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10-31-17, 07:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,970
Posted By Bikernator

Terrain and riding style will have a significant...

Terrain and riding style will have a significant impact.

I'm 205lbs, and if I go below 20 psi the front end gets pretty squirrely on fast, bumpy turns, and I can feel a bottom out now and again...
04-25-17, 07:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 556
Posted By Bikernator

What is 'dabbing'? I've never heard of it. I...

What is 'dabbing'? I've never heard of it.

I of course mean whatever version is relevant and previously mentioned in this post.

Not Cam Newton dabbing...
04-24-17, 02:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 556
Posted By Bikernator

I feel like you answered your own question with...

I feel like you answered your own question with the 'bar none' comment...

BUT, if you want my opinion: I went clipless and never went back. Don't intend to.

I also have some long hiatuses...
04-19-17, 07:55 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,943
Posted By Bikernator

"only a couple times" may be the issue. My...

"only a couple times" may be the issue.

My first few times out were a disaster, but I got the hang of it. It's frustrating, especially with the high standards you appear to hold yourself to.

If...
01-17-17, 09:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,059
Posted By Bikernator

I'd go with gsa's recommendation of Stan's rule....

I'd go with gsa's recommendation of Stan's rule. That's a good starting point. From there you can change it as you see fit. On my local terrain I get away with low 20s front and rear.

Went to New...
01-06-17, 08:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,478
Posted By Bikernator

I think what he means is that even if you just...

I think what he means is that even if you just upgrade the frame later the parts you're transferring over won't be worth transferring over. You can of course upgrade things as you go, but while it...
01-03-17, 11:49 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,384
Posted By Bikernator

Interesting info. Is that a universal rule of...

Interesting info. Is that a universal rule of thumb?


OP, if you haven't figured it out, no one is really a fan of your choice.

If $1000 is your limit, I would look at used. And open up to...
12-19-16, 03:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,597
Posted By Bikernator

I'm gonna drop the Craigslist recommendation if...

I'm gonna drop the Craigslist recommendation if you have a decent population of riders where you live. I bought by bike two years old for almost 1/3 of new.

You will need to know whether you want...
11-14-16, 03:49 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,187
Posted By Bikernator

Same: got a KS Etem with the remote trigger...

Same: got a KS Etem with the remote trigger thing. No, it's not that light, but after my first few rides (it was oddly difficult to get my brain to program that step into my riding process), I'll...
10-28-16, 07:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,537
Posted By Bikernator

Yeah, I don't know where you're from, but here in...

Yeah, I don't know where you're from, but here in Oklahoma the biking community is decent, but not huge. I cruise CL pretty regularly just to check things out and there flat out aren't a ton of bikes...
09-21-16, 07:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 849
Posted By Bikernator

Sound advice.

Sound advice.
09-15-16, 08:26 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,409
Posted By Bikernator

I feel your pain, man. It sucks when something...

I feel your pain, man. It sucks when something fails in a manner you perceive as below the threshold of tolerance.

I guess the takeaway here is that the torque values are actually very important...
09-14-16, 01:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 727
Posted By Bikernator

Basically the same thing. Just make sure you get...

Basically the same thing. Just make sure you get one in IN-lbs, not FT-lbs. Get an allen key set that accepts a 1/4" or 3/8" ratchet (or in this case, torque wrench) and you're good to go.
09-06-16, 10:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 835
Posted By Bikernator

I'm not saying the other guys are wrong, but I...

I'm not saying the other guys are wrong, but I usually ride with less pressure. Like 22 PSI front and back. I weigh between 195 and 205, plus gear, usually. If I haven't ridden in a while I'll add a...
08-18-16, 09:51 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,454
Posted By Bikernator

Man... I'm not sure what about this post brought...

Man... I'm not sure what about this post brought out the worst in everyone (passive aggressive, "I'm right, you're wrong," plain rude, etc.), but I'll try to cut to the chase.

Technically, a lot...
08-04-16, 02:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 589
Posted By Bikernator

2.5 hours?? Didn't realize they let dirt bikes up...

2.5 hours?? Didn't realize they let dirt bikes up there. Ha. Impressive. I thought about how much fun it would have been had I conditioned for it, but 95 degree weather here at home isn't quite......
08-02-16, 02:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 589
Posted By Bikernator

Taos/Angel Fire South Boundary Trail - Do not miss

I'm probably a lower end Cat 2 XC racer as far as skill set goes and a lower end Cat 3 XC racer as far as conditioning goes. I'm also from the midwest and riding a Trek Stache 8 hardtail. Just to...
07-28-16, 07:57 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,234
Posted By Bikernator

Go you YouTube and check out Global Mountain Bike...

