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olddbrider last won the day on July 31 2020

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  1. I know you said you didn't want to send it off, but I will give a plug to these guys - www.traillabs.com They are in Springfield, Missouri, but their turnaround time is amazing because they actually schedule your service appointment before you send them your component. I sent my fork and shock to them last summer and had them back within a week. That might actually rival turnaround time for a local shop. Their prices were very competitive too. Full disclosure: I did have an issue with my shock leaking oil after it was serviced. They were really good about it and fixed it quickly with no extra charge to me, but it did mean I was without my shock for a few more days.
  2. Totally agree. The email I received only mentioned that the event was being canceled, but the posts above indicate it might be rescheduled. Can you provide some clarity on this?
  3. There's rain in the forecast for Saturday and RPR is famously quick for shutting the trails down if it's wet. Any idea what happens if it rains?
  4. A lot of lights either come with a helmet mount or have one you can buy. For the NiteRider I just bought I had to buy the helmet mount separately. I have a buddy with a Bell helmet that has a built in light mount as well. Pretty nifty.
  5. Great timing! You saved me $20. Thanks!
  6. My MagicShine (circa 2010) finally died on me last night. Thankfully, it was at the end of our ride, so I didn't have to suffer through much trail with just my helmet light. Christmas is coming early for me and I'm getting the NiteRider Lumina Dual 1800 for my handlebars and the NiteRider Lumina 1000 Boost for the helmet. I have always run my light and battery pack strapped to my helmet, so I think going this route will actually be lighter than my current setup. I have a friend who has the exact same combo and it throws a crazy amount of light on the trail. I've also had good success with NiteRider products and they have a solid warranty.
  7. I can say with 100% confidence that I experience far more pedal strikes now than I did years ago - before the "long and low" geometry trend. I'm not going to go out and replace my perfectly good 175mm crankset, but if I ever do replace it I'll strongly consider going shorter (maybe 165mm) and going a bit smaller on the front chainring (maybe from a 30 to a 28?) to compensate for the shorter crank arms.
  8. Based on the maps, it seems like a lot of the existing SN trail might be spared. Sure, the long, straight section that runs along the creek looks like it's history, but to be honest that part of the trail is relatively flat and featureless. When I first saw the post, I thought this might be the end of SN altogether, but hopefully that's not the case.
  9. So, you're the one who brought on this rain?
  10. I'm confused... Is the spacing on an 8 speed e-bike cassette the same as on an 11 speed cassette? Otherwise, the setup you described shouldn't work, right? And if the spacing is the same, that would mean the 8 speed cassette would have to be narrower, right? Meaning you'd have to add some kind of spacer on the freehub body to account for the narrower cassette. Are we dealing with a "bees shouldn't be able to fly, but they can" type situation here?
  11. Can somebody show (or tell) me where this new trail is on the map above? I ride Suburban Ninja almost every week but I don't think Boat Trail is on my normal loop.
  12. Yeah, I'll take it if you don't need it. I'll PM you.
  13. To your first point, I think it depends greatly on where you look. If you zoom in on Burnet or Boerne I'm guessing you might find more miles of trail open to ebikes. Sure, if you focus on Austin you won't see much because the trail networks are primarily located in city/county parks. I don't ride as much as you, but mine would be closer to a 50/50 split between public and private trails. I typically do a mid-week ride in town on public trails (Brushy, Ninja, Walnut, Lakeway) and a weekend ride on private trails (Spider, RPR, Flat Creek, Flat Rock, etc.). My riding these days is less about miles and more about smiles. Riding downhill makes me happy, so I'd rather do more of that. That's why I'm at Spider just about every other weekend. At places without a lift, an ebike would give me the opportunity to double the number of laps on any given day. Again, I don't have one. But I see their place and I am definitely not ruling out the possibility of owning one in the future. I resisted dropper posts for a long time. Hopefully, I've learned from that experience...
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