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06-04-19, 05:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,878
Posted By hig4s

Mountain Biking Florida Kindle book is now...

Mountain Biking Florida Kindle book is now available on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Q434LC8
05-15-19, 05:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,884
Posted By hig4s

It makes a huge difference. I run with a bell...

It makes a huge difference. I run with a bell that has a shut off switch. So I can leave it off on one way bike only trails, or on trails that you can see ahead easily. But I have many times seen...
05-12-19, 01:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 994
Posted By hig4s

Battery like will most likely not differ much at...

Battery like will most likely not differ much at all. Thinner tires are more nimble, wider tires more shock absorbent. On a full suspension bike you probably don't need 4in wide tires, but that is a...
04-29-19, 07:31 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,963
Posted By hig4s

Really tired (yes it could be a pun) of hearing...

Really tired (yes it could be a pun) of hearing how 25 psi is too low.. I weigh 200 without gear, and always wear a backpack/hydration-pack, so I am at about 225 total. I have been running 25 front...
04-15-19, 01:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,192
Posted By hig4s

For pedals I actually prefer Shamino Saints, but...

For pedals I actually prefer Shamino Saints, but being all metal pedal strikes are much more harsh on my knees, so on my more serious bike I run RaceFace Chesters.
04-15-19, 01:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,963
Posted By hig4s

For best traction on technical and soft surfaces...

For best traction on technical and soft surfaces I usually keep lowering my tire pressure until they either start feeling squirmy on the corners, or start getting pinch flats on obstacles. I run...
04-14-19, 03:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,218
Posted By hig4s

My favorites that can handle some serious trail...

My favorites that can handle some serious trail work and a bit of down hill are, in order, Evil Insurgent, Giant Trance, Santa Cruz Bronson, and Salsa Redpoint. But there are bikes I did not like...
04-08-19, 02:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,878
Posted By hig4s

I am hoping most people know about this, and the...

I am hoping most people know about this, and the TrailForks website and app.
The book will have active links straight to each trail's MTB Project and Trail Forks map, (if they have one, not all...
04-06-19, 06:54 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,878
Posted By hig4s

Oh, that's a good idea. Damn it, I thought I was...

Oh, that's a good idea. Damn it, I thought I was almost done.
04-03-19, 07:14 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,878
Posted By hig4s

There will be youtube links to videos by them and...

There will be youtube links to videos by them and many others in the book for almost every trail listed in the book. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Q434LC8
04-03-19, 07:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 937
Posted By hig4s

The cheapest new FS bike that is fairly good is...

The cheapest new FS bike that is fairly good is the Giant Stance 2 at $1550. I still have my 2015 Stance, which I now ride for easy trails, and pavement riding. If you can't afford at least that, I...
03-31-19, 02:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,878
Posted By hig4s

Of all the thousands of trails in the US. very...

Of all the thousands of trails in the US. very few are in actual mountains and open all year and even those that are are not riden by most of the 40 millions mountain bikers during the winter. A lot...
03-30-19, 07:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,878
Posted By hig4s

I build my first mountain bike in 1970 when I...

I build my first mountain bike in 1970 when I lived in Michigan. I moved to San Diego and lived and road there for three years, then moved to LA county and live and road there for two more, then...
03-29-19, 03:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,878
Posted By hig4s

It will be a Kindle e-book with live links to...

It will be a Kindle e-book with live links to trail maps, park websites, local restaurants, and other local attractions. As a Kindle book, it will be occasionally updated and will be available to...
03-29-19, 06:05 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,878
Posted By hig4s

Mountain biking in Florida

I am writing a book, Mountain Biking Florida, it will be released end of May. It is mostly finished, for the next month I am just going trails to get pictures to add. It will have trail information,...
03-12-19, 06:46 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,164
Posted By hig4s

If you are fit and in good condition, no, you...

If you are fit and in good condition, no, you don't need it, but it is still nice. The older you get, or the more back, knee, joint issues you have the less it is a luxury, and the more necessary it...
03-04-19, 07:50 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,076
Posted By hig4s

Using the clips to pull the bike up is not the...

