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Hayes Arboretum Trails (Coming Soon) / Hayes MTB Trail Update
« on: February 15, 2017, 12:31:46 PM »
We have done some extensive work to Hayes over the past few years and there are now about 6.5 miles of singletrack and 3+ miles of gravel fire roads open to mountain bikes. 

Check out our FaceBook page for trail status and updates: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HayesArbMBT/

And check us out on MTB Project:

Buy, Sell, Trade / Redline D660 Carbon 29er $1200 obo
« on: November 10, 2016, 07:18:37 AM »
Selling my carbon 29er, just doesn't get rode anymore.  17" frame, one season of riding, in really good condition.  New tires, chain and wheel bearing installed in May 16.  Currently set up as a 1x10, however all parts to convert back to a 2x10 will be included.  Full SLX drive train and brakes, WTB wheel set, Rock Shox Reba. See link to manufacturer website and spec.   I can send pictures via txt. 


Bike is in Richmond however I will travel to meet if serious buyer.


Hayes Arboretum Trails (Coming Soon) / Hayes Needs Help!
« on: March 27, 2015, 07:10:15 AM »
Hayes Arboretum did some preventative logging over the winter to take down Ash trees.  As a result, the trail system is in pretty bad shape.  Think massive tree tops, tractor tire tracks, and craters.  A small group of local riders has invested time in getting the trail back into rideable condition, but we still need help.  There is another big trail work day scheduled for Saturday March,28th.  We hope to have the existing trail completely cleared of debris by the end of Saturday.  Once the trail is open and dry, we need tires on the trail!  You can follow the progress and find trail conditions here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/186388321409113/   or search Facebook for Richmond Adventure Mountain Bikers

Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Racing single speed
« on: January 26, 2015, 10:38:15 AM »
is there a single speed class in the DINO series?  Or are there any others out there raceing a single speed in the series? My first year racing and as of now I only own a singe speed bike. I am trying to decide on buying a new bike for racing or just committing to the single speed. Thanks

Versailles State Park / Versailles Single Speed Gearing
« on: October 07, 2014, 07:03:51 AM »
I plan to hit Versailles this fall, what gear ratio are the singlespeed guys running?  I currently run 32x18 on my 29er and it works for me most places. 

Tech Bench / Chain Tension
« on: October 11, 2013, 08:08:56 AM »
I am new to the single speed world and have been enjoying my Monocog Flight 29er this summer, the bike is almost totally maintenance free when comparing it to my geared rides.  However, I have a question about chain tension on a single speed, currently my chain has some play I can move it up or down about 1/4".  It doesn slip, slap, or skip so I have not added any tension.  How tight are the other single speed guys running their chains?

Tech Bench / Seized Bottom Bracket
« on: September 11, 2013, 08:15:05 AM »
My dad loves his '96 Giant Sedona which is a steel framed mtb that I have converted into a hybrid.  It needed a new bottom bracket, and that is where my problems began.  I can't tell you if the crank has ever been off this bike, so right off the bat the threads pulled out of the drive side crank arm.  I had to beat the crank arm with a dead blow hammer and in the process destroyed the crank, good thing I have a spare.  So now I can't get the bottom bracket to move, the non-drive side cup is froze solid. I have soaked it with PB blaster for the past two days and still no luck.  Any ideas?

The trails here in Richmond are in great shape today, if you are close by come ride.  The trailhead location can be found here:

Tech Bench / SRAM X7 vs. X9
« on: May 31, 2012, 05:38:16 AM »
I mangled my rear derailleur last night on a hidden stump along a trail at Hueston Woods.  I was able to bend it back and finish out my ride but I think this may be a good excuse for me to ditch the 2007 era XT derailleur and shifters.  I am looking at the X7 and X9 combos available online and there is a pretty sizable difference in cost.  Can anyone provide advice on these?  Other than a few grams in weight, what is the difference between these two?

Tech Bench / 20" Tubes
« on: April 25, 2012, 01:42:45 PM »
I have deceided to give tubeless a try this season. I think I am going to give the cut tube method a try.  Anyone aware of bike shops in the area that carry 20" presta tubes in stock?  I hate to have to order tubes online.  Thanks

Tech Bench / Help choosing a wheelset
« on: December 12, 2011, 07:22:31 AM »
I am in the market for a new wheelset for my 26" hardtail.  I built this bike to be my race bike last summer.  Right now I am running a heavy wheelset from my FS bike.  I am running a XT hub Rhyno Lite wheelset.  I have budgeted around $300 for this new wheelset and have been looking at the Easton XC Two and a Mavic 717/XT hub wheelset.  They both can be purchased for about the same price. 
My goal is something lighter than the Rhyno Lite wheelset.  Any thoughts or suggestions of other wheelsets I should look at?
Thanks is advance.

Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Winter Training
« on: November 15, 2011, 04:30:00 PM »
I was just wondering what everyone will be doing this winter to stay in shape for racing season next year.  I cross country ski when there is enough snow, snowboard every weekend at Perfect North, and run 3 or 4 days a week.  This year I purchased a trainer and plan to spend some time using it when its just too nasty to run.  Are there any free fitness programs available for cyclists?  I would like to tailor my training this winter towards mountain bike racing. 

Tech Bench / Crank Brothers Candy 2s
« on: October 17, 2011, 07:55:07 AM »
I just bought a pair of Candy 2s this weekend.  I have never used Crank Brother pedals in the past I have always had Shimano or Shimano clones.  I first attached my cleats to my shoes without the shim that comes with the pedals and I couldn't get my left foot to engage, the right went in without much effort.  So I attached the shim as the instructions tell you to do if you can't get clipped in and now the left will engage but the right foot feels loose in the pedal.  Anyone have any advice beyond what is included in the instructions, also are most people running them at the 15 or 20 degree release angle?  Thanks in advance.

Tech Bench / Problems with new chain and cassette
« on: August 12, 2011, 06:53:53 PM »
I just installed a new chain and cassette and now my front derailleur is way out of adjustment. Can the new parts be effecting my driveline? Any ideas?

Find a Ride / Kayak rental
« on: July 10, 2011, 09:44:32 AM »
Does anyone know where to rent a few kayaks for a weekend? I am not looking to float a specific river just have full access to the kayak.

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