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    This bike by far. Kona's spec beats all the...

    This bike by far. Kona's spec beats all the others and this bike is fast. $2999 for the Big Kahuna. A couple friends are on the King Kahuna ($5299--upgrades to SRAM XO/XX1, etc.) and love it. I'm on...
  2. A lighter wheel set and tires will make the...

    A lighter wheel set and tires will make the biggest performance difference on any bike. Of course, it's one of the most expensive upgrades.
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    Agree, it's a fitness bike. CX tires...

    Agree, it's a fitness bike. CX tires (cyclocross--knobby like a mtb but skinny) and slime tubes (tubes preloaded with slime) if there's goathead thorns and such.
  4. Thread: Good manners

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    I agree the wave thing is good, as are smiles. I...

    I agree the wave thing is good, as are smiles. I think it fosters good relations. In fact, some guy was featured in Bicycling Mag or the like as he started some movement or something--like he...
  5. Thanks for posting! I'm removing the pool...

    Thanks for posting! I'm removing the pool chlorine tabs I just put in the garage as well as my wife's laundry bleach--I'm not taking any chances! I already keep my acid outside. BTW, Muriatic is the...
  6. Thread: Good manners

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    Good manners

    On my bike ride today, I had a driver say, "Thank you sir" for me not waiting to go straight in the righthand turn lane. How cool is that?!
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    Wheelset upgrade?

    Not to sound like a weight weenie but how many grams less does a new set have to be to be a noticeable difference for the average rider? This would be for my wife and she's fairly sensitive to her...
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    I had factory-built 29er 3.30 hubbed Crests for a...

    I had factory-built 29er 3.30 hubbed Crests for a year until I went to Crankbrothers Carbon Cobalt 11s for stiffness. I loved the Crests. I'm an XC racer and weigh 170. They stayed true and were...
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    I ran tubeless Stans Crests for about a year...

    I ran tubeless Stans Crests for about a year (loved them) with Bontrager XR series tires, only switching to Crankbrothers Cobalt 11s recently as I wanted carbon hoops (not so much weight but for...
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    It actually felt cold this morning!

    Now that the crazy dangerous heat is gone, I suggest we all get out for some riding. I started at a gentlemanly 10:30 am today and it was quite pleasant in OC. Even met a recently transplanted...
  11. Yes , the ODI Ruffian, Specialized SIP and my...

    Yes , the ODI Ruffian, Specialized SIP and my fave, ESI's Racers Edge. ESI's are the lightest and come in many colors. They slip on to install but never rotate or slide off. They feel great with or...
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    Michelin Pro 4 SCs?

    I've been using the Pro series for years (Axial, Pro 2, 3) and love them but just installed the Pro 4s. I bought 23mm as I always have. They seem a tad narrower or taller vs the older Pros--is this...
  13. Sweet! My buddy has wheels from them and he's...

    Sweet! My buddy has wheels from them and he's super happy. I run Bonti 3s too--awesome rubber.
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    I'm going to go against the grain and NOT tell...

    I'm going to go against the grain and NOT tell you to get your weight back. That is old school and wrong. You want a LOW, neutral position on your bike, staying loose to absorb trail changes. You...
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    725mm on my XC bike. I love the stability on...

    725mm on my XC bike. I love the stability on descents and the rocking leverage I get to use on out-of-saddle sprints. Width is no problem in ST with trees.
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    Every brand is good. Except Walmart-level...

    Every brand is good. Except Walmart-level bikes/brands. Within the brand are diff levels of components and frames/frame materials. Apples to apples on dollars to level of bike, you can compare 5 diff...
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    Completely agree. That's exactly what it's meant...

    Completely agree. That's exactly what it's meant to me.
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    How to signal you're done with a pull?

    When I rode with a team back in the 90s, no one needed to signal in any manner other than look over one's right shoulder before pulling off to the right and drifting back. Nowadays, I'm really...
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    The Kahuna is a sweet hard tail.

    The Kahuna is a sweet hard tail.
  20. I disagree. Taking weight off the front tire...

    I disagree. Taking weight off the front tire helps it washout easier. You want some weight on it to get the tire to bite. A neutral, balanced position over the bike is best. The OP should try to go...
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    Sorry haven't checked in here. I look at the map...

    Sorry haven't checked in here. I look at the map and if it's yellow, I'll think about whether to go to or not (or maybe go and ride easy). Red is no way for me.
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    How do you know you need it lower on the medium?...

    How do you know you need it lower on the medium? I bet you were running the seat too low and the inept salesperson didn't know any better. Most people run their seats too low. For a basic check of...
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    Watch the PM 2.5 and PM 10 levels on AQMD--that...

    Watch the PM 2.5 and PM 10 levels on AQMD--that stuff goes in your lungs and doesn't come out.
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    I went with XT and saved some $$$ over XTR. I...

    I went with XT and saved some $$$ over XTR. I like them a lot--have on two bikes.
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    I'd be happy to ban cars from using it. Bikes are...

    I'd be happy to ban cars from using it. Bikes are definitely the largest user group. I've had no problems riding either direction on it and would hate to see it one way as I use it both directions...
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