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    What did you do to/for your bike today?

    Some days I don't get to do anything or ride it, or even touch it, so I'd like to know what you did to or for your bike today.

    Today I lowered my stem by one spacer.


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    Off work, but it's wet and rainy...bled my brakes because I wanted them to be a bit stiffer. Can't wait til the weekend to ride!

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    Cleaned and lubed.
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    mine decided it needed a fresh rear tube. :P
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    I rode.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JackFromNC View Post
    I rode.
    I can only do small laps around my station... I still gotta be able to jump on the rig when people call 911.. I love working 48hr shifts, but it's a long time to not ride.
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    Adjusted psi's on the front tire, got a slow leak. Greased the maxle for smooth action. boom, ready to ride

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    Today I let it rest AAAAALLLLLLL DAY.

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    Brake service kits installed front and rear and new pads.

    I forgot what awesome brakes felt like. Feels like a new bike all over again!

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    Cleaned, bled the rear brake, and removed two chainrings. Now riding

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    Stripped one bike down to the bare frame, used the parts to build up a new one. I guess one hates me, and the other loves me.
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    When I get home, I will change the rear tube on the Fish, the slow leak has finally pissed me off enough,
    then I'll unpack and put together my new bike (not that exciting, its a CHF 350 shitter)
    always mad and usually drunk......

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    No riding today so I pedalled it by hand as it hung in my basement rafter.
    Then gave it a nice pat on the down tube, we ride soon!
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    it's early in the morning, so it's about what i'm going to do...i will get two sets of brake pads today.

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    Today, researched new anngle set and new chain rings.

    tonight, wipe down lube and adjust my stem / shorten my bars.
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    i telepathically told mine about a stepdown stair gap I've been wanting to try (but probably shouldn't at my age). it may end up a happy event or the hurt locker for one of us saturday mrng.

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    Cleaned a pile of sh!t off my rear tire. With my hand, as I unknowingly grabbed the bike to hoist onto my rack.

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    ^^ don't feel like the lone ranger, last night I spun my bike around the yard long enough to get the seat height right, and I rode right through at least one surprise from my Pugs. 3/4 of an acre and I find a turd to ride over. It's a skill I tell you.
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    I decided to dust the cobwebs off my "other" full suspension bike, filled the tires with air, and took a cruise around the neighborhood and tried a few wheelies...
    Amazing that we used to ride these things in the woods when I was a kid...
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    Prepping spare bike for an out-of-town visitor tomorrow:
    He gets a chunkier front tire, a 9mm thru-axle conversion, a clean brake rotor, and the pedals of his choice.

    Mine gets a kick to remove dry mud, and some oil on my chain.

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    Guess I'm gonna go ride around my parking lot.... at least my parking lot at the station has some stairs and a gap to play on...

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    I gathered part of the flock in for the winter ( the Blindside, Ragley, and wifes Safire). I'll probably fix the flat on the Adamant and might drink a beer and just stare lovingly at the Sunday I just finished. I'll also check my ebay bids ...we all really kind of want that cherry Italian made Marz66.

    edit...I'll definitely drink a beer...I might stare lovingly at the Sunday.

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    Exercised it vigorously on an early ride, then hauled it down to the auto repair shop where I dropped off my truck, then rode it home. Then I rode it to work (truck was in the shop ).

    It must be very happy today.
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    Drilled some holes in the seat-tube to reduce weight.

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    Sold pieces of my old bike on ebay so I can afford parts for the new bike!

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    New speedplay cleats so I can get out on the road bike for some winter spinning. Today new slx cranks for the satori since I stripped out my deores on a xc ride yesterday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arkon11 View Post
    Drilled some holes in the seat-tube to reduce weight.
    pix?
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    I went to a bike shop and tested a Surly today. loved it!! those things are fun!! I may rent one for some snow touring this winter
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    Quote Originally Posted by arkon11 View Post
    Drilled some holes in the seat-tube to reduce weight.
    Would the reduced weight be worth the decrease in strength?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grinderz View Post
    Would the reduced weight be worth the decrease in strength?
    I was wondering the same thing.. that's why I want pix.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arkon11 View Post
    Drilled some holes in the seat-tube to reduce weight.
    God I really hope you are kidding.

    I mean seriously, how much weight could one drop by doing this?


    You would have been better off just cutting off one of your big toes.

