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  1. Just popped into one of my LBSs, and I test rode...

    Just popped into one of my LBSs, and I test rode a 2014 Specialized Crave SL. I loved it. Will have to try some others out, but I think I'm convinced about a ss now! Just street riding of course on...
  2. Very cool--thanks

    Very cool--thanks
  3. I've been playing around with staying in one gear...

    I've been playing around with staying in one gear as much as I can on some of my regular trails, and leaving it in that tougher gear when I get to the climbs to try and simulate a ss experience. I...
  4. Thanks for the replies. Yeah, I realize my riding...

    Thanks for the replies. Yeah, I realize my riding experience will be quite different (i.e. more standing) but coincidentally (not to digress too much) I've been experimenting more with standing to...
  5. What do you guys think about 650B vs 29er in this...

    What do you guys think about 650B vs 29er in this case? I'm very comfortable w/my 27.5 Talon, but would the slightly bigger wheels be an advantage with the ss rigid? I'm not a big guy--about 5'7"--I...
  6. I have that book--I love it. I also took a MTB...

    I have that book--I love it. I also took a MTB skills class that CORBA offers out at Malibu Creek Park--maybe you rode there in your SoCal years.
  7. Cool! As you can tell, I'm more a pbass guy;),...

    Cool! As you can tell, I'm more a pbass guy;), but I have a Jazz too.....and like you, I like it simple.

    Gotta do some more research, but I bet it'd be super fun to ride, even if I end up walking...
  8. I want a rigid SS, but it doesn't "make sense" for me......

    I'm currently riding a Giant Talon 27.5 4--an "entry level" hardtail, and am certainly having a blast and getting better with my skills. At 54 I'm new to mountain biking, just got really hooked this...
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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'...
  16. 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...
  17. 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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  21. 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...
  22. +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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