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  1. llamaface

    Trail chainsaw opinions

    lol, early summer rides often involve cutting 100's of logs. efficiency is important. If you only want to ride 10 miles in and cut that 1 tree that is blocking the trail, a backpack makes sense. that's what I did when i lived in nevada. it is a little different here. Perhaps where you ride it is more like nevada than it is here.
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    Trail chainsaw opinions

    bill darts rack is the bomb. it is amazing how much of a difference it makes in the handling to get the saw as close to the steering axis as possible. Riding with a 13-14lb saw and bill's rack is significantly better handling than riding with an 8-9 lb saw and the other racks I've tried that position the saw an inch or so in front of the steering axis. Only drawback is they only fit ktm as far as I know, but almost every serious woods rider rides a ktm anyway.
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    Trail Suggestions for Sun Valley/Stanley?

    do you have a trail map? do you guys ride trials tires? If so, and if you have a saw and you are not pansies, I would suggest staging at chemeketan campground riding down big smokey, up big peak, east fork of big peak over to placer creek, then up castle creek and back to big smokey via bluff creek. It's not easy trail, but it's rustic, scenic and fun, and there are no loose steep uphills that tourists would accidentally destroy. It's one of my wife's favorite loops, but she makes me ride her bike through the creek crossing at the bottom of big peak.
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    Sell me on Boise

    I grew up in southern california. been in the boise area (16 or so miles out of downtown ) for almost 10 years now. If you like hippies, democrats, subarus, traffic, and gluten-free douchebags, the north end is perfect. I hate all those things so I don't live there. The inversions are real in the valley. some years you get a few weeks at a time of gray fog and dreariness in january. I just brew beer that time of year, and reload. If it gets really bad I'll pack the dogs in the truck and drive an hour or so until we get to sun and then hike, ski, drink beer and otherwise enjoy the outdoors. what sucks about the area is that i'm afraid eventually there will be enough dirty stinking vegetarian hippies in the north end to start electing democrats. what rocks about the area that you didn't mention earlier is that the mountain singletrack is better than anywhere else in the US by far, as long as you are either highly skilled or highly energetic, and as long as you either carry a chainsaw or ride with someone who does.
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    Do you PNW/Idaho guys cut your bars down?

    I've been riding in the boise area for 10 years or so. If you are racing idaho city and traveling to other enduros, you may find some value in cutting your bars down. OTOH, if you are just riding, and maybe racing some desert, I wouldn't bother. Since I quit racing a few years ago, I have even stopped running bark busters, I just roll with the stock ktm 'roost guards' and they work great (but i don't tip over much, once or twice a year at most).
  6. so tonight when I got done shooting at the steel match, my car ('07 nissan versa) would crank, but wouldn't start. the exhaust didn't smell gassy even with the pedal all the way down and cranking for 10 seconds or so. Fine. It ran fine all the way there, and for the previous several years, but after sitting for 3 hours, refused to consider starting. So mrs llama came and we towed the car, but after a couple miles I thought I'd try bump starting it with her towing me. First attempt (clutch out in 4th gear at 20 mph or so for a few seconds) as soon as i put the clutch back in, it died. Second attempt, let it roll for a few seconds, and it stayed started. So we disconnected the tow rig and I drove home. Needless to say, I'm not overwhelmed with confidence right now. In 105k miles this is the first hiccup I've had from the car. Any ideas what the problem could be? I've got a reliable independent mechanic a few blocks away, but I'd like to at least point him in the right direction. thanks for any advice.
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    Areas with 50K+ population and great riding

    not sure which trails they are talking about. for sure, the ones on the boise front that you can ride to from town (which kinda suck anyway) are crowded because bicyclists can ride there too from town easily. I've ridden there like twice. Once you drive 30 mins to murphy or idaho city we don't usually see many people. In the high mountains (june through october) even on a weekend it is unusual to see anyone on any trail. It's so unusual that when we do see someone, we stop and chat for a bit.
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    Best state for desert riding?

    Utah also honors all registration except colorado. if you buy their sticker (or idaho, which has decent but not exceptional desert riding) you will be covered in california and az as well. Not sure if nevada has mandatory reg. t hey didn't w hen I was there, but I bet if they do they honor neighboring states stickers. note also that with your out of state registration, you are exempt from the red/green sticker crap in cali.
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    Areas with 50K+ population and great riding

    that's a pretty accurate description from my recollection. I lived in truckee about 15 years ago, and back then there was some good singletrack right out east reno/verdi, but now the 'trailheads' are all subdivisions. I thought the traffic in reno was horrendous back then. I can't imagine it has improved. If you like to explore there is real singletrack (not idaho quality, but still pretty good) in the sierras, around downieville, paradise strawberry, and in between 50 and 80 near georgetown and foresthill and further east. fwiw, I also lived and moto'd in the north bay area, and spent a few months in moab, and lived in eastern nevada for a few years before I settled down in idaho.
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    Areas with 50K+ population and great riding

    if you like desert whoops and mx, this is correct. They do put on some bomber hare and hounds down there, and I hear the d37 enduros are good too, but not good enough to consider living there.
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    Areas with 50K+ population and great riding

    you sure you've been there? there's a ski resort with a 7500' summit overlooking town. Most people who move somewhere purely for the singletrack move to idaho. I did. The only bad part about idaho is many of the trails get so little use that they can be hard to find/follow, and you really need to carry a chainsaw in the summer. If you don't mind riding the tourist trails around baumgartner and stanley, you can probably get by without.
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    Best place to live and moto.....

    that guy is a total jerk. wait, what? hey dirtymutt, the weather in boise is hot in the summer, and cold in the winter. Most winters snow doesn't stick more than a few days, and the desert riding 45-60 mins from town is perfect, as long as you are comfortable riding in 30-40 degree temps.
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    Idaho City 100

    I raced every year up through 2011, always rode both days. I found that the 2nd day was invariably easier than the first day.
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    Would anyone be interested in...

    So pretty much a normal idaho trail. Looks fun.
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    Would anyone be interested in...

    that looks fun, but who can plan a year out? i would also make sure to plan to bring a chainsaw.