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    Quote Originally Posted by al415
    Out at Allaire State Park.
    Nice. I absolutely love those bikes. I will likely never own one, but I will always envy. Truly beautiful.

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    Those of you riding the few existing McClungs are truly lucky individuals. I will join you one of these days...may need to sell a kidney or something, but I will have one! Amazing bikes! al415, is it possible to get a new post with a fill writeup on #51 when you get her all dialed in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pint
    Those of you riding the few existing McClungs are truly lucky individuals. I will join you one of these days...may need to sell a kidney or something, but I will have one! Amazing bikes! al415, is it possible to get a new post with a fill writeup on #51 when you get her all dialed in?
    I feel fortunate alright. The ride is everything I could have hoped for; even if the 2:1 gearing kicks my ass on anything like a climb.

    Maybe I'll post something seperate when it's all finished, but I prefer the idea of keeping this thread going

    In the last couple of days my Eriksen post and King cages have arrived...

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    Quote Originally Posted by al415
    Out at Allaire State Park. The 2 : 1 gearing is a bit much on the short steep uphill stuff. I'll have to dig up some extra teeth for the rear. As you can see I've not added bottle cages yet, so riding number 51 is thirsty work. I'll have to take care of that tonight.


    The Swissstop pads and Record OR brakes are more than up for the task. Ceramic open pros have worked very well with my tubeless set up too.


    This picture shows a little bit of the gold detailing on 51


    The black brooks swift is poached from my Fat Chance. I'll be replacing it with a honey swift soon. The cork grips, which work so well on my town bike, might be a bit fat for trail riding. I'll give them another couple of rides.

    that looks really really nice. best of all is the LOW a-c distance on the fork. it makes sense. imho that's what 29ers are about: a diferent take on RIGID riding. why elevate the front w/ tall heavy flexy forks? i never liked suspension.
    i am not sold on the ultra short chainstays but then i have not ridden those bikes. my ideal cs is 17.25in (w/ a 72ļ head angle).
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    Quote Originally Posted by colker1
    i am not sold on the ultra short chainstays but then i have not ridden those bikes. my ideal cs is 17.25in (w/ a 72ļ head angle).
    That is why we ride his bikes. As Don says Short in the back and Long in the front.

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    Quote Originally Posted by al415
    The black brooks swift is poached from my Fat Chance. I'll be replacing it with a honey swift soon. The cork grips, which work so well on my town bike, might be a bit fat for trail riding. I'll give them another couple of rides.
    Love the bike, but this is a first class porn thread. Please ditch the cell phone and provide us with something from a higher end camera.

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    Nice to meet you, P.T.!



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    Quote Originally Posted by morganfletcher
    Nice to meet you, P.T.!

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    You as well Morgan, if you ever get up towards Salida give a shout and lets go for a ride. Thanks for the whiskey at the start got me to the first beer station!

    Cheers, P.T.
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    On #51, can you explain why the top tube has the curve/shape that it does? Is is a rider height issue? Beautiful ride!! Love the gold detail... almost too good to cover with cages but at least you will know the detail is there.
    Thanks.

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    It seems like every other day I get on here and get Bike envy. DAMN!
    My Bikes Kick Ass!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by azultoyou
    On #51, can you explain why the top tube has the curve/shape that it does? Is is a rider height issue? Beautiful ride!! Love the gold detail... almost too good to cover with cages but at least you will know the detail is there.
    Thanks.

    Yes; at 5'10" and with a relatively short inseam, I'm right on the cusp of fitting a cruiser style 29er (from just about any builder I'd have considered). I just put the King ti cages on tonight, the gold is juuuust about visible on either side

    Quote Originally Posted by Loudpawlz
    Love the bike, but this is a first class porn thread. Please ditch the cell phone and provide us with something from a higher end camera
    Hey, until this evening I'd been riding without a spare tube or water! So a camera is waay down my list of priorities

    I put the Eriksen post on 51 at the trailhead. There was much gnashing of teeth and muttered curses. Not to mention the unholy sound it made on its way down the seat tube! It sounded like I was killing some sort of exotic bird! Anyway, it's on now and I'm happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by morganfletcher
    Hey PT, I like the tie!

