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MORE FROM THE EXPERTS

I loved the article you guys did about advice from the pros on how to buy a bike. I liked even more that it didn’t just have a bunch of pros spouting off about whatever brand they’re sponsored by (or maybe you just cut that out before printing it). Either way, I love hearing from the guys who get to ride their bikes way more than I do, which is pretty much only on the weekends. More stories from the pros would be awesome.

Jim Tierney
Highlands Ranch, Colorado

WORD TO THE WISE FOR WINTER

Just thought I would pass along this little tip. If you’re planning to ride and crash in the cold and snowy weather, don’t wear a hydration pack. I just had one of the worst rides of my life on my fat bike. My front tire slipped, and I landed directly on my back. It would have been fine, except that my hydration pack bladder exploded and leaked cold water all the way down my shorts. It wasn’t long before the 24-degree weather froze my shorts almost solid. That made the last seven miles home pretty uncomfortable to say the least. I wish I would have used a bottle instead.

Check out our cold weather tips

Greg Ames
Fargo, North Dakota

 

MICHAEL LIKES TO CLIMB

Easy climber: The aggressively steep seat angle puts the rider in an efficient position, which makes climbing with the Pivot Mach 5.5 easier. The low weight of the frame and build kit help too.

Love MBA! There was a question from Michael today about gear ratios. He had an old-school 3x with a 22×36 (3x is pretty awesome by the way). You said that a 30×50 would be the same, if not an easier, climbing ratio. Completely true—if he had the same wheel size. But, I just bet ol’ Mikey is sporting a 26-inch wheel on that 3x. His final drive, actual rubber to the road, will be easier than if his new 30×50 is on a 29er. The 29-inch wheel will make it a little harder on the climb than his 22×36. You guys rock.

A. Gedgaudas Via email


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