Choosing A Mountain Bike

Written by Andrew Caxton

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Top Bikes, Top Money.

If you want whatrepparttar professionals ride you will have to pay a lot of money a professional MTB. As with road bike atrepparttar 141154 top ofrepparttar 141155 range, you can specify what you want to build up your dream bike. Top bikes frames to spend your money on could be Klien, Scott, Rocky Mountain, Gary Fisher, Santa Cruz and K2; these are some ofrepparttar 141156 most sought after bike frames inrepparttar 141157 world and would berepparttar 141158 envy of your friends. Probablyrepparttar 141159 best forks to put on your frame would be RockShox SIDís these are light and do allrepparttar 141160 things you need with control of all functions, there are many other to also to consider, look at how much travel they have andrepparttar 141161 rebound and damping systems. Gears again will be either SRAM or Shimano Rapid fire, XT or XTR, more money could be spent on carbon or very light alloy cranks,repparttar 141162 brakes should be hydraulic discs from Hayes, Pace or Magura or stick torepparttar 141163 trusted V-bakes. Wheels from Shimano or Mavic or some fancy carbon wheels, but remember they will have to take a lot of punishment, so maybe better to go for reliability over light weight expense. Carbon handle bars, stem and seat pin and a light weight race saddle and Time or Shimano SPD clipless pedals, then your choice of tires will depend on what terrain and ground conditions you are going to ride on.

And Downhilling?

Downhill bikes are very different, more like a cross country motor bike, but withoutrepparttar 141164 engine, low center of gravity and a lot of travel onrepparttar 141165 suspension onrepparttar 141166 forks andrepparttar 141167 rear end, disc brakes, wide rims and fat tires, gears are only atrepparttar 141168 back as usually a single chain set is used. Unless your going to do a lot of downhill racing then there isnít much point in buying one as you have to get uprepparttar 141169 hill first before you can come down and as light weight is not an issue with downhill bikes, they are very heavy to get up hill with outrepparttar 141170 use of a tow rope or a ski lift.

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Trailering and Towing your Pontoon Boat

Written by Thomas Holley

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When you've arrived safely at your destination, don't despair. Most boaters hate and fearrepparttar launching of their boats more than anything else. When you think about it though, as drivers, we're usually taught to keep our vehicles as far fromrepparttar 141036 water as possible. The important thing to remember is that you're not alone. Once you drive up torepparttar 141037 ramp, you're probably in line with many others who are just as apprehensive as you are. Most fellow boaters won't mind lending a hand and a second set of eyes can make your launch a piece of cake. Since most boaters tend to hitrepparttar 141038 ramps in early morning and late afternoon, it's important that you launch quickly to avoid creating a back up. When you arrive at your destination, stop away fromrepparttar 141039 launch. Transferrepparttar 141040 necessary items from your vehicle and takerepparttar 141041 time to walk over and do a quick inspection ofrepparttar 141042 ramp itself. It's also a good idea to disconnect your trailer lights prior to moving torepparttar 141043 ramp. The lights don't last that long to begin with so by disconnecting them before you putrepparttar 141044 trailer inrepparttar 141045 water; you may be able to extendrepparttar 141046 life ofrepparttar 141047 bulbs. Before you approachrepparttar 141048 launch ramp you should prepare your pontoon or deck boat for launch. Park well away fromrepparttar 141049 ramp and transfer any and all items from your vehicle intorepparttar 141050 pontoon or deck boat. Walk over torepparttar 141051 ramp and inspectrepparttar 141052 surrounding area. A few important things to note are howrepparttar 141053 ramp lies in comparison torepparttar 141054 road and whether or not you'll need someone to guide you down. If you're alone, (which isn't ever recommended when you're onrepparttar 141055 water) ask someone to help you. You'll also want to check for any obstacles and whether or not there's a place to dock while you park your vehicle. When backing downrepparttar 141056 boat ramp,repparttar 141057 most important thing to remember is to take your time. Moving your hands torepparttar 141058 bottom ofrepparttar 141059 steering wheel will allow you to turnrepparttar 141060 wheel in such a way that your boat will followrepparttar 141061 same direction automatically. Boat ramps are often uneven. If you notice this, shift your approach a few feet to compensate. When your day ends, simply reverserepparttar 141062 procedure. The only thing that you need to remember when putting your boat back onrepparttar 141063 trailer is not to back up too far intorepparttar 141064 water. With a pontoon boat, it will load more easily ifrepparttar 141065 undercarriage is between 1/3 and 1/2 ofrepparttar 141066 way forward. Water inrepparttar 141067 tail pipe can also cause your tow vehicle to stall.

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