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  1. 14 hours ago, AntonioGG said:

    I bought the Berryman's to try it too, and I have a worn out Maxxis Rambler 40c that will be sacrificed for this purpose.  I'll try both Stan's and Berryman's at 50/50 with various size hole making devices.  I just need to get the time to do it.

    Please be sure to get that on video.

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  2. 29 minutes ago, AustinBike said:

    After getting a flat at CP last Saturday I discovered a flaw in my torque strategy: rear through axle is bolt on and say 10nm on the bolt. Didn't happen to have a torque wrench with me.

    Was thinking about getting one of these to throw in the pack:


    Anyone else have a better idea? The problem is 10nm is a lot of force and probably easy to misjudge, in either direction.

    That should work. My question is, is it that important to have your rear axle precisely torqued in the unfortunate situation of replacing a flat? You're already running compromised with a tube. At home, you're going to remove the wheel to replace the tire and can reset the torque there. So, you're going to carry an single purpose tool for every mile of every trail ride just to have the exact torque for one bolt for a handful of miles after a flat? 

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  3. 5 minutes ago, ATXZJ said:

    When I'm shit and can't ride a regular bike, I'll consider an e-bike. But again, where exactly in flatlandia are these things necessary?

    You can make the same argument for suspension, gears, etc., etc. Even if you are a 21 y/o in the peak of your athletic performance and have more fun riding an eMTB than a regular one, I say, go have fun young man. Ride the bike that you have the most fun riding.

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  4. 4 minutes ago, Barry said:

    This reminds me of why I don't want to race. I have little interest in jockeying for position at the start of an event, not getting to ride "my line," but having to ride the line that available, or having some guy yelling to pass me, only to ride his axle for next couple of miles. I make some exception for endurance events. 

    And dang, have a look at 2:56! He damn near ate tire. 

    Yeah, I was thinking "this looks miserable" the whole time.

  5. Nothing's better than bashing something you've never tried.

    You guys are missing one thing - they're fun as shit.

    AB, let me add one more category: 2E. Vacationers who have 3 days to ride 200+ miles of trail, but legs that can only handle a fraction of that. Or same vein, "I have a rare day with no kids or chores, and I want to ride longer than I normally would and not suffer terribly doing it."

    I don't own one. I have ridden one on difficult, technical trails. It wouldn't be my only bike, but if I had the means, an eMTB would be the 2nd or 3rd bike in my stable. Why? They are fun as shit.

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  6. This Orange Seal story has the feeling of an online review where the package arrived damaged, so the reviewer gives the product 1 star and flames the product/company, but the real fault is with the delivery company. 

    It doesn't seem like he would maliciously lie about one of the two wheels having a tube. He probably just forgot he hadn't set them both up tubeless. It doesn't seem like any of your disdain for Orange Seal comes from actual use of the product. Only a bad experience with someone affiliated with the product (not even selling that product to you) who could have made an honest mistake.

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  7. First off, I don't even live in Austin and had to look up what Prop A is, but for the sake of argument...

    Maybe it's stupid to have a law that ties personnel decisions to a crude ratio of cops to residents. Who came up with the magic 2:1000 ratio, anyway? Talk about a scare tactic. "Oh no! There are a thousand people here and only 1.7 cops. My life is in danger!" This is just a way for cops (and those who represent them) to protect their own interests at a time where many are questioning their effectiveness anyway. 

    I guarantee you that there isn't a law on the books proclaiming that there must be a defined number of BS in Art welding Exhibit Coordinators per capita. Maybe if that Exhibit Coordinator was given more help, they could have an exhibit about not doing crimes in the first place. That would reduce the need for more armed police on the streets.

    What if future advances in crime fighting reduce the number situations requiring police officers to put themselves in dangerous situation? You're telling me Robocop couldn't handle 1000 residents on his own? 

    Before you freak out and call me a commie or something, I'm not saying don't give them the money for training and more staff. I'm just saying that the magic number of 2:1000 is stupid. How could guaranteeing a number of jobs based on another metric that you can't control be a good idea? That seems like a recipe for corruption and greed to thrive. 

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  8. 11 hours ago, AntonioGG said:

    For those making home brews and saying it works, what kind of testing are y’all doing or what kind of first hand experience with a puncture have you had?  My experience with orange seal has been awful but with Stan’s I’ve had big enough holes that I get two revolutions of Stan’s squirting before it completely stops.  I know I also have smaller punctures that I only learn about at a tire’s last bit of life where it starts weeping.  I’m not wanting to discourage or criticize, rather I would love to brew my own too, but not without some assurances.

    You know how there are certain things in life that if they work perfectly, you don't even notice them? I've been using homebrew for 8 years or so, and I don't think I've had a puncture flat in that whole time. I've been on rides where other people have gotten punctures with white goo sputtering everywhere. Maybe it's better. Maybe I've just been lucky. Maybe both.

    Here's a picture of my tire with a pinky sized cedar branch in the sidewall. I rode out like this. I even patched the hole and rode that tire for another month or two. 


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  9. I'm still using the Slime + RV antifreeze + latex mold builder recipe. I've never considered changing because it works, it's cheap, and relatively simple to find the ingredients. (The latex mold builder is sometimes a problem.) However, I am now intrigued by this Berryman Tire Seal'R.

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  10. 14 hours ago, AustinBike said:

    I have a really loud bell. When 3-4 rings elicits no response, I pass them, probably closer than I should, and ring the bell right next to them. Yes, it is rude, yes, it scares the living shit out of them. I am hoping that at least a few of them recognize that their music is too loud. I hate being rude, but occasionally it is warranted. The only thing worse is bikers with Bluetooth speakers….

    I passed a guy blaring a bluetooth speaker the other day.

    He said, "I'm riding alone."

    I said, "I'm not surprised."

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  11. A few months ago we rode up on a hiker with headphones in SATN. Bell, bell, bell. No reaction. BELL, BELL, "riders back!" He finally turned around, definitely saw us, turned right back around and kept walking at the same pace in the middle of the trail. It was an open area, so we just had to go around him off the trail through some grass. We were both too confused or in awe of it to even be mad.

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  12. 1 hour ago, mack_turtle said:

    the answer was CORE WORK.

    Same here. I realized sitting at my computer with one hand up on the mouse and sitting in my car with the same hand up on the wheel was causing a pinch in my left side. Squats and deadlifts have helped me. I should probably do more planks, but I hate them so much. 

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