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  1. I ride a 2014 Kona Unit (I got bitten by the...

    I ride a 2014 Kona Unit (I got bitten by the rigid singlespeed bug--actually selling my Talon as we speak). I did however, also test ride another Kona 29'r that also fit me quite well, the Taro, but...
  2. I'm about your height and also ride a 17"...

    I'm about your height and also ride a 17" 29r---I'm totally sold on the wheel size, and that's coming off a 27.5 that I started with. That said, the first 29rs I tried--Trek, Giant---just felt weird,...
  3. Totally! When I bought my 8 year old son his...

    Totally! When I bought my 8 year old son his first mtb he wanted one with front suspension because he thought it looked cool, but with the help of the LBS we talked him into this one: MT 200 Boy's -...
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    +1. I keep my phone in my shorts, so even if I...

    +1. I keep my phone in my shorts, so even if I couldn't get my pack off, etc., I'd have a better chance of accessing the phone. Everything else goes in the pack.
  5. I bought a 2014 Talon 4 with the Suntour fork,...

    I bought a 2014 Talon 4 with the Suntour fork, and I'd have to agree, it's just not great---it was really the weak link of the bike. Otherwise, great bang for buck though. Whatever brand you choose,...
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    I take my almost 10-year old with me...

    I take my almost 10-year old with me sometimes--started when he was 8. He started out quite enthusiastic but for whatever reason, unfortunately it's tapered off and he's just not that into it now...
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    That's pretty much the only way I end up riding...

    That's pretty much the only way I end up riding with someone else! I like that actually, you don't feel like you have to stick together if the skill levels are really different, or you want to take...
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    Frequency of riding alone

    I know all the possible dangers and downsides to riding alone, and it's always recommended to ride with someone else when you can, but if I didn't ride alone, I'd almost NEVER ride. I ride alone 99%...
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    The only con (and that depends on your...

    The only con (and that depends on your perspective:) is that your road bike might gather dust! That's what happened to me--I started MTB'ing about 2 years ago at 52, and eventually ended up selling...
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    434109I'm 54, but I don't feel TOO old (well,...

    434109I'm 54, but I don't feel TOO old (well, depends on the day…). All I'm riding these days is my 2014 Kona Unit. Singlespeed mtb'ing is making me feel younger, no doubt...
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    Hmmm. Starting to sound like it might not be such...

    Hmmm. Starting to sound like it might not be such a good proposition after all. Think I'll just stick with my brushes and rags...
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    Ah, I hadn't considered the type of chain being a...

    Ah, I hadn't considered the type of chain being a factor--I'm a mechanical noob;)
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    Park Tool Chain Scrubber

    I was thinking of springing for one of these: Park Tool Co. » CM-5.2 : Cyclone Chain Scrubber : Cleaning & Lube

    however in the description it says it will work with "some" single speed bikes. I...
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    I was concerned at first because I'm not what I'd...

    I was concerned at first because I'm not what I'd call a particularly "strong" rider. And at 54, I'm no spring chicken. But I haven't found riding ss (rigid as well) to be any more difficult, it's...
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    Yes!!! And don't forget - they are super FUN....

    Yes!!! And don't forget - they are super FUN. Haven't touched my geared MTB since I got mine. Riding all the same trails too, and riding better to boot...
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    I was actually surprised at the backsweep spec on...

    I was actually surprised at the backsweep spec on Kona - having no way to measure it, and being a noob, I thought it was much . . . .sweepier! Look at this pic, shot pretty much straight down over...
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    I hear ya - I do like the sweep of the Kona bar....

    I hear ya - I do like the sweep of the Kona bar. In fact, I've never had a bike seem to just fit me so well and feel right, right off the shop floor. So, in this case, it was just about the fact that...
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    Just thought I'd pass this on if anyone finds it...

    Just thought I'd pass this on if anyone finds it informative - I passed on the Fatbar Lite I was being offered because it turns out the stock Kona bar is lighter. I couldn't find the Kona specs...
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    +1. I'm 54, started road biking at 49, and...

    +1. I'm 54, started road biking at 49, and mountain biking at 52. When I started I never would have expected it, but after one road bike, and one "starter" mountain bike, I have settled on a rigid,...
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    I have some nice Endura baggy w/snap in liner...

    I have some nice Endura baggy w/snap in liner shorts that I love, but they were indeed pricey. And actually, I don't care for the liner in them as much as these cheaper Canari padded liners I bought...
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    I guess it's one of the benefits of being a...

    I guess it's one of the benefits of being a scrawny featherweight! Actually, I've been told that depending on HOW I went tubeless, it could actually add weight. But that's a whole 'nuther thread.
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    I have not. I'm sure I will try it soon. I don't...

    I have not. I'm sure I will try it soon. I don't feel terribly pressed though, because as it is, I rarely ever flat (knock in wood), and I already run really low air pressure, around 18 front, 19...
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    Thanks. Yeah, I might want to go with slightly...

    Thanks. Yeah, I might want to go with slightly less rise, but all in all, I like the feel of these bars, width, sweep, etc. I guess it would make more sense to upgrade to a carbon bar if anything....
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    I had a right-side inguinal hernia repaired...

    I had a right-side inguinal hernia repaired several years ago. I chose to go with a relatively new non-mesh approach (not the old-fashioned, non-mesh approach) invented by this doc from India, Dr....
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    Aluminum Bar upgrade question

    Question, when talking aluminum bars, does lighter always translate into "better" ride characteristics? For example, I'm pretty happy with the stock bar on my Kona Unit, but let's say I swap them out...
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