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    Nano!

    I don't know what the laws are in NM but "nano" (ie, <100 barrels a year) brewing seems to be all the rage these days. That might work better in LA, not sure you could support a full microbrewery. Heck, as far as I know you basically have to get to Kikkoman just to buy decent beer in a bottle. Is that still the case?

    I bet there are some very good home brewers in LA that you could make friends with. With all that science talent and the lack of good beer for sale, I'd be shocked if some PhDs hadn't taken matters into their own hands by now...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walt View Post
    Heck, as far as I know you basically have to get to Kikkoman just to buy decent beer in a bottle. Is that still the case?

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    Yep. Kokoman is still there in Pojoaque and has an extensive selection of brews & spirits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walt View Post
    I don't know what the laws are in NM but "nano" (ie, <100 barrels a year) brewing seems to be all the rage these days. That might work better in LA, not sure you could support a full microbrewery. Heck, as far as I know you basically have to get to Kikkoman just to buy decent beer in a bottle. Is that still the case?

    I bet there are some very good home brewers in LA that you could make friends with. With all that science talent and the lack of good beer for sale, I'd be shocked if some PhDs hadn't taken matters into their own hands by now...

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    I know a guy in LA who is pretty serious about his homebrew -- hopefully he will share some now that I'm going to be a "local" haha

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    Microbrews in LA!

    Los Alamos has a brand new brew pub called the "Pajarito Brewpub and Grill" (www.facebook.com/pajaritobrewpubandgrill). They've got a ton of New Mexico Microbrews on tap and have the first frost rail in New Mexico that wraps around the entire copper bar top. There food is fairly good too.

    There's also a "Los Alamos Beer Cooperative" in the works (Los Alamos Beer Co-op - Home) that will hopefully be bringing hand-crafted Los Alamos Microbrews to tap sometime in the relatively near future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nealpederson View Post
    Los Alamos has a brand new brew pub called the "Pajarito Brewpub and Grill" (www.facebook.com/pajaritobrewpubandgrill). They've got a ton of New Mexico Microbrews on tap and have the first frost rail in New Mexico that wraps around the entire copper bar top. There food is fairly good too.

    There's also a "Los Alamos Beer Cooperative" in the works (Los Alamos Beer Co-op - Home) that will hopefully be bringing hand-crafted Los Alamos Microbrews to tap sometime in the relatively near future.
    AWESOME...my fiance is going to LOVE this. haha He's a beer guy lol

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    I'm a little late coming to this thread, but I just wanted to mention that it's worth looking into the NM Park & Ride - I live in Santa Fe and I take the bus to the lab every day to save on gas and keep the miles down on my car. They run buses from Espanola to Los Alamos (I am not sure where the bus stop in Espanola is located...). It runs $2/ride ($4/day) or you can get a monthly pass for $60.

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    Thanks for the info radio. We'll probably be driving together for a bit to see how it goes. Where we're at we can't get mail delivery so we'll be picking up our mail in LA everyday too...including packages we get for our side job. Lol

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    BP, you'll be fine down in Espanola. My wife and I rented down there for a year when we first moved back to NM, and thoroughly enjoyed our neighbors and the town. We only moved up on the hill because we'd had our fill of commuting when we were in PHX. Sure, Espanola may be a bit sketchier now, but there still many good people down there. Be friendly, be smart, and you'll be fine.
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    Thanks for the info radio. We'll probably be driving together for a bit to see how it goes. Where we're at we can't get mail delivery so we'll be picking up our mail in LA everyday too...including packages we get for our side job. Lol
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    Thanks Joe.

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    Hey NM friends...

    I got new tires for my bike for Christmas!! woo...no more street tires! I'm ready!!!

    Anyway -- On my bike rack during a drive back from a trip -- I managed to loose something on the front end. Perhaps a bearing where the fork meets the frame (help me name this?). It dumped some nasty old lube all over the fork and just made a mess.

    Point is -- the fork has some play in it now -- forward and back. Been riding anyway (though I'm sure it's not great for it). But anyone have suggestions?

    I'll be out there in just a few weeks now -- I've gotta meet up with some of you and get my bike in better condition before the season comes around again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BluePanda View Post
    Hey NM friends...

    I got new tires for my bike for Christmas!! woo...no more street tires! I'm ready!!!

    Anyway -- On my bike rack during a drive back from a trip -- I managed to loose something on the front end. Perhaps a bearing where the fork meets the frame (help me name this?). It dumped some nasty old lube all over the fork and just made a mess.

    Point is -- the fork has some play in it now -- forward and back. Been riding anyway (though I'm sure it's not great for it). But anyone have suggestions?

