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#3303963 Mountain bike info needed

Posted by Salvo on Yesterday, 10:57 PM

Stick to the smoother trails. Judging from the bike's geometry (frame looks solid, but that fork looks suspect), it wasn't made for rocky singletrack. I know you've already acknowledged that it's entry level, but you don't want to end up going down the wrong trail with it. With a few upgrades, you can take to it up a notch, but with how much upgrades cost nowadays, you'd just be better off buying a new bike later on down the road.


Make sure you run the proper tire inflation according to your weight or you'll start getting pinch flats, even on smoother trails. As already mentioned, you're going to want to bring some replacement tubes (at least two), tire levers, and a frame pump. You can buy flat kits practically anywhere, but fixing a flat in the middle of nowhere is a PITA. A fresh tube is a much easier solution. You can fix the old tube up when you get home and have it become another spare....


Avoid going through mud or streams with those cantilever brakes. They become useless once they get wet. Just drag them or dry the wheels if getting wet is a must.


I'm not familiar with NC trails, but this site would be a good start: http://www.mtbproject.com. Maps the trails according to difficultly. Doesn't list every trail out there, but it will give you a good idea of what's out there. The forums at mtbr.com (http://forums.mtbr.com/forum.php) are also a good resource...


Congrats on the new bike! MTBing is a great sport, but safety is the priority!


#3299352 Cryptic Voth tweet

Posted by Salvo on 25 March 2015 - 07:04 PM

Even though draft pundits act like they know everything, they don't. Someone always drops and it's up to the teams to do enough research so they aren't caught off guard by a gift falling to them...especially for teams that go by the BPA mantra...

#3286296 Kid get suspended for not holding a marijuana

Posted by Salvo on 16 March 2015 - 11:39 AM

thread title hurt my head

#3270493 Patrick Willis is retiring

Posted by Salvo on 09 March 2015 - 09:32 AM

9ers are falling apart. I love it!

#3261281 Post a pic, any pic.

Posted by Salvo on 03 March 2015 - 04:07 PM


#3255538 Any Mountain bikers?

Posted by Salvo on 26 February 2015 - 04:30 PM

I mountain bike regularly, but nothing too hardcore. Standard cross country stuff with a mix of flow and tech, no downhill or poo that will kill me...


Fat bikes are awesome and catching on quite quickly out in the Rockies. I've been considering getting one because of the snow and longer winters out here, but my money is being diverted elsewhere at the moment. However, I have shopped at BikesDirect before and have nothing but good things to say about them, so if I was in the market for one, I would definitely consider one of their Motobecane models.


While they were designed for the snow/sand, you can literally use them for any type of trail. They'll roll over anything.

#3228283 Manziel Enters Rehab

Posted by Salvo on 02 February 2015 - 10:53 AM

I have no ill will towards him if he's willing to fix his problems.

#3225755 Post a pic, any pic.

Posted by Salvo on 01 February 2015 - 11:48 AM


#3224401 Post a pic, any pic.

Posted by Salvo on 30 January 2015 - 06:13 PM


#3223016 Fozzy makes it onto Key and Peele

Posted by Salvo on 29 January 2015 - 12:14 AM

Fozzy Fozzy Fozzy!


Oi Oi Oi!

#3221668 Cam Newton: A Franchise QB?

Posted by Salvo on 27 January 2015 - 03:24 PM

He can be here for another 10 years and people will still be questioning whether or not he's a franchise QB.


It. just. won't. die!

#3221089 Yeah...You're not gonna like this (comments from Bobby Wagner)

Posted by Salvo on 27 January 2015 - 01:23 AM

Why was this question even asked? Stupid Person...

#3217914 Happy National Pie Day!

Posted by Salvo on 23 January 2015 - 11:22 AM

Pie day is everyday!

#3214516 Need new camera

Posted by Salvo on 20 January 2015 - 12:51 PM

Need more info about what you want to make a specific choice.


Does size matter? (of course it does...) If you want something small, go with what Philly suggested. You'll lose a little bit in image quality, but it's a hell of a lot easier to carry around than a standard DSLR with a heavy-ass lens.


What do you typically take pictures of? Landscapes, people, family, sports, etc...This is typically where the lens comes in if you want to get real specific and care about the quality of picture.


If none of that really matters and just want something that's good all around, go with CWG's suggestion. Even though I use a Canon, I'm no fanboy. Nikon makes a quality camera and you'll do just fine with it. The fact that it comes with two lenses makes that deal much better and you can always upgrade later on. The 18-55 mm lens is for wider images while the 55-200 mm is the zoom lens. They're not as "fast" as something Jeremy would use in his pictures (corresponding to the f/ stop number...lower the number, the "faster")....but as CWG shows, it's more than sufficient if you're looking for some sporty shots.

#3213829 Don't complain about Richardson when Nascar does this

Posted by Salvo on 19 January 2015 - 08:01 PM

I'm a big racing fan, and NASCAR barely qualifies as a motorsport anymore.


Conceptually, it wouldn't be too hard to fix and have it become a respectable motorsport again, but it's status quo for the France family. They still think it's the Hollywood phonies they need to cater to when they've completely forgotten their Southern contingent.


It can crash and burn for all I care...