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    The Water Cooler

    I don't know about you guys, but I think we need a water cooler thread! Talk about anything - I need some entertainment while at work!

    Starting things off with last Friday nights ride after work - quick out and back on Rigor Mortis to kick off the weekend. I came around to the downhill section of the course when I had to go off course, brakes locked up to avoid a guy injured on the trail. This section of the trail has a fast blind-corner with a quick step-down, then on down to the Sage flat to finish the downhill. My main concern, at that point, was to get the guy up and off the trail before someone else came around that corner faster than I was. Of course, he wasn't wearing a helmet, said he didn't land on his head, but rather his shoulder. I told him we need to get up and off the trail, but he wasn't having it, clearly the pain was significant. I got in his face and said that if he did not get up off the trail, there would be more than one person hurt. Just as I helped him up, took a step to the right - WHOOSH - four rides go screaming by. By then, his buddies thankfully were making their way back up along side the trail to see what had happened as I had already resigned myself to getting this guy out and to help. It was nice to finish out the ride without worry. I will say this, that dude's shoulder was MESSED UP. I know he needed x-rays after that tumble. Lesson here - please always wear the brain bucket! That guy was lucky he didn't crack his skull.

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    Not sure this is what you had in mind but I'll play...

    I've had an annoying creaking/popping sound coming from my EVO for the past couple months. The blame had been placed mostly on the bottom bracket because I've heard that pressfits will do that...but, I took a closer look at my seat and noticed I had bent my seat rails! The bolts holding the seat in place on the seatpost were a little loose because of the bend in the rails. Tightened everything up and took a quick spin...the creaking is mostly all gone. Yeah, there's still some bottom bracket noise, but it noticeablely less.
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    This is just a BS thread, non-topic kinda stuff to get people here talking.

    Do any of you guys use ear buds while riding? Came upon a runner last night on the trail that would not get out of the way because their music was too loud. Yelling did nothing, so I held back a bit and waited until I could pass safely - then scare the bejezzus out of them with a close, fast pass. Of course, he yelled at me because I freaked him out - I had a grin ear to ear...

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    Did you ever notice that when someone at work, school, real-life, second-life, wherever, finds out that you are a mountainbiker, they always have the wrong idea of what it is you do? They think that you ride bike paths, or that you ride on a BMX track, or something else completely off-base.

    Just an observation.

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    My not really important but fun story: went on a group ride with the local IMBA group a couple weeks ago. I had my guardian, but they also had a shop bring a bunch of demo bikes, mostly full carbon sc bronsons/tallboys/etc. Super nice bikes, but the shop parked their box truck illegally at the trail head across like four parking spots. After the first loop, we come back through the parking lit, and the park ranger is there. He's just sitting in his truck, but low and behold, has a hobgoblin hanging off the tailgate. I give him a quick fist bump/hey, nice bike, he sees my guardian and a big smile lights up his face. We chat a bit about airborne, how long we've had our bikes, yada yada yada. Then he looks over at the shop guy and says "hey, you know what, just move the truck, and don't park it like that again. Have a good day guys."

    I mean, pretty clear that if I hadn;t been there and if we didn't both have airborne bikes, the shop guy would have gotten a ticket, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ul_chicken View Post
    Do any of you guys use ear buds while riding?
    No, because as much as I don't like listening to myself breathe heavily, I don't want to be THAT guy either.

    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    Did you ever notice that when someone at work, school, real-life, second-life, wherever, finds out that you are a mountainbiker, they always have the wrong idea of what it is you do? They think that you ride bike paths, or that you ride on a BMX track, or something else completely off-base.

