pigs. I can also say after the last few rides, a lightweight FS e-bike is definitely on the wife's radar if we're going to stay here for a while. Another competitively priced option https://www.bikesonline.com/polygon-siskiu-t6e-all-mountain-ebike-size-xl~8114769?gad_source=1&gclid=CjwKCAiAq4KuBhA6EiwArMAw1DdZr2DkKO8hs715--HM3V_ECprcmlcUs3-1V4E7a_pTZglG4wmk7xoCpNAQAvD_BwE
    2 points
  15. I'm hoping that if the surgeon confirms that surgery is the way to go, it will involve just trimming away the bone spurs that are pinching the nerve. Someone mentioned disc replacement as well, which sounds a little more drastic. Fusion sounds rough, but I'll get back to @CBaron when I learn more.
    2 points
  16. For 23 years I only rode. I lifted a bit in high school, but not at all since. So I found out pretty early in Austin that I can do whatever at my company and keep getting great reviews. So I can take an hour and a half or more for lunch with no consequences... because subject matter expert yada yada with a limited scope. In Austin I lived right by work, so during this time, I went home and did whatever. But in Tulsa, work is 25 minutes from home. So I mostly used that time long-sitting at restaurants or freakin' napping. In August it occurred to that I could better utilize this time. So yeah, I joined a gym near work and go about 3-4 times a week. I power through 3setof10 on about 9-12 machines. No machine more than 3 minutes. And I'm done up in 30ish minutes. Quick shower and out in about 40 minutes total. I'm riding WAY less. But I'm having absolutely no problem maintaining my weight now.
    2 points
  17. Doesn't look like I posted the final photos, but the blue is wrong and so are the rear dropouts... but at this point, IDGAF.
    2 points
  18. This seems like an abusive relationship at this point. My wife called my Binary Maniak "vaporware" when I put a deposit on it 8 months before it shipped. But I'm riding the hell out of that bike now!
    2 points
  19. Lake RHR Update The weather station next door to Rocky Hill shows 5 inches has fallen in the past few days. This can be considered fortunate, as six miles away the rain gauge shows a tally of 7.5 inches over the same period here at the house. Another rinse cycle expected through the day on Wednesday. Despite a fair weather forecast over the following days before Saturday, I would not suggest anyone make a long trip to RHR this weekend. It will probably be a slop-fest. The ground is quite saturated and will likely require more time to get back to the "Hero Dirt" stage. Locals might find some of the trails tolerable by Sunday afternoon, and may avail themselves of the bike wash when they are done. There may be standing water in places that have low spots. Rabbit Hole and Fofenique come to mind as likely to have a couple of trouble spots (Lake Looking Glass and Tea Party Pond, where the flamingos roost). Once the tap is turned off, I will diligently monitor the calibrated mole mounds in the yard in order to attain a precise reading of the drying progress. Update Final Score - 8 inches of rain at RHR. Last time this much rain fell this quickly there were sections of trail submerged in two places. Both have had reroutes, or, elevation of the trail bed to keep riders out of the water. A couple more new sections are getting their first test for high water this week. We'll see.
    2 points
  20. The streets were flooding here but there was still a traffic jam on the western entrance to Old Spicewood Springs road (5 low water crossings, new fancy gate with detectors) this morning. I hope everyone stays safe and enjoys bike wrenching time and some good tunes!
    2 points
  21. Random Donut and Coffee pic from this AM.
    2 points
  22. Why not just step on a scale with it, and then subtract your own weight? That's how I've always weighed my bikes at home. Of course not everybody even keeps a human weight scale these days.
    1 point
  23. I live in a rural area near Burnet now; don't really know many people, especially anyone that would have those. I'm near the lake though, so might be able to find a fishing scale 🤔
    1 point
  24. Well, after nearly 5 years of pulling hair from my now bald head, it's here. Once again, the "paint" is crap... it appears that they didn't do a repaint after all (see previous post Aug 10, regarding the email that they sent). The substituted paint color is actually pretty cool, kind of a subtle pearl metallic, but it's covered in what appear to be goosebumps, lol. There is also still some cracking in the finish, similar to the previous frame (one of the reasons for the warranty frame), just in one area and not as bad. As mentioned before, it was also supposed to have modular dropouts so that I could convert between geared and single speed, but I don't really care anymore. I'm done here. I'll probably just strip both frames and do my own finishes.
    1 point
  25. Doc. Wassmuth is great, if you don't already have an ENT lined up. He's in north Austin and does numerous of these "repairs" on a weekly basis, so super experienced. He also does a procedure at the same time called balloon sinuplasty, that is super helpful if you have repeat sinus infections. They now have an in-office surgery setup; all very convenient. Capital ENT and Sinus Center/capitalent.com/
    1 point
  26. You would have thought Cowboys fans had drank it all to drown their sorrows.
    1 point
  27. Read the comments. My hot take: eBike demographics reach a different blend of the population than Acoustic MTB'rs. https://electrek.co/2024/02/02/trek-unveils-new-marlin-e-bike-pushing-bosch-mid-drives-to-new-affordability/
    1 point
  28. I'm now a 2024 member of the Abilene bike club. It's only $15 more than a single day fee. This is on public land but it's administered by the club, and the bike shop Bike Town graciously handle the applications, fees, and such. The trail is fun. I did just under 14 miles riding everything. It has a 3 mile beginner loop (windy on flat ground) which is a good warm-up. The 2nd 3 miles are maybe a bit more advanced but still tame with a little more fun stuff. The rest of it has very techy rock gardens, climbs and descents. I was running on 4 hours of sleep and 4 hours driving, so the punchy stuff really took a lot out of me, and toward the end I played it safe and walked some of the stuff. Probably not worth a trip, but it's on the way to Palo Duro and right off I-20 if you're heading in other directions. No bathrooms or water at the trailhead, but an awning, smoker/grill and picnic tables. The bike shop is across town unfortunately but it is Abilene so it's not too bad. They have a filtered bottle filler there.
