Sunday, July 19, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
If you are in the market for a new saddle, WTB now has a demo program! I was able to try the pictured saddle at the Firecracker 50 race. I'll try to get more demo info and post it here. NoTubes Raven As everyone knows I love my lightweight Kenda tires, but since NoTubes is also a sponsor I have been able to try out the NoTubes Raven 26x2.0.
Todd has been a fan of the 29" Crow for some time. I have now put ~ 1500 miles (including pavement miles) on my rear mounted Raven in various conditions from SoCal's loose-over-hardpack to New Mexico and Colorado's high-desert and varying mountain terrain (everything from sharp loose rocks to east coast-style wet-roots and rocks). Under very close inspection I have a few superficial slices, more than a couple goathead spears, no sidewall wear, almost no tread wear (!), and the tire holds air from ride-to-ride so I only check the pressure every few rides. The Raven is an great XC tire. The sideknob is perfect and I have only missed the extra tread a few isolated times; once on a really loose up-hill switchback and another time on a ride with some downhillers on a true DH course I had no business being on. The Raven seems to ride everything including the loose climbs and wet roots very similarly to how my Kenda Small Block 8 does, but with less weight and I assume less rolling resistance. If I am worried about extra flat protection I run the Kenda Small Block (see all the closely spaced knobbies, top photo). I haven't tried the Raven on the front, I really like the Kenda Karma as an all-round tire and continue to use it as my front tire. Todd may try the Raven as a front tire and keep his Crow on the rear.
Specialized vs. XTR Cranks
I will have a set of Specialized MTB Carbon cranks waiting for me when I get to Durango, after I ride them a bit I'll write up the comparison.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
(Some) BrothersJer and Dad adding finishing touches to Jer's wedding gift to Mikah and Casey.
Jer and Dad are the car guys of the family and Jer is the most artistic one, the carvings on the top of the box were pretty impressive.
See the red Nissan Pathfinder in the background? That was my car when I was 16. When we moved into the motorhome I gave it to Dad, it now has ~280k miles on it and runs really well (thanks to Dad fixing it up). With all these kids, my parent's driveway looks like a used car lot. Dad keeps his hotrod and vet in the garage and there are 6+ car in the driveway.