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When I'm not on the grind, it's all about trails, lakes, & mountains!
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If your tool box is lacking one, then you need one ASAP! I can't seem to get any bike work done without it! A word of caution, friends will become thieves when they see one of these!
Be prepared to conquer them! Make sure each one of your packs has one... Camelbak, check! Commuter tool roll, check! Heck, keep one in your tool box too. Nothin' too fancy about them, they do what they were intended to do!
Big enough for just the essentials (phone, wallet, keys, snack), and it comes in a ton of crazy cool patterns. She digs the thick comfortable strap, and I dig ever so nice price. Heh!
Throw away your old pair of wire smashing, cuttin' diagonals, as this thing is the BOSS when it comes to clipping cables!
Talk about ease of use clipping, one handed style- it gets cables clipped in a blink of an eye.
I was a total skeptic at first, but after the first cut to the 573rd cut, I am still a believer! They're still going strong and still sharp as all get out!
My first use of the DT2C came from having a random sagebrush branch get stuck into my front disc (size 200mm) as my bike crash-tumbled away from me. When I picked the bike back up, i could see it was definitely outta whack. The wheel did not want to spin more than a few rotations. Oh, it was a nice walk back to the truck. Although, once I got home, it only took about 10 minutes to get it all trued back up and spinning touch free again.
The second time, on my old commuter, the squeal and rubbing of the rear rotor (size 160mm) was driving me cray cray. Come to find out, it had gotten a nice heat wobble and decided to get funky. Surprisingly, I could not get it to true out properly and ended up tossing it, and springing for a new rotor.
Sometimes it'll work, sometimes it won't. But then again, I've only gotten to use it twice over the past couple years.
Before I got schooled on the Poly 1000, I was using various automotive greases I had around the garage for all my thread needs and whatnot.
Well after doing some late night researching, many things pointed me towards the Poly 1000; something that is actually made specifically for bikes. From pedal spindles and BB cups, even to fussy no-go seatposts, this stuff rocks and gets it done!
The tube size version of this stuff lasts a looong time, and if you happen to stumble upon the "tub" version, well, that'll last you a lifetime.
When was the last time you rebuilt your forks? If you can't remember when, then it's definitely time get on it. Just think, when you're doing it yourself, you're saving a wad of cash and supporting the local at home mechanic (maybe with a beer or three).
While you're down there, how about you change out that wiper kit too. Your fork will feel loved, and be like buttah next time you go out for a pedal mash, I promise!
Lazy approach scenario: You go and drop your bike off at the shop... They charge you anywhere between $30-40 bucks for this kit, and then another $50-70+ for the labor. Adds up quick, doesn't it?!
Watch a few vids on the internets, and seriously, you're good to go. The first time doing it may take some time; be patient though, once you get it dialed in, the second and third time will feel like a breeze.
Show your forks some love already. Drink a beer afterwards, or do what I like to do, during and after.
I received one of these rad flasks as a gift and I'm totally diggin' it. I've had no troubles with it thus far; well, except for this one time... Somehow, I got talked into letting one my coworkers borrow it for a weekend of snowshoeing, and it came back reeeeeaking of peppermint. Blargh! It took a handful of washes and soakings overnight to finally get the foul nasty out. My guess is, the peppermint somehow reacted with the plastic cap, thus taking on the odor. Anyhow, it did leave after the said soakings.
Out of the dozens and dozens of times using it myself, I've never had this problem. So quite possibly, it was a freak result?!
Depending on what your drank of choice is, try to get this thing cleaned out as soon as you can and you'll be a happy camper.
If you're in the market for some drops that aren't gonna break the bank, then the Pro Logic II is exactly what you need. Mind you, they have the love it or hate it "ergo-bend," so be sure you know what you're getting yourself into before pulling the trigger.
Ritchey makes a whole slew of dang sweet bars for all budgets. Of course, the carbons are all the rage now, but at 4-5x the price, they might just be outta reach. Stick with some tried and true 7075's and you'll be happy.
The Pro Logic II's are a great mid-level bar. If you're a hardcore commuter or just getting into cross (and still hardcore), then these will be perfect.
Unfortunately, the Pro Logic II does not have the cable grooves.
Got the essentials, time to go!
To be honest, I only went with the Neutrino's because they were one of the cheapest options that BC offered at the time of purchase. In addition to their inexpensiveness, they also had a ton of positive reviews to go with them. Ahhh yeah, now that's what I'm talkin' about!
Since I can't speak on their ability for when it comes to climbing, (you'll have to read the other reviews below) I can vouch for their awesome non-climbing versatility elsewhere. Primarily, I use them for danglin' random pack accoutrements, on the fly key chainery, and even leashing up the pooch. Most recently, clipping stuff to my SUP.
Inexpensive, many color options, can withstand the elements, I'm a fan.
Old Hickory Lake in middle Tennessee.