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    I have a good size roll of racer's tape from last year, and lots of newish tubes.
    If I don't put it on now, what's the point?


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    I bought some tubes, spacers, and a powerlink today. I'd dropped my 11 tooth from my 34/11 cassette, turning it into an 8 speed in the process on Monday when my Ultegra 13 tooth top gear arrived. Tonight I tried to add some more spacers to the inside of the freehub but found that I was already maxed out. Regardless, my chainline is happier now, dead centered between 4th and 5th when in the middle ring.

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    Taking her out for some exercise right now!

    Dakota Ridge for an afternoon ride after a morning of skiing.
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    washed and wiped down frame and etc
    then lubed and wiped the chain
    then went for a ride and got her dusty and dirty
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    My Salsa is gonna be mad, but I ordered a Surly Ogre frameset that I'll be swapping over all its parts onto. I'm gonna have so many braze-ons and so much tire clearance I won't know what to do with myself!

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    Today I was trying to replace 42T Shimano for 40T Specialites Chinook chainring. Unfortunatelly Chinook is thicker so I need longer screws....

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    today I think I'm gonna go get some crank brothers eggbeaters and a shorter stem & longer bars...

    should be fun.

    any opinions on eggbeater vs candy? I like the idea of clip in from any side, and I never ride unclipped, so I'm leaning towards eggbeater, any one not like them?
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    My Commuter got a ride and a post rain wipe down before receiving some new chain rings. My MTB was ignored because it's living at the house I'm housesitting this month right next to Joaquin Miller Park poised for action, while I'm at work in the City.

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    Tightened up the rear hub, rebuilt the rear brake caliper, and lubed/ retightened the EBB. RTR.

    >>>any opinions on eggbeater vs candy? I like the idea of clip in from any side, and I never ride unclipped, so I'm leaning towards eggbeater, any one not like them?<<<

    I have both and prefer egg beaters. Unless you ride sometimes with soft soled shoes, not sure there's much purpose to the candy's. Egg beaters are super easy to maintain and rebuild if needed, and you can get into an entry pair for cheap. They can be fragile, though- if you smack one good on a rock, it'll bend the outer piece and you'll need to replace it. Better float than SPDs, but definitely not as strong. I need the float for my knees, and they're cheap, so I just keep an extra set (from CL or the like) at home in case the working set breaks.
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    Talked dirty to it. Its the only thing left that doesn't seem to hurt my wallet...
    We can't stop here, this is bat country..

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    Quote Originally Posted by alshead View Post
    >>>any opinions on eggbeater vs candy? I like the idea of clip in from any side, and I never ride unclipped, so I'm leaning towards eggbeater, any one not like them?<<<
    Second hand preference info, but my GF races both road and mountain. She has EBs on the pave machines, but she has Candys on all her MTBs. She never tends to mix them either way -she loves the 'pedal finding' of the SL riding offroad, and shat.



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    Quote Originally Posted by alshead View Post
    Tightened up the rear hub, rebuilt the rear brake caliper, and lubed/ retightened the EBB. RTR.

    >>>any opinions on eggbeater vs candy? I like the idea of clip in from any side, and I never ride unclipped, so I'm leaning towards eggbeater, any one not like them?<<<

    I have both and prefer egg beaters. Unless you ride sometimes with soft soled shoes, not sure there's much purpose to the candy's. Egg beaters are super easy to maintain and rebuild if needed, and you can get into an entry pair for cheap. They can be fragile, though- if you smack one good on a rock, it'll bend the outer piece and you'll need to replace it. Better float than SPDs, but definitely not as strong. I need the float for my knees, and they're cheap, so I just keep an extra set (from CL or the like) at home in case the working set breaks.
    I rode apex after putting on a new stem, bars, and EB's. It was an odd day so I went up apex->sluicebox->pick n' sledge->apex

    Smacked the EB's on a bunch of rocks, they didn't break but they're gonna take some getting used to.....
    LOVE the new short stem and wide bars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grandsalmon View Post
    Second hand preference info, but my GF races both road and mountain. She has EBs on the pave machines, but she has Candys on all her MTBs. She never tends to mix them either way -she loves the 'pedal finding' of the SL riding offroad, and shat.



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    This is my new set up:

    New EB's.



