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    Bike Experts Need You're Input

    So you feel the same way I do. Riding on flat terrain you're fine but once it gets to more downhills, uphills, switchbacks you wish it was smaller. I'm suppose to ride 17-18 but I do better on a 16-16.5. Funny how half an inch can make so much of a difference. With a smaller frame I can move the...
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    Bike Experts Need You're Input

    A good saddle will help as well particularly if you don't ride as much, your sit bones will thank you for it. If you haven't tried the ones with the cutout in the middle that protects your perineum perhaps its about time. Trust me your dangly bits will also thank you for it. Then you have the...
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    Bike Experts Need You're Input

    Looking for a mountain bike is a bit different from a road bike. Some people particularly myself tend to run a size smaller than what is normally my size. That's just a matter of preference as I tend to move a lot on the saddle uphill or downhill so I get more control and momentum. I don't like...
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    Any Bike Mechanics here?

    Wheel truing and hub replacement takes a little bit of time particularly the truing part. Not all mechanics are good wheelbuilders. As for myself, I've been building bikes since my early teen bmx days but to this day wheelbuilding is still something I need to work on in especially the truing...
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    how can I seal a leaking roof?

    Used this once but not on a leaky tent. Just wanted to improve waterproofing on an older tent. It's not just for the seams but the entire tent itself. http://www.rei.com/product/850168/nikwax-tent-and-gear-solarproof-waterproofing-spray Here' s similar one from Amazon...
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    Engel fridge/freezer closeout on CL Las Vegas

    http://lasvegas.craigslist.org/rvs/4769083699.html Per CL ad description..... Wanted to Sell, New in the Box, Engel AC/DC Fridge / Freezers at closeout pricing. Model, MT17F-U1, 16 Quart, Normally 814 Now on Closeout for $623. Model, MT35F-U1, 34 Quart, Normally 868 Now on Closeout for...
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    2003 Hybrid Mercury Mariner AWD

    By operation, it did exactly what its suppose to which is transfer power to the wheel where slippage is detected. So when one wheel is up in the air it thinks the wheel is slipping rather than provide more power to the wheels that actually have traction. The same happened to me with my Rover...
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    Headed to SoCal in November

    Here's one I found browsing the link the previously posted hereinabove regarding the Desert View Tower. Since you wanted to stick to PCH 1, you can stop at this Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum in Carlsbad. Haven't been but I figured since most of us here are to some extent grease...
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    Headed to SoCal in November

    Here are some last minute suggestions since you'll be in the San Diego area. It's sort of a mini roadtrip from when the Mrs and myself used in organizing car camping trips for our private meetup group a few years back. Feel free to peruse through the articles and links to some of the places that...
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    Cot in Tent

    How about those interlocking foam/rubber tiles or rolls/mats they use in event tents and gyms, etc. Here's an example but I'm sure you know or seen which one I'm referring to. https://www.rubberflooringinc.com/soft-tiles.html
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    Family camping

    x2 on the Mr. Heater "Buddy" if you're on a budget. I'm assuming you read my post on the open ended thread about the Instant Tent 8. What I forgot to add is that the 8p model can be divided into two sections via a hanging wall. This way can separate the sleeping area from the porch part. You can...
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    Recommendations for a mountain bike carrier

    X2 on the Thule T2. I liked it so much I even got the extension for 2 more bikes. Here's a review from Expedition Portal plus images courtesy of both Expo & Thule. The new version now includes an integrated cable lock To secure the bike in addition to the keyed adjustable wheel retaining arm...
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    Lets talk Packs!

    Not so much for backpacking but for shorter day hikes, etc. I've had my Mountainsmith lumbar pack w/ the shoulder strap and optional strapettes, for almost a decade now. Also known to use bright yellow interiors as a visual aid with the contents which a lot of bag manufacturers have been using...
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    50% off select Surefire flashlights through Nov. 2nd

    For anyone who's interested...
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