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    After three weeks or so of nearly constant snow and some good days on the local hill...





    the sun finally returned and I got out on my bike...



    the snow is piled up enough that riding is a challenge but not to bad.

    And on the way home a quick stop at the water tower...



    Al thanks for the hookup I look forward to returning the favor!

    Cheers,
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    ps I will be doing the weather on our local RSN (ch 63) network starting next week so if any of ya"ll get to Salida or BV make sure to check that out.

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    Nice!

    Yeah it's been alternating between muddy and frozen in my part of the country. Have you made any adjustments to your initial set-up? Tires or gearing for example. How are you finding the fork? Do you reckon it offers more damping than a regular rigid fork?

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    Amigo! You're an embarrassment...

    You call yourself a single speeder, much less a McClung single speed rider? Here you are hitching a tow behind the groomer????

    Whatever happened to earning your turns? Where are the skins? I'm appalled.

    75 and not a cloud in the sky here. I miss the snow. Enjoy it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by al415
    Yeah it's been alternating between muddy and frozen in my part of the country. Have you made any adjustments to your initial set-up? Tires or gearing for example. How are you finding the fork? Do you reckon it offers more damping than a regular rigid fork?
    So far the only change has been to give Jason his 170 mm XT cranks back and install my 165mm XT cranks. I do have a 90mm stem coming and will eventually put a Thompson stem on when i know what length I want... It seems to me the whole set up is pretty smooth, although I won't claim to know much. I am able to descend as fast as on my Yeti 575, although I need to pay more attention... It is hard for me to describe the difference in either performance or feel it's just better. I have truly enjoyed every bike I have ever owned but #49 makes me want to cycle (and hard), more than anything I have done. It has changed the whole game for me, I guess the results will differ for each participant but around here it seems like there is a drive to not let the mystic down,either by not being strong enough or not having the conditioning, there is a responsibility to be able to ride hard enough and long enough to live up to your bikes legacy. Is that to sappy? It may be to much to explain over the interweb but believe me when I say Don's bikes are better than you can imagine...

    Cheers P.T.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timmy
    You call yourself a single speeder, much less a McClung single speed rider? Here you are hitching a tow behind the groomer????

    Whatever happened to earning your turns? Where are the skins? I'm appalled.

    75 and not a cloud in the sky here. I miss the snow. Enjoy it!
    You know "boot packing" Mirkwood with the Cat guys to earn a free day latter in the year its hard but someone has to do it...

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    Boot packing???

    Boot packing??? Really?? At Monarch???

    I didn't even realize they still did that, although I guess it most be pretty common for the steeps. Kinda' dangerous stuff. Did they make you sign the mother of all liability releases?

    Thanks for the pics. My trip back home for Xmas was cancelled at the last minute due to the wife's job. I needed the fix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptwood
    So far the only change has been to give Jason his 170 mm XT cranks back and install my 165mm XT cranks. I do have a 90mm stem coming and will eventually put a Thompson stem on when i know what length I want... It seems to me the whole set up is pretty smooth, although I won't claim to know much. I am able to descend as fast as on my Yeti 575, although I need to pay more attention... It is hard for me to describe the difference in either performance or feel it's just better. I have truly enjoyed every bike I have ever owned but #49 makes me want to cycle (and hard), more than anything I have done. It has changed the whole game for me, I guess the results will differ for each participant but around here it seems like there is a drive to not let the mystic down,either by not being strong enough or not having the conditioning, there is a responsibility to be able to ride hard enough and long enough to live up to your bikes legacy. Is that to sappy? It may be to much to explain over the interweb but believe me when I say Don's bikes are better than you can imagine...

    Cheers P.T.
    I tend to do more fine tuning on my road bike set ups. MTB's always seem to have larger margins to play with. 165mm eh? Ya know, a couple of guys I know here are playing with 180mm on their big wheeled SS bikes at the moment. Both of these guys are around your (and my) build.

    I can relate to everything you say about living up to a lineage. It's not sappy at all. I have an old club jersey from when I raced on the track back in Ireland. We had a national champion in the club at the time, so the jersey carried a bit of clout on race days. Even today I won't wear it unless I'm in top shape... so of course, I have not worn it for years!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timmy
    Boot packing??? Really?? At Monarch???

    I didn't even realize they still did that, although I guess it most be pretty common for the steeps. Kinda' dangerous stuff. Did they make you sign the mother of all liability releases?