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    Quote Originally Posted by al415
    I put the Eriksen post on 51 at the trailhead. There was much gnashing of teeth and muttered curses. Not to mention the unholy sound it made on its way down the seat tube! It sounded like I was killing some sort of exotic bird! Anyway, it's on now and I'm happy.
    Jeez, what happened?

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    Thanks Al made that myself out of an inner tube.
    Here's a few pictures from today's epic, Salida to the Monarch Crest, Silver creek and Rainbow back to Salida...

    I was a bit nervous about the snow rolling out of town.



    A few leaves changing on the way up.





    A bit of snow on the peaks.







    And some on the trail up high.



    I wore some fancy socks I got in Durango.



    I was thinking what we really need in this post is some filthy, dirty, disgusting bike porn...
    So clear any small children from the room and ask your wife or girlfriend to go into the kitchen....

















    I hope I didn't offend anyone by posting such filth but sometimes you got to go for really nasty stuff.

    Anyway after 8 hours 8000 feet of climbing and descending and about 65 miles I finally finished the loop that massive flatting shut me out of a few weeks ago.

    Cheers,
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    p.s. Al keep it coming!!
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    Filth? The essence of mtb'ing, you mean. No, seriously: thank you for yet another highly inspiring set of pictures!

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    I'm really beginning hate you PT.

    My ride this weekend was in 90+ degree heat, dryer than a tinderbox and no shade in sight.

    Any good jobs in Salida?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timmy
    My ride this weekend was in 90+ degree heat, dryer than a tinderbox and no shade in sight.

    Any good jobs in Salida?
    No good jobs but you have to give up something
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    As I've followed your recent activity, I was wondering if you had retired to a life as a full time rider/writer. Your last post clear things up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wheelmen
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    As I've followed your recent activity, I was wondering if you had retired to a life as a full time rider/writer. Your last post clear things up.

    Matt
    True dat, but here is proof(?) that i do work some...

    The footers for our newest projet


    Not a bad office...






    A hell never mind, I think I might be retired...

    Cheers,
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    Contact info for Mr. McClung

    These bikes are absolutely beautiful. Could somebody please provide me with Mr. McClung's contact info? I have a B17 in my office and it needs a bike.

    Thanks.

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    DR: How do we order a bike from Don McClung and what do you charge?
    DM: Write me at The Backyard Bicycle Company, 444 W. Sackett Ave., Salida, CO 81201 or call 719.539.7146. I usually require a small deposit to get going. It costs $2000 for a standard diamond frame and fork, and $2500 for a cruiser-style with a two-tone paint job.
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    It's been too many days now since there's been a McClung picture posted...lets get on that boys.

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    awesome build, looks top notch. I'm really loving the retro color schemes. I'm planning on an ivory and seafoam green for my Siren.

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    So If you didn't get to ride around here the last few day's I am truly sorry, it has been awesome....

    SSR killing it on Bear Creek.



    other stuff I saw...









    And of course....



    Cheers, P.T.
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    I am trying very hard not to hate all the people who live and ride in Colorado but its not easy

    Even in Scotland we don't have rides to compare to that...

    Enjoy!

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    More crappy pictures from my palm pre...

    Found an old pump for 51'... The King cages arrived too. I just need to remember to bring water now....


    In case you doubted me when I said I had a lot of spacers... This should be remedied with the blacksheep bars arrive and I settle on my setup.


    No snow in the north east, but we have mud... and leaves... and roots....





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    Quote Originally Posted by al415
    Found an old pump for 51'... The King cages arrived too. I just need to remember to bring water now....
    Beautiful, for sure, love the silver zefal(?) A classy rig for sure.

