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Old November 21st, 2013, 08:40 PM
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My 'holiday' gift wish list .. Made in US ( or Canada )

I'm not for rejecting products made in a particular country but I am for promoting products made in the country I live and earn my living.

How about posting a wish list of gifts for whatever holiday or birthday you celebrate ... With the caveat that they are made in America ( or Canada ) reflecting the NAS vehicle distribution.?

I'd like a set of snap-on metric wrenches please!
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Old November 21st, 2013, 08:59 PM
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Interesting to see what everybody can come up with on this one. I have read mix things on what all is made in NA from snap on.

Going to hard to find large companies that have not moved some portion of there product over seas.
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Old November 21st, 2013, 09:27 PM
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Old November 21st, 2013, 09:43 PM
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I'd like a set of snap-on metric wrenches please!
Definitely a good purchase. If you need some nice SAE wrenches, I'd recommend a Bahco set. IIRC they are made by JH Williams and Bahco is a subsidiary of Snap On. They are by far the most comfortable to use, and a great value.

http://www.amazon.com/Bahco-75-83701...bahco+wrenches

------ Follow up post added November 21st, 2013 10:13 PM ------

EDIT: Not such a great value, I paid $45 for mine a few years ago. For $210, you may as well just get some Snap On wrenches.
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Old November 21st, 2013, 10:26 PM
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Kind of early for you to be celebrating. Its a long time till May day.

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Milla Jovovich please...the younger version before she had the kid and got all committed!
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Milla Jovovich please...the younger version before she had the kid and got all committed!
She doesn't do it for me.
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Old November 22nd, 2013, 08:16 AM
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She doesn't do it for me.
Man in the photos you picked she looks like Justin Bieber...

Try these....
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I'll take a set of 35" Super Swampers!

Based in Louisiana, some made in Ohio? I think they went through bankruptcy a few years ago though so I bet they are made in China/India now.
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Pie in the sky?

I will take a Ventana Alpino. Custom geometry, great company, and sexy, sexy welds.
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Custom fit Whites Boots. Logger 10" no caulks.
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Old November 22nd, 2013, 10:33 AM
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I will take a Ventana Alpino. Custom geometry, great company, and sexy, sexy welds.
Ventana make some sweet rigs. What would you do differently with the geo?

I got a 2010/2011 Turner 5 Spot a couple months ago but just recently finished building it (needed a thru axle rear wheel and new brakes). One good thing about good frames is you can buy them with a couple years worth of use and get them for an affordable price. And if you don't mind 26" you can get them even cheaper/easier now, since they are supposed to be dead.

http://www.turnerbikes.com/2013-turn...odels/fivespot

I try to run as much Made in USA product on my bikes as possible. ODI make their grips here. Profile Racing has made great stuff in FL since the '70's. I think Fox make their bike shocks here too.

How about made in UK stuff? I love the CNC'd awesomeness from Hope. And I need to get a front M4 brake: http://www.hopetech.com/page.aspx?itemID=SPG28

Last year I got myself a Gnu Riders Choice for Xmas/Birthday. Made in the US near Canada: http://www.gnu.com/about/

SmartWool and Darn Tough make socks in the US. Darn Tough is Made in VT which is even better :D

I've been wanting a good pair of dress boots. Maybe Wolverine's 1,000 mile boot.

And maybe a logger/work boot: http://www.americanmadeworkboots.com/

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Damn, those look like some well built boots. The snow boots looks insane!
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Ventana make some sweet rigs. What would you do differently with the geo?

I got a 2010/2011 Turner 5 Spot a couple months ago but just recently finished building it (needed a thru axle rear wheel and new brakes). One good thing about good frames is you can buy them with a couple years worth of use and get them for an affordable price. And if you don't mind 26" you can get them even cheaper/easier now, since they are supposed to be dead.
Yeah, 26" is not dead. Never will be. 29" was supposed to kill it off and that still has not happened. In all honesty, I would take a 26" just as fast. The 5 spot is a seriously nice frame.