    Thanks for the pics. My trip back home for Xmas was cancelled at the last minute due to the wife's job. I needed the fix.
    The tedious part is walking a properly serpentine path down the hill


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    Quote Originally Posted by ptwood
    ... but around here it seems like there is a drive to not let the mystic down,either by not being strong enough or not having the conditioning, there is a responsibility to be able to ride hard enough and long enough to live up to your bikes legacy. Is that to sappy?...
    Makes sense to me. I got my first mountain bike in 1979, and rode it in seven Western stares over the next years. Being on the road as a bike company sales rep gave me many opportunities. We had rigid bikes of course. I rode, and sometimes walked, some awesome places. Even though I have a FS for longer rides, I still love my rigid SS more, and it definitely has my heart, for the reasons you state above. Sappy or not, I'm with you on this.
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    Keep This Thread Alive

    Let's PLEASE have some more Mcclung disscusion, ride reports, and most importantly, more photos...These bikes are amazing!!! Just curious....Does anyone know if the Mcclung and the Pereira have the same geometry? They sure do look like it.
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    There are some slight differences...

    al415 made the observation here:

    Pereira Roaring29er number 2

    First thing to bear in mind is that these are custom and the geometry will vary based on the customer. Tony has only created two, mine and his personal bike which were both very similar in dimensions as he and I just happen to have similar builds. That said there is definitely more of a bend in Don's seat tubes. My guess is the wheel bases are probably similar (perhaps the Pereira is slightly longer). The Don probably has a longer top tube with shorter rear triangle and the rider positioned further behind the bottom bracket.

    I'd love to get them side by side. It's more likely that I'll get to Salida, before any of the Don Crew get to San Diego.

    Maybe this summer when I make my annual pilgrimage home...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptwood
    around here it seems like there is a drive to not let the mystic down,either by not being strong enough or not having the conditioning, there is a responsibility to be able to ride hard enough and long enough to live up to your bikes legacy. Is that to sappy?
    Makes sense. 4th of July is just around the corner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loudpawlz
    Makes sense. 4th of July is just around the corner.
    Yes and getting closer everyday, I rode with Jason and Wade yesterday and they just crushed me. I really need to be getting out more, but it is looking like our thaw is over and we are back into a snow pattern for a while.

    Cheers,
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    first Cottonwood of 2009...









    Cheers,
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    I love how these McClungs look. I'm a long time singlespeeder, rigid, flats. Can someone write about how they ride and handle compared to a more standard bike? I ride a Curtlo 29er and a ENO converted Fat City Ti Fat, both rigid.
    How does sitting over the rear wheel impact handling? Do you find this position more comfortable?

    I'm going to be out that way from late February to late March. My son is in Boulder, CO. I'm picking him up and then we're going to Heuco Tanks in TX to do some bouldering.

    I might have some time in CO. Is it worth it weatherwise to go to Salida in Feb/March? I'll have my Ti Fat with me. Any chance of checking out some of Don's bikes then?
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    wow. 165's. Thats nearly an inch shorter than mine. I've been on 185's for the summer, and really like 'em. Just goes to show how varied set ups can be.
    Just a regular guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~martini~
    wow. 165's. Thats nearly an inch shorter than mine. I've been on 185's for the summer, and really like 'em. Just goes to show how varied set ups can be.
    Hey, what is your inseam?

    PT, is that blue / grey Don bike a tribute to Yeti? Looks good. Have you checked in on mine yet?

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    The pants say 34". If I do the crotch method, I measure out at 36".
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    Quote Originally Posted by al415
    Hey, what is your inseam?

    PT, is that blue / grey Don bike a tribute to Yeti? Looks good. Have you checked in on mine yet?
    I will be working right next door this week so I will pack the camera and stop by the shop.

    Cheers,
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    sweet build
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rigid
    Is it worth it weatherwise to go to Salida in Feb/March?

    Not at all.

    The Cottonwood loop pictured is cool, but not a destination ride. Go to Salida in September.

    And a Don rider ought to be on leathers and 3 pins.

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    Better suited to non-aggressive 125# gals named Russell.
    I ride so slow, your Garmin will shut off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by banks


    I built it. Customer will go unnamed.
    I saw your name on the SSWC09 start list right below mine, does that mean you have to go kayaking with me now?