    Cheers,
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    Check it. :-)

    1920s DP Harris Athlete rs.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by morganfletcher
    Check it. :-)

    1920s DP Harris Athlete rs.jpg

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    A beauty for sure, I think Don based his design on a similar bike from1913.

    Cheers,
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    Very Cool - wheel base is a tad longer then the modern day Don.

    So what bike is this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by azultoyou
    Very Cool - wheel base is a tad longer then the modern day Don.

    So what bike is this?
    Click it!

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    So the weather was looking pretty bad in central Colorado for the weekend and picture perfect in Utah so whats a guy to do? I spent Friday morning loading #49 and some camping stuff and headed out around noon. I am thinking about my options and figure it would be the perfect opportunity to get a hot lap in on the White Rim. The wind is ripping the whole way there and I am wondering if this is such a good idea. Luckily as I get closer to Moab the wind seems to be simmering down. When I stop for an icy beverage on the road to mineral bottom it is dead calm and a passing rider tells me the sand is not to bad! So I begin dropping into Mineral Bottom planning to ride clockwise and get the climbing out of the way before the sun rises.



    At the bottom of the hill I find a lovely cottonwood grove with an OK view to camp in.







    Unfortunately as I got ready to make dinner I realized that my propane stove would work a lot better if I had brought some propane. After some consideration I figured that people have been cooking with fire for thousands of years and I might be able to utilize the same technique. So after a bit of Tamarisk eradication I had a pretty good pile of fire wood next to a roaring blaze. I ate a quick dinner of tortallini and set to giving #49 some new rubber up front and getting rid of yet another rear tire.



    By then it was bed time so I set some cowboy coffee into the coals hoping for for a little slow cooked coffee love in a few hours. I was up a bit before 4 and trying to clear my head enough to get dressed and and pack some food. Luckily my coffee plan worked perfectly and I was able to shake out the cob weds and get going by about 4:40. Twenty five minutes later I was at the top of Mineral Bottom and on my way.

    I was hoping to get to the top of Shafers for the the sunrise and timed it just right.







    A few minutes later I was down into the canyon and rolling up to Mussleman arch for a quick stop and some food.







    A few miles down the road I came around the corner to this view and just had to stop and stare for a while.



    After that it was time to push the peddles for a while, it seemed like the miles just started to melt away and in no time I was halfway.



    "And miles to go before I sleep
    And miles to go before I sleep"



    Luckily for me those miles were awe inspiring and the weather was perfect.



    Sooner than I thought, and feeling way better than I had hoped, I was at the top of Murphy's Hogback.



    Thirty miles of more down than up from here.



    The last thirty miles just flew by. Hardscrabble hill came and went with no problems. I was able to ride all but three short pitches that were just to loose. From hardscrabble on along the river I was in full hammer mode ready for an icy cold beer.

    Ten hours, fifteen minutes and one hundred and two miles later I parked #49 and opened up my cooler.





    In the end my efforts were rewarded with amazing scenery, great riding, meeting some really cool people and of course a cold beer at the end of the day.





    A big thanks to the folks that gave me some water and the other WRIAD riders that I ran into that were super cool!

    Cheers,
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    Wow...amazing.

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    So was the ride better on the Don bike than previous rides?
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    Needs more pictures. ;-)

    Super cool. Sounds like a great ride and the picts are super too. Thanks for the stoke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azultoyou
    So was the ride better on the Don bike than previous rides?
    WAY better!
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    Are there job opprtunities around there? I am a qualified city planner with about 7 years of experience in city and county councils.

    PLUS: I NEED MY MTB FIX!!!!!

    Great shots. Great bike. Great surroundings.

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    You are living the good life, P.T.

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    Well PT, you've outdone yourself again! Another epic post. Did you go alone?

    I had to settle for another cloudy two hours on #51 on my local trails.... Not that I'm complaining, but your posts sure do motivate me to take a road trip.


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    Quote Originally Posted by al415
    Well PT, you've outdone yourself again! Another epic post. Did you go alone?

