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Ask Mountain Bike Action: Tire Questions

FRESHNESS DATE What's the shelf life of a spare tube? How long is too long to have a tube rubber-banded and shoved into your backpack? Would you replace them annually? -Steve, who avoids thorns Mountain Bike Action: We wish we went a year…
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Ask Mountain Bike Action: Numb Feet?

Q: When I just ride with my buddies, all is well. But when I race, my left foot falls asleep after about 30 minutes. I have used Crankbrothers Candy pedals and just switched to their Eggbeater pedals. Any ideas? -Jeff, who trips after a…
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Ready To Rumblefish?

Hey Mountain Men: Want a Trek Rumblefish. I'm 6'7" tall and 255 pounds at the moment. I am trying to lose weight before I buy the bike. What are your thoughts? Justin ready to get trim Mountain Bike Action:  You are making the correct…
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Best Fender For Winter Mountain Biking?

Dear Mountain Bike Action experts: I plan on riding more this winter. I'm looking for good fenders. Easy on easy off, good quality. My bike is a Trek Fuel EX 8. What do you suggest? -Scott with a skunk tail Mountain Bike Action: That's…
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Left Field Question

Hey Mountain Bike Action guys: I have a 1999 Cannondale F400 with a fork that has a single suspension mounted in the center. I know Cannondale is making their Lefty design now. The Lefty approach seems needlessly complicated. Is there a…
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Trek Or Specialized?

Hey Mountain Bike Action friends: Looking for my first dual-suspension bike and gathered the Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp is a great option, but also that the Camber is an excellent choice for the budget conscious. My other favorites…
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The Easiest-To-Release Clipless Pedal?

Dear Mountain Bike Action: I have arthritic knees. I'm trying to make them last till I'm 65 (two more years) before I have them replaced. I am looking for a clipless pedal that will release very easily. Your suggestion? -Paul, with…
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How do I Upgrade My Fisher G2-Geometry Fork?

Dear Mountain Bike Action: The G2 offset on the Trek Fisher Collection forks is proprietary. Can I purchase an aftermarket fork with a different offset and be pleased with the performance? If I can't buy a new fork, can I get the existing…
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Sticky Air Valve Cap Fix?

Hey Mountain Bike Action guys: I ride a RockShox Revelation dual-air fork. The positive air chamber's cap is super hard to unscrew compared to the negative air chamber cap that I can remove with my fingers. Should I use pliers to unscrew…
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What Happened To Steel Components?

Dear Mountain Bike Action: If the properties of steel are so good for producing a less harsh ride in a hardtail frame, why are there no handlebars, stems and seatposts made out of steel for aluminum bikes? -Juanma, from a faraway place…
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Best Bike For Pump Tracking?

Dear Mountain Bike Action: Your story on how to build a pump track (MBA, August 2010) got me off the fence, and so I've decided to build a pump track in the back- yard for me and the kids. I'm renting a BobCat, and even have lights for…
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Mixing Wheel Sizes?

Dear Mountain Bike Action people: What is your opinion on 96er full-suspension bikes? ?Lars in Denmark Mountain Bike Action: For those who may not be familiar with 96ers, they are mountain bikes designed to run a 29-inch front wheel and…
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Cure For Stinky Helmet?

Hey Mountain Bike Action wrecking crew: Recently switched from weekend warrior to daily commuting. My helmet is getting that moldy smell from being wet all the time. Any suggestions on how to clean it? ?Dan suffering from stink head…
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2×9 Drivetrain Conversion?

Dear Mountain Bike Action: I would like to run the 2x9 drivetrain described in your article ("Poor Man's 2x10," MBA August 2010) on my Pivot Mach 4 with an Shimano XTR press-fit bottom bracket. I'm getting conflicting advice. I've heard…
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Proper pickup truck loading?

Dear Mountain Bike Action: I do all of my shuttling in a pickup with a towel over the tailgate. I have problems with my bikes falling over. Are there advantages to using the pick-up pad or will the towel get the job done just as well? -BK,…
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Correct crank length for mountain biking?

Hello, Mountain Bike Action: At 5'7" with a 29-inch inseam, should I use 170-millimeter length crankarms instead of 175s? -Ken, with a low center of gravity          A: Most small bikes come equipped with 170-millimeter cranks. You could…
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Best Colorado mountain bike rides?

Hey Mountain Bike Action: Longtime reader, first-time writer. Planning a nine-day trip to Colorado this summer from Wisconsin. Thinking of Fruita, Crested Butte and Telluride areas. Would these be good choices? Any suggestions on a good…
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Stop front tire slide outs?

Dear Mountain Bike Action: Had an embarrassing front-tire washout while riding on a level singletrack with a gentle sweeping turn, a little loose over hard. I was going maybe 5 mph and then I was looking at the ground. It was that fast.…
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Best time to ride Moab?

Dear Mountain Bike Action: What time of the year between September and November would be the best to go to Moab, Utah and Fruita, Colorado? I am alone and I have no friend in America so I'd need at least information about the weather.…
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29er or 26er mountain bike?

Dear Mountain Bike Action: Currently ride a Kona Kula Supreme hardtail. I am looking for something a little more comfortable and fun on the downhills. I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and do a little bit of endurance racing and some…
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