Go you YouTube and check out Global Mountain Bike Network. It's a channel that puts out a ton of 'how to' and tips on riding. They're not all gold, but they have some very good pointers and I think...
07-22-16, 02:32 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 23,280
Posted By Bikernator

Almost all pumps nowadays do both Presta and...

Almost all pumps nowadays do both Presta and Schrader valves. No tiny accessories. Even my CO2 cartridge piece.

Also, a lot of us ride tubeless. In that case, the valve is not part of a wear item...
06-13-16, 03:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 701
Posted By Bikernator

Pics or it didn't happen...

Pics or it didn't happen...
05-24-16, 10:25 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 703
Posted By Bikernator

This is sort of on-topic. Anyone use any...

This is sort of on-topic. Anyone use any pre-workout powder before rides?

I hate to use the term 'addict,' but that stuff sure is a game changer when I need some motivation after a long day of...
05-11-16, 12:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,146
Posted By Bikernator

+1. I've never dropped a chain with my N/W chain...

+1. I've never dropped a chain with my N/W chain ring (except maybe a crash once), so I don't see the need for a guide. Bike already had a bashguard on it, and they're comically light, so I left it....
05-09-16, 10:45 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,226
Posted By Bikernator

Telling someone to look themselves and telling...

Telling someone to look themselves and telling someone what to look for are very different things. The former is poor customer service/laziness, the latter is very helpful - especially when the...
05-05-16, 08:05 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,259
Posted By Bikernator

For some reason the stickers annoy me. Like the...

For some reason the stickers annoy me. Like the van is being disturbed in its natural habitat or something...
04-13-16, 03:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 789
Posted By Bikernator

That will depend a lot on what's local - both...

That will depend a lot on what's local - both with trails and with shops. If there's a popular Trek dealer near you, then you will likely see a lot of Treks for sale. If it's mainly cross country,...
04-13-16, 09:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 789
Posted By Bikernator

Probably not the response you're looking for, but...

Probably not the response you're looking for, but try the used market. You can get a much nicer bike for that amount of money off of craigslist if you know what you're after.
04-08-16, 07:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,193
Posted By Bikernator

I typed in the ID code I found on the fork (CC3K)...

I typed in the ID code I found on the fork (CC3K) and it tells me it's a 120mm. I still don't get why I'm getting that weird travel number.

I suppose there could be a travel reducing spacer in...
04-07-16, 01:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,193
Posted By Bikernator

I'll check that axle to crown measurement. Thanks...

I'll check that axle to crown measurement. Thanks for the tip.

Out of curiosity, did you find that in literature somewhere or is it just a bit of information floating around in the 'ol noggin??
...
04-07-16, 12:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,193
Posted By Bikernator

Yeah, it's a Float. I'm not sure on the year. I...

Yeah, it's a Float. I'm not sure on the year. I THINK 2013. It's off a 2013 Trek Stache, but the guy bought the frame and built it himself.
04-07-16, 09:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,193
Posted By Bikernator

Trying to determine Fox fork travel...

I bought a bike used and I'm trying to figure out what the travel on the Fox fork I have is. Is there a way to tell beyond the "let the air out of the shock and measure the travel" approach?

I...
04-04-16, 08:45 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,459
Posted By Bikernator

I'm in this boat. While I'm a couple decades...

I'm in this boat. While I'm a couple decades younger than you, I am 12 years into a rugby career. And although I won't say we have as many rocks as Arizona, my local trail is a bumpy beast (and we...
03-31-16, 03:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,441
Posted By Bikernator

Just got the same one. I've been out on it 3...

Just got the same one. I've been out on it 3 times (probably 35 miles total) and love it. Is it heavy? Yes. If you want light, you'll pay for it (kind of the theme of our hobby). But when I push the...
03-31-16, 08:26 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,425
Posted By Bikernator

I think this is kind of hard to answer, but I'll...

I think this is kind of hard to answer, but I'll try. I'm going for best bang, no buck considered. From entry level hardtail to high end hardtail.

Brakes - 7 (Tektro cable disc to Elixirs). After...
03-30-16, 12:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,153
Posted By Bikernator

For what it's worth, I would run about 27 in the...