    I had to settle for another cloudy two hours on #51 on my local trails.... Not that I'm complaining, but your posts sure do motivate me to take a road trip.

    It was a solo mission, spur of the moment and I couldn't find anyone else that could peel away.
    #49 is looking forward to showing #51 around out here one of these days.

    Cheers,
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    Almost Heaven. I say almost but I have been wrong before.

    "there's no good jobs in Salida but you have to give up something." Classic.

    Best thread ever.

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    What gear ratio did you use for White Rim?

    PS--I was the course marshal who yelled "nice bike" when you passed at the top of the last big climb (Mike's) at SSWC09.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sanjuanswan
    What gear ratio did you use for White Rim?

    PS--I was the course marshal who yelled "nice bike" when you passed at the top of the last big climb (Mike's) at SSWC09.
    I was running 32*20 I was going to use my 18 but it had a crack in it so... It was a good ratio I was spun out a fair amount but was able to use the time to enjoy the view. I remember the shout out I had a mouth full of bacon bits and really wish I had made it in time for a beer... O-well. Thanks for helping put on one of the funnest events EVER!!!

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    Yeah, but the rows of empty Budweiser bottles are even better!
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    Another brilliant ride report. A hundred and two miles in scenery like that... amazing. And every single time, #49 looks better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptwood

    Unfortunately as I got ready to make dinner I realized that my propane stove would work a lot better if I had brought some propane. After some consideration I figured that people have been cooking with fire for thousands of years and I might be able to utilize the same technique. So after a bit of Tamarisk eradication I had a pretty good pile of fire wood next to a roaring blaze. I ate a quick dinner of tortallini and set to giving #49 some new rubber up front and getting rid of yet another rear tire....
    God that is beautiful riding country! Beaufiul bike too! On my list of future bikes... Been too long since I've been to some of these places, thanks for all the great pics!

    Did you start out with WTB Exiwolfs or? Looks like you're running Geax Saguaro (reverse direction) in the rear and Saguraro up front in std direction? I'm currently running Kenda Nevegal DTC front and rear on my 29er SS rigid and had the front was out real bad on some loose over hardpack couple weeks ago. The rear is working pretty well (reverse direction for climbing is much better). However, they dont' seem to stick like my Stick-E compound set did.

    What tires are you trying out and have you tried?
    Get off the couch and ride!

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    Stop Gap....

    pictures not working.... trying to fix

    Could I have hit my max with Flikr? Or is anyone else having trouble posting pictures today?

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    testing...



    Check that, it's an issue with the displayed image URL. Choose the "all sizes" option, choose the medium size, copy the URL for that image and use it. For some reason the URL for the displayed image (first) image isn't working.

    Good luck.

    TCN

    PS Still looks Great!

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    what I was going to say is....

    While we all wait for PT's next epic ride to be documented I figured I'll throw a couple of my own third rate pictures up here to keep us going

    Number 51 has taken to its East Coast home like a natural... The ride is everything I could have hoped for, and I know I've only scraped the surface of the bike's capabilities. One image that comes to my mind when I'm trying to describe its handling is that it reminds me of being on a track bike: The bike can follow you from your hips, or be steered by your eyes depending on how you want to ride it. That might not make any sense to anyone that's never been on a velodrome... and maybe it'll make even less sense to those that have



    I finally accepted that big fat cork grips are not meant for the woods. My hands would slip off them on extended and sketchy downhills. So I took them off and replaced them with some bar tape. It's a temporary solution as I wait for my Black Sheep mountain moustache handlebars to arrive. The improvement was instantaneous



    PS Thanks Timmy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Natedogz
    God that is beautiful riding country! Beaufiul bike too! On my list of future bikes... Been too long since I've been to some of these places, thanks for all the great pics!

