Practical Bike

2019 Off To A Slow Start

December 15 was my last ride of 2018, it was my last lap at Hop Brook Lake in Middlebury, Connecticut. It was a nice ride I reflected on all the gains made that year and I daydreamed of what 2019 would deliver. I looked ahead to what my winter rides would be like. Unfortunately nothing went as planned.

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RIPROW Mountain Bike Trainer

Some folks think there smart phones spy on them by listening to what they say. Well I often feel that way too but now I will take it one step further, I think my phone can read my mind. Yesterday I was out mountain biking after an 8 week layoff due to a bum knee and bad weather I found that my stamina and strength was already reduced. Prior to this I wrote about getting a Fox Transfer Dropper Post installed on my Ibis. I noticed with the new found territory behind the saddle that I was missing some key muscles that would improve my riding. This two things got me to thinking that someone should make a trainer for mountain bikes. Well in a strange turn today my iPhone showed me an instagram ad for the Riprow Mountain Bike Trainer.

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FOX TRANSFER DROPPER SEATPOST REVIEW

I managed to put about a little over 100 miles on the seatpost at my local park, Hop Brook Lake Park in Naugatuck and Middlebury Connecticut. I must say I’m not only impressed with the Transfer Seat Post but I am more impressed on how much of a game changer it is for my riding. Going over obstacles like trees and rocks is so much simpler and safer with the seat out of the way. The seatpost is also a real benefit on steep drops. It is such a relief to get my butt way back over the rear wheel and not have my shorts get stuck on the seat while I return to riding position.

The Fox Transfer Dropper Seatpost is an outstanding addition to a mountain bike and worth every dollar it cost. Operation is smooth and deliberate and performance is flawless.

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Bike Water Bottle Cage | Pro Bike Tool | Matt Black

Immediately I became interested in the Pro Bike Tool Bottle Cage because an Amazon review points out that the bottle cage works well with Poland Springs water bottles as well as the Camelbak Podium Big Chill. Those two points sold me on this bottle cage. This cage being made from aluminum allows for slight bending of the metal to fit water bottles that may be less than ideal.

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Repair Tubeless Bike Tire | Dynaplug Micro Pro Review

Let’s back up a bit. A couple years ago, the first two years with my Trek Rumblefish Elite I was plagued with flat tires. Something about the terrain at West Rock Ridge State Park, Lake Wintergreen in Hamden, Connecticut was not tire tube friendly. Tired of this I spoke to the great folks as Class Cycles in Southbury, CT. They suggested a setup of Maxxis Tubeless. The conversation actually ended up in a new set of wheels but that story is for another day. Anyhow once switching to tubeless mountain bike tires I remained flat free for nearly three years.

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