elbandido77

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elbandido77 mikelevy's article
Jul 22, 2014 at 9:29
Jul 22, 2014
Pinkbike Poll: Do You Feel Influenced by the Pros?
@gavlaa - completely agree. Personally I have a real problem with how monster is marketed. I didn't think too much of it until my brother dragged me along to a Monster Energy sponsored FMX event (not a sport I follow but he had a spare ticket). Despite it being billed as a family event scantily clad "Monster women" were utilised to perform various utilitarian tasks, and at one point one of the MX riders spat a mouthful of champagne onto one of these women. I couldn't believe it, that's the kind of thing I'd expect to see at a WASP concert (if I had no taste in music and went to a WASP concert), not in a stadium full of kids. I've got no problem with attractive women selling stuff, but there was something about their role in this event that was really wrong given the impressionable audience. It seems to be a nasty douche bag hair metal brand for people who are sad about the Motley Crue splitting up.
elbandido77 mikelevy's article
Jul 22, 2014 at 9:03
Jul 22, 2014
Pinkbike Poll: Do You Feel Influenced by the Pros?
@Lornholio - thanks for the wedrinkwater link. Looks like a great project.
elbandido77 brule's article
Jul 16, 2014 at 5:09
Jul 16, 2014
Video: Hunt 4 Gravel
I'm not sure that this "adventure biking" thing is any different to what used to be called "cycle touring", suddenly there are multiple sub genres of bike for that purpose. What's that big gravel race in Italy that all the big road teams do? They just ride standard "classics" bikes for that, as they do for the cobbled races in Northern France and Belgium. Even more sub genres of cycling created to describe things that people already do :-/ At least the problem exists in road biking as well as mtb
elbandido77 orangebikes's article
Jul 16, 2014 at 4:24
Jul 16, 2014
Video: The Delivery
@marvintheandroid Orange did make a carbon road bike a couple of years back which was seen as a sign they were going to consider using carbon for mtbs. The comparison with YT isn't completely fair. People like the simplicity of the 5 and the Alpine, they're easy to maintain, hold their resale value well and are partially made in the UK. There have always been better performing bikes for the cash, but value for money isn't all about the initial purchase price and spec
elbandido77 pinkbikeaudience's article
Jul 16, 2014 at 1:51
Jul 16, 2014
Ask Pinkbike - Damper Trouble, Adjustable Travel Forks, and 26" or 29" Wheels for Beginners
Based on this argument beginners should also start riding on rigid forks, with narrow bars and cantilever brakes. I know I did and 20+ years later I'm still exceptionally average, so I think I disprove the theory that learning on a bike that makes certain things harder will make you a badass. Having said that if I was buying a $600 bike I'd get a second hand 26er, purely because the drop in value means I'd get a better bike for the money.
elbandido77 orangebikes's article
Jul 15, 2014 at 12:37
Jul 15, 2014
Video: The Delivery
Bike looks like a lot of fun. The idea of a short travel big wheeler that can take a pasting works for me
elbandido77 mikekazimer's article
Jul 15, 2014 at 6:18
Jul 15, 2014
Interview: Hannah Barnes
@crf-999 yeah the standard of riding in the female EWS seems very high. It occurred to me when I was writing that comment that I don't know the first thing about Cecile Ravanel. She's mixing it with Tracey and ACC at the top of the timesheets, so she's obviously a complete ninja on a bike, but she's someone you never read about. That kind of sums up the imbalance for me. Though of course there are many examples including, as the OP suggests, Katy Curd. The industry has some work to do IMO
elbandido77 mikekazimer's article
Jul 15, 2014 at 0:30
Jul 15, 2014
Interview: Hannah Barnes
There's not enough coverage of female racers full stop. As well as Katy lets have features on Anne Caro, Manon, Emmeline Ragot, Cecile Ravanel, Jolanda Neff, Annekke Beerten, Julie Bresset and more on Rachel and T-Mo. The mtb media needs to get out of the 1970s when it comes to women athletes, maybe then some of it's readers will grow up a bit. This article is cool, but there needs to be a lot more
elbandido77 MountainBikeNI's article
Jul 10, 2014 at 9:46
Jul 10, 2014
Northern Ireland Launches Mountain Bike Strategy 2014-2024
Outside of trail centres, what is the natural riding like in NI? And what is the access situation for natural stuff? e.g. Is it like Scotland where you just have paths and you can ride them all, or like England and Wales where you can't (legally) ride footpaths, but you can ride most other types of path. I've seen a bit of stuff about trail centres there, but nothing about the rest of the riding. I'd be unlikely to take a trip there for purely man made stuff.
elbandido77 elbandido77's video
Jul 3, 2014 at 8:45
Jul 3, 2014
video
Thanks :) No GPX files, but all the routes were from the Scotland Wild Trails guidebooks. 0:00-0:16 is the Burma Road near Aviemore. 0:17- 1:30 is the trail from Loch Carron to Torridon. 1:31-2:10 is the loop around Ben Damph (also near Torridon). 2:11 onwards is singletrack between Applecross and Kenmore. The riding around Torridon and Applecross is incredible, there's loads of other stuff besides the trails we rode

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