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  1. Wow. I did not know this was going to hit the forums yet. Yes, we cut in some trail before we went to Whistler for the summer. The trails are still rough and need work so if you ride, ride appropriately. Christ Church gave us (FR512) permission to build on their land and we will be adding much more (when it gets cooler - still haven't acclimated back to TX heat). In the meantime, if you ride there, please be respectful, don't ride/park in the parking lot. Enter either from Suburban Ninja or by the fire station. Having trails there is new for them and we want this to be a positive experience for them. We're still figuring out logistics. As it grows and we get more features in, we will be doing skills clinics and possibly Wednesday Night Rides with the Peddler. We have already had machines out there, but we would like to do much more. If there's interest, we will set up a Go Fund Me to accelerate our building and perhaps organize some dig days if anyone wants to pitch in and help. There is a lot of potential out there and we're excited to have progressive park-type trails so close to BC. BIG THANKS to Christ Church for making this available.
  2. My wife meditates every day and always tells me I need to try it. I tell her I already do every day, but I am in motion while I do it.
  3. Having broken the Tibia Plateau on both legs (a decade apart), each required hours of surgery and bling in the form of Stainless Steel, I can share how both of my surgeons emphatically recommended bicycling as the best therapy for my recovery. The way it was explained to me: Riding builds up the muscles that support the knee, so even if the repaired injury is not as strong as it used to be the Quads and other muscles can take up the slack if they are kept in good shape. Riding also circulates nutrients to the knee joint, which is the ONLY way those building blocks for repair get to those places that do not have blood circulation to carry stuff to where it is needed. Before I could ride after surgery the first surgeon suggested sitting on a table edge and swinging the leg back and forth as often as I could to help get the good stuff into the joint where it was needed, and also to reduce accumulation of scar tissue in the joint. After the second injury I was provided a machine that cycled my leg through range of motion while I slept. That machine made recovery from the second surgery much easier.
  4. TheX

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    Need to get this thread back to the top,
  5. I have XM481's with Hope pro4 hubs on my hardtail. They were on a set of 350 hubs previously. These rims have been on 3 different bikes and are still going strong. Will be building a set of RR481's on 350 hubs for my gravel bike probably this week sometime. Hubs and hoops get here tomorrow. Just need to get spokes. And yes XM481's with 350 hubs are bombproof. Mine are 28 hole and I weigh 235 geared riding Brushy Creek as my main trail.
  6. Those are some monstrous brake levers! Repack run time! Put on some jeans, hiking boots, and a flannel shirt, roll a fatty, and point it downhill!
  7. Could this machine give me KOM winning quads of steel?! I'm liking where this is heading.
  8. How often do you guys break spokes? I think I haven't broken one in...7 years? Then again, my wheels have always had specialty spoke nipples due to both Mavic's UST rims with their FORE spoke holes and DT's use of squorx nipples and washers on their rims. Both of those rims were more of a pain to lace up, but they were bomb proof. Especially if the fancy spokes/lacing method are designed as part of a stronger wheelset, then what is the worry? Sure it's more of a pain when one does break, but if I only have to worry about that once a decade, then I think I'm okay with that. I always thought that when your wheel starts popping spokes, it meant that the whole wheel was starting to go. Replacing a spoke is only a bandaid fix.
  9. I bought my XC bike while I was still in rehab and hardly able to walk yet. I knew I wasn't going to be doing my old style of riding for a long time, but I was back at Walnut about 3 months in. It was HARD at first, but I got though it. Cycling helped me not just physically, but mentally as well. I learned to really like this bike.
  10. I'm always pushing the lower limit of tire pressure. Larger tires for me just means lower pressure and the same amount of rim strikes.
  11. Whatever you do, don't actually try walking on your pool's bottom as a workout unless you wear some kind of shoes. Epic blisters!
  12. I haven't considered such a thing. I don't have easy access to a pool. It *feels* like riding is good for the knee but I think I have a tendency to go harder than I should and end up sore for a day or two. Or maybe I should be sore. IDK.
  13. TheX

