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Everything posted by Big_papa_nuts

  1. Definitely rode it the right way, as confirmed by the signs and the other person I rode it with, and my data collecting app. Definitely pedaled more than I coasted. Also, had to stop and clear two trees. Definitely NOT a "flow" trail.
  2. You're crazy. I literally rode Flowride an hour ago and pedaled 90% of the time. Huge disappointment. Imo the only trails on the Back 40 with any redeeming qualities are Ledges, What the Chuck, and some parts of Pinyon Creek. This is actually my second time out here and I was only convinced to come back because people keep telling me that all the good stuff is inside the Back 40 loop. After today I can confidently say they are full of shit. The Back 40 is currently on the top of my list of worst trail systems I have ever ridden.
  3. I rode The Back 40 and a good chunk of the Womble and came out wondering what the heck people were raving about. I'm going back in October because I must have missed something based on the way people talk. Plus I'll ride the Lovit. Tent camping at the Bella Vista RV park is a bit lacking, as it's just a small feild next to an RV park you get to camp in, but the facilities are pretty nice. Camping near the Lovit and Womble are much nicer. Arkansas does have one of the nicest campgrounds I have been to, the Shady Lake state rec area. We got there a day after a tornado though so I didn't get to ride the nearby trails.
  4. Taking a dog to the national park can be tough. Ime you have to hike around to really get the experience and your not allowed to leave your dog in the car, nor should you, and they aren't allowed basically anywhere cars can't go. We talked to a lot of people who had boarded their dogs just for this reason, and one woman who had drove out (something like 3 hours) to the nearest kennel in the middle of her stay just so she could do things. The bends are no place for pets anyways. Everything is hostile out there.
  5. Any word on dates yet? I'm thinking about coming to town for it but also have a wedding in Phoenix in late October to attend so I'm hoping both are possible.
  6. 8 speed shifters will work too. Just black out the extra number on the visual indicators as to not confuse any beginners. I just put some old LX shifters on my partner's cheap dual sport as an upgrade to the Tourney stuff that was on there.
  7. How was the bike secured? It be interesting and helpful to know what kind of trouble these thieves are willing to go through to get our bikes.
  8. I'm gonna put that on the list of reasons I'm glad I left Austin.
  9. Stay away from bigger brands like Mongoose, GT, Haro, etc. They are run by people who don't ride and will try to sell you a bike that is mostly shit based in a few "nice" parts. Smaller, rider run brands like Sunday and FBM do a very good job at putting together a bike that will work in the real world because that have to experience to work with. I'd go to Empire because those guys all ride and won't steer you wrong, but at they very least talk to someone who rides BMX on a regular basis before you buy. Fwiw I ride a Sunday, but it's an older model, and it's been a great bike.
  10. Rain? I just got the parts to rebuild my Juice and it started snowing this morning
  11. This is pretty much my stance on it. Just open it up and I'm sure there will be people who step up to the challenge.
  12. It's sold with a 140, so its probably designed for a 120 knowing Surly.
  13. https://www.srsuntour.us/pages/dtyd Nothing beats first hand experience.
  14. Someone wanna lend Mack a fork? Come to think of it doesn't Suntour have a demo program where they will ship a fork right to your house?
  15. You kinda fucked these days if you want a hardtail with less then a 120mm fork, unless you're a racer boy. That being said suspension is getting good enough that what seemed like a lot of travel a few years ago is surprisingly manageable today. Mack, I think one of your biggest problems is you have a pretty unsophisticated fork. Imo something with a stiffer chassis and better damper will make the 140ish fork your bike was designed for feel much more reasonable.
  16. Thank you. This. Most cassette lock rings have a knurled interface that should never come bloomed so if it's properly tightened and it comes loose something is wrong.
  17. I just got the 1/4" drive and 3/8" drive ones last Friday for $9.99 each, plus a 24 pack of batteries for free. I was kinda saving up for some nicer ones but I did some research and it seems the HF wrenches seem to be fine.
  18. Wolf Tooth and AB hoth make 30t N/W rings that fit in the granny spot. If you're right foot forward you could just get one of those, bolt on a half guard, and get some use out of those.
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