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08-16-07, 08:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 532
Posted By Juniper

I take it you didn't find my report especially...

I take it you didn't find my report especially helpful. :D Oh well, it wasn't intended for everybody; just those who might have been wondering about the tube (as I was).

PS: Great Grains with...
08-15-07, 03:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 532
Posted By Juniper

Slime Tube

Not sure why (since I'd heard so many people here having problems with them) but I decided to try a Slime tube last time my front tube got too worn out to repair. I have had nothing but excellent...
08-15-07, 02:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,119
Posted By Juniper

I have been very pleased with my Kona Kula Dlx.

I have been very pleased with my Kona Kula Dlx.
08-15-07, 02:50 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,652
Posted By Juniper

Bingo! I like that answer! Applies big time to...

Bingo! I like that answer! Applies big time to LBS's, too.
08-15-07, 02:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 636
Posted By Juniper

LOL!!! Good one! I use denture cleaning...

LOL!!! Good one!

I use denture cleaning tablets to clean my C'back and never put anything in it except water (learned that lesson the 'yucky' way).
07-25-07, 01:31 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 996
Posted By Juniper

The ATAC's worked basically flawlessly for me. I...

The ATAC's worked basically flawlessly for me. I haven't run the Mallets but people seem to like 'em.
07-24-07, 08:21 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 5,245
Posted By Juniper

Here's one I remembered this afternoon; not sure...

Here's one I remembered this afternoon; not sure why. Not really exactly about being a newbie or bikes but sort of both. I had a large container of Ben & Jerry's triple chocolate-fudge-nut-toffee...
07-24-07, 10:18 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,051
Posted By Juniper

I rode for years clipped in (most recently with...

I rode for years clipped in (most recently with Time ATAC's) but switched last year to pinned platforms. I know what I'm missing as far as performance but I like being able to wear whatever shoes I...
07-24-07, 10:14 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 5,245
Posted By Juniper

My biggest mistake as a newbie was riding without...

My biggest mistake as a newbie was riding without a helmet. A few endo's onto my mellon cured me of that. I don't ride 20 feet without my helmet these days.

Other mistake was pulling under an...
07-17-07, 07:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 908
Posted By Juniper

Something like this: ...

Something like this: http://www2.trekbikes.com/bikes/bike.php?bikeid=1010600&f=19

My son (college kid on a big time budget) bought one and he rides with me on some challenging trails. Not for...
07-17-07, 07:03 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 908
Posted By Juniper

A few here have mentioned the lower priced Treks;...

A few here have mentioned the lower priced Treks; a good suggestion. You won't get anything worth having for $200 in FS. Get the best bike you can for your coin and get out and ride. You'll have...
07-16-07, 08:36 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,417
Posted By Juniper

Ouch! Using the front and rear brakes is as much...

Ouch! Using the front and rear brakes is as much an art as a science.

Going down hill my rear end and body weight are way to the back of my bike and low to prevent going over the bars.

I try...
07-14-07, 07:16 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 958
Posted By Juniper

Fair enough. Let's say someone at 275 - 300 lbs...

Fair enough. Let's say someone at 275 - 300 lbs rides a bike with an Easton ultralight frame and lightweight rims for 100' on flat pavement; just a smooth ride. Could they potentially bend the...
07-13-07, 09:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 958
Posted By Juniper

What is the max rider weight a typical XC racer can handle?

Front-suspension only. Ultra-light alum frame. Straight ride; no jumps. Opinions?

I know a guy (large - should have been riding a Clydesdale-level bike) who bent an alum frame just by riding...
07-13-07, 04:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 571
Posted By Juniper

It survived. I was amazed it didn't explode like...

It survived. I was amazed it didn't explode like a water balloon but the case must have kept it from expanding too far. It was like landing square on a mini-waterbed. I was very lucky! A bit of a...
07-13-07, 04:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 571
Posted By Juniper

Yup! Holes or trenches hidden by tall grass suck...

Yup! Holes or trenches hidden by tall grass suck big time. The worst thing is you don't know you're into one until you're into one. Bummer.
07-13-07, 09:50 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 580
Posted By Juniper

It doesn't cost anything to ask for a better...

