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ducnut 05-14-2010 08:56 PM

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Originally Posted by the1andonlyzippo
The first question that comes to mind for you, though, is what you are riding?

We've got some pretty decent single track with manmade jumps like what one sees in the MTB parks. They've used pallets, logs, whatever to make obstacles. It's pretty cool, for central IL. I, also, ride it urban style; bombing off everything I can jump. I know. I've got the wrong bike, but, I only gave $1800 for it ('08 Anthem1-shop owner's demo), end of season. So, I'm kinda stuck with it. Like I said, I'm just not serious enough to justify getting into a Trance.

The LBS has a hardcore MTB-er on staff. I'll pick his brain about forks. He's got a Trance and says it's perfect for what we ride. He's, also, got an STP and a Glory DH; pretty serious about this stuff.

Looking at what you run and what others are running, I think for my weight, I'm not far off on psi for this fork, though.



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Originally Posted by Oznerol
What's your tire setup like? High-volume low-pressure tires can be really effective for muting small-bump chatter.

My first full suspension bike was similar to the Anthem, with maybe a little more travel up front. It came with narrow XC tires. I replaced the rims with wider ones and switched over to a high-volume tire, run tubeless at lower pressures.

Completely transformed the bike.

I'm running stock, Michelin XC dry[2] tires, 26 X 2.00, tubed, at 30psi. It was originally setup "ghetto-tubeless". However, I had to completely air up the tires each time I wanted to ride. So, I put tubes back in. Unfortunately, I hadn't ridden these trails (where I experience chatter) when the bike was tubeless.

brewer90 05-14-2010 08:57 PM

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Originally Posted by slackmeyer
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Nice homegrown. You are still riding an old Yeti!

kbasa 05-14-2010 10:20 PM

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Originally Posted by kbasa
I think I'm headed there this weekend. I'll check. Pretty sure it's the ten pack.

You were right. It's an 8 pack. Good catch. Some nice samaritan mentioned discount coupons on the web.

Thanks!

trailer Rails 05-15-2010 06:25 AM

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Originally Posted by ducnut
I'm running stock, Michelin XC dry[2] tires, 26 X 2.00, tubed, at 30psi. It was originally setup "ghetto-tubeless". However, I had to completely air up the tires each time I wanted to ride. So, I put tubes back in. Unfortunately, I hadn't ridden these trails (where I experience chatter) when the bike was tubeless.

Go up to a higher volume tire, like a 2.2. It does not need to have a super aggressive tread. Just higher volume. Then play with low 20's in tire pressure.

Gummee! 05-15-2010 09:34 AM

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Originally Posted by slackmeyer
Hey, gummee, how's that Sette mt. frame you bought working out?

Aktooly, it rides very nicely. :nod Mebbe not *quite* as good as the Access it replaced, but much better'n the price tag would suggest. :ricky

Was out on a little 4-ish miler Thurs PM. GF, the dog, and myself went for a lap round the park just north of us. The dog was WAY tired when we got back, but then again, he not only runs twice what we do, he goes off at a full sprint after bunnies in the brush.

I need a new fork. :nod The late 90s, early 2000s Marzocchi Bomber 80 on the bike now needed rebuilding when I took it off the last bike it was on! Anyone got a 100mm fork they wanna sell cheep? Like a 6-pack of beer cheep? :D

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ducnut 05-15-2010 11:12 AM

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Originally Posted by trailer Rails
Go up to a higher volume tire, like a 2.2. It does not need to have a super aggressive tread. Just higher volume. Then play with low 20's in tire pressure.

Will do some looking at the LBS inventory. Thanks!

Cat0020 05-15-2010 06:30 PM

After breaking my Stumpjumper FSR last winter, I found something more substantial to suit the all mountain type riding that I do mostly, finally put it ll together and ready for test ride today:

http://velospace.org/files/2step.JPG

Ken 05-15-2010 07:57 PM

I am so glad I brought my bike on my trip. It's my oldest piece of junk that if I thought it was a hassle having it I'd just leave it somewhere. It's been the best part of my trip :nod

Rode 20'ish miles today exploring Naples, FL and then cycled to dinner at a place I spotted earlier. Bikes are fun :nod

pierce 05-15-2010 08:25 PM

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Originally Posted by Ken
I am so glad I brought my bike on my trip. It's my oldest piece of junk that I thought if it was a hassle having it one the boat I'd just leave it somewhere. It's been the best part of my trip :nod

Rode 20'ish miles today exploring Naples, FL and then cycled to dinner at a place I spotted earlier. Bikes are fun :nod

yeah, i threw my cruiser on my roof rack when I drove up to Arcata a couple days ago to spend a day with my college kid and drive him home for teh summer. for hanging out in a college town there's nothing like being on pedal power. parking downtown sucks? no problem, park 10-20 blocks away in a quiet neighborhood and pedal downtown :)

sixer 05-15-2010 09:32 PM

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Originally Posted by pierce
yeah, i threw my cruiser on my roof rack when I drove up to Arcata a couple days ago to spend a day with my college kid and drive him home for teh summer. for hanging out in a college town there's nothing like being on pedal power. parking downtown sucks? no problem, park 10-20 blocks away in a quiet neighborhood and pedal downtown :)

