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    what a gorgeous day!

    anybody going to ride after work? it's still pretty chilly out but otherwise a bluebird day and i hope that everyone who can gets out and enjoys it.

    i'm starting to get really antsy for spring. some of my more insane perennials (plants that bloom every year) have started to show some green. brrrr...

    have a great weekend everyone, hope to see some ride reports of a long, great weekend. enjoy!
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    Area Forecast For: Missoula/Bitterroot Valleys
    Issued: February 16, 2006 20:12:46 MST

    Tonight: Wind chill readings 25 below to 35 below zero. Near record lows 10 below to 17 below zero. Very windy with east winds 25 to 35 mph gusting to 40 mph at times...especially near hellgate canyon and the i-90 corridor snow likely. Snow accumulation around an inch...mainly in the foothills...benches and east facing slopes..

    Friday: Wind chill readings 25 below to 35 below zero in the morning. Partly cloudy with a slight chance of snow in the morning...then mostly sunny in the afternoon. Highs 2 to 9. East winds 15 to 25 mph.

    Friday night: Wind chill readings 20 below to 30 below zero. Lows 19 below to 26 below zero. Mostly clear. Northeast winds to 15 mph in the evening.

    Saturday: Mostly sunny and cold. Highs 7 to 14. Northeast winds to 15 mph in the afternoon.

    Saturday night: Partly cloudy and very cold. Lows 14 below to 21 below zero. Northeast winds to 15 mph in the evening.



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    Quote Originally Posted by MTNgirl
    anybody going to ride after work? it's still pretty chilly out but otherwise a bluebird day and i hope that everyone who can gets out and enjoys it.

    i'm starting to get really antsy for spring. some of my more insane perennials (plants that bloom every year) have started to show some green. brrrr...

    have a great weekend everyone, hope to see some ride reports of a long, great weekend. enjoy!
    I rode to the Halfway Cafe on Highway 16 today. One of those rides where I couldn't get warm (insert wool comment from the peanut gallery). Haven't looked at my avg. speed but I doubt it was over 15 mph. My left foot is still cold; been putting it over heater vent.

    My riding bud told me it's going to be 38 and sunny tomorrow. I don't know which Super Duper Extreme Weather Center forecast he watched, but I'm thinking of staying in and avoiding the barely-over-freezing mark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTNgirl
    anybody going to ride after work? it's still pretty chilly out but otherwise a bluebird day and i hope that everyone who can gets out and enjoys it.
    Lacing up the running shoes in about another 1.5 hours and hitting the Greenbelt unless I see some cute, single girl going to the 5:30pm Spinning class .

    i'm starting to get really antsy for spring.
    You ain't the only one!!!

    have a great weekend everyone, hope to see some ride reports of a long, great weekend. enjoy!
    Still debating on whether to ride out at Swan Falls/Celebration Park tomorrow. It is cold out there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BelaySlave
    Still debating on whether to ride out at Swan Falls/Celebration Park tomorrow. It is cold out there!
    It's supposed to be 36 tomorrow. A full 4 degrees warmer than it's supposed to be today (although it's still not quite to the predicted 32).

    I was contemplating trying to ride in the Owhyees tomorrow, but I'm not sure I feel like going that far to be cold.
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    Hey MTNGirl do you own a Jeep and if so were you parked outside of REI this afternoon? There was Jeep out there with "MTNGIRL" for plates. I was in there too. Sure wish I woulda rode instead . My skate skis came in so I had to get them in the shop book so that the bindings could get mounted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BelaySlave
    Hey MTNGirl do you own a Jeep and if so were you parked outside of REI this afternoon? There was Jeep out there with "MTNGIRL" for plates. I was in there too. Sure wish I woulda rode instead . My skate skis came in so I had to get them in the shop book so that the bindings could get mounted.
    Which leads me to this link about cars and "hey, were you there...."

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    Too bad you can't get out more Nick that 575 you have is a nice bike. Sounds like you deserve some much needed chamois-time.

