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Newbies Corner / Re: Bad Karma
« on: August 30, 2012, 03:11:27 PM »
Yesterday on this forum I read a guy post that he was typing with his kid in his lap and the toddler might have smited someone in his random movements.

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If I recall last week we had 2 teenagers in the group.  One a kid and his father just starting out and the other a girl who is a regular of the group on a BMX bike that can pretty much smoke any of us.
 
Matthew

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Tech Bench / Re: adjust avid juicy 3's?
« on: August 23, 2012, 10:47:43 AM »
I run juicy 3's.  I have no rub.  Have you verified that your brake disk is true.  I have heard of disks warping (all brands).  If your rub is not a constant drag this could be the case.  If you have constant drag the position of the caliper can be adjusted by adding and removing little shims that position the caliper.  Not the kind of shim you are going to find at the hardware store.  Will require a trip to the bike shop.
 
Matthew

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That was a good time.  I will see you all next Tuesday.
 
Matthew

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I will hook up with the group Aug 7th then.  Sounds like it was a good time.

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Wife has informed me that I have plans this Thurs (someones birthday I am told).  I will catch you next time.

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Im up for it.  I only ride the lower sections because that 6 foot drop on the upper section scares the heck out of me.  Old guys like me don't go all X-games on the trail.  Just nail down the day and time and mention where we want to park and meet up.  I suggest meeting down by that splash and play area.  Tons of parking down there and never crowded.

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Newbies Corner / Re: Pickup bed rack
« on: June 26, 2012, 10:38:35 AM »
I purchased 2 Yakima Bedheads for transporting our bikes in a F150.  Easy installation and work great.

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Avon - Washington Township Park / Re: Trail Conditions
« on: May 29, 2012, 03:23:35 PM »
Took the bike out to Avon Sunday evening.  This was my first time to Avon this year.  Wow, the trails I rode were a bit of a mess.  First, the portion of the trail that ran along the stream is torn out, it looks like they are building another paved road where that trail was.  The little loop across the stream south of the baseball fields is overgrown.  I took one lap through it and bloodied my shins with weed/thisle slap.  The north loop along the stream that circles the free ride trail is in good condition.  That was the only section that was just as I remember from last year.  I heard that there were new trails built out by the water near the outdoor theatre but could not find them.  Did not go through the trails at the top of the park.  Perhaps the ones up top are as I remember from last year..

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Tech Bench / Re: New front derailur
« on: August 30, 2011, 02:52:00 PM »
You can mix brands.  I have SRAM X7 front shifter mated to a Shimano front derailur.

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Tech Bench / Re: Pedals
« on: June 03, 2011, 12:46:52 PM »
Crank Bros makes a pedal called the Mallet that is both a platform and a clipless pedal.  They also make the Acid which I use that is a smallish platform clipless pedal, too small for someone used to the big pedal you are used to but the mallet would do nice.

Matthew

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Rants and Raves / Re: Am I old or is it the bike?
« on: May 13, 2011, 08:52:46 AM »
Thanks for the advice and support guys.  I might have to make a little obstacle course for myself to work through this issue.  I need to find some way to get it up in the air,,,, heaven forbid I might have to slow down for obsticals  ;D

Matthew

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Rants and Raves / Am I old or is it the bike?
« on: May 12, 2011, 11:16:54 AM »
I'm just getting back into mtn biking and purchased a 29er hardtail.  I love the bike.  The other day while on a trail I tried to "hop" the bike over a fallen tree, who's trunk could not have been more than 10inches high.  Front wheel went over, but back wheel slammed into it nearly sending me over the bars.  I'm 40 years old and the last mtn bike I had was in college, it was a steel Redline with no suspension,, what you kids now call "rigid".  With that bike I could hop over anything up to 2 feet tall with out even grazing it.  The thing was a tank, easly 5 pounds more than this sweet 29er I have now, but had no problem pulling that thing into the air to avoid trail debris.  So is the problem that I'm an old fart and not the 20 something kid I was or are these 29ers regardless of weight harder to "hop" with?

Matthew "Riggs I'm to old for this sh!$"

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