KEEP ’EM CAPPED
I’ve been reading MBA for over 20
years and never understood your perpetual recommendation to forgo valve-stem caps. With low tire-pressure
measurements so critical with tubeless
setups, sidewall finger plinking is not
adequate. Digital gauges are best,
but do you really want to blast dirt and
grime in their delicate sensors from a
dirty valve stem, or chew up the O-rings in your pump head? I don’t. I use
nifty anodized aluminum units.
They’re a subtle accent on my ENVE
wheels, weigh next to nothing and
keep things clean. Given the caps’
obvious benefits, there is no logical reason not to use them, according
Finally got a chance to demo a 27er.
Now I understand why the 26er
crowd (and in many cases the 29er
crowd) seems a little defensive.
Los Gatos, California
JUST SO YOU KNOW
Just for your clarification, the Trek
Fuel EX 9 on your cover does not
have 27-inch wheels on it. Just saying.
NOT ON MY TRAILS
I have yet to see a 27-inch-wheeled
bike on any of the trails I ride. Is this
the wheel revolution that is never
going to happen?
El Cajon, California
Rare sight: If we see
this bike on our trail, we
hope we’re riding it.
Level 2 exam: Okay, tough guys, figure
out who this downhill pioneer is.
A n s w e r: M o u ntain Bik e H all of F a m er
Tinker? Ned? Wiens? Your rider IQ
test (in the February 2013 “Hardtales”)
was way too easy. Throw something
tougher at us next time, like photos of
riders who finished between fifth and
10th place at last year’s National
Championships. Now that would be a
I switched to a 29er after riding a
26er for 30 years. I decided after
doing a lot of reading, demo rides
and talking to riders. The 29er fits
my style, but every rider needs to
read, research, demo ride and ask
lots of questions before making a
decision on wheel size. Make sure
the bike fits you too. Don’t let anybody talk you into a bike that is not
for you. I am soon to be 62, and I
live in central Vermont. When bike
season is here, I ride at least four
days a week. Just love to ride the
mountains here in Vermont.
I loved the shots of the Morris family, but at the same time I felt a certain disappointment. I could have
done the same thing with my three
sons, and I didn’t. I hope the publication of the Morris family photos will
inspire young dads not to miss out on
a similar opportunity.
CAN YOU WAIT 20 YEARS?
The photos of the Morris family 20
years apart (“Hardtales,” February
2013) are totally inspirational. I ride
with my two sons—Johnny who is 6
and Steve who is 9—and we already
have plans for a Colorado vacation
this summer. I am determined to
shoot a photo like the Morris family
did and then, God willing, take the
same photo in 2033. Let’s all hope we
are around to enjoy the result.