el scottoposted an image about Giro Empire Laces on September 18, 2016
When I'm not on the grind, it's all about trails, lakes, & mountains.
You know, every once in a while, you just gotta change things up a bit. Don't get stuck in a rut with boring laces, add some pop, yeah, I said it. POP! Once laced up, other Empire wear'ers will oogle you non-stop. Don't say I didn't warn ya!
Size wise, I actually sized down a size (from the recommended), and you know what, they fit flippin' perfect!
160's paired with some Paul Component Klampers; yeah, these things stop you IMMEDIATELY!
I use these rotors in all things mountain biking, and this time around, I decided to install them on my cross bike... LIKE WHOA!
Stopping power is up 10 fold this season, and I am kicking myself for not switching to them sooner.
This is a cheap and simple upgrade, get them NOW!
and it works great!
I've run Shimano XT HG-95 chains on all my geared rides, and most recently, I put one on my single speed build. So far, so good, no issues whatsoever. Since most rides these days are coming out with 11 speeds, the 10 speed chains seem to be losing popularity, thus their price keeps coming down! If you're still riding 10 gears, or SS, definitely pick one up!
180mm is all I need.
If you've been riding the same rotors for sometime now, and their stopping power is getting weak, it's prolly time for some new ones.
The Ice-Tech is where it's at with these guys. If you need to stop hella quick, it's gonna happen with the rt86's. Easy to install, so you can get back out and get rippin'
The CK goes nicely with my all silver parts theme.
If you're looking for a mighty, mighty fine BB for your bike, then this is what you need. Installs rather easily, and you're off pedaling. Easy to service too, if you need to re-grease later on down the trail.
I am running this with a pair of Middleburn cranks on a 100mm wide bottom bracket fat bike. For me, I needed to get the Conversion Kit #16 to make everything play nice together.
Normally I am all about Shimano setups; however, since they don't make a BB for a fat bike, I had to get this guy. Over the top, but then again, that's what I'm going for.
This thing kicks major A at keeping my forks connected to my frame! (note: that nut on top is actually a retro-looking spacer.)
to the fork leg.
When a normal water bottle just won't quench your thirst, you need to bust out the big guns, aka the growler. But, but, a growler is just too big for my cage?! Well, that's where the Outpost cage steps it up to the plate. Just strap that puppy on it, and you're good to go!
Whether it's hauling extra water, or my favorite, beer, this cage will do it, and do it with ease I say.
Going camping? Haul whatev' you need in this cage as long as it's under 8.8lbs. Heck, I am thinking about adding a second one, cuz you know, 64oz. of beer ain't that much after all is said and done.
with a pooch.
Autumn is finally here, and I figured I'd get one of these snappers for my better half. She's a tough one to buy for, since she's somewhat on the lank side of things.
Like others have stated, this thing runs big and baggy, so it might be wise to try it out in two sizes to find your best fit. Size wise, she was torn between the small (for a better fitting waist) and the medium, which provided added arm and torso length. In the end, she decided to go with the medium, because you know, sufficient limb coverage is all the rage!
Her measurements are posted above.
the fall line.
About 40 feet of unused line rolled up right here.
We picked one of these up for all the great laughs it provides us at the campsite. Seriously, hours of enjoyment/mayhem will ensue upon purchasing one of these things! We have the 85 footer; however, we'd prolly would have been better off with the 50 foot version instead. We found some trees that stretched it out about 75'ish or so feet (which seemed suuuuuuper long by the way), but you've really gotta lasso it up higher around the trees so it doesn't touch in the middle when walking on it. Furthermore, if you've imbibed a little, standing up 4.5 feet high can feel quite staggering to say the least! No joke!
If you've got extreme core strength/balance, get the 85 footer, if not, the 50 footer should be totally sufficient for all your needs.
11-36t paired with Wolf Tooth 42t cog.
I just replaced my m771 cassette the other day that had around 2200 miles on it. I bet I could have easily hit 3k on it, but alas, I am converting to a new 1x setup. Since I am making the conversion, I thought I would replace pretty much all of my drivetrain. Right now, my bike is all XT, so I figured I would stick with that since I've had great luck with it.
In addition to the new cassette, I've even added a new Wolf Tooth GC (42t) for making climbs easier since I am losing my granny on my old 2x setup.
If XT is a bit too rich for your blood, essentially, you can always snag the HG81 (SLX series) for a tad less; however, your middle cogs will be riveted together unlike the m771 version.