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12-24-19, 10:20 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,097
Posted By Mountain Mitch

I do a lot of hill climbing, but mostly on...

I do a lot of hill climbing, but mostly on mountain bikes.

My “newest” road bike is a classic Cramerotti, which is the worst hill climber I’ve ever ridden. I don’t have the gear numbers in front...
12-12-19, 10:43 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,464
Posted By Mountain Mitch

I thought this was going to be a thread about...

I thought this was going to be a thread about eating beans! :rolleyes:
12-04-19, 06:40 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,358
Posted By Mountain Mitch

On my first century (being a Canuck it’s all...

On my first century (being a Canuck it’s all metric) I hit a bit of a wall around 80 km. The last 20 weren’t much fun! I’d suggest you add in an 80 km/ 50 miler and gradually increasing that to once...
12-03-19, 10:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 713
Posted By Mountain Mitch

Obviously hasn’t caught on with many on this...

Obviously hasn’t caught on with many on this board!

Around here we we have an extensive trail system used by skiers, snowshoers and fat bikers. There are warm up huts a few kilometres apart. Most...
12-01-19, 05:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 713
Posted By Mountain Mitch

Anybody Fat Biking?

As in ‘using a fat bike’, not as in.... well, you get my drift! :foo:

So last year when the snow wasn’t prime for skiing I broke down and got a used Surly Moonlander. I took it out about 10 times,...
11-30-19, 10:28 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,501
Posted By Mountain Mitch

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Now that is a well used gravel grinder!
11-24-19, 09:12 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,907
Posted By Mountain Mitch

Sore legs are not due to age but due to the...

Sore legs are not due to age but due to the refusal to age. I agree with many of the above posters who suggest a spin day and/or a day off. Hydration is good! At any age muscles need time to recover...
11-23-19, 07:18 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,501
Posted By Mountain Mitch

I am just a youngster of 65 on our trails. I’ve...

I am just a youngster of 65 on our trails. I’ve been mountain biking since about 1986. I still do technical trails (although I have decided my one and only ride down SMD (Super Mega Death) was my...
10-24-19, 07:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 894
Posted By Mountain Mitch

Lots of trails here in the Kootenays of British...

Lots of trails here in the Kootenays of British Columbia. Consistency in a rating system is a dream. The ‘blues’ around here (Rossland BC) would be black or even double black at most of the places...
10-23-19, 09:30 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 894
Posted By Mountain Mitch

Yes, Moab has lots of trails at every level. In...

Yes, Moab has lots of trails at every level. In particular check out the three areas north of town off Highway 191: Klondike Bluffs, Sovereign and, especially, Moab Brands. You’ll have a great time!...
Forum: Touring
10-09-19, 01:35 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 952
Posted By Mountain Mitch

I gotta get a Union flag - seems to work on...

I gotta get a Union flag - seems to work on brigands and footpads like garlic on vampires!
10-08-19, 08:06 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,512
Posted By Mountain Mitch

You don’t say where in Canada you are. Here in...

You don’t say where in Canada you are. Here in the Kootenays of BC most of us ride fatbikes in the winter and use studs if we are using the bike to commute or ride icy trails. And, yeah, they’re...
Forum: Touring
10-08-19, 07:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 550
Posted By Mountain Mitch

Once winter comes to this part of the world it...

Once winter comes to this part of the world it seldom lets go. Sure, it may warm a bit during daylight; may even melt exposed stretches, but the snow will likely remain in shaded and protected areas...
10-08-19, 06:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 536
Posted By Mountain Mitch

We have numerous black bears and the occasional...

We have numerous black bears and the occasional grizzly around here. The secret to survival is: don’t zip along a trail going 25 mph!

While I feel sorry for the cyclist and his family it’s time...
Forum: Touring
10-07-19, 09:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 550
Posted By Mountain Mitch

Thanks for this. I was planning on riding the...

Thanks for this. I was planning on riding the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes later this week. But, while it isn’t in the heart of the forecast areas, I might have to wait for the spring
10-07-19, 10:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 616
Posted By Mountain Mitch

I’ll join the chorus: if you trail ride nothing...

I’ll join the chorus: if you trail ride nothing technical you don’t need a dropper post. And I’m a guy who thinks they are the greatest invention since the suspension fork.

Ive used many...
Forum: Touring
10-05-19, 10:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 270
Posted By Mountain Mitch

I’m not sure how big a priority getting to Cedar...

