Apr 23, 2015 at 20:332 days
Opinion: The Message and the Medium
Man, I don't know what to say about the loss of Dirt Mag. I still freak out every time one arrives in the mail. Dirt Magazine, especially the work by Steve Jones and James McKnight put an aura and a mystique around downhill racing and mountain bike travel that I will never forget. Reading those magazines as a kid during the Honda days and Sam Hill's reign of terror on the Iron Horse made downhill feel like the coolest thing in the world. It was a big reason why I race downhill, they made the experience of a WC downhill race feel like something out of a fantasy novel, and Steve Jones' "British-isms" were a big part of that. The "weird" writing that I couldn't understand at times only made the "club" of downhill racing seem more exclusive and cool, which of course made a 13 year old kid like me want to be a part of it even more. The same goes for the travel articles. The writing was able to romanticize the idea of riding with your buddies and traveling to new destinations in such a way that it became as good or better than any riding video I would watch. There was something about the way the trails and trips were described that made them seem so much better than anything I had ever ridden or experienced. That romanticized portrayal of bike riding was exactly what I needed to keep the love of riding alive when I was are growing up in Calgary and it was -20 C and blizzarding for 5 or 6 months. Thanks to all of the great writers that made riding bikes seem like the coolest thing in the world and help foster one of my lifelong passions. Dirt Mag will be missed.
eblackwell natedh9's article
Apr 15, 2015 at 13:07Apr 15, 2015
Lourdes Injury Update: Oscar Harnstrom
So gutted for this guy.
eblackwell natedh9's article
Apr 11, 2015 at 17:59Apr 11, 2015
Holy Smokes - Lourdes DH Qualifying
Gutted for Oscar Harnstrom! At least those split times will give him motivation to get back at training once he heals!
Apr 10, 2015 at 13:42Apr 10, 2015
Pinkbike Poll: How Closely Do You Follow Racing?
Get rid of the "try" in the top answer. I DO not miss a single WC
eblackwell pinkbikeaudience's article
Apr 10, 2015 at 9:07Apr 10, 2015
Results: World Cup DH Lourdes 2015 - Timed Training
This is the worst news ever
eblackwell mikekazimer's article
Apr 3, 2015 at 8:27Apr 3, 2015
Easton Havoc 27.5 UST Wheelset - Review
I have to agree. I was shocked to see "their excellent stiffness and rim durability that makes them a solid option for riders that are traditionally tough on wheels." because I cracked my havoc's in three places, dented them severely in more than ten and destroyed the free hub, all after 2 shuttle days and 3 race weekends. They were literally unrideable after roughly 25 runs. And of course the warranty department had nothing to say to me but I am SOL. Really unimpressed with these wheels and really surprised to see Pinkbike didn't have any of these problems because everyone I know who has had these wheels has had the same experience as I have.
eblackwell MaxBerkowitz's article
Mar 23, 2015 at 10:34Mar 23, 2015
Video: West Coast Riding Sometimes Bites Back
Well that crash was insane...
Mar 12, 2015 at 13:52Mar 12, 2015
1Question - What's The Biggest Game Changer In The Next 10 Years?
All hail the robot! Sponsel has nailed it.
eblackwell beCUBE's article
Feb 20, 2015 at 10:31Feb 20, 2015
Cube Action Team Mechanic Talks about 2015 Team Bike
I think it is an XL frame that's why
eblackwell paulaston's article
Feb 9, 2015 at 22:17Feb 9, 2015
Pole Rinne Ylä - Review
This bike looks so flippin' excellent. Excellent review, great reviewer credentials (and the addition of those credentials is very welcome. It feels nice to be heard!). The bike looks pretty special, I would love to ride one, especially due to the extremely low stand over. I have short legs so low stand over is really nice for me. Stoked people are pushing geo, limits like this.
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