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Discussion in 'Sports, Hobbies & Interests' started by Gunshot-6A, Aug 10, 2016.

  1. Aug 5, 2020 at 6:43 AM
    backcountryj

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    Just gotta get creative.
     
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    No, that shot was up around Estes. Trying to beat the heat I rode several miles up there then came down later in the day and hit Bobcat. They forecasted rain for yesterday and I never saw any.
     
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  5. Aug 5, 2020 at 7:43 AM
    ginseng27

    ginseng27 who knows?

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    not enough.
    I have that one! For the money it's pretty good I'd say. it's not super stable sometimes but it works pretty well. But I also overload it sometimes with my commuter bike which weighs 66 pounds with battery so.... :anonymous:
     
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  6. Aug 5, 2020 at 8:10 AM
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    Can't tell if that's sarcasm or not, but either way, I realize my comments were a bit snarky. As a newbie getting into it, nobody needs to feel like a dumbass. We all make dumb mistakes at first.
    As for the fork and tokens, for your weight and travel, I'd start with 2. There's two tests I do to check if that's right; one is to ride at a decent clip and slam the front brake (careful not to go over the bars, so maybe work up to it), your sag ring (little rubber o-ring on the fork tubes) should be about 3 fingers from the top. The second test is to hit the biggest drop you would feel comfortable doing. Your sag ring should leave about 1 finger's worth of travel left. You want the last little bit for those 'oh-shit' moments and you need that last little bit to save your ass in case you land nose-heavy.
    Suspension tuning is all about preference. Most riders with your mass run stiffer pressure to keep the fork from blowing through its travel quickly. That also gives you confident dynamic riding geometry, keeping the bike more slack during steeper descents.
    As for the brake line, man I've done it too. Just something you do once, someone points it out, and don't do again. The reasoning behind that is protection of the line from a fall. Don't want to get stuck without a front brake if you take a spill and it gets cut.
     
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    A second or third week of October Moab TWE get-together would be rad.
     
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    yes my first statement was sarcasm as both of your previous responses were more of a "let's point out how stupid this person is rather than help them" type of message.

    I apologize for not being knowledgeable about all things bikes, it's why I'm here.

    non-sarcasm: thank you for providing this input, I will do my best to get it all set right.
     
  9. Aug 5, 2020 at 8:37 AM
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    for all the DIY bike mechanics here, what are your recommendations for a bike torque wrench? looking for one that will cover almost all of the torque specs on a bike.
     
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    Go back a page for my recommendation, posted this morning
     
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    thank @Bannerman he made us all spend money.
     
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    Nice! I love the descent at Bobcat on Ginny! The climb up Powerline, not so much, haha. I ride Bobcat quite a bit just to get away from people. Never really see anybody on trail there.
     
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    I have yet to use it actually. Looks to be great quality. Hard to say on length. Cut a section of 5' string or something as a prototype for what you want to do.
     
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    Just got my first real trail bike! Really happy with it. 2020 Santa Cruz Hightower.

    Still need to set sag, fix the shifting issues (not going into the smallest cog), and do a torque check. Learning one step at a time how to work on bikes.

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  17. Aug 5, 2020 at 1:00 PM
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    Congrats, you’ll love it.
    I have the baby bro version.

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  18. Aug 5, 2020 at 1:33 PM
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    ...stuff
    take tension out of the shift cable using the barrel adjuster at the shifter. That will help the downshifting. (Adding tension helps with up shifting).

    @stronghammer for your fork pressure, look up the suggested pressure according to weight. Best way to determine the pressure. Once you have that pressure, put the O ring all the way down the fork until it sits on top of the lowers, then sit on the bike carefully. Don’t drop your weight on the bike, just gently sit on it. Then get off the bike, again carefully so you don’t move the suspension any further. When you look at the fork, you should see the o ring moved up the Fork. This is sag. A good sag amount is 20-25% of the total fork travel, which you can determine with a tape measure. If the sag is Over that percentage, take some air out of the fork and try again. If the percentage is too low, add some air and try again. Once you have sag, you can set your rebound, which it sounds like you have figured out based on your other posts. Once sag and rebound are set, you can play with your compression knobs more efficiently.
     
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    91 PSI is what I came up with on that fork for him at 225# @stronghammer
     
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    ABA180 It burns when I pee....

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    I'll surmise that my Schwinn Predator is at least as bad to set up the brakes on.
     
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