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    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20210620/768fd98f...

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    New bike day for me. Ď21 Spec Fuse Expert. Shakedown ride on familiar but wet rooted slick trails, plus riding Flats...
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    Missed DH signup, though I only know the...

    Missed DH signup, though I only know the expensive big guys as an XC guy. Hoping I got some good selections, but can see kicking myself for a few of these choices shortly.


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    ^^ I know we're all joking here but anyone ever...

    ^^ I know we're all joking here but anyone ever see the BrakeAce? Raced the inventor, Matt Miller, a bit when he lived around here and trained some pretty high level athletes before he moved to NZ. ...
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    PM just sent, have 2 bikes this could go on full...

    PM just sent, have 2 bikes this could go on full or part time in either travel configuration.
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    It goes pretty far up the east coast this time of...

    It goes pretty far up the east coast this time of year as well. Tuesday morning at 6 was 72 @100% humidity. Felt like pedaling through soup. Hands were prune-y for an hour afterward... it's pretty...
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    ^^ Lol.

    ^^ Lol.
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    So if your GPS watch can display that power can...

    So if your GPS watch can display that power can it also store it and sync with your Strava or more preferably TrainingPeaks/Golden Cheetah account? If so sounds like you have a pretty decent bike...
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    and for your trails down in DE, how much locking...

    and for your trails down in DE, how much locking out do you need to do? Trails like FH and Brandywine generally want your suspension active through the roots/rocks on singletrack climbs IME, though...
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    That sux, sorry to see that! Had it happen on my...

    That sux, sorry to see that! Had it happen on my Ti frame slightly with a wheel going out of true, limped home and it was pretty well polished, but nothing like that.
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    Hilarity like taking out your rear mech or...

    Hilarity like taking out your rear mech or caliper. Have had plenty of almosts from people stacking a tech uphill, no way Iíd do it on purpose. Iím all for the passive aggressive approach if you...
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    ^^^ And if itís not quite that bad for you to...

    ^^^ And if itís not quite that bad for you to have to walk out you may get enough rub to ruin your frame.


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    Absolute truth, I did 248 rides last year and...

    Absolute truth, I did 248 rides last year and 200+ since 2015 which helps justify. Not having a 2nd bike isn't even a consideration anymore.

    3 mountain bikes (admittedly one is 11 years old but...
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    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20210608/1b4d3403...

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    Beat the heat, but definitely not the 100% humidity at 6am


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    Solo early lap


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    From GCN coverage of it, beginning he's riding 0...

    From GCN coverage of it, beginning he's riding 0 air pressure just on insert and it shows how it shrinks when aired up around 2:50. Actually looks pretty interesting, especially for serious gravel...
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    Anyone have anything they'd like to rant about?

    You’re not helping me fuel my years of not-so-much pent up annoyance and assumptions they didn’t get it right... though guess it’s good to know they may have to get their act together. Historically...
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    Snapped a tire lever trying to push pistons back...

    Snapped a tire lever trying to push pistons back in, bc Iíd rather go buy new brakes then try bleeding any SRAM garbage.

    Besides Crank Brothers which make the absolute worst shit, a bit back in #2...
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    Good timing on that video. Iím familiar w dropping bead for tough tubeless (especially road) ties, but hoping that...
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    Ridiculous! Sent from my iPhone using...

    Ridiculous!


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    Wish I could find it, but there was an...

    Wish I could find it, but there was an instruction manual meme/picture that amounted to throw the garbage Crank Brothers POS in the trash and install shimano XT.

    So many times have seen (and...
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    Sure, but for $11 pretty sure that's worth my...

    Sure, but for $11 pretty sure that's worth my $/time to just drop it in and get a go/no-go on my 5 bikes I actively ride most of the year.
    https://www.parktool.com/product/chain-wear-indicator-cc-3-2
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    Fun after dinner ride w my 8 y/o


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    Generally agree w/ Toast's list (might bump...

    Generally agree w/ Toast's list (might bump Cassette lockring tool and chainwhip higher and brake bleed kit down a few, but that's nitpicking. Will say that one of the best tools you should buy is...
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    Nice TR and that pic of the log ride up and...

    Nice TR and that pic of the log ride up and through the tree is perfect photo spot.
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    Looks like you could get away w/ 32s from that...

    Looks like you could get away w/ 32s from that angle, make sure to check the chainstay as well. As for the confidence, definitely a difference in comfort and therefore confidence on chipseal and...
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    Gravel/Bikepack nerds enter...

    Bit too much adventure from last time I road my CX/gravel bike

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    Then couldn’t get everything sorted on my fat slick...
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    ^^ That looks awesome! Horribly soaking rain...