    It was nice and cold on Saturday. Trails were firm until 1pm, then the really wet spots (plz insert lewd comment here) got softer, but not that bad. Rode for 2hrs, then made sinigang (I thought you would get a kick out of that) for dinner later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Visicypher
    It was nice and cold on Saturday. Trails were firm until 1pm, then the really wet spots (plz insert lewd comment here) got softer, but not that bad. Rode for 2hrs, then made sinigang (I thought you would get a kick out of that) for dinner later.
    Yeah, nice and solid from 9 to 11 AM yesterday and we saw no other riders. Temps apparently were between 16 and 20 degrees. We must have run into 50 runners on Rocky Canyon. Tried to ride up to Orchard Gulch, but the road turned into ice just past 3 bears. Ended up doing an out and back on 5 mile, plus 3 bears and the usual reserve stuff. I hear tell that Corrals is mostly dry these days, but I don't feel like becoming road kill on BB road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Visicypher
    Too bad you can't get out more Nick that 575 you have is a nice bike. Sounds like you deserve some much needed chamois-time.
    Yeah work has been sucking lately, but this past week it's been better and I have been able to get back into my normal workout routine without a lot hanging over my head.

    The Yeti is on the porch now. I'm gonna swap out my Shimanos for my platform pedals. I'm selling my winter MTB shoes (Answer Kashmirs) cuz they are too big so I want to use platforms so I can wear a pair of winter boots so I can ride. I'm hoping to get in some riding this afternoon out at Wilson Creek as soon as the Daytona 500 is over. I just hope I don't get shot at.

    Saw a cool Poprad disc at Jorge's. Cyclocross bike with disc....hmmm...might be time for another bike.
    One of our 2006 CX bike has discs on it. Seems somewhat odd since most of the CX bikes I have seen have cantis on them.

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    Just called my self-professed weatherman friend, and asked him "where is the 36 degree and sunny day you promised me?"

    he blamed it on weather.com, and smartly canceled our ride.
    looks like the muddy adidas get abused today.

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    hey nick

    nope, i drive a white volvo with a black dog

    we went to the cabin in crouch and it was so fecking cold!! we had plans to snow-shoe to this slope with some natural kickers and hit those (not on the snow-shoes ) but it never even warmed up enough after the afternoon sun to be worth the trudging.

    dogs had fun. we froze our arses off and spent most of the time packing gear in and out...but fun anyway. i'm going to PM you re: some snow-shoes i'm looking at.

    hope everyone has a nice day, you lucky gov. employees have tomorrow off, the trails will be all yours.
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    Exposure

    No trees up here so me and my riding buddies found the only shade available (a "Jeepney" parked on the side of the road for some reason). Did I mention it was hot?
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    90 degrees by 830am

    Sunday's ride on my hometown's version of Hard Guy (it's called Veterans). On some parts of the climb, I was actually wishing it was winter! It's basically a straight up climb up the mountain (no switchbacks).
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    Table Rock

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    Opposites...

    the complete opposite. Mid 20s today. Trails were super firm.
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    Can't wait...

    Quote Originally Posted by Visicypher
    This is what is waiting for you G.

    I miss my SS! I'll try to bring some warm weather and sun with me...

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    You just keep that humidity over there.

    How close was the mudslide to where you are at?

    Just got back from a friggin' cold ride out at Wilson Creek. Rode for about 1:20hr. Saw about a dozen wild horses. My hydration tube froze about 45 mins into my ride . Something happened to my RP3. I had it on max Propedal as I was heading back to my car and about 1.5 miles away it seemed like it most of it's air pressure even though I had the lever switched to the far right for max Propedal. I'm gonna go check the pressure right now to see if I somehow lost any over the course of the ride. I hope it's nothing more than that.

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    Monday morning ride

    Looks like it should be nice and chozen frozen tomorrow in the Boise 'hills. I am probably going to ride in the morning (attn: CBro) to avoid the mush later in the day..

    Probably will ride from CB park at 9am if anyone's interested in a leisurely pedal...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bombin4X
    Looks like it should be nice and chozen frozen tomorrow in the Boise 'hills. I am probably going to ride in the morning (attn: CBro) to avoid the mush later in the day..

    Probably will ride from CB park at 9am if anyone's interested in a leisurely pedal...

    Look for the mullet hairdo...
    I can peddle leisure suits all day. See ya there for something fairly quick.

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    How much are Marta SLs in the homeland? I am so curious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BelaySlave
    You just keep that humidity over there.