    Just an observation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hadley.michael View Post
    No, because as much as I don't like listening to myself breathe heavily, I don't want to be THAT guy either.
    Same here - I love the sound of the wind by my helmet, the crunch of the sand on the hardpack. My New Year's Resolution: make it a point to stop and smell the roses every once and a while, enjoy the view. So that is what I did last night, stopped along the ridge-line and took in the view. Farmington Lake, Angel Peak, the Ute Mountain, Pinion Mesa, Shiprock, Hogback, San Juan and the Lukachuckai Mountains all in view from my position on the ridge. I can only hear the wind blowing - nice to be able to silence the phones, the people, and the noise for a few moments of Zen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ul_chicken View Post
    Do any of you guys use ear buds while riding?
    Not on trails (would rather enjoy the sounds of nature), not on the road (would rather keep living awhile longer), but occasionally on rail trail type rides(sooo boring, but sometimes the only way I can get miles in the spring).
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    Quote Originally Posted by mccartney7499 View Post
    Not on trails (would rather enjoy the sounds of nature), not on the road (would rather keep living awhile longer), but occasionally on rail trail type rides(sooo boring, but sometimes the only way I can get miles in the spring).
    Do you have a goal in mind for your mileage this year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ul_chicken View Post
    Do you have a goal in mind for your mileage this year?
    Started the year aiming to ride 1,000 miles because as far as I could tell I had never ridden that far in a year before (Strava makes it easy. I was never good at filling out log books to track mileage back in the day). I met my 1,000 mile goal by the end of June so I decided to shoot for 2,000. I'll be closing in on 1,600 by the end of this week hopefully.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    Did you ever notice that when someone at work, school, real-life, second-life, wherever, finds out that you are a mountainbiker, they always have the wrong idea of what it is you do? They think that you ride bike paths, or that you ride on a BMX track, or something else completely off-base.
    I'm kind of the opposite. I mostly ride cross-country, but when I tell folks I mountain bike they get visions of X-game mountain dew drinking extreme downhill riding in their heads. I say, "no, I just like to ride my bike in the woods."
    "Trails? Where we're going we don't need, trails!"


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    Quote Originally Posted by mccartney7499 View Post
    Started the year aiming to ride 1,000 miles because as far as I could tell I had never ridden that far in a year before (Strava makes it easy. I was never good at filling out log books to track mileage back in the day). I met my 1,000 mile goal by the end of June so I decided to shoot for 2,000. I'll be closing in on 1,600 by the end of this week hopefully.
    NICE! I would love to get my goal of 1000, still very short at 670 at the moment. Even if I don't get that far, it was the journey that counted. Good luck, sir!

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    Wow - what a sigh of relief! I received the cortisone shot in my right knee yesterday, and that shot had me limping around most of the day. Today, I feel great! I haven't tried stairs yet, where I get most of the pain behind my knee-cap. I hope this holds so I don't have to get surgery. I can't wait to get back on the bike, but I have to wait another day to ride though... doc's orders.

    Have a good day guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mccartney7499 View Post
    I'm kind of the opposite. I mostly ride cross-country, but when I tell folks I mountain bike they get visions of X-game mountain dew drinking extreme downhill riding in their heads. I say, "no, I just like to ride my bike in the woods."
    That's what my wife thought. LOL.

    Well actually, I tend to go all-in on any new activity I start. I'll research, read, and most importantly, DVR shows about the new activity. Well shortly after I bought a mountain bike I was watching "Where the Trail Ends" and she was like "Nope, you're not mountain biking." It took a minute to convince her that I was just riding on rocky, rooty trails in the woods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ul_chicken View Post
    Wow - what a sigh of relief! I received the cortisone shot in my right knee yesterday, and that shot had me limping around most of the day. Today, I feel great! I haven't tried stairs yet, where I get most of the pain behind my knee-cap. I hope this holds so I don't have to get surgery. I can't wait to get back on the bike, but I have to wait another day to ride though... doc's orders.

    Have a good day guys!
    Glad it helped!

    Have you tried physical therapy?

    I had bad pains in my knee, the side of it though, coming from ITBS and even after all of the research online and trying the stretching, icing, foam rolling, I wasn't having any luck.

    Luckily my insurance covers PT and I figured I would give it a shot. Turns out I had weak hip muscles. She spent weeks doing exercises with me, and when the pain wouldn't go away, wound up pushing long needles into the tight spots and electrifying them.. Sounds pretty gnarly - it was. At the end of the treatment though, my knee pain is gone and it hasn't come back.

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    Ugh, miserable... Last Wed night, after a normal road bike ride with my Dad (My folks live a little over a mile away, so Dad and I bike together and stuff), I was dizzy, fast heartbeat, shortness of breath, etc. for several hours, and went to the ER. Better safe than sorry, in case it's a heart issue or something. EKG, electrolyte blood tests, etc. you're fine. Doc says the same thing on Thursday when I went in about it. Same deal all weekend, but I feel OK in the afternoons, as long as I eat meals with decent calories in them. On Saturday, a friend says sounds like low iron. Because of some IBS I've been trying to figure out, I've basically been eating oatmeal/eggs/chicken/rice/salad (not spinich) for the last several months, and I'm normally a red meat/potato/milk/yogurt person. So, I start taking a multivitamin on Saturday. Monday rolls around, I call the doc, he says full blood panel, including thyroid (ended up being 1.2 on a 0.4 - 4.2 "OK" range), as well as West Nile (because 3 days before, I had been riding my Guardian in a local park with MTB trails, and got a handful of mosquito bites, in a county where they had tested positive for it). Got (I think) everything but the WN back, and all looks in the "normal" range. However, my Hemoglobin is 32.5 (near the bottom of the "OK" range of 32.0 - 36.0), and it was 34.0 a year ago. This blood was taken after 3 days of multivitamin, red meat, and spinach salad, and I don't know enough about it to know if that would have raised it up into the "OK" range from "low" or not.