Humboldt State? I went there. :stoned I really miss (and not miss) Arcata. I lived there for 5 years.

pierce 05-15-2010 10:00 PM

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Originally Posted by sixer
Humboldt State? I went there. :stoned I really miss (and not miss) Arcata. I lived there for 5 years.

yeah, my kid is a freshman, studying marine biology, although he's thinking of switching to botany/forestry. had a USFS scientist tell him they are desperate for science students who have field experience, they'll take a BS w/ camping experience over a PHD with zero outdoors skills any day. :)

and yeah, he's probably minoring in :stoned but there's some things I'd as soon not know ;-/ he's got a great bunch of friends up there, bunch of musicians, they like to hang out and play bluegrass in their spare time (my kid is the bass player).

sixer 05-15-2010 10:45 PM

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Originally Posted by pierce
yeah, my kid is a freshman, studying marine biology, although he's thinking of switching to botany/forestry. had a USFS scientist tell him they are desperate for science students who have field experience, they'll take a BS w/ camping experience over a PHD with zero outdoors skills any day. :)

and yeah, he's probably minoring in :stoned but there's some things I'd as soon not know ;-/ he's got a great bunch of friends up there, bunch of musicians, they like to hang out and play bluegrass in their spare time (my kid is the bass player).

I was a Wildlife major. My mother would joke "your studying Wildlife, not wild life." I wish I switched to Forestry. What dorm is he in? That will make a big difference in the people he's has to live with. Yeah there is a lot of :stoned but if your kid has his head on straight he'll have no problems. He sounds like he's got a good group of friends that will help each other out.

My wife got her BS in Anthropology. HSU is the school to go to if you like the outdoors/science. He's minoring in underwater basket weaving. :deal

pierce 05-15-2010 11:15 PM

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Originally Posted by sixer
I was a Wildlife major. My mother would joke "your studying Wildlife, not wild life." I wish I switched to Forestry. What dorm is he in? That will make a big difference in the people he's has to live with. Yeah there is a lot of :stoned but if your kid has his head on straight he'll have no problems. He sounds like he's got a good group of friends that will help each other out.

My wife got her BS in Anthropology. HSU is the school to go to if you like the outdoors/science. He's minoring in underwater basket weaving. :deal

he was in Pepperwood in the Canyons, and got stuck with some jock types in a triple room, he hated the dorm and is planning on living off campus next year. most of the on-campus friends I met were in Redwood Hall.

tpirocz 05-16-2010 12:32 PM

im looking for some help and info

its been about 10 years since ive ridden pedal bikes. i was just given back a bike that i had bought in 1996. its a univega rover 305...it had been in the parents garage and they were cleaning out stuff, they asked if i wanted it or they would take it to the dump. i didnt have the heart to trash it. it was my first mountain style bike and i rode it everywhere.

i checked it out, its in ok condition. ive been ridding it a few weeks on local bike trails just as a way of getting out and getting some exercise. ive gotten into it and went looking at new bikes. but i dont think i want to buy a new one. is like to do a few things to this one instead. a few things liek like to fix/upgrade...i just dont know a ton about this stuff.

online where is a good resource for info and parts. i asked around the local bike shops and they just wanted to sell me a new bike. thanks

pierce 05-16-2010 01:07 PM

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Originally Posted by tpirocz
online where is a good resource for info and parts. i asked around the local bike shops and they just wanted to sell me a new bike. thanks

for info, sheldon brown's pages on harris cyclery's website are an awesome resource.

an LBS should have two departments, sales (the main floor) and parts/service (usually a counter in back). be sure you're talking to the parts-service guys :D

for parts, I generally go ahead and hit the parts counter at one of several of my LBS, if I know what I want, one of the stores usually has it in stock. otherwise, harris cyclery has a good online catalog of stuffs. they are in Mass, so not far from CT.

cables, chains, sprockets, brakepads, tires, etc are all consumables on a bike. chains need to be replaced when they've stretched, if they are just cruddy/rusty, you can usually resurrect them with a kerosene soak, toothbrushing, drying, the oiling. if they are stretched, you usually need to replace the gears too, as the stretched chain damages the gear teeth. the rear gear 'cassette' isn't something you'll likely be able to change yourself, I bring the wheel to the LBS, and they charge me like $5 plus the price of the new part to install it. pretty much everything else on a bike can be fixed with some metric allen keys and wrenches (I prefer using 6 point combo wrenches rather than sockets or 12 pt on a bike, if you do use sockets, use a 1/4" drive as stuff is fairly delicate and you don't want to destroy it).


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