    Did you start out with WTB Exiwolfs or? Looks like you're running Geax Saguaro (reverse direction) in the rear and Saguraro up front in std direction? I'm currently running Kenda Nevegal DTC front and rear on my 29er SS rigid and had the front was out real bad on some loose over hardpack couple weeks ago. The rear is working pretty well (reverse direction for climbing is much better). However, they dont' seem to stick like my Stick-E compound set did.

    What tires are you trying out and have you tried?
    I liked the Exiwolfs but they are pretty heavy so I went to the Saguaro which is similar, most of the time I like to run them traction in the back and speed in the front but I will mix it up some. I really like the way they roll and the traction seems fine, the front end will wash out but in a way that doesn't put me down very often.

    Cheers,
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    Al, looking good!

    This is what it looked like around here last week,



    and after nearly 300 hours in the saddle since April I figured it was a good time to work on one of activities that #49 has caused me to neglect.
    My Brother, Dad and Hibb showed up friday night and we headed to the San Juan river at the crack of dawn Saturday and this is what happened...















    After a few hours word of the vast superiority of our fishing skills spread throughout the trout population and they began lining up to surrender... Anyway it was a great weekend and pretty nice to stand waist deap in freezeing ass water for hours on end to catch fish you have to let go

    Sorry for the lack of pictures of #49 but sometimes you have to diversify...

    Cheers,
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    I love this thread.
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    I'm waiting for mikesee to come stumbling in here pouting about the size of those fish.......

    Great thread for the last year plus, started Sept. 2008. I'm looking forward to seeing it for the next two or three years as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slocaus
    I'm waiting for mikesee to come stumbling in here pouting about the size of those fish.......

    Great thread for the last year plus, started Sept. 2008. I'm looking forward to seeing it for the next two or three years as well.
    If it's around that long I'll break down and buy a camera

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~martini~
    I love this thread.

    Best thread ever.
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    You got me loving those McClungs. Hearing how great the rides are really makes me interested man!

    And yes, this thread is awesome.

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    Great Thread,
    I love these McClung's and have been collecting every pics of them I can ge my hands on.
    One day....

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    15" of fresh snow in Salida, it looks like #49 will be getting a break for a while. I dug out the ski gear this afternoon and am going for a tour on Monarch pass tomorrow AM so I can't complain but am thinking of the desert already...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptwood
    15" of fresh snow in Salida, it looks like #49 will be getting a break for a while. I dug out the ski gear this afternoon and am going for a tour on Monarch pass tomorrow AM so I can't complain but am thinking of the desert already...

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    What about phils world trail for snow this time of year? Would think that trail would still be rideable this time of year. Then again skiing Monarch pass sounds like a good time as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crux
    What about phils world trail for snow this time of year? Would think that trail would still be rideable this time of year. Then again skiing Monarch pass sounds like a good time as well.
    It looks like Cortez got a bit of snow but Phils I would think should be fine. I hear most of the Western slope riding is fine and Pueblo reservoir should be good as well in a few days. Skiing up on Monarch today was very good!!





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    Quote Originally Posted by ptwood
    Skiing up on Monarch today was very good!!
    Poaching or skiing off the pass? Either way, that is a great start to the season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loudpawlz
    Poaching or skiing off the pass? Either way, that is a great start to the season.
    Poaching the area, probably top of the pass Saturday

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptwood
    I liked the Exiwolfs but they are pretty heavy so I went to the Saguaro which is similar, most of the time I like to run them traction in the back and speed in the front but I will mix it up some. I really like the way they roll and the traction seems fine, the front end will wash out but in a way that doesn't put me down very often.

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    ARRRGGHH snow everywhere... and dark at 5, I miss spending quality time with 49 I might have to go to the desert soon...

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    Be sure to bring the camera if you do.

