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Snakes still about.

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Surprised by a 1.2m black snake enjoying the sun today next to the bike path in Harrington Park - never seen one active in June but I suspect it was soaking up the sun like me.
I have not been thinking about snakes for a few months but it does remind you they are always active just less so in the colder months.
Watched it for about 15 minutes as it moved about - they are interesting to watch but they still scare the %$#^*! out of me when I first see them.

Exercise bike or Spin bike

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I'm looking to buy something to train on when its wet. Exercise bike or spin bike or something else I don't really know what would be best. I'm doing cross country races and would like to get fit. Please help.

What Kit for Winter Riding the Thredbo Valley Trail?

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Considering we are in an El Nino and the snow forecast looks less than hopeful for a decent ski season, I was considering taking my bike down to the Thredbo with me in a months time. I'm booked in and cannot cancel.

I contacted Thredbo directly to ask if the Thredbo Valley Trail will be open for riding though winter and, somewhat to my surpise, it is.

Suitable spot for FTP test in Sydney

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G'Day Folks,
Not totally MTB, but related in a way. Seeking ideas for a suitable stretch of road in Sydney for FTP testing.

I have tried Centennial Park and Kurnell in the past however Ive been held up in the past at both and both also have slight downhill sections that made it really hard to keep the power high for a continued effort.

Can anyone think of stretch of road lasting over 20mins, either dead flat or slight steady uphill, no lights, no stops and no downhill bits?.

PS - Im inner west but happy travel 50-100km to find a good spot.

Many thanks for any ideas.
Cheers,

Rear shock play...?

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Hoping someone can enlighten me a little. So I've been riding a lot more of late, but I generally look after the bike (cleaning) well. Use the spray to help get dirt out of suspension seals etc. When washing the bike over the weekend, lifted it by the seat to swing the rear around and heard a knock. Have since isolated the sound to the rear shock. Seems to be some 'lateral' play in it. It's an FSR arrangement. Checked the bolts - none loose. Is the seal stuffed?

Any hints or tips, much appreciated.

ShockWiz: Automated suspension tuning for MTBs

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https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dustydynami...

Please support a local innovation that helps you get the most from your bike.

Team mate wanted for Chocfoot 7hr, Wingello 28th June

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I'm looking for a third team member for Chocfoot race at Wingello in a couple of weeks in the male 3s 7 hour class.

My brother is over from NZ and will be the other team mate. He mainly does enduro racing but I think he goes alright in XC too.

Looking to do OK position wise but it's more a fun entry and doing a team of 3 so there's always someone to talk to and have a laugh with on the off laps.

Petition - Help MTBA gain direct ASC/AIS funding

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Mountain Biking receives no independent support or recognition by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC), Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) or any other National based funding agency.
MTBA encourages all mountain bikers to sign this petition for federal government financial support of high performance and grassroots development of mountain biking.

Kind Shock dropperpost service tops

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A BIG thanks to Allan of Pushie Enterprises in Sydney for breathing new life into my battered old Kindshock Lev dropperpost.
At just 1 hours notice, the post was serviced and worn parts replaced on the spot for a very modest amount.
Hopefully it will quietly endure another 3 years of abuse!.
The best dropper post on the market and great backup service. Recommended.

Ourimbah latest status?

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Does anyone have an up to date status on Ourimbah XC tracks to share. Latest status report on this site is from the 8th of June and there has been some rain around since and just wanting to check if the tracks will be in good condition over the weekend.

Many Thanks!

Winter commuting jacket

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Hey all,
I've been searching for a decent winter commuting jacket and I'm struggling to find something suitable.
I currently have a pretty expensive goretex hiking jacket that is great at stopping the wind but I get really hot and sweaty wearing it riding. Even with just a jersey underneath I get to work sweating like nothing else - even last week where my Garmin recorded -3.
I carry a stupidly big backpack with all my work gear in it but it is a Deuter one with the mesh stuff on a metal frame that gives some ventilation.

Rockshox reverb warranty?

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Hi all, just wondering if anyone out there has had any experiences getting a Rockshox Reverb repaired under warranty? I've had mine for less then 12mths and it has developed a 10mm drop/play in the post when under weight and also wont hold the 250psi. I purchased it from Merlin cycles and am hoping I don't have to send it back to the UK. Thanks.

