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  1. My goal was to finish under 11 hours, but it took me 14 hours. My biggest issue is that I suck at planning and not very good at navigating through trails with my Garmin. I wanted to pre-ride BCGB, Thumper and Walnut because I rarely ride these trails and wanted to get familiar with them beforehand. Only had a chance to pre-ride from the starting line to the end of BCGB. It took me over 5 hours to make it to the HOL during the pre-ride because I was struggling to figure which way to go and racked up several extra lost miles. I was able to cover this same distance in 3:40 the next weekend navigating through 10 miles of wet slippery rock in the BCGB. Other highlights. Very light rain from around 7:30am -10am which made for some slippery rocks on BCGB. But things cleared up and all the other trails were completely dry. The 3 road climbs were not too bad for me this time around. Either I'm getting better at climbing or the hills are shrinking I was doing good until Thumper. I read the directions and studied the map beforehand, but that can't replace actual wheels down experience on that trail. Ran into a guy at the top of Yopoun riding an Evil bike with flip flops. I'm guessing he was keeping an eye out for EBers. He gave me some pretty good navigational advice, always make left turns (Thank you thumper trail guy!!). I was mentally prepared for the Thumper struggle, but then snagged my BOA strap on a tree partially ripping it out of my shoe. After that I had too much movement in my shoe making it difficult to pedal and really hard to walk up the steep hills. Took me 2.5 hours to hike\bike 5 miles of Thumper. Started having knee pain on the way back to walnut from the extra movement in my pedal stroke (broken shoe). Then some kid (18-20 years old??) started racing me on the other side of Duvall. I was kinda pissed about my blown time so I dropped whatever hammer I could to stay ahead of him (one of my biking low-lights..). Started at walnut and got totally lost about 3 miles into the trail. At that point I just started looking for pieces of trail I had not yet ridden yet. There was one trail (log loop?) I could not find. With about 3 miles left I headed to Windy and the BMX trails and headed home with 79 miles. Next year I'll get some Thumper and Walnut rides in beforehand.
  2. So the weather actually sucked this morning. Had to ride over 10 miles of BCGB on slippery wet rock. But all the other trails were totally dry and temps were great.
  3. Tomorrow will be perfect EB weather. Hopefully I'll see some of you guys out there!!
  4. I'm planning to ride it oct 17 and do the regular route. Looking into getting the BCGB pass or enter the park early enough so the pass is not needed. Also need to pre-ride thumper because I still have trouble navigating that trail.
  5. I average a few hundred per month on bike related items. This month has been especially painful. Ordered a new rear shock, 2 sets of tires and some random smaller items. And the month is not yet over... I break\wear down lots of parts due to my weight and (lack of) riding style. 230# riding weight.
  6. Check out the El Paso thread. Ended up doing the 25-30 mile loop. Not super technical, but great scenery and a bit of climbing.
  7. You might want to consider a bigger vehicle for a family of 5 if you plan to spend a lot of time on the road. Each family member will have around 2 suitcases\bags, plus some totes for food\random stuff and an ice chest. Your 2 younger kids will need more stuff like cribs\high chairs. And kids will be fighting in the backseat even more so if they are crammed together. A third row is a great way to separate the kids. A used suburban or expedition el would be much more comfortable for the amount of gear you need to take. And the bigger vehicle will handle the extra weight much better. You might want to try loading up your pilot (family included) to see how much room you really have to work with.
  8. Looking for an RV park in the hill country area (around lake Buchanan, Fredericksburg or anywhere in between). Looking for 50amp hookup and swimming pool. The water levels are too low for swimming in the river. We've done Canyon of the Eagles a few times so looking for something different. Let me know if you have any suggestions. Thanks!
  9. The 2.3 vs 2.4 tires will also make a noticeable difference, more so if the 2.4 has aggressive tread pattern up front. If you're planning to ride chunky trails often (brushy, BCGB, RPR,....), I'd go with 130-140 suspension and wheels that can fit 2.4-2.6 tires. My 130 suspension with 29 wheels (2.5 rear 2.6 front) is great for these types of trails. I have no idea what the geometry on my bike is.
  10. Is this a bike for your girlfriend? If so I would recommend a mountain bike frame. Much more versatile than a road bike frame. You can ride all types of terrain on a mountain bike and they are easier to control. Older road bike frames usually dont have the clearance for gravel sized tires. Probably a small sized mtb frame (or 51cm road frame) fwould work best. Your girlfriend will either get hooked into biking or lose interest. You can always get a dedicated road\gravel bike if she really takes to riding. Good luck!
  11. Salesperson basically said I need a new hub if the mechanic's assessment is correct. I've broken 2 bontrager hubs (pre line comp 30) before on brushy. Both were busted within 3 consecutive rides on that dang climb after swag rock. BSS built me a custom wheel with a dt swiss hub which worked until sold that bike. And I busted a cheap hub (Chinese carbon wheel) on last year's Das Hugel ride.
  12. Stopped by BSS and the mechanic believes the drive ring inside the hub needs to be replaced. The mechanic looked at the bike, but I couldn't talk to the mechanic directly. This information was relayed to me through the salesperson helping me outside. The salesperson did not think the drive ring can be replaced (would need a new hub). But that is the salesperson stating that, not the mechanic. If that is the issue, then the wheel should be fixed\replaced under warranty. I'll open it up tonight to see if Barry's or Mack_turtle's suggestions work out.
  13. I love the engagement on the line comp 30 hubs especially with the upgraded 6 pawl setup. Dirt wasn't bragging too much about their hub engagement, so I might consider the i9 hubs they offer. Hub gave out last night and I haven't had a chance to take it apart yet. The cranks can turn the cassette but the wheel is not moving. Usually this means the hub is out. I'm gonna try to warranty these wheels since I've had them less than a year. These are boost 148 size axles.
  14. I'm in the market for some new 29" wheels as my AL bontrager line comp 30 hubs gave out in less than a years use. If the folks at Dirt Components make good wheels (with strong hubs) I'd like to give them a try. I'll probably stick with aluminum, but really want strong hubs with high engagement. Anyone have experience with Dirt Components wheels? Of course other suggestions are welcome.
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