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    A Mc Clung is suddenly looking like my dream bike

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    It's dark by five here also. To make matters worse most of my favorite trails have been turned to soup by our first big rain storm of the season. So on Saturday I broke down and bought a road bike. An "entry level" bianchi, the Via Nirone 7. It's an aluminum and carbon frame, made in Italy and decked out with the appropriate amount of campagnolo (albeit athena). Anyway, on Sunday I got dragged around North West NJ and the Lehigh Valley of PA on a local club ride. It felt like a hammerfest and by the end I was reminded of how much more painful road riding can be when compared to the happy-go-lucky nature of mountain biking

    We have had a day and a half of sunshine so today might be a good day to get out of work early and take # 51 back to the woods. In the meantime here is my new bike (far left) taking a coffee break at the halfway point of yesterday's sufferfest:

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    Hey al415, where are you riding that Don bike in NJ? I'd love to see it sometime. I'm in Morris County and ride Splitrock mostly, but the Tourne is right by my house and I'm usually there a couple times per week in the winter when I don't have a lot of time.
    I'm riding a 29er Curtlo SS and a Karate Monkey, both rigid, but I'm very tempted to order a McClung. I need to ride one a bit first.
    Does Don have a standard BB height? One of the reasons I ride rigid is I hate what high BB's do to the handling of bikes. 12" is as high as I'll go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rigid
    Hey al415, where are you riding that Don bike in NJ? I'd love to see it sometime. I'm in Morris County and ride Splitrock mostly, but the Tourne is right by my house and I'm usually there a couple times per week in the winter when I don't have a lot of time.
    Hartshorne and Allaire are my local trails. I'll get up north once in a while, though I've never been to Tourne or Splitrock.

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    Four hour Thanksgiving shakedown on #51

    I figure with PT getting more use out of his skis than his bike I should try and keep the flag flying. This morning I planned to ride with a few other people at Allaire State Park. When I got there that ride looked like it was going to be a very stop-start affair with lots breaks. Number 51 likes lots of momentum and these socially paced rides tend to be a momentum killer so I changed plans and rode alone. I strung a few loops together (which is what we do here on the east coast, with our compact parks) and had a great time. There was a bit of mud and plenty of wet leaves covering wet roots to keep me honest in the corners. Though it has to be said you can lean this bike over like it’s on a wooden velodrome!



    When I was all done, heading back to the trail head to go home and clean up for work I met a few guys I know that were just heading out. This wasn’t going to be the socially paced ride that I avoided earlier so I decided to tag along. Of the six other guys two were on 29er SS, one on a 26 SS and the rest were on short travel FS bikes. As usual #51 made me look better than I really am, keeping me upright and near the front for the entire mudfest. Anyway, as I left my camera / phone in the car I didn’t take any photographs. So when I got back into town I figured I’d snap a couple just for you guys. I know they’re not up to PT’s standards, but let’s face it; he sets that bar pretty damn high!



    The Eriksen post is going strong... As is my old Swift.





    After my ride I stopped at a bakery for a cup of coffee and a dozen cupcakes.. the 13th was free so I figured I deserved it and the key lime icing kinda matched my bike


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    It is truly Thanksgiving when a new McClung post is issued!!!
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    Thanks for the update. I was beginning to miss this thread

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    Al, that's awesome, #51 is looking good with a bit of mud on her. Some of our trails have dried out so I have finally been getting back out, nothing to exciting but I will try and get some pictures up this weekend! Happy Thanksgiving weekend to everyone out in cyberland I hope you all get a ride or two in!!

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    I have recently re-entered the mtn bike scene with a 29er singlespeed (Raleigh XXIX), and I am loving this thread. The fly fishing pics made me want to sell the house and head West.

    One question on the McClungs: is that what you would call a "truss" fork? If so, why the truss fork--other than the retro feel? My dream now is to one day be driving through the country side and see one of these frames at a yard sale (with a willing seller who does not realize what they have)

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    OK so a few photos, not all biking but diversity is the spice...

    Above Salida the other day.


    Annie and Cooper early season at Monarch


    Working after a recent snow storm, slick roofs and snow fun...


    A couple from Hartman Rocks a few weeks ago.




