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  1. I've held off on making an announcement on this because we are essentially still in a beta format. However, this thread and topic seems on point, therefore I figured it might prove useful to some of you who are contemplating custom builds and want to play around a bit. I've been working for this company for the past few years and we recently brought on @Teamsloan to help us move things fwd. You can create a profile and then save build lists, set pricing searches for specific parts, and share your builds with others. Later on I may give it its own thread, but for now feel free to jump in and you can give feedback in our forums. https://cyclingbuilder.com/ Thanks, CJB
  2. This seems plausible to me considering the marching outwards of growth due to urban sprawl. I've heard on occasion of sightings out there and also near Steiner Ranch [insert comments about 40 yr old women here]. Later, CJB
  3. Not sure if this is tongue-n-cheek or not, but if your talking about the cat, then I respectfully doubt that a mtn lion is roaming the WC area. I've lived near there for 20+ yrs and there are so many sets of eyes that are on the park and I've never heard of even 1 sighting. Later, CJB
  4. I've been to Durango 12x's. I've been so much I almost feel like a local regarding some of the trail systems. But I'm leaving on a family vacation Sunday for about 10 days. We should hook up when I get back. I've got a few maps and such that could be helpful. I'd strongly urge you to call Mountain Bike Specialist (bike shop) and ask about how the MAJOR fire(s) from last year has affected the riding in those areas. The big fire burned through the Hermosa Creek area. That general area contains: Corral Draw, Jones Creek, Pinkerton-Flagstaff, Dutch Creek. Knowing the answer to the fire question would have a big affect on ride recommendations. Later, -CJB PS- if you have them on the phone and they are willing (and its reasonably priced)to ship, you should order a Latitude 40 trail map. IMHO they are invaluable (but then again, I'm not a big GPS kinda guy)
  5. While not as long and methodical as your "job"...one of the toughest things I've done was replace the roof(s) of our family owned 5- plex's while in college and during the summer month of August. Yes, the heat was pretty brutal and the 2 layers of shingle removal was hard work, but one of the worst parts was how much my feet ached from standing "on the angle" of the roof for those days-on-end. Roofers are touches SOBs. -CJB
  6. I get it, I almost hesitated in saying anything at all. But I'm speaking from a "base" level of riding and didn't want the OP to think that there was a magic saddle combo out there that will make his wife "comfortable" while she starts out riding. Better?...yes of course. But it takes time to begin to get "use to" sitting on a saddle for a given length of time. Overall my suggestion is to have a quality pair of bike shorts, and then to listen to as much feedback from the ladies as she can get. Cheers, -CJB
  7. I'm not a lady, but my comment is pretty much universal. If you've not been riding much (at all?), then there really won't be a saddle thats truly without discomfort. Now I ride a traditional WTB saddle and I can do multiple 6hr rides a a few days in a row without real issues. Thus I know my saddle works well for me. However, if I take 6 months (or more) off of riding, when I come back a simple 2hr ride will leave me in some form a discomfort. We are simply sitting on sensitive parts of the human anatomy. All that being said, I'm sure that there are some specifics to the female makeup that some of the female rides here can help WRT saddle fit. But IMHO there's just no way to get around *some* discomfort until she gets toughened up. 🙂 Oh, all that AND MAKE SURE SHE HAS A QUALITY PAIR OF RIDING SHORTS. That actually can make a noticeable and immediate difference. Later, -CJB
  8. Yeah, back in 06' I had a good friend who was sponsored by Orbea. Ronnie Points (former Cen-Tex racer) was the brand manger for Orbea and convinced the company to release the aluminum Alma HT 29er (in 1 size only). My buddy was given a pre-rproduction bike to ride/race for half the TMBRA season. He talked about being conflicted about the situation. Because as a sponsored rider he needed to givn accolades and talk about how great the bikes was....but he didn't really want to do that because he felt it was *that* much of an advantage over his competition. It was shortly after that, I believe, that I bought my first 29er (Surly KM) and ended up winning the Excruciation Exam (Torture Test) that same year on it. Good times! -CJB
  9. Welcome to 2007, its funny to hear the last 29er holdouts make the same statements we made back a decade ago when the "big debate" was taking pace. Signed, "no camel backs for me", -CJB
  10. Its interesting that you say this. Because just last week I was digging through my own Strava archives and ran across one from last summer. In my notes I had stated that the outside temps of 91* almost felt cool considering the (then) recent temps of 98*. I opined about how much different 6-7* made in my perceptions. Come to find out....there was some science involved in my perceptions. -CJB
