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Jebus H Bomz

climber
Peavine Basecamp
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 4, 2014 - 01:55pm PT
Yeah, TT, I wasn't sure if it was that, you thought I was he, or if, you know, you are into that sort of thing. Good to know it was the first option ;).
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Apr 6, 2014 - 04:13pm PT
Hoo boy, new bike saved my ass this morning. Went bombing down some single track I hadn't ridden before, suddenly a gnarly rock garden. Barely had time to go "uh oh, this is gonna be bad" waiting for the endo and getting launched over the bars.

But it never happened. The square rut between rocks I expected to launch me, was sucked right up by the suspension and I came through unscathed. Never would have happened on the old bike. In fact, no spills at all today, which is unusual for me, I'm usually pushing a little harder than my skillset allows for, and pay the price.

Super windy out there, gusting to 25, and bone dry. Almost lost it in a couple of turns when the rear end slid out. Might have to back off the tire pressure a tad for this area, was running @ 42 today.
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Peavine Basecamp
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 7, 2014 - 12:21am PT
Way to pull the nose out! If I go home early tonight from work, i may be having my own ride tomorrow.
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Apr 7, 2014 - 02:02am PT
Here's what you need.



This was being wheeled around the bike races in Redlands yesterday.

The guy says it's good for snow, but I wonder how he knows this, since the thing is in brand new condition. The tires still had the little spics of rubber leftover from the molding process.

It does have nice, low gears, so it has that going for it. ( not as low as the low on my bike )

With 4.6" tires, it probably works well on desert roads, the ones that alternate between soft sand and washboards. A flat would take all day to fix, though. Like trying to inflate the Hindenberg with a frame pump.
wilbeer

Mountain climber
honeoye falls,ny.greeneck alleghenys
Apr 13, 2014 - 07:50pm PT
Credit: wilbeer

Cyclograveltrailgrindercross ,anyone?
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Apr 13, 2014 - 08:46pm PT
wilbeer...i like your priorities...wood heated hot tub and IF....
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Peavine Basecamp
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 18, 2014 - 06:16pm PT
Credit: Jebus H Bomz

My ride and my bike.

Got 15.5 miles with 2200 total feet of elevation in yesterday. Sick!

The exciting patch came on a downhill. Waved hi to the kindly off trail runner, then encountered some nastiness where I more surfed the bike through than was riding it. Yowza!

Still projecting one section of my ride, but looking for the red point. Damn you, Halo Trail!

I may have to boulder the crux.
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Peavine Basecamp
Topic Author's Reply - May 8, 2014 - 12:11am PT
Finally went tubeless! Between the lower pressure and wider, new knobbies, I was mashing on the trail tonight. This will definitely make a difference in my ride.

Upgraded to locking grips too. Pretty nice not to have the wiggle and needing to shimmy the old grips back on.

A great evening 10-miler for man and dog.

Credit: Jebus H Bomz
miwuksurfer

Social climber
Mi-Wuk
May 10, 2014 - 12:55am PT
Fat tubeless tires are where its at. So cheap and easy to do and makes such a huge difference.
miwuksurfer

Social climber
Mi-Wuk
May 10, 2014 - 12:59am PT
Wilbeer, sweet rig! Is that a narrow-wide chainring? Clutch derailleur? Any issues with chain drops?
wilbeer

Mountain climber
honeoye falls,ny.greeneck alleghenys
May 10, 2014 - 07:37am PT
Miwuksurfer,thanks man.

Yes ,narrow wide race face ring and it keeps the chain nicely.

The rear derailleur is a 9 speed shimano xt shadow[lots of snap],no

clutch,that is on the 10 speed version.

19.5 pounds of do anything versatility.
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Peavine Basecamp
Topic Author's Reply - May 10, 2014 - 10:59am PT
That IS a sweet rig. I thought I'd commented before but it was only in my head.
wilbeer

Mountain climber
honeoye falls,ny.greeneck alleghenys
May 24, 2014 - 08:09pm PT
After a long day working at a bike shop

Credit: wilbeer
wilbeer

Mountain climber
honeoye falls,ny.greeneck alleghenys
May 26, 2014 - 08:16pm PT
This happened yesterday,It is a mechanicaldisadvantage.
Credit: wilbeer
It was a very long hike.
looking sketchy there...

Social climber
Lassitude 33
May 26, 2014 - 08:30pm PT
With a chain breaker tool, you can do a field conversion to a single speed, which is far better than walking.

wilbeer

Mountain climber
honeoye falls,ny.greeneck alleghenys
May 26, 2014 - 09:00pm PT
One would need the tool with them.....lol.

Fact of the matter,it is a cyclocross bike,I just happened to cross more and glide the downs,...all good.
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
May 26, 2014 - 09:28pm PT
good point!

just moved the chainbreaker from hibernation in the tool box to the Mt. bike.

When I switch back to wide tires on the cyclocross bike it's moving back there.

With the skinny road tires on it there's always the Cell phone. ;-)

John Duffield

Mountain climber
New York
May 26, 2014 - 09:30pm PT
So to re-address the OP, I bought a high quality racing bike that was 2 y/o on eBay. I'm still very happy. I've changed out the tyres. Some new cables, in the 4 years I've owned it.

oth, Sunday, I took out my Track Bike. It will do a little lite off road.Road, to the off road. It is quick.

Bridgehampton
Bridgehampton
Credit: John Duffield

Today, I was out on my mtb. The big tyres usually fly through short patches sand.

Two Holes of Water
Two Holes of Water
Credit: John Duffield
wilbeer

Mountain climber
honeoye falls,ny.greeneck alleghenys
Jun 13, 2014 - 06:02pm PT
To do this?http://www.pinkbike.com/news/course-preview-uci-world-cup-round-4-leogang-2014.html
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Peavine Basecamp
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 13, 2014 - 06:11pm PT
Digging the mtb still, although climbing needs sometimes surpass the ride ;). The whole reason I got the mtb was to sample the sweet Tahoe trails I'd been hearing about. This week I did the 21 mile out and back on the Flume Trail. I was smiling like I was on a sweet 5.8 hand crack in the alpine! It was a good call.

Any recs for good follow up trails from you afficianados?
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