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Spending $129 on a diagnostic test saved me from the worst of lung cancer. What is more horrible is that health insurance in the USA does not typically cover this test. …


Trying to read a newly found author’s stories and not having the ability to sort the articles by oldest first, thus following normal reading order. In contrast, the newest first…


I’m done. It is somewhat of a let down that I’m done. The shopping for components was fun if not a bit frustrating at times due to the global shortage of everything.

I initially ordered the frame the end of September 2020 and didn’t finish the last assembly until nearly…


Finished MTB. Just needs a name.

I’m at the fun stage now. Putting all of the components together. However, as I write this, I am missing a key component — the shifter. Apparently, SRAM GX shifters are a hot commodity, nobody has stock and it looks like 2 weeks out.

Starting with the bottom bracket and…


My custom mountain bike build is coming together, part by part

A new thing that I’m doing with this set of wheels on my MTB build is to go tubeless. Tubeless MTB wheels are the latest cool trend with many advantages over tubes, including decreased weight and the ability to run lower p.s.i. …


It has been a while. My last post was about a month ago. The biggest reason for slowing down is component stock. I cannot find both the derailleur and the shifter for SRAM Eagle GX in stock. To a large degree, this is also affecting other components, most notably wheels…


Things have been a bit slow on the part acquisition front as of late. Primarily, I wanted to slow down the cash flow a bit. Also, some of the drive train components are out of stock; or I’m waiting for the 2021 revisions.

I did score a couple of slightly…


Rear shock mounting and bushing parts

I’m not sure that I got the right bushing and mounting kit for my rear shock from TF Tuned. The package finally came after I installed it such that everything fit, I had some extra nylon parts.

The main bushing fit well and was the correct width, but since I had extra parts I feel like it was possibly the wrong kit. I’m probably going to send this blog article to TF Tuned and see if they can help me.

Here is what it looks like assembled. It it is very secure and no play at all.


Manitou R7 Expert MTB Fork

I finally pulled decided on a front fork. After purchasing the rear shock from Manitou, I decided to go with the R7 Expert Fork. With most purchasing decisions on this bike, I don’t have a lot of brand awareness or awareness of the capabilities of the equipment. My default assumption…


Manitou Mara rear shock

High on my list of components to finalize was the rear shock. Partially because the rear shock cool and part because I had a suspicion something was going to be difficult.

Let’s start with the frame. The specs provided by Light Carbon:

Mount 165*38mm or 40mm shocks get 100mm travel
(compatible…

Brian G

I am a designer specializing in interaction design, information architecture, UI architecture, patterns, and design systems. I also ride bicycles.

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