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Old 07-31-2013, 01:10 PM   #3076
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That thing is awesome! Does it hookup on the downhill or does it feel unpredictable?

It would have been fun to try it at Trestle a couple of weeks ago when we were there
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Old 07-31-2013, 01:21 PM   #3077
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I've sold that Kestrel years ago, probably a decade ago.

I'm not much of a DH'ler, but I think the suspension is nice, but frame is not stiff enough handle ski-lift type drops.

Even with my 150 lb. not stomping on it, I could feel the rear wheel flex side to side on a moderate DH run. I wouldn't push it much further beyond.. and sold it. I think it was under 28 lb. bike, too.

Stuck with steel (Balfa) and aluminum (Specialized) for DH or All MT.
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Old 07-31-2013, 04:18 PM   #3078
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Dirt/ski-lift play bikes:


A man with great taste..

I have own five Balfa's, two BB7 that I end up selling when I got my Nicolai M-pire and three Two Steps, one I sold because it was a "short" even if it handle like a dream..

Now only two left.




I also love the color on the Psylo and also how the work, but mine are the 20mm version.


More pictures at Balfa's at Ricky's
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Old 07-31-2013, 05:32 PM   #3079
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Some night time commuting pictures.





Reflective rim strips from www.ridewithfiks.com plus schawlbe reflective tyres are great for night riding.
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Old 07-31-2013, 06:23 PM   #3080
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And I think the most important part is that you get strong, I mean really strong, cardio, core, and stamina combined, you can eat any road for breakfast, you start to think differently. That is also why I ride fully rigid, no suspension, no bobing on climbs, you choose your course very carefully, and you become one with the bike and with the road. I know this my sound like a bunch of bullshit to someone who hasn't experienced it this way, but this is what I gain from SS and fully rigid :-) Some people only gain sore butt and broken ankles, so it is not for everybody :-)

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I absolutely love my SS town bike. It's like my days of youth, but, better. I appreciate the simplicity of being on a bicycle, now.
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Old 07-31-2013, 06:57 PM   #3081
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I just got a pair of rear lights from this guys at Xeccon the model is Geinea-I

Oh man times have change this thing is so stupid bright (1100lumens) you kind of want to aim it down so car drivers don't go KuKuu..


I mount it to our baby bike seat for added protection, super easy to install.
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Old 07-31-2013, 07:18 PM   #3082
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A little talk of singlespeeds a bit ago, here's mine:



I like it and rode it exclusively for 4-5 years, now I've got it and my FS 29er. The scalpel is absolutely faster, but the SS is still really fun. Too bad the scalpel is lighter though, this would be really fun if the monocog was lighter.
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Old 08-01-2013, 05:00 AM   #3083
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how do you like that back pack?
have thought about them myself but wasn't sure enough to pull the trigger and there are no stockists in my area

thanks
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Old 08-01-2013, 08:24 AM   #3084
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how do you like that back pack?
have thought about them myself but wasn't sure enough to pull the trigger and there are no stockists in my area

thanks
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That's not me it's my mate.

He loves the backpack. So much in fact he has 2 of them. I call him rocket man. That is the smaller one and the bigger one is in the pic below.

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Old 08-01-2013, 12:13 PM   #3085
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Picked up a Raleigh XXIX F&F a few weeks ago.
New wheels, tires, tubes, seat, grips and brakes.
Used everything else kept the budget respectable.
It's not as nice as my brothers El Mariachi but it was a LOT cheaper.
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Old 08-01-2013, 04:02 PM   #3086
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Tandems are a different critter...

They can be the best thing or the worst thing for your relationship. ...sometimes in the same ride! AMHIK

One bit of advice: BEFORE you do anything else, put a suspension seapost on the back.

While you can see the bumps, your stoker can't. They frequently get 'surprised.' 'Surprised' doesn't make for a happy stoker. You're in the middle of a loooonnnnngggg set of tubes and they're right over the back wheel. The bumps you don't notice are 'THUD!'s to them.

I won't mention the adventures in working on a tandem. I'll let you find out about that.

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I have had a little fun working on it already! Not too bad. Certainly different. We rented a tandem in Key West and had a ball. I have a suspension seat post in my parts bin, but I think it will put her up to high. She likes a cushy seat, so this is what I did. This seat is rubber sprung, so it should do well for her. The larger tires should help too.

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Old 08-02-2013, 11:39 PM   #3087
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Was out on my singlespeed today.

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Old 08-03-2013, 07:04 AM   #3088
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All down hill from here!




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Old 08-03-2013, 09:46 AM   #3089
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Ridiculous uber cheap dirt jumper turned big bmx bike pics coming up shortly..gots to open my Dan's Comp box and swap some parts
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Old 08-03-2013, 11:16 AM   #3090
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Well I wanted a nice big 26" SE for cruising but didn't have the $$$ to buy one so I set up building something kind of close.

Start with a 26" Mongoose DJ 682 $150 dirt jump bike from Walmart. yes it is cheap high tensile steel frame and fork but it had 1 1/8 thread less stem and three piece cranks.



And then added my clamp and bars from my 24 inch cruiser class Free Agent



But I wanted something tall .. Put on a cheap Sunday top loader and some 8.5 Rant bars.. Probably too tall but I like it I may actually flip the clamp upside down to drop the bars a little.



It fits my 6'5" 300lb frame pretty good...I have a set of sealed bearing to throw in ASAP to replace the shitty open bearing in the BB.
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