Started racing triathlon in the eighties, then went to road, then XC, then DH. I also raced endurance, X-terra, BMX, 4X. Lots of digging and some DJ. Mostly digging. These days its trail riding and racing XC and endurance events.

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iamamodel mdelorme's article
Dec 18, 2014 at 2:19
11 hours
Inside Industry Nine Components
I purchased some flanged I9 hubs (non-proprietary spoke version) back in 2007 and they are still going strong. I had also great customer service from I9 - they sent me their new formula of grease, my OCD questions were answered in hours, they sent a blank blue hub to the guys anodizing my rims for NAHBS for colour matching, and when I finally met them at Sea Otter they gave me a a great quality t-shirt that I cherish to this day. These days I have to ride what comes OEM on my bike, but I wouldn't hesitate to get I9 hubs again - well, I don't really need to because my current hubs are on their third build. The new versions are even better and lighter than mine. Remember... if you want real bling, forget Chris King!
iamamodel RichardCunningham's article
Dec 16, 2014 at 18:15
2 days
Pinkbike Awards: Product of the Year Nominees
I bought that pump and it is one of the best MTB products I've purchased. I like it so much I bought a second one to give to my riding buddy as a present - he had bought himself a $500 compressor mostly to do the same job. You can use it late at night prepping for a race without waking up the neighbourhood. The hose is long enough to pump tires while they are in a stand. It works great at seating tires. The head works without fuss on both presta and schraeder. It is perfect for race mechanics/pits. The only downside is the gauge goes from 0 -160 which means you cannot see the difference between, say, 24 and 26 psi, but I use digital gauge anyway because I've never found an accurate pump gauge. Yes, it is more expensive than you average pump but last year I purchased a Birzman pump and it turned out to be so useless I had to buy a new pump - thank God they released the Flash Charger in the meantime.
iamamodel pinkbikeaudience's article
Dec 16, 2014 at 13:21
2 days
iamamodel karnige182's article
Dec 14, 2014 at 18:50
Dec 14, 2014
Australian National Downhill Series: Round 1 - You Yangs
I wouldn't judge the entire Australian DH series by this one race. And lets face it - Troy Brosnan (and other top Australians) can get down stuff at speed on a bike that would have mere mortals running out of talent. And many Brits are the same.
iamamodel mikekazimer's article
Dec 12, 2014 at 13:38
Dec 12, 2014
Pinkbike Poll: Are You Plagued By Flat Tires?
And that's exactly why I won't let anyone talk about injuries on a ride. On the second last day of a riding trip in New Zealand one of the group started saying "You know we've been really lucky that none of us have..." and I'm yelling "Shut up! Shut up!"
iamamodel mattwragg's article
Dec 12, 2014 at 13:13
Dec 12, 2014
Pinkbike Awards: Enduro Race of the Year Nominees
I just read your original comment on your page (it's still there). I didn't think it was 'delete-worthy'. Especially considering some of the comments every time a female rider is shown on this site. I agree with it too - without video coverage, unless you are a spectator or a racer it is hard to get into the moment.
iamamodel RichardCunningham's article
Dec 10, 2014 at 12:47
Dec 10, 2014
Dynaplug Micro Pro Tubeless Tire Repair Tool - Review
Waki, the solution is to stop using unreliable tyres. I won't use Schwalbe XC tyres again after they have failed on me twice during races in situations that an EXO Maxxis would never had failed.
iamamodel RichardCunningham's article
Dec 9, 2014 at 13:11
Dec 9, 2014
Giant Reign 27.5 1 - Review
Internal routing is easy on Giants: insert from the BB area and push up towards the head tube. Remove rubber grommets on both sides so you can see when the hose/outer comes into view. Fish it out with the j-bend of an old spoke until it pokes near the upper hole and push from below until it pokes out. Job done faster than having to fit and cut zip ties.
iamamodel mikekazimer's article
Dec 1, 2014 at 22:42
Dec 1, 2014
Pinkbike Awards: Trail / All-Mountain Bike of the Year Nominees
If money was no object: you betcha. But since it is: Giant Reign.
iamamodel mikelevy's article
Nov 30, 2014 at 4:24
Nov 30, 2014
Pinkbike Poll: Would You Pay to Play?
Oh yeah. Rockville Regional Park charged one or two dollars per rider too, but that was worth it. I loved that place. And there was no speed limit.
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