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  1. This trip has not sucked. Dale Ball trails, Santa Fe, NM.
    9 points
  2. Still haven't heard more about this, but trail looks nice so far.
    6 points
  3. There are lots of variety's of Loctite from low strength to high strength. I would NOT recommend High Strength Loctite for your use case. Loctite is like Kleenex and within in the brand it goes like the following: Low Strength PURPLE 222 Removable BLUE 242 High Strength RED 271 Other brands of thread locker may have different colors. Use Cases: I use Purple at work, typically in very light duty steel to plastic joints that are regularly serviced. I use Blue in several locations on my car/motorcycle/bike including rear suspension bolts (when I had a FS). These were all Stainless Steel bolts into Stainless Steel Nuts or Aluminum Castings. I don't have experience using it on composites unless it was into a metal threaded sleeve. I use red on things I don't ever plan on taking apart. The label on Red says "Must be heated to 500°F to separate parts"
    6 points
  4. Working on my oldest's stamina. Was hoping for a cooler morning like earlier in the week.... Nope. We rode from the Harry Man end of the BCRT to the very end (or beginning depending on your perspective) at the YMCA. I had already had the bike rack loaded so my wife could make a pickup, was hoping to make it back to the sports park but she was convinced that she was done at the Y. Overall a great ride.
    6 points
  5. 6 points
  6. I'm on a roll. Been seeing a ton of coyote scat in the neighborhood greenbelts and Brushy Creek trails, finally caught a glimpse of the pooper early this morning.
    4 points
  7. Saw two snakes this morning, a 3ish foot rat Snake, just before the bridge to Mulligan and one Rough Green Snake at the base of the waterfall by the YMCA.
    4 points
  8. Saw this little guy on Suburban Ninja yesterday.
    4 points
  9. Don't sell yourself short - George Dawkins keeps up with the group at age 80-something on his e-bike, and I sure I hope I'm doing the same in 30 years!
    4 points
  10. The Quebecois keep killing it. I'm hot & cold when it comes to Scotch Ales but this one is really, really good. It has a pretty big profile so I'd struggle to have a second round.
    4 points
  11. The old chimney still there on left branch? Tsali was the first real mountain trail I ever rode in the early 90’s. This with my old mtb club from Baton Rouge from the top of Thompson loop back in 96 aboard my trusty Proflex 856!
    4 points
  12. Le Massif de Charlevoix DH park. Mighty St. Lawrence River in the background. Views are surreal here. Blue flow trails are next level fun and a great place to learn how to rail berms and hit jumps for beginners and intermediate riders alike. Double black is a death wish trail at the moment and had me puckered more than once. Most of the single black trails required pedaling so I took a pass on those😁.
    3 points
  13. Did the Enduro climb up Mont Sainte Anne. Pretty tired but the fall scenery was amazing. Looking forward to the next couple of weeks.
    3 points
  14. Last night at the R&I an engineer and master bike guy both chimed in that the bolt should have Loctite. This morning I removed the bolt and found that my answer was there all along: Cleaned it off and added fresh loctite.
    3 points
  15. Adding to this, their markets are going to be shrinking in the future. Cell phones today are starting to employ low earth orbit satellite connectivity. This will be limited only to sending small text messages, not surfing the web, but it will provide the "always connected" experience for people that they currently get from things like Spot. The tracking capability won't necessarily be there (at least not officially or immediately) but it will eventually get there. But for a sizable chunk of their user base, the "connect to help in an emergency" is far more important - they will lose these people soon enough. These guys are the equivalent of the companies designing the proprietary in-vehicle navigation systems. When everyone carries a smartphone, nobody uses the in-vehicle nav very often because it has shitty usability and relies on out of date technology. Their days are numbered.
    3 points
  16. Nice ride at Pedernales Falls today. I recently got a new waist hydration pack that doesn’t have room for a pump, so my pump was in my wife’s pack and she wasn’t with me. My back tire was at 8 psi at the beginning of the ride and I just told myself I would be careful and borrow someone’s pump if I ran into another rider. I only encountered one rider and he didn’t have a pump either. The ride was 14 miles long and included some of the Juniper Ridge trail and my low tire did just fine.
    3 points
  17. Hell yeah. Dale Ball is amazing! ...just steer clear of the south side, Picacho Peak trails unless you're in the mood for a real technical-climb beat down. This...over and over and over.
    3 points
  18. Tunnel Vision is a section, and Little Sugar is the system, as I understand it. But, Tunnel Vision is the bulk of the trail in the system.