    And from the Burlesque show I hosted a few weeks ago






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    Quote Originally Posted by jmday
    I have recently re-entered the mtn bike scene with a 29er singlespeed (Raleigh XXIX), and I am loving this thread. The fly fishing pics made me want to sell the house and head West.

    One question on the McClungs: is that what you would call a "truss" fork? If so, why the truss fork--other than the retro feel? My dream now is to one day be driving through the country side and see one of these frames at a yard sale (with a willing seller who does not realize what they have)
    jmday,

    Got to love the Raleigh, so the fork design basically stiffens the fork and minimizes torsional flex as well as reinforcing the main fork, plus it looks supercool Good luck with that dream call me if you ever find that yard sale!!

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    Oh my...so the question I have is...do all of these women live in Salida?? Hmmmmm

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    Has anyone found any bmx pedals that are excellent? I've been using inexpensive Wellgo B-25's for years (I bought several pair on sale for less than 20 bucks each) and they work fine but now that they are wearing out I'm looking for something better. I just ordered some Kona Wah Wah pedals to try. http://www.bowcycle.com/bikes/blogs/...ah-bmx-pedals/ They are fairly light and look really nice. I'm looking for a quality low profile, light pedal that looks and feels good. Some bmx pedals like the Ringle Zu Zu are too short front to rear for me. I also prefer a thin pedal. They'll go on my rigid SS 29er Curtlo. I'm seriously thinking about getting a McClung even though I'm happy with the Curtlo. Anyone know how long it takes to get one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rigid
    Anyone know how long it takes to get one?
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    No, but this is how to find out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ptwood


    Also I stopped by Sub Culture Cyclery and Jason laced up my wheel set.


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    I noticed that Mavic Open Pro rims are used... my understanding that these are road rims. Does that mean that they are narrower and not as strong? I would expect that these would not work well with a rigid bike.

    What's the thought on that? Is is part of the retro culture where early 29ers had to use road wheels because that was all that was available?

    Any additional thoughts on a good set of rims for a SS rigid 29er, rim brake set up? Also, silver in color.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rigid
    I just ordered some Kona Wah Wah pedals to try.
    Love my Wah wahs thin is nice. As to how long it takes, well patience is your friend...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptwood
    Love my Wah wahs thin is nice. As to how long it takes, well patience is your friend...

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    On the Mavic Open Pros, I have a set of DT Swiss X470's and they are not much wider than the Open Pros. I bought a set of Open Pros laced to XT disc hubs for a cross bike and may try them on a mtn bike too to get some impressions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azultoyou
    I noticed that Mavic Open Pro rims are used... my understanding that these are road rims. Does that mean that they are narrower and not as strong? I would expect that these would not work well with a rigid bike.

    What's the thought on that? Is is part of the retro culture where early 29ers had to use road wheels because that was all that was available?

    Any additional thoughts on a good set of rims for a SS rigid 29er, rim brake set up? Also, silver in color.
    You have the Open Pros pretty well pegged they are a road rim so they are pretty narrow, fairly light (425 grams) but surprisingly strong and seem to put up with a fair amount of abuse.

    As for rim brakes I am using the Avid SD7 and like them well enough, lots of folks around hear use the XTR's which seem to require less adjustment as your pads wear down. The Pauls have to be the best looking.

    Once again it is snowing more in Salida than on Monarch so I am off to shine #49 and dream of warmer weather.

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    Iíve been using the Specialized Lo Pro Mag 2ís. Iíve found that they have a more slender profile than some of the other platforms on the market.

    As for the Open Proís: Mine are built up onto Philís SS hubs and have been holding up really well. I think a lot depends on your choice of tyre. Iím using geax saguaros which are a very tight fit, and thus very stable on the narrow profile open pro. Iím also running them tubeless, via caffelatex, with no issues. In my parts box I have some nice choices brakewise; from M900 XTR cantiís to Avidís black ops ultimates. However Iíve found that Campagnolo Record OR cantis with Swissstopís green rat pads are working just fine on the open pro ceramicsÖ Even in our muddy north eastern fall weather.

