Trial and error. Spending (and wasting) some cash. Reading online. Installing some sh#t wrong and having to have a shop fix my screw up.
IRC Kujo tires worked great for me out west, but suck in even the least bit of east coast wetness. They're coming off, and the Kenda "sticky rubber" is going back on. Slipping and sliding all over the greasy rocks and roots today. Not fun.
Timer shots: just when you think you've got it, you don't. Got this log nicely dialed, then set the camera up. And of course end up going to far left and having to make an early exit.
The first time bleeding my hydro brakes, with a line shortening in the session: oops. I've slightly cross threaded the barrel nut into the lever/master cylender assembly. Catastrophe averted by luckily having it not in so far that the inner threads couldn't be salvaged, and a local shop actually having a new barrel nut. For me to thread in nice and slowly. And carefully.
Take #2. Another damn too early left exit. This one with a not quite far enough hop to the side...
Which cost me a new rear derailleur. Smack, *crack* as the cage assembly snaps right in half... Main body and hanger are fine. tossed the parts bin spare on and was up and running again for today.
Anyone got a lower cage 08 year X.9 mech assembly they wanta' get rid of?
Wiiiiiiiide bars rock. 28" and 29.5" bars on the two main rides. Yeeeehaaaaa! Wide bars + slack angles + short stem = Dave a happy steering camper. No ill effects in the tightly spaced trees here just yet, but I'm sure I'll snag a bar sometime. They feel gooooood.
What my sister in law calls their yard pig:
Multi-cultural weddings can be...entertaining. Last weekend involved no riding, but the O'Brien and Chang clans being joined in (we hope) wedded bliss. In deep woods Maine.
Yes it was entertaining. People nervous around large drunk people in kilts need not apply.
Pick up your crap, people. Well, if you notice you've lost it. I find so much bike detritus it's pathetic. One more argument non-bike NIMBY types can add to their arsenal of reasons they would like us off the trails.
When you think things are in focus, they may not be. Check again. sometimes you need to refocus to really have things in perspective.
Some blingy parts aren't really worth it, except for the bling. Dangerboy levers blades. Look nice. Can't feel a damn bit of difference from the stock Avid lever blades. Meh. OTOH, some things are fugly bits, but the functionality of them absolutely kicks ass all over the fugly nature. I feel this way aobut my Gravity Dropper posts.