I upgraded my laptop to Xubuntu 9.10. I use Xubuntu because it has a smaller footprint than the gnome based Ubuntu. They are the same except for the desktop environment. My laptop is a P3 600mhz with 256MB RAM. I use it for most of my posts and web browsing. I have not had many problems, but I do not use any encryption. I use the laptop mostly as a dumb netbook. The laptop was given to me, so I can’t complain.
Fall sucks for mountain biking. Can’t ride the trails because the weather is too wet. At least in winter the ground freezes.
I have been beaten fair and square.
Honking big chainring Via Bike Hacks.
In the spirit of added bling, I couldn’t pass up the crank set on the left. It matches the one on the right which is the stock crank from my Kingfisher 1 freeride bike. The one I bought for $20 has bash/36/24 rings while the stock crank and the set on my bike now (Race Face Evolve DH) both have bash/32/22. I couldn’t even buy the bash for $20! I plan to switch out the rings soon.
The “King Earl” is Bontrager/Trek/Gary Fisher’s Freeride stuff. These use a Truvativ Howitzer bottom bracket. I think they are comparable to the Hozfeller crank. I haven’t put many miles on these cranks, but I am very fond of my Race Face Evolve DH cranks. They are two piece, and are stiff as all getout. I plan to transplant the rings on my ride.
Another possibility would be to change the drive side for DH races. Hopefully I will have time tomorrow.
My pride and joy. Gary Fisher Kingfisher 1. Seven inches of squishy goodness, front and rear. Raced, and riden at Highland.
The drivetrain: SRAM X-0, except for the front deraileur which is Shimano XT. The Blackspire Stinger is my latest addition. I haven’t ridden it hard yet, but I plan to tomorrow.
In the search for mad big and numerous gears this is the king: SRAM Dual Drive.
It is a internal 3 speed hub with the capacity to accept an 8 or 9 speed cassete for a total max of 27 gears. When added with a standard triple on the crank you get 81 gears!
Now if they only made a hammershmidt with a double or triple on it.
Sheldon Brown was the big dog. I remember pining over his collected wisdom. I found an article that was indirect inspiraton (I read it a long time ago).
Here he details his 63 speed wonder: http://sheldonbrown.com/otb.html