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rigid
    I love how these McClungs look. I'm a long time singlespeeder, rigid, flats. Can someone write about how they ride and handle compared to a more standard bike? I ride a Curtlo 29er and a ENO converted Fat City Ti Fat, both rigid.
    How does sitting over the rear wheel impact handling? Do you find this position more comfortable?
    I think the biggest things are the short wheel base and chain stay mine is 40.5" and 16.5" respectively which seem to make the bike super responsive and tight feeling although I would not claim to be an expert on bike geometry vs. handling, I do know that for me it is exceptional.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rigid
    I'm going to be out that way from late February to late March. My son is in Boulder, CO. I'm picking him up and then we're going to Heuco Tanks in TX to do some bouldering.

    I might have some time in CO. Is it worth it weatherwise to go to Salida in Feb/March? I'll have my Ti Fat with me. Any chance of checking out some of Don's bikes then?
    bruce boysen b4bru@aol.com
    Definitely a crap shoot that time of year but I would say Salida is always worth the stop. Let me now when you will be through and I see if I can't rally a ride.

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by ptwood
    I saw your name on the SSWC09 start list right below mine, does that mean you have to go kayaking with me now?

    Cheers,
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    I didn't know that SSWC had boating.
    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee
    Better suited to non-aggressive 125# gals named Russell.
    I ride so slow, your Garmin will shut off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by banks
    I didn't know that SSWC had boating.
    It is in Durango....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptwood
    It is in Durango....
    So is square dancing.
    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee
    Better suited to non-aggressive 125# gals named Russell.
    I ride so slow, your Garmin will shut off.

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    http://sswc09.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/cimg4681.jpg

    My entry is right on top of the pile next to Mike R's and Ned Overend's. Salida well represented and hear rumors that Don may be entering????

    Cheers,
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    Friday...
    M.R. up on the pass



    Saturday...
    Loni above Salida



    Me, same trail...



    Even nicer today, It is sometimes hard to believe how great this little town is...

    Cheers,
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    Wierd



    I'm like 90% sure your buddy used to cruise around Lawrence KS with missiles on top of his station wagon. Wade, or something?...

    Gorgeous bicycles BTW
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    I'm like 90% sure your buddy used to cruise around Lawrence KS with missiles on top of his station wagon. Wade, or something?...

    Gorgeous bicycles BTW
    I hope that doesn't blow his witness protection deal... for some reason lots of Kansas folks like to move to Salida and ride single speeds.

    Cheers,
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    Weird. We drank a lot of Jameson during a folk art tour of Kansas once. I'm from Kansas but moved to Albuquerque for biking. I keep wanting to ride the Rainbow Trail up there, but its like 6 hours from here. I'll make more of an effort since I know there are some Kansas ex-pats lurking...
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    more info on loni-above-salida's fork please. and frame while you're at it. and fetch me a beer too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sean salach
    more info on loni-above-salida's fork please. and frame while you're at it. and fetch me a beer too.
    Ahh yes that's Loni's Hot Carl, Another locally hand built SS frame. Whoops I just ran out of PBR...

    Cheers, P.T.

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    Last weekend We finally got out of town for a bit of cycling, Anna and I took #49 and her XXIX for a quick Moab trip...











    So far #49's been out WAY more than my skis this winter and we are really looking forward to the long rides around here opening up. I hope all the SS are training hard for the SSWC09...

    Cheers,
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    looks to me like you live the life dude

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    It's Spring already....

    I just spoke to Don on the phone lastnight. Funny thing is he was about to call me. Funnier still is that Timmy sent me a PM asking about the Don bike the same day. So something must be in the air

    I've stockpiled a few parts for mine. I have the Phil hubs and my wheels are getting built within the next week or so. I just picked up a pair of Avid Ultimate black-ops v-brakes. I have several seatposts and stems lying around, so I'll experiment a bit before I settle on that set-up.

    Any changes to your initial set-up PT? Are you still running the 165mm XT's? When you get a chance maybe you'll visit Don for a beer and snap a few shots of my frame (whatever there is of it!) Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by al415
    I just spoke to Don on the phone lastnight. Funny thing is he was about to call me. Funnier still is that Timmy sent me a PM asking about the Don bike the same day. So something must be in the air

    I've stockpiled a few parts for mine. I have the Phil hubs and my wheels are getting built within the next week or so. I just picked up a pair of Avid Ultimate black-ops v-brakes. I have several seatposts and stems lying around, so I'll experiment a bit before I settle on that set-up.