    So, as of today, it's been a week of this, and I am damned sick of it! I'm not nearly as winded as I was for the first few days, and can breathe through my nose most of the time, again. Even watching TV or laying down, last Thurs-Sat, I had to breathe through my mouth. The West Nile test won't be back until the end of the week, and the doc won't talk about labs until they all come back in, which I get. I just hate being miserable...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bradleykd View Post
    Glad it helped!

    Have you tried physical therapy?
    I actually went to an Ortho guy here in town whom also mountain bikes. I went through the scans, and tests, and the cartilage glide behind my knee cap is wearing away. With my leg relaxed, you can move the patella around and it sounds crunchy. I wish to god it was just a weak hip muscle! For a test, he pulled my patella down toward my foot, and had me flex my quad. POW! I felt like I had just gotten shot in the knee. That was some intense pain. I will be going out for an easy ride tonight to see how it all feels, but right now this is the best it has felt in years.

    Quote Originally Posted by bartonmd View Post
    So, as of today, it's been a week of this, and I am damned sick of it! I'm not nearly as winded as I was for the first few days, and can breathe through my nose most of the time, again. Even watching TV or laying down, last Thurs-Sat, I had to breathe through my mouth. The West Nile test won't be back until the end of the week, and the doc won't talk about labs until they all come back in, which I get. I just hate being miserable...

    Mike
    Get to feeling better Mike! Let us know how it all turns out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ul_chicken View Post
    I actually went to an Ortho guy here in town whom also mountain bikes. I went through the scans, and tests, and the cartilage glide behind my knee cap is wearing away. With my leg relaxed, you can move the patella around and it sounds crunchy. I wish to god it was just a weak hip muscle! For a test, he pulled my patella down toward my foot, and had me flex my quad. POW! I felt like I had just gotten shot in the knee. That was some intense pain. I will be going out for an easy ride tonight to see how it all feels, but right now this is the best it has felt in years.



    Get to feeling better Mike! Let us know how it all turns out.
    Eww... That sucks. Hopefully you can keep it bearable with the shots then!

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    On a totally unrelated-to-bicycles note, I had to fire someone today. I hate that.

    I always say that I never really fire anybody, they fire themselves, but it still sucks having to have that conversation.

    It seems like people can't appreciate a good job anymore. It amazes me that it is a struggle to just get these people to come to work. I want to say "Dang kids don't know how good they have it!" but the past 2 people have been my age (still kind of young, 28, but old enough to have some work ethic). It is hard for me, too, because this guy would have been a good asset here if he didn't have attendance issues. sigh....

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    Quote Originally Posted by bradleykd View Post
    Eww... That sucks. Hopefully you can keep it bearable with the shots then!
    Thanks! If the shots don't hold, surgery is the last option, and I really don't want to go that route. He said I could get a "bump" in a month if needed.

    Quote Originally Posted by bradleykd View Post
    On a totally unrelated-to-bicycles note, I had to fire someone today. I hate that.

    I always say that I never really fire anybody, they fire themselves, but it still sucks having to have that conversation.
    Rough day - that sucks. Time to go for a ride and clear the head!

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    Have a great weekend everyone! Be safe on the trails.

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    What's everyone driving?

    I'm wanting to get a new truck. I think I'm going to wait for the 2016 Tacoma to come out. I drive a Tundra right now, but don't really need a truck that big and I really like the new off road features on the new Tacoma.

    Full disclosure, I work for Toyota so I get a great deal on them. I'm not looking for suggestions, just curious what others are driving.

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    I have a 2010 Frontier, and I love my truck! Don't get me wrong, get the Toyota for the employee pricing, working at a Toyota dealership, plus the ESP. I had a 92 regular cab four-banger for work at an old job, and wish I stole that M..F.. when I left... I only bought a Fronty due to not being able to find a Taco of my choosing at the time, but that doesn't negate how much I like my Nissan Frontier. Minor things got me to like the Frontier more, but only after I "settled" on it did I realize the difference.

