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Old 01-30-2010, 07:16 AM   #13216
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I haven't made up my mind about that.

I'm not cannibalizing the Monkey to build the Fargo, but I'm thinking about selling it as a complete bike just to make space. In practice I don't find myself reaching for the Monkey very often; It beats me up too much on trail rides that last over an hour. If I'm not riding it, why keep it? But it's special. In smaller doses it's a hoot, and I've learned a lot on it. And I'm a bit sentimental due to the work I've put into it.
You had an extra set of 29" wheels and that many other extra parts just lying around?! You're better stocked than our LBS!

If it's looking for a home, lemme know.
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Old 01-30-2010, 11:12 AM   #13217
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You had an extra set of 29" wheels and that many other extra parts just lying around?! You're better stocked than our LBS!


Yeah, I've got a bit of a disease. I remember telling a friend several years ago that I needed to find a hobby that involved doing something constructive with my hands. Spending all day in front of a computer writing code was driving me nuts, and some sort of 'mechanical' hobby seemed like the therapy I needed.

Once I got into bicycling and got comfortable turning a wrench, I realized I'd stumbled into just such a hobby. So I find myself experimenting with various unusual setups just to have an excuse to tinker, and I end up with spare bits as a byproduct.

For example: I originally bought the Monkey as a complete bike on eBay. It came with some pretty nice wheels, but I quickly built another set of wheels for it, with wider rims that'd work well running fat tires and low pressures for snow riding. The wheels I built turned out to be a better fit for the Monkey's personality, any time of year. So now I've got the Monkey's original wheels sitting around, and they're ideal for the Fargo.

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Old 01-30-2010, 06:02 PM   #13218
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My rides have been limited to 6 miles & quick rides to the gym - only 1/2 mile away. My wife was complaining about the light I was using on the rear so I decided to bike over to a local shop - about 9 miles each way.

Actually, there are several shops closer - I *wanted* to go to this one.

Anyway, I found myself looking for ...uh... shortcuts... dirt, canals, railroad tracks - I found and used them and the Fargo did great.

When I arrived, I walked the bike in and leaned it against the front window and looked for the items that I "needed". In less than two minutes, there were three people looking at it - two sales guys and a customer. I'm not used to that when cycling. My last bike was a Mercian-framed touring bike - a very nice bike but most people didn't know anything about it.

I took essentially the same route home - but with more dirt "shortcuts".
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Old 01-30-2010, 09:43 PM   #13219
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Slung a Woodchipper on the Fargo. Will let you Fargo dudes know how that goes..
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Old 01-31-2010, 02:48 PM   #13220
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Turn the heat up a few degrees for those poor souls....

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Old 01-31-2010, 05:20 PM   #13221
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It's official. Total miles for January: 0.


I went ahead and ordered a compact crank to put on before I get back at it. Lord knows I'll need it.
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Old 01-31-2010, 05:27 PM   #13222
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It's official. Total miles for January: 0.


I went ahead and ordered a compact crank to put on before I get back at it. Lord knows I'll need it.
The hardest part about riding is GETTING ON THE BIKE. Once I'm on the bike, with my tunes going, and the scenery flying by, I'm all set. Some days I feel like a robot as I get dressed, mix bottles, prep the bike....because I don't feel like riding. Just do it...don't think. I always feel great about 30min into the ride....and even better after a few hours on the bike.
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Old 01-31-2010, 05:34 PM   #13223
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Slung a Woodchipper on the Fargo. Will let you Fargo dudes know how that goes..
Yea,let us know how that goes
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Old 01-31-2010, 09:46 PM   #13224
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Yea,let us know how that goes
Good! I have an h-bar on my 29er and the chipper on the Fargo. Something of a comfy comparo happening.

The chipper is way comfy, and seems to offer about the same leverage.

Still messing with angles.

You have to learn to reeeeach for the shifters. :)

and I think I knocked over everything in the garage.

Twice.
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Old 01-31-2010, 11:01 PM   #13225
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Goodbye fixed gear bike. . .so long, it's been a great year.
Thanks for the hardcore workouts.
It's been fun but I'm just not 19 anymore, don't need another fashion accessory, and just need to get to work everyday.

Plus, I think brakes are a really good idea



Ok maybe I'll just flop over to a freewheel for a while

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Old 02-01-2010, 09:19 AM   #13226
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Good! I have an h-bar on my 29er and the chipper on the Fargo. Something of a comfy comparo happening.

The chipper is way comfy, and seems to offer about the same leverage.

Still messing with angles.

You have to learn to reeeeach for the shifters. :)

and I think I knocked over everything in the garage.

Twice.
This is a popular mod on the mtbr forum - it's not obvious to me so your comments are helpful.
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Old 02-01-2010, 10:12 AM   #13227
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This is a popular mod on the mtbr forum - it's not obvious to me so your comments are helpful.
Well, the motivation is leverage.

The stock bar, wide as it is (46cm on mine), just doesn't get you the heavin' leverage that a big guy riding such a fat chick would want.

The chippies have the 46cm width at the hoods, but flare out from there. You grab those big firm horns slewin' off to the sides and give 'em a tug and you can make the fat bitch climb like a Romanian gymnast.

Sorta.

Does add a lot to the bike in the non-horizontal game space.

But the chippies have some odd angles (for me). In order to keep the horns at a reasonable angle, I end up rotating the bar. I've yet to see whether it's gonna work for me. The thing does 100 to 120 miles a week, and it need to be comfy more than it needs to perform.

Same general theory with the Titec J bar.
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Old 02-01-2010, 10:17 AM   #13228
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Thanks...

I'm not sure how much of a "mountain biker" I'll evolve into - my use will be dirt road and not-too-difficult singletrack hopefully in a touring mode. I'm not sure it'd be a useful upgrade for me but I'll keep an open mind.

Thanks!
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Old 02-01-2010, 10:44 AM   #13229
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I'm not sure how much of a "mountain biker" I'll evolve into - my use will be dirt road and not-too-difficult singletrack hopefully in a touring mode. I'm not sure it'd be a useful upgrade for me but I'll keep an open mind.

Thanks!
I don't consider myself a "mountain biker" either.

There's too much 'up' and not enough air.

I do, however, have to grind on some nastiness just to get where I wanna go in and around Seattle.
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Old 02-01-2010, 04:39 PM   #13230
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Question for the cross-country skiers:

Will I be laughed at if I wear shin and forearm armor to the trails?

I'm getting pretty beat up out there. Things were packed and fast (by my standards) yesterday, and while I'm getting the hang of turns, I went wide on one and ended up in the trees. I'd managed to bleed off most of my speed by the time I hit anything solid; got an ugly cut/bruise on one shin, but nothing serious.

But I'm having fun, and can't wait to get back out next weekend.
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