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Old 04-30-2013, 12:56 AM   #1201
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Dude you give the most thorough responses hands down lol.

I find that bike sizes vary greatly. Santa cruz bikes have a short top tube and feel cramped to me. I love my large specialized enduro. 6'0 and it fits perfect.
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Old 04-30-2013, 10:34 AM   #1202
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I know. One of my intentions is to be more concise. I'm very wordy.

One of my bosses used to tell me "I ask you what time it is, and you tell me how to build a watch." My response was "listen to what I tell you, and you won't have to ask anyone what time it is any more."
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Old 05-01-2013, 05:24 PM   #1203
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Yea, I ended up ordering an OEM carrier instead since it's bolt on with no adpaters, etc.


Going to buy a Giro helmet and gloves today.
What tray do you have ? The rack looks great.
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:35 PM   #1204
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What tray do you have ? The rack looks great.
Thanks, OEM roof rack and bike carrier.
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:25 AM   #1205
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How did you mount the Thule to the oem? XADAPT8?
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:01 AM   #1206
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I put together the fairing last night and I'm waiting to get an afternoon off to install it. I'm going to install it like so:

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=869473
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:52 AM   #1207
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http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=869473
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:53 AM   #1208
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:14 PM   #1209
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Did the Catalina Gran Fondo event yesterday, which is put on by Team Big Bear and US Cup. They offered 55, 35 and 14 mile routes. I looked at the climbing involved and decided that I wouldn't be able to do the medium or long routes, so I signed up for the 14 miler.

Shout out to Solly for answering some questions that helped me with my training plan. I basically spent almost 6 weeks doing the following: weight lifting every 4 days (squats, calf raises, hamstring curls, ab/aductors, hack squats), riding Westridge/Sullivan Cyn every 4 days, and then splitting the remaining days between a road ride of either 22 or 40 miles and a rest day.

What I was mentally prepared for and had in mind for my training was the initial climb out of Avalon, which gained about 1,500 ft in the first 3.5 miles (avg 8% grade ). The good news is that first stretch was on Stagecoach Rd, which is paved. The other good news is we had a marine layer and gentle breeze, which kept the temp pretty reasonable. The bad news is the climb is basically relentless, no downhills and almost no flat stretches (maybe 100 ft). I stopped several times on the way up, mostly to take rest breaks, but sometimes to take pictures of the view.

The next 3 miles left the paved road for fire roads and traversed one of the main ridges on the island. It was a lot of up and down and some of the climbs were challenging, but none were very long. We also got above the marine layer and left the trees, so were exposed to the sun for basically the rest of the ride.

We then dropped along a lower ridge and as a result had to climb another 530 ft in 2.7 miles. I found this even more difficult than the first long climb even though it's only about a 3% avg grade. Don't know if it was because I was running out of energy (slept poorly on Fri night) or because it had gotten friggin hot, or because I'm just not in good enough shape to handle it. So I ended up walking a little less than 0.5 mile of this stretch. That was disappointing.

Then it was about 3.8 miles of mostly downhill fire road and a little over 2 miles of paved road back to Descanso Beach for the finish line.

After riding about 8 or 9 miles on dirt fire roads with cactus and goatheads and sharp rocks, I got a flat tire riding through the paved streets of Avalon. Walked my flat-tired bike the last 0.2 miles to the finish line. Maybe it's time to go tubeless.

Anyway, great event, spectacular views. Tinker Juarez and Brian Lopes both rode the 55 mile route. I'm sure people that know mtb racing better than me would have recognized some of the other names that participated.

On to the pics.

Bikes at the back of the ferry on the way to the island Sat morning:


My trusty steed, pretending to be a race bike with a fancy number plate:


The Casino at Avalon, starting line to the left, scuba divers going into the dive park on the right:


The view looking back toward the mainland from the first rest stop:


Along the southern leg of the loop, Avalon on the left, cloud cover over the Pacific off the southern edge of the island on the right:


Last good look at Avalon harbor on the way down the hill into the town:
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:54 PM   #1210
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If i'm just biking locally to get exercise. Why should I not get a cheapo bike ? I already did this. Got a 90$ "mountain bike" from walmart 1 year ago. I use it for about 5 hours a week, and it's running like new. Terrain around here is just flat roads with minor offroad (grass).

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Old 05-12-2013, 08:59 PM   #1211
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It seems hard to find a carbon fiber bike now? I rode a pretty tricked out one with a frame that was good for both uphill and downhill because of how the rear shock system was setup, I totally forget what brand & model it was Seems like I can only find downhill now.
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Old 05-12-2013, 09:34 PM   #1212
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If i'm just biking locally to get exercise. Why should I not get a cheapo bike ? I already did this. Got a 90$ "mountain bike" from walmart 1 year ago. I use it for about 5 hours a week, and it's running like new. Terrain around here is just flat roads with minor offroad (grass).
So are you bike shopping and want input? Or are you telling the folks ITT that have more expensive bikes that they didn't need to spend that much money on them?