    You can't go wrong with a Taco - great looking trucks with a good service history. IMO, whatever gets you to the trail is the road gem. Happy riding.


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    I've always liked Nissan trucks too.

    I liked that picture of your truck with your bike in the back, so I grabbed a couple of mine when I got to the trail today.




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    Quote Originally Posted by bradleykd View Post
    I've always liked Nissan trucks too.

    I liked that picture of your truck with your bike in the back, so I grabbed a couple of mine when I got to the trail today.
    Sweet!! What I don't understand about the market (and I work at dealership, of unknown mention..) is why the trucks have to get bigger. Take for instance the two trucks we are talking about. Their origins are a very small, light, pickup meant for everyday stuff, but now have all been bloated out. No Ford Rangers anymore, and the small Frontiers and Tacomas are all midsized now with the F150's and Colorado's topping the size list. Not only that, but a price tag of 40K-80K and above for an F150 is just stupid. It's a pickup, not a Mercedes. And yes, we have said pickups on the lot for up to 80K, and for some reason, they actually sell. SMH

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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ul_chicken View Post
    Sweet!! What I don't understand about the market (and I work at dealership, of unknown mention..) is why the trucks have to get bigger. Take for instance the two trucks we are talking about. Their origins are a very small, light, pickup meant for everyday stuff, but now have all been bloated out. No Ford Rangers anymore, and the small Frontiers and Tacomas are all midsized now with the F150's and Colorado's topping the size list. Not only that, but a price tag of 40K-80K and above for an F150 is just stupid. It's a pickup, not a Mercedes. And yes, we have said pickups on the lot for up to 80K, and for some reason, they actually sell. SMH
    I think it has to do with the "more for your money" attitude. I don't mean only on the consumer level either. The bigger the truck, the more the company can charge.

    I don't work at a dealership, I work in manufacturing, engines to be exact. We are about to start making the new v6 for the tacos. That engine is going to put out more power with better gas mileage, all while being cheaper to build. The chassis, body, and plastics are all the same way. It doesn't cost anymore to build it bigger, but you can sell it for more.

    As long as they keep selling, they'll keep getting bigger. When oil goes through the roof and the American roads start getting as crowded as European or Asian roads, then we'll see small trucks again.

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    Random Airborne fun fact.

    I'm watching Tiny House, Big Living on HGTV and there is some dude named Trevor Gay on there that "works in the bike business" in Dayton OH who is building a tiny house, but it showed a glimpse of him building up a Pathogen frame. If all he can afford is a $30,000 house, we may need to start paying a little more for these bikes... Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by bradleykd View Post
    Random Airborne fun fact.

    I'm watching Tiny House, Big Living on HGTV and there is some dude named Trevor Gay on there that "works in the bike business" in Dayton OH who is building a tiny house, but it showed a glimpse of him building up a Pathogen frame. If all he can afford is a $30,000 house, we may need to start paying a little more for these bikes... Lol
    Depends on the circumstance - the wife and I bought a condemned house, and tore it down except for the exterior walls. We spent just under 28K to redo the entire house, getting a evaluation of 169K when we finished. I have a bad habit of checking into repo's and auctions... something about bringing something back and giving it new life. The roof was the first project:

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    Seven years later, you wouldn't even even know it is the same house!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bradleykd View Post
    Random Airborne fun fact.

    I'm watching Tiny House, Big Living on HGTV and there is some dude named Trevor Gay on there that "works in the bike business" in Dayton OH who is building a tiny house, but it showed a glimpse of him building up a Pathogen frame. If all he can afford is a $30,000 house, we may need to start paying a little more for these bikes... Lol
    I haven't seen that episode yet, really want to see it. I knew Trevor was going to be on it. I'll have to watch the listings.

    You don't get into the bike business to get rich, that's for certain. Most folks get into the bike industry because they love bikes and the idea of getting paid anything to do something they are passionate about sounds great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    I haven't seen that episode yet, really want to see it. I knew Trevor was going to be on it. I'll have to watch the listings.

    You don't get into the bike business to get rich, that's for certain. Most folks get into the bike industry because they love bikes and the idea of getting paid anything to do something they are passionate about sounds great.

    Jeremy
    I totally understand the bike business thing!

    I was just joking about the house anyway. I think it was awesome how he built it with his family in his fathers building, then had a pretty cool house for less than I paid for a truck!

