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    Thanks for the reply---yeah I figured there must...

    Thanks for the reply---yeah I figured there must be a good reason why I don't see plastic baggies on people's brakes as they go by:)
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    I guess I'm overthinking it;) could be as simple...

    I guess I'm overthinking it;) could be as simple as something like THIS I suppose.
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    Protecting brake rotors during travel

    Does anyone who transports their mountain bike on a car trunk rack take steps to cover up/protect the brake system from road filth while traveling? Just curious. I'm taking a long-ish road trip with...
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    Thanks again for helpful reply. The more I do it...

    Thanks again for helpful reply. The more I do it I'm sure I'll get more dialed in! If nothing else, I'm getting REALLY fast at taking the wheel on/off;)
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    Thanks for the advice! I'm not quite clear though...

    Thanks for the advice! I'm not quite clear though on what you mean by "adjust the brake around this position", or what follows---how do I adjust the brake and the hub play? This is a hardtail, BTW.
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    Changing rear tire on MTB--brakes questions

    I'm still quite new to fixing flats on my MTB--have only done it a couple times. I keep running into this issue: I find it challenging, when putting the rear wheel back on the MTB, to not have any...
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    I finally got sick of watching my kid wrestle...

    I finally got sick of watching my kid wrestle this ungodly heavy big-box bike that was utter crap anyway (and I hated lifting it onto the bike rack myself!). I got him this one:
    MT 200 Boy's - Kids'...
  8. Thread: 2014 Giant Talon

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    I've mostly been riding Arroyo Seco (considered a...

    I've mostly been riding Arroyo Seco (considered a "beginner" trail by some, but I find parts of it pretty challenging!) and working my way up to El Prieto which is out here by JPL. Haven't tried...
  9. Thread: 2014 Giant Talon

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    Congrats! I have a 2014 Talon 4 that I got this...

    Congrats! I have a 2014 Talon 4 that I got this past winter and love mine---my first MTB as well. Has served me quite well so far--very pleased with the purchase. I'm in LA too--doing plenty of...
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    Yeah, so far, I've done it where there's been a...

    Yeah, so far, I've done it where there's been a lot of up and down so I kept finding myself climbing with the seat all the way down, which definitely didn't feel ideal.
    I think I'll save it for when...
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    Lowering saddle on HT for descents, etc.

    Recently, I started playing around with my saddle height on my 27.5 hardtail while out riding---leaving it my optimal riding height for climbing and non-demanding stuff, and then lowering it as far...
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    "V"-shaped singletrack

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  13. Congrats on the new bike. I just turned 54, only...

    Congrats on the new bike. I just turned 54, only been really getting into mountain biking since January (also a roadie prior to that). I had a bad crash 20+ years ago (resulting in a dislocated...
  14. +1 on that book---it completely changed my riding...

    +1 on that book---it completely changed my riding experience. Can't recommend it highly enough. That, and a skills class or lesson if it's available to you. I took a "beginners" group skill class and...
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    Dunno where you live, but aside from everything...

    Dunno where you live, but aside from everything else, make sure you check yerself for ticks!
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    You'll get better at rolling over rocks, roots,...

    You'll get better at rolling over rocks, roots, etc. in time, but it takes practice, and really working on your form, and how loose you are on the bike. Find some easy stuff to practice rolling over...
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    No shame in walking through a section that you...

    No shame in walking through a section that you find intimidating. Better than getting in over your head and skill level and having no way to safely stop/bail.
    "Walk today, ride tomorrow" is a good...
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    Totally--sometimes I find myself "dabbing" at...

    Totally--sometimes I find myself "dabbing" at rocks or logs if I'm working my way slowly through a particularly tight, tricky section with tall obstacles. Can't imagine doing that clipped in (but I'm...
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    Well, seems like many(most?) downhill guys use...

    Well, seems like many(most?) downhill guys use platforms with pins, typically with something like Five Ten shoes.
    I'm just into trail-riding--no aggressive downhill for me---but I don't care for...
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    I have the Talon 27.5 4 and absolutely love it. I...

    I have the Talon 27.5 4 and absolutely love it. I was on a strict budget when I bought it (otherwise I would have gotten the 1) but I made sure and get a lockout----helps a lot on the street. I use...
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    I'm a relative noob, but it does sound like...

    I'm a relative noob, but it does sound like you're not scanning the trail far ahead enough, and focusing on the obstacles directly in front of you too much. Changes my life every time I get out on...
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    I agree with the suggestion of strongly...

    I agree with the suggestion of strongly considering a hardtail MTB. I was in a similar quandary--in my case I wanted something other than my road bike for sort of all-purpose riding: a little fire...
  23. I have to agree with this. I previously had spent...

    I have to agree with this. I previously had spent a lot of time worrying about whether to go clipless on my road bike or not, and it was just unnecessary stress. And being a little "older", I too was...
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    Here here! I just got my first MTB (27.5...

    Here here! I just got my first MTB (27.5 hardtail) this January. I just turned 54 this month. I have had a few people give me a look when I tell them this is my new "thing"--and plenty of comments...
  25. Mountain Biking around Apple Valley, California

    Anyone here ride around the Apple Valley/Victorville area in California and have any tips for a relative newb as far as trails? I have family that just moved there, and will be visiting often from...
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