The easier the riding, the less you have to worry about the construction and components of the bike. If you're taking it easy with the terrain you tackle and the way you ride, there's no reason a cheap bike can't satisfy your needs.

It may be, however, that if you rode your bike and a more expensive bike back-to-back on the same route, you'd notice a lot of differences in braking, shifting and handling. Both bikes are capable of handling the ride, but it's a nicer experience on the nicer bike. A Corolla and an E46 will both get you from A to B. But the experience is different.

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Not sure I really understand your question because there are a lot of carbon fiber up/downhill bikes.

You need to be looking for bikes in the Cross Country (XC) and/or Trail categories.

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Specialized Epic Comp Carbon 29: http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bik...iccompcarbon29

Trek Remedy 9.8: http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...y/remedy_9_8/#

Giant Anthem X Advanced 29er 1: http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/...1/11658/56552/
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Old 05-12-2013, 10:18 PM   #1213
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Xcelratr that place is beautiful!

On the other hand i finally got around to putting my bike rack on, going for a ride tomorrow.
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awesome man. Glad that stuff helped.
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Old 05-13-2013, 08:54 AM   #1215
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Good stuff Xceleratr! Looks like some beautiful views.

Some lighter wheels would help make those climbs easier! Think about the difference when you switched from your ZHP wheels to your Forgeline wheels as far as acceleration and efficiency, and then think of all of the difference it would make on a bike.

Going tubeless will also help you drop weight at the most crucial point on the wheel, which is another plus.
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Xcelratr that place is beautiful!

On the other hand i finally got around to putting my bike rack on, going for a ride tomorrow.
Thanks man. How was your ride?

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Good stuff Xceleratr! Looks like some beautiful views.

Some lighter wheels would help make those climbs easier! Think about the difference when you switched from your ZHP wheels to your Forgeline wheels as far as acceleration and efficiency, and then think of all of the difference it would make on a bike.

Going tubeless will also help you drop weight at the most crucial point on the wheel, which is another plus.
Thanks for the kind words.

I would lighter wheels, but it just doesn't make $en$e. The OEM wheels aren't boat anchors, so to get lighter, I'd have to spend a decent chunk of money. Buying $500+ wheels for a 6 yr old bike that was only $800ish when new is more than I can wrap my brain around. I think that money is better saved and put towards a newer bike and meanwhile I can work on losing about 20 lbs above the saddle.

My dad's Trek has rim brakes. So one thing I've considered is putting BB7s on mine and putting my BB5s on his bike. That wouldn't cost much, except he'd need disc compatible wheels. Buying new wheels for his bike or relacing his to disc hubs makes it more expensive than its worth. However, if I could find a terrific deal on new or used lighter wheels for my bike, I could swap my wheels over to his bike along with the brakes. Then it could start to seem worth it because it would benefit him as well. So I occasionally peruse CL to see what I can find.

In the meantime, I think it may be peanut buttah jelly time. I mean tubeless time. Have to read up a bit more on Stans.
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Old 05-14-2013, 09:51 AM   #1217
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AZ is some awesome state to ride in. North and Central you can find mountain and high altitude rides, Go West and you can find rides in the river region, and then central and south good desert riding. AZ is the ancent home of the Hohokam Indians, petroglyphs can be found on some trail rides.

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Old 05-18-2013, 12:13 AM   #1218
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Aaron Gwin tearing sh!t up on his new Demo 8 Carbon. For those that don't know, #1 downhiller in the world, in a euro dominated sport. (Until now!). And now he's with Specialized. Season starts soon. Blah blah blah

http://www.vitalmtb.com/videos/membe...aign=spotlight

Apparently the trail is down here in SoCal called Project X/Hellraizer
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Old 05-18-2013, 12:30 AM   #1219
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I've been wanting to get back in to riding, but with trying to get back into school and finish as well as dealing with some legal issues its been taking a back seat for a few years. Anybody know a place where I could get a cheap fox float 6x1.25, I had it stolen while locked up. I dont think paying full price for it is worth it to fix up my 2003 Rockhopper fsr.
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Old 05-18-2013, 09:33 AM   #1220
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http://www.vitalmtb.com/videos/membe...aign=spotlight

Apparently the trail is down here in SoCal called Project X/Hellraizer
Madness. Cool vid. Can't believe how out of shape the bike gets under those guys and they just keep hauling ass.

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I've been wanting to get back in to riding, but with trying to get back into school and finish as well as dealing with some legal issues its been taking a back seat for a few years. Anybody know a place where I could get a cheap fox float 6x1.25, I had it stolen while locked up. I dont think paying full price for it is worth it to fix up my 2003 Rockhopper fsr.
Maybe CL, ebay or mtbr.com. Maybe also talk to the guys in the local shops. People buy and sell components, and I've always been under the impression that the LBS guys would be most aware of who has what for sale.
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