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    Quote Originally Posted by Iowagriz View Post
    Anyone have feedback on the Garmin 530?

    I'm still on the old 500, was going to get the Wahoo Roam, but read the reviews at DC Rainmaker and the 530 seems to be a better product for $100 cheaper.

    When I buy a new one, I assume that the firmware gets updated when I initialize out of the box, right? Do I need to worry about the stock on the dealers shelf being stale in anyway?
    I've had one for about a year and a half. It's got wifi & bluetooth, so you set it up via your phone and it connects on its own after that to your home wifi and grabs firmware updates that way. The 530 generally is more accurate than my phones (Pixel 3 then iPhone SE), just eyeballing the Strava tracks. I ride with gloves, so am glad I got it over a touchscreen for the buttons. After about a year, I had an issue where my screen died but the unit was still alive. Garmin warrantied it without any hassle. My biggest complaint is that the LiveTrack / Strava Beacon seem kind of spotty. My wife complains that more often than not, my track will go for about a block from my house then stop and never update again. I can't pin down why it seems so flaky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toast2266 View Post
    Marginally relevant anecdote: I've rebuilt plenty of Times. Not a big deal at all, if you have the appropriate parts. The springs don't have much tension on them when they're at rest, so it's not difficult. Extra easy on ones with a tension adjustment.

    No idea if any of that applies to shimanos.
    That's funny - I was gonna write the same thing. Which is maybe why I've stuck with Time all these years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dfinn View Post
    What is the 2nd small crush washer for in fox seal kits? I replaced the seals in my 36 last night in prep for selling a bike, it's obvious where the 1 big and 1 small crush washer go when putting things back together but I had a 2nd small crush washer left over.
    The second small crush washer is for Rhythm level 36ís. They use two 10mm foot nuts while the nicer stuff has one 10mm and one 15mm foot nut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackstraw View Post
    Screws and the washer thingy come with rotors.
    OK..Thanks very much. New 29er rims for the hightower. Will be sort of like a new bike. Figured might's well replace the rotors too.

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    Re: nutrition.

    https://www.tailwindnutrition.com/sh...SAAEgJQkPD_BwE

    This is by far the best stuff Iíve used. Iíve used it in 20-40 mile trail running races, long ski tours, long bike rides, etc.and consume mostly just Tailwind mixed with my water. Easy on the stomach and I can go forever on this stuff. The Rebuild is where the real magic is though. Drink that after crushing yourself and youíre ready again tomorrow.


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    Quote Originally Posted by hick View Post
    Re: nutrition.

    https://www.tailwindnutrition.com/sh...SAAEgJQkPD_BwE

    This is by far the best stuff I’ve used. I’ve used it in 20-40 mile trail running races, long ski tours, long bike rides, etc.and consume mostly just Tailwind mixed with my water. Easy on the stomach and I can go forever on this stuff. The Rebuild is where the real magic is though. Drink that after crushing yourself and you’re ready again tomorrow.


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    No offense hick, but since I'm up and preaching, I will point out that this is almost exactly the same as skratch and clif, and very similar to gatorade endurance and osmo. Normalized to 22g of carbs like the others I listed the calories are identical, sodium and potassium are closer to the low ones. They all still have mag and calcium. All that is different between the 5 is slightly different listed sugars, but since there are so many ways to list sugars they are likely all about the same there as well.

    All you are doing with this is mixing it a little heavier and getting more calories out of it per oz of water. Which, great if it works for you, but I do not recommend that for hard efforts unless they have limited time and are absolutely on the rivet the entire time.

    Sorry to crusade a little here, but the sports world is just full of this stuff - people listing their drinks and foods as miracles. Many of them even think it is. The nutritionists know better. Almost all of it is pretty much the same, and this stuff fits under that category.

    I always hate to see people spending a fortune on hydration drinks when there are very inexpensive options that would work just as well, or better, if they just new how to mix it to get what they want.

    Oh - I didn't address the rebuild. Those are pretty much all interchangeable as well within a few different categories, but that's not addressed in these numbers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andeh View Post
    I've had one for about a year and a half...
    Thanks for that info. Good point on the touchscreen and gloves for the next model up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EWG View Post
    Sorry to crusade a little here, but the sports world is just full of this stuff - people listing their drinks and foods as miracles. Many of them even think it is. The nutritionists know better. Almost all of it is pretty much the same, and this stuff fits under that category.
    The main point I take from that is that it doesn't matter what you consume as long as you're taking in sufficient calories and fluids. A lot of people probably have issues with this. I know I do.

