Mountain Biking 2017!

Discussion in 'Cycling: Mountain, Road, Uni' started by coskigirl, Feb 20, 2017.

  1. coskigirl

    coskigirl Out on the slopes Skier

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  2. Ken_R

    Ken_R Getting off the lift Skier

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    Looks awesome! I neeeed a MTB. :beercheer:
     
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    Catskill carver Getting on the lift Skier

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    Nice bike - great price !
    Need to find me a deal like that
     
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    coskigirl Out on the slopes Skier

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    Now is definitely the time to pick up last year's bikes at great prices as shops need to make room for this year's models. I found this one and one other I looked at by just trolling local shops' websites for sale bikes. I got lucky as the only size they had happened to be an XS. It's odd because bike size is the only thing that I need an XS in. I'm 5'6" tall but my legs are just so dang short that standover height is a real issue. I tried a 2016 Trek Lush SL 27.5 and a 2017 Trek Fuel EX 5 in a 14" and those were too big.

    Anyone have opinions on hitch mounted bike racks that are lockable? I can get a bike in the back of my vehicle but there will be trips to Steamboat when I want to take 2 bikes and camping trips where the inside is loaded with gear so I need the bike on the outside.
     
  5. Monique

    Monique bounceswoosh Skier

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    Unrelated to this thread, I may be selling a women's 50cm carbon frame road bike soon ...
     
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    Monique bounceswoosh Skier

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    I was really cranky to find out that the top tube on the Yeti everyone was raving about - it reached all the way to my crotch in the smallest size. The salesguy tried to convince me it didn't matter, and I tried to convince myself, but no, I don't want my bits crushed every time I come to an abrupt stop. I'm 5'5 with fairly long legs! If it doesn't work for me, they're ignoring a pretty large demographic.
     
  7. JeffB

    JeffB Refilling the flask Skier

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    I have this one and an older Yakima bike rack with the same security cable locking feature. Works as advertised and without too much fuss. I doubt the cable would hold up to any determined effort to cut it, but then again, all you want is a deterrent to someone not walking around with bolt cutters.

    https://www.yakima.com/fulltilt-5
     
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    elemmac Getting off the lift Skier

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    I have the Yakima two bike tray, hitch mount rack (don't recall the name). It locks to the hitch, as well as has a cable for each bike that locks. Similar to JeffB's I doubt it would hold up to anyone determined to cut through it, but it's a solid deterrent. When we need to leave our bikes in busier areas on the hitch we'll throw a thicker, independent lock around the bikes as well.

    IMO if you have a full suspension bike, go with a tray-type rack...so much easier than one with arms.
     
  9. Tom K.

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    We've had an "all time" winter in terms of snow this year, so the slowest start ever to real mtb riding for 2017.

    Does this count, from yesterday?!

    Kingsley Snow 2017.JPG
     
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    coskigirl Out on the slopes Skier

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    Thanks. Yeah, I should have said I plan to do a tray style rack. I realize that the lock won't be great one and plan to do added security if I'm leaving my bikes. No lock is perfect but if nothing else I won't be a paranoid nutcase as I try to grab a bite to eat after a ride for example.
     
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    coskigirl Out on the slopes Skier

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    Nice! That is one very nice thing about living near Boulder. I can get on clear and dry trails most of the year and as long as they aren't wet I can jaunt over to the bike park trails at lunch.
     
  12. Josh Matta

    Josh Matta Out on the slopes Instructor

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    stand over is over rated....

    With a longer more stable, and yet still easier to turn bike the need to get off the bike is greatly reduced.

    I have no stand over at 5'8 on my Large Trance, but it rides WAY better than a M trance ever would for me.
     
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    coskigirl Out on the slopes Skier

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    My clearance is a matter of a couple of centimeters at that. It's not like I've got inches. The ones I ruled out pressed firmly against my crotch which I wasn't comfortable with. Maybe for someone more experienced it isn't a big deal but I'm very much a beginner mountain bike rider. I'd rather not slam into the top tube when I make a mistake which I will inevitably make.
     
  14. Josh Matta

    Josh Matta Out on the slopes Instructor

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    it does kinda of suck that most companies just do not give bike as much stand over as possible......

    There is no reason to have less.....

    IE Kona.
     
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    1up USA tray racks. They are direct-sale only. They are the rack you get after you have bought the Thule/Yakima options. Nothing else compares to 1up. But there are no 20% off sales at REI, Emp Purchase, etc... Pay full price and you will still love these!
     
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    Meh. I have been mountain biking for a while, but I don't have mad skillz. I just enjoy it. Anyway, there are plenty of times when I think I'm going to ride up something, but I get stopped hard, and yes, I end up over the top tube with my feet on the ground because I'm still moving forward, but the bike stopped. Standover height matters.
     
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    Picked her up this afternoon. They did a basic fit adjusting seat height, tilt, fore/aft and flipped the stem, installed pedals, gave me some tips on adjusting shocks etc. Then I got to the bike park with just enough time to spend 15 minutes riding before dark. I felt so much more confident on her!

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    coskigirl Out on the slopes Skier

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    Got out for 11 miles of dirt, snow, ice, mud, and friends today. It was a chilly ride around 38* but worth it!

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    You're clearly in love with the new bike! Love it!
     
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    coskigirl Out on the slopes Skier

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    It was just down around the corner in this pic where I went down yesterday. I came up a slight rise and there was oncoming traffic so I went to slow/stop and my pedal would not release my shoe. As it turns out I had lost a screw from my cleat and when I attempted to release the cleat just moved around on my shoe. I was considering how well it would go if I attempted to ride back with the foot that I normally release when stopping affixed to my bike and relying on my brain to make myself use the other foot when a rescue came. I'm thankful to the gentleman who came to my rescue and got my shoe off the pedal. Once the shoe was released from the pedal I could have ridden back not clipped in or even removing the cleat altogether to avoid accidentally clipping in but I didn't have to because he had a spare cleat screw that he gave me which I promised to pay forward to another rider some day. He also taught me a couple of tricks for having spare gear including using spare cleat screws for a water bottle cage which can then be used in an emergency.

    Still, it was a fun ride, worked on some skill and confidence and made me love my bike just a bit more.

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