Bac -- the Talus is a little weird on the Klein. I used to have a SID, too, but it delivered only about 50-55mm of travel, and just wasn't really enough. The Talus adds a pound itself, plus it forced me to "upgrade" to a front disc brake, but it does give me a lot more travel -- measures out to around 110mm or so. The most noticeable difference is in the head angle -- the front of the bike feels very "jacked up," and hill climbing has become more difficult -- I need to shift my weight sooner. Descending is a lot more reliable, though, especially the scary ass-hanging-off-the-back-of-the-saddle descents. I can roll down long concrete stairs easily now, which would have horked my back pretty good before.
Donna -- I haven't gone to any PUMP meetings, mostly because I'm not very much of a joiner. I have been dragging myself out to some more political bikey things, like Commissioner Sam Adam's "town hall" meetings. I'm going to the Mt. Tabor cyclist/ped thing tomorrow, since I worry about my playground getting messed up!=
East Hill -- yeah, without a car, it's pretty tough to get to any really interesting riding. I could Tri-Met out to Sauvie Island, then ride about seven miles out to the Scappoose trails.... other than that, not all that many options.
Thanks for writing, everyone!