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  1. Lots of good advice above, but I'd also add that there are tons of good tutorial videos on YouTube. I'm not saying that watching a video is a replacement for physically attempting to do something, but sometimes it's good to watch somebody who really knows what they are doing break down a particular skill or technique. I particularly like the way Kyle Warner explains things and he has a YouTube channel where he works with his girlfriend (a relative noob to mountain biking) on lots of essential skills. Of course, you have to be aware that there are also videos out there that may give questionable advice so don't take everything you see/hear on YouTube as gospel. https://www.youtube.com/c/KyleAprilRideMtb/featured I also like this guy a lot: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCucbPdaUiex4Atyl2XCP18Q
  2. I tell everyone I can about the pedals I've been running for over a year now. https://www.transitionbikes.com/Store_Detail.cfm?C=&SC=&P=12925 Anvl is Transition's house brand. The size is good, it's got a nice concave shape, it's got replaceable pins, and it's held up well to the local chunk. I get a lot of pedal strikes (unfortunately) and these things seem to take them in stride. Also, the price is super competitive and it comes in a bunch of colors (well, when they are in stock, that is...). They are also very easy to service.
  3. We're leaving 5/28 for a long Memorial Day trip.
  4. The new line out there is a great start, but having a few more flow/gravity lines would make Reimers more of a destination. Reveille Peak is a great example of a place that's embracing that style of riding and it seems like it's paying off with way more riders out there on any given weekend.
  5. I think I know a guy who might be interested if you still have this.
  6. Agree with the above posts. I'll add that it kinda depends on what you are looking for. Slaughter Pen has a little bit of everything. Wait, scratch that. They have a lot of everything. But if you are more interested in gravity and flow trails, I'd point you to Coler. Of course, there's some newer stuff up in Bella Vista (just north of Bentonville) in the Little Sugar trail system that looks amazing if you are into jumps and flow. Check out the Huntley Gravity Zone which includes Air Raid, Shock and Awe, etc. I could easily spend a few hours sessioning those trails. In fact, that's what I'm planning to do on my first day there in a few weeks!
  7. Man, I finally got my bb replaced (big thanks to @WLemke for the use of his 12 notch bb tool) but not after struggling to remove my cranks. Having removed/installed numerous cranks in the past, I felt confident that I was doing it right. But the 8mm extractor bolt was not moving at all. A quick online search revealed that this is a common issue with SRAM cranks. I'm not sure whether it's a design flaw (queue the SRAM haters) or just over torquing during the install, but it seems that lots of people run into trouble when trying to remove their cranks for the first time. I ended up stopping by AutoZone after my ride yesterday and picking up an 18" breaker bar to get some more leverage. That finally did the trick and everything went smoothly after that.
  8. I can't remember his name, but I knew someone that took a few lessons from the guy that runs Team Trail Party. Just looked on their website and they have a section for clinics, but nothing current is listed. It might be worth contacting them to see if they are doing lessons or clinics.
  9. Does anybody in the Cedar Park area have a 12 notch bottom bracket tool that I could borrow? Something like this: https://www.amazon.com/BIKEHAND-Bicycle-Bracket-Install-Compatible/dp/B07RY2XXRJ/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?dchild=1&gclid=CjwKCAjwxuuCBhATEiwAIIIz0W0KObriyaZdLN8sGG4WEDn5-0IxWV_xWYWOqfl9xp7rqaHmBR-9FhoCkcMQAvD_BwE&hvadid=267964730599&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9028226&hvnetw=g&hvqmt=e&hvrand=12938180961498615779&hvtargid=kwd-470747757802&hydadcr=2430_9914346&keywords=12+notch+bottom+bracket+tool&qid=1616599101&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEySVlVREY4WUtVTFMmZW5jcnlwdGVkSWQ9QTAyMjMxMTcyM1E1VUEwWVhIQ1VLJmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTA0NTczODlYUjQwTTI4RlFXQTImd2lkZ2V0TmFtZT1zcF9hdGYmYWN0aW9uPWNsaWNrUmVkaXJlY3QmZG9Ob3RMb2dDbGljaz10cnVl I thought I had a tool that fit the SRAM Dub external cups, but I guess not...
  10. That's not just a saddle, it's the whole damn horse!
  11. But, if this solves all the issues with tires that we have today what will we talk about here?
  12. I think I prefer CCW - starting up the hill and ending closer to the creek. Fun both ways, actually, but starting closer to the creek seemed like more work...
  13. Just checked prices for a mid-August trip and it's only $130 round trip. Phat Tire is the biggest and best known shop in the area. They have a pretty extensive rental fleet. The only other shop I've been in up there is Mojo Cycling. I wasn't particularly impressed at the time, but I think they have moved and expanded since then and they now seem like they are trying to compete with Phat Tire. There's so much trail in a relatively small area that you could probably get away with not renting a car and just ubering to and from the airport.
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