A Burner is Born

For the last year, I have been riding a 2013 Turner Burner.  Dave Turner brought the Burner name back to the line-up with his version of a 650b “all-mountain” do-it-all bike. He carried over many of the things he developed with the DW 5-Spot and created a real master piece in the new 650b wheel size.

I was a little hesitant to jump ship and hop on the 650b bandwagon, but all of those hesitations were laid to rest the day I took the Burner to the trails.  This bike does everything better compared to my TNT 5 Spot – it really isn’t even a fair comparison.  My first thought was it felt like my 5 Spot on steriods!  The DW link keeps the rear end less active when you need it to be, the larger wheel size rolls over obstacles substantially better and I find myself centered inside the cock-pit compared to the feeling of being on top of my older 5 Spot – this probably has to do with the slightly longer top tube length and the longer wheel base.

The Burner is faster in every way compared to my previous Turner.  In 2012, I raced Bike Monkey’s annual Annadel XC race – just the short course, 22 miles.  My 2012 time on the TNT 5 Spot was 2:38:55.  The following year I rode the Burner and came through with a time of 2:12:46 on a slightly longer course.  I had also ridden much less in the beginning of 2013 (I was actually in better shape in 2012).  The DW link played a huge roll in this increase in speed as well as the larger wheel size which inspired me to push myself on descents.  If you are a Turner rider and are still riding a TNT or older style frame, I highly recommend making the switch to one of the more recent DW designs.  The pay off will be noticeable.

Here are some pics below of the frame being built and the Burner being taken on its first ride.

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below: After I realized PUSH does not customize the bare-bones CTD rear shock, I emailed Turner and had them upgrade me to the Kashima CTD rear shock which I then immediately mailed to PUSH.  I also installed PUSH’s super-slick frame bushings which significantly reduce stiction at all the frame pivot points.  Here are a few pics of the install.

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above: To separate the links, thread in a bolt (headless screw shown as well) with the same size threads as the stock bolt and give it a light tap.  You can use the stock bolt to do this, but I like the bolt I tap to be threaded completely into the link to ensure the threads are not damaged in any way – so I purchased a longer bolt.

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above: I discovered a little dry patch of grease from the factory.  Ooops!

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above: If you don’t have a press to press in the bushings, place something flat against the bushing and tap that object so you don’t directly hammer on the bushing itself.

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Fix Your GPS.com and Barfly 3.0 MTB Review

Like many, my Garmin Edge 305 recently started to suffer from the common battery issue that causes the unit to shut off during bumpy and harsh conditions. I’m not sure exactly what the issue is, but thankfully Dan W., founder of fixyourgps.com does.  He does most of his business through eBay, but has a website that is worth checking out as well. There you can see a list of all the repairs he does as well as what Garmin models he services. If your repair is not listed, shoot him an email and he may be able to help you out!

Click here to visit fix your GPS.com!!!

I used his website to complete the transaction since the alternative was giving eBay business – a site I become less and less fond of each year.  Since its return, the unit has been working flawlessly.  Dan even through in a free USB rubber cover to keep dirt and dust out of the data/chargerport.  This has been missing from the unit ever since I purchased it used several years ago.

To test the unit, I took it on a ride in Annadel State Park, since it was here where it turned off more than 4 times during my last ride there (Bike Monkey’s Annadel XC race).  No issues!  In fact, I haven’t had any shut-offs on any of the numerous rides I’ve recorded since the repair. Thanks fixyourgps.com!!! The turn around time was less than 48 hours, and I was back up and riding without missing any rides.

Before I decided to send my faulty Garmin 305 to fixyourGPS.com, I contemplated upgrading to a newer model.  One of the perks of this upgrade would have been the aftermarket mounts that allow much more flexibility in securing the unit to the bike.  My current ride has an 80mm stem which does not allow for the 305 to mount directly to it. This left me mounting the 305 to the handle bar, leaving it susceptible to damage from crashes or hits.

As much as I love to spend money on new bike gear, I couldn’t bring myself to spend hundreds to upgrade on features I really don’t need.  While the 305 is simple, it does everything I currently need in a GPS computer.  Discovering Tatelabs’ Bar Fly MTB 3.0 mount coupled with SRAM’s Quick View Adapter made the decision that much easier!

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above: The Bar Fly MTB 3.0 gives you the appearance of a stem mounted GPS while completely by-passing the stem as the mounting point.  Regardless of stem length or height, the Bar Fly can adjust to the right angle you need and center the GPS over the stem.  It is made in America and weighs in at 17 grams.  31.8mm bars required!

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below: The SRAM Quick View adapter has a Garmin slide adapter on one side and a quarter turn adapter on the other side.  It allows you to mount your older Garmins to a variety of mounts made for the 1/4 turn style mount.  Each side snaps firmly into place and fits snug with zero slop.  I’ve been using this set-up trouble free for nearly 6 months now.

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Best Beer in the Country?

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Vinnie Cilurzo has been brewing world class beers at Russian River Brewery since 1997. His quest for clean full flavored beers has elevated his work to world acclaim and a cult like following.  Once a year in February, people from all over the world line up at his brewery early in the morning to get a taste of Pliny the Younger – a beer often rated at the top of any beer chart you’ll see.  Pliny the Younger is a triple I.P.A. with an A.B.V. of 11%.  Is it the best beer in the country?  Many will tell you YES!  It got this praise a few years ago from Beer Advocate and it has been nearly impossible for most to try ever since.

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above: We made it to the brewery at around 9:30am the Monday following Super Bowl Sunday.  The line was surprisingly short and we made it into the brewery with the first group of patrons that were seated.  The above photo actually shows the line when we left the brewery at around 1:30pm.  It was still a block deep and growing.

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above: After only waiting 90 minutes, our group of 4 was seated.  The PTY banner reminded you what you were waiting for just in case the lengthy wait made you forget.

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above: The board was looking fresh and clean with a recent overhaul for PTY week.  The brewery was also well stocked with schwag and bottled beer to go.

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above: The Younger came in 10 oz. pours with a 3 limit per customer.  At 11am in the morning with an empty stomach, this 11% beer hit hard!

below: PTY was a deep golden color with a huge hop flavor.  It was so well balanced and smooth that the flavor of alcohol was nearly non existent.

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above: After my PTY limit, I had a Supplication and split a flight with some friends.  To my surprise, PTY had a very similar flavor palate to Blind Pig.

below: Each end of the flight was my favorite part.  Sours to hops!

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Best beer in the country?  I’m not one to choose favorites and make drastic claims, but after having PTY this past year, it is no surprise to see it at the top of multiple best beer lists.

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