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I have been wanting for YEARS to ride to Tom Thumb.  A quick loop that includes some fine singletrack that reminded me of some of the Pinnacle Peak Cactus Cup course of years ago.  Nice trails. 

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heading East out of the "new to me" Gateway access for the McDowel Sonoran Preserve

heading East out of the "new to me" Gateway access for the McDowel Sonoran Preserve

the object of desire

the object of desire

 

I should have brought my filter.  This spring was running pretty well.  Must remember to always bring filter.

I should have brought my filter. This spring was running pretty well. Must remember to always bring filter.

some of that nice singletrack

some of that nice singletrack

there it is.  Up close and personal.  Finally!  Up on top the track is sublime.

there it is. Up close and personal. Finally! Up on top the track is sublime.

most of the way up the hill, all I could think about was the mountain lion -  not sure if it existed or not, but he was freaking me out.

most of the way up the hill, all I could think about was the mountain lion - not sure if it existed or not, but he was freaking me out.

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gets dark quick

gets dark quick

 

the way out.  the plan was to ride to the N. end of 136th street, but a shortage of water kept me to some roads till I hit power line dirt roads over to Reach 11.

the way out. the plan was to ride to the N. end of 136th street, but a shortage of water kept me to some roads till I hit power line dirt roads over to Reach 11.

 

some more of this on top and all the way down to 136th St.

some more of this on top and all the way down to 136th St.

 

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Some new ability to use satellite images on the GPS device allowed easier navigation.  For sure.

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get ready to get ready

A few rides of note in the next month or so.  A 2 nite backpacking somewhere from the house on either my mountain bike or the cross bike.  FOTP later next month.  A review of the bike is in order.  I am in no hurry.

this headset does what it is supposed to do

this headset does what it is supposed to do

this bottom bracket seems fine

this bottom bracket seems fine

form to be filled out and mailed

form to be filled out and mailed

this geax sure is a long lasting tire

this geax sure is a long lasting tire

mojo , taking a beating.

mojo , taking a beating.

oink

oink

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On foot /On Bike!

Garmin Dakota 10

Garmin Dakota 10

Touch screen and big storage.  2 AA batteries make it easy to keep going.  Seems pretty rugged.  Sleek mount on the stem.  Easy to read in sun or dark.

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hay bale wall

hay bale wall

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the benches are usually at the top

the benches are usually at the top

IMG_0017We think the usual thing to do is put something in the cache and then take something that is available if you want it.

this one seems to have quite the turnover

this one seems to have quite the turnover

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it amazes me how accurate gps devices are.  they tell you pretty much exactly what is going on.

it amazes me how accurate gps devices are. they tell you pretty much exactly what is going on.

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front up

Amazing what a proper tire, headset and brake can do for a bike.weirwolflt29ertank2AVBB7RR

I know what your thinking.  Something new always seems better, but the combination makes, for me, a huge difference.

So the tire.  Original spec on the bike when I bought it.  I wore the first ones out and decided to try a few others like the Panaracer Rampage, Geax Suguaro and the Conti Mountain King.  They really do not compare.  The WTB has a wider profile, more flexible casing and a fast rolling tread that grips and brakes very well for where I ride most of the time.  I think it is a good match for a rigid bike.

The headset.  I always thought that, by default, the Chris King headset was the one to have.  They just plain last.  Recently, I have had issue with the one on the Salsa.  Seems the axle to crown length on 29er fork in addition to  it being rigid, stresses out the top bearing race.  Cane Creek has a special wedge that sets the race perfectly to the bearing.  Chris King chooses not to.  The wedge is key!  No more creaks and no more “loose” feel from the wimpy bearing race/seal on the Chris King.  I choose a Downhill headset that weighs a ton that presses into the headtube about a 1/4″ further, but it eliminated all the issues.

And then the 185mm rotor.  Simply more braking control with less finger effort.  Braking while cornering is improved – tracks better with less fork flex!

yaaaay for new bike!

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