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    I managed a bike shop not all that long ago. A...

    I managed a bike shop not all that long ago. A dude came in for a warranty, we made the call, everything was put in motion to remedy the situation within minutes. But, the dude ran to mtbr as fast as...
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    Here are some other shots taken this weekend at...

    Here are some other shots taken this weekend at our local mtb race where my friend and Salsa sponsored rider Kaitlyn not only beat the entire field of women in the 50 mile event, she did it on a...
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    Not saying he doesn't have a legit complaint, but...

    Not saying he doesn't have a legit complaint, but it seems like a wee bit of drama has been infused into the discussion for good measure. I've seen that over the course of 30 years in the bike...
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    Warranty issues happen. I've seen my share in 30...

    Warranty issues happen. I've seen my share in 30 years of riding. That thread seems like a typical mtbr rant, though. I have a hard time giving it much credibility. Salsa will warranty the problem,...
  5. Fortel, just make sure the fatbike you get...

    Fortel, just make sure the fatbike you get includes a Bluto. For me, a rigid fatbike is about as bumpy as it gets unless you ride with extremely low psi, which most don't in dry (non-snowy)...
  6. This is all much ado about nothing, and I suspect...

    This is all much ado about nothing, and I suspect it's little more than bike journalists reaching for editorial fodder. I do it too.

    The reality is, every time a gear is added to a drivetrain, a...
  7. That's not true at all. I was recently...

    That's not true at all.

    I was recently lambasted by one of my friends who is an advocate of carrying when ever allowed. He went so far as to say I'm foolish, reckless, and destined to be the...
  8. I understand what you're suggesting, Beemerpilot....

    I understand what you're suggesting, Beemerpilot. Another example might be the horrible murder of the Japanese woman at the waterfalls at Havasupai in the Grand Canyon in 2006. Putting that in...
  9. As you may or may not have seen, I recently...

    As you may or may not have seen, I recently compiled a review of the Outback. Not to miss the opportunity to fully evaluate this car, my wife and I put over 1,000 miles on it in a week, including a...
  10. The real talking point here, as it has been for...

    The real talking point here, as it has been for decades, is the dollar value relative to the point of diminishing returns.

    This is most easily digested with road bikes. Road bikes are all about...
  11. I understand exactly what you mean. Everyone...

    I understand exactly what you mean. Everyone prepares for all types of threats in different ways. I recently saw a guy at a stoplight here in Prescott on a Harley with a gigantic hand canon on his...
  12. I would caution you against assuming I have a...

    I would caution you against assuming I have a liberal mindset just because of my one position on carrying a firearm. That's the sticky wicket that makes these discussions head banging exercises that...
  13. There are some parallels between motos and...

    There are some parallels between motos and bicycles that make for an interesting comparison. A good mtb tire these days is $120, way more than some motorcycle tires. But, imagine how many TKC 80s are...
  14. As a journalist, one frequently reviewing...

    As a journalist, one frequently reviewing products, this conversation of product pricing makes me nuts. The reason is simple enough, there is really no sound argument to be made for money and what...
  15. I'll give you my honest answer. First, because I...

    I'll give you my honest answer. First, because I don't want to blow a hole in anyone, ever. First step in avoiding that scenario is to not carry a gun. Second step is to do my very best to always...
  16. There are a few pieces I've picked up that are...

    There are a few pieces I've picked up that are stalwarts that join me on every trip. A few other pieces are variable. I would also say that a couple items represented a painful expenditure, but have...
  17. By the way, I could give you my gear list as...

    By the way, I could give you my gear list as packed in the picture above if that would help. I've got a spare bedroom worth of gear...piled high...and think I've finally dialed in my bikepacking kit...
  18. There are solutions on the immediate horizons....

    There are solutions on the immediate horizons. Part of my test on the White Rim was to evaluate a new shelter designed by one of the major gear players in the outdoor industry. The founder of that...
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    I'll just lob this out there, because I think...

    I'll just lob this out there, because I think this might be a bike worth putting in the mix: http://expeditionportal.com/expedition-portals-long-term-project-2014-suzuki-vstrom-1000/

    I've spent...
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    I gather the Nextie rims are not fairing well in...

    I gather the Nextie rims are not fairing well in settings where sharp impact is likely, even if the rim doesn't suffer a direct strike. I guess other reports of failed Nexties are cropping up, but...
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    Everything was shot with the X-T1.

    Everything was shot with the X-T1.
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    Thanks. I love to ride solo. That way I can keep...

    Thanks. I love to ride solo. That way I can keep things right on the edge of my limits. Probably not wise, but I do love a challenge. :)
  23. Honaker. Commit to it and you won't be...

    Honaker. Commit to it and you won't be disappointed.
  24. That's an excellent question. The most...

    That's an excellent question.

    The most significant development with this bike is the combining of several technologies, some new, some not, into one package. Full suspension has obviously been...
  25. The Bucksaw is in a class by itself. That bike is...

    The Bucksaw is in a class by itself. That bike is pure awesomeness. It will have its moments when the extra few pounds are noticed and the climbing speed reduced by a smidge, but in certain scenarios...
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