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Wryfox RichardCunningham's article
Jul 8, 2013 at 9:56Jul 8, 2013
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I have a 32mm CTD on a Trek Remedy that just *feels* like its not stiff enough for true all mountain trails (drops, hops, boulders ,etc). I want to upgrade to a 34mm, but is it going to give me a substantially stiffer feel? BTW, kudos for not needing a new oil seal for almost 3500miles. Just replaced and good as new.
Wryfox csponsel's article
Mar 30, 2013 at 14:15Mar 30, 2013
Opinion: Who Owns a Trail?
I've only been riding for just over a year but have become close to the trail boss at my favorite trail, and know several others. Most are nice, some aren't. All deserve respect since they are devoting their personal time, all the time, to make what is a labor of love. They wouldn't do it otherwise. I always volunteer for trail days when I have the time, which isn't often, but I owe a lot to the trails I ride for making me much healthier after coming back from a serious condition. I'm middle aged and this is the way I get excitement. The harder the trail the better and I have the scars to show. It is very hard for most people to understand what really goes into trail building. Its not just time and shovels. They can't do it alone. They have to ask for help, which is hard when you need volunteers, and you have to put up with the personalities of a very diverse group who all think because they are giving up their time to help, they should be able to make decisions on what to do. The trail boss has to deal with town or county officials, police if its not exactly sanctioned, website/facebook development, materials purchase and tools... mostly with their own money, weather, vehicles to haul the stuff to the work site, listen to jerks on the trail criticize, punks who steal features or signs or damage them just for fun, or worse...rebels who go on their own and decide to change things, usually making the trail unsafe in the process. The trail boss deserves a tremendous amount of respect, period. The trailboss is not new to riding and usually has very good judgement on the way to lay out the trail. I can say this, if my favorite trail was built the way I wanted, it would look ridiculous and wash out within weeks. The fact that I have followed the trail boss religiously has made my riding and skills achieve a much higher level. There is no experience like doing the job, and no other skill translates to trail building.