23 hours ago
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
A few months ago I was chatting with Mr. Tobin about bike fit. I was carrying on about how I wanted to be more stretched out on the mountain bike. Ben has a look that is sort of a smirk/smile that he was deploying as I told him this. That smirk/smile is his "I'm hearing it but I'm not buying it" look. Generally, his take was that he liked being more up-right. He likes how it distributes his weight.
Ben is a great trail rider -- just super smooth and natural. He's been riding and hucking for years so his skill is the best kind: it's informed and shaped by years of practice, experience, pondering, wrecking....
So the conversation has stuck with me. And today I changed stems after a quick trail ride. I had this stubby stem in my stash and I'm looking forward to trying it out. I'll report back. Here's a pic of the bike with the longer stem.
And here's a great, unrelated pic of Alex and Andre man-handling something. But my favorite part is Jon calmly putting together his meal in the background. Good eggs all.
my and Glen's last adventure. I was hoping to get one more summer out of them before sending them to Fox. I assumed Tom at 2 Wheel would be the guy to take care of these, but that's not on the menu there. Ironically enough, Bike Hub, in the old 2 Wheel spot does fork rebuilds. And what's more: they had the seals in stock and had it done in three days. It was $81+tax. Frickin rad all around.
Friendly advice from the Bike Hub guys: wipe down the stantions after each ride to make your forks last longer. I'm not big on maintenance, but I can handle that. Hence the sparkly stantions.
Finally, if you are going to blog post about technical parts of a suspension fork and you want to make sure you (over)use a term (like, for example, say, "stantion"), you can refer to this handy picture.
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