    If I was single, I'd probably really dig the tiny house thing. A nice piece of land would be the only requirement. I spend most of my time outside anyway!

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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ul_chicken View Post
    Depends on the circumstance - the wife and I bought a condemned house, and tore it down except for the exterior walls. We spent just under 28K to redo the entire house, getting a evaluation of 169K when we finished. I have a bad habit of checking into repo's and auctions... something about bringing something back and giving it new life. The roof was the first project:

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    Seven years later, you wouldn't even even know it is the same house!

    That's cool. I helped build my house from scratch and I think that is the route I'll have to stay with. Watching all these renovation shows makes me nervous about how much could/will go wrong!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bradleykd View Post
    I totally understand the bike business thing!

    I was just joking about the house anyway. I think it was awesome how he built it with his family in his fathers building, then had a pretty cool house for less than I paid for a truck!

    If I was single, I'd probably really dig the tiny house thing. A nice piece of land would be the only requirement. I spend most of my time outside anyway!
    Yeah the tiny house thing is really cool. I get inspired watching shows about it, but I just don't know if I could do it. It's not that I like "stuff" so much and need a lot of space, it's just that I'm a bit claustrophobic and it would freak me out. I've been in some small hotel rooms in Europe and Asia and even just spending a night in one is almost too much...........LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bradleykd View Post
    That's cool. I helped build my house from scratch and I think that is the route I'll have to stay with. Watching all these renovation shows makes me nervous about how much could/will go wrong!
    We had our share of headaches, I won't lie there, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

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    Saw a small bull snake on the trail last night, first time I have seen one in a while. Normal wildlife here are rabbits, jackrabbits, chipmunks, prairie dogs, and lots of lizards.


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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ul_chicken View Post
    ..Normal wildlife here are rabbits, jackrabbits, chipmunks, prairie dogs, and lot lizards.
    this is how i read that the first time, lol.
    VILLAGE RACING

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    LOL - lot lizards!

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    Sign-up has begun for this years Road Apple Rally! This will be my third year racing this race, and hoping for a first place trophy in my age group this year. This is the oldest mountain bike race in the country, with some serious racers like Todd Wells racing in the expert category. That dude is a MONSTER! He did the 30 mile loop last year in 1:42:55.

    Fun Fact: The Road Apple Rally originally began as an MTB and a horse race back in 1981 (thankfully just MTB now). Road Apple is a polite term for horse-crap on the trail... I can't wait to race!

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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ul_chicken View Post
    This is just a BS thread, non-topic kinda stuff to get people here talking.

    Do any of you guys use ear buds while riding? Came upon a runner last night on the trail that would not get out of the way because their music was too loud. Yelling did nothing, so I held back a bit and waited until I could pass safely - then scare the bejezzus out of them with a close, fast pass. Of course, he yelled at me because I freaked him out - I had a grin ear to ear...
    I started off a couple years ago fully plugged in (pretty good volume, both ears) but learned that was a no-no... While I appreciate the sounds of nature I appreciate my music more so I have resigned myself to one earbud in my right ear (as I use highway logic and ride on the right of wider trails to allow those that are faster to pass, therefore, left ear is open to hear trail activity) with the volume moderately low and it has worked out pretty well... I get my tunes and I also hear people behind me...
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    Not sure this is what you had in mind but I'll play...

    I've had an annoying creaking/popping sound coming from my EVO for the past couple months. The blame had been placed mostly on the bottom bracket because I've heard that pressfits will do that...but, I took a closer look at my seat and noticed I had bent my seat rails! The bolts holding the seat in place on the seatpost were a little loose because of the bend in the rails. Tightened everything up and took a quick spin...the creaking is mostly all gone. Yeah, there's still some bottom bracket noise, but it noticeablely less.
    I used to have that sound! For some reason, a new seat took care of it.. For the life of me, I can't figure out where that sound was coming from!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bartonmd View Post
    Ugh, miserable... Last Wed night, after a normal road bike ride with my Dad (My folks live a little over a mile away, so Dad and I bike together and stuff), I was dizzy, fast heartbeat, shortness of breath, etc. for several hours, and went to the ER. Better safe than sorry, in case it's a heart issue or something. EKG, electrolyte blood tests, etc. you're fine. Doc says the same thing on Thursday when I went in about it. Same deal all weekend, but I feel OK in the afternoons, as long as I eat meals with decent calories in them. On Saturday, a friend says sounds like low iron. Because of some IBS I've been trying to figure out, I've basically been eating oatmeal/eggs/chicken/rice/salad (not spinich) for the last several months, and I'm normally a red meat/potato/milk/yogurt person. So, I start taking a multivitamin on Saturday. Monday rolls around, I call the doc, he says full blood panel, including thyroid (ended up being 1.2 on a 0.4 - 4.2 "OK" range), as well as West Nile (because 3 days before, I had been riding my Guardian in a local park with MTB trails, and got a handful of mosquito bites, in a county where they had tested positive for it). Got (I think) everything but the WN back, and all looks in the "normal" range. However, my Hemoglobin is 32.5 (near the bottom of the "OK" range of 32.0 - 36.0), and it was 34.0 a year ago. This blood was taken after 3 days of multivitamin, red meat, and spinach salad, and I don't know enough about it to know if that would have raised it up into the "OK" range from "low" or not.