Using the clips to pull the bike up is not the correct way to bunny hop. Learning to bunny hop in clipless can make it difficult to get your technique correct.

Why Flats...
03-03-19, 07:03 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,076
Posted By hig4s

has anyone ever seen anyone clipped in to a...

has anyone ever seen anyone clipped in to a motocross bike? Nuff Said.
02-26-19, 09:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,799
Posted By hig4s

I jumped from a 9 speed shimano to the Eagle GX...

I jumped from a 9 speed shimano to the Eagle GX 12 speed, so never had the Shimano 11 speed. I love the Eagle, but never had any problems with the Shimano I didn't cause my self by mis-adjusting,...
02-25-19, 08:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,666
Posted By hig4s

Mulberry Gap (https://www.mulberrygap.com/) near...

Mulberry Gap (https://www.mulberrygap.com/) near Ellijay Georgia is supposed to be very nice. They have cabins, food, and guided rides if needed. The bike shop in Ellijay rents bikes....
02-21-19, 06:38 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,352
Posted By hig4s

+1 on the air fork. Have you looked at the Giant...

+1 on the air fork. Have you looked at the Giant Fathom 29 2, it has an air fork, dropper post, is 1x10 with 11-42 cassette. $1150. 2018s were $1070, if there are any left you could probably get a...
02-20-19, 06:56 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 792
Posted By hig4s

I demo rode a lot of bikes before I decided on my...

I demo rode a lot of bikes before I decided on my Evil, and the Trance was on the short list of my favorites. Along with the Santa Cruz Bronson, Salsa Redpoint, and Cannondale Habit. But I did not...
02-19-19, 08:49 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,870
Posted By hig4s

They don't make a dog slow enough for me.

They don't make a dog slow enough for me.
02-12-19, 11:11 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,870
Posted By hig4s

This is Tui the whippet ...

This is Tui the whippet
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Z2us5_CSM0\

Maggie is the local famous trail dog in the Alifia, Balm Boyette area of florida. Not sure what breed, but she is fantastic.
...
02-12-19, 07:59 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,870
Posted By hig4s

If you are FAST, whippet.

If you are FAST, whippet.
02-12-19, 07:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,138
Posted By hig4s

I will second that.

I will second that.
02-01-19, 12:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,195
Posted By hig4s

Are you sure they are from China and not Taiwan?...

Are you sure they are from China and not Taiwan? Most aluminum frames, regardless of what name appears on the, are made in Taiwan by Giant.
01-31-19, 11:49 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,092
Posted By hig4s

FS is more about rear suspension design, the...

FS is more about rear suspension design, the Giant Trance 3, starting at $2000, has the same frame design as the top of the line Trance, making it very up-gradable. Of all the bikes I have ridden in...
01-30-19, 01:24 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,092
Posted By hig4s

If you are considering a complete bike, check...

If you are considering a complete bike, check AJ's Bikes and Boards in Valrico. They carry Specialized, Giant, and Pivot. They usually have some good deals and decent used bikes.
01-30-19, 09:33 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,092
Posted By hig4s

There are a couple of dealers in the US,, this is...

There are a couple of dealers in the US,, this is the closest one.
Ride Smooth Brother LLC
475 Royal Pines Drive, Arden, NC 28704
Tel: +001 828 301 7700
ridesmoothbro@gmail.com...
01-29-19, 08:40 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,092
Posted By hig4s

How about a NukeProof Scout ...

How about a NukeProof Scout https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/us/en/nukeproof-scout-290-mountain-bike-frame-2019/rp-prod170324
01-08-19, 08:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 863
Posted By hig4s

I'm sorry, but every time I read the thread title...

I'm sorry, but every time I read the thread title I think: "That would take some real brass balls."
01-05-19, 06:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 874
Posted By hig4s

Looks like a 2001...

