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    Funny. I use(d) hairspray quite a bit with non...

    Funny. I use(d) hairspray quite a bit with non lock ons and never had them slip... Mostly running lock ons now.

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    Don't have any experience with this but saw this...

    Don't have any experience with this but saw this is my Facebook feed and thought of this thread. Looks like it can mount either to seat stays or fork lowers. I know this is exactly what you said you...
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    I wasn't either. In my case, the shock was only...

    I wasn't either. In my case, the shock was only available in the longer stroke. I bought the shock and Manitou sent me a spacer that would reduce the travel. But as DTM pointed out, I deflated the...
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    Long shocking is essentially choosing a rear...

    Long shocking is essentially choosing a rear shock that has the same overall length but with a longer stroke than the stock shock. This gives you more travel than stock configuration but there can...
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    I'm all square at this point. Thanks. Sent...

    I'm all square at this point. Thanks.

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    I never think about this but should. Thanks for...

    I never think about this but should. Thanks for the reminder.

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    I think this is a really descent option. You can...

    I think this is a really descent option. You can get most/all of the wide range availability with 10 or 11 speed - not necessary to go straight to 12. The microshift is reasonable priced and weight...
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    Anybody have a Smith code?

    Looking to buy a new mtb helmet.

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  9. Just closing the loop on this one. Ended up with...

    Just closing the loop on this one. Ended up with a SRAM Red crank and a new Quarq DZero PM spider. The interesting thing for me was recognizing that the difference in weight between the Red crank...
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    I figured. Mine was as well. :-) It is kind of...

    I figured. Mine was as well. :-) It is kind of funny that it *almost* matches SRAM's model assignments though.
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    Got my first ride in with the power meter. This...

    Got my first ride in with the power meter. This one was focused on just making sure that it worked - I didn't do any VO2 or Threshold-specific training. It got me thinking about a few things:

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    I thought XT was just a little better than XO and...

    I thought XT was just a little better than XO and not as good as XX?

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  13. I'll take the Rock Razor. Have been wanting to...

    I'll take the Rock Razor. Have been wanting to try that one out. PM incoming.
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    Bumping this back up. I ended up picking up a...

    Bumping this back up. I ended up picking up a set of SRAM Red cranks for my gravel bike and have a perfectly good SRAM Force 1 crank in a box. I could sell it, but they have a much straighter crank...
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    WTB: 26" Size Small for grom

    Hey,

    Looking for a size Small hardtail (or light full suspension) 26" bike for my 9yo. His younger sister and brother will be inheriting this bike when he's done so I'm looking for something that...
  16. I have a few Yakima Frontloaders (1st pic) that...

    I have a few Yakima Frontloaders (1st pic) that are really good for this. They adjust for all wheel sizes from about 16" on up and grab the wheel, not the frame or come in contact with the fork. They...
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    Found a good deal on a barely used crank. Seller...

    Found a good deal on a barely used crank. Seller extended a good shop discount on a power meter as well.https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20210829/75ecb2db146f296b8b74d58b61613552.jpg

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    Just jumping in here to say thanks to the...

    Just jumping in here to say thanks to the collective for the advice and the training plan. The "Last Best Ride" was today and it went great. I took the last two weeks super easy and I was rested,...
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    As a Montana native I would appreciate knowing...

    As a Montana native I would appreciate knowing what ride that is prior to it being recommended to me. :-)
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    I totally agree. Funny how memory works - it...

    I totally agree. Funny how memory works - it takes a while to forget the difficulty but you tend to remember the high points. There's a ski tour like that that I'm ready to go back and do again. ...
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    Some really fun, technical riding - steep, loose,...

    Some really fun, technical riding - steep, loose, and rocky. Cool ridge-line riding in spots, marshy in some areas, very different than a lot of riding in this area.

    There was also a ton of...
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    Ralph Thayer Memorial...

    Ralph Thayer Memorial...
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    Here are two pictures of the crank arms installed...

    Here are two pictures of the crank arms installed on my Hightower and my Diverge. I suppose I'm not looking for an absolute Q factor number but wondering whether my knees would be better if I could...
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    I *might* have something also. I'll try to...

    I *might* have something also. I'll try to remember to take a look when I get home tonight. I sold the fat bike but think I have a few things (tubes, for example) laying around.
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    What's your Q Factor?

    I recently took an older SRAM XO carbon crank, swapped the spindle for a wider one, and installed it on my trail bike. The crank arms have a much more significant flare/jog from the BB spindle to...
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    Got a good storm cycle that cleared the smoke. ...

    Got a good storm cycle that cleared the smoke. First precip for several months. I didn't even mind getting hailed on - just stopped and looked out over the valley thankful for the moisture.
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    This might be short sighted, but I honestly never...

