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Added reply in a thread What body armor do you wear for DH?? 12/1/2020 3:23 PM

I wear a full front/back chest protector when I ride MX, because if the bike lands on me I get squished like a PB&J in a kindergartner's lunch bag. I also don't want footpegs or handlebars crushing my sternum or breaking ribs or spine. The MTB is ... more »

Added reply in a thread Tubeless help, please! (Update) 11/20/2020 1:34 PM

^ I'm doing a similar thing; the valves I bought have a choice of seat options and I tried the block instead of the cone. It basically mashes a large, rectangular area on the inside of the rim bed instead of trying to plug the stem hole. It is covering ... more »

Added reply in a thread Do nothing wrong... Unicorn Days? 11/18/2020 3:50 PM

Not on a bicycle, but I've had days like that a few times on the MX bike. It was like I had magic tires or something.

Added reply in a thread Tubeless help, please! (Update) 11/16/2020 9:45 AM

PS- yes, I ran tubes in my wheels for two+ years because I was so frustrated trying to get tubeless to work!

Added reply in a thread Tubeless help, please! (Update) 11/16/2020 9:44 AM

UPDATE: I finally got it to work! I had been using the cheap "universal" tubeless valves and the air was escaping around the valve stem. Gushing out, in fact. I bought a new Stan's universal valve some time ago thinking it would help, but I was having ... more »

Added reply in a thread The mostest for the leastest. 11/3/2020 1:21 PM

29" seems to be where all the bikes are going. I ride a 27.5" and my next bike will definitely be a 29er. I run Yamalube at 36:1, BTW. :-)

Added reply in a thread Bike cleaner. 11/2/2020 4:00 PM

I switched over to the cheap car wash soap recently and I love it. $10 for a big bottle at AutoZone.

Added reply in a thread The mostest for the leastest. 10/30/2020 4:11 PM

100% agree on the dropper post. Do not buy a bike without one. In fact, buy a dropper post with a bike attached.

Added reply in a thread A Cautionary Story 10/28/2020 11:54 AM

Good luck and God bless.

Added reply in a thread The mostest for the leastest. 10/27/2020 9:36 AM

You are speaking my language! I want great performance for less $. Here are some options: 1) Used, as you mentioned. 2) Direct-to consumer brand. (Commencal, Canyon, YT.) You can get a lot of bang for the buck with $2500 on one of those. You said no ... more »

Added reply in a thread Formula hubs - replacing bearings 10/21/2020 1:47 PM

The bearings are pressed in pretty tightly and I could not get them out. I gave them a few good whacks but I did not want to destroy the wheel build, either. As it turns out, I discovered hairline cracks in the rims near the spokes too, so I'm just going ... more »

Added reply in a thread Are Global DH Bikes Sales Falling? 10/20/2020 8:49 AM

I can't afford two bikes, so I bought one which I can pedal and also do 99% of what I'd ever want to do at the bike park. Could I go faster on a DH the one or two times a year that I make it to the lifts? Yes, but it's simply not worth the outlay. I ... more »

Added reply in a thread Sharp knobs or compound? 10/6/2020 3:25 PM

A bald tire will still have grip on smooth surfaces, as long as the compound is soft enough. I say it depends on your surface. If you have loamy, loose dirt, then a sharp edge is more important. Harder, smoother dirt is the domain of soft compounds.

Added reply in a thread HELP: Noise from rear Axle when pedaling 10/5/2020 3:48 PM

X2 on the hub bearings. Mine are going out and the first thing I noticed was the noise. It isn't obnoxiously loud, but it sounds like rocks grinding together.

Added reply in a thread Pedal Drag 10/5/2020 3:47 PM

Hmmm. Since I was a kid, I've always gone "outside peg down" in the turns and pedaled out. I'm not 100% sure, but I don't think I can imagine pedaling ANY bike through a corner without getting a full-on pedal strike on the inside pedal. The closest I ... more »

Added reply in a thread Mountain bikes and inerters? 10/1/2020 3:45 PM

^ Huh. I wonder if the rear triangle could be made out of something similar to make a longer, slacker bike more "poppy." Best of both worlds, so to speak.

Added reply in a thread How do you clean/lube your chain? 9/9/2020 9:49 AM

I just use a household plastic-bristled brush and the suds from my bike wash. I scrub by holding the brush on top of the chain where it leaves the cassette and pedal forward so the chain comes through the brush (bike on a stand, obviously.) Then I dry ... more »

Added reply in a thread Great American Outdoors Act - Good or Bad? 8/5/2020 2:29 PM

Not in MY backyard, in other words. I'm a proponent of extracting our own resources from our own lands whenever possible. Clearly, there needs to be a balance between resources and national parks/wilderness, but it is patently unfair for the USA to be ... more »

Added reply in a thread Fox and Slik Graphics 7/28/2020 1:46 PM

Slik doesn't get to make an offer, no matter how reasonable they think it is. Fox gets to decide what their license is worth.