    How close was the mudslide to where you are at?

    Just got back from a friggin' cold ride out at Wilson Creek. Rode for about 1:20hr. Saw about a dozen wild horses. My hydration tube froze about 45 mins into my ride . Something happened to my RP3. I had it on max Propedal as I was heading back to my car and about 1.5 miles away it seemed like it most of it's air pressure even though I had the lever switched to the far right for max Propedal. I'm gonna go check the pressure right now to see if I somehow lost any over the course of the ride. I hope it's nothing more than that.
    the landslides were 400 miles away. We've been getting lots of sun where I am.

    Do a search for "RP3" and "stuck down" to find out the cure for your shock woes. It might be time for a Push job.

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    i haven't seen Maguras here...

    Quote Originally Posted by Visicypher
    How much are Marta SLs in the homeland? I am so curious.
    All I've seen are Avid Juicy and Shimano hydros... Prices are a little less than in the US of A.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flipnidaho
    Do a search for "RP3" and "stuck down" to find out the cure for your shock woes. It might be time for a Push job.
    Ian (Ivan_the_ Terrible) doesn't think it's that. My shock is fully uncompressed when there is no weight on the bike. Now that I'm on a faster computer at work I'm gonna do some research into it. More than likely though the Yeti is gonna find it's way to the excellent guys at Reeds sometime this week.

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    cold but fun

    Hmmm. Turns out 10 is not my favorite number... when its the number of degrees outside! I could handle a couple more degrees this morning. Heres my trail report from the weekend... it rocked. I rode Saturday and then was out pretty much all day Sunday. Yeah, it was cold, but I will take that any day if the trails stay nice and solid like they did this weekend. Everything is great. The trails are drier than they have been in a long time and what isn't dry is frozen. I was out until 3:30 and things were just not getting soft. Hoorray for a kick a$$ weekend on the bike!
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    Good job! Glorious morning ride

    Quote Originally Posted by rocknrollbarbie
    Hmmm. Turns out 10 is not my favorite number... when its the number of degrees outside! I could handle a couple more degrees this morning.
    EP, CBro and I gave it a go this morning, with the big guy peeling off to ascend Sidewinder and Dingo (CBro) and I continuing on to finish dorking. The trails were awesome, the sun was warming, and the air crisp. What a beautiful morning~

    Thanks to CBro and Earthpig for showing up, stoked we got to ride together and looking forward to our next excursion...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BelaySlave
    You just keep that humidity over there.

    How close was the mudslide to where you are at?

    Just got back from a friggin' cold ride out at Wilson Creek. Rode for about 1:20hr. Saw about a dozen wild horses. My hydration tube froze about 45 mins into my ride . Something happened to my RP3. I had it on max Propedal as I was heading back to my car and about 1.5 miles away it seemed like it most of it's air pressure even though I had the lever switched to the far right for max Propedal. I'm gonna go check the pressure right now to see if I somehow lost any over the course of the ride. I hope it's nothing more than that.
    Try putting your hydration tube and bite valve inside your jersey.
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    Quote Originally Posted by impdude
    Try putting your hydration tube and bite valve inside your jersey.
    I wish Nalgene made a neoprene tube cover like Camelbak.

    What I was thinking of doing was buying some insulated tape (hell...I don't even know if that stuff exists) and just wrapping my tube in it. I did try to use the tube cover from one of my Camelbaks and slip it over the Nalgene tube, but the Nalgene tube is fatter.

    I may have to hit up the Home Depot or Lowes to see what kind of insulation they have for a hydration tube.

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    I was out for a few hours yesterday and my water was ok. I put really warm, almost hot water in my water bottle and it stayed un-frozen for the whole ride. I go sans camelback in the winter cause I need way less hydration than in the summer. You might want to try something as simple as that.
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    plumber's tape maybe? anyone ever try coban or casting tape (medical) to insulate a cb tube? i'm going to bring some home and try it.
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    The suck and blow

    Quote Originally Posted by BelaySlave
    I wish Nalgene made a neoprene tube cover like Camelbak.
    Nick, I've got a simpler solution for you, and you don't need a cover for the tube - use the ol' suck and blow technique: When you're done drinking, blow into the tube, which forces all the water back into the reservoir bag, and keeps it from freezing in the tube. When you're ready to drink again, take a couple of pulls to bring the water back in the tube, and then blow back through the tube again when you're done. Voila - no more frozen hydro tube.