    ^^ That looks awesome!

    Horribly soaking rain Sat/Sun this weekend lead to my kids and I binge on Remy Metailler's youtube channel. Lots of good stuff and my kids tried to mimic his french accent...
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    Have a few racer buddies who do morning...

    Have a few racer buddies who do morning long/steady-pace fasted rides and only fuel on the bike or at half-way point. I feel like shit w/o something to at least prime the pump, so will do oatmeal...
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    Never seen a Unimog in the wild on a road ride today. Rich prepper or #vanlife wannabe rich kid? Not sure, but think...
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    Not exactly dig stoke, but our trail maintenance...

    Not exactly dig stoke, but our trail maintenance crews have been disorganized since COVID and state park rules. Got sick of getting hives/pricksrs/ivy and bought a new 40V elec hedge trimmer. So...
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    ^^ yes the Racing Ralphs do surprisingly well...

    ^^ yes the Racing Ralphs do surprisingly well also and still really light in Snakeskin compound. Have not had issues flatting them mostly up front.


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    Well guess that i'll just reserve this spot for...

    Well guess that i'll just reserve this spot for bitching about it when it arrives next week then. Have put off CushCore just to avoid the notorious hassle, sounds like i may have well gone for it.
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    Completely 1st world problems, but trying to...

    Completely 1st world problems, but trying to figure out what insert to buy for my first is a bit overwhelming. All inspired by the buddies telling me Cush Core or Vittoria are the way to go, few rim...
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    Official Sprocket Rockets Training Thread

    Very much depends on the terrain and how much you like sliding through tricky terrain. For Maxxis XC tires, I was always a fan of Ardent Race up front and Ikon rear. Havenít ridden a Rekon, but...
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    Total cost 5200... $26 for stem x 200 for dental...

    Total cost 5200... $26 for stem x 200 for dental work to follow. Is pretty to look at though
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    Couldnít bring myself to do it, decided to just close the browser and go ride my bike instead


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    Comments can be entertaining in a trainwreck kind of way. What I found worse was the forums, which i quickly closed the browser window after seeing someone ask if they can just put 29" tires on a...
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    So short sighted and they must be missing a 0 in...

    So short sighted and they must be missing a 0 in that 32,000 right? I'd be furious and out for blood at town council meetings after that if that happened at my little town park or local state park....
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    Think I get it, so you go under the elevated log...

    Think I get it, so you go under the elevated log out of that berm. Looks fun, just seems like a lot of work to elevate that tree/log just to ride under it.
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    Thanks for lense suggestions, and realized I...

    Thanks for lense suggestions, and realized I didn't phrase it totally accurately. I'm not necessarily looking to find a specific replacement lenses for my Arena, but other types/modern of the same...
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    Debated putting this in the NE thread, but...

    Debated putting this in the NE thread, but context goes best here.

    What lenses are best for east coast summer canopy/deep woods?

    I broke/heavily scratched (and now can't find) my Smith Rose...
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    Trying to figure out the layout here, where does...

    Trying to figure out the layout here, where does that log 'bridge' go? Is that not complete, even if so still not sure I see it, unless it makes a 90* skinny turn to connect to the near wood...
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    This is when Type 3 fun (almost died on some epic...

    This is when Type 3 fun (almost died on some epic adventure) becomes Type 4 actually did die, and doesn't quite hold the same level of epic adventure. Tragic all around
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    Will def let you know. Have a bunch of buddies...

    Will def let you know. Have a bunch of buddies in H-burg and wife/I get down to Charlottesville for wineries sometimes as well.


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    Go forth and ride, then bring back pics

    Absolutely agree, great shot. I need to get down to VA for some riding this summer/fall.


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    Nice pictures gentlemen. I get to ride in San...

    Nice pictures gentlemen. I get to ride in San Clemente/Orange County when I visit my sister, so different from my local east coast canopy but really fun fast.
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    Is your pulley cage slightly bent/twisted? ...

    Is your pulley cage slightly bent/twisted?


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    Quite the opposite, I'm 100% taking the lane in...

    Quite the opposite, I'm 100% taking the lane in the situation I described. Granted not going to help if guy is texting and driving (which I would have gotten hit regardless), but driver would not...
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    ^^Ugh that's horrible to read that kind of story,...

    ^^Ugh that's horrible to read that kind of story, especially in a bike lane and driver under influence.

    Earlier this month had a similar situation to gravitylovers, empty backroad climb w/ very...
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    Hardtail Advice

    Iím replacing some aging gear with a Fuse which is a solid recommendation. Similar bikes to consider (if you can find) Salsa Timberjack, Santa Cruz Chameleon Aluminum, Marin San Qunentin 27.5, Kona...
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