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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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
Rock Shox J-1 fork
Hayes IH-2 disc brakes
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 -
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 -
I'm looking for credible scientific information regarding air pollution relating to mountain top remove
posted by digdan
on Oct 7, 2011 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
BayAreaFilter: Where can I get the cheapest alignment in Berkeley/Oakland or Mountain View, CA? [more inside]
posted by desl
on Oct 18, 2010 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
What's the average elevation of all mountains in Costa Rica over 1,000 meters? [more inside]
posted by pwb503
on Jan 13, 2009 -
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 -
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 -
My fiance and I like Saratoga and Los Gatos. He works in Mountain View off 101/Shoreline. He'd like no more than a 25 minute commute. He works normal 9-5 hours generally. Google maps indicates that this commute could be done in less than 30 minutes even with traffic. He's extremely skeptical. He's tried testing the drive, but on those days he's done the drive he's felt traffic was unusually light. (Usually there are backups on 101, but on the days he tried driving the commute 101 was flowing like water).
So is there anyone out there who has done this commute who can provide a realistic picture of what it would be like?
posted by bananafish
on Apr 16, 2008 -
I'm going to japan from march 9 until april 6, and I want to climb Mt Fuji, from the bottom to the top. How much snow should I expect? How cold is it going to be? Do I need to bring boots and 3 layers of technical outdoor clothing or a warm jacket and sneakers? My lonely planet says its doable, but thats pretty much it. [more inside]
posted by youthenrage
on Feb 24, 2008 -
Help me identify/locate the manufacturer of a cool hitch-mounted bike rack I saw last summer. I want one. The google goggles, they do nothing. [more inside]
posted by de void
on Jan 15, 2008 -