    Thanks to cinnoman monkey for that tidbit of knowledge. I hear tell that he's very good at the sucking and blowing thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bombin4X
    EP, CBro and I gave it a go this morning, with the big guy peeling off to ascend Sidewinder and Dingo (CBro) and I continuing on to finish dorking. The trails were awesome, the sun was warming, and the air crisp. What a beautiful morning~

    Thanks to CBro and Earthpig for showing up, stoked we got to ride together and looking forward to our next excursion...
    Absolutely dandy. Now the only thing that could have made the whole thing better was if the former Screamin Toads coffee shop wouldn't have been too crowded to patronize. Such is a holiday, eh? But all in all, very glad I made it. I was overdressed, wearing nothing more than my typical double-digit roadie commute wear, but forgot how warm you get standing up on fat tires...

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    Earthpig's advice plus starting with some warm water would probably work best. Guys I have skied and biked with have the insulated tubes and mouthpieces, but they still have to suck and blow or the tube will eventually freeze. Also make sure you are drinking lots of water, even though it's cold, cause you are sweating under all those layers and the cold air robs your body of moisture -

    "...Insensible Perspiration - body sweats to maintain humidity level of 70% next to skin - particularly in a cold, dry environment you can lose a great deal of moisture this way
    Respiration - air is heated as it enters the lungs and is exhaled with an extremely high moisture content. It is important to recognize the strong connection between fluid levels, fluid loss, and heat loss. As body moisture is lost through the various evaporative processes the overall circulating volume is reduced which can lead to dehydration. This decrease in fluid level makes the body more susceptible to hypothermia and other cold injuries." - http://www.princeton.edu/~oa/safety/hypocold.shtml

    Not that any of us of this forum are experiencing hypothermia, but you can ride longer and recover faster for the next day by staying hydrated.

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    Just got back from the Statehouse and wow is it GORGEOUS out there now!!! Nice!!! Can't wait to hop on the road bike in a couple of hours.

    Too bad next week is a mixed bag of nice weather and not-so-nice weather. Get out and enjoy it while you can (I think Monday through Wednesday we are suppose to maybe have rain).

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTNgirl
    i think it's a sign
    Amen, Sister!

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    Warm out there tonight...

    Anybody else get to ride out there in this heat wave we're having? Did the newly renamed "Dingo Loop" with the assist of my homebrew light set. Hulls has never been so interesting - in the dark it's a whole new experience with new lines and challenges.

    Good times!

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    I got on the trail about 6:30 last night and it was WARM! I rode well after it turned dark and didn't get frozen out. There were tons of mtbikers and runners out there enjoying the beautiful, warm (so to speak) weather. I rode in my summer gloves and a long sleve jersey. Belay, you were right about the reserve having lotsa soft spots... ick. But Hulls and sidewinder were great. It feels like spring!

    Heres lessons from last nights ride:

    1) Plugging in the battery correctly does wonders for the longevity of your light.
    2) Its very important to watch the little light meter to make sure you have enough light to get home, cause no matter how much fun you are having, when the lights go out, the fun factor goes down.
    3) No matter how many times you turn around to practice riding through the mud hole, it just gets deeper, and your mud plowing skills won't improve.
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    I hopped on Juicy Peaches (my road bike) and hit the Greenbelt for a quickie Barber Park loop-de-loop starting from the BSU Rec Center. Suprisingly I didn't see as many people as I expected with the nice weather. Only a couple of roadies and walkers. Heck even the golf course wasn't that packed. The river is FLOWING right now. Today looks to be like a nice day as well. Woohoo!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocknrollbarbie
    No matter how many times you turn around to practice riding through the mud hole, it just gets deeper, and your mud plowing skills won't improve.
    ....
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    hehe

    You know I made that comment just for you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rocknrollbarbie
    You know I made that comment just for you!
    Why doesn't EP pick on you for this? He would never let that go if I said it.


    He just hasn't seen me in my lycra bibs...
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    Quote Originally Posted by zebdi
    Why doesn't EP pick on you for this? He would never let that go if I said it.


