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elbandido77 mikekazimer's article
Oct 26, 2014 at 14:51
Oct 26, 2014
6 Urban DH Race Bikes - Taxco 2014
If Ropelato is riding that bike just to troll all the 26 fo life idiots then his mission is a worthwhile one. Instead of just bangin out the usual crap about bigger wheels being cheating (cos they make your life so much easier than say disc brakes or a rear dérailleur) just admit that you don't like them because they look a bit less cool, or because they're associated with XC racing.
elbandido77 mikelevy's article
Oct 16, 2014 at 4:26
Oct 16, 2014
Opinion: Mountain Bike Movies - Are You Still Stoked?
Completely agree. The T-Mo diety vid from last week is a great example of this. A trail all of us could ride in some capacity, but ridden at proper race speed. That Bryceland fox ad that's been doing the rounds is also a great demonstration of what a pro looks like on a "normal" bike. I don't personally watch any freeride stuff outside of Rampage, and even then I only usually watch the highlights. That's not a sleight on freeriders and slopestylers, I do appreciate how much skill is involved, it's just not my thing. Note to film makers, I'm also not that keen on "adventure film" cliches, coffee grinders, boat journeys etc. This stuff is free though, so we shouldn't complain too much!
elbandido77 jamieledson's article
Oct 15, 2014 at 3:45
Oct 15, 2014
Video: Jono Jones - Flat Out
Good riding, but the late night 90s TV music was a bit odd. Sounds like some incidental muzack from Nash Bridges or LA Law!
elbandido77 JaakkoPosti's article
Oct 11, 2014 at 5:58
Oct 11, 2014
User Experience: Mountain Biking in Lapland
Nice stuff. I visited Lapland (Levi) in the winter a couple of years ago and loved it. I'd wondered what the riding would be like once the snow melted.
elbandido77 geebeebee's article
Oct 9, 2014 at 2:00
Oct 9, 2014
Interview: Manon Carpenter - 2014 DH World Champion
I'm not sure about the situation globally, but in the UK Manon seems to be starting to get some more mainstream media coverage and has certainly featured on the BBC website more than any other mtb rider I can remember. In terms of fame her and Rachel Atherton are as popular as nearly all the male riders, and as well known as anyone else outside the sport. The sponsorship bias probably has more to do with the fact that sponsors like Monster Energy are marketing their products exclusively to men (or boys). I would agree that the Women's DH races aren't always as exciting as the mens, but this is largely due to a lack of depth in the field. In real terms there are only 3 riders who can win each race, and before this season there were only 2. But if sponsors don't put their cash behind female teams then that's how it will stay. You have to spend money to make money, or something like that.
elbandido77 geebeebee's article
Oct 9, 2014 at 0:48
Oct 9, 2014
elbandido77 lindapaluc's article
Oct 7, 2014 at 3:16
Oct 7, 2014
Video: A Girl And Her Bike Are A Wonderful Thing Part Two
OK, I think I get the point, but how do you feel about more celebrated sportswomen who pose provocatively (naked or otherwise) for glossy mags or adverts? Some examples I thought of are Lindsey Vonn and Victoria Pendleton. Are they cheapening their sports or reducing themselves to sex objects? Or do their considerable sporting achievements afford them some sort of license where it's ok to earn some extra cash, raise their media profile, or achieve some other goal, by taking their clothes off in front of a camera? It's a difficult subject to understand, and to me (a man) it isn't as black and white as you present it. Obviously there are female mountain bikers who, based on merit, deserve much more coverage than this particular rider is getting. Something isn't right with the culture that some sponsors and media outlets are perpetuating, and with some of the attitude that young men are picking up from "other kinds of websites." To me it seems the problem is with sponsors/media not properly representing women athletes, rather than individuals who take advantage of the system we have.
elbandido77 scottsecco's article
Oct 6, 2014 at 2:34
Oct 6, 2014
Movies For Your Monday
Great to see Lance Mountain still going strong
elbandido77 pinkbikeaudience's article
Oct 4, 2014 at 2:30
Oct 4, 2014
Video: Chris Akrigg On a Fat Bike?
Yeah of course it's not as good as actual suspension, but I imagine it's enough to take the edge of trail buzz and will be much more comfortable than a fully rigid bike with 2" tyres
elbandido77 anthill's article
Oct 3, 2014 at 10:57
Oct 3, 2014
Casey Brown and Poppy the Dog: Tail Gunner (Teaser)
Heh, pinkbikers are so obsessed with talking about testicles that they'll even talk about a female dog's non-existent bollocks
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