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TomBasic paulaston's article
Jun 30, 2015 at 19:01
Jun 30, 2015
NS Snabb E1 - Review
I completely agree. I do ghetto setups, and the added thickness of the 20" tube makes for a tighter interface between the tire bead and my Mavic UST x3.1 (supposedly same as 819) rims. Without that tube UST or tubeless ready tires will mount and hold air but have a propensity for popping off. Even though I use a new tube every time I change out a tire it's the easiest, most guaranteed way for me to have a reliable tubeless system. If I had wider rims I might be able to get by without the tube, but in my experience ghetto is the only way that works for me.
TomBasic RichardCunningham's article
Jun 23, 2015 at 21:01
Jun 23, 2015
Inside Maxima Racing Oils - Factory Visit
"Like many categories in the bike industry, the lubricant category is so crowded that some distributors are currently dropping lubricant lines that maybe aren’t selling." Uhhhhh, you mean like all these bike parts manufacturers that have their own labeled chemicals that sell for two to three times as much as automotive or motorcycle products? Yeah, I've never fallen for that ridiculous trap. Love Maxima suspension fluids. Very highly rated, plus the prices are among the cheapest.
TomBasic edhayetc's article
Mar 16, 2015 at 22:35
Mar 16, 2015
Stanton Switchback - Review
Had a On One 456 Summer Season, and the Achilles Heel was the long, 425mm chainstays. The static headangle with my 160mm fork was about 64 deg. and felt awesome, even for urban riding, but the long chainstays were a dud. I applaud Stanton for putting shorter, 415mm chainstays on this 650b bike.
TomBasic edhayetc's article
Mar 16, 2015 at 22:25
Mar 16, 2015
Stanton Switchback - Review
Davidsimons, had a 456 Summer Season, 18", and the frame weight was around 5.5 lbs. Yes, you do suffer the weight penalty when going with a steel hardtail, but if you are going to get a hardtail then steel or ti are really the only way to go. The lively feel is real.
TomBasic derekcrowe's article
Mar 11, 2015 at 10:48
Mar 11, 2015
The Yukon Winter Epic at -45C is Not for the Weak
Thanks Derek! 67 days in the same clothes, holy cow!
TomBasic derekcrowe's article
Mar 10, 2015 at 1:21
Mar 10, 2015
The Yukon Winter Epic at -45C is Not for the Weak
Love, love, love these kinds of articles! Thank you, Derek! Questions: 1. Do you have to carry all your gear and food for the entire 700 kms., or are there fuel-up stations? 2. You are exerting yourself throughout the duration of 7.5 days. Do you ever change your clothes or bathe in any sense? If not, how do you deal with sanitary issues from sweating continuously in the same set of clothing? 3. Peeing and pooing. Yep. How? When? Is frequency the same as normal? How do you keep from freezing your nether regions off? 4. I'm sure at such low temps you deal with extreme aridity. How do you keep your face and lips and nose from chapping? If you use some kind of moisturizer, how do you keep your pores from getting clogged, assuming that you don't wash your face the entire duration of the race? 5. Would love to hear more about the Rab Vapor Rise and how it differs from typical breathable membrane gear. Thanks!
TomBasic paulaston's article
Mar 5, 2015 at 9:26
Mar 5, 2015
Check Out - March
I have been using Beto gauges (have had two) for the past decade and have been very happy with them. This is PricePoint's rebranded version, which is the same as what I've gotten previously from them except for the labeling: They have a lot of features (spend your time reading the manual, as most negative reviews are from people, who obviously haven't figured out all the features), the battery lasts forever, don't know about absolute accuracy but I've been using them happily on my cars, too, and there they accord with other gauge readings.
TomBasic pinkbikeaudience's article
Mar 4, 2015 at 23:04
Mar 4, 2015
Ask Pinkbike: Loose Crankarms, Dumping my DH for an AM Bike, Direct-Mount vs 4-Bolt chainrings and Bike Vacationing in Finale
I have used JB Weld successfully to address the loose crank arm issue on my Stylo cranks. I got them used, and since the bottom bracket had a notchy bearing I had to get a new bottom bracket. Truvativ/Sram had since gone to slightly different bearing/spacer dimensions, meaning the arm didn't seat as far down on the spindle. Even when fully tightened, the arm still had loose play on the spindle, which could be felt by alternating "level pedal" positions, i.e., left foot forward, weight the pedals, then right foot forward, weight the pedals. It was either ditch the whole set or simply try some $7 JB Weld. I put it on the spindle, cinched the arm on, waited 24 hours, and I was good to go. It has not deteriorated through use, I've done repeated 3' to flat concrete drops with no issues (weigh about 190 lbs. plus with gear), and I've also been able to remove the crank arm with minimal effort. When it came time to reassemble, I just knocked off the old epoxy and put on some fresh JB Weld, and I'm a happy rider. Just make sure you don't get it on the crank arm bolt threads.
TomBasic mikekazimer's article
Feb 2, 2015 at 23:11
Feb 2, 2015
17 Race Bikes - RockShox Enduro Challenge
Ryan de la Rue? Yes, it seems his Enduro is a 26". I'm also thinking Graeme Mudd with his Orange Five.
TomBasic brule's article
Feb 1, 2015 at 22:38
Feb 1, 2015
Photo of the Month - January 2015
Forget Tippie's skin, I feel sorry for that poor board!
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