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    It's crazy what you find when remodeling

    I discovered this behind some drywall in my basement doing some remodeling a few years back. Given I’m from Staten Island, I naturally assumed this had to be mob related :)
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    Front brake failing mid-ride

    Really interesting info, I never knew this. Thank you. Given that this past Saturday was a very humid day, perhaps some moisture seeped through the caliper seals then causing the issue. Prior to the ride, I did tighten the bolt that connects the line to the brake caliper about a quarter turn...
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    Front brake failing mid-ride

    You’ve peeked my interest with the Hopes. Time to compulsively research yet another bike component
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    Front brake failing mid-ride

    I’ve wondered why this was myself. It’s a closed system so if there is no leak, how does air continue to get into the brake system? But yes I agree, when they work right, man are these brakes responsive.
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    Front brake failing mid-ride

    I truly hate the bleeding process for Magura brakes. It never seems to go smoothly. Agreed that Shimano brakes are much easier to bleed. I have a pair of M447 on my other bike. Makes it so easy to bleed given there is a shut off valve for the oil reservoir when taking out the syringe. I...
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    Front brake failing mid-ride

    I bled them a few days prior to the ride seeing the front brake was a bit less responsive than the rear. Seemed that I had a successful bleed, but I'm an amateur with most bike maintenance so I can't be certain. Seeing the brake is okay now, I'm reluctant to send it to my LBS. Perhaps I'll try...
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    Front brake failing mid-ride

    I was riding Trumbull this past weekend when my front brake failed mid ride. During one of the steeper descents my front brake went from tight and responsive to spongy with almost no power. I was squeezing the brake lever down to the grip and getting only about 20% braking power. Took the pads...
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    Who's that Drop?

    Sourlands. They have a decent variety of drops. Some beginner friendly with some good flow into them others a bit more challenging.
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    Tubeless setup

    I was thinking of brushing some sealant around the tire bead rather than soapy water. Thinking that this method would be a lubricant and help seal the bead better? I was wondering if some of the soapy water mixed with the sealant that it would not seal as well? Maybe I’m just overthinking this...
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    Tubeless setup

    I believe it was the right tubeless tape. Thinking I may have compromised the tape at some point with a metal tire lever trying to pry the tire on/off. I ordered Stans yellow tape and gorilla tape. Debating which one to use. Either way it’s back to square one :(
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    Tubeless setup

    I finally decided to attempt to convert my tires to tubeless. After taking a drop at sourlands landed me 2 pinch flats, I decided it was time. My rims are tubeless ready so they were already taped. I was able to get the tire seated well using the Topeak Joe blow pump and used Stans tire...
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    IS THERE ANY MTB RIDING IN STATEN ISLAND???

    This is the trail that climbs to the top of Moses mountain (man made). Intersection of rock land and manor rd. The grade is way too steep and in my opinion, unrideable. But if someone hits it, take some video and share it! Would love to see someone able to ride this trail!
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    Tire recommendation

    Just replaced the tire recently (usually new tires every 1-2 seasons). Otherwise I just remove one side of the bead when I have a flat to put in a new tube. Resetting the tire on the rim has been a monumental task. Even with a heavy duty tire lever
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    Tire recommendation

    What type of tire would you recommend that is easy to install/remove? I am not running tubeless. Just purchased a Maxis Aggressor tubeless ready/folding and the tire was near impossible to mount onto my rim. If you’re running tubes, are wired tires easier to remove/mount than folding tires?
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    Sourlands Mountain Preserve Conditions

    Thoughts on tomorrow? Wondering if it will be dry enough to ride?
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