  11. I knew AntonioGG would chime in here with agreement on FJ's post. 🙂 You've been given some good training advice in here and thus I don't want to pile on with more advice and possible 'noise'. But this brings me to my next point: you need to know yourself. I've known Antonio(GG) for a long time and I (we) know that we approach training and racing through a different lens. One is not necessarily better than the other, but given our personalities (and possible strengths & weaknesses?) we choose to go about things in a different way. Historically, I've been a luddite with technology and training. Outside of a (sorta) recent use of Strava, I've never used any type of training device. No computer, HR monitor, training log, etc.. I myself found that, for me, with the addition of this data-input-schedule it made things feel like work. And this 'work feeling' produced a form of burnout and lack of fun for me. Thus I've always used perceived effort (PE) for my riding, training, racing. If I feel good...I'll go fast; if I feel bad...I'll go slow. Don't get me wrong, I very much understand the science and physiology behind human performance, so my PE method is not applied with a cave-man type mindset. But rather, I found that I had to trick myself into getting the specified training needs that competition required. Do I need to work on intervals?....then I'd show up and do the Driveway Crit. Do I want to work on race tactics and threshold over/unders?....then I'd show up to the (old) Austin T-nighter. Base endurance building?....long mellow rides on my MTB. But if it was loaded up as a training format on my calendar with times/numbers/HR efforts then it felt un-fun to me. So, I'm only bringing this up as you begin to sift through all the info your being fed here. Understanding yourself and how you approach things and what creates results and enjoyment in your riding is important. Its important to your long-term riding "hobby" and also important for the granular application towards your objective. Later, -CJB
  12. And thats why we ride together.... 😉 -CJB
  13. Hmmmm....I can't really comment much from the science behind riding in the heat and such. But I do know that I tolerate the heat very well and actually prefer the warmth over the cold. That said, being Keto means that physiologically I don't naturally carry as much water weight along with me. (Carbs and water are linked, when one goes, so does the other) All of that means that I have to be diligent with my daily and riding water/hydration consumption. But as long as that is happening, then I find I can regularly ride fine through our summer heat. I do find road riding a bit of an advantage here because the increased speeds mean that I get the passive cooling from the breeze. Its very noticeable when I stop at stoplights during my commute. The heat radiating off the asphalt (when stopped) is oppressive. But not so much when consistently moving. I also get solid satisfaction out of knowing that when all the "softies" are home soaking up the cool A/C....I'm out working on my hard-man status riding in the heat. 💪 Later, -CJB
  14. How's your weight? Considering the amount of (time) you'll be climbing, the body weight you carry up the hill can have a noticeable impact. I'll come back here tomorrow and offer up some more. Gotta do kids stuff now... -CJB
  15. 9hrs a week is a pretty respectable average. Since your leaving in a week, there's not much more that you can do now. But if I may offer a few tips (considering the training is all but wrapped up): -Riding in CO is centered around lots of long extended climbing. This is something foreign to us Can-Tex riders. You have to work on "finding your happy place". There is a state of mind that you get into where you are in "the (climbing) zone". You CANNOT let yourself get the negative self-talk going. You will be suffering of sorts and you need to find a way to 'enjoy the pain'. -Sorta related to the above (and all other endurance events), but you you will also find yourself in some very low (mental) places. You need to understand that nearly all of these low spots can be solved with a little time, food, caffeine, water, shade, etc.. You need to learn to ride out the (mental) ups and downs. Don't get defeated, just figure out a solution and push through enough to come out the other side. You can even convince yourself of a placebo effect [insert your own mind game here]. -Last one is important to me, and I think fairly important in most event, but maybe not in something what/way your doing this event. But I strongly encourage people to not stop too often or for too long. I prefer to "rest" while on the bike pedaling. I simply slow down and eat/drink/rest/etc...BUT I'M ALMOST ALWAYS MOVING FWD. This is good for my mind and time effort. If you stop for just 10 minutes 4-5 times you'll be adding nearly an hour onto your overall time. And I'm not concerned with placement-time, but your saddle time, eating time, effort time, etc.. Shorter is always better. Good luck, it sounds like a great event. Report back afterwards. Later, -CJB
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