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PLC07 dbaker's article
Apr 20, 2016 at 4:41
Apr 20, 2016
The Bakery: Are Trolls Eroding Our Culture?
You can't just make shitty unreliable brakes for nearly a decade and then be angry because bitter people piss on your new product release parade. Or create a new standard by adding/removing a millimeter here and there and wonder why there is a backlash when we've been against frivolous standards for years (and we know you got your ducks in a row 2-3 years ahead of time anyway). Or make expensive tires that fall apart on the first day riding them and wish people don't complain. Or sue small bike makers and expect it to go unnoticed. Or have bad customer service and hope people trust you. This whole article (and most others) circumvents the real issue here; there is a cause (dissatisfied people) and a consequence (bad publicity). They're trying to squelch the angry mob without addressing the problem. I got bad news for them; as much as you'd like it, the consequences to your actions will not go away if you refuse to solve the cause. And if you believe it is a viable strategy, then I've got a bridge to sell you...
PLC07 dbaker's article
Apr 19, 2016 at 4:47
Apr 19, 2016
The Bakery: Are Trolls Eroding Our Culture?
Trolling is getting people mad for the sake of getting people mad. They revel in attention and they get it by pushing your buttons. Flaming is insulting people because you can. There is a little bit of both on PB but not all that much. You can't start calling people names just because they disagree with you. You're not a troll because you're fed up with this month's new standard and you aren't a ludite because you aren't jumping on the latest hype train. A healthy dose of skepticism and critical thinking has never been a bad thing. I agree the the conversation level isn't as great as it could be but to me it is better than being stuck with politically correct statements that never rub people the wrong way, or no comments at all. There are lots of "opinion" editorials these days trying to calm down the angry mob but I don't think it is going to work. Pinkbike, or the bike industry, isn't the only place this is happening. This is 2016, things got a lot more transparent in the last 20 years as people have access to more information than ever. they're starting to see through the shady stuff. Business/political models based on screwing people aren't as opaque anymore. This isn't going away, You WILL get called on your bullshit and if you want to stay relevant, you'll have to deliver or die. I really do not see this as a bad thing at all. If everyone seem to hate what you do, take a look at yourself before blaming it on everybody else.
PLC07 dbaker's article
Apr 19, 2016 at 4:18
Apr 19, 2016
The Bakery: Are Trolls Eroding Our Culture?
Protour kept on bashing the spesh's demo almost daily back when Gwin had a hard time, then disappeared when Gwin started doing great again. As much as I disagreed with deeeight, I still thought his input was valuable.
PLC07 vernonfelton's article
Apr 18, 2016 at 4:13
Apr 18, 2016
The Impossible Bike: Carbon Built Here in the USA - Sea Otter 2016
I bought my locally hand made Devinci because it supports local workers. It was a bit more expensive than some other options made oversea but it was well worth it. Not only customer service is better/faster but if you believe better jobs, a better economy and a better environment are important things, sometimes you'll have to walk the walk, even if it implies spending a bit more.
PLC07 RichardCunningham's article
Apr 16, 2016 at 22:13
Apr 16, 2016
Norco Optic - First Ride
@DirtMcGuirk07: how many people have 12k-14k$ to put on a bike though? Unless you're mountain biking in some place like monaco, I'd say those bike are still unicorn-rare. Lightness does help, but geometry/suspension has much more of an impact on ride qualities than weight does.
PLC07 RichardCunningham's article
Apr 16, 2016 at 5:47
Apr 16, 2016
Norco Optic - First Ride
@dgeahry: 160mm bike let you ride trails who once were "true DH" but the opposite is also true. Long endurance efforts seem to be my bane. While bikes being more capable by the year does make it easier on rough terrain at the cost of developing skills, it also means I can sacrifice travel to get a more efficient bike and still be able to kick ass on the way down... Which brings us back to riding the same terrain with smaller bikes argument. It also means that we are getting nearer and nearer of the mythical beast that is the quiver killer. I'm not much of a half-full glass type of guy when it comes to the bike industry but I like where things are headed when it comes to bike capability. I once went the way of having a bike for most disciplines and I really prefer having a jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none kind of bike in the end. More flexible and cost/time efficient.
PLC07 RichardCunningham's article
Apr 14, 2016 at 13:47
Apr 14, 2016
Norco Optic - First Ride
I find it funny when they imply that travel is affected by trends, as if my local trails get a yearly overhaul.
Apr 10, 2016 at 16:55
Apr 10, 2016
PLC07 pinkbikeaudience's article
Apr 10, 2016 at 16:50
Apr 10, 2016
Finals Results - Lourdes DH World Cup 2016
The vast majority of PBers were all aboard the spesh hype train until Sam Hill stopped winning and then Gwin took the torch on the Session. Then everybody was drinking the session coolaid and were aboard the spesh hate train (dem short chainstays) until gwin started winning on the new demo.
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