2019 Trek Remedy 9.8

2019 Trek Remedy 9.8

So let’s get down to business.  I took delivery on my new Remedy back in February but the trails didn’t dry out enough to ride until about 3 weeks ago.  I now have 7 trail rides under my belt on her and I’d say that’s enough to make an initial review.  For the first time ever I went with the more vibrant color scheme rather than the subdued version which means I opted for the Miami Green vs the Matte Gravel.  The latter of the two choices was just too unremarkably blah for me so for once, I went loud.  I regret nothing.  Incidentally though, the finish was damaged by the rack I bought for my road trip vehicle and I’m pretty pissed about that.  Lesson learned...get a platform/wheel dish rack and NOT a hanging rack that contacts the frame if you have high dollar bikes.  Anyway…

            I’ll cover the following things in this review: Sizing and Fit, Climbing, Descending, and Cornering.

...oh no you didn't!

...oh no you didn't!

I think it’s time for a reminder.  There is actually a system of trail etiquette that was established many moons ago for the sport of mountain biking.  Actually, not so much just for the sport of mountain biking as much as for all trail users so that we can all get along with minimal conflict….

Pedal me this...

Pedal me this...

Well as some of you may know, I made the switch to flat pedals about a month or so ago and I've ridden at least three days a week on them ever since. I'd say I've got a solid base of research to decide which I like better.

There is a lot of information online that you can easily get overwhelmed with and I'm not going to go into that. I WILL say that I support the information provided by James Wilson of MTB strength training. He has an extensive piece on flats vs clipless but I'm not going to throw all of that in the mix here. You can go see that for yourself.

Bottom line up front…

To Tube or not to Tube

To Tube or not to Tube

I've always been skeptical of tubeless because the fix action in the event of a tubeless fail is to put a tube in it. Benefits are supposedly less weight, and the ability to run lower tire pressures. What I've learned though is that the trade off is more maintenance and having to air up your tires every 3-4 rides. When I rode tubes, the only time I had an issue was when I actually got a flat...

POINT YOUR PELVIS

POINT YOUR PELVIS

It’s hard to compare to the feeling of riding a mountain bike in the woods downhill at speed.  It’s exhilarating…it’s mildly risky…it’s definitely an adrenaline pumping experience…and then there’s a turn…*sigh*

If you can relate to that paragraph, this post might help you.  I have ridden with many a friend who are better riders than me on many levels but the only thing I seem to be able to adequately hold my own on is downhills…especially downhills with tight corners.  I’m going to share my strategies that I’ve learned that allow me to corner quickly. 

2016 Nomad review

2016 Nomad review

Sooooooo today (September 4th, 2016) was the first ride on the Nomad on my home trails. Yesterday was all shuttle assisted gravity riding and the bike was exactly what I expected it to be...A BEAST!!!!!

Today was the true test though. I had to earn my turns by pedaling up. I was thrilled to discover that this bike climbs amazingly well. The 65 degree head tube angle is just a number on paper...it did not hinder this bike's climbing handling at all for me. I was mildly worried that tight uphill turns were going to be cumbersome but...

Size Matters

Size Matters

First off...manufacturer size recommendations are general guidelines. DON'T buy a bike based on those size recommendations WITHOUT actually going into a shop and riding the bike unless you are absolutely positive that it is the size you need. Ideally, you should demo the bike on your local trail(s) but if that's not possible RIDE THE BIKE before you buy it...and not just the parking lot...

Sunrise & Sunset

Handy tool to help you plan a ride.

Sunrise and Sunset times are self explanatory but civil twilight is the number to pay more attention to if you're worried about having enough light to ride.

The duration of time between sunset and civil twilight is typically a span of 30-40 minutes, so once sunset has occurred you still have quite a bit of daylight left to get back to the trail-head.

Check out the link below to search for Sunrise & Sunset times in your area.
https://www.timeanddate.com/sun/usa/spokane