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  1. GFM333

    Give D. Rudder some respect.

    I have respect for anyone who achieves success at a high level in a given sport, and I will listen intently to all their suggestions offered. I think there is often more than one method to be used successfully to achieve positive results in a given situation. Is it wrong to respectfully offer an opposing point of view? No two people are at the same place in terms of their riding ability, style, size of bike used, stregnth, terrain ridden, etc, so is there only one "perfect" answer to a question posed? We are all on a different part of the learning curve. One thing I like about this board is the variety of opinions expressed, coming from people with many levels of experiences or lack of. I appreciate and I am grateful for the commitment given by an expert to guide and offer opinions in helping us, but I also enjoy the opinion of all others who post. As long as we are respectful of each other, what's the problem with longer explanations offered, additional questions posed or the debate of a given topic? Please appreciate the nature and intent of this post. Respectfully, Gus
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    what do u guys think?

    Ditto on the breaking the back, fractured T2,T3, T4 and was fused with pedicle screws and rods. Look up my other posts on this topic, for a longer version of my story if it will help. In short, my injury was high up (like yours) and I have a lot of hardware in and around my spine. If I "go out" doing what I love, that sucks, but I guess I am willing to take that chance to do be out riding and doing what I have done for last 30 years. Also for what it's worth, I am not married and have no childen to support. However, I try to remind myself that my injury is high up and if I reinjure myself, I easily could wind up like Christopher Reeve and that is a life would not wish on anyone. I am riding again with relatively good speed almost like before the injury, but I am taking some extra precautions like an EVS wrap around neck brace and a Bohn spine protector. I limit what I do in terms of taking unnecessary risks (often ego based risks with friends, like trying to out do one another, or take risks to keep up with the real fast guys). I am very fortunate, I race again, but in the woods only No MOTO (TOO MUCH G FORCES) and I love the woods anyway. Your first post said your break was high up like mine between shoulder blades. If you hit the cord up there you will be a quad, and that is hell, I personally would rather be dead. You asked for opinions, so this is how I am doing it. I want to ride forever, so I am willing to cut the risks down to be able to keep at it, if I were you I would do the same. Whatever your decision, you are "hard core" and have my respect. It takes a lot of love for the sport and BALLS to come back after a spinal injury. Be careful think it ALL through and have fun. Gus
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    How do you thread through the trees ?

    F*#8##en south Jersey stick farms. Ruin's my jersy's every time. See ya at the Scrub Pine!!
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    Pre Ride Enduro Prep for the body

    I'm not an expert, but as I have understand it, cramping is mostly a result of potassium, then cal and mag deficiency, dehydration, or overexertion due to lack of saddletime. The week leading up to an event I suppliment with multivitamin/multiminerals, eat healthy hydrating stuff like vegtables and drink lots of water, and as was said don't drink alcohol. You should drink water until your pee is clear leading up to the day of the event. The morning of the event I like to eat a PB&J sandwich with bananna slices for breakfast, no coffee. I put pedialyte 1/2 strength in my camelback water and if it is a two loop event, in between loops, I will have some gatorade, but watch how it effects your stomach. During the event pace yourself, remember it will be a long day. If it is your first event then I assume time keeping is not as important as finishing. Try to concentrate on how your body feels, rest it when the terrain allows. During the event, if your legs are cramping or getting tired, sit for a short while as needed and let them rest when you can, for me it's usually my arms and right hand/wrist. When this happens I grip extra tight with my legs to give my arms a rest and shake them out when the terrain allows or when you are at a reset or when stopped prior to the next possible check. If you are getting close to hitting the wall energy wise towards the end of the event, you can eat a GU (which you can get in a bicycle store) it will get your body some cellular glucose and other good things quickly (I tape them to my handlebar for quick access). On non-race weekends I would advise building up to 50-60 miles or close to the length of the races you plan on doing. If you get through the first loop without houring out, you can take your time on the 2nd half if need be. If you are a C rider and you finish, you should trophy. Good luck man, attitude counts for a lot, you will finish!
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    anyone try a softer seat

    Gutz racing tall/soft density foam with gripper cover.
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    snow

