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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 72 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 72 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,
    P.T.

    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
    Could it be that the mystery has been hanging out hiding in a whiskey shot?

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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

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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

    Morgan
    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!!!

    Cheers,
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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,
    P.T.
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