Any Mountain Bikers?

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by Yellow Pig, Sep 21, 2011.

  1. eakins

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    Nope. Front brake only w/new pads.
    Rear is just a modified 6 spd rear set up as fixed gear. Front derailleur screws set to hold chain in the middle ring. 3rd smallest rear sprocket used in the rear. Very straight chain line and works in flat riding Fort Collins.

    Used place did all this. I just different bars on it. Pulled an updated brake lever out from my spare box. Put new housing & cable on it plus new pads. Had some new grips in the box too.

    We all ride Moto style brakes, that's all she's ever known. Stops well enough and reinforces using the front brake.

    If you look there are posts for the rear and a funky roller wheel for the cable to angle down.
    I could put rear brakes and a shifters if I wanted too. 2 places here have all the used parts I could ever need, but it works as is.

    I ride it too. It's kinda BMX fun.
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  2. Omi

    Omi 0o0o0o

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    It's not a fixed gear if it freewheels. It's set up as a singlespeed.
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  3. eakins

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    PS reminded me how much canti brakes are a bitch to setup right! Had not setup up new canti pads in years. Even pulled my 3rd hand tool out from deep in the bottom of my tool box :-)
  4. eakins

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    Yep... it's awesome :-)
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    Pulled the bottom bracket, hubs & headset all open and greased everything nice and full. It was all dry.

    Got to play with some of my old bb and headset tools too.
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    It's really light for a 24" bike.
    Decent built Taiwan steel frame vs the heavy crap Chinese stuff you all see in most all 24" wheels bikes.

    Guy at the used bike store said pickup that bike and then go pick up some of the newer ones. Huge difference in weight.
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  7. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    We had a Lauf fest in my shop tonight :D

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  8. Green Stainz

    Green Stainz Long timer

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    Sweet. Did you finally crack some beers ??

  9. Olas

    Olas the darkness

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    The RLT is a great bike. Very versatile. I've taken it on road rides as well as single track rides. Kind if like a dual sport, it can do everything but it will have its limitations in all areas. Ive been setting it up for a bikepacking trip next year. I think that's where it will shine the most.
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  10. Green Stainz

    Green Stainz Long timer

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    That’s my plan as well to use for bike packing

  11. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Super Moderator

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    Gorgeous weather, and all of our local trails are open still, except for the highest. :eek Even Rainbow and Cottonwood, apparently. I rode up Dead Bird and some of Little Rainbow, then down Racetrack today.

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  12. Geek

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    Tested a new frame bag yesterday:
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    Rode some fun flowy single track today:
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    Really digging the Lauf (and this December weather!).
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  13. _CJ

    _CJ Retrogrouch

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    Today is a big day for mountain bikes.

    STC's HR-1349 (bill to repeal the ban on non-motorized mountain bikes, game carts, wheel barrows, strollers, wheelchairs, etc. in Wilderness Areas) was passed in the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee this morning. There's still a long way to go before we actually regain our access to the trails, but this was a very important first step.

    And for all you haven't been following along closely, now would be a great time to cancel your membership with IMBA. They submitted written testimony to the committee opposing this bill.


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  14. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra

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    mtbr.com is aflame with anti IMBA posts. The basement here has nothing on the thread there. When the STC first started soliciting funds to introduce the bill, IMBA came out against the idea. That stance pretty much led to the downfall of the head of IMBA at that time and it seemed IMBA had moderated their stance. And then this. IMBA :dizave
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    Golden955 Been here awhile

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    Wow, hadn't been to MTBR in a while, didn't get past the Fromt Range section of the forum before tiring of the vitriol. I never understood the passive stances of IMBA.
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    _mtg_ RideGG.com

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    Badass! And, FUCK IMBA!
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    Isn't this about striking a deal with conservationist? We will stay out of Wilderness and you will allow us to build our trails elsewhere w/o push back?

    Or was that a previous deal that then went sour? I'm not up on it all.

    MTB & motos should align for trail access but that never seemed to happen as MTB seem to perceive motos as noisy gas burning machines. I know plenty of primary moto riders who also MTB but very few primary MTB who also moto.
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    After looking around on some of the threads on mtbr I sure notice alot a whine going on and bitching about everything.
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    _CJ Retrogrouch

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    You could say I'm more of a mountain biker who rides motos. More miles, more hours, more years experience on the MTB side, but that doesn't mean I'm any less of an advocate for motos.

    IMBA has a long standing agreement with Sierra Club, signed in the 80's? Back then IMBA was pretty much happy to get the scraps that fell from the table on trail access, and being a good little lap dog involved doing as Sierra Club wished. Mountain biking is a much bigger sport these days, and the trail impact (or lack of) is a known quantity, so people are generally more supportive of it, but IMBA and the grey hairs running Sierra Club are stuck in the past.

    It would be hard to argue that IMBA even represents the MTB community any more. They've made deals with SC, then SC turns around and screws them at the last second (much the way IMBA did to STC), and most MTBers have turned their back on IMBA as a result. There is currently an effort to get IMBA to rescind it's statement regarding HB1349, and it's unlikely that they'll survive if they don't, but the damage will have already been done.

    As far a motos and MTB's working together, I honestly hear more anti-sentiment from the moto side than I do from the MTB side. I think there's a HUGE opportunity not being explored with the rise of e-bikes. The way it's shaking out, e-bikes are generally being treated the same as motos, which should draw some attention to the lack of, and continual loss of OHV trails. If a moto advocacy organization could get e-bikers signed up, and e-biking takes off as predicted, it might be an avenue to moto trail expansion. But as with mountain biking, the moto community doesn't seem to be well organized or represented by a singular voice the way the Sierra Club and Wilderness Society are, so they'll likely continue to lose.

    The wilderness thing is a problem, and I don't think HB1349 will change much. There aren't enough mountain bikers with an opinion on the issue, or influence, to really make a dent in policy. Some of us would like to put an end to declaration of all new wilderness, and "study areas", but the opposition is much more well organized, and well funded, with or without MTBers. They don't need us, which is why they fight tooth and nail to keep us out, even though the original intent of the act was to allow non-motorized bikes and other wheeled devises.

    The politicians of the left have done a good job of holding hands with conservationist groups, so any substantive change is really going to have to come from the right, and that seems to be where things are headed right now, but you never know how that's going to shake out in the future.


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