    So, as of today, it's been a week of this, and I am damned sick of it! I'm not nearly as winded as I was for the first few days, and can breathe through my nose most of the time, again. Even watching TV or laying down, last Thurs-Sat, I had to breathe through my mouth. The West Nile test won't be back until the end of the week, and the doc won't talk about labs until they all come back in, which I get. I just hate being miserable...

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    Supposedly, the X-9 Type 2 RD's are not serviceable... LIARS!

    I was noticing chain slap on the trail the other day, which hadn't been there before. Upon doing some searching, it turns out you can remove the plug and tighten up the roller bearing. I gave it a half turn, and found I was binding up too much to where it would not shift properly. I backed off a quarter turn, everything shifted fine, and as of last night, I am back to zero chain slap on the trail. Anyone else come across this?

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    I'm pretty stoked, the 2017 'cross nationals are coming to Hartford, CT.... venue about 6 miles from my house!
    I love my Delta, upgrades and all, but I think it's time to get a bike with newer technology....
    I'm hoping Airborne will introduce something something sooner than later, although I'm not holding my breath....

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    Straight Outta Compton!

    Drivetrain parts arrived today, straight outta Compton!!

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    ^^ LOL. Nice.

    I've had to take a break from MTBing for a couple of weeks so far. Which is a bummer because I finally got my dropper post sorted out and I wanted to try it when it was really functioning. I got the KS Southpaw remote lever. It is pretty sweet.

    Anyway, a Lexus IS250 ran a red light and T-boned me in my truck (posted previously in this thread) a couple of weeks ago. For such a small car, it really did some damage. He must have been flying.







    The black Lexus hit me as I was turning onto that road. When my truck came down from the air I landed on that white Lexus then rolled into that light pole on the ground...

    I came out on the good end of it with a strained neck and back, but that doesn't lend well to the all-mountain style of riding at my trails, so I've stuck to the road bike for the last week or so.

    Still trying to find a new truck though!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bradleykd View Post
    ^^ LOL. Nice.

    I've had to take a break from MTBing for a couple of weeks so far. Which is a bummer because I finally got my dropper post sorted out and I wanted to try it when it was really functioning. I got the KS Southpaw remote lever. It is pretty sweet.

    Anyway, a Lexus IS250 ran a red light and T-boned me in my truck (posted previously in this thread) a couple of weeks ago. For such a small car, it really did some damage. He must have been flying.

    The black Lexus hit me as I was turning onto that road. When my truck came down from the air I landed on that white Lexus then rolled into that light pole on the ground...

    I came out on the good end of it with a strained neck and back, but that doesn't lend well to the all-mountain style of riding at my trails, so I've stuck to the road bike for the last week or so.

    Still trying to find a new truck though!!
    WOW! Glad you walked away from that one... That poor, poor, Taco...

    Was it the new lever that let everything work properly on the seat post?

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    The lever made it possible because it floats freely. Without a cable it will just flop around where the remote that came with it still had resistance to move and the post spring couldn't overcome that and the friction of the small loop when dropped. Oddly, it will only work with the tension completely off the cable when the remote is not pressed. The cable running across my top tube sags a little even. I guess this is so when you hit the remote it pulls the bare minimum on the lever to drop the post. It works, but I'm still not real happy with it.

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    Time for the Tarantulas to migrate, seeing them all over the trails out here. Several attempts to get this little guy to climb over the camera were unsuccessful.


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    yeahhhh NOPE.

    i've been overrun by wolf and grass spiders at my house.. never seen so many.
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    Black Widows have been bad this year as well, but at least they keep the Brown Recluse spiders away!