    I'll be out there in just a few weeks now -- I've gotta meet up with some of you and get my bike in better condition before the season comes around again.
    Sounds like your headset (the assembly that contains the bearings where the fork meets the frame) is loose. I can't really imagine a situation in which one of the bearings (assuming you don't have cartridge bearings) would be able to pop out. There could be something wrong with the headset cups themselves, possibly cracked? Take a look here, especially the last part about adjustment.

    Park Tool Co. » ParkTool Blog » Threadless Headset Service

    I would NOT ride with a loose headset. You could ovalize the head tube, which can not be repaired. Unless you want to be in the market for a new frame soon

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    Quote Originally Posted by C S View Post
    Sounds like your headset (the assembly that contains the bearings where the fork meets the frame) is loose. I can't really imagine a situation in which one of the bearings (assuming you don't have cartridge bearings) would be able to pop out. There could be something wrong with the headset cups themselves, possibly cracked? Take a look here, especially the last part about adjustment.

    Park Tool Co. » ParkTool Blog » Threadless Headset Service

    I would NOT ride with a loose headset. You could ovalize the head tube, which can not be repaired. Unless you want to be in the market for a new frame soon
    Thanks for the details. I've been off of it for awhile, but I'm wanting a ride. Oh well. It'll have to wait until after the move. We've got a week to pack the house now before a quick trip to vegas for CES before moving out there -- at least we'll have a garage for working on bikes in the snowy weather.

    When and if I get it apart I'll post some updates. :P Too much a project to start before the move at the moment though :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by BluePanda View Post
    Hey NM friends...

    I got new tires for my bike for Christmas!! woo...no more street tires! I'm ready!!!

    Anyway -- On my bike rack during a drive back from a trip -- I managed to loose something on the front end. Perhaps a bearing where the fork meets the frame (help me name this?). It dumped some nasty old lube all over the fork and just made a mess.

    Point is -- the fork has some play in it now -- forward and back. Been riding anyway (though I'm sure it's not great for it). But anyone have suggestions?

    I'll be out there in just a few weeks now -- I've gotta meet up with some of you and get my bike in better condition before the season comes around again.
    As CS said, it sounds like the headset gave out for whatever reason. Do NOT ride your bike until it is fixed. Riding it with a loose or damaged headset can mess up your bike and possibly mess you up. How old is your bike, anyway?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blister Butt View Post
    As CS said, it sounds like the headset gave out for whatever reason. Do NOT ride your bike until it is fixed. Riding it with a loose or damaged headset can mess up your bike and possibly mess you up. How old is your bike, anyway?
    Well I've risen it a bit on the roads...but not a lot. Its getting packed soon so i guess it's fate will be known on the other side. Haha

    It is an older bike, hand me down from my mother-in-law-to-be. I think it's about 10 give or take a year or two. Not a yougin. It's been risen mostly with street tires and on roads for most of it's life so other than a little age she still looks nice.

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    What is the make & model of your ride?
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    She's a Diamondback Ascent (at least the frame is). A few other things have been switched out by the old owner -- different wheels, different gear sets, etc. She's your basic hodgepodge of original and replaced parts. Though most of it is all of the same age...

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    I think I posted this and other pics in an older thread...

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    vintage, mid/late 90's... wow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBNate View Post
    vintage, mid/late 90's... wow.
    Hey -- it works. And for just really getting into riding again it'll be perfect in NM... especially for being FREEEEEE

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    Free is good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BluePanda View Post
    Hey -- it works. And for just really getting into riding again it'll be perfect in NM... especially for being FREEEEEE
    Your bike is a '97 model and was pretty spendy at the time: $1000.00 ($1,434.40 in today's money):

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    Looking at that -- mine is pretty much all the same hardware still. haha. Only real change is the seat, pedals and handle bars from what I can tell on that list. lol

    Took another look at it just the other day -- it appears that it's not loose in the frame like I had thought. It's actually loose down in the fork -- down at the shocks. Being the original Rock Shox I'm sure they're a bit warn. lol.

    My fiance has the same bike as well -- but his actually has some changes. Different gear set, different headset, but same ole Rock Shox and such.

    We'll get one of you bike guru's to help us clean em both up to good riding condition...beer anyone? hahaaha


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    The "seals" blew out (ie up, out of the lowers) on your Indy. I had the same one for many years and it did the same thing. You'll probably need a new fork (at least based on my experience trying to repair those things when I was in college), but forks of that vintage/type are literally free for the taking if you can find someone who hasn't cleaned out their bike shop in a while. Someone in the Tuffriders may have something - they are one of the few groups I've ever been involved with where you won't be sneered at for having an older/cheaper mountain bike.