    Any changes to your initial set-up PT? Are you still running the 165mm XT's? When you get a chance maybe you'll visit Don for a beer and snap a few shots of my frame (whatever there is of it!) Cheers.

    what kind of paint scheme do you have in mind?

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    Quote Originally Posted by xcutterx
    what kind of paint scheme do you have in mind?
    I keep going back and forth. Right now I'm considering painting it like one of the Rapha Continental road bikes; mostly black.

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    Quote Originally Posted by al415
    I just spoke to Don on the phone lastnight. Funny thing is he was about to call me. Funnier still is that Timmy sent me a PM asking about the Don bike the same day. So something must be in the air

    I've stockpiled a few parts for mine. I have the Phil hubs and my wheels are getting built within the next week or so. I just picked up a pair of Avid Ultimate black-ops v-brakes. I have several seatposts and stems lying around, so I'll experiment a bit before I settle on that set-up.

    Any changes to your initial set-up PT? Are you still running the 165mm XT's? When you get a chance maybe you'll visit Don for a beer and snap a few shots of my frame (whatever there is of it!) Cheers.
    I just got back from a White Rim mission we spent 4 days out there and got to peddle from Murphy's to Potato bottom the long way, right at eighty miles, #49 was awesome I couldn't imagine using any other bike.
    I haven't changed my setup at all, love the 165mm cranks. I will try to get over to Don's and get a photo.

    Cheers,
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    A few pictures of #49 on the White Rim...











    Yes, I did put the clipless on for this trip...

    Cheers,
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    pfff why do I live in the flat non rocky netherlands.... WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    # 49 got a bit of new jewelry in the form of a King BB



    So to start breaking it in a bit of a ride on the Colorado trail was in order...

    The 6:30 roll out from Salida.


    A few friends 3000 feet higher at Blanks Cabin and the start of the single track.


    In the clouds at first on some of the Colorado trails finest single track


    Snack break


    Yes it is as good as it looks.


    The only flat of the day.


    Stopping to check the wild flowers before the climb to Chalk Creek?


    Back onto single track after the ungodly climb from Chalk Creek up Mt. Princton.


    Looking down to were we just came from as well were we are heading.


    Putting on rain gear before the big descent to BV.


    46 miles and about 8000 feet of climbing later, a pile of food at Ponchos!




    The new bottom bracket was happy!

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    More inspiring photographs!

    Hey PT, great shots. You know when I look at the places you ride your McClung I almost feel a little guilty that I'll be taking my McClung so far from its natural habitat. It's a bit like my dogs; I have three Bernese Mountain Dogs that have never seen the Swiss Alps. Oh sure, they get to run on the beach and play in the Atlantic Ocean, but they are happiest in the hills that we find in the northern part of our state.

    Likewise my McClung (when it arrives) will likely never see the sun burnt mountains it was made to ride. It'll spend its life on narrow, twisty-off-camber, rooted, rutty and muddy singletrack. Always with a canopy of trees overhead blocking the sun, with mud and stream crossings to foul it's paint

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    WOW.. this thread has it all.... Sweet bikes, pretty girls, awesome rides(trails close to me haha). Great stuff!

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    I spoke to Don lastnight...

    My frame is finished. He'll be dropping it off at Spectrum tomorrow for powder. I have my wheels. Still deliberating about which brakes to use...

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    Oh my.....can't wait to see her!!!!!!

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    Yeah Al! I excited to see the finished work. What colors did you finally choose? As far as brakes I'm running Avid SD 7's and really like them however pretty much everyone else I know is using XTRs, maybe a bit easier to adjust and push squarer to the rim as the pads wear down(?) Post up some pic when you start to build her. Any Colorado coming up? SSWC09?

    Cheers,
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    Al, just in case you need some motivation to come out to CO here are a few photos from recent rides!

    Agate Creek off the Monarch Crest...







    Alpine Tunnel, Tin Cup loop.



    I know some people on this forum don't like these but...







    Canyon Creek

















    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by ptwood
    yes 16.5" chainstays 40.5 inch wheelbase...
    this is the most awesome thing i have ever seen. from looks to geometry to rim brakes it is freakkin extraordinary.

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