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    Wagon Stoke

    Almost $8k off MSRP on a base model. Theyíre running an $1k extra discount for teachers (me) and other ďfront lineĒ workers.

    The sales guys said wagons are easy to discount because they sell so...
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    I officially kinda hate having to fuck with the...

    I officially kinda hate having to fuck with the clutch on my 12 spd. XT derailleur.
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    The local VW dealer offered to buy back my wife's...

    The local VW dealer offered to buy back my wife's problematic VW Alltrack so we jumped on it and its gone. It was fun, capable wagon but we were tired of constantly bringing it back to the dealer...
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    Hope crown races are split. Just plop it on and...

    Hope crown races are split. Just plop it on and go. I wish others would do this.


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    Bumping this because I'm replacing the chipped,...

    Bumping this because I'm replacing the chipped, plastic running boards on my '15 Sierra 1500 with some aftermarket nerf bars. I've seen highly reviewed ones that range from $200 to $800. Why the...
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    I've mounted a million tubeless Maxxis Minions...

    I've mounted a million tubeless Maxxis Minions with no issue but I just got one that I can't get the bead to seat. When I first put it in the rim (no tube no sealant), I noticed the bead is a good...
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    SC Hightower 2, Chromag Surface and Transition...

    SC Hightower 2, Chromag Surface and Transition TransAM all weigh in at around 30 lbs.

    My steel fat bike is a pig at 36 lbs. Ti gravel bike has gotta be in the low 20 lbs. range.




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    Iíll echo some mild frustration with the Shimano...

    Iíll echo some mild frustration with the Shimano clutch after switching to 12 speed XT this season. Iíve been cleaning/regreasing it was every couple hundred miles which isnít a big deal but you...
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    I'm at my truck, getting ready to ride when a car...

    I'm at my truck, getting ready to ride when a car with NY plates pulls up with a 4 clueless looking people. One dude asks me if its okay to hike the biking trails. The trails are open to anyone...
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    I gave up on the Reverb after I bought one new...

    I gave up on the Reverb after I bought one new for $250 then a shop rebuilt for $170 a few months later. Never again.


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    Fuck. I want one....now Sent from my...

    Fuck. I want one....now


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    I did this to an 2011ish steel mtb and rode it as...

    I did this to an 2011ish steel mtb and rode it as a gravel bike for a couple years. The geo was funky but was also kinda fun on singletrack. Gravel specific short reach drop bars helped too.

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    Yep, me too. I went to a small Dakine pack...

    Yep, me too. I went to a small Dakine pack because a lumbar pack just doesnít have enough capacity and I hate having bottles and tools on/in my frame. Small pack is better but itís still there.
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    I have a Deuter pack with a 3l bladder I user for...

    I have a Deuter pack with a 3l bladder I user for long mtb rides. Its very German and overbuilt so its a bit heavy but it has a great system that suspends the pack over you and lets air in. You can...
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    Marmot Precip is great rain jacket you can find...

    Marmot Precip is great rain jacket you can find for well under $100. I've had a few over the years and they've been solid.
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    I had a Ď15 GTI for 4 years. Absolutely loved it...

    I had a Ď15 GTI for 4 years. Absolutely loved it and regret selling it some days. It was practical enough for a daily driver with one kid and had enough space to haul necessities. It definitely had...
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    Wife gave me the kitchen pass to ride...

    Wife gave me the kitchen pass to ride Carrabassett Valley today while weíre visiting her mom near Augusta.

    I hadnít ridden there in a few years and had forgotten how amazing these trails are. ...
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    Anyone spring for the new Chromag Rift pads? ...

    Anyone spring for the new Chromag Rift pads? Thinking about a pair.


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    Itís a standard GX 11 speed so I donít believe I...

    Itís a standard GX 11 speed so I donít believe I can modify it or replace any cogs. I may be wrong but donít think itís possible. Having an XD driver limits cassette options but e13 and Garbaruk...
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    Ask the experts

    Speaking of cassettes, Iíd like to get more gear range from the standard 42t 11 speed cassette on my hardtail. It currently has an X1 derailleur that SRAM says can handle a max of a 42t cassette but...
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    Trillium got called out a few years ago for doing...

    Trillium got called out a few years ago for doing this and also paying their retail workers bartender wages minus the tips. Definitely shady, greedy stuff going on while charging upwards of $24/4...
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    Awesome ride yesterday. Always love giving...

    Awesome ride yesterday. Always love giving Millstone tours - I donít get why it doesnít get more rider traffic.

    Let me know about any upcoming Cochranís rides, always looking for an excuse to...
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    Yes, worth every penny getting this. Iíve had...

    Yes, worth every penny getting this. Iíve had great luck with the CC preload ring and Race Face cranks. Very solid and easy to set up.


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    The rain came, humidity is gone and it is...

    The rain came, humidity is gone and it is glorious.

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    I love Bond Brook. My MIL lives near Augusta so...

    I love Bond Brook. My MIL lives near Augusta so when we visit, thatís my go to riding spot. I know that sandy section well, itís a momentum killer. Great little network, fast and flowy and easy to...
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    Hot as fuck exploring RASTA trails the past...

