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Trek Fuel EX 8. I got it in a size ML, which their sizing chart says is good for me. I'd be at the low end of the L frame, but the ML has one overwhelming advantage: they had it in stock 😁. Seems I'd otherwise be waiting until end of June for the new stock.
I took it out today for a quick run through Bert Flinn trails. It's not ultra-different from the 7, but there are some things I'll have to get used to. Or maybe adjust. It definitely feels bouncier, and I was having more trouble with low speed maneuvering. To the point where I almost fell off the bike a couple of times. That is probably just a familiarity thing, though.
The bike also feels livelier and lighter, although physically it's about the same weight as the 7. The gearing is definitely different, though. The 7 has 32 teeth up front paired with an 11-42 cassette. The 8 has 30 up front, with a 10-50 cassette. That gives the 8 a much lower low gear, and a very slightly higher high gear, which means a greater gear range when shifting. A couple of spots where I normally ride in 2nd, I was doing in 3rd today.
The 8 also feels slightly shorter, although it's hard to see any difference when they're side by side. But I felt like I could sit up straighter, just a bit.
Have to replace the handles, though. I'd forgotten how much the OEM ones suck. and the controls need to be moved around just a bit. All good, though.
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yeah,that sucks!i i too have one since January of this year on my right foot. bought a step on boot size 9.5 standard,,It was tight on the toe box and hoped to break it in,nope..it broke my foot insteadMorton's Neuroma
Just posting this as a personal reminder. Neni brought this up, and I think I may have to visit a podiatrist. Symptoms match what happens with my right foot on occasion.
I didn't like any of the padded bike shorts I tried. I either didn't like the looks, or the way the pads were positioned in them,Some good riding
I was up at Whistler this week, and got in some riding. Not some good riding (that comes later), since the best trails like Tin Pants and Gypsy Drum are closed right now for underbrush clearing. It's a fire prevention/amelioration thing, and I guess I can understand and appreciate the intent. But it still pisses me off whenever I ride past the tape and the metal fence section. I've sort of been making do with some of the other trails, but all the ones that butt up to the closed ones are partially closed as well. Dwarf Nebula is kind of neat, and I've checked out a few others that I haven't hit before. But I'm reluctant to travel west of the highway since they've reported a grizzly in that area. Grizzly encounter no bueno, fer shur. I don't need to ride that bad.
Anyway, my second day was a street ride. I did 20 miles--10 out, 10 back. The 10 out were much more difficult because I had a head wind, then the 10 back were much more difficult because it's fucking uphill. Still, good exercise. And Jesus, my butt was sore. I'm going to have to use the padded shorts in the future....
WTF,.. a mirror???.....Today, back at home, I did the Bert Flinn trails. They were drier than they've been for the entire month of May, which means not very. But at least there were no lakes at the low points. Although some of the roots were still a little zzzzzzzzzip! I did okay on the trails, no major screwups, although I did hammer my mirror a couple of times. That seems to be par for the course, though. Some of the squeezes are just too tight for a MTB with a mirrcycle.
But, highlight of my day, I cleaned that log feature on Mama Bear that's been mocking me, and I did it with authority! No hesitation, no wobble, just up, over, and fuck you.
Bwaahahaahahshahaahhahagahhha,..... Deeeeeeep breath,..Got to stay vigilant on the trails incase some weirdo with a fluffy mutt in a backpack comes up behind you.