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cra1039833762

Home is North Texas, but I make time to wander the hemisphere.

cra1039833762's Passions

Snow Skiing
Mountain Biking
Triathlon

cra1039833762's Bio

The biggest risk in life is not taking one.

Simple life as an adventurist who's an optimist at heart and perceptive by nature. Well traveled with an obsession for learning. Tend to be inquisitive, witty, expressive, and observant. Relentlessly pursuing new challenges that add to the variety of life. Exhibit more desire than fear and tend to be more participant than observer. I embrace spontaneity.

Spending time outdoors is a passion that surely won’t be time deducted from our lives. Stargazing, aimless wandering, and intellectual disassociation come easy in the open spaces. Simple travel and wilderness seclusion are some of life’s most valued pleasures. Road trips, Hiking, backpacking, Mountain Biking, camping, and backcountry boondoggling are what dreams are made of.

There are moments in life when a stunning angle meets a timeworn curve and beauty beckons another look.




leave a little room for the unexpected...

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cra1039833762wrote a review of on March 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Wonderfully comfortable grips. The size, grip, and tactile feel makes these my favorite grips. I ran Oury's on my motocross bikes for years and loved them then. I was surprised to find these for bicycles about a year ago. Why did I wait so long to try them again?

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cra1039833762wrote a review of on May 5, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Using this tool is what characterizes a professional tool. Its size and weight feels good in the hands and makes easy removal or installation of bottom brackets without risk of damage to the BB. It's clearly superior to the conventional hand-held hacks (wrenches) that are more commonly utilized. While the Park BBT-9 remains an acceptable wrench, this BBT-22 is a shop quality tool that's a worthy investment if you work on BB's with any regularity.

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cra1039833762wrote a review of on January 8, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I upgraded from an XT without the Shadow clutch to this and it's sweet to not hear that chain beating my chainstays to death. The shifting is what you would expect from the XT Group...smooth, crisp and responsive. But the clutch is the icing on the cake.

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cra1039833762wrote a review of on January 8, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

WOW! That pretty much sums up my thoughts after installing these. I procrastinated for a long time before taking the plunge to replace my Alixer 5's and now I'm thinkin' I should have done this a long time ago.

I was overwhelmed at the firm yet fully controllable braking modulation. A far greater range of control than any previously owned brake. The adjustable levers are wonderful. I have ridden these brakes for a year and 4,300 miles and they have not even begun to soften up. No maintenance at all other than lube the levers, check pads and caliper torques occasionally.

The installation was smooth and without any problems. I did make some changes that most won't be doing. After years of riding motorcycles, I have adapted to the front brake being on the Right. So I swapped brake lines to accommodate that habit. It's a standard in Europe and other places, but not here in the USA. My point in stating this is the brake line swap was painless and didn't even require a bleed if done correctly. Very simple installation. Well worth the effort for those who are comfortable doing this.

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cra1039833762wrote a review of on January 6, 2014

They Take a Beating and Keep Going
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These pedals have seen it all. Incredible abuse, hard powered down-strokes to rocks and roots...repeatedly. I have one year and 4,600 miles on these and they have been off the bike for just one lube and service at 3,600 miles and were looking good. I thought of servicing them sooner, but they really didn't need it when I did get around to it. They are snap to lube. Look up the tricks! Two Thumbs Up!

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cra1039833762wrote a review of on November 1, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I now have 3 pairs of these Zoic?s and I find them some of the best mountain bike shorts I have owned. They are comfortable in all of the right places and offer plenty of zipper access pockets big enough for carrying whatever you can think of. Lots of zippered vents that afford full control on airflow. They are rugged and can take a beating and look great wash after wash.

As a rule, the mediums fit me best, but my last pair of mediums ran a tad small in the waist (and I have NOT gotten bigger). They were returned and replaced with a size large and everything is good now. Pick up a pair of these performers and you won?t be disappointed!

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cra1039833762wrote a review of on September 16, 2013

Geax AKA 29" Mountain Bike Tire
3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

900 miles on the front tire pictured (wish we could insert multiple images).

Texas summers can be dry and dusty with little or no moisture on the trails and I picked these up as something that would hopefully provide a better ride on loose dry stuff. For that reason alone, they seem to perform as intended, but push them and you'll find they have their limits. They seem to transition to moist and damp with unenthusiastic results. When pushed in the dry, loose stuff, they demonstrate predictable drift and slide, but give them roots and rocks and the results become less than desirable. Add some dampness or even slightly wet and they get unstable and can provide some adrenaline inducing moments. Personally, any application beyond the dry loose stuff exhibits unfavorable mannerisms that do not inspire confidence. On anything wet they will provoke adrenaline spikes and fear. Quick to find your butt on the ground will be the unexpected outcome.

One notable tip is I found these to be a little better under hard cornering with a slightly higher tire pressure than I normally run. These are not the TNT casing that I'm writing about here. They are a bit more robust than the straight AKA's I'm referring to here. Under 23 lbs. of pressure these tires had a propensity to roll the tire which yielded disagreeable handling that I can do without. Obviously, higher pressures eliminated this.

Some have stated they do well on dry concrete, but my observations don't agree. On dry concrete their limits are easily exceeded. They will break loose prematurely regardless of tire pressure. To be fair though, the induced drift remains fluid, predictable, and controllable. However, these are simply my opinions and others will possibly find these traits to be attributes. Two wheel drifts on hard pack or concrete is simply not a desirable characteristic for me personally.

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cra1039833762wrote a review of on September 10, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Trabec Race is a wonderfully comfortable fit (on my head) that I place a premium on. Don?t know how it will fit on your head. Good padding in the right places. I like the way the strapping adjusts for a custom fit if you?re willing to take the time to tinker with it. It appears to offer better protection than any of my other helmets (Giro and Bell) as well as the fit. It does not have the sleek lines of most other helmets?sort of blocky looking.

The downside for me is fitting a light to the top is not as easy as with other helmets due to the limited vent holes and the respective spacing, but I have made it work. Another down side is the visor. I would prefer a slightly larger, extended visor and available in black. Minor distraction for me. The upside is the perceived increase in available protection is paramount and that?s why I bought it. It?s not the least expensive helmet, but then my head doesn?t have a value placed on it.

One comment I?ve heard is the reduced ventilation?I ride in Texas summer heat and have not found this to be a significant problem. It seems to flow much better than I anticipated and as such, I have no complaints on venting.

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cra1039833762wrote a review of on August 16, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Overall construction appears to be standard North Face quality. The sizing ran very slightly large when compared to other bike jersey makers. That wasn't as much of an issue as the general fit was loose and baggy. Not at all what I want in a bike jersey. I do not have a thin, swimmer's like body...more stocky than thin. So if it's loose and baggy on me, then a thinner person will have issues.

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