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vinay sarahmoore's article
May 17, 2019 at 8:09
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Fuel Up: 5 of My Favourite Homemade Ride Snacks
@youknowitsus: I think it saves up to 50% or so. But you're usually tempted to use better ingredients than what the mass producers use. But yeah, it is hard to beat their volumes and efficiency. Just like when making your own furniture vs getting something from Ikea. They're process is so much more efficient (CNC routers etc) and they're cutting corners in such a clever way that you often end up spending more and putting in a lot of time. It is good fun though. But yeah unlike when making furniture, you don't really end up with scrap material, you don't need to nest cutting plans etc. So I think you still save money. But don't expect to save up to 90%. The fun is though that you can experiment and you can make something exactly the way you want it.
vinay sarahmoore's article
May 17, 2019 at 6:51
2 days
Fuel Up: 5 of My Favourite Homemade Ride Snacks
@MarcHenry: Yeah, I think oats works as a buffer, which is why I put that in there. Not sure what my stuff costs me to make, but 3.6kg of material from Clif bar would be over 66GBP. And then you'll have to dispose of all those wrappers too.
vinay sarahlukas's article
May 17, 2019 at 5:33
2 days
Top Stories from CyclingTips: Mathieu VDP’s Insane Amstel Gold, Shimano GRX, T47 Threaded BBs & More
@Mac1987: Yeah, I don't like long rear mechs. You don't need the long recommended cage with a 2x system if you accept that if you shift small-small the chain will be slack. In the usable range the chain will be fine and even when shifting big-big (rider error too) nothing will break. As long as you accept that when shifting small-small the chain will be slack. I currently ride with the Shimano Zee rear mech and a 11-36 cassette. Nice and short, decent range. I think I could fit an expander ring even because I ride a hardtail so no need to compensate for chain growth when going through the travel. I installed the Wolftooth Goatlink the other day just for the improved chain wrap but I think I could now get away with a 11-40 cassette should I ever need to.
vinay sarahmoore's article
May 17, 2019 at 5:26
2 days
Fuel Up: 5 of My Favourite Homemade Ride Snacks
Yeah, there are a million variations to make on those adventure bars. I use 1kg dates (dried, no kern) 1kg figs (dried) 800g oats 400g nuts (whatever you have, cashew and walnut makes them more greasy, almond a bit drier) 400g rasped coconut As described in the article: First chop the oats, nuts and coconut in the foodprocessor until it is fine. Then mix with the dates and figs until they don't stick that much anymore. Then chop everything together in the foodprocessor until it becomes one clay-like mass. Put it in a rectangular silicone oven shape and press and roll it until it is level and even. Put in the fridge for at least two hours to stiffen up. Remove from the silicon shape and cut in bars. I don't necessarily store them in the fridge or freezer. They keep up nicely. It is just nuts and dried fruit after all. I don't bother with wrappers. I just take them in a steel or plastic box. Much more convenient than having to deal with all those wrappers. Of course if you need to go full enduro, you'll make the so that they fit in your crank axle, steerer tube, SWAT box or you'll find a way to tape them to your frame. Also, my foodprocessor doesn't accept the 3.6kg of ingredients mentioned there, so I do this in four separate sets. So 250g dates, 250g figs etc. I still dump the whole lot together in the fridge though. Also, when you first start to cut the dates and figs, hold the machine as it may wobble, bonk and jump a little. That stops after a few seconds. If it is too tough for your machine, you could cut the figs and dates in smaller pieces first. My machine is a Magimix 4200.
vinay sarahlukas's article
May 17, 2019 at 4:54
2 days
Top Stories from CyclingTips: Mathieu VDP’s Insane Amstel Gold, Shimano GRX, T47 Threaded BBs & More
Back in the days people in gravity racing (DH, DS, 4X etc) would use short road specific rear mechs. Shimano 105 was often good enough. Especially as there was no clutch mechanism, a shorter cage just swings less hence keeps chain tension more steady. i wonder whether we'll now get to see gravel rear mechs on mountainbikes. Of course mountainbike specific rear mechs improved loads though except for maybe Zee and Saint and maybe a few others, most of these also grew an unsightly long cage. That GRX mech could be an interesting alternative.
vinay edspratt's article
May 17, 2019 at 4:36
2 days
Innsbruck Bans Downhill Bikes from Public Transport
Manitou Travis SC, 200mm. Now we have competition too.
vinay edspratt's article
May 17, 2019 at 4:27
2 days
Innsbruck Bans Downhill Bikes from Public Transport
These are excellent solutions to solve the issue. Unfortunately they won't work for mountainbikers riding the original (DC) Cannondale Lefty fork. I'm expecting a return of the 200mm Manitou Travis SC fork. Maybe we'll also see a return of those separate BMX style mouthpieces like Olly Wilkins is wearing on this classic Dirt Magazine cover: http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/001-DT101-UK.jpg No one will ever be as stylish as Olly but that doesn't mean we shouldn't do as he does.
vinay anthill's article
May 16, 2019 at 15:41
3 days
MUST WATCH: Return to Earth - The Spectacular Official Trailer from Anthill Films
@FreerideFanatyk: Apparently both names are in use. The wikipedia page (of all sources...) has been renamed though the article still uses the word kitesurfing. I suppose whichever term you use, people know what it is. Funny, I never associated the word "surfing" with requiring gravity. I thought it was just because you're skimming over the surface (of water in this case). It was just an analogy to windsurfing, but then with a kite. Then again I'm no native English speaker. I'm from the Netherlands where waves are small so people rather use the wind for surfing than that they rely waves.
vinay anthill's article
May 16, 2019 at 14:34
3 days
MUST WATCH: Return to Earth - The Spectacular Official Trailer from Anthill Films
@WAKIdesigns: There is a championship which includes mountain unicycling. It is called unicon. https://unicycling.org/unicon/
vinay anthill's article
May 16, 2019 at 14:16
3 days
MUST WATCH: Return to Earth - The Spectacular Official Trailer from Anthill Films
Alright, let me propose one more sport. Mountain unicycling (MUni). It is really accessible as it is relatively cheap especially if you include the fact that your gear requires little to no maintenance and consequences for yourself are low too. But it still gets you giggles (because your body always tries to fight toppling over) and even the easiest XC loop becomes a fun challenge.
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