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Rants and Raves / The dropper post: reinvented
« on: June 20, 2015, 02:52:37 PM »
Tired of paying $300-$400 for the old tech that's been around for years and offered by name brands in the cycling industry that you trust? Get the latest and greatest for less. Note: may require upgrading your ride to a hybrid.
For something a bit more useful, see this project: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dustydynamics/shockwiz-automated-suspension-tuning-for-mountain
I have WTS (Wet Trail Syndrome)

Rants and Raves / Five Ten fans (or platform pedalers)
« on: January 23, 2015, 11:22:10 PM »
If you haven't kept an eye on the closeouts offered direct from 5.10 then it may be worth a look. I'd poked around there months ago but nothing at that time was a match for my size or preference. Not everything is cheaper on Amazon, but you will pay shipping from CA buying direct. I paid about $15 shipping for 3 pairs (one is a gift!)


~Yet another Dave

Tech Bench / Question re: shifter compatibility
« on: July 18, 2014, 10:32:07 PM »
Looking to clarify options as I've probably simplified it too much in my head.

I have an older bike with a 3x7 drivetrain. The front shifter is shot and needs to be replaced. Assuming I get proper cable length and handlebar diameter fit, beyond that wouldn't any 3x front shifter be able to be installed on that bike? If not, what am I missing/why not? I would expect to leave the front derailleur intact and not change it out.

Even if this is correct and a workable solution, any additional considerations I should bear in mind?

Thanks for your input.

~Yet another Dave

Rants and Raves / Missing a grip lock ring?
« on: June 01, 2014, 08:04:54 PM »
Found on North Tower loop at BCSP on Saturday. Not a high ticket item I know, but if you haven't bought another set yet, tell me what color and brand you're missing and maybe I can get it back to you. Sorry, no end-cap to be found.

~Yet another Dave

Rants and Raves / Women's mountain bike names
« on: April 13, 2014, 10:42:39 AM »
Anyone else notice the pattern?

Giant Lust
Trek Lush
Diamondback Lux

Any others out there? What else could they use?


I've decided to attend the May session and need to secure some accommodations as I don't care to drive down and back each day from Indy. Not knowing this far out what the weather will be like, I'm hesitant to commit to regular camping. I'm a wuss like that I guess. :)

There are still rustic cabins available, so if anyone is looking to split the cost of a couple of nights, let me know.


~Yet another Dave

Rants and Raves / Terre Haute bike park design approved
« on: March 26, 2014, 02:29:22 PM »
Maybe I missed the news somewhere else on here, but this is exciting to me even with a 90-minute drive:


I am and I'm sure others will be pumped to read about it.

~Yet another Dave

Rants and Raves / Keep it secret, keep it safe
« on: February 07, 2014, 02:33:06 PM »
This could come in handy for our bikes if done right, and we all preferred Apple products:  www.thetileapp.com

It's no GPS, but it's fairly inexpensive. Crowd-finding on the cheap.

~Yet another Dave

Tech Bench / Need assistance identifying dimensions
« on: December 06, 2013, 09:28:17 PM »
So I stepped out of my house and into what looked like the 4th...

Actually, I thought the remote lockout clamp screw on my fork was merely loose, but now it is definitely gone. I'm not keen on buying an entire kit just for the screw, and all I got from the RS/Sram parts catalog is that it uses a 2mm allen wrench on the head. I realize disassembly for matching at a store and reinstalling is an option but I'd like to avoid that. I am hoping someone can identify the dimensions of the black allen screw in this image:

My collection of PC screws is useless, paintball selection doesn't quite match, R/C bits were stolen long ago, and my bike-specific screw assortment is minimal but growing little by little.

Thanks for any help you can offer.

~Yet another Dave

Rants and Raves / What are your riding goals? How are you progressing?
« on: August 15, 2013, 01:55:14 AM »
This question goes out to anyone and everyone. I know there's a mix of riders here with different backgrounds and interests, many who ride for fun, others with a destiny on the podium somewhere, but whether it be your seasonal guiding light or an incremental achievement you pursue, I'm curious what you are striving to achieve. Obviously there is no right or wrong answer, but I think it will be interesting and should fuel some ideas and aspirations (or means to an end) which some of us hadn't considered yet.
A little background (not required in your answer) about myself:
43 years old, 70lbs overweight when I started riding this year, hadn't been on a bike but a half dozen times in 15 years (sickening huh?)
My underlying motivation for riding is to lose weight and have fun doing it, then remain fit and have more fun riding for years to come because I lost that weight. I ride at Fort Ben primarily due to proximity, and have been collecting ride data in Strava. Since the beginning of June I've cut my Schoen Creek time down by over 30%, went from walking my bike through nearly every technical element on that trail and stopping 1/3 of the way through every lap to catch my breath to now riding over all technical elements and completing a lap without stopping. (trust me, I feel pathetic knowing others do multiple laps without missing a beat)
Ongoing goals
  • Continue to lose 1-2 lbs per week
  • Shave more time off Schoen Creek laps - striving for 17-18 minutes per
  • Ride 2, then 3 laps without a break through improved cardio fitness and more efficient breathing
  • Perfect my pedaling timing/improve peripheral awareness of immediate ground clearance
  • Master downhill switchbacks where I can ride them confidently at good, controlled speed
  • Improve skills at clearing log obstacles, preferably to bunnyhop them all eventually
  • Relearn how to ride a wheelie
  • Use my brakes more appropriately
  • Be disciplined about my diet so it can augment my biking workout
  • Take advantage of terrain features and pump effectively whenever possible
  • Expand my riding experience to trails I haven't ridden, both in-state and out
  • Become more familiar with my bike's mechanics and dial it in further to suit my riding preferences
  • Stay loose and relaxed on my bike
  • Gain general knowledge and experience in how to ride safer, with more grace, at a comfortable speed, while being confident in tackling any situation on the trail
  • Continue to enjoy greeting and meeting people of all types on the trails
Loftier goals
  • Take a few bike maintenance training sessions, possibly a more in-depth or personalized class
  • Get mountain bike riding instruction in a multi-day/camp scenario from a seasoned pro- preferably before I develop really bad riding habits
  • Make a road trip to a downhill biking resort and go full-face for a day or two, without injury
  • Find a dirt pump track/bike park closer than Chicago for regular visits since building one in my backyard isn't an option
  • Get more sleep
I look forward to hearing what others are looking to accomplish- I'm sure someone has an item or two I could add to my list!
~Yet another Dave

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