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Unmarked aluminum MTB handmade by master steel framer?

I've been looking for interesting vintage-ish hardtail mountain bike frames, and found an ad on Craigslist for an aluminum MTB purportedly built by Colin Laing. Laing is known as a master steelworker who traditionally built beautifully-lugged track and road bikes in England and Arizona, so my hackles have been raised. It would certainly be a unique bike were it built by him. Would you be so well-informed as to confirm or deny the plausibility that this is a Neat Bike? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Sep 4, 2014 - 4 answers

Music nerds, please help me figure out chords on the mountain dulcimer

I would like to be able to tune my 3-stringed diatonically fretted mountain dulcimer, typically stuck in the key of D, to other keys such as G, C, A, F, E, and Am. Then I would like someone to teach me how to figure out the notes on each fret so I can build the chords to play whatever song I'm in the mood for. [more inside]
posted by Buckt on Jun 28, 2014 - 7 answers

Tell me where to go!

I want to go take pictures of mountains in Alberta, but so far, no luck. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Nyx on Jun 16, 2014 - 4 answers

Mountain Biking between Santa Barbara & Los Angeles

I'm having brunch in Santa Barbara this weekend, and then driving back to Los Angeles where I live. After brunch I'd like to drive for a while into the wilderness, park my car, and then ride my rigid frame mountain bike on some scenic single track (or fire roads, sure) for a few hours before heading home. Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on May 30, 2014 - 4 answers

how to build a mountain bike for speed

i ride a trail in melbourne called westerfolds. it is a 5km switchy trail, short climbs, short descents. I am riding a scott spark dual suspension carbon fibre, which is a beautiful bike. but my feeling is that something tailored for the ride would be quicker again. so i want to build something that will do the trick. extra note, i love climbing so i guess focus is on getting weight down for the final product. this is an exercise in what is possible, as well as i just want to get quick. please give me any technical suggestions? mostly i just want a front suspension with light wheels, but is there any other trick? [more inside]
posted by edtut on Mar 10, 2014 - 6 answers

Hybrid vs. Cyclocross bikes?

Back in the day, there were two styles of bikes that I was aware of – road bikes and mountain bikes. Now there are road bikes, mountain bikes, hybrid bikes, and cyclocross bikes. This is very exciting – as more options – but also subtly confusing. [more inside]
posted by nickrussell on Dec 29, 2013 - 17 answers

Gift Idea for a Cyclist

Looking for a cheap gift idea/suggestion ($15) for someone who is into cycling (mountain biker). [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Nov 5, 2013 - 42 answers

What is this mountain?

I got this print from a thrift store today. What mountain is it?
posted by quiet coyote on Jul 30, 2013 - 28 answers

Help fix my hotel wireless

Can't get my hotel wireless to work on my MPB running Mountain Lion. Help! [more inside]
posted by Zosia Blue on Mar 1, 2013 - 13 answers

Thanksgiving weekend trip to Colorado

First timers to Colorado, I am excited. Flying in to Denver on Wednesday morning, staying until Sunday morning, renting a car. Thats 4 whole days. Please suggest places at this time of the year. Looking for scenic drive, outdoor tour etc Is driving from Denver to Aspen, to Boulder feasible? How about a road trip to Grand Canyon? Don't want to be out in Cold so much due to old age at the same time would like see the scenic places accessible and safe this time of the year. Appreciate your help.
posted by daveg02 on Nov 19, 2012 - 19 answers

What side of Mount St. Helens is best?

What side of Mount St. Helens would you go to on a day trip if visiting both wasn't an option? [more inside]
posted by SquidLips on Oct 4, 2012 - 7 answers

Can my mountain bike frame be repaired?

Can my mountain bike frame be repaired? [more inside]
posted by Gomez_in_the_South on Sep 17, 2012 - 14 answers

Using Apple's Native Notes and Reminders for GTD with Mountain Lion

GTD Question for Apple users: Is anyone using the baked in notes and reminders apps successfully for their GTD workflow? I've used a lot of third party apps, but with Mountain Lion it now seems worthwhile to use the apps Apple syncs automatically. Thoughts? Links? Suggestions? Thanks.
posted by letstrythis on Aug 10, 2012 - 4 answers

Restore apps from Time Machine after upgrade to Mountain Lion?