    Two years ago I moved to a place where riding is huge among the locals, as the terrain is technical and theres lots of it. The first winter the guys I ride with all had studs on their bikes so I figured I would get some and give it a try. I purchased some ice screw and tried that first,screw one in per knob. Everything was good, the bike hooked up nice, but I got flats especially jumping or riding aggressively. The screws contact the tube on impact or during flexion of the tire while turning, and will cause flats, they also rip out of the knobs eventually ruining the tire. I then purchased a front and rear tire from winterstuds.com, I think it was a Mich front and a Maxxis rear. They both had carbide studs inserted in the knobs of a hard compound tire. This set up was awsome, they cost about ($350/pair) and will last about 2 seasons up here ridin all winter. In NJ up in the high country where I live, the snow likes to stay on the ground all winter. The group of guys I ride with, rode every weekend the whole year, and did not miss one weekend of riding in the winter due to cold or snow. The bike with the studs hooks up like you can not believe, it's as good as riding regular terrain during the summer. After riding that winter, I could not believe I never knew how good winter riding was and I was pissed I missed all those winters in the past, never again, it sure beats cabin fever and watching TV on Sundays. It's very mountainous and rocky terrain where we ride, none of this is a problem, the snow and ice fills in the rocks and actually makes it smoother and easier to ride. Hills are no problem at all, it is no different then without snow. The only time you can't ride in snow very well is when you get over 8 inches of powder, this is because it sucks up too much momentum and is harder to steer. The good news is that after the quads hit the trails (the only time they are any F*#in good,) and the snow starts to crust over in the thaw freeze cycle, the 8 inches of snow is then rideable, and a base forms and the cycle repeats. This last year the guys all got Trelleborg studded tires whose carbide studs are longer and 2 per nob instead of 1. Everyone said that the trellies are worth every penny (they are like $600 per pair) but bear in mind they last 3 or more seasons or every weekend riding. For anyone who shuts down and takes the winter off remember you are missing some great riding. Ice, snow, frozen lakes, hills, are all available and as enjoyable as during the regular season. When you ride quad ruts all winter that wind around trees, you have to ride the rut then when it goes around the tree you must jump into the other rut so as to not contact the tree with your handlebar. I guarantee if you do this throught the winter and continue to ride, your balance, rut riding ability and fitness will improve tons. This will give you a huge advantage over your friends or race buddies that took the winter off. Also, for those concerned with the cold, after you get up to a quick pace you will be warm, I left my house some mornings at -5 degrees and wicked up the pace and had no trouble with cold other than fingers. I put sheep skin lined waterproof snowmobile hand warmers over my bark busters and that solved that problem. I just wanted to share my experience because it is so awsome to ride in snow and get out there in the winter, and I know that like myself, many people are not aware of what they are missing. Go out and get yourself some studded tires and some layered winter gear this winter and ride in the snow, you won't regret it. You will be as happy as Elvis in an open buffet pharmacy! Gus
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    Damn! crushed my muffler

    I will try to post a pic tomorrow. The hardest part of this mod is getting the bend right and drilling the holes in the correct spots. Cheap fix though, and the PMB silent insert is so quiet I wouldn't want a new can.
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    Damn! crushed my muffler

    How crushed is crushed? If it is dented bad but the inside piece is still straight, you can take it apart and fix it. The outside metal on the stock can is like paper thin, I used a pipe and hammer and rolled it back into shape. Then cut a piece of 1/16" stainless steel the legnth of 1/4 inch past rear rivits and front PMB bolts, and as wide as the flat part on the outside and 1 1/2 inch of the curve on the bottom side. Take the stainless piece you cut then carefully bend the bottom curve in with a pipe and hammer and vise, drill holes for screws for PMB side and rivits on other end. Put it all back together with screws and rivets and a gear clamp in the middle by the mount bracket. Now you have a strong reinforced stock pipe for the cost of a piece of stainless steel and a clamp. Mine has not dented since, and its been thoroughly crash tested. (for R&D purposes only) The metal Honda uses for the outside of the can is a little stronger then a coke can.
  9. I was there, drove 4.5 hrs from NJ, camped Sat night and found out Sunday AM that the MAN was hassling people. It was a frantic scene at the start/bridge with all the cops and cop cars. No one would have had the nuts to ride the event because the cops were looking at bikes in trucks and telling the owners all of the things they will fine them for if they start up and ride, it would have been expensive for me. I spent about 80-100 dollars getting there, renting a spot at a campground, etc, not including entrance fees. I lost the whole weekend and did not get to ride on Sunday(that hurt more than the 100 bucks). You should have seen the faces in the other pickups headed south after getting the boot, lots of shell shocked, dejected souls. If the sherrif broke the law or bent the rules kicking us out, i'm in for a class action suit. Bring on the lawyers! (did I just say that?)
  10. Yea, what he said, they all suck!!! I do most if not all of my purchases mail order, and rely on the dealer in an emergency. My buddies who ride KTM's can always get parts, something like KTM makes dealers stock a certain amount of parts. These Jap companies sure have a few things to learn from the Austrians.
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    Total Gym: Anyone owned one?

    I used one for a couple of months while rehabbing my back in the physical therapists office. He liked using it in his practice because its equipment that is hard to hurt yourself on when working by yourself. I thought it was a good all around piece and one I would buy if I had the room. I'm not sure of the model he had though. I also would get one just because Cindy Brinkley is so fu*?+**n hot in those commercials.
  12. Too hot and sticky to ride???? Say it ain't so man! Is there a valve mediacation I can take to stop thinking about it? They came out with it a few years ago, I think there calling it Prozac. Sorry Huffa, you set yourself up and I couldn't resist. :D
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    Two questions. . .

    I do know however, when a gauge can't fit. That's a no-brainer! [quote} Well there you have it!
  14. My cam sprocket mark is slightly high 2-3 mm at TDC. It's always been that way and my timing is correct....
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    steering damper or no steering damper

    A damper helps to inspire confidence and an aggressive riding posture in both tight technical and high speed terrain, they are also great for riding ruts and whoops. Dampers help to compensate for some mistakes and also help with fatigue at the end of long races. I got my Scotts 4 years ago and I love it, they are all expensive but worth every penny.
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