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    Last weekends ride at Mountain View, a nice little wash-out in one of the corners kept things interesting. It has been a while since my last crash, thankfully I bailed easy without even so much as a scrape. Anyone else have any good wrecks lately?



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    I haven't had any good wrecks lately, which is mainly due to low riding volume. Hopefully that will increase (the volume, not the wrecks) soon as I just finished tuning up my fatbike and have all of my cold weather gear organized and in one place.

    Sort-of a wreck: Last month I was out shooting some images when I stepped into a hole that I didn't see, fell, and my D750 went flying since (carelessly) I didn't have the strap wrapped around my wrist or neck. The camera smacked a small concrete gargoyle statue on the head, and broke the gargoyles head off. The camera body just has a small dent near the info button and I cracked the lens hood. But other than that it came out like a champ. My ankle wasn't so lucky, I rolled it a bit and it still hurts.

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    do you love that 750? my wife is currently lusting over it, looking to upgrade her D3100.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bbender785 View Post
    do you love that 750? my wife is currently lusting over it, looking to upgrade her D3100.
    IMHO the D750 is one of the most versatile bodies Nikon has made.

    Pros:
    Outstanding ISO performance
    Outstanding focusing system
    24.2mp is a good amount for detail and keeps the raw files a managable size (30-32mb each)
    Watersealed body
    Dual SD card slots
    Super long battery life
    Great IQ and DR
    Tilt screen (some see this as a negative, but I don't)

    Cons:
    6fps in Raw Mode, wish it was 8 or 9 for wildlife and action
    Highest shutter speed is 1/4000th, wish it was 1/8000th
    IMHO needs a battery grip as it is not a "pro" sized body like the D2/3/4 series. I have big hands and like that feel along with the ability to shoot vertical easily.
    Wifi is like all built-in wifi so far: crappy. So is the Nikon program that works with it.

    I could have purchased the 750 or 810, but decided on the 750 as the raw file size on the 810 is huge and I liked the layout of the controls on the 750 slightly better with the u1 and u2 dial options. I've shot with the 7000/7100 bodies for awhile now and it felt like home.

    Hope that helps! I'd be happy to answer any questions she may have. I've got about 45K shots on mine now without a single issue.

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    Sample image from the D750 from this past weekend. Just slight processing in LR for sharpness and noise.

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    One of the oldest trees in the neighborhood, our fruitless Mulberry tree is quite the wonder. On the first heavy frost of the year, all the leaves on our tree start to fall, almost like rain. In less than a day, all the leaves have fallen off. A moment of Zen, if you will.



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    Watching Star Wars, I had to break out some original action figures and take this picture.

    Help me Obi-Wan, you're my only hope!


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    Long time Star Wars nerd. Really dug the new episode.







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    The top one is a 3d printed version of Obi-wan's saber. Middle is Vader's from ROTJ, I made this as a gift for a relative. The bottom shows my Luke version (finished), the Vader still needing grips, and the Obi-wan prior to paint. These don't light up or anything. But maybe by the summer I'll have it figured out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhazard View Post
    The top one is a 3d printed version of Obi-wan's saber. Middle is Vader's from ROTJ, I made this as a gift for a relative. The bottom shows my Luke version (finished), the Vader still needing grips, and the Obi-wan prior to paint. These don't light up or anything. But maybe by the summer I'll have it figured out.

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    Now that is just plain friggin' awesome!!

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    I plan on seeing the new movie later this week. I don't see many movies in the theater but this is one I must see on the big screen. Can't wait!

    Here's my Star Wars image contribution from earlier this year. Definitive proof that Han did shoot first!
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    Love it!! Same here, will be going later in the week to check out the movie, hopefully wont be too busy.

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    Dag 2

    The most expensive tool I have, and worth every penny. If you don't have one, you need to spend the money and get one. Simple to use and it is amazing how well your rear derailleur works again. Anymore, using the DAG 2 has become a part of my routine maintenance as it ensures the hanger is straight, and that my high and low limits are correct.

    Good. Stuff. Maynard!

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    funny, i just borrowed one of these from a teammate last week. i noticed my hanger had a crack in it so i installed my spare when i replaced my cassette, and something wasn't right.. the tool confirmed the new hanger wasn't inline.

    i couldn't believe it when he said it was $60!
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    They are an expensive tool, but it pays for itself quite quickly. I paid 70 for mine, but the money it saves instead of buying hangers when you have an issue is well worth it.

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    Finally, some warm weather this week, hopefully the trails are drying out to where I can get back on the bike and hit some fast trails. Too much snow for too long. The Goblin has been completely gone through, with a new Hans Dampf 2.4 up front ready to roll.

