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Fifey

Trakanon Raider
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Any of you nerds know about direct mount chainrings/cranks? Good idea? Bad Idea? Have a decent deal on CL but unsure about if it's a good idea since it seems everyone uses their own pattern instead of a standard like BCD.
 

Hatorade

A nice asshole.
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Any of you nerds know about direct mount chainrings/cranks? Good idea? Bad Idea? Have a decent deal on CL but unsure about if it's a good idea since it seems everyone uses their own pattern instead of a standard like BCD.
Lots of options out there, if you want the most options for a 1X direct mount is the way to go
 
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Fifey

Trakanon Raider
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Moving this month so holding off on buying brakes and a front wheel but having fun with this as an obnoxious fixie in the meantime. Really digging the sliding dropout system, its pretty clever.

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wilkxus

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I need to winterize my freehub as Its been freezing on a lot of commutes at around -25 Celcius (-12 F).

Any experiences and recommendations? Oil/grease to use? Is it worth getting Shimano silent clucth freehubs? They sound good but I've got some mild hills to climb (5%) and am worried they will grip too slowly on climbs.

So far cycling through all the cold weather has been great with my cross country ski layers but I've come close to wiping out a few times because of pawls not gripping fast enough on climbs and especially on rough snowy patches. I've been keeping the bike inside to keep it warm but on colder days it still freezes half way through the rides (30-40 min depending on traffic/snow).
 
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Ao-

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I know I've asked before, but any recommendations on casual/road/gravel shoes? Preferably something I could wear for mountain biking (midwest MTB). I keep getting pointed to a pair of Sidi dominators, but the last pair of shoes recommended to me by the shop weren't great (DZR something).
 

Quineloe

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we've moved and my commute has doubled. In case you're bored at work and need something feature length film to watch.

 
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Ronaan

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Nice man, you have all sorts of schools in walking distance now.

(Totally not a stalker I promise, just got curious after I saw which town you rode towards, spent a lot of time there during school.)
 

Fifey

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I know I've asked before, but any recommendations on casual/road/gravel shoes? Preferably something I could wear for mountain biking (midwest MTB). I keep getting pointed to a pair of Sidi dominators, but the last pair of shoes recommended to me by the shop weren't great (DZR something).
As was mentioned the Giro Privateer is a good shoe that's affordable but fair warning, I've broken all 3 pairs I've owned. Not sure how I do it but it'll crack right between the cleat and the toe spike mount. Still very rideable and useable but can feel the flex in the shoe when walking/hard effort.

I think some of the shimano shoes are pretty solid, friend always rocked the XC70s with no complaints.

Mavic makes a shoe as well or did that's a pretty solid cyclocross shoe.

Sidis are the longest lasting/best of the bunch but the highest price tag, I've always found mine used. Doubt I'd ever pay full retail for them.
 

Fifey

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Finally got it all built and went out to some local trails. Im digging it, a bit rusty cause Ive been off the trails since I moved but got back into the swing of things. Gearing is too large atm and had to hikeabike some so gonna drop it down to 32x19 or possibly 32x20.

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Hatorade

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Three weeks ago I took a huge hit, shoulder is just now getting better. I
Land head/shoulder/face and get laid out for at least a second. Today I was back out there and sending it. However my right foot was forward, I didn’t notice the change until half way through the session. I have always been left foot forward...
This is the equivalent of waking up and suddenly be able to write with the other hand. I consciously put left foot forward and it didn’t feel weird, I can now jump with either foot forward and it is amazing.
Head injuries are weird.