Idaho_Stas

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About Idaho_Stas

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    Idaho
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    Dirt Bikes; Snowmobiles; Wakeboarding/Boating/Waterskiing
  1. Switched to WD40 a several years ago and never looked back. Haven't noticed ANY difference in chain/sprocket wear or failure and save myself a bunch of time each time the bikes are cleaned. Even if I went through a chain/sprocket combo every couple of years, it would still be well worth it (in my opinion). I apply WD 40 after washing the bike (and drying the chain by taking the bike for a spin) and then again before I ride.
  2. Ditto and amen! I can't imagine riding the trees/offroad stuff we do without aluminum-reinforced hand guards. Yes it probably (slightly) increases the risk of getting a hand or arm stuck in a get-off... but I can't imagine it's much fun to have your hand, knuckles busted up every other ride either.
  3. Amen Brotha!!!
  4. 1. Live 2. Complete the Idaho City 100 3. Continue trophy streak in a desert hare & hound we do each year
  5. I'm a 33/34 in 'normal' pants and all of my mx gear is 36 or 38 (usually 36s). As far as brand preference (from experience), stay away from Fox... Klim, Thor (overpriced) and Moose all make top-quality off-road gear.
  6. Hemmingway Butte staging area on a crowded day cannot be beat for low cost entertainment at others expense. Just pull up your favorite foldable chair with your favorite beverage and watch the circus unfold. I won't let my kids ride out there (around the main parking lot) on a crowded day because of all of the idiots trying to impress (on both four and two wheels), but for pure entertainment value, you cannot beat it.
  7. Another strong and hearty for the SG-10s. I'm on my second pair and have never worn a more comfortable and solid boot. Although very pleased with the Gaerne's, I am tempted to try Sidi's for my next boot (just to see what all of the fuss is about), but when it comes time to lay the cash on the table, I really have ABSOLUTELY NO reason to move away from SG-10s... so I doubt I will.
  8. Spring break trip w/ family to southern Utah (south of Moab) for 5 days... - $700 or so in Diesel (Excursion pulling a loaded toy hauler at 9 - 11 mpg w/ diesel at $4.09/gallon -- YUCK!) - $120 or so for premium gas for 5 bikes and the generator - $300 or so for food and drinks (no alcohol... we're in Utah after all ;-) ... Great riding in sunny and warm (70s) weather in places where there was no cell phone coverage -- PRICELESS!
  9. One more quick point... if you are looking to save a little over retail but want a camera that is in good shape, check out the 'Buy & Sell' forum at www.fredmiranda.com. FM is frequented by serious amatuer and professional photographers and their Buy&Sell forum is MUCH more reliable and trustworthy than eBay. You can find Rebel XTi (10MP) and XT (8MP) bodies (some with kit lenses... others that come with just the body) there for good prices. Not saying everyone there is completely honest, but I've bought and sold equiptment there several times and have never had a bad experience. Good luck.
  10. FCR... you will love the 70-200. I have the Canon f/2.8 Image Stablized version of that lens and it is so fast it is literally difficult to take a bad shot if you have even basic shooting skills. Happy shooting:thumbsup:
  11. I strongly advise going the DSLR route (over point and shoot)... but be prepared to spend more than you want over time. You will soon find that the camara body is the 'cheap' (or at least inexpensive) part of the investement -- It's the high quality (Canon L-series) lenses that will really set you back (but they are what deliver truly stunning photos). When I took the DSLR plunge recently (having been into film SLR camera's for years... but then 'living with' point and shoot cameras during the transition to digital), I went with a Canon Rebel XTI. Great camera (that I would highly recommend), but I wanted a faster shooting speed for sports and wildlife, so I upgraded to the EOS 40D body (6 frames per second vs. 3 on the XTi). DSLRs will give you so much more flexibility and picture quality than point and shoot. It really depends on how much you want to get into photography and how important picture/image quality is to you. If you want to take photos every so often casually and don't care if you have great image quality... save yourself the money and go point and shoot. If you want more than that, get an entry-level DSLR (I'd recommend Canon or Nikon) and go from there. Happy shooting.
  12. 1. Unless he's way to big, put him in front of you on the 450; and 2. The suspensions on those 50s will surprise you how much weight they can handle (I assume you are not jumping table tops w/ him )
  13. Get on the bike and ride with him. I ride with my kids at a young age (on my bike)... then when they start on bikes of their own, I'll ride on the back with them and work with them through the shifting transitions. Pretty quickly, both through hearing and through feel, they develop a sense for when to shift. Not sure it's an easy concept to teach by explaining... much easier to have them feel and hear the shifting points from an experienced rider.
  14. Props to you and your son. Until we all become active and positive ambassadors of the sport and the trails we ride, the riding we do will be in jeapordy.
  15. The only knee braces I've heard of being paid for by insurance companies are paid for AFTER the person is recovering/rehabbing from an ACL tear. I'm not aware of any insurance co's that are paying out to fund knee (or neck) braces as 'preventative'. When I tore my ACL a few years ago (snowmobiling), I could have had insurance foot the tab for a brace only for the knee I tore up. They wouldn't buy a pair of braces... so I told them to forget it and I bought a pair of Asterisk's myself.