    As for how long it takes to get a McClung. I think my experience was right in line with PTís timeline, which is very well documented in his thread. I mailed out my deposit in December and had my frame by SummertimeÖ Drop Don a line, or give him a call. I knew after our first conversation that I wanted him to build a frame for me and I really didnít care how long it was going to take.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptwood
    Once again it is snowing more in Salida than on Monarch so I am off to shine #49 and dream of warmer weather.

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    Hey PT, it's been raining here but my local trails haven't had any snow. The short days are the only thing hurting my mid-week rides. I get around this by ridng to work. I even gave #51 a desk to work at while we wait for the ride home...

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    Here's hoping everyone out in cyber bike land had a great 2009 and has a better 2010! If anyone finds them self in Salida on New years eve we will be enjoying a full moon Tweed ride leaving from Subculture Cyclery around 7 pm!

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    Ahhh finally a new decade and how better to get it going than with a bit of skiing and then a bit of biking!!

    the last ski tour of 2009,







    Thigh deep and blower!!

    Back into town for the 1st annual Salida Full Moon Tweed Ride and New Years extravaganza!













    And then after spending the 1st chilling we got out for the first ride of the new decade!!











    So it seems to me that 2010 is going to be a banner year for riding and such!
    Happy New Year!

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    PT, you lead a charmed life. Happy New Year! You going to SSWC10?

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    Seems a rather idyllic place you live P.T....very nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by morganfletcher
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    Happy New Year Morgan! I am not sure yet about SSWC10 yet, definitely considering it, you?
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    How about a few ski shots from Sausagefest 2010 in Silverton, CO?
    Last year we had 15 homies from Salida descend upon Silverton for a bit of skiing, this year we rallied over twenty!

    Seems like a safe parking spot.





    The first peak we skied off.



    We had a posse.





    prefect weather, mild and calm..



    tracked up..









    And a few from Silverton Mountain.



    Headed toward the billboard and pope face.









    Humm pucker factor 3...





    And finally a quick lap to ski the tail gunner off battleship peak.











    Thanks to all the super cool folks in Silverton, Gabe for showing us around, Nicole for the cool house, Montanya distillery for all the rum drinks, all the Salida boys for not hesitating to rally, and the sun for shining big time down there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptwood
    Happy New Year Morgan! I am not sure yet about SSWC10 yet, definitely considering it, you?
    Nah, money's tight. Well... maybe. Who knows? Last-minute dirtbag solo trip is possible.

    I think if it was Italy we would be going.

    Damn, your Silverton pics are crazy! Any split-boarders in that crowd?

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    Quote Originally Posted by morganfletcher
    Nah, money's tight. Well... maybe. Who knows? Last-minute dirtbag solo trip is possible.

    I think if it was Italy we would be going.

    Damn, your Silverton pics are crazy! Any split-boarders in that crowd?

    Morgan
    I'm with you on the Italy thing! My buddy Will was on a split board tearing it up, amazing place if you ever get the chance.

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    Went to Silverton Mountain the same weekend. The place is amazing even if it hasn't snowed since x-mas. Can't imagine how cool a $150 heli drop would be with 24" of fresh.

    You guys missed a good party at Ska!

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    I've neglected this thread a little bit recently. I spent a few weeks in Ireland and the UK over the holidays so #51 didn't get any use while I was away... Since getting back I've been lucky enough to get some great riding in on our frozen singletrack. This past weekend I was testing my new Black Sheep Mtn. Moustache bars out and playing with their set-up a little bit:




    On my last ride before flying out of JFK I got about as cold as I've ever been on a bicycle. My brakes froze... my tyres were like rocks.... it wasn't a whole lot of fun:




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    Nice Al, you liking the wide bar? I wish we could ride more around here, soon though
    (?) but in the mean time at least the skiing is ok...










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    Very cool thread, glad to see you keep it going.

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    wicked pissah ride! what's the wheelbase?

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