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    Saw that tour, November 20th '73 at the Cow Palace in SF.
  14. I am the same way in my 50's, though I am not sure that I would ever have been a "wheel breaker" with my riding style. For me the biggest challenge was wheels eventually coming out of true. Because of the size of tires these days, rim strikes are less likely. In my mind the best combo has been Chris King hubs, DT Swiss spokes, and Stan's rims. But if I had to build new wheels I'd probably opt for DT Swiss hubs because they are almost as tough at a fraction of the price. Is anyone else finding that trashed wheel rims are going the same way of broken frames? It seems like the old days of biking saw a broken frame and dozens of trashed wheels each month. Perhaps the manufacturers are getting better at building for our conditions.
  15. Has anyone thought about aqua jogging for knee rehab? Can be boring, but it's zero impact in the water, so could be a nice respite from the heat at Barton Springs or Deep Eddy. You can even do structured workouts: runnersconnect.net/coach-corner/aqua-jogging-for-runners/
  16. Because since 2011 I've bent, dented and otherwise destroyed at least 6 rims, and about 15 or so rear hubs--including a shit-ton of Stan's rims and hubs. But since February I've put 3.7K miles on my Santa Cruz Reserve37/I9 combo and it hasn't so much as come out of true. And when I do manage to kill the rim, they'll replace it. So far I'm at about 48 cents per mile. https://www.santacruzbicycles.com/en-US/reserve-wheels-info I suppose they'll send me that high five in mail.
  17. Stans Crest $500. Since Oct 2011. Super lightweight. No problems. Can't see spending the loot y'all are talking bout, but it's your hobby go nuts.
  18. I'll throw in a shout out for a local wheel builder/company - Solid wheels from what I've seen and I'll probably get my next set from them. https://www.dirtcomponents.com/29-36-1mm-rc-1 Other options: Roval makes both a ligher (1700ish g) and a heavier (1800g) version of carbon wheels. They just announced a 2 year replacement warranty, so even if you crash and break, they'll provide a rim replacement. Both have DT Swiss hubs. https://rovalcomponents.com/collections/trail/products/traverse-carbon https://rovalcomponents.com/collections/trail/products/2019-traverse-sl Bontrager makes some decent carbon wheels too with same warranty (I think): https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/equipment/cycling-components/bike-wheels/c/E209/
  19. I've been doing the same with halloween candy. Nothing builds that father-son bond like drugging unsuspecting kids together.
  20. That is just some bike designer's wet dream
  21. ATXZJ

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    "take out your f@cking retainer and put it in your purse" Police truck was always one of my favorites
  22. TheX

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    Too drunk to f***....was a favorite song for me, the DK's will forever be one of my favorite bands.
  23. ATXZJ

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    Lucky bastard! DK and punk played a huge part in how I viewed the world as a young person. Still does to this day. I remember subscribing to ATs zines and handing them out to friends at school, only to have pissed parents calling my house. Only got to see Jello do spoken word at the University of Utah, and stopped by alternative tentacles studio to fanboy a bit. Smut Peddlers was the last hurrah for punk for me, although I still crank it up when the wife's gone😂
  24. I bought a set of Spank Oozy Trail 395+ wheels (35mm inside width) purchased to convert from 29 to 27.5+, giving a wider footprint with about the same outside diameter. I've run sets of 3.0 and 2.8 tires on these and overall have been very pleased with the change. The rims are holding up well, I like their Bead Bite system. The rear hub is noisier than I prefer and engagement isn't bad, but there are better out there. It seems to be durable. With a great price for the wheelset ($489) I could have any of a number of higher end hubs with more engagement points laced in and still be very happy with the value. Check out their various wheel choices and you might be tempted to Spank your Spark.
  25. oh shit! that is Dale's stuff he was building. he is back from whistler so he is prolly working on it. Supposed to have a drop zone and tie into Suburban Ninja. did not know it had been done. that is the fire station in Ranch at Brushy Creek and the trails are built on the church's land with its blessing (pun intended). Maybe I go check it out today!
  26. DT Swiss E1700's with 350 hubs. Not the fanciest but get the job done and not too heavy. If I was building a wheel I would go with ATXJ's suggestion and get XM481's and 350 hubs are bombproof!
  27. Enve. Don't buy them. Build a set of hoops with the parts you want. DT swiss XM481s with 350 hubs will last a long, long time out here and are stiff/light enough to feel a difference.
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