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08-30-04, 07:41 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 315
Posted By tarmac

Uphill traction problem

I'm still new at MTB, and I had a problem today climbing some steep hills. A lot of these hills were switchbacks, or they were just curved. They were pretty rugged, too. The surface was loose gravel,...
08-29-04, 02:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 447
Posted By tarmac

Moonlight Ramble?

Did anyone on this forum attend the Moonlight Ramble (http://www.moonlightramble.com/) in St. Louis, Missouri tonight? If you did, then I hope you had a good time. If not, then you missed out. This...
08-28-04, 12:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 683
Posted By tarmac

I just bought a Marwi Nightpro Elite...

I just bought a Marwi Nightpro Elite (http://www.marwiusa.com/default.aspx?taxid=24&cid=productview&bbid=3&pid=49#42) today. Its a helmet mounted light, but there is a handlebar adapter you can get....
08-27-04, 08:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 683
Posted By tarmac

I just saw the NR Storm H.I.D. light at my LBS...

I just saw the NR Storm H.I.D. light at my LBS tonight. Man, that thing is bright. Its a tempting purchase, but at $300 its a tough sell.

I can't decide whether I want a helmet mounted or...
08-26-04, 02:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 683
Posted By tarmac

Best Headlight System?

I've seen lots of different products out there, but I need to make a decision pretty soon. What's the best headlight system that can be used for wilderness trail and urban streets? I've noticed these...
08-24-04, 11:49 AM
Replies: 235
Views: 18,696
Posted By tarmac

What's wrong with murder in self defense? I never...

What's wrong with murder in self defense? I never said I was for or against it. I'm merely trying to get folks to admit that using a firearm for self defense means you are willing to kill another...
08-24-04, 11:24 AM
Replies: 235
Views: 18,696
Posted By tarmac

If you look at the stats, most of the people in...

If you look at the stats, most of the people in prison today are not violent criminals. Greater than 50% of all convicted criminals in jail are there for drug related offenses (possession,...
08-24-04, 05:59 AM
Replies: 235
Views: 18,696
Posted By tarmac

Police Officers and Security Guards do use...

Police Officers and Security Guards do use CS/Pepper Spray and Tasers. They also use things like tear gas paint balls, bean bag shotgun rounds, rubber bullets, security nets, bolas, and other...
08-23-04, 07:48 AM
Replies: 235
Views: 18,696
Posted By tarmac

One thing you gun advocates keep bringing up is...

One thing you gun advocates keep bringing up is the "but, everything's a weapon" argument.

That's not entirely true.

From the very beginnings of firearm development, they were only intended for...
08-22-04, 05:11 PM
Replies: 235
Views: 18,696
Posted By tarmac

The local news reported an attempted car-jacking...

The local news reported an attempted car-jacking last night. The driver was an off duty police officer, and he was approached by 4 guys at a stop light. Somehow, they got him out of his truck and...
Forum: Foo
08-22-04, 07:30 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,748
Posted By tarmac

Killian's Red is my beer of choice. ...

Killian's Red is my beer of choice.

Schlafly, Guiness, and Pete's Wicked Ale (in that order) are my other favorites.

Honestly though, I'll drink just about any kind of beer and enjoy it. Can't...
08-21-04, 03:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,052
Posted By tarmac

I work with some women who are really into...

I work with some women who are really into fitness and weight lifting. They are quite muscular, and strong too. However, they still act like pampered princesses a lot of times, and want everything...
08-21-04, 03:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 621
Posted By tarmac

I just purchased a 2004 Trek 6700 for about $170...

I just purchased a 2004 Trek 6700 for about $170 below list. Most of the LBS in my area (St. Louis, MO) are starting to clear out their 2004 inventories. I've seen a lot of good bikes for sale.

...
08-21-04, 07:10 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 262
Posted By tarmac

I have a Camelbak M.U.L.E. The padding that rests...

I have a Camelbak M.U.L.E. The padding that rests on your back when you're wearing it is quite comfortable. As long as I'm moving, and the air is hitting me good, I have no problem with uncomfortable...
08-20-04, 08:14 PM
Replies: 235
Views: 18,696
Posted By tarmac

The point of my last post was this: If you...

The point of my last post was this:

If you carry a loaded firearm, then you are equipped to kill.

If you say you're not a killer, then what are you going to do in a self defense situation,...
08-20-04, 10:56 AM
Replies: 235
Views: 18,696
Posted By tarmac

I don't hunt animals or humans, so I don't own a...

I don't hunt animals or humans, so I don't own a firearm. I do have an uneasy fascination with them, though. Perhaps its all the plastic guns and air guns I played with as a kid.