    New 45mm Diety stem:



    New bars, currently 810mm, gonna cut them down a bit, but rode a few miles with some tech rocks and fast DH with them at full width.. LOVE THEM:



    After my ride I removed the gear indicator on the shifter and swapped the brake to inside the shifter so it's in the right spot for a single finger grab and quick shifts... No pix of that yet, been busy and it was dark when I did that.... I like it a lot!
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    Finally fixed the slow leak in the rear tube and put on my mud tire while I had the wheel off.

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    I miss my bike as I'm stranded in Sri Lanka now

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    Finally got round to servicing a sticky front shifter. It has been periodically sticking for 3 months now. Every time I think of it I am halfway through a ride. One squirt of wd-40 and it was fixed.

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    Made a ghetto dropper post today...



    Just a reflector bracket to be the lower end stop, and shifter cable used as the higher end stop. Works great so far.

    I also changed my brake pads, but now I gotta figure out how to adjust my brakes cause they're too tight now.. Hydraulic brakes
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    I rode my bike through a grassy area and came out with both wheels packed with cockleburs. I pulled a lot of them out with my fingers, now I have little thorns in the tips of several fingers. I made it home and used hemostats to pull out the little thorns. I'm hoping that I want have a leak as a result the cockleburs.

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    Yesterday I rode for 30 miles and listened to this creaky sound that was as annoying as it was mysterious. So today I did this (Outboard Bearing Bottom Bracket Service Guide. With Pics.). A short ride around the block makes me think that may have fixed it, but we'll see if it lasts.
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    I left it alone in a refugee camp of other abandoned bikes while I demo'd a Pivot Mach 429, and 429 Carbon. About half way into the ride I was feeling cashed from riding too hard the day before, and my buddy asked what was wrong.
    "I feel like i have a cramp in my heart".... Which I kinda did,literally. He laughed and asked if I was missing my bike.
    Maybe I was, or maybe I could just feel my baby..... scared, abandoned, crying.
    Or maybe I'm just a nerd who likes to anthropomorphize.
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    Yesterday I went out to the local pine forest single tracks for a ride on sun up.

    I have to say that it was a pretty awesome experience floating through a pine forest with the sun just starting to poke its head up. Heaps of wildlife skittering about, and not another rider on any of the trails. Usually I am only out on a bike ride this early in the mornings if I am commuting to work, or competing in a race/pre-race training session where there isnt much time to 'stop and smell the roses'.

    After an epic season of training/xc racing, with many high points, and low points, it has been awesome and refreshing to jump on the bike to focus just on riding and rekindling my passion for the MTB.

    So I guess technically speaking I didnt do anything TO my bike, but I did something FOR my bike. I rode it, and I enjoyed every moment. The worst part is that I now have to wait an entire working week before I can head out and recharge again. Damn work.

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    Got the Pug's ready for the Festival of Lights parade.
    Not sure yet if I have enough lights on it.....
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    I rode it to my sons baseball game.

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    Rode it on the trails this morning


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    Flushed my brakes and bled and adjusted them, installed new pads, cleaned it, moved the handlebars a little bit and readjusted my shifters/brake levers/grips.
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    I picked up a Thomson stem for it today from another mtbr.

    Shhh.... don't say anything-I want it to be a surprise for my bike.

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    commute to work

    aired up the tires and suffered in the cold

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    After riding a buddy's bike with a shorter, more upright cockpit, I put a short stem on. Lubed up the cable to my dropper post as it was sticking, and mostly just ogled her in the garage...
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    Fixed a flat and lubed the chain.....

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    Fitted the new self extracting crank bolt sent free by Middleburn UK as a replacement for the one i broke.

    Also recieved my 170mm/135mm Hope FatSno hubs..... new wheel build tomorrow.
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    Put on new HS1 rotors: 200mm front, 160 rear.
    New pads.
    Changed my stem to a 35mm. LOVE IT.





    My bike on the left with the 200mm HS1 rotor, Tim's bike on the right with the 185mm OEM rotor.

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    I got it dirty for the first time.
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    I got a new set of organic brake pad's front and rear today for the Niner, and my Cane Creek 110-Series Head Set will arrive by noon tomorrow via UPS and I can ditch this cheapo FSA.

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    Knocked 30secs off my time at a local trail. Working my way up so I can take the top of the list in Strava and go into the bike shop just smiling

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    I ride my Titus SB everywhere, road, canals, horse trails, XC, AM. Now that it's getting dark quicker, I've added some lights to it.

