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  1. Leave the lights at home, ride mid-pack, and don’t get dropped by the leaders. You save money, and strengthen your reflexes! [emoji14] Sorry, I have nothing better to contribute to this. I run $20 Amazon special lights which, when they work, are totally fine for the R&I which is my only night ride…when they work. I have been on multiple rides where I’m riding along and poof my lights are dead. Riding mid-pack though means the rest of the ride is like riding WC during a rave, with strobes and sweeping spot beams. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. That place was great. Bike parking rack in the garage, a nice deck overlooking the backyard to hang out on. Five Stars. Here’s where my family stayed in June. Great location right across from Tiger trail which was a great warm up. The house had bike tools, a bike wash station, a deck out back, and a fire pit in the backyard. It was perfect for a small group. Dropped pin Near 2 Pintell St, Bentonville, AR 72712 https://goo.gl/maps/6G9MArQd4VZNhpmB6 This where we stayed just a week ago. Not as well set up for bikers, but there were 3 bedrooms and you had garage access for storing the bikes. The main appeal of this place was the location. Super close to Crystal Bridges and dropping in to Slaughter Pen via Rockledge Trail, just north of the 8th St. Pumptrack, and a flat/no climb ride to downtown. Dropped pin Near 1302 NE 3rd St, Bentonville, AR 72712 https://goo.gl/maps/BCHBhhPi94oCgjMq5 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. I typically go without when I’m on a short ride with my boys. But those are very casual paced and not all that long, maybe 10miles. If I am going on a longer, hotter, sweatier ride then I need a chamois. If I don’t then I will say paying top dollar for a pair of quality baggies is worth it due to the quality of the fabric and where the seams are located (hello, gusseted inseam). A quality chamois should not feel like I’m wearing Depends. It should wick away sweat, not soak it up like it’s trying to prevent embarrassing leaks in my pleated dockers. My PI 3D chamois are perfect at this. I’ve never felt them squish out a ton of sweat when sitting back on the saddle and the only chafing I’ve had was on a much longer ride than I was used to and I didn’t apply chamois cream. Other than that, they disappear under my taint when in the saddle unless I’ve applied the Eurostyle butter and that which hazel gives me that cool breezy feelin’...which is nice on a hot ride. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. 1. Grab bike 2. Turn bike 90 degrees to the right 3. Send it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. But, he REALLY likes his current frame. He’s said he has no problem dumping a ton of money in to it because he doesn’t think he’ll find another frame that fits the way this one will. On the other hand, if money is not an issue as was stated...for the same money you could get a QUALITY custom frame welded up for you from any number of builders that would not only fit exactly the way you wanted, but be lighter, stronger, and a work of art. Don’t be fooled that an entry level frame is so unique in it’s fit that you can’t find a replacement. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. I just was hoping that whatever rides there would be would have a night to parade through the trail of lights. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Ah, just saw the post about what bike it was. That’s not as bad as I assumed, but the options are still limited. Look for X-Fusion on Jenson. They have some straight steerer 29er forks that still have QR dropouts. Probably have to go 100mm though. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. I completely agree with Mackturtle. You’re going to end up being forced in to looking at either new fairly low end forks from suntour of x-Fusion that aren’t going to be a big upgrade, or you will be looking on the used market for old 26er forks that are on the rare occasion totally great but mostly clapped out and needing service. Unless you’ve done a ton of research and know what to look for, you’re likely going to waste your money and very possibly make your bike perform worse. Ride your bike as long as you can. Save up for a new one that is more readily upgradable to modern parts. I just don’t think it’s worth pursuing an upgrade that still has 26’er wheels, QR skewers, and rim brakes if that’s what it has. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. That’s the one. Blackbird is amazing. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. That scrub was epic. But I would like to see him ride some central Texas chunk on a trail bike. It would be very entertaining I think. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. I don’t know man, has anyone ever seen him attempt going up anything other than a perfectly carved kicker? He’ll beat us all on the way down, but could he climb Jedi, Ed’s bowl, EBD, or even St. Ed’s? [emoji14] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Trail of Lights this year is back being a drive thru. Anyone know if there’s gonna be a bike night? My boys are old enough to do this and it would be a blast. …or is that too dangerous and end up becoming a like a giant slow bike race? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Glad you got tickets to the show. Make sure you take your time at each one. Each installation has a cycle that repeats about every 5-7 min. I didn’t spend enough time in the first one. Also, get tickets now if you plan on visiting the museum. They have an Ansel Adam’s exhibit there right now that we missed because we waited too long. Really disappointed we missed that. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. It was good. We've stayed in better Air BnB's but it was in a great location (J St and Central Ave.). We were super close to the entrance for Crystal Bridges, just up the street from 8th St. Marketplace and the new 8th St. Pumptrack, and a short drive (or ride) to Downtown. My parents were with us and not super in to the idea of eating out with large crowds yet, so we did a lot of take out but that's probably what we would have done anyway. The family loved the Sat. morning farmers market, and the North Forest Lights was one of the coolest things I've seen. Saturday, I pretty much hit as much of Slaughter Pen as I could or wanted to. I made sure to hit the new stuff. -Masterpiece is an industrial work of art. The first half of it including the trail surface itself is fabricated from iron; industrial chain links, giant spokes and nipples for the railing supports, metal grating for the trail surface shaped in to pump track-like rollers ending in an iron table top. This leads in to a dirt roller followed by a larger table top and then a dirt lip-to iron mesh tabled hip-jump with optional giant iron cog wall ride. It's amazing. -Then FlowZone is the new progressive line down the power line easement that the upper part of Ozone used to be before heading south to the sewage treatment plant. The breeze was from the south that morning and the smell going up Ozone had me dry heaving any time I opened my mouth to take a breath. It was awful. Flowzone starts at the top by the Apartments with a rock slab drop to transition that they've decked the "gap" so that it's totally rollable which leads in to a nice sized table followed by a right handed berm. This sends you in to a fast paced rock garden and then a huge wooden platform roll-in. This sets you up to either a hip on the right side or a big roller on the left. Either way you gain ton of speed before step up to left turn back down another rock garden. The garden sends you in to a big sweeping righthand berm followed by another big roller and a bigger step up jump to the end. Take the old Ozone trail back to the top to session. I'm not a jumper but that trail is a blast. You get going SO fast. Sunday, I rode from the house to make my way to Little Sugar. The freeway end between B'ville and Bellavista is under construction. So the paved path is closed. I had to ride the shoulder of the highway to make it up there. I started in at the Dairy Queen and started climbing up Tunnel Vision. At the first fork in the trail I chose to head counter-clockwise. The ENTIRE TRAIL is a flow trail. It's all machine cut with rollers, berms, optional jumps, and some massive mandatory gap jumps sprinkled in. Essentially the trail climbs from the bottom to a neighborhood road and then bombs the other side back to the bottom, rinse, repeat. It doesn't matter which direction you go CW or CCW, you're either climbing up a flow trail hoping no one is bombing down or you're the one bombing down. Climbing back up the rollers help make the climbs not as bad, but the whole system as the locals claim has the most elevation change of any trail in the NWA area. My legs were shredded when I got back to the house (I didn't do the whole thing). I could see 40miles of it getting a little tiresome as it's kind of the same trail features over and over (at least the part I rode). Monday morning on our way home we hit the Runway Bike Park for the kids. They love it and I love the pump track there.
  15. Oh man, SO true! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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