dh is my passion, but dont mine earning it on the way up. Im a lifer.

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cthorpe mikelevy's article
Aug 18, 2016 at 15:45
Aug 18, 2016
Yoann Barelli's A-Line Cyclocross Bike - Crankworx Whistler 2016
On a Cyclecross bike and still going bigger than half the people at whistler.
cthorpe mikelevy's article
Aug 17, 2016 at 15:33
Aug 17, 2016
Now THAT Was a Bike - Wade's Retro Maiden - Crankworx Whistler 2016
I remember drooling over the RM7s and RM9s in the magazines when they came out. Back when pink bike consisted of a few hundred grainy user photos. Oh how the time flies. That paint job really does the Maiden justice. Beautiful!
cthorpe OneUpComponents's article
Aug 9, 2016 at 18:32
Aug 9, 2016
The Drop Tower of Destruction - Video
@Fix-the-Spade: spiders limit front ring size and new 1x drivetrains run smaller rings with their broader gear range. If you think rotating mass and efficiency is pseudo-engineering then you're a fool. Then again progress has always been resisted by the narrow minded. Enjoy your '90s hardtail.
cthorpe OneUpComponents's article
Aug 9, 2016 at 12:45
Aug 9, 2016
The Drop Tower of Destruction - Video
@Fix-the-Spade: they are frowned upon because 1) spiders are going away. 2) they add weight to one of the worst spots to do so on any mechanically driven machine, your rotating mass. Same reasons that light weight wheels and tires are applauded, applies to the entire drive train.
cthorpe mikelevy's article
Aug 4, 2016 at 7:40
Aug 4, 2016
Stranger than Fiction - Opinion
I've had a handful of bear encounters while riding. Luckily the bears where Im at are similar in demeanor to Whistler bears. Most memorable was about 5 years ago. A buddy and I were ripping down a local trail in a fast section. Ahead was a mild bend and then you enter a manzanita grove which was basically a tunnel around the trail. Soon as I entered the turn a big male black bear was walking up the trail. I came within about 3ft of him by time he turned and started running ahead of me. I paced him for about 100ft through the tunneled trail before he peeled off to the side up a rocky ridge. We stopped after that and just watched the bear for a few from about 150ft away. He was panting and petrified. I'll never forget the look on his face when I came around the corner. sheer terror in his eyes. Im very grateful he turned fast as he did. else i would have went over the bars onto his back.
cthorpe DescentWorld's article
Aug 3, 2016 at 12:20
Aug 3, 2016
Brain Injuries in Mountain Biking - Are We Doing Enough?
People who ride regularly really need to stop bickering about helmet prices and stop buying cheap price point helmets. I see way too many people ripping down the mtn in either a thrashed out 15 year old moto helmet or a cheap crossover skate helmet. Its just not worth it.
cthorpe vernonfelton's article
Jul 28, 2016 at 12:55
Jul 28, 2016
Banned in the USA: Part 3
Loving the recent focus shift in articles. Its a nice swing away from the constant borage of consumerism we're regularly subjected to. Its also where the communities focus really should be right now. Instead of fussing about hubs standards and tire volume. All that is pointless if we allow ourselves to get backed into a corner where we can never make new trails or enjoy existing ones without a threat of jail time.
cthorpe calienduro's article
Jul 20, 2016 at 21:05
Jul 20, 2016
2016 California Enduro Series, Round 5: Ashland Mountain Challenge - Recap
@geerumm: I guess I just got pride in where I live, and this area is overlooked often. Plus sarcasm is hard to pick up in text, i know. not my photo just a random google photo.
cthorpe calienduro's article
Jul 20, 2016 at 16:24
Jul 20, 2016
2016 California Enduro Series, Round 5: Ashland Mountain Challenge - Recap
They drive through Mt. Shasta and post a pic of a cinder pile !? Pan right from that exact spot and you see this. Its right there in your face too http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_MEDIA/stelprdb5360118.jpg
cthorpe mattwragg's article
Jul 14, 2016 at 12:30
Jul 14, 2016
Pit Walk - EWS Round 4, La Thuile, Italy
The question is did Nigel ever actually love an air shock? They feel like poo compared to coils.
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