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    DuPont Sufferfest

    So Kirk (kjlued) talked me into bringing the single speed out to DuPont and riding with him and some friends yesterday. It was by a large margin, my hardest day on a bicycle, ever. The first couple of trails, I was struggling badly, and everyone could tell it too. Turns out, I was spinning myself crazy trying to keep up (I've always struggled with settling into my own pace). Once I figured that out, and everyone was cool with me laying back and finding my own happy rythym, my day got a lot better. It was still a metric crap ton of suffering for me, at my fitness level. But I started smiling, laughing, etc . Pretty much everything you're supposed to be doing on a bike. And, I actually had fun; so much so in fact, that I can't wait to try it again. Big thanks to Kirk and Ben for being such great ride leaders and hosts, and just all around good guys to hang out with for a great ride!

    Lou, I'm really glad you made it also, it's been a long time. And it was good meeting your son as well. He's one helluva rider, just like his Dad.


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    I stopped here...





    To take pics of the ice that was here and there





    I survived the climb up Cedar, which I never thought I could do on the SS. Kirk had more faith in me than I did myself, and told me I was stronger and could do a lot more than I thought. Turns out, he was right. Sometimes, that's all it takes is for someone to give you a little positive reinforcement, to plant that seed in your brain. It may be nothing to most, but having just started riding again this year, this was a HUGE accomplishment for me personally. Thanks Kirk!





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    Two different access roads, somewhere, no idea








    No idea how this happens, when they're frozen to the ground maybe? From High Falls parking area





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    Great pictures, what gear ratio are you using?
    ORAMM!!!!!

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    Thanks! I was running 32/22

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    I did almost that exact same route on my geared bike. Making the climb up to the top of big rock on a SS is no small feat for sure. I have a SS 29er that is a great climber and I would certainly struggle with that climb. If you really want to suffer head over to Bent Creek and do that climb. It is not very technical but it is 5 miles of climbing. I did it Friday and my legs still feel burnt.
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    Appreciate the kind words Randy, we had a hell of a time too.
    I've taken him to all of the usual spots in the Upstate (Southside, Paris Mtn, Isaqueena) and after each one I'd tell him "That was nice but wait until you ride Dupont".
    Now he knows Dad is always right.
    Great ride.
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    Sandman, I've done BC but not on the SS, I don't think we did that climb however.

    Haha, so true Lou!

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    It was a fun day and you did great.
    I am a pretty decent judge of what people are capable of and I knew you could do it.
    I think you actually surprised yourself on what you could do.
    Also didn't want to see you drive all that distance and only ride 10 miles.

    Quote Originally Posted by HPIguy View Post
    Thanks! I was running 32/22
    You could ride 32/20 out here and be ok but you definitely need to be on 32/20 when out there at Tsali. Keep coming up here and I will have you on a 32/18 before you know it.



    Quote Originally Posted by upstateSC-rider View Post
    Appreciate the kind words Randy, we had a hell of a time too.
    I've taken him to all of the usual spots in the Upstate (Southside, Paris Mtn, Isaqueena) and after each one I'd tell him "That was nice but wait until you ride Dupont".
    Now he knows Dad is always right.
    Great ride.
    Your kid could ride circles around all of us.
    Good meeting the two of you this weekend also.

    Look forward to riding with any of you again.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    I rode the exact route last month, awesome trails. I took the jet 9 to be safe, but going to ride the one 9 next time! Nice work!

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    Kirk, I was surprised actually, very surprised given how I started the day. And I'm putting the 20T cog back on for around here for sure. I may try to get back from the holidays early and ride Tsali on Sunday actually. And I agree, Christian is a beast!

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    Planning a spring trip to Dupont but WON'T be riding an SS - I'll leave mine at home and bring the multi-geared bike........
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_chrome View Post
    Planning a spring trip to Dupont but WON'T be riding an SS - I'll leave mine at home and bring the multi-geared bike........
    Wimp.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    ^^LOL

    Kirk, I have a new toy for the next trip.

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    I have been eyeballing one of those.
    I wish they did some of the Motobecane frames as single speeds though.
    What do you think of the fat bottom girl?
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    I have been eyeballing one of those.
    I wish they did some of the Motobecane frames as single speeds though.
    What do you think of the fat bottom girl?
    I've only ridden it a few miles so far, and it was a night ride. But, I freaking love it so far. Metric shite tons of traction, and low speed balance is enhanced also. I have new tires and tubes coming that'll shave around 3lbs off of it too (it's 34lbs as is). Putting platforms on this one, so you can try it for yourself next time I'm out that way.

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    Cool deal.

    How low can you drop the tire pressure with tubes in those?
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    For snow and soft stuff (nothing that could cause a rim strike) they claim 2 psi, running 10 in them now and they feel pretty good on trails. I see myself buying a nice mid grade fatty in the future, maybe tax return time.

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    I was planning on keeping it around 10 lbs when I get one.

    I wish Spot would build a fatty. I love my Honey Badger so much that I would probably spend the extra on an HB fatty.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    There are actually very few SS fat options out there. I guess due to the intended use, but I'd still like a high end SS fatty same as you Kirk. Salsa offers the Mukluk in dedicated SS, and there are a couple others, but not many at all with the exception of boutique frame makers.

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    Surly and REEB both offer SS Fatties.

    The REEB is also a belt drive.
    If money was not an object, the REEB would be my current first choice.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    BTW, is that the dead eye or the dead eye monster?
    Going down the specs, they look exactly the same except the tires.
    However one claims it will fit up to 3.5" tires and the up to 4.5" tires.
    The forks are the same though. Is there a difference in the rear?

    What tires did you order?
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Agreed, Reeb it would be here as well. Mine is the Monster, not sure if the rear of the frames are different or not. I ordered Panaracer fat b nimble tires and q tubes superlight tubes. Should easily be at least 1000 grams of weight savings, more like 12-1400 hopefully if my math and the published weights are accurate. Hell if I can save 2lbs for a little over $100, that's the best deal in bicycling. 32lbs for a fat bike bike I'll have $500 in is a bargain IMHO.

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