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  1. Two weeks ago I visited BSS at Parmer for new gloves and to try some grips. The Ergons were available in two sizes, and Specialized had similar grips, also in two sizes. I picked out the gloves, then tried the 4 different grips. For my hands with those gloves, the smaller Specialized Contour grip fit the best. The larger Ergon felt better without gloves. I'm pretty happy with them. They're lockons, so easy to set and stay.
  2. I went early to try some new additions to my standard lap, and by about the 9 mile mark it was thundering, and I called it quits. Got back to the lot and my gear loaded up as the first drops were falling!
  3. That's even easier, with BSS being at Neenah which turns into Lakeline Blvd as it crosses Parmer.
  4. Where are you coming from? I live near Parmer and Anderson Mill and sometimes ride up through the Forest North neighborhood (Broadmeade, etc) to Lake Creek Pkwy, to Lakeline Blvd, then to Staked Plains near the train station. From there, Staked Plains goes northwest through Avery Ranch, and dumps you right at the BCRT.
  5. About 0.5" of rain yesterday along parts of Parmer, not enough to hinder WC. Today, WC is dry and dust-free! All that fine chalky powder got wet down into the trail again.
  6. I'm not able to ride tonight, so I went for an hour this morning and did 8 miles. It was 65 F when I started, and it was perfect.
  7. New FS design: The Mother Forker https://www.pinkbike.com/video/507110/
  8. Gringo gets to pick, but I like brainstorming boatyard / high ground / the marina
  9. When I saw the price the other day, I almost jumped on it. If the live reporting of purchases on their website is to be believed, there were at least 20 people who bought it for $299 while I was browsing their site. If anything, they suddenly learned what the market thinks a fair price for the Karoo is!
  10. It was strapped around the head tube, then its base swiveled to to point up/down. It was an old halogen Somethin'-Or-Other 3000. Bikes don't have head tubes anymore, or many flat surfaces to stick a mount to. Having a broad beam would also reduce with the wiggles, but I didn't try that.
  11. Not that I'm doing this now, but my ideal setup was one light on the helmet, and another light attached to the frame. I hated having a light on the bars, maybe I'm more wiggly on the trail than others, but I liked how the frame-mounted light averaged out my bike's direction. My helmet light illuminated where I was looking, which replaces the bar light in my experience. It's a bit harder to attach a light to the head "tube" on many modern frames since they are just shaped differently now, so I don't have a current setup like this.
  12. OK, I ran my numbers through this guy's equation and: height (5'-9" = 1752mm) * 0.44 = 771mm bar width. But it also says that the useful range is that width down to 95% of that width, so 771 - 732. That aligns with my gut feeling that I mentioned in my previous post -- bars are currently 760 and I thought cutting them down another 20-30 would be ideal. Yay for confirmation bias! His sizing doesn't take into account shoulder width, which I think would be a large contributing factor for ideal bar width. That drives arm angles, as well as wrist angles at the bars.
  13. The Trance Advanced I picked up in April came with 780mm aluminum bars (that's 31"). I cut them down to 760, and while that's better, the bar is still too wide. I'm planning on cutting them down about another 20 maybe 30mm. I think that'll be perfect. So that's my answer, I'd just cut the aluminum. At the least, aluminum bars allow you to fine tune the width, so if you do get carbon bars later you'll know exactly what width.
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