    I tried a few different things years ago and didn't find any of them really worked better than eating normal food and water on rides.

    Getting into bikepacking though and riding consecutive long days I tried tailwind as a supplement to help make sure I was taking in enough calories. It seemed to work well. I would focus on eating a lot more than normal but it still wasn't enough.

    That said, if something is working well for you that helps your state of mind, so who cares if it's more expensive? Not everyone has time or desire to crunch numbers and make their own mixes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by evdog View Post

    That said, if something is working well for you that helps your state of mind, so who cares if it's more expensive? Not everyone has time or desire to crunch numbers and make their own mixes.
    This is kinda how I feel. Is perpetuem expensive? Yes. I buy it in bulk, use coupons and points and whatever, and it's still spendy. Does it keep me from bonking and does it go down easy? Categorically, yes. Could I probably do the same thing for cheaper? No doubt, but I know this works, and it working (and working conveniently) is worth a premium for me.


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    Many wheel builders refuse to reuse spokes. Is there any basis to this, or is it out of a desire to sell you new spokes, or out of not wanting to bother with unlacing the wheel?

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    The spokes on every wheel on my bikes are scratched and gouged from rock strikes. I don't blame wheel builders for not wanting to re-use them.

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    I used to for swapping over a rim, or for myself, but never for builds for customers.
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    So, I did some grade A 5:00 am searching, but I couldn’t find a single centerlock 220 rotor anywhere. Anyone know why?
    The Magura’s (6bolt) even say “Do NOT use with a centerlock adaptor!”

    Thoughts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by toast2266 View Post
    Super easy fix. New valve core = a couple bucks and 20 seconds of work. Might not even need a new core - there could just be something gumming it up that can be cleaned out.
    Spot on diagnosis. Went to shop yesterday and the valve core was faulty. A new one went in and I was on my way 5 minutes later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EWG View Post
    No offense hick, but since I'm up and preaching, I will point out that this is almost exactly the same as skratch and clif, and very similar to gatorade endurance and osmo. Normalized to 22g of carbs like the others I listed the calories are identical, sodium and potassium are closer to the low ones. They all still have mag and calcium. All that is different between the 5 is slightly different listed sugars, but since there are so many ways to list sugars they are likely all about the same there as well.

    All you are doing with this is mixing it a little heavier and getting more calories out of it per oz of water. Which, great if it works for you, but I do not recommend that for hard efforts unless they have limited time and are absolutely on the rivet the entire time.

    Sorry to crusade a little here, but the sports world is just full of this stuff - people listing their drinks and foods as miracles. Many of them even think it is. The nutritionists know better. Almost all of it is pretty much the same, and this stuff fits under that category.

    I always hate to see people spending a fortune on hydration drinks when there are very inexpensive options that would work just as well, or better, if they just new how to mix it to get what they want.

    Oh - I didn't address the rebuild. Those are pretty much all interchangeable as well within a few different categories, but that's not addressed in these numbers.
    No offense taken! For me the stuff is cheap or free and Iíve had great luck with it being agreeable with my system. Many friends have also had great results. Just one persons opinion. Results may vary...what works for one person with fueling may not work for another.


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    Quote Originally Posted by D(C) View Post
    Many wheel builders refuse to reuse spokes. Is there any basis to this, or is it out of a desire to sell you new spokes, or out of not wanting to bother with unlacing the wheel?
    Spokes donít show metal fatigue. Itís is possible that you have old spokes in that wheel that are not at full strength. To build a nice new strong wheel that a customer can definitely rely on you should always use new spokes.

    That said, spokes arenít cheap and I always reuse the spokes when building for myself. Some shops will do that after explaining the risk to you. They just wonít take responsibility for a faulty build if you start to get snapping spokes or if the wheel craters with the old spokes. Shops that will reuse are getting rarer though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by D(C) View Post
    Many wheel builders refuse to reuse spokes. Is there any basis to this, or is it out of a desire to sell you new spokes, or out of not wanting to bother with unlacing the wheel?
    Iím gonna guess there are man variables involved.
    1. Lots of wheel builders tout themselves as artists. Old spokes are an insult to such a man.
    2. Different hub or different rim means different spokes lengths. Trying to explain this to a dentist is probably annoying.
    3. When you look at used spokes, they can be slightly bent from the previous build. This stress-relief or de-tensioning helps keep spoke tension consistent down the road and prevents a lot of the unwinding you get with mass produced wheels. Those little bends make it just a little bit harder to build up quickly.
    4. Unwinding 32 spokes/nipples is 100x more hassle than cutting them out. So why would they want to do you that favor for free when they can charge you for new spokes and have a more efficient build process.

