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Added a comment about video Video Comparison of RockShox Bottomless Rings in a Monarch Shock 7/1/2015 9:16 AM
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Hi Alon, I've been adjusting volume for years with different materials. The latest, a thin plastic packaging that comes with Specialized tires. Some say use part of a tube, but I wonder about the compressiveness of the material. Others say P-tex ski base repair material, which would work very well. Just don't use oil as it can migrate to the negative spring.

Don't use anything that can dissolve in oil.

Cut to fit, then cut to how you want the spring to behave.

Obviously the manufacturer's parts are the best solution, but in their absence these solutions work well.

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Added a comment about video Video Comparison of RockShox Bottomless Rings in a Monarch Shock 6/30/2015 8:38 PM
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Nice, thanks!

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Added a comment about video First Laps on Velosolutions Asphalt BMX Pump Track in Grenchen 6/29/2015 3:18 PM
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I actually like the idea of scooter and skate boarders using the track. A recent track I saw being built was using a hardening agent (probably a light concrete mix). My plan is to get the local teenagers involved in the maintenance, so they have "ownership" (respect the track), and engagement with the city/community. It could be good experience for them.

I dig those Progressive Pump Tracks, but am less hot on "falling off" when getting off line (thinking of beginners and kids).

Thanks for the info!

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Added a comment about video First Laps on Velosolutions Asphalt BMX Pump Track in Grenchen 6/29/2015 1:44 PM
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Anyone know why the track had to be asphalt? I can see sustainability. Low maintenance. Perhaps it rains a lot there?

I working on getting a bike park built in my local city and am wondering about the pros and cons of asphalt.

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Great looking track!

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Liked a comment on the item Off-Axis 1080 on a Townie Bike. World First? 6/22/2015 4:02 PM

Added a comment about video Video Comparison of RockShox Bottomless Tokens in a Pike Fork 6/19/2015 7:52 AM
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Well done.

I have to admit, there is less of a difference than I expected, but then this is just a rough visual. I'm sure it feels much different on the bike.

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Added reply in a thread Biking injuries 6/18/2015 3:34 PM

I had vertigo from a hard crash on the cruiser coming home from the bar. A continuing theme of my own stupidity. Ha Ha. The vertigo part is scary as fuck. YouTube has videos of physical therapist showing the movements of the head to get the crystals ... more »

Added reply in a thread Biking injuries 6/18/2015 3:29 PM

Speed kills. At least injures. For me, the vector of speed corresponds directly with the severity of injury. Sounds simple, but it took me a while, and many injuries, and lots of $$$ to figure this out. So I had to change my riding from pinning to flowing, ... more »

Added a comment about video 10 Year Old Jumps 10 Meters - Bodhi Kuhn on Joy Division 6/18/2015 8:17 AM
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Nice and smooth, Bodhi! Impressive.

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Added a comment about slideshow RACE DAY 1 of 2 - Enduro World Series, Tweedlove, Scotland 5/30/2015 9:47 PM
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Great photos and story as always! Looking forward to tomorrow, sounds nasty.

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Added a comment about news blog Richie Rude and Tracy Moseley Lead EWS Tweedlove After Day 1 5/30/2015 9:23 PM
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Agreed. I've been to enduros and have been blown away by the elevation gain over a day. Maybe I am missing the point of the "controversy", maybe it is about having toasted legs and piling on more? Or is it about the great descender POed that the great legs can put some time on them? IDK.

IMHO, it is the race, it is what is in front of you, and you let your race performance speak for you rather than creating a "controversy", or is that the media making more than what is there?

Someone enlighten me.

I have to say, I am most impressed that these riders can PIN so many miles of DH with very little pre-ride. That takes incredible skills.

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Added a comment about news blog Richie Rude and Tracy Moseley Lead EWS Tweedlove After Day 1 5/30/2015 12:28 PM
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Awesome for Rude, I hope he can piece it all together.

Re; controversy, I thought Enduro was marketed as mountain biking, as in riding to the top and pinning it down with your buds, even if it is a down with a lot of peddally bits. I did not know that Enduro is now wanting to be a downhill stage race. Did something shift?

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Added a comment about photo Rachel Walker's Hope'd-out Juliana 5/29/2015 8:52 PM
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So cool!

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Added a comment about press release SRAM Introduces the New RAIL 40 Wheelset 5/1/2015 4:27 PM
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You cannot use those trademarks. I patented the assembly of letters to make words.
(contact me for licensing)

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Trade Mark it All, We Did Not Actually Change Anything, Who Are These Kooks, Branding By a First Grader

Added a comment about video How Fast Can You Really Descend on an XC Bike? 4/28/2015 4:21 PM
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As a single speed racer (retired!) and someone who loves the descents - races are won and lost on the climbs. You can gain or lose many seconds on a single climb, the difference in seconds between an average rider descending and an expert is just a few seconds. I thought I would kill the other XC racers on the descents to a good finish, but instead I got schooled.

So the descents are for recovery. With the exception of making the race fun (when you are hating life) and a railing descent can pump some adrenelin for some relief.

Personally, I would huck everything I could, because if it wasn't fun, what is the point?

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Liked a comment on the item First Look: The Biggest Dinner Plate Yet - OneUp Introduces 45 Tooth Sprocket for Shimano Cassettes 4/28/2015 12:35 AM

Your weight whinge doesn't add up. One of the only issues with 1x11 is top speed. I think this is more about be able to run a bigger ring up front, rather than an easier climbing gear. There are a load of advantages to using 1x11 (or...more

Added a comment about feature First Look: The Biggest Dinner Plate Yet - OneUp Introduces 45 Tooth Sprocket for Shimano Cassettes 4/28/2015 12:06 AM
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Have you picked up an XX1 or XTR cassette? They are freaky light. You will lose, what, 25g by going to a more compact cassette? Sounds like a win.

I think I have lost 1 chain in a year... But I opted for not just the narrow-wide but the tall tooth ring (BlackSpire), no chainguide for me, so YMMV.

I love my 1x (with cheater ring for the big mountain days). And if you can't spin a 30t up to 30-40mph on a downhill, you don't know how to pedal at a high cadence. It just takes a quick burst and gravity takes over.

Rock your 2x. More power to you. Bikes are fun. Get over it.

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PS: The real story is about the patent and how it might effect future innovation in 3rd party cassette development.

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Added a comment about feature First Look: 2016 Shimano Deore XT 4/15/2015 9:39 PM