    Hot as fuck exploring RASTA trails the past couple of days. Also, getting bit by a dog yesterday and coming up on a huge black bear today has filled my animal encounter quota for the season.
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    Pfft. Iíve been lubing my chain with snake venom...

    Pfft. Iíve been lubing my chain with snake venom for $300 an ounce.


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    Interesting perspectives on CC and similar...

    Interesting perspectives on CC and similar products. All my riding buddies use them but I donít feel the need too. Most of those dudes ride on 160mm+ bikes and have pricey carbon wheels.

    Iím not...
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    I tried an Ardent with the same results. Itís...

    I tried an Ardent with the same results. Itís the official tire of understeer.


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    Ask the experts

    I bought cheap cable cutters years ago and they were terrible. I wised up and eventually got these Park Tool ones. Theyíre great, sharp clean cut every time, they even cut hydro brake lines. Donít...
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    Thanks man, that link was incredibly helpful. ...

    Thanks man, that link was incredibly helpful. Greasing the clutch looks pretty straight forward so that'll be my short term solution. Good to know I can call Shimano and get a replacement if it...
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    Could the clutch in my 12 speed XT derailleur...

    Could the clutch in my 12 speed XT derailleur really be sticking after only 350 miles? I'm guessing this may be more than pull off the clutch cover and blast is with degreaser?

    Good timing...
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    I remember lusting after the Blur 4X back then. ...

    I remember lusting after the Blur 4X back then. I think it had a 69 HTA which was very progressive for mid 2000s. Hell, my "progressive" Transition TransAM hardtail from 2013 has a the same HTA.
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    20/20 NE - I can see clearly now

    Fast and dry at Perry Hill today. Had to watch out for moon dust berms.

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    Also managed to find somechoice Foam IPAs on the way home. Iíve had worse days.

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    I spent a good amount of time yesterday searching...

    I spent a good amount of time yesterday searching for a Microspline freehub body for a Hope hub. Nothing. All I could find were these cheap, Chinese versions which I don't trust.
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    Foam has been plentiful down near my neck the...

    Foam has been plentiful down near my neck the woods. Keep it coming.

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    Itís a new SC Hightower. It bugs the shit out of...

    Itís a new SC Hightower. It bugs the shit out of me because I had a last gen Hightower and it didnít creak once during 4 seasons of use.

    Fucked with a few things tonight and Iíll pull the free...
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    Cochranís is a gem and definitely getting crazy...

    Cochranís is a gem and definitely getting crazy popular. I attempted an ďeasyĒ ride there on Tuesday and ended up climbing 2.5k ft over 10 miles. Love it.


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    Probably the only part I haven't checked, I'll...

    Probably the only part I haven't checked, I'll give that a go later.



    Loctite on the chaining direct mount threads? I've had these creak before due it being not tight enough so it was the...
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    No, that was my first thought because it only...

    No, that was my first thought because it only creaks when I'm sitting and pedaling. I even put a new seat on and no luck.



    I'm sure I'll resort to his after a few more hours of swearing and...
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    Brand new fancy full suspension carbon frame with...

    Brand new fancy full suspension carbon frame with 300 miles on it starts creaking. BB, cranks, chainring, headset, cassette, seat and all linkage bolts removed, cleaned, grease then reinstalled.
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    Happy to give you a tour whenever. Drop me a PM,...

    Happy to give you a tour whenever. Drop me a PM, I ride there several times a week.
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    I imagine this thread is slow because everyone is...

    I imagine this thread is slow because everyone is riding, right? Nice stretch of weather lately. Barely cracked 70 the last couple days.

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    Besides being heavy as fuck, the NX on my wife's...

    Besides being heavy as fuck, the NX on my wife's bike is functional. The cassette doubles nicely as a boat anchor.
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    Iíd be curious to try the new Deore 12 speed. ...

    Iíd be curious to try the new Deore 12 speed. Thatís a slick drivetrain for the $$$.


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    I have a decent Garmin gps I use to export a gpx...

    I have a decent Garmin gps I use to export a gpx file to when I make a route. I don't do it often as I find it a PIA to be constantly checking a gps but its handy if you want to put together a big...
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    For those Strava users, the latest update to...

    For those Strava users, the latest update to their route finder differentiates between dirt and paved roads and also has a feature where you can modify a route to use as much non paved surfaces as...
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    Crazy dry, fast and dusty at Perry Hill...

    Crazy dry, fast and dusty at Perry Hill yesterday. We need rain! Never thought Iíd say that this time of year. 329889


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    I got my wife a lower spec'd Scott Scale for...

    I got my wife a lower spec'd Scott Scale for mellow rides and bike paths. Its a damn light and fast bike for only $1k - I would have to problem ripping it around as a budget XC bike.

    Getting...
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    Iíve got 2 sets of the Race Face ARC 30 rims on...

    Iíve got 2 sets of the Race Face ARC 30 rims on Hope hubs. Very solid rims, reasonably light and theyíve held up over a few seasons of daily use.

    Youíll see the RF AR rims for short money but...
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