stephenhoward

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stephenhoward joeyschusler's article
Nov 29, 2018 at 14:28
Nov 29, 2018
Photo Epic: The Kora - Joey Schusler's Himalayan Bikepacking Adventure
@richierocket: I grew up just south of you in the wet so totally understand avoiding it. They did hit this region at the peak of the rainy season - I have had any dry trips in those mountains. It's not the desert, but it isn't always this bad.
stephenhoward joeyschusler's article
Nov 25, 2018 at 14:21
Nov 25, 2018
Photo Epic: The Kora - Joey Schusler's Himalayan Bikepacking Adventure
You did a really good job capturing what that part of the world looks and feels like, the wet, cold, clouds, forests, mountains, people. I lived in Sichuan for a few years and the mountains there are really special and unlike anywhere else I have been. Thanks for bringing back good memories!
stephenhoward pinkbikeaudience's article
Nov 14, 2018 at 4:44
Nov 14, 2018
Video: Joey Schusler & Crew Take On Tibet Self-Supported in 'The Kora'
Can't believe I am watching this! I have thought about this route for years. The mountains of west Sichuan are really special. Thanks for the inspiration to get back out and explore the big mountains of China!
stephenhoward scottay2hottay's article
Nov 14, 2018 at 3:49
Nov 14, 2018
A Story About the Riding Scene in China's Yunnan Province
@scottay2hottay: You are living a dream I have had! Worked and traveled through Yunnan many times over the past ten years but never with a bike. Coming through again in December (again without bike) but if you have time I would love to hear more about the riding over some 米线. Mind if I add you on wechat?
stephenhoward scottay2hottay's article
Nov 14, 2018 at 3:46
Nov 14, 2018
A Story About the Riding Scene in China's Yunnan Province
@extremekid: Like the others said there is a big scene there. I lived in Chengdu from 2009-2013 and rode a ton in the hills east of the city near Longquanyi (龙泉驿). Definitely contact the guys posting on here. Trails are short but super fun and unique.
stephenhoward stephenhoward's photo
May 25, 2018 at 6:29
May 25, 2018
Yes it was. I had it for a bit then sold it.

stephenhoward scottay2hottay's article
May 25, 2018 at 6:27
May 25, 2018
Tales From Southwest China's Downhill Scene
@MatsuMatsu: I did (selling it right now) and rode with Mika all the time.
stephenhoward scottay2hottay's article
May 23, 2018 at 19:17
May 23, 2018
Tales From Southwest China's Downhill Scene
@scottay2hottay: You confirmed everything I have been thinking about Yunnan! Traveled there a bunch over the years but usually for work and without a bike. Next time will bring one a long and shoot you a message! Great write up - so happy to see China's amazing goat trails getting recognition!
stephenhoward scottay2hottay's article
May 23, 2018 at 19:15
May 23, 2018
Tales From Southwest China's Downhill Scene
@cuban-b: Hey! I remember you coming out - American guy that rode with Mika in Chengdu. Moved on to Shenzhen but those trails in Chengdu/Sichuan are still some of my favorites. Bringing back memories!
Selling
Dec 21, 2017 at 8:29
Dec 21, 2017

Transition Covert Medium (Great Parts!)

$700 USD
Medium, green, 2009 Transition Covert in good condition with lots of newer parts. I am the second owner, originally bought it in 2011. The frame has cosmetic scratches/scuffs/cable rub and the paint is not doing that well. But nothing structural and it still rides fine. For full disclosure here are the three things to pay attention to: 1. The original shock blew a seal and I picked up a newer (rebuilt) Fox 23 Boost Valve instead of replacing the seals. It has a LIGHT tune. On this frame, which is pretty linear, this means that if you are heavy, you will be blowing through travel. I weigh 160lb without kit and I am fine, but I think if you are over 170 it may need a different shock. The RP23 works great on the bike and there are a bunch around for cheap but I wanted this to be clear. If you have questions about that and how I set it up PM me. 2. I have not replaced the pivot bearings. That said, they still feel smooth, but this may be something that needs to happen in the next year or so depending on how much you ride and in what kind of slop. 3. Front hub bearings could use replacing soon. I already bought them but ran out of time before the trip to put them in. So I have included them (see picture), all you have to do is pop them in :) Everything else is working great, bike is ready to ride as is. I am 5'11'' and I liked the medium fit, but I think with bikes getting longer that is the upper limit of height. I run a 60mm stem but have a 50mm that I am including (see picture). I am traveling right now and will be back in the Seattle/Tacoma area next week. The bike is boxed and ready to ship or we could meet if you are in the area. Buyer pays shipping. Cash or Paypal only (no trades). Thanks! Specs: Frame: Transition Covert V2 - Medium Fork: Fox Van. 36, 20mm axle (medium spring, semi-regular service with lot's of slick honey so it's super smooth!) Shock: Fox RP23 Boost Valve (light tune - like I said above, if you are over 170lb I think you are going to want a heavier tuned shock) Wheels: Transition Revolution AM Brakes: Shimano SLX - almost brand new (203 front, 160 rear - half pad life left) Shifter/derailleur: Shimano Zee 10spd Cranks & BB: Truvativ Stylo (BB replaced recently) Chain ring: NW Rings 34T - good shape Chain: Shimano XT - good shape Cassette: Shimano XT 11-36 - good shape Seatpost: Rock Shox Reverb 125mm - still going up and down nicely! (right hand remote that I mount under on the left) Bars: Truvative Boobar 750mm Stem: Truvativ Hussefelt 60mm AND Truvative Holzfeller 50mm Saddle: Shimano Pro Seat collar: Transition quick release (the Thomson one in the picture is going on new bike - sorry!) Grips: ODI Ruffian (super new) Pedals: Shimano XT (some corrosion but still clip in and out nicely) Tires: Maxxis High Roller 2.4 (back is about half left - front is close to new)

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