    This might be short sighted, but I honestly never feel it. My eyes get dry, but that's about it. Over the last few years living in NW Montana we have had bad fire years. Unless it is over 200 I am...
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    All good thoughts. The current XT 2 pistons are...

    All good thoughts. The current XT 2 pistons are going to go on my wife's bike and I got word back from TRP that the pistons can go right back in without issue. I'm going to give them a shot (since...
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    Additional thought - haven't I read on here that...

    Additional thought - haven't I read on here that all shimano levers are essentially the same? I.e. can I just install a 4 piston caliper with my existing levers? Is there value in upgrading the...
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    Finned pads - yes. 203 rotor on the back - not...

    Finned pads - yes. 203 rotor on the back - not yet. In the overall stopping power percentages I have been assuming that rear braking power is significantly less effective than front. It has been a...
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    Pistons, yes. I'll try to upload a picture later...

    Pistons, yes. I'll try to upload a picture later this evening.
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    203 up front and 180 out back. Metallic pads.

    203 up front and 180 out back. Metallic pads.
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    School me on 4-pistons

    Looking for info on 4-piston brakes. I'm finding that I'm starting to outrun my 2-pistons a bit and doing bigger descents (3000-4000+ vert) so looking to upgrade to 4-pistons. I have Shimano on...
  34. Thank you both. Trip got postponed but I'll...

    Thank you both. Trip got postponed but I'll stick these in the back pocket (along with my visor that fell off during my ride today).

    Seth
  35. Missoula mags - afternoon/evening gravel/xc ride recommendation?

    I am probably heading to Missoula this afternoon and am thinking of bringing the gravel bike with me. I'm looking for a good workout. Will do either Threshold or VO2 intervals this afternoon and...
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    What day did you ride? We were out there last...

    What day did you ride? We were out there last Friday. Such a fun ride.

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    Ha! Yeah, I suppose that I could have posed that...

    Ha! Yeah, I suppose that I could have posed that question a bit better. :-)



    When I go out on a 1-2 hour ride I think the thought process of "yeah, I'm thirsty, but I can make the next 45...
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    Did a big ride this past weekend and had a few...

    Did a big ride this past weekend and had a few observations to share and questions to ask! The ride was a combo of a big backcountry mountain bike ride and a road/gravel ride home from the mountain...
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    PVC was the ticket. Took a while, some...

    PVC was the ticket. Took a while, some penetrating oil and even some time in the freezer. Looked like some loctite red or other adhesive in there.

    Everything swapped but how to get the plastic...
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    Thanks a ton. I've been very consistent in my...

    Thanks a ton. I've been very consistent in my training - feeling really good and enjoying the process. Thanks for all of the great advice and answers to questions you've given. I'm learning a ton....
  41. The more I consider the SRAM red crank and spider...

    The more I consider the SRAM red crank and spider the less I'm certain that it will work. However, I ran across another spider for sale which appears to be the one pictured. My *hope* is that this...
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    How recent?
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    Now that I'm getting a bit closer to the ride,...

    Now that I'm getting a bit closer to the ride, I'm doing a better job of aiming for and hitting my training targets, durations, and zones. I'm trying to stay primarily in Z2 and Z4/Z5. How does...
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    What are you using to fuel? I'm sure that I'm...

    What are you using to fuel? I'm sure that I'm not fueling enough, but I need to do the math. What kinds of food are you eating? How often? My current training has me drinking at least every 15...
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    HAB/DH - Thanks! This was the approach I was...

    HAB/DH - Thanks!

    This was the approach I was using last night but hadn't put it in a vice yet - just resting against my wooden work bench

    Seth
  46. Talk me through this statement. My current...

    Talk me through this statement. My current understanding is that in the world of Power Meters you have roughly: Pedal<Crank Arm<Spider (Pedals being least accurate/precise). I have no idea where the...
  47. SRAM Red crank to replace SRAM Force crank?

    I've been looking for a good way to add a power meter to my Gravel bike for training. I've been looking at different options that are out there but it seems as though Quarq is generally considered...
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    The spindle arrived yesterday. I pulled the cap...

    The spindle arrived yesterday. I pulled the cap from the non-drive side but the spindle is still really tight. Any suggestions on a good way to remove the spindle without damaging the arm?

    Sent...
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    I appreciate the thought process. I'm splitting...

    I appreciate the thought process. I'm splitting the 12 hour ride with a riding buddy so I'll really probably only be doing 6 hours of riding (give or take) but the mileage and vert is probably...
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    Been doing the training plan for a few cycles and...

    Been doing the training plan for a few cycles and liking it. I've been looking at adding a "fun" week in there between the Intensity week and the volume week, but otherwise am liking the structured...
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