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Post by TRD270 on Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:08 am

Modified the loop today to try and extend it a bit. Went Kari's all the way south to rambler again then up somewhere elks and nowhere elks.... I won't be doing that again. Somewhere elks sucked ass to climb.

Gonna go the other way next time to extend and continue on rambler to tinman and happy gilmore like you did.

Somewhere elks would be a fun decent, and then take Rambler back north

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Re: Official MTB Thread

Post by Kevin on Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:48 am

TRD270 wrote:Modified the loop today to try and extend it a bit. Went Kari's all the way south to rambler again then up somewhere elks and nowhere elks.... I won't be doing that again. Somewhere elks sucked ass to climb.

Gonna go the other way next time to extend and continue on rambler to tinman and happy gilmore like you did.

Somewhere elks would be a fun decent, and then take Rambler back north

Rambler north is not bad, I've ridden that way from the ice rink trailhead to get to Kari's.

Sunday?

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Post by TRD270 on Thu Jul 19, 2018 5:11 pm

I'll see what I can do

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Post by Kevin on Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:54 am

TRD270 wrote: then up somewhere elks and nowhere elks.... I won't be doing that again. Somewhere elks sucked ass to climb.

Just from looking at the elevation data on Trailforks, it looks like Collarbone Hill would actually be the easiest climb to that four way at the top. Rusty Shovel, Rambler, and Somewhere Elks all seem to have roughly the same elevation gain per mile.

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Post by TRD270 on Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:05 pm

Won't be able to make Sunday, someone cancelled their practical exam so I'm grabbing it midweek. I need to pick up a few more hours flying before then so I have to fly Sunday morning. Good news, if I pass I'll have a lot more free time for the next month or so.

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Re: Official MTB Thread

Post by dutchman on Sat Jul 21, 2018 9:31 pm

Got my dropper post installed this afternoon. Test rode it this evening, I’m a believer.

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Post by Kevin on Fri Jul 27, 2018 1:55 pm


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Post by frieed on Sat Jul 28, 2018 5:51 pm

My dropper post is on now as well.  I was kind of happy to realize that my bike frame has unused bosses(?) under the top tube to hold the cable.  I got a KS eTen (100mm travel) for cheap and I'm impressed with the build quality.  I was really limited in my choices since my seat tube is 27.2mm (and I'm cheap).  The seat post also has this funky bend in it and I was unsure if I could get the post low enough to be usable at full extension.  Fortunately, with the seat post bottomed out and at full extension it is about 1/4" lower than where I want the seat height for climbing.  The very first useful thing I noticed was that I could drop the seat whenever I stop so it is easier to swing my leg over the seat to mount/dismount. I have not had a chance to ride with it yet since I'm heading out of town for a few days tomorrow and have been getting my shit ready to go, but next weekend is a must.


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Re: Official MTB Thread

Post by frieed on Sat Jul 28, 2018 6:06 pm


Kevin, what heart rate monitor are you using? chest or watch style?
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Re: Official MTB Thread

Post by Kevin on Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:14 am

I'm using a Wahoo chest strap.

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Post by TRD270 on Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:23 am

Kevin's strava account makes me feel like a slacker

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Post by Kevin on Sun Jul 29, 2018 1:37 pm

It makes me feel like a slacker too.

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Post by Kevin on Mon Jul 30, 2018 12:39 pm


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Post by Kevin on Wed Aug 15, 2018 6:17 am

Got to try out the new dropper yesterday, and I don't get it. I can see where it would help when descending super steep stuff, but there must be something drastically wrong with my body positioning when I'm cornering because having the dropper down or up made no difference in what I could do with the bike.

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Post by dutchman on Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:47 am

Kevin wrote:Got to try out the new dropper yesterday, and I don't get it.  I can see where it would help when descending super steep stuff, but there must be something drastically wrong with my body positioning when I'm cornering because having the dropper down or up made no difference in what I could do with the bike.

.....wut?!



I like the dropper b/c it makes it a lot easier to get my ass back behind and below the seat for the descents.

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Post by Kevin on Wed Aug 15, 2018 11:07 am

For steep drops and rolloffs, sure, but there's none of those at Round Valley, and I don't feel like getting behind the seat on corners is useful for me.  The problem I've been fighting is the front wheel washing out, and to combat that I've got to lean forward.

I was hoping that having the seat down would let me get lower and maybe get the bike leaned over more and I wouldn't have to get as forward, but it didn't seem to help.

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Post by dutchman on Wed Aug 15, 2018 11:28 am

Maybe your handle bars are too high?


I haven't experienced the front washing out, unless I'm on super loose stuff. For me, when I drop the seat I feel like I've got a lower COG and control the bike more with my legs. I feel more confident and balanced in that position.

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Post by TRD270 on Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:29 pm

Dropping the seat on the turns also (at least for me) allows me to shift my body around more because my legs aren't catching on the seat. Can throw the bike into the turns a lot harder

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Post by TRD270 on Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:25 pm

I could get behind a trip up there


We also need to get dates picked that everyone can make gooseberry, or Moab or whatever south.

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Post by dutchman on Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:07 pm

Looks like I'll be in town for work Sept 17-21. Anyone want to ride one of those evenings?

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Post by Kevin on Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:17 pm

I'm in the middle of my work week, but I'm free Sunday morning if you are.

Saturday morning is Ian's first race out at Soldier Hollow, wanna come hang?

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Post by dutchman on Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:50 pm

Kevin wrote:I'm in the middle of my work week, but I'm free Sunday morning if you are.

Saturday morning is Ian's first race out at Soldier Hollow, wanna come hang?

I was worried about that with your work schedule.

I have to leave for Boston that Sunday (9/23) so I'll probably head home after work Friday afternoon, so I can see the wife and kid for weekend.

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Post by Kevin on Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:35 am

How about this kinda bikepacking, you lazy f***ers?

https://sanjuanhuts.com/mtb/telluride-moab

If we can get eight riders in on it it's $600/person, for four nights in stocked huts and all food/sleeping bags/etc provided.

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Post by dutchman on Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:16 am

I like this idea.

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