    1 point
  29. I have cervical stenosis too. I have successfully treated it with therapy so far. I have so many nerve issues not exclusive to the neck though. I also have a pinch somewhere on my left shoulder as well as ulnar compression issues and carpal syndrome. The neck and shoulder are the most marked and also the ones that dramatically improve with posture. My symptoms are mostly numb hands or specific fingers (left ring finger is from the shoulder, full hand is from the neck, pinky+ring is ulnar, and middle, index, and thumb are carpal. I can pronate my arm and feel immediate relief on the ring finger, and I can do forward head posture exercises and also feel immediate relief for the full hand issue. Any PT should be able to at least give it a try. For neck issues I've gone to Austin Sports Medicine and Texas Physical Therapists.
    1 point
  30. Late reply, but I did a sleep study and found that I have mild apnea. Several of the men in my family suffer as well. Instead of a cpap machine, I put a 1" long piece of medical tape vertically cross my lips each night. It seals my lips shut so I can't snore, and breathe exclusively through my nose. Sounds too simple but it has worked for me for the past year. I also haven't had my usual bout of cedar fever (yet), so we'll see how that goes.
    1 point
  31. Ehhhh forgot to mention that I turned around on Church Hill because of it being wet. Nice bumping into you guys tonight. -CJB
    1 point
  32. Y'all are impatient. He'll get to it when he get's to it.
    1 point
  33. https://www.reddit.com/r/ebikes/s/XY7CBrRtcE Synopsis: bike shops apparently need special insurance to work on ebikes. $25k+ per year. This puts bike shop and insurance companies in a tough place. I suspect much of this has to do with crappy ebikes with unstable batteries.
    1 point
  34. I'm posting this in hope that there might be some here with an early Float X2 shock who would want to take advantage of this. Recently I purchased a 2022 Float X2 Factory shock on sale from Jenson USA for about half price. Then began the study of the finer points of setup and understanding all the knobs by searching the interwebz for first-hand experience. In this search I came across several threads on a variety of MTB forums relating how Fox is addressing known problems with the design of 2021-2023 models by offering a replacement/upgrade to a re-engineered and much improved 2024 model, for the price of shipping. I contacted the Fox Service department by phone and was asked for a serial number. Next, I was offered the opportunity to swap it for a 2024 using the online Service Request Form. Shipping to Fletcher, NC via USPS was $11. (from the phone queue, choose Bike, then press 2 for Service in order to be offered the swap. The Sales folks at press 1 won't offer this. DAMHIK) Further, the tech I was speaking with in Fletcher, NC said they have stock on many of the 2024 models and can turn it around in a few days. They then offered to tune the replacement for my weight, bike, and riding style, so I'm getting the Medium Compression and Rebound tunes, 2 Volume Spacers installed, and stroke length adjusted from 55mm to 52.5mm to match the spec for the OEM shock. If you have an early version of this shock, or, are considering an upgrade like I did, this is an excellent way to get one of the 2024 versions through this offer. Here's a list that includes the improvements made for 2024: SPECS & FAMILY FEATURES NEW base valve piston design and compression tune for increased damping performance and improved sensitivity NEW bearing housing seal package virtually eliminates possibility of aeration NEW scraper seal for improved durability NEW more robust eyelet design on trunnion models NEW 7000 series shock body on all models NEW hard chrome damper shaft finish for increased durability MCU bottom-out bumper for end-stroke progressivity Matching 8-click HSC and HSR adjustment on GRIP2 forks and X2 shocks Unrivaled high-speed rebound tunability via VVC (Variable Valve Control) Independent firm mode circuit (on models with 2-position switch) Finned inner body for improved structural rigidity and reduced hysteresis
    1 point
  35. Spoke to Fox, they said 2019 X2 is one of the most reliable shocks they have ever produced. Looks like 2021-2023 X2 had issues.
    1 point
  36. Just to be all ironicalish, thought I'd post up how the rain accumulation at RHR is nearing has exceeded 2.5 inches since yesterday, with more on the way. Paddle tires and snorkel optional... 🙄
    1 point
  37. Good cruising tune.
    1 point
  38. Better half enjoying some of those sunny Chihuahuan desert trails.
    1 point
  39. Brown mountain outside of saguaro national park, west of Tucson.
    1 point
  40. I really thought I would come down for this (and EB), but I'm trying to find new ways to push my miles and my efforts. But interesting post...and you've been putting some good longer efforts together over the past year or so. Are you considering giving DS a go next year?
    1 point
  41. People rave about Four Roses Single Barrel, and while it is excellent, I give the edge to Small Batch Select. It's so good. The Penelope stuff is on the same level. I have the Barrel Strength and the Architect, and am on the hunt for the Toasted and Rio.
    1 point
  42. Picked up a sixer of this at a gas station in Smithville before heading out to ride. Quite the perfect recovery drink after a lap at Rocky Hill Ranch. The flavor was absolutely wonderful and the ABV offered muscle-relaxant qualities that were "sorely" needed. Didn't attempt it, but it may be possible to spread this on toast with a knife. I do enjoy a stout that I can chew.
    1 point
  43. Nice selections. I've had most of those (not the Penelope though). I really love that Four Roses Small Batch Select. Checks all the boxes for me.
    1 point
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