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    Totally Unrelated to the Topic:

    Walt,

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    I'm pretty sure the head tube diameter is somewhat smaller thant today's head tube diameters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBNate View Post
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    Walt,

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    I'm pretty sure the head tube diameter is somewhat smaller thant today's head tube diameters.
    Oh well -- ride it till it falls apart!!! haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calhoun View Post
    and MTBNate has a reputation beyond repute
    suckers!!!


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    If you're a mod you can "opt out" of the rep system now. I am advocating that everyone be given the same option, but who knows if the higher ups will go for that. I'm just a lowly framebuilding mod.

    On topic: '97/'98 is the cutoff for 1 1/8 vs 1" forks for many brands so it's hard to say for sure what size head tube that is. Either way, a replacement can probably be found if someone is LA is a packrat and kept one in the garage.

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    BTW -- not to necro post -- but I'm actually here in Los Alamos finally. Been working here since the the 22nd of Jan.

    I've got to get my butt in gear to shape up a bit -- then the tuff riders and I will meet again!

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    Los Alamos...

    Did it happen yet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBNate View Post
    Did it happen yet?
    Not the in shape part but I shall ride today!

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    Looks like LANS is sellin' the dream:
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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBNate View Post
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    And the 7AM riding horses...with work only 15min away...riiiiiiight.

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    Maybe the 5PM rides are mo bettah? Livin' the 9/80 schedule dream!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBNate View Post
    Maybe the 5PM rides are mo bettah? Livin' the 9/80 schedule dream!

    http://www.lanl.gov/careers/_assets/...ntain-bike.jpg

    9/80 A is best -- because I'm on it...BUT no one seems to work those "real" hours. If I get here at 7, I leave at 5 -- I'm not on the trail at 5. lol. I guess if I were like the general population here I'd be on the trail at 4 getting in at 7...HAHAHAHA

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    I was on a 4/10 schedule up there last year, 0630-5:00PM.

    Downside was commuting from ABQ, so my day started at 0350AM and ended when I got home at 7:20PM.

    But hey - every Friday was an off-day... spent sleeping.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBNate View Post
    I was on a 4/10 schedule up there last year, 0630-5:00PM.

    Downside was commuting from ABQ, so my day started at 0350AM and ended when I got home at 7:20PM.

    But hey - every Friday was an off-day... spent sleeping.
    Yeesh! I couldn't imagine commuting from Abq; my friend did that last fall (working only a couple of days a week in between classes at UNM).

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    Quote Originally Posted by BluePanda View Post
    9/80 A is best -- because I'm on it...BUT no one seems to work those "real" hours. If I get here at 7, I leave at 5 -- I'm not on the trail at 5. lol. I guess if I were like the general population here I'd be on the trail at 4 getting in at 7...HAHAHAHA
    Huh? Schedule B is one of the best in the last 10 years. Coincides with the most holidays for 4 day weekends. I'm 7 - 4:30. Nate, I can't imagine 4 10s from ABQ, all the weekdays are pretty shot. Even 4 10s from SF puts things too late for my taste.
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    Yeah, it sucked bad. But I wasn't interested in moving to LA/White Rock/SFe.

    Luckily for me, the project I was working on didn't quite make it to the construction phase, so I picked up an assignement in ABQ.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBNate View Post
    I was on a 4/10 schedule up there last year, 0630-5:00PM.

    Downside was commuting from ABQ, so my day started at 0350AM and ended when I got home at 7:20PM.

    But hey - every Friday was an off-day... spent sleeping.
    This is my current schedule...though I usually get home in Rio Rancho ~630. Monday and Tuesday arent too bad but Wednesday and Thursdays really start to suck and FML if I have to work a Friday.

    Panda- How's the riding going? Getting used to the elevation yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by borracho View Post
    This is my current schedule...though I usually get home in Rio Rancho ~630. Monday and Tuesday arent too bad but Wednesday and Thursdays really start to suck and FML if I have to work a Friday.
    Commiserations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by borracho View Post
    Panda- How's the riding going? Getting used to the elevation yet?
    Let's just say I haven't had the best luck. lol. We went riding a couple of weeks ago -- and I rode clipless for the first time on trails -- whoops. lol. Only fell three times in a tiny 3 mile ride, but it felt good to be out.

    Tried riding with the TuffRiders last week - and the weather canceled us...and today a damn snow storm cancelled again. Third time is a charm next week?

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    My wife (Sarah) is ROFL right now about that ad - she's a biophysicist and we actually considered living in LA for a while. I just couldn't stomach the idea of moving back to where I grew up...

    To be fair, I think that if anything they are actually underselling the awesomeness of the outdoor recreation in LA.

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    i was on the fence, but the spandex sold me. thats it! im staying in NM






































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