Question to all...
08-20-04, 08:13 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,052
Posted By tarmac

Thanks Pat. This was the info. I was looking for....

Thanks Pat. This was the info. I was looking for. I suppose the androgeny I'm talking about (by androgeny I mean suitable for either gender) is in the underlying physique of all competitive cyclists....
08-19-04, 10:42 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,052
Posted By tarmac

Simple Observation, Cycling & Androgeny

Okay, before I get flamed, let me explain. And note, I mean no offense to anyone.

I see a lot of cyclists in my area. The weather this summer has been fantastic, and we are blessed with lots of...
08-18-04, 07:39 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,242
Posted By tarmac

pads and body armor?

How important are pads and body armor for Mountain Biking? I know there are different elements of MTB like XC, Downhill, and Casual riding. I'm more into XC, but I've come across some technical...
08-17-04, 04:33 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,391
Posted By tarmac

I know how you feel. I have been using clipless...

I know how you feel. I have been using clipless pedals for about 2 months now. I still have problems getting the cleats to clip-in while I'm riding. I now have two bikes, both with clipless pedals....
08-13-04, 06:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,663
Posted By tarmac

Pants for MTB?

I am new to Mountain Biking (in fact, all biking in general) and I was wondering if they make pants for off road cycling. I suppose I could use regular pants and wear a pair of padded cycling shorts...
08-12-04, 09:31 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 496
Posted By tarmac

Thanks for the reply. You sure lost a lot of...

Thanks for the reply. You sure lost a lot of weight. Good job!

I'm not cycling to lose weight, though. I'm just doing it for fun and convenience. I do like to think of myself as being a healthy...
08-12-04, 09:18 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 496
Posted By tarmac

High Calorie Intake & Weight Loss Normal?

I started cycling this summer, in ernest. I do it mostly for recreation and some simple commuting (like running errands). I haven't been keeping track of how many miles I've gone, but my bike is...
08-07-04, 04:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 708
Posted By tarmac

I think Clifbars are the best tasting energy bars...

I think Clifbars are the best tasting energy bars out there. They also have a lot of fiber, so watch out.

I also like Balance Outdoor bars. They are the same as regular Balance bars but without...
Forum: Touring
08-07-04, 04:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 465
Posted By tarmac

Wow. That was pretty awesome, man. Did you guys...

Wow. That was pretty awesome, man. Did you guys camp every night? I hope I get to do something like that one day.


-Matt C.-
Forum: Touring
08-07-04, 04:27 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,356
Posted By tarmac

I just used this very same tent on a short...

I just used this very same tent on a short overnight tour. It is a very nice tent. Its small, but you can sit up inside of it and I had no problem fitting myself, my panniers, backpack and sleeping...
08-07-04, 04:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,141
Posted By tarmac

The 7000 series Trek bikes must be a great line,...

The 7000 series Trek bikes must be a great line, I keep hearing so many good things about them. I have a 2004 Trek 7200 myself, and I love it. I do a lot of trail riding with it.

Orion, you live...
Forum: Touring
07-27-04, 08:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 438
Posted By tarmac

I just completed a nifty 2 day/1 night biking &...

I just completed a nifty 2 day/1 night biking & camping trip travelling along the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers. I started in downtown St. Louis, MO and travelled along local bike trails along the...
Forum: Touring
07-27-04, 08:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 624
Posted By tarmac

Ohhh... :) Beautiful. -Matt C.-

Ohhh... :)

Beautiful.


-Matt C.-
07-25-04, 06:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 8,200
Posted By tarmac

I purchased a Trek 7200 in May of this year and...

I purchased a Trek 7200 in May of this year and have been riding it all summer. Its a great bike and I've had tons of cycling fun with it. I originally purchased it for similar reasons to your's,...
Forum: Touring
07-24-04, 07:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,920
Posted By tarmac

Using MREs, or self heating meals, is a part of...

Using MREs, or self heating meals, is a part of the mystique of stealth camping if I understand things correctly. The idea being that you can just take off on your bike and disappear for a short...
Forum: Touring
07-23-04, 04:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,920
Posted By tarmac

I am planning on using the civilian version of...

I am planning on using the civilian version of MREs for several, short biking/camping trips in the near future. Check out this website: http://www.longlifefood.com/

They sell the MRE entrees,...
07-20-04, 08:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 634
Posted By tarmac

Stationary Trainer?

Can anyone here recommend a good stationary trainer? I'm refering to the ones you hook your bike up to. Are they any good? I want one for when the weather gets too cold to enjoy outdoor cycling. Of...
07-11-04, 02:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 981
Posted By tarmac

Yes, my hybrid does have what look like riser...

