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Pikasam mikelevy's article
Oct 16, 2014 at 9:56
Oct 16, 2014
Opinion: Mountain Bike Movies - Are You Still Stoked?
Great article Mike, and right on. I'm the same with ski movies too - I can only take so many shots of steep faces in Alaska and urban rail jams before it all starts to look the same to me. I can't say that any mountain bike movie since "Follow Me" has really floated my boat. There's the odd segment that I'll think is really cool, but generally, it all just leaves me squirming in my seat. Whereas WC downhill, I'll watch live feed all morning ... I'm really liking some of the diary based vids I see on PB a lot more - Projeckt Roam being a fave.
Pikasam mikekazimer's article
Oct 3, 2014 at 7:00
Oct 3, 2014
Opinion: Do You Suffer From Bike Envy?
Ha ha ha, PLC. I did the same sort of numbers on what it cost me to snowboard a 23 day season a couple of years back. Yes, I bought a new board and new boots that season, but it worked out at $238 a day. So I consider mountain biking cheap in comparison! I love looking at expensive bikes, but with age comes realism, I'm not a good enough or frequent rider to justify having a $6000 or more bike in my garage (unless it has an engine). But it doesn't mean that I don't go out and have a smashing time on my low spec alu bikes most weekends in the summer.
Pikasam dbaker's article
Oct 2, 2014 at 7:32
Oct 2, 2014
Endless Biking: Where Have All the Ladies Gone?
I don't think the problem is the number of women riding. All summer, when I've been in the lift lines at the bike parks, probably close to 50% of the line has been women. So why don't they race? A lot of them fear getting injured, for sure. The biggest issue I come across talking to other girls is that they don't want to get hurt. The second biggest one is that they think they're not good enough, even though some of these girls are actually pretty skilled. Personally, my biggest fear is signing up for a race and finding I'm in way over my head when I get on course, and making an idiot of myself. I think Darlene's quote summed it up perfectly. "... it was clear that none of the first-time racers would have volunteered to race on their own, and that having a support network to train with and also race with was important in encouraging the girls to race." I'm someone who would actually race. Our local mountain here used to hold toonie races in the summer (they haven't held any since last year) and I would absolutely do those if they came back. If I lived in Whistler I would race Phat Wednesdays every chance I got. And if I had a crew I could hook up with every couple of weeks, or once a month, for coaching and racing, girls or guys, I'd sign up tomorrow. But I don't know if something like that even exists in Alberta. Maybe I should look harder at finding out. Racing isn't for everyone, for sure, but I think there's more girls out there that might be talked into it than you think. I suspect some formal coaching might be a big part of that - the success of Dirt Series is a great indicator that if women feel that they can learn in a supportive environment, at their own pace, and with the pressure off, they'll step up in a big way.
Sep 24, 2014 at 19:29
Sep 24, 2014
Pikasam leelau's article
Sep 22, 2014 at 8:47
Sep 22, 2014
Revelstoke's Martha Creek and MacPherson Trails Networks - Part 2
Revy was somewhere I used to blow past on the way to somewhere else. Not any more. Super cool little town, and awesome riding.
Pikasam mikekazimer's article
Sep 19, 2014 at 10:40
Sep 19, 2014
Pinkbike Poll: How Often Do You Service Your Suspension Fork?
I'd heard that's a good thing to do for a few minutes before you ride, but not for storage. I'll have to remember that.
Pikasam rachellefrazer's article
Sep 11, 2014 at 13:16
Sep 11, 2014
Hey Ladies! Interbike 2014
... or baby blue, or frigging white. Who designs anything for a mountain bike in white? Those Dakine Mode shorts look the biz - they fit great, and that mustard is a sensible colour without being same old same old. I'll be looking for those next season.
Pikasam mikekazimer's article
Aug 25, 2014 at 9:01
Aug 25, 2014
Airborne Toxin - Review
Kainem has a point. My Kona Operator came with the same suspension spec ... $150 later for a brand new World Cup Air and $250 for a mint Domain RC, it's now a 100% better ride.
Pikasam natedh9's article
Aug 24, 2014 at 11:06
Aug 24, 2014
Finals Photo Epic - Meribel DH World Cup 7
I watched Connor Fearon's run yesterday, and was thinking when he got to the motorway at the end how much different his result might have been had he been on a bigger wheeled bike. He rode a great race, and I'm looking forward to what he does if they give him a 27.5 Process next year.
Pikasam pinkbikeaudience's article
Aug 21, 2014 at 10:37
Aug 21, 2014
Results: World Cup Round 7 Meribel - Timed Training
I agree. The racing this year has been phenomenal, it's been a breakout year for three or four riders (Manon, Josh, Troy, Blenki, and the return of Sam Hill), and having a brand new track for this last race will make it a spectacle for sure. I am going to be glued to my computer this weekend.
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