I’m not sure how big a priority getting to Cedar City is for you. I’d be inclined to just ride all the way up the 89. I haven’t ridden it but I’ve driven it several times. It sure isn’t flat but the...
10-05-19, 10:00 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,602
Posted By Mountain Mitch

Two things: touring cyclists aren’t quite the...

Two things: touring cyclists aren’t quite the novelty they once were so I think spontaneous admiring chats are increasingly uncommon. And, welcome to the cellophane generation. We are increasingly...
Forum: Touring
10-02-19, 09:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 580
Posted By Mountain Mitch

Very nice and inspiring photos! Thanks for...

Very nice and inspiring photos! Thanks for sharing.
10-02-19, 09:44 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,098
Posted By Mountain Mitch

I hate to bring up mere practical considerations...

I hate to bring up mere practical considerations but it seems to me that the cutaway R in the BB shell would allow dirt easy access to the BB.
10-01-19, 01:06 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,098
Posted By Mountain Mitch

I’m gonna go out on a limb here and guess a...

I’m gonna go out on a limb here and guess a Japanese made Raleigh from the mid seventies.
09-30-19, 09:55 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,415
Posted By Mountain Mitch

Somebody’s taking nude riding to the extreme! :D

Somebody’s taking nude riding to the extreme! :D
Forum: Road Cycling
09-30-19, 09:49 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,093
Posted By Mountain Mitch

I find that the main difference is in...

I find that the main difference is in acceleration. A lighter bike gets up to speed quickly provided it is stiff etc. In short, a lighter bike feels more nimble.

But once at speed a heavier bike...
09-25-19, 07:29 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,054
Posted By Mountain Mitch

Yep, I need to get out more so I know everything...

Yep, I need to get out more so I know everything and become entitled to an opinion! :50:
09-25-19, 08:32 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,054
Posted By Mountain Mitch

What they were designed for and what they are now...

What they were designed for and what they are now used for are two different things! Take the discussion about very small women and wide bars just above. Once something becomes a trend a lot of...
09-24-19, 10:11 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,054
Posted By Mountain Mitch

I’m not totally sold on the new bar widths. I...

I’m not totally sold on the new bar widths. I never found it an issue to control the 600s. But it’s the trend and given that all the new bikes have them, I have to say I don’t really find them too...
Forum: Introductions
09-22-19, 09:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 427
Posted By Mountain Mitch

That’s a tall bike! (And a short Pug). They’re...

That’s a tall bike! (And a short Pug). They’re both looking good.
Had my retro bike out last night for a classic ride along the river. Enjoy the forums. You probably have already checked out...
Forum: Touring
09-20-19, 09:13 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,176
Posted By Mountain Mitch

I guess my favourites were the pineapple stands...

I guess my favourites were the pineapple stands as I toured around Ishigaki! Nothing like a freshly harvested and sliced pineapple to set you up for the next leg of your tour (usually to the next...
Forum: Touring
09-20-19, 09:09 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 5,830
Posted By Mountain Mitch

Talk honestly - straight to people. Assume...

Talk honestly - straight to people. Assume everyone is as good as you and has their own interests and knowledge. Try to relate and be open. I’ve met more interesting friendly people on tours than I...
09-18-19, 08:57 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,003
Posted By Mountain Mitch

Another ‘lesser known’ Italian brand that made...

Another ‘lesser known’ Italian brand that made some great bikes is Cramerotti.
...
Forum: Touring
09-16-19, 08:53 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,115
Posted By Mountain Mitch

Seems to be a source of ongoing confusion. ...

Seems to be a source of ongoing confusion.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/cyclists-getting-ticketed-for-no-insurance-blame-confusing-e-bike-legislation-1.5278601
Forum: Touring
09-12-19, 07:48 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,176
Posted By Mountain Mitch

It was easy getting enough fruit while riding the...

It was easy getting enough fruit while riding the Shiminami-Kaido in Japan. In fact my son was the designated fruit carrier since he had a...
Forum: Touring
09-11-19, 08:01 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,115
Posted By Mountain Mitch

Right, so we’ll have cops with radar (which won’t...

Right, so we’ll have cops with radar (which won’t work well on a target like a carbon fibre bike) manning the trails. Of course, that’ll have to be paid for so some extra fees or taxes or licensing...
Forum: Touring
09-09-19, 02:04 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,115
Posted By Mountain Mitch

Yeah, but ‘accountable’ usually means subject to...