Can I restore applications from time machine AFTER an OS upgrade? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse on Jul 26, 2012 - 3 answers

Goats make no sense

How do mountain goats walk over mountainous terrain with such alacrity, given that their feet are essentially stumps of keratin (i.e., hooves)? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman on Jul 12, 2012 - 7 answers

Mountain bike needs upgrade! Help

So I have a 5 year old mountain bike(IronHorse Team SE) that I have been riding beginner trails and mostly commuting. Condition is fairly good and have been keeping up with cleaning and lubing. I want to spend up to $200 to upgrade components to make it lighter and faster while maintaining the same trail-ability Components are Rock Shox J-1 fork Hayes IH-2 disc brakes AL-6061 Frame Shimano ST-EFX35 Shift Levers TruVativ X-Flow Crank Shimano CSHG30-8I Rear Cogs Acera Shimano Rear Der. Shimano C050 Fr. Der. MythosXC 2.10F Tires Weight 35 lbs Any suggestions please?
posted by radsqd on May 18, 2012 - 11 answers

Traveling to Everest

Everest base camp! [more inside]
posted by graventy on Apr 27, 2012 - 1 answer

Was summiting Everest possible before Hillary?

A good friend of mine has recently become very interested with all things Everest. Several nights after having a couple of beers, he has asked our group of friends if they think it was possible for someone to have summited Everest before Sir Edmond Hillary, or attempted to summit before George Mallory. One half of the group is adamant that such a feat was impossible before 1921 due to a lack of proper equipment and a cultural reverence for the mountain. The other half believe that it was certainly possible because of the length of human occupation in the region, the adaptation of the Tibetan people to higher altitudes, and the innate ambition of man. Does anyone have scientific evidence for either side of the debate or an educated opinion?
posted by thisiswater on Apr 23, 2012 - 6 answers

Information regarding Mountain Top Removal

I'm looking for credible scientific information regarding air pollution relating to mountain top remove
posted by digdan on Oct 7, 2011 - 1 answer

Mountain hiking required.

Please recommend a mountain day hike within 3hrs (or so) drive of the Bay Area. [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone on Jul 24, 2011 - 8 answers

Any recommendations for a camping site in the NYC area with decent bathroom facilities?

Any recommendations for a camping site in the NYC area with decent bathroom facilities? [more inside]
posted by AngryTypingGuy on Jun 30, 2011 - 3 answers

Summer Bike Rental in Crested Butte, CO

What's the most inexpensive way to have a bike in Crested Butte for one month this summer? [more inside]
posted by ReeMonster on Jun 15, 2011 - 9 answers

Mental Biking

Tips on getting mentally prepared for my first mountain bike race. [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos on Apr 18, 2011 - 11 answers

Lu Shan: anything other than a mountain range?

If you're Chinese or know Chinese language/culture: when you hear the phrase "Lu Shan," do you automatically think of the Lu Shan mountain range? (Are there any other common meanings that would come to mind more strongly than the mountains would?)
posted by kalapierson on Mar 28, 2011 - 12 answers

Unclimbable

Is there any mountain on earth that is considered unclimbable? [more inside]
posted by Camofrog on Feb 14, 2011 - 37 answers

What kind of hat is this?

What do you call the kind of soft-looking, somewhat pointed, one-piece hat typically shown on the head of the stereotypical "hillbilly?" [more inside]
posted by rahnefan on Feb 10, 2011 - 6 answers

Which mountain would you recommend for a beginner?

A friend and I want to climb a mountain, ideally inside Europe. Only question, which one? Advice for beginners much appreciated! [more inside]
posted by dragontail on Dec 5, 2010 - 5 answers

Is it safe to cross the Cascade during the winter?

Is it safe to cross the Cascade from Portland during the winter? I accepted a job cross-country. I will be leaving all my possessions behind. I want fly into Portland and rent a car and continue rest of my trip east into central Oregon. What's winter condition like at mountain passes on state route 20, 26, or I-84. Is it safe to drive in the mountain during late November/early December?
posted by Carius on Nov 10, 2010 - 19 answers

Where is the cheapest alignment that will get the job done?

BayAreaFilter: Where can I get the cheapest alignment in Berkeley/Oakland or Mountain View, CA? [more inside]
posted by desl on Oct 18, 2010 - 1 answer

How can I get a job with a view?

Help me discover the path to a job working on the clusters of equipment that sit on top of mountains. [more inside]
posted by Esefa on Sep 21, 2010 - 4 answers

What's on your MTB?