SRAm nightmare

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I'm had a stack today and not only did I gave my rear wheel a buckle I managed somehow to misplace the trigger part of my SRAm X1 trigger.
I have tried Uncle Google on how to re assemble but cannot find anything to get the spring and the other bits back in place.
Looking at getting the whole thing replaced looks costly and don't mind taking it to my LBS but they probably will charge me for a new one.
Any assistance on this would be great one as I have already pulled a good part of my lovely locks just trying to put the spring back in.
Ta

Kowalski Classic 2015 - 20 Sept - Entries Now Open

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Now in its fourth year, the Kowalski Classic is a one-day showcase of the famous trails in East Kowen Forest and Sparrow Hill. The event celebrates the achievements of local trail builders Paul Cole, Alan Anderson and the mysterious Kowalski Brothers, who together have hand built over 100km of flowing trail in East Kowen (the Kow) & Sparrow Hill (the Bird).

Love single track? Then you will love the Kowalski Classic.

Winters Edge Evocities, Bathurst

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My first Convict 100

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I am going to ride the C100 for the first time this August. I was glad that it got moved as I was not available for May.

So the important questions that I am hoping that someone will be able to help me on.

1. I am reasonably fit for a 50+ year old ... Ride twice a week for 50k plus each time and don't mind the hills.
Q - Do I need to train more that this for the 100?

2. I have ridden roads bikes for the past 10 years but recently - 12 months ago - bought a MTB and love it as a change up from the road bike.

Where to ride in Port Macquarie

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We are heading up to the GE race in Port Macquarie on this Sunday to race and have a Mondraker demo day, but we will be up there on the Saturday already and I was wondering if anyone can recommend a good track for XC / all mountain type ride

Dungog Duathlon

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I heard about this event via the HMBA so thank you in advance for the heads up on what is a really great race. The recent rain fall made the single track pretty challenging with lots of crashes and technical problems. There is a great photo of a guy attempting to negotiate the last 10km just on his back wheel rim. It was shame that this event really doesn't seem to attract the numbers with probably only 70 competitors if that there. The money raised goes to helping local projects in the area so it's all for a good cause.

Reverse bicycling

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Lily Camera

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And here's another one...

https://www.lily.camera/


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Jockey Wheels

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I need to replace my two Jockey wheels.
Is it worth paying double $$ ($50) to get ceramic jockeys over standard Shimano XT ones?
Is there any benefits?

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KMC Chain or Chain cleaner?

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Im looking for the best/cheapest way to keep my chain clean.

I ride a Giant Trance 1 , with Shimano chain.
Is it worth it to buy a chain cleaner? If so can anyone recommend a good brand/cleaner?
or
Buy a KMC chain which is easy to remove and soak the chain in paint thinner?

bathurst evocities round 3

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Just a heads up for those not in the know make sure you bring plenty of spares tubes patches latex stans etc as the Bathurst track is cat head Central... one trip off the track and it its all over
I had 15 catheads in my tyre after a brief off on one of the corners. They all caused air to come out upon removal and I run tubeless with caffelattex

You have been warned

Great track other wise hard to get used to the slippery decomposed granite surface ..less tyre pressure in front helps
Cheers

converting to 1x11

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OK so I know this has been discussed before many times but here goes anyway
I want to convert my 2011 specialized epic comp carbon 29er to a 1x11
My question is should I stick to sram components or go to shimano
I basically want to keep my xo truvativ carbon cranks if possible and get a narrow wide up front probably 32-34T
Was thinking going SRAM xx1 rear derailleur and cassette or shimano xtr not sure about front shifter yet

Any advice on gear would be much appreciated as this is all new to me
Paul

CX this weekend!

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For those in the dark, the first round of the Manly Warringah Cyclocross Series is this Saturday at JJ Hills (pony club, BMX grounds) at Terrey Hills.

You don't have to have a CX bike as you can race your MTB and there are childrens races as well - but you DO have to bring a sense of humour and big heart. It hurts but is soooo much fun.

1.30pm Rego & Course Practice

2.00pm U7 Kids
2.15pm U12 Kids

2.30pm B Grade CX (CX Bike Only),
Womens CX/Open (any bike), and
Open Mens (non CX bike) - 35 minutes

3.00pm Course Practice
3.30pm A Grade CX - 45 Minutes

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