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    Started a second winter project with Scott Quiring.

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    Fixed a flat

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    Replaced DU bushings on Fox Shox with new polymer bushings. Got rid of slop in suspension and made it easier to replace next time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arkon11 View Post
    Drilled some holes in the seat-tube to reduce weight.
    helps with the ventilation too, from what I hear....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollyw00d View Post
    Changed my stem to a 35mm. LOVE IT.
    I love the 35mm Straitline stem, one of my favorite bike parts of all time Nice upgrade!

    Today I replaced the front tube and rear brake pads on my Heckler.

    For the Butcher today: I removed a sheared off high limit screw from the rear derailleur, replacing it with one from another derailleur, cleaned the der. and chain, reinstalled everything and replaced the cable, re-adjusted, lubed and now off to Horsetooth
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    Built my entire bike today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtn.skratch View Post
    I love the 35mm Straitline stem, one of my favorite bike parts of all time Nice upgrade!

    Yeah it's awesome!!


    Quote Originally Posted by davidwillis View Post
    Built my entire bike today.
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    didn't like my EB's, so I swapped to Candy 3's yesterday, and rode 16 miles at Buffalo Creek today. it was awesome!
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    Put a new set of grips on. I suppose that was more for me than the bike.

    Needed to try some with a better palm swell. Old wrist injury is starting to bother me.

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    Today.... I sent it like I never have before. The last day of riding for a months because winter is setting in, but boy was it grand.

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    Off the bike for almost a month after minor shoulder separation. Lubed my chain, check shock pressure, went for a ride! Shoulder still hurts and after today I think ill wait another week to ride.

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    Today, I listed a whole bunch of crap on ebay so I can pay for new brakes. Yesterday I installed a new crank. XO Carbon DH crank. Yum.
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    Rode it then swapped the revelation 140 for a revelation rlt with the travel set at 130... it seems weird to move down in travel but the bar height and bb height just feel better now...

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    Did some maintenance today. Rebuilt both hubs, cleaned and repacked both pairs of bearings, adjusted derailleurs, will disassemble and detail tomorrow then readjust any thing that needs it.
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    rode it then wiped it down.

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    Rode mine and left it dirty. Cleaning and adjustments are for tomorrow.

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    Cleaned and lubed.

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    Installed Truvativ Descendant Cranks and an e13 lg1 chain guide on my cannondale gemini

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    Busted my rear hub on a fun tech trail.. and after the trail found a bunch of suspension joints were loose too...

    It's at my buddies shop now, getting fixed..
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    Took it to the Dr. the other day to have fork and shock rebuilt. Will pick it up tomorrow
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    I installed some lizard skin cable rub patches. 5 clear and 1 carbon leather. Also installed carbon leather chainstay protector.

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    Took off my creaky race face crank, front derailleur and front shifter and replaced it all with an XO DH crank and E13 LG1 chain guide,

    Also replace my Avid XX brakes with BB7s. I think I'm done with hydraulic brakes for now.

    Still need to swap the 36t ring with a 32. 36 is a little tall for me on a 1x10.

    Only 5 more weeks till I can ride...
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    Cleaned and lubed. Then adjusted saddle angle. it was dipped way forward, wonder if that contributed to going over the handlebars?

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    new pads, new rotors, and brakes bled.... next to break them in if the rain would just stop falling



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    I cleaned the bottom bracket area on my frame between the cranks with a toothbrush, then squirted some lube there.

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    Picked up some new Maxxis Crossmarks for the KHS. I didn't have time to swap them out today, maybe tomorrow. I also scoped out a possible new bike.

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    Last night I readjusted the air pressure/sag on my RP23 per the guide in Niner's Encyclopedia, changed the air pressure in the tires per Stan's NoTubes tire pressure recommendation for ZTR rims (weight divided by 7 and then -1 for the front and +2 for the rear), installed my new XT Trail pedals, and put the cleats on my new Pearl Izumi X-Alp Enduro III shoes. Rode today in the low 60's and sunny in Denver and with all the changes, I had a great ride and a big grin on my face!

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    I added fenders to my 29er.

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    Brushed off the dirt and sold it.


    But it's OK - I have another one.

    (and that AC rear wheel is not long for this world, but it has served me very well these past 5 years. The front AC, not so much.)
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    Cleaned and lubed the drivetrain on the wifes and my bike.

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