    3 points
  19. A young red shoulder tried to catch a squirrel on the ground in my back yard the other day. Squirrel narrowly escaped by jumping into a holly bush. The hawk walked around the bush for 15-20 min and made a few more grabs but couldn’t get thru the foliage to get his prey. He then flew about 10’ away to the fence and sat there for 30 min waiting on the squirrel to make a break for it before flying off. Had to show the wife when he was trying to grab it out the bush. She usually never sees the animal adventures that happen out back. Adventures of living on a suburban Greenbelt!
    3 points
  20. Was midway through my ride and turned a corner right into this guy. It was well over 5’ long. Luckily it was a gopher snake. After I washed out my chamois I continued on.
    3 points
  21. The short answer is that if you cannot manage the subtleties than you kill the category. This is an issue for the industry. They could have worked out the details amongst themselves, come up with some good marketing and marking for the bikes, and come out on top. Instead they chose hands off and let someone else decide. It is like crypto currency- the “true believers” didn’t want anyone telling them what to do. Now they are facing regulation. Either accept that your product is part of an ecosystem and try to work with people or just ramrod it through. It’s your call. Too many people took the latter.
    3 points
  22. Fargo got some 3.0 Coronado's this morning. We have reached max capacity.
    3 points
  23. Pretty sure Endurarace is hosting a TMBRA race out there.
    2 points
  24. My old company used to sell the specialized memory (non-volatile) for companies that make the systems. The design in cycle is really long and so many of the platforms are highly specific to the different auto models. We also did the black box memory for airbus, but I digress. The reason that so many of these are terrible is that the car platform refreshes are long cycle, typically 4-5 years. So, Imagine you are buying a 2022 Nissan Rogue. the platform refreshed in 2021. The design cycle on the NAV was probably 3 years, so the bulk of the design work started in 2018. Right now you are sitting on 4 year old technology. That *might* not seem too bad. But the 2017 was the previous platform and that one was designed ~2014. If you bought your Rogue in 2020, you were buying 6-year old tech. Now consider that you are going to hold the car 5-6 years and by the time you get rid of it you're sitting on ~11 or 12-year-old technology. Compare that to the phone that you carry in your pocket that you refresh every few years and you can see how the gaps can widen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are a really big deal for auto manufacturers because they allow them to move away from a business that they have generally performed poorly in over time. As evidenced by the huge aftermarket that exists for in-dash entertainment systems. 10 years from now the default option will be wireless connection to your phone and having your phone do all of the heavy lifting, they are just waiting on smartphone penetration. Someone will come up with a smartphone analog, some type of 3rd party device for maps, music, etc. that can be plugged in. The idea of in-dash NAV and entertainment is going to go away as soon as they can get a semi-standard figured out.
    2 points
  25. Cool to see these guys have made it all the way up to Quebec City😎
    2 points
  26. It's a black cat that accidentally ran under a white paint brush.
    2 points
  27. @WLemke Your day 2 itinerary is a MONSTER. And this is coming from someone who like to go long. I don't really wanna take the effort to post up all the links here, but if you send me a text I'll fwd my Strava over to you from my time(s) riding these trails. I'd guess you'd have a 7-8 hr ride if you where pedaling with intent. I've gone there by myself and done rides just like you are desiring. I can fwd you my strava links to them so you can get an idea of possibilities. Errrr.....here is a the forum page link to my 1st trip to Bentonville (2017). Much has been added since then and I've been back no less than 7x's since then. You might like my B40 day there (I rode over 7hrs on B40 alone). Well, since those posts can be found above, I went ahead and located my Little Sugar ride from a while back also. On this ride I was pretty fit coming off of 2.5 weeks in CO. Although I did stop a good bit to smell the roses, I did have 4h 40m of pedaling time. https://www.strava.com/activities/4187038708 And this is what our normal Day 1 chill, fun, exploratory ride usually looks like. https://www.strava.com/activities/5409551988 You can still text me if you want more info from me. Cheers, CJB 512-694-1319
    2 points
  28. That was my biggest issue with the early droppers. If I am hitting something that requires a dropper I want my hands on the bars, not fumbling around between my legs. Especially if it is on an unfamiliar trail.
    2 points
  29. Something must be up with the local coyote population right now. I chased a big one half way down the first Inner Log segment yesterday, until he remembered he didn't have to run on the trail. Hopefully they're helping us with the feral cat issue.
