bluechair84

Check out my ramblings over at OneLooseCrank.Blogspot.com - It came second in the 2007 awards for 'Best blogs featuring the words Oose and Ran in the title'

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bluechair84 paulaston's article
Mar 24, 2015 at 4:55
Mar 24, 2015
Kore, WOOdman and Kali - Taipei Show 2015
A short liner needs to be called the 'Burning Bush' :)
bluechair84 Swissracetech's photo
Mar 9, 2015 at 2:03
Mar 9, 2015
I think we spoke a long while ago as I was looking for aluminium tubes to build my own prototype. It's still a dream I'm following, lots of plans are in place - I'm hoping that one day I have a prototype to show off as well! I look forwarding to hearing about how Dead Rabbit rides :)

bluechair84 mikekazimer's article
Mar 9, 2015 at 2:01
Mar 9, 2015
Pinkbike Poll: Do You Care Where a Product is Made?
Hmm, well it's a very interesting reply you've taken the time to post. And I definitley agree that a simple comments thread couldn't be very persuasive.I'd be interested in seeing some evidence to suggest that making T-shirts in the UK is more productive than making Ts in the Far East. I am open to evidence I don't yet know about, which as you've said, I'm not experienced in this area. I commute with a Geographer who knows this story very well. I'll chat more to her about her thoughts as someone who is extremely well read.
bluechair84 mikekazimer's article
Mar 6, 2015 at 0:40
Mar 6, 2015
Opinion: Sharing Secret Trails
I like meeting other riders on 'undisclosed trails' - I know that person has cut their teeth in exploration on their bike like me, I know that rider values a few meters of new gold than a few miles of trail asphalt, I know that s/he is driven by the spirit of adventure. When I meet people who only know how to ride by following a GPS or trail markers, I feel disappointed for them.
bluechair84 Swissracetech's photo
Mar 5, 2015 at 2:45
Mar 5, 2015
Really nicely put together ride, well done :)

bluechair84 mikekazimer's article
Mar 5, 2015 at 2:45
Mar 5, 2015
Pinkbike Poll: Do You Care Where a Product is Made?
I'll call BS on that @hamncheez. you'll probably find that sweatshops have the highest productivity of any labour force because they don't get breaks, they have long hours, they have crap contracts so if they don't keep to the expected minimum they can be dismissed and reprimands / punishment for not meeting quotas is harsh. The thing is with people who are highly qualified, is they are also highly educated and well represented, so they will only do an amount of work that they deem fair - a position workers in sweatshops cannot take. Furthermore, our moral stance in this country is that we, as workers, should be safe from harm, be encouraged to develop professionally, and be reimbursed for our efforts. The definition of a sweatshop is one in which these human rights are foregone in favour of productivity. There is no argument that says it is ok not to have human rights because they benefit in other ways (this is the same stance that confederates took in the US civil war on the rights of Blacks; that they were better off being slaves in America because they had access to Christianity). Despite what your earlier link suggests, human rights are non-negotiable.
bluechair84 ChrisJohannes's article
Mar 5, 2015 at 2:32
Mar 5, 2015
bluechair84 yeticycles's article
Mar 2, 2015 at 7:41
Mar 2, 2015
Can An Enduro Bike Take on Green River, Utah?
"Hey Shaun, it would be hilarious if someone cleared that gap!" "...hold my beer..."
bluechair84 mikekazimer's article
Feb 27, 2015 at 5:03
Feb 27, 2015
Pinkbike Poll: Do You Care Where a Product is Made?
I mostly agree with you. Money is like a voting ballot; with those little green slips you're affirming the business models of the company you're purchasing from. If a company uses child labour, or the working conditions mean that workers will comit suicide to get out of a contract (Foxconn anyone?), you're effectively saying that this is ok so long as I can get a premium product at a bargain price - despite agreeing to the legislation of our own country. But by extension, even though there are good companies working in developing countries, our dealings with them affirm the country's political goal by giving them the tax revenue to continue on their path. For instance, we aren't at war with Russia despite their actions in Ukraine, we just don't do business with them (yet there are many good moral companies... I assume) because we have taken a stance against their actions. It's an an economic embargo to encourage better behaviour. In a global economy, trade has to represent moral stance, otherwise we're just hypocrites. The truth is, it doesn't because morals limit economic growth.
bluechair84 paulaston's article
Feb 23, 2015 at 7:39
Feb 23, 2015
Solid Strike Black Star - Review
Naw, you can see from the size of the bearings at the shock eyelet that it is clearly a pivot point. The forward 'pivot' looks far more like a bolthead to brace the two linkages together. If it was a pivot, we'd see a bearing there and a bushing at the shock eye.
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