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bluechair84 mmatthews's article
Dec 14, 2014 at 2:03
Dec 14, 2014
Mark Matthews Launches Online Fundraiser
I'm gonna step up here and say that I'm not surprised the insurance company wouldn't pay out. Put it this way; insurance companies make a profit by covering you for the low chance that you might have an accident. The more likely you are to be injured, the more you have to pay for cover. If there's a 100% chance you're gonna be injured, you pay for your own damn cover. If you build your own lines (which the riders at Rampage do) which are not certified as safe to ride (which an insurer would want to demonstrate a level of safety in what you are doing), and then you take suicidal risks at attempting these lines (how can you argue that these lines aren't suicidal?); it surely can't be an 'accident' when the risk of massive injury is so high. I think the insurer would be mighty pissed off that their client took such high risk under their cover and just drew a big 'fuck-off' line. Ownership should be taken by Red Bull as the company who is directly profiting by allowing riders to take such high risks under its own banner. They should be the ones to provide cover when no insurer can be reasonably expected to pay out. (edit - Mark, thankyou for doing what you do to keep us meer sofa-warriors entertained. Someone, either your sponsors or the event organisers should sort you out for the lengths you go to to promote their brands. Maybe us too)
bluechair84 mikekazimer's article
Dec 1, 2014 at 6:42
Dec 1, 2014
Transition Scout 1 - Review
But this is a full, top tier, made from the bones of Bald Eagles and Pheonixs spec bike. I've never wanted more from my SLX slung bike, and I probably wouldn't care much if I was on current Deore!
bluechair84 mikelevy's article
Oct 8, 2014 at 5:14
Oct 8, 2014
ENVE M60 Forty Wheels - Review
Although, with regards to number 2 (fnar), i doubt that those who would buy these are having to make a choice between wheels or a full bike ;) They probably have carbon chains, brake fluid and protein bars too...
Aug 24, 2014 at 5:38
Aug 24, 2014
bluechair84 RichardCunningham's article
Jul 26, 2014 at 12:02
Jul 26, 2014
Scott Unveils its 2015 Trailbikes in Park City, Utah
Semeniuk is right, it's just a single pivot.
bluechair84 pinkbikeaudience's article
Jul 22, 2014 at 9:25
Jul 22, 2014
Ask Pinkbike - Shimano XTR Brake Tips, One-By Chainring Choices and the Wrong Slopestyle Bike
Here's the thing, it is not only the size of the additional gear, but the moving of the medium gears outwards along the freehub. Because the smaller gears effectively increase in size, the arm to which the cable is attached can interfere with the chain on 7/8/9. I have made the following modifications; I have bent out the cable mounting point, ground down the cable armature, ground down the washer which holds the cable, and ground down the body around the limit screws. I'm currently producing a video detailing exactly what I have had to do with macros of the work done. In the meantime, if you visit my blog linked from PB profile, there are some macros of the mech hitting the chain and cassette. I know that some people have gotten the Zee to work without modification, but after lengthy forum chat and adjustments, I can find no reason why my set-up needed modification in this way. Oh, and it ain't the B screw ;)
bluechair84 pinkbikeaudience's article
Jul 22, 2014 at 8:11
Jul 22, 2014
Ask Pinkbike - Shimano XTR Brake Tips, One-By Chainring Choices and the Wrong Slopestyle Bike
I run an 11-42 + 36t N/W. 36/11 is pretty fast though I easily fall back on long smooth descents and road. 36/42 is so low that I have to really sit on the front end to keep the front wheel from lifting on steep climbs. Short of putting a really long stem on, that gear is at the limit of what the bike can comfortable climb, so I don't need anything lower than that. But be warned, mechs and 42t conversions are not always compatible. Some have had the Zee mech work, but I had to spend a large amount of time with a grinder shaving down the Zee to clear the cassette. It works perfectly now, but grinding down your mech is an extreme conversion and I still don't know why other people seem to have got the system to work when I've had difficulty.
Jul 18, 2014 at 7:19
Jul 18, 2014
bluechair84 RichardCunningham's article
Jul 14, 2014 at 2:54
Jul 14, 2014
Lapierre 2015: Three Trailbikes, an Enduro Racer and the Team's New DH Weapon
So, Kyle Reese was never sent back in time to kill, but to protect? Shouldn't we get on with inventing the T1000 to send back in time to kill it?
bluechair84 mikekazimer's article
Jul 11, 2014 at 0:36
Jul 11, 2014
Pinkbike Poll: What Style of Grip Do You Prefer?
Despite have diminutive digits, I like my thick grips. I find my hands tire less from gripping a broader diameter on long descents as I have more to press my palms against. Having said that, the depth of the grip does take away some 'precision' sometimes. I would like to try a wide diameter bar and narrow grip for best of both worlds, and I'm sure eventually these kinds of options will become available to riders. We are seeing massive growth in variety and choice these days - for better or worse.
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