Yes, my hybrid does have what look like riser bars. This is a straight bar that bends on each side so that the grips/shifters/brakes are slightly higher than the center of the bar where it joins the...
07-10-04, 03:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 981
Posted By tarmac

What exactly are bar ends for? I've been lead to...

What exactly are bar ends for? I've been lead to believe they are for allowing multiple hand positions to relieve hand fatigue on long rides. I've been doing a lot of long rides since I bought my...
Forum: Touring
07-10-04, 01:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,288
Posted By tarmac

COOL! I'm there are others doing what I'm...

COOL!

I'm there are others doing what I'm planning on doing. For future reference, I will try to find one of those group rides to join. I'd love to have company on a trip like this.

I have the...
07-10-04, 01:03 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 286
Posted By tarmac

St. Louis has great bike trails

If anybody here lives in the St. Louis metro area, you can't argue that we have some great bicycle trails. I have been exploring them all summer, and I am very satisfied with what's out there. Most,...
07-09-04, 07:40 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 766
Posted By tarmac

There are several things that contribute to the...

There are several things that contribute to the acceleration/decceleration of your heart rate; cardiac muscle tone, electrolytes, blood oxygen levels, etc. I'm not a fitness expert, but I work in the...
Forum: Touring
07-07-04, 05:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,308
Posted By tarmac

No, no. I was sincerely pleased with your advice....

No, no. I was sincerely pleased with your advice. I'm sorry my reply came off as negative. I didn't mean it that way. I am still very much a novice when it comes to bicycles, almost everybody on this...
Forum: Touring
07-07-04, 08:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,308
Posted By tarmac

Hmm... How nice! Thanks for the instructions. :)...

Hmm... How nice! Thanks for the instructions. :)


-Matt C.-
Forum: Touring
07-07-04, 01:40 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,308
Posted By tarmac

Thanks for the replies. Another question....

Thanks for the replies.

Another question. What about bar ends? I'm looking for something that will allow different hand positions. The problem I have with bar ends, is that my bike (Trek 7200) has...
Forum: Touring
07-06-04, 05:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,308
Posted By tarmac

Aerobars on long tours?

Are Aerobars good on long rides? I know they are designed for both comfort and aerodynamics. I am more interested in comfort on long distance solo rides. I know they make steering more difficult and...
07-06-04, 08:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 685
Posted By tarmac

Squeaky Brakes

My front brake squeaks very loudly when I apply any real pressure to it. It works just fine, but why is it squeaking so much. My rear brake doesn't do this. I use my front brake more often, though....
07-06-04, 02:08 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 405
Posted By tarmac

I often wonder if I eat enough. By most...

I often wonder if I eat enough. By most standardized calculations, I'm underweight. I'm about 70 inches tall, and 145 lbs. I have a small bone frame and about 7% body fat. I'm 27 yrs. old. On an...
07-05-04, 12:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,738
Posted By tarmac

I own a 2004 Trek 7200. I've enjoyed this bike...

I own a 2004 Trek 7200. I've enjoyed this bike immensely. However, aerodynamics are a problem at higher speeds. I can see the necessity of drop handlebars and higher seats on racing bikes. My hybrid...
Forum: Touring
07-04-04, 06:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,013
Posted By tarmac

Thanks for the replies, all. I'll probably keep...

Thanks for the replies, all. I'll probably keep using the REI Explorer panniers until they start looking worn. I might want something a little bigger in the future. Or, I might go with a set of...
Forum: Touring
07-02-04, 10:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,013
Posted By tarmac

Panniers?

I'm beginning to wonder about my panniers. Are they big enough? Are they durable enough? Are they too big?

I have a set of used REI Explorer Panniers that I bought off of a friend. They are almost...
07-01-04, 10:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 954
Posted By tarmac

Thanks for the feedback everybody! I feel much...

Thanks for the feedback everybody! I feel much better about banging up my cleats and clipless pedals now.


-Matt C.-
06-30-04, 02:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 954
Posted By tarmac

clipless pedal wear & tear

I have been riding on my new Shimano PD-M324 clipless pedals for a few days now, and I am still getting the hang of them. This is my first set of clipless pedals, and they are for recreational use....
Forum: Touring
06-30-04, 01:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,288
Posted By tarmac

Walkman, huh? This is a good suggestion,...

Walkman, huh? This is a good suggestion, especially since I'll be riding close to several metropolitan areas with decent radio stations. I have this Sony headset walkman that would be perfect. Its...
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