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Tech Bench / PSA: Keep your carbon wheels away from exhaust flow!
« on: September 22, 2016, 09:37:29 AM »
Carbon wheels melt in exhaust flow.  Do not put your bike on a rack anywhere near the flow of your exhaust or it will melt the wheels on a longer drive.  This is something that I already knew.  In fact, I bought a 1UpUSA bike rack because it elevates my wheels a fair amount higher than my exhaust.  I have used this set up on a few different cars and never really had trouble until last night, apparently.  I found both of my tires flat and Enve wheels melted this morning.  Quite frustrating to say the least, especially being that it is not in direct exhaust flow, but to be fair my car has a very significantly higher exhaust volume and temperature than 99.9% of cars and I think that I brought this on myself because of that.  I plan to buy another set of Enve's, but I'll use my slightly more pedestrian car only with the 1Up rack going forward for mtb transport.  :-(

Buy, Sell, Trade / FS: Park Tool PCS-10 Bike Work Stand
« on: May 25, 2016, 04:57:51 PM »
I have an excellent condition PCS-10 work stand that I no longer need as I am converting to a wall mounted stand.  Details are at the link below.  I am located in Fishers.

$130.  PM me for questions/details.


Buy, Sell, Trade / FS: XPort Off the Wall 2 bike storage
« on: December 30, 2015, 09:54:06 AM »
This 2 bike floor to ceiling rack has worked great for me, but the new house has 11' ceilings and this will only accommodate 7-10'.  I am going to find another solution and let this one go. 

$40.  PM me.

Details here:


Find a Trail / Decent trails near Schaumburg/Rolling Meadows, IL?
« on: May 01, 2015, 07:53:09 AM »
I will be there for a few days for work and was trying to decide if I am bringing my bike. Does anyone know anything about trails there?  Someone recommended Palos trails, but it looks like it is a solid 45+ minutes away so I am not sure if I will have time to travel that far.

Tech Bench / XTR Shadow Plus (M985) derailleur early failure
« on: May 26, 2013, 05:41:41 PM »
Has anyone had issues with these new clutched rear derailleurs?  My m985 failed on me today - the chain tension spring is completely shot and won't even hold the swingarm, let alone the chain tension.  It only has probably 1300 miles on it and they are overall pretty easy miles considering Indiana trails.  I am just curious if these clutched derailleurs are causing problems with this spring or if I just hit bad luck.  Of course, I bought it somewhere online and I have no idea about a receipt, so I doubt Shimano is going to be helpful at all despite it being only a year or so old.  I will probably just end up ordering another one, but maybe I will get the one without a clutch this time.  :-\

Rants and Raves / A mountain biking milestone...
« on: September 12, 2012, 10:10:23 PM »
A good friend of mine tried to get me into mountain biking for years, but I just wasn't interested.  Shortly before my first son was born, my wife and I both decided to get bikes.  Of course, I couldn't have just any bike, I wanted a "good" mountain bike and probably like everyone else new to the sport, without spending a ton of money.  I didn't even know what good was and had never really ridden a bike in my life, but luckily another friend came to my rescue and sold me an excellent Cannondale Jekyll equipped with top end gear.  My first trip out was awesome - it was cold, starting to rain, slippery, and I was terribly slow.... it was the most fun I'd had in a long time.  I was hooked, but the season was over. 
Last year was next season and my first time ever riding with any sort of regularity.  I probably ended up doing 250ish miles for the year on the Jekyll and again, had a lot of fun.  As the season ended, I decided I wanted a new bike, so I grabbed a Cannondale RZ120.  It was already winter and the weather was not suitable for riding due to flooding, so the new bike wouldn't see any miles until spring.  I set an ambitious goal of 1000 miles on the bike for this season.  Deep down, I thought that the number was ridiculous, especially considering I would be having my second son in April and a baby and toddler both would probably be a handful.  Well, it turns out that it wasn't as crazy as I thought - miles have flown by and are 95% on singletrack around the state.  I've seen some good crashes , sometimes several times in a single lap and often every time I went out, as I've learned to deal with varying conditions, obstacles, and generally getting faster.  I've broken some parts, upgraded a lot of parts, and become very familiar with working on the bike.  The journey has brought me to my 1000 mile goal before I knew it - today was that day.  Of course, I brought the camera out with a friend to snap some pictures while we rode the lap as proof that it actually happened.  I think I'll probably still get 300+ more on the year.  I've come a long way since I started last season and definitely look forward to what I learn in the next 1000 miles.  Great times.  Some lame pictures are below.  :-)










Tech Bench / SRAM XX Crankset.... 09 vs 12?
« on: July 19, 2012, 05:26:48 PM »
I noticed some shifting problems this weekend at BCSP and it seems that my current Shimano BB30 crank is bent.  Looking for a replacement, there aren't a lot of good triple options out there, so I think I am going to suck it up and go double - something like 26/39.  I saw that Jenson has the 2009 model XX crankset on sale for $420.  Is there any real difference between the 2009 and 2012 to warrant spending the extra money?  Can I reuse my existing Shimano BB parts, assuming they're in good shape?  Any other crankset suggestions?

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