For geo, I just do not fit most mountain bikes comfortably. XLs are usually a little too small or the reach is huge in order to accommodate a longer seat post tube. Something that is nibble but still is comfortable to ride is hard to find for me (long legs, shortish torso, long arms). Ventana has that custom program where they will take your stack and reach measurements at their place and a short while later, it is tailor made for you. Yes, that would ruin resale (if you go full disclosure) but I usually keep my stuff so that is not too much of an issue.

I stopped XC and started racing TT on the road. Just traded my Cervelo P2C TT bike for a carbon Litespeed to do more road riding. I have been thinking about building up another bike to replace my Trek Remedy. Its a great frame but not the best fitting. It was the best that I could find. If I knew Ventana did custom, I would have gone straight to them first.

I second Hope brakes. I have a set of Mono minis that I have beaten the crap out of and they still grab tight. Better feel than anything else I have tried. The 4 piston set ups are nice but I do not DH so would be more for frame jewelry than actual need.
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Yeah, 26" is not dead. Never will be. 29" was supposed to kill it off and that still has not happened. In all honesty, I would take a 26" just as fast. The 5 spot is a seriously nice frame.

For geo, I just do not fit most mountain bikes comfortably. XLs are usually a little too small or the reach is huge in order to accommodate a longer seat post tube. Something that is nibble but still is comfortable to ride is hard to find for me (long legs, shortish torso, long arms). Ventana has that custom program where they will take your stack and reach measurements at their place and a short while later, it is tailor made for you. Yes, that would ruin resale (if you go full disclosure) but I usually keep my stuff so that is not too much of an issue.

I stopped XC and started racing TT on the road. Just traded my Cervelo P2C TT bike for a carbon Litespeed to do more road riding. I have been thinking about building up another bike to replace my Trek Remedy. Its a great frame but not the best fitting. It was the best that I could find. If I knew Ventana did custom, I would have gone straight to them first.

I second Hope brakes. I have a set of Mono minis that I have beaten the crap out of and they still grab tight. Better feel than anything else I have tried. The 4 piston set ups are nice but I do not DH so would be more for frame jewelry than actual need.
Sounds like an "off the shelf" frame don't work well. If an XL is small you must be pretty tall! I grew up racing BMX so 26" wheels are plenty for me. I also run 2.5's rubber and combined with the 160mm of travel it rides plenty smooth. I try to seek out jumps/stunts/skinnies/etc so the 26" is a good wheel size for that. The Turner has been great. It's funny, walking it out to the truck it feels huge/tall but when I get on it, it is tight and nimble. It's definitely rekindled riding trail vs the dirt jumps. I'm 215 dry so the Hope's are certainly needed :D

BTW, Road riding scares the shit out of me
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Old November 22nd, 2013, 11:42 AM
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Great bikes but I am spoiled by full suspension. I do not think I will ever go back to riding hardtail.

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Sounds like an "off the shelf" frame don't work well. If an XL is small you must be pretty tall! I grew up racing BMX so 26" wheels are plenty for me. I also run 2.5's rubber and combined with the 160mm of travel it rides plenty smooth. I try to seek out jumps/stunts/skinnies/etc so the 26" is a good wheel size for that. The Turner has been great. It's funny, walking it out to the truck it feels huge/tall but when I get on it, it is tight and nimble. It's definitely rekindled riding trail vs the dirt jumps. I'm 215 dry so the Hope's are certainly needed :D

BTW, Road riding scares the shit out of me
Yeah, it didnt. I am not even really that tall. I am only 6'3" but my legs are long so frames are usually a compromise. There is nothing that I have ridden where the reach to the bars was right. The top tubes are either too short (meaning a long stem is needed and tall riser bars) or too long with too short of a stem.

Road riding scares me as well so I pick and choose where I am willing to ride. People around here hardly look for other cars. They never notice a bike. This time last year, I was riding 40k in an hour. Not so much now since giving up TT and going to more sane, relaxed riding.
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