    So yea, they could charge you less to do more work thatís less enjoyable and come back with something that doesnít look as nice. Or they could charge you more, do less work thatís more pleasant and the end product looks nicer.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rideit View Post
    So, I did some grade A 5:00 am searching, but I couldn’t find a single centerlock 220 rotor anywhere. Anyone know why?
    The Magura’s (6bolt) even say “Do NOT use with a centerlock adaptor!”

    Thoughts?
    I believe the centerlock system is not approved/rated for anything larger than 210mm. It'll be interesting to see if it gets updated with the push for larger rotors.

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    Didn’t Saint or Zee have a beefier system at one time?
    I thought I remembered something like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EWG View Post
    No offense hick, but since I'm up and preaching, I will point out that this is almost exactly the same as skratch and clif, and very similar to gatorade endurance and osmo. Normalized to 22g of carbs like the others I listed the calories are identical, sodium and potassium are closer to the low ones. They all still have mag and calcium. All that is different between the 5 is slightly different listed sugars, but since there are so many ways to list sugars they are likely all about the same there as well.

    All you are doing with this is mixing it a little heavier and getting more calories out of it per oz of water. Which, great if it works for you, but I do not recommend that for hard efforts unless they have limited time and are absolutely on the rivet the entire time.

    Sorry to crusade a little here, but the sports world is just full of this stuff - people listing their drinks and foods as miracles. Many of them even think it is. The nutritionists know better. Almost all of it is pretty much the same, and this stuff fits under that category.

    I always hate to see people spending a fortune on hydration drinks when there are very inexpensive options that would work just as well, or better, if they just new how to mix it to get what they want.

    Oh - I didn't address the rebuild. Those are pretty much all interchangeable as well within a few different categories, but that's not addressed in these numbers.
    Do you have a recipe to share? I'd be interested to see what that looks like.

    I'm another Tailwind fan, but I wouldn't have thought the secret is in the nutrition (though that seems as good as the others, right?) I notice the taste and whatever it is that gets it absorbed and/or through the stomach: that stuff always seems to leave me ready to take the next sip sooner so I get more of it down.

    That said, I haven't bought it, so apparently it's too expensive for me. I pay money for gel blocks and Hammer's little Fizz tablets because when you need it Narcan is worth it. But otherwise I'm probably cheap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred Pabst View Post
    OK..Thanks very much. New 29er rims for the hightower. Will be sort of like a new bike. Figured might's well replace the rotors too.
    I think you'll like it. I personally prefer the HT as a 29er. It's my XC bike now! Skinny 2.3 tires and a fox 34 fork...loving being back on mine after almost 2 yrs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by evdog View Post
    The main point I take from that is that it doesn't matter what you consume as long as you're taking in sufficient calories and fluids. A lot of people probably have issues with this. I know I do.

    I tried a few different things years ago and didn't find any of them really worked better than eating normal food and water on rides.

    Getting into bikepacking though and riding consecutive long days I tried tailwind as a supplement to help make sure I wa,s taking in enough calories. It seemed to work well. I would focus on eating a lot more than normal but it still wasn't enough.

    That said, if something is working well for you that helps your state of mind, so who cares if it's more expensive? Not everyone has time or desire to crunch numbers and make their own mixes.
    It does matter in competition, in an ultra event you have to take in enough fuel on the run so you don't bonk, it can't make you sick and you can't really stop

    you should be able to just stop and eat regular food for bikepacking or hiking I don't see why you need any special fuel for that ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rideit View Post
    I used to for swapping over a rim, or for myself, but never for builds for customers.
    a shop I used to drop into had a lot of teenaged freeriders on HT's, they were allowed to hang out and do their own work so they would all tape the new rim next to the old rim to do the swap cuz of $$$

    the owner told me someone would find a new urban drop and he would sell alot of rims for awhile
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    Quote Originally Posted by XXX-er View Post

    the owner told me someone would find a new urban drop and he would sell alot of rims for awhile
    This is hilarious and so true.

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