    Anybody have some spring-time pictures to help with the thaw?

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    i ran a 2.35 HD on the front of my Guardian this past fall, was a real confidence-inspiring tire versus the 2.1 SB8 that came on it. I'm falling victim to the racerboy plague so i'll be going with something less aggressive and lighter this coming season though.

    i also find myself hoping for more snow now.. bought a Specialized Fatboy two weeks ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bbender785 View Post
    i ran a 2.35 HD on the front of my Guardian this past fall, was a real confidence-inspiring tire versus the 2.1 SB8 that came on it. I'm falling victim to the racerboy plague so i'll be going with something less aggressive and lighter this coming season though.

    i also find myself hoping for more snow now.. bought a Specialized Fatboy two weeks ago.
    I have had my fill of snow, and want my desert back! Are you liking the fatboy though?

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    loving it. i bought it on a friday and all the snow melted that saturday. got a couple miles in on some wet virgin snow, but no good groomed singletrack yet. have put 55 miles on total, mostly ice/snow covered secondary roads.

    we got about 10" of fresh pow half an hour west of me, going to shred it this weekend.
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    Nice! Enjoy that powder, as long as it stays away from here, all is good!

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    All I can do is shake my head... A buddy I ride with is so flustered with his bike performance that he took it to an LBS for repairs, and was quoted over 400 bucks to get things running smooth again. I preach maintenance like nobody's business, but I cannot seem to get him to grasp what I am selling, especially when the only maintenance he has ever done is clean the chain. He does power-wash the bike, though... yikes! Makes me cringe just thinking about those poor seals and bearings.

    He purchased his Scott three years ago, just after I picked up my Goblin, and this is the first time he is getting it looked at for fork and drivetrain issues. The fork has been leaking oil for over a year, and the shifting performance is stupid. Of course, he gets mad as hell when we are riding and the drivetrain clicks, skips, and jumps, yelling about what a POS of a bike he has and how lack-luster his shock is performing. Sometimes it can be quite comical to watch, but I really feel for that poor bike. For the amount that he has to pay to get his bike running properly again is just nuts, but I can understand why, but all I can think of is what kind of upgrades he could have done instead if he just simply taken care of his bike with some preventative maintenance.

    Anyone else a maintenance junkie like me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ul_chicken View Post
    Anyone else a maintenance junkie like me?
    I lurk in Airborne more than I post, but just happened to spot your comments on maintenance.

    Maintenance is everything. Or close to it.

    I have one of those hanger-alignment gauges too. It's usually the first thing I reach for when confronted with wonky shifting. That gauge gets used a ton more often than I had expected when I first bought it.

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    Part of the Reba rebuild process with Enduro Seals requires a stanchion lube, such as Finish Line. As usual, being the maintenance junkie I am, I give the forks a wipe down with a damp paper towel after every ride and then wipe down the stanchions with the Finish Line stanchion lube. This stuff is super slick, and can be used to also lube pivot points, cables, and derailleurs. Usually one dose on the small buffer rag they give you is enough for several applications to the stanchions, and one bottle has lasted almost one year. Good stuff!

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    I am starting a new build, and have started to source parts over the last month. It is amazing how fast and easy it is to blow through a budget, so I am keeping an open watch list for take off parts and watching for price drops. I have a nice set of Easton AR 27's already here, along with an X-Fusion rear shock, and a set of GX 1400 cranks coming. What is killing me the most is the cost of forks these days - yow! Talk about sticker 'shock!' I have a set budget, but I was not expecting to spend that much on even a decent take off fork. This might delay things a bit as I think I will need to re-evaluate my budget and pimp myself out to pay for it... In the meantime, time to start on the smaller items to cool my money jets.

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    More goodies are here, and more on the way for the build! YAY!

    First up, a new X-Fusion Sweep picked up from CRC STUPID CHEAP. This is a 600 dollar fork, picked up for 235! Much like the rear shock, no packaging, but the manual is included. I don't dig the Sweep decals much, so those will be coming off there, but I will leave the X-Fusion decals on.

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    Cranks are also in, I found a set of S1400 cranks, 2x10, take-off's for 64 bucks. I pulled the direct mount double ring off, and installed the 30T that was on the cranks of the Griffin. I just love it when a plan comes together!

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    More goodies on the way - rubber for the wheels, grips, and handlebars. Once those arrive I will get them installed onto the build.

    Have a great weekend everyone!

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