It doesn't cost anything to ask for a better price (in a friendly way) but I have had better luck getting extended service committments (like free labor on parts upgrades, etc). Two warnings though:...
07-13-07, 08:54 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 571
Posted By Juniper

Hard to pick which one was worst; I've probably...

Hard to pick which one was worst; I've probably blanked out the most painful :eek:

Lately, it was probably diving full speed into a natural half pipe (small valley) and shooting up the other side...
07-11-07, 12:01 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 3,832
Posted By Juniper

Describe your bike in ONE word.

OK; it's probably a lame question. But it always pops into my mind when I'm riding. I think, 'If I had to describe my bike to someone it would be _____________.' There's always more than one word...
06-04-07, 02:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,985
Posted By Juniper

If I had to choose (and all else being equal...

If I had to choose (and all else being equal between bikes, type of riding, etc) I'd go down a size. Better control and when I want to bail, I want off fast (not getting hung up on the tubes). ...
06-02-07, 10:07 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 755
Posted By Juniper

Try: 1 - Running a little higher PSI, 2 -...

Try: 1 - Running a little higher PSI, 2 - smoother landing (this probably isn't the problem with your bmx experience), 3 - check into a heavier-duty tube (it's amazing how thin some mtb tubes are...
06-02-07, 07:59 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,166
Posted By Juniper

Between the two, my choice would be the Crank...

Between the two, my choice would be the Crank Bro's. Consider Time ATAC's if you have the coin; the've been flawless for me (a bit on the heavy side but I don't race (much) anymore so I don't care).
06-02-07, 07:49 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 824
Posted By Juniper

Great win! I'm going to go in on Monday and...

Great win! I'm going to go in on Monday and suggest to the president of our company that we have a program like yours (maybe different prizes, since we're not a bike parts company). Think what...
06-01-07, 10:37 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,170
Posted By Juniper

Heavy? (The stuff I'm talking about is so light...

Heavy? (The stuff I'm talking about is so light you wouldn't know it was in your hand, if you didn't know it was in your hand.) Cheap? (OK; a piece to make two stay covers probably does cost a...
06-01-07, 06:55 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,170
Posted By Juniper

OK; here's the tip of the week on DIY chainstay...

OK; here's the tip of the week on DIY chainstay protection; it's never failed me. Go to a hardware or home improvment store and find the 2" wide rolls of the grey, heavily textured rubber strips...
06-01-07, 02:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 463
Posted By Juniper

I bought my wife a Rockhopper to do the trails...

I bought my wife a Rockhopper to do the trails with me; didn't happen, wasn't her thing. She likes the paved bike path, some gravel roads and the occassional fairly (no sharp rocks or roots) smooth...
06-01-07, 02:52 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,170
Posted By Juniper

I use a lizard skin; works great.

I use a lizard skin; works great.
06-01-07, 08:51 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,609
Posted By Juniper

I do what ChrisCummins said (above); nothing very...

I do what ChrisCummins said (above); nothing very high-pressure. I wipe the frame down with Pledge spray after I wash it; sort of like a fast and easy wax job (hey, it's a new bike! ; )
06-01-07, 08:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 697
Posted By Juniper

Yup. I would not do long races on my Kula. ...

Yup. I would not do long races on my Kula. Sounds to me like the Kikapu would be the way to go.
05-31-07, 12:38 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,730
Posted By Juniper

After crunching two bikes in a roof rack and...

After crunching two bikes in a roof rack and someone crunching a bike on my receiver hitch by backing into it, I pull the front wheel and slip my bike into the back of my hatchback. Being inside the...
05-31-07, 12:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 697
Posted By Juniper

Hmmmm ... for straight XC racing I'd go with the...

Hmmmm ... for straight XC racing I'd go with the Kula (I own one) but I wouldn't use mine for jumps or bangin' down stairs. Which one do you plan to do the most? Sounds like the FS might be the...
05-29-07, 02:49 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,687
Posted By Juniper

Your riding interests and experience sound...

Your riding interests and experience sound similar to mine. I currently ride a Kona Kula Deluxe (HT) and it is exactly what I hoped it would be: nimble, fast, climbs like a rocket, well spec'd and...
09-22-05, 04:22 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 722
Posted By Juniper

The link for the 2005 doesn't work; I don't see a...

