My trusty RockShox Recon Silver had one broken bushing as shown in my previous post. I believed that the bushings could not be changed as 2011 Recon (Silver) manual says so, but then I heard that they could be replaced and looked into 2013 manual which did not contain the info, that lower legs should be replaced after bushing wear.
I then tried to reason between running it with the broken bushing until it breaks, taking it to local shop for bushing replacement or buying new bushing and trying to fix it by myself.
The little engineer/mechanic in me took over and soon I was googling how the bushing could be replaced. I finally found a post on mtbr.com forums that had some good stuff written by username bad mechanic . So I ordered new 32mm bushings and started gathering materials for the tools.
M12 washer seemed to be properly oversized to make the extractor tool.
It is best to have as much light as possible when mountain biking in the dark. Mostly this means to have at least two reasonably powerful lamps, one in the handlebar and another in your helmet. The one in the handlebar should point pretty close to give you peripheral visibility in front of you while spotting the route ahead.
I wanted to have some easy mounting solution for my helmets and GoPro mount was an easy choice as I already had some mounts on my helmets. I started working with an J-buckle as it already has holes in it for easy screw attachments.
I then took a small piece of 20mm electrical tubing and attached it to the mount. First try revealed that there was a small clearance issue between the rubber band on the lamp and GoPro mount.
After using the 30T oval on my 29er hardtail, I was convinced of the benefits that the oval chain ring brings to mountain biking: easier to rotate the cranks (no stalling) and the added traction from the lack of pulsating power on climbs. On other situations I didn’t even take notice that I was riding oval chain ring, that’s how natural it is to pedal!
So I naturally wanted an oval chain ring to my newly acquired 26 inch Specialized Enduro Comp (2011).
We went to a dirt track after the last mtb group ride in local forest. This was my first time in actually built jumps, but luckily I had watched some videos in the internet. Most importantly I knew to lighten the front on the edge of the jump and then steer the front back down to landing while in air.