    He just hasn't seen me in my lycra bibs...
    I thought you were supposed to ride through the mud holes, because riding aroung them causes unnecessary trail widening. Garnetspur - help me out here!

    Lycra bibs are the new baggies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Earthpig
    I thought you were supposed to ride through the mud holes, because riding aroung them causes unnecessary trail widening. Garnetspur - help me out here!
    Correct! You are supposed to ride through to keep the trail damage and widening to a minimum (if you can't bunnyhop the whole thing). If you can remember back to when I first joined this forum, I made that statement. It was the same thread that you commenced to call me every name in the 6th grade book.

    I was just commenting (giving her sh!t) about practicing riding through the mudhole over and over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zebdi
    It was the same thread that you commenced to call me every name in the 6th grade book.
    It should be quite clear that I'm not real bright and I have a short fuse. Never a good combo!

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    Someone remind me why SS'ing is suppose to be "fun"???? Sure ain't fun when guys on their 27 speed full suspension Specializeds are passing you when you are off to the side of the trail making sure both knees haven't exploded. It sure ain't fun when senior citizen walkers are passing you while your heart rate monitor is going haywire cuz it doesn't register THAT HIGH of a heart rate.


    Man alive am I beat down after tonight's SS Dork Loop ride. Obviously I had to take a couple of breaks going up Kestrel, but I'm suprised I was able to grunt up that considering I really haven't ridden alot this winter. I did have to push the bike up a tad near the top as well as that short steep section on Crestline. But for the majority of the ride I was able huff-and-puff my way through it. It was GREAT to finally be on Hulls and let gravity do most of the work.

    Speaking of Hulls.....

    I know I'm slow as hell and overly cautious. And if you are zooming down Hulls alot faster than me, I'll kindly move off to the side to let you pass. BUT.....LET ME KNOW THAT YOU ARE RIDING UP MY ASS INSTEAD OF COMING UP RIGHT BEHIND ME WITHOUT NO WARNING AND THEN BARELY KNOCKING ME OFF MY DAMN BIKE AS YOU PASS ME!!!! I tried to catch up to the guy on the FS silver and black Gary Fisher so I could punch him in the neck. ****ing *******.

    Other than that it was a fun night to be out. It was "warm" when I started out at 5:30pm, but dang I got cold by the time I got back to the parking lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BelaySlave
    Someone remind me why SS'ing is suppose to be "fun"???? Sure ain't fun when guys on their 27 speed full suspension Specializeds are passing you when you are off to the side of the trail making sure both knees haven't exploded. It sure ain't fun when senior citizen walkers are passing you while your heart rate monitor is going haywire cuz it doesn't register THAT HIGH of a heart rate.


    Man alive am I beat down after tonight's SS Dork Loop ride. Obviously I had to take a couple of breaks going up Kestrel, but I'm suprised I was able to grunt up that considering I really haven't ridden alot this winter. I did have to push the bike up a tad near the top as well as that short steep section on Crestline. But for the majority of the ride I was able huff-and-puff my way through it. It was GREAT to finally be on Hulls and let gravity do most of the work.

    Speaking of Hulls.....

    I know I'm slow as hell and overly cautious. And if you are zooming down Hulls alot faster than me, I'll kindly move off to the side to let you pass. BUT.....LET ME KNOW THAT YOU ARE RIDING UP MY ASS INSTEAD OF COMING UP RIGHT BEHIND ME WITHOUT NO WARNING AND THEN BARELY KNOCKING ME OFF MY DAMN BIKE AS YOU PASS ME!!!! I tried to catch up to the guy on the FS silver and black Gary Fisher so I could punch him in the neck. ****ing *******.

    Other than that it was a fun night to be out. It was "warm" when I started out at 5:30pm, but dang I got cold by the time I got back to the parking lot.

    What sort of gear ratio are you running on your SS? I went to a 32x20 and find everything's pretty doable with an easy ratio like that.

    CDB
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    Quote Originally Posted by CBro
    What sort of gear ratio are you running on your SS? I went to a 32x20 and find everything's pretty doable with an easy ratio like that.

    CDB
    32x20. Definately much better than the 32x18 that's on the SpecialEd SS. I'm still trying to get my cycling legs underneath me.

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