The link for the 2005 doesn't work; I don't see a price for the 2006. Personally, I think a person gets more value for bike dollar in a Kona than anywhere else and in every section of their line-up....
09-22-05, 02:59 PM
Replies: 806
Views: 112,086
Posted By Juniper

2006 Trek 820 My son is a poor college...

2006 Trek 820

My son is a poor college student whose bike was crashed/thrashed by a 'friend' he lent it to. He wanted a bike to ride to school, cruise around downtown and do a little light...
09-19-05, 08:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,313
Posted By Juniper

Lots of good tips already! I rode hilly...

Lots of good tips already! I rode hilly single-track with a friend who is a new rider recently. He always has trouble with staying on the trail; he catches the edge and bites it. What he has to...
09-19-05, 02:57 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,653
Posted By Juniper

Mine: - when I can hardly get in my car...

Mine:

- when I can hardly get in my car anymore because the bike is in the hatchback, the front wheel is on the passenger seat, and every other space is crammed with helmets, gloves, shoes,...
09-15-05, 02:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 389
Posted By Juniper

I did almost that exact same thing early this...

I did almost that exact same thing early this year! As I was going over backward in the air I remember thinking, 'I'm dead'. I landed flat on my back from about 12' up, perfectly on top of my full...
09-14-05, 03:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 546
Posted By Juniper

Doesn't look like there is much rolling involved...

Doesn't look like there is much rolling involved (more like flying!). :D
09-14-05, 08:39 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 546
Posted By Juniper

Looks like the rider is completely out of contact...

Looks like the rider is completely out of contact with the rock at that point! Mael, what % of time down that line is in the air vs tire(s) in contact?
09-14-05, 08:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 387
Posted By Juniper

Most wild animals are probably more afraid of you...

Most wild animals are probably more afraid of you than you are of them. They'll run away before you even know they are there. There have been some occassional problems reported with more aggressive...
09-13-05, 10:25 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 604
Posted By Juniper

Agreed! Moving a big branch that has fallen out...

Agreed! Moving a big branch that has fallen out of tree and across the trail is one thing; 'smoothing' the trail out is another and will also frequently add to erosion problems.

Earlier this...
09-13-05, 07:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 578
Posted By Juniper

Changing tires can be one of the bestest/cheapest...

Changing tires can be one of the bestest/cheapest upgrades.
09-07-05, 01:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 984
Posted By Juniper

I think it might be more that people are puzzled...

I think it might be more that people are puzzled about how someone can smoke AND also ride hard since it's often a chest-buster just to make it up a long, steep switchback even if a person doesn't...
09-06-05, 12:52 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,322
Posted By Juniper

This would be my suggestion, also.

This would be my suggestion, also.
09-06-05, 08:56 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,059
Posted By Juniper

To answer your basic question (re: fork...

To answer your basic question (re: fork break-in); yes, in my experience there is a short period of mechanical break-in during which the fork action tends to smooth out. Also, an initial period of...
09-02-05, 01:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 44,308
Posted By Juniper

One of my riding partners bought a bike...

One of my riding partners bought a bike (Specialized Rockhopper 'medium' frame) with 24" wheels for his wife who is 5'1". She loves it! She had tried the small and extra-small 26" wheeled bikes but...
09-01-05, 12:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 859
Posted By Juniper

There are a lot of good bikes and good bike...

There are a lot of good bikes and good bike companies out there but if I had to pick the 'best all-around mtb brand' (as the poll asks) I'd pick Kona for the following reason: At any price point and...
08-31-05, 08:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 521
Posted By Juniper

Everyone starts somewhere and you're starting...

Everyone starts somewhere and you're starting right where you are. That's cool; most importantly, you are in the sport. Everyone has to keep in mind the limitations of their gear and that is...
08-31-05, 08:22 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 420
Posted By Juniper

Make sure his/her bike is working well and set up...

Make sure his/her bike is working well and set up right for him/her. Nothing turns off a first-time rider like gear that doesn't work right (mis-shifts, too tall/too short stem, crappy tires, etc). ...
08-29-05, 04:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 543
Posted By Juniper

If you're feeling bummed about having a 'girls'...

If you're feeling bummed about having a 'girls' bike, think of my friend. He bought a bike on ebay and it was an absolute beauty; except it had 24" wheels! :D He's 6'1".

You can get a decent...
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