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amrskipro pinkbikeaudience's article
Oct 21, 2014 at 15:21
Oct 21, 2014
Ask Pinkbike: Remedy or Slash, Large frame - short stem, Should I Cut My DH Bar?
Every day we see way too many people running 780mm or 800 mm (the newer, cooler '780') because that is what's 'cool', or what their 6'2" mate says is good, or what their boyfriend runs or their dad runs. You get the idea. Body type, riding style and bike use determine what width handle bar should be on the bike. Even 10 mm can make an appreciable difference in handling especially if it is 10 mm too wide.
amrskipro pinkbikeaudience's article
Oct 21, 2014 at 15:18
Oct 21, 2014
Ask Pinkbike: Remedy or Slash, Large frame - short stem, Should I Cut My DH Bar?
Or/ and run a flat bar, cheaper than the buy/ sell loss.
Oct 20, 2014 at 10:24
Oct 20, 2014
amrskipro RichardCunningham's article
Oct 11, 2014 at 12:45
Oct 11, 2014
Pinkbike Poll: Should Enduro Transfer Stages Be as Tough as Pro XC Climbs?
Whistler is the only EWS round where the athletes are expected to do two days racing in one day. It could easily be re-scheduled to take two days without affecting the overall scheduling of Crankworx, for example Fri and Saturday. That way one still gets the Saturday evening finish for the broadcasting and the atmosphere in the village (ie people drinking alcohol and then deciding to buy stuff or stay out for a meal). The EWS round should be about the racing and the spectacle not about "it is easier to get the large number of marshalls required for just one day" (which is one of the excuses that I have heard). Keep it hard, make it harder, but stage it over at least two days like every other round of the EWS and any other reputable series.
amrskipro mikelevy's article
Oct 8, 2014 at 8:45
Oct 8, 2014
ENVE M60 Forty Wheels - Review
Yes up the hill to B-Line, Schleyer, Fantastic and Crank-It up. The worst part of my day. Every day!! ;-)
amrskipro mikelevy's article
Oct 8, 2014 at 8:44
Oct 8, 2014
ENVE M60 Forty Wheels - Review
I think you are missing the point, you just do not have to true the wheel that often (ie almost to the point of "at all"). 100 days in the bike park last summer and I checked the spokes....when I was changing the tyres. I have broken one spoke, that got hit by a rock, since that "re-build" the wheel has stayed true with even spoke tension. For info I am a 210 lbs rider, my season is 100 + days of six hour days, and yes as a lot of it is teaching, it is not all charging but there are still a lot of miles, hits and jumps in that riding time and there is at least one day per week I get to ride the good stuff. Second season on the same set of wheels about to finish and that adds another 90 ish days (rode a bit more trail in my spare time) to the wheels and the only problem I have had this season is failed bead on the tyre ie not the fault of the wheelset but a very rare QC failure on otherwise very good tyres. On average most of my peers are going though at least two rims in that time frame with the assocaiated hassle and cost of a wheel re-build each time as well as the down time from riding whilst they wait for the shop to do the rebuild. Do I have a handful of replacement spokes, internal nipples and my own internal nipple driver.. of course I do. After disc brakes (Shimano), sticky rubber, carbon bars and dropper posts they are the single greatest improvement to ride quality in the last 25 years. That said there are some amazing alum wheelsets that will deliver almost the same performance, without the truing 'hassle' for one third of the price. I also cannot think of one premium wheelset that does not have its own quirk: Mavic = hub tension, Chris King = bearing pre-load, Hadley = bearing pre-load and propriatary tools, Shimano = centre lock.
amrskipro dbaker's article
Oct 2, 2014 at 11:24
Oct 2, 2014
Endless Biking: Where Have All the Ladies Gone?
Come up on a Wednesday and race the Phat Tyre Series and one's racing fix is satisfied for an extra $5. One is more likely to win a better prize or a fatter cheque than most race series actually offer. Add to these facts that Juniors cannot be awarded cash prizes and there is the issue of winning not even paying the bills assocaited with the travel and accomodation, fine of the prize is a better version of whatever you run or need on your bike, otherwise there is the hassle of selling it in order to raise the cash that an adult racer would have been given by cheque. So those that do the most riding and are, statistically, the most likely to be the best riders have no real incentive to race unless they individually harbour a burning desire to beat other people. It appears from the numbers that the majority appear to be happy with a Wednesday night social race (regularly 200 entrants at Phat Tyre Wednesday) or "racing" with their friends on a quiet day when one can almost get an uninterupted 'run' on almost any trail on the mountain. Not saying anyone is right or wrong just saying that it is fairly obvious why the Lower Mainland does not produce more racers as I see a fair number of female DH riders everyday.
amrskipro dbaker's article
Oct 2, 2014 at 11:24
Oct 2, 2014
Endless Biking: Where Have All the Ladies Gone?
In a way it could be the fact that Whistler is so easily accessible that is the heart of this "issue". To use the UK example stated above (I 'raced' NPS Masters in early 2000s), until about five years ago, racing was the only way one could get a decent number of runs in, on a taped track, over a weekend. On a good weekend I could manage 10-12 runs if I wanted to really concentrate on just riding (as I obviously was not going to win the race so there was no real point in sessioning sections of the track or looking at faster lines). There was a good atmosphere and a regular crowd that one saw at every race. The alternative for me was a two hour drive to push my bike up for 15 minutes to ride a one minute track in Wharncliffe Woods, now nothing against Warncliffe Woods, obviously it has helped to produce a World Champion (go Steve Peat!! Who was even nice enough to stop and show me the best line into a jump one Saturday!! What a guy), but it is not Whistler (or Silvestar for that matter. There has been an upsurge in uplift served venues so perhaps there is less impetus to go to race weekends like one 'had' to. That said there is obviously a healthy DH race scene as evidenced by the number of British riders in the top 50 at WC level (and European Cup level as well). It is so easy to jump in the car and, if one owns one's own bike, ride more laps in a day than one would ever get at a race series, for about half the price of a race entry fee. If one finds it a little too crowded on the weekends, then a mid week 'flex' day allows a 10 hour riding day (during extended play) for less than the cost of race entry and without the hassle of the long drive and finding accomodation. Breakfast, jump in the car, 10 hours riding, dinner and home by 11 in the evening!
Sep 25, 2014 at 17:10
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