Going on a 3-day mountain bike ride, what should I bring? [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos on Sep 1, 2010 - 6 answers

Ski filter: Rocky Mountain Super pass vs the Colorado pass.

Ski filter: Rocky Mountain Super + vs the Colorado pass. [more inside]
posted by no bueno on Aug 22, 2010 - 7 answers

Help me Bike the right way.

Help me Bike the right way. I've recently gotten back into biking and am doing it in a way I never have before. I need pointers from people with experience. [more inside]
posted by damiano99 on Jul 22, 2010 - 35 answers

Do baby mountains exist??

Can people recommend a baby mountain a friend and I can climb? [more inside]
posted by astapasta24 on Jul 19, 2010 - 28 answers

What mountain bike for touring?

I'm looking for advice on what mountain bike to buy for a long off-road tour. [more inside]
posted by LastOfHisKind on Mar 21, 2010 - 9 answers

Real place or no?

Is this a real place, or just a horrible Photoshop that I really want to exist? [more inside]
posted by biddeford on Feb 22, 2010 - 16 answers

is it really that special

what is the best designed rear suspension mountain bike on the market, and why. particularly from an engineering point of view. including, what is the best inertial shock design, and is carbon fiber really an appropriate solution for mountain bike frames? [more inside]
posted by edtut on Sep 5, 2009 - 3 answers

What do I need to do to store my mountain bike?

I'm fairly new to the mountain bike game and unfortunately I am having to park my mountain bike for three months whilst I work away. Security is not an issue but in general what maintenance and precautions do I need to take, if any, before it goes away? FYI: I have a 2008 Kona Cinder Cone (linky) and the bike is currently in a reasonably clean state (but not spotless).
posted by logicalsequence on Aug 10, 2009 - 6 answers

Help me remember a mountain clearing

Help me remember a mountain clearing. [more inside]
posted by grateful on Jun 2, 2009 - 1 answer

Moab filter: bike rental?

Any recommended bike rental shops in Moab (for next week)? Google turns up many places to rent but if you have good/bad experiences or suggestions, please share.
posted by dzot on May 10, 2009 - 3 answers

How can I make a rad Stop-Motion animation in Final Cut

How can I make a stop-motion animation in Final Cut Pro from a series of many photographs? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by andromache on Apr 24, 2009 - 6 answers

Cheap Mountain Biking experience in greater Sydney?

Cheap Mountain Biking experience in greater Sydney? [more inside]
posted by gttommy on Mar 26, 2009 - 1 answer

Am I safe to solo camp without a tent?

Solo tent-less camping - safety tips? [more inside]
posted by crazy finger on Feb 23, 2009 - 19 answers

Make me smell like flowery grape soda.

Can anyone find me some Texas mountain laurel perfume? [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Feb 18, 2009 - 1 answer

Where's the snow?

Help me find some snowy mountains in North Georgia/Southern Tennessee [more inside]
posted by pandemic on Feb 6, 2009 - 10 answers

I need a list of mountains in Costa Rica and their elevations...

What's the average elevation of all mountains in Costa Rica over 1,000 meters? [more inside]
posted by pwb503 on Jan 13, 2009 - 6 answers

City folk want to expand their horizons in the American west

My husband and I are thinking about taking a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado next summer. I want to stay close to wilderness, but we have little camping experience and no equipment at this time - I was kind of hoping for a rustic cabin experience nearby. I've read previous threads about this but many of the answers seem to be about experienced campers. Does anyone have any recommendations of where to stay or the easiest way to ease camping newbies into an out-west nature experience?
posted by agregoli on Dec 6, 2008 - 4 answers

recommend a bike?

What not-too-expensive but somewhat kickass bike should I buy? [more inside]
posted by tremspeed on Aug 17, 2008 - 16 answers

Bike Filter-Old mountain bike, upgrade or not??

Bike Filter-What should I do with my old mountain bike? [more inside]
posted by MiggySawdust on Jun 15, 2008 - 17 answers

Headed out on the trail - help equip our sing-a-long arsenal!

My girlfriend and I are hiking the Appalachian trail for two weeks at the end of the month. We're taking along a Martin Backpacker (guitar) and a small set of bongos. What are some very excellent blues/folk/bluegrass/mountain songs that we should learn before we go? [more inside]
posted by jofuu on May 14, 2008 - 17 answers

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