    2 points
  30. I slowly rode peddlers just now and it’s almost ready. East side was good other than a soft spot or two near the rollers. West side had a section I walked as I would have created ruts had it rode through. I’ve left the chain up for now. The west side exit to parmer needs some debris and trash cleanup. I’ll be on the west side tomorrow (Saturday) at 9am for debris and trash clean up if anyone wants to join. There will be a more structured work day posted with more notice to weed wack and dig out the water catch areas.
    2 points
  31. Having ridden a fully rigid steel bike on this trip I am starting to think that maybe I need a dropper for for. Might be time for a pine. If I can't have shocks, at least get me some clearance so I can do the switchbacks a little better.
    2 points
  32. 2 points
  33. Got to ride a levoSL at elevation in Telluride and walked away with a completely different attitude about e-bikes. The 240w motor was perfect amount of assist, even on the low assist setting. The bike totally helped me get up some steep trails that i would have given up on miles earlier. Maybe there's a happy medium to land access where regulatory bodies could limit the motor/wattage by creating another class(?) Make the nomenclature obvious for rangers etc. Nobody is hauling ass up hills with a 240w bike, at least not for long. Once at the top, I can go just as fast down the hill, if not faster on a traditional bike. To me, downhill doesn't seem to be the issue. Lets be honest, most mountain bikers with the coin to drop, are in their 40-50s+. Myself included. We're going to age out of the sport whether by choice, or natural circumstances at some point. If an e-bike will keep me riding challenging trails with the younger groups when I'm in my 60s, so be it. https://www.specialized.com/us/en/turbo-levo-sl https://formative.jmir.org/2019/3/e13643
    2 points
  34. Going into mountain mode, swapping out the stock link on the druid for a cascade one. It'll give me another 12mm of travel boosting it to 142. Also makes the platform a bit more progressive which should be really nice. Will probably stretch the fork to 150mm once i finish repairing the CSU.
    2 points
  35. Shuttle me up baby!
    2 points
  36. Dropper is installed and rode two downhills that I'd been walking. Huge difference.
    2 points
  37. Hit that last year. A grind of a climb up Cairn Me Up, but doing Jagged Axe was worth it.
    2 points
  38. Imagine a trial that wipes you out after just one segment. This was a great ride, met up with some Austin guys and rode it for a couple hours today. My cranks broke on the way down. Might head back because so far I only covered ~5 miles (10 miles out and back) of the 45 total miles.
    2 points
  39. After a lengthy hiatus from riding and camping (visiting friends and family) we ended up camping on Fontana Lake near Bryson City. The Tsali Campground has four fun trails that depart from the campground. The riding was fun, the trails fantastic, and the temperatures great. I did one ride with Sharell and it ended up being 10.5 miles and 2600 feet of elevation gain, well beyond her comfort range, though it did include a mid ride swim. The next day I rode solo and rode 14.7 miles with 3,866 feet of elevation gain. Not much gnar to report but the temperatures, the swoopy descents, and long climbs were perfect for this quasi senior citizen.
    2 points
  40. Going to attempt a DIY stanchion repair on my pike. Had a pretty gnarly crash that ended up sending myself and the bike ricocheting off rocks down a hillside. Fork surprisingly was the only real damage. A new CSU is way overpriced right now, and finding a 40mm offset model is impossible. Tried to order a sendhit repair kit but the shipping to BFE Canada was insane. Ended up ordering some jewelers files, metal polish, sandpaper and epoxy from Amazon. We shall see Air B&B bike shop🤣
    2 points
  41. Get out to Lubbock's Mae Simmons Park for a bicycle ride some day. The place is absolutely lousy with them. I bet I saw 50.
    2 points
  42. Who’s this?
    2 points
  43. Summer home only. We looked all over for states with resorts/lift bike parks and couldn't come close to price of ownership in the USA as we can here.
    1 point
  44. Awesome article and illustrates a nuanced perspective in which he doesn't throw up his arms if he can't do all the things that are good for the environment. You see similar things when it comes to a lot of things (like diet, or spending, or...). It also touches on something I've thought about a lot. The attraction toward lift parks or eMTB to ride up and enjoy the ride down with the assist of gravity. What if you ride an e-dirt bike on a non-mountain course instead? I started thinking about this as I read about some gigantic platform being built somewhere extremely flat so that they can enjoy gravity assist riding. I like the thought of e-dirt bikes some times, and analog MTB others.
    1 point
  45. Jesus....how freaking big are those?
    1 point
  46. 1 point
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