Looks like a 2001 https://www.bicyclebluebook.com/searchlistingdetail.aspx?id=35753
worth about $300 to $350.. Actually would be a cool retro bike to have if it still had the stock fenders that came...
01-01-19, 07:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,110
Posted By hig4s

I generally prefer Shimano and push-pull...

I generally prefer Shimano and push-pull shifting, over Sram and push-push shifting, but my current bike came with the GX Eagle 1x12 and I like it. It took me a month to get it fine tuned to shift...
12-31-18, 08:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 912
Posted By hig4s

Air shock and full air fork, thru axle, are the...

Air shock and full air fork, thru axle, are the big ones. Boost is nice but not really needed. I personally feel a dropper post, and clamp on grips are must haves (but that can be added later).
12-28-18, 07:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 912
Posted By hig4s

Motobecane HTs are nice bikes, my son has one....

Motobecane HTs are nice bikes, my son has one. But if you are wanting FS, even the best HT will probably not satisfy that urge. And I ride FS all the time, even on gravel and pavement. Just add some...
12-22-18, 01:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 750
Posted By hig4s

on my 3x9 trail bike I went 1x9 wtih a wide ratio...

on my 3x9 trail bike I went 1x9 wtih a wide ratio 11-40 cassette and an 32t oval, narrow wide chain ring, and I am pretty happy with it. Still ride it regularly. But it does not really compare to my...
12-21-18, 09:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 764
Posted By hig4s

How does boost keep rims from warping?

How does boost keep rims from warping?
12-16-18, 05:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,017
Posted By hig4s

If you haven't made a decision by March, come...

If you haven't made a decision by March, come down to Florida, Santos FTF 8th to 10th Santos Fat Tire Festival, presented by the Ocala Mountain Bike Association - March 8-10th, 2019...
12-16-18, 04:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,252
Posted By hig4s

Optimally for best off road traction and...

Optimally for best off road traction and handling, you should run them down to just before they start feeling like they are wobbling side to side on corners. Depending on bike geometry, your weight,...
12-14-18, 08:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,533
Posted By hig4s

I like more technical trails, and at 61 I...

I like more technical trails, and at 61 I couldn't enjoy those on a rigid or even a hardtail.
12-09-18, 06:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,074
Posted By hig4s

At the lower end air shocks are much better than...

At the lower end air shocks are much better than coils, you will definitely feel the difference. But the specs are all off on that one. It is not 190mm suspension, not sure but is not more than...
11-27-18, 10:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,385
Posted By hig4s

I converted my 3x9 trail bike to 1x9 two years...

I converted my 3x9 trail bike to 1x9 two years ago. I removed the inner chain ring and front shifter and cable, changed the middle ring to a narrow/wide 32t, and replaced the outer (big) ring with a...
11-27-18, 10:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 846
Posted By hig4s

Not usually room for 27.5 plus on an older 27.5...

Not usually room for 27.5 plus on an older 27.5 frame.
11-26-18, 07:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,959
Posted By hig4s

If you plan on doing technical trails, add a...

If you plan on doing technical trails, add a dropper post.
11-10-18, 06:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 661
Posted By hig4s

What size wheel? For what width tire? Jensen has...

What size wheel? For what width tire? Jensen has Race Face aEffect R30 29er Shimano freehub rear wheels for $243 right now.
10-27-18, 05:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 635
Posted By hig4s

The apps are all user updated as to trails, once...

The apps are all user updated as to trails, once you have the app you can add any trail that is not there. I use trail forks and MTBproject apps on my phone, but not usually while riding. I believe...
10-09-18, 07:15 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 333
Posted By hig4s

I believe with a long cage you should be able to...

I believe with a long cage you should be able to go with a standard Shimano MTB 11-36 cassette with out changing the front chain ring or lengthening the chain. To go 11-40 you might have to add a...
10-05-18, 12:40 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,285
Posted By hig4s

I can't tell you if it works because I can't...

I can't tell you if it works because I can't manual for crap.
10-05-18, 08:07 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,285
Posted By hig4s

From what I have read and seen the recommend...

From what I have read and seen the recommend technique is to manual through if they are not too long. Personally I avoid mud.
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