For what it's worth, I would run about 27 in the front at 30 in the rear, and I'm 195 pounds on a hardtail on rocky terrain. That's on 26" tires. I would think the 25 you're at now is fine.

With a...
03-30-16, 07:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 571
Posted By Bikernator

You think? A new Specialized Rockhopper Expert...

You think? A new Specialized Rockhopper Expert with a Suntour fork, X-5 (albeit 2x10), and Tektro brakes is $1,150. This bike is half that. Seems okay if it's in good condition. The deal of a...
03-29-16, 10:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 571
Posted By Bikernator

I'm all about the second hand bike market. I've...

I'm all about the second hand bike market. I've gotten good deals on both of my bikes that way. And they were both in great shape.

That looks like a pretty solid setup to me. In my area (which is...
03-18-16, 12:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,267
Posted By Bikernator

The 500. Is that different than Cooperland? I...

The 500. Is that different than Cooperland? I feel like it is. I've been to one or the other (or hell, maybe both) in college, but don't really remember. I was the 'poor friend' but had a garage of...
03-16-16, 12:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,267
Posted By Bikernator

Lake McMurtry in Stillwater, my friend. At least...

Lake McMurtry in Stillwater, my friend. At least when I was in college they were exceptionally well taken care of. Blue trail is flowy and 'creampuffy'. Good warmup before red or yellow (or cooldown,...
Forum: Foo
03-09-16, 11:10 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 789
Posted By Bikernator

I used a combo for about 5 weeks in a nicer Abu...

I used a combo for about 5 weeks in a nicer Abu Dhabi hotel. They are really small (or at least that one was) and they are wrinkle factories. Left jeans a little damp, too.

But they sure were...
03-07-16, 11:34 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 738
Posted By Bikernator

He's not wrong. We also have a multi-use area...

He's not wrong. We also have a multi-use area called Turkey Mountain (coincidentally, we're just up the road in Tulsa). Look it up. The city has put a ton of effort into it over the past couple...
03-03-16, 04:38 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,091
Posted By Bikernator

Making the same push for used. I bought my first...

Making the same push for used. I bought my first hardtail for $300 (instead of the $500+ new pricetag) and my second hardtail for $800 (instead of the $2,000+ new price tag). Both in great shape. If...
03-03-16, 09:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 784
Posted By Bikernator

Trek Stache?? I have no complaints on mine,...

Trek Stache??

I have no complaints on mine, but perhaps someone with more knowledge can give some opinion. It's just inside your price range, too.
03-03-16, 09:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,267
Posted By Bikernator

Learned to ride when I was in college at the...

Learned to ride when I was in college at the local lake which had a few oddly well-kept trails. I got to the point where I was really humming through them and thought I was all that is man.
...
Forum: Foo
03-02-16, 02:13 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 12,777
Posted By Bikernator

Weird... I randomly check Foo once every several...

Weird... I randomly check Foo once every several months/years and it seems to always coincide with this post's resurgence..

I appreciate all the input. Most seems to be pointed at losing weight,...
03-01-16, 11:15 AM
Replies: 3,201
Views: 1,391,016
Posted By Bikernator

True, but how does everyone else post big...

True, but how does everyone else post big pictures?

They're making me look bad...
03-01-16, 09:59 AM
Replies: 3,201
Views: 1,391,016
Posted By Bikernator

507299 I forgot to take my phone out of my...

507299

I forgot to take my phone out of my pocket before my ride, so now you get to see a picture!

2013 Trek Stache 8. Bought used last July. Huge improvement from the 'ol Giant Rincon. I like...
Forum: Southwest
02-10-16, 11:58 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,846
Posted By Bikernator

Just noticed this. I live in Tulsa and ride...

Just noticed this. I live in Tulsa and ride mountain only. Turkey is the obvious #1 (http://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=1) choice. I've only ridden McMurtry in Stillwater...
02-09-16, 08:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,010
Posted By Bikernator

Pics?

Pics?
02-09-16, 08:37 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,487
Posted By Bikernator

Fair enough. I'll just chalk this up into the...

Fair enough. I'll just chalk this up into the "things I don't understand" column.

But knowing it seem to be satire of sorts makes me feel a little better about it, so thanks for the enlightenment.
02-08-16, 04:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,487
Posted By Bikernator

I didn't know what you were talking about so I...

I didn't know what you were talking about so I just went over to see what that thread was...

Kinda makes me never want to go over there again.

There's the Post Your Rigs 3.0 thread, which is...
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