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Old 01-19-12, 01:12 AM   #1
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Best rides of 2011 on my Jetstream XP (new "Rollin' on 20s" calendar and more)

Howdy folks,

I haven't been too active on the forums lately and originally intended this mainly for the Dahon forums, but figured a few of you guys over here might remember me and enjoy a little folding-bike adventure riding stoke too, so here ya go...

First, I've written up another summer spent punishing my poor Jetstream on Colorado's amazing mountain trails. That writeup has too many photos to post here but you're encouraged to find that and more on my personal website. Just click here for the "Rollin' On 20s!" Ride Reports page then scroll down a bit.

Also on that page, check out the new Google Map of all the rides I've logged across the USA that I think is pretty nifty.

Speaking of the log: I closed last year with rides in eight states (TX, AZ, NM, CO, WY, MT, ID, and OR), totaling a new personal high of just over 2500 miles. That divided as 1500 off-road and 1000 on pavement, a balance I'm relatively happy with.

Despite a few, er, mechanical challenges (let's just say it's a good thing I'm an engineer), the mighty Dahon keeps on chugging and is approaching 7000 miles now. It probably has more replacement parts (many homemade) than factory parts on it now, but it's still loads of fun to ride and inspires curiosity everywhere I go.

I've been riding with other serious (but "mortal") mountain bikers a good bit, and can usually hang okay even on pretty gnarly terrain these days. Well, as long as they're not in TOO big of a hurry, anyway! Riding on 20s is definitely NOT the fastest or easiest way to cover rough terrain (probably 10-30% slower offroad typically, and 50-100% more likely to send ya home bleeding ) but it is certainly challenging and very fun. To match the feeling I get zipping down singletrack at 20-25 mph on the Dahon, I'd have to be going 30-40 mph on a full-size, which I think is a fine thing.

Finally, below is my new 2012 calendar that recaps some of the most interesting of last year's rides. Hope y'all like it, and best wishes to everyone for the new year.

Cheers,
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(NOTE: for full visual impact, click here to download a high-resolution PDF version of the calendar)







































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Brilliant!
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Badass! I need a cycling holiday ASAP.

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Very nicely done! What size tires are you running on that?
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Very nicely done! What size tires are you running on that?
Ahh 20" Sorry I couldn't resist. You mean width, i know.
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Great Calendar, great adventures!

May I download and print a copy for my office? I am a big fan of the Jetstream.
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Ahh 20" Sorry I couldn't resist. You mean width, i know.
Actually, to split hairs, they're 406s. (451s suck! )

As for width, I used to run 2.25" at both ends, but have now gone down to 2.05" on the rear.

The wider tire did clear at the rear, but only just barely. It tended to get bogged down by any little mud or crud so I dropped down a size which cured that problem nicely.

They're Maxxis MaxxDaddys, which roll slow as hell, but are grippy and relatively cushy offroad where I run 'em at 20-25 psi.


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Great Calendar, great adventures!

May I download and print a copy for my office? I am a big fan of the Jetstream.
Thanks, and sure, download and print if you like. That's what it's for.
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Thanks, and sure, download and print if you like. That's what it's for.
Thanks, That is nice of you to do that
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Despite a few, er, mechanical challenges (let's just say it's a good thing I'm an engineer), the mighty Dahon keeps on chugging and is approaching 7000 miles now. It probably has more replacement parts (many homemade) than factory parts on it now, but it's still loads of fun to ride and inspires curiosity everywhere I go.

Cheers,
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I am very curious about the modifications and repairs you have done to your Jetstream but couldn't find anything on your blog. Have you written anything up or have any pics, of particular interest would be your homemade parts.
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I didn't think you can do that much off road abuse on a folding bike?? those are come pretty rough riding you did there, how is the folding hinge these days on it? My folder would have fallen apart by now doing that!
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