CleanZine

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CleanZine aliclarkson's article
Dec 24, 2012 at 12:30
Dec 24, 2012
Video: Clean 002
Ali was using Shimano Saint disc brakes for most of his section.
CleanZine aliclarkson's article
Dec 24, 2012 at 11:08
Dec 24, 2012
Video: Clean 002
In fairness, for a lot of pure trials moves in competitions, riding without brakes has taught me a lot. There are many instances where leaving your brakes off can make your bike more stable while you're setting up for moves, and can help your tyres grip the object better. I can't hook with brakes on, but I can with them off - it just improves your technique. To each their own though, and thanks for the comment about the video :)
CleanZine aliclarkson's article
Dec 24, 2012 at 11:04
Dec 24, 2012
Video: Clean 002
4. I'll clarify it again - I'm not saying this to deflect criticism of myself. Reading the incessant "Why is this VOD when he's not wearing a helmet? Think of the children, Pinkbike!" comments has irritated me for quite a while with how superficial they are, but this time being directly involved I feel more right to comment myself. As a last fun fact, I once got sent over the bars whilst riding and ended up using the corner of the object I was landing on to entirely flatten the bridge of my nose to my face. This also snapped my glasses, embedding one half of them in my eyebrow (for which I now have a scar - for those wondering, yes, having glasses, dark hair and a scar on my forehead did lead to many 'Harry Potter' comments). The whole time I was at the hospital getting my nose reset and my wounds stitched I was constantly berated for not wearing a helmet, despite the fact that I HAD been wearing one. Maybe in years to come a psychiatrist will attribute that experience to be the root cause for me not wearing one now ;)
CleanZine aliclarkson's article
Dec 24, 2012 at 11:04
Dec 24, 2012
Video: Clean 002
3. The type of riding I do is a niche within a niche within the small sphere of the bicycling world. I'm aware that the riding I do isn't 'cool' as it's generally low speed, not that impressive and is usually met with the classic "get a BMX" comments (thanks again for the proof, Pinkbike). Seeing as someone mentioned it, having been called the equivalent of a 'dufus' for simply riding a bike whether I do or don't have a helmet on, I imagine that it's the act of simply riding a bike in the manner I choose to that's going to formulate the general public's opinion of me rather than what I choose to wear. I enjoy the whole process of going out filming and working with riders to get clips they're happy with. I edit because I enjoy the challenge of doing it. I don't seek to get fame and fortune from doing it, and I don't seek to gain respect or admiration from people I will never meet or to try and get a 'Favs' number to rise. In relation specifically to this video, I'd imagine that the few riders likely to take inspiration from what I do will tend to be older, free-thinking riders who are therefore likely to be able to make their own decisions about whether they'd like to wear a helmet. I would imagine anyone will a mind malleable enough to be made to not wear a helmet simply on the basis of seeing me not wear one would probably see Ali's section - which is ridiculous - and see him doing bigger, more impressive tricks whilst also wearing a helmet. I'm under no illusions as to the level of my riding, and as such I'd be very surprised if anyone impressionable enough to use me as a basis for their actions would even remember my riding - let alone what I am/am not wearing on my head - having seen Ali destroy everything in his path.
CleanZine aliclarkson's article
Dec 24, 2012 at 11:03
Dec 24, 2012
Video: Clean 002
2. If there was genuine concern then surely wearing a helmet incorrectly or wearing a helmet that isn't safe should cause comment too? Flipp's helmet strap can be seen swinging around showing that it's not really doing much, and Ali's helmet is specifically worn by many riders - both pro and am alike - due to it not having the CPSC certified hard inner and therefore having a lower profile. If this crusade is going to continue it seems like it'd make more sense to promote general helmet safety and usage rather than simply making it into a black-and-white 'Helmet vs. No Helmet' issue. Helmet safety doesn't end the moment any helmet fits over your head; lulling yourself into a false sense of security through the use of an ill-fitting or ill-constructed helmet is a problem too, and - again - if there was genuine concern then it seems that these issues should be being brought up too. As some more constructive feedback to try and further the efficacy of the "Helmet Crusade", attempting to belittle people who choose to not wear helmets by describing them as being 'idiots', doing it to 'look cool', and all the other usual 'reasons' do nothing more than to alienate the people who aren't wearing helmets and make those pushing for their usage to look massively out of touch. I'm not going to explain why I don't here because essentially I'm aware that I'm deluding myself with my justifications or preference for not wearing one, but to try and suggest that I'm doing it to 'look cool' would imply that when I went out riding on my own with no-one around that I'd instantly wear one as I didn't have the pressure of trying to 'look cool'. This isn't the case. Similarly, I don't film, edit and upload videos to gain 'respect'.
CleanZine aliclarkson's article
Dec 24, 2012 at 11:03
Dec 24, 2012
Video: Clean 002
Apparently this is too long for posting in one go, so apologies for the formatting… 1 Do you feel "irresponsible" for Ali riding in a non-CPSC certified helmet (the Protec Lasek Classic), proven to offer over 10 times less protection than a CPSC certified helmet? What about feeling "irresponsible" for Flipp wearing a helmet that doesn't fit him well due to the padding in it and the fact he has the main strap super loose (if you check the '002 B-Sides' edit you'll see Flipp's helmet move on his head when he's lying on his back, proving it won't offer much protection for certain falls and in some could actually make a neck injury more serious)? I'm not trying to deflect criticism from myself, as clearly wearing a helmet is better than no helmet at all. However, I do find it 'interesting' - for want of a better word - how the 'Helmet debate' is portrayed on here. The wording used and the sentiments expressed appear to be mainly an attempt to posture rather than actually informing or trying to change people's attitudes.
CleanZine aliclarkson's article
Dec 24, 2012 at 10:27
Dec 24, 2012
Video: Clean 002
Jissse - Ali is brakeless in quiet a few of those clips. Seems like you may want to open your eyes as well as your mind. Chris Akrigg had a brakeless trials video out something like 5 years ago now. It's nothing new...
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