Yeah, but ‘accountable’ usually means subject to judgement by those injured by the accountable rider. Then you get into the issue of mandatory insurance which brings in a cascade of regulations,...
08-12-19, 06:54 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 14,654
Posted By Mountain Mitch

They could pass a 30 foot law and it wouldn’t...

They could pass a 30 foot law and it wouldn’t mean a thing unless enforced!

Politicians love passing feel good laws that they can then use to stand before the electorate to show they are “taking...
08-11-19, 12:11 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 8,298
Posted By Mountain Mitch

There are, of course, multiple coloured specimens...

There are, of course, multiple coloured specimens of the species Black Bear, including brown. Close to half our local Black Bears are cinnamon coloured.

Black Bears can certainly be aggressive and...
08-08-19, 07:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 593
Posted By Mountain Mitch

Get the Scott. The carbon frame will absorb a lot...

Get the Scott. The carbon frame will absorb a lot more of the trail noise than the aluminum CAAD even with the carbon fork (which I assume they’ll replace with one that doesn’t break). Plus, 105 is...
08-06-19, 09:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,829
Posted By Mountain Mitch

You would be surprised what a top of the line FS...

You would be surprised what a top of the line FS MTB will do for your ability to ride seemingly impossible stuff. I sometimes wonder if it’s really any better or anymore thrilling or if the technical...
08-06-19, 08:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 427
Posted By Mountain Mitch

All about condition and fit.... and, how ‘cheap’?

All about condition and fit.... and, how ‘cheap’?
08-06-19, 08:43 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,992
Posted By Mountain Mitch

A Tallboy! Congratulations. Talk about jumping in...

A Tallboy! Congratulations. Talk about jumping in with both feet. Around here that bike would definitely blow the doors off the budget you initially set out. It should be a fun bike for you.
Forum: Touring
08-05-19, 05:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 966
Posted By Mountain Mitch

I spent many a long summer day on Salt Spring. It...

I spent many a long summer day on Salt Spring. It was always a bit of a mission to get out to Ruckles - sounds like it still is. In those days there was lots of fast traffic (ferry dependant) and...
08-04-19, 09:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,632
Posted By Mountain Mitch

Looks like a worn, not broken, cassette. Time to...

Looks like a worn, not broken, cassette. Time to fork out for a new one!
08-03-19, 08:00 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 8,298
Posted By Mountain Mitch

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Another reason not to take you dog on a mountain...
07-27-19, 01:15 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 9,943
Posted By Mountain Mitch

I’d rather ride my bike. That said, I don’t...

I’d rather ride my bike.
That said, I don’t really watch any competitive sports. I’d rather participate in a sport. Watching is boring.
Forum: Touring
07-27-19, 09:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,152
Posted By Mountain Mitch

I have flown into and out of Spokane many times -...

I have flown into and out of Spokane many times - but never with a bike. There are few services close to the Spokane Airport. I have not seen any indication that boxes are available but I’d suggest...
Forum: Touring
07-26-19, 08:19 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,549
Posted By Mountain Mitch

Most predatory black bear attacks on humans are...

Most predatory black bear attacks on humans are carried out by bears under 200 lbs.. At that size they are young and haven’t learned the appropriate target species. It may be their first year on...
07-24-19, 10:33 PM
Replies: 224
Views: 39,438
Posted By Mountain Mitch

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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07-22-19, 05:56 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,992
Posted By Mountain Mitch

A little shifter adjustment is nothing and really...

A little shifter adjustment is nothing and really just to be expected. I’d suggest getting the bike tuned up so you’ve got a good baseline. Sounds like you got a great deal! Glad to hear it worked...
07-21-19, 09:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,286
Posted By Mountain Mitch

Yeah, the Pend Oreille runs north out of Lake...

Yeah, the Pend Oreille runs north out of Lake Pend Oreille I’d. Into WA and crosses into Canada for a 40 km stretch just south of Trail BC before it dumps into the Columbia. Beautiful! If you love...
07-20-19, 08:00 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,992
Posted By Mountain Mitch

Scott bikes are pretty decent in my opinion. That...

Scott bikes are pretty decent in my opinion. That one is their entry version, but it is generally a good bike for up to an intermediate rider. I believe they are only 29. That gives you an extra...
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