iamamodel

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 mikelevy's article
May 28, 2015 at 4:29
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Opinion - Where's Your Spot?
I have two special spots I like to stand: one is the left pedal and the other is the right pedal.
iamamodel RichardCunningham's article
May 23, 2015 at 4:20
May 23, 2015
Bike Check: Nino Schurter's Scott Spark - Nove Mesto World Cup XC
What I don't understand is why there are no weight restrictions in mtb. I remember JHK showed off his xc race bike in bicycling magazine and he was running road rims on his 29er and three bolts on his rotors. Surely that is toying with safety just as much as ultra light road bikes.
iamamodel PeterWojnar's article
May 21, 2015 at 20:23
May 21, 2015
Video: Classic Pemberton Trails with Max Horner
And grizzly bear poo that smells like pepper spray and has little bells in it.
iamamodel PeterWojnar's article
May 21, 2015 at 20:21
May 21, 2015
Video: Classic Pemberton Trails with Max Horner
Do we really need to neg prop someone for asking a legitimate question?
iamamodel pinkbikeaudience's article
May 20, 2015 at 15:25
May 20, 2015
Ask Pinkbike: How Much is my Bike Worth, Can my Wheel be Saved and What Bike to Ride at Forest of Dean
@ecologist, I run my bikes stock so that when I talk to people out on the trails what they see is what they can get down at my lbs. Maybe a shorter stem.
iamamodel pinkbikeaudience's article
May 20, 2015 at 2:08
May 20, 2015
Ask Pinkbike: How Much is my Bike Worth, Can my Wheel be Saved and What Bike to Ride at Forest of Dean
Kaiser, I use clear tape as it is easy to see cosmetic damage that has no relationship to more serious damage. Why would a buyer want a scuffed up bike? People who buy my bikes know my name and can see on strava exactly how many kays on the clock. I agree with your point that you never know the true history, but a good inspection can tell if the seller is exaggerating or telling any lies. And if you find one lie, assume there are more.
iamamodel pinkbikeaudience's article
May 19, 2015 at 20:55
May 19, 2015
Ask Pinkbike: How Much is my Bike Worth, Can my Wheel be Saved and What Bike to Ride at Forest of Dean
I also get a new bike every year, and it isn't that expensive. Don't think about the price of a new bike, but the changeover cost. 1. Lower the purchase price via a great relationship with your LBS (the same one you buy a new bike from year after year). 2. Look after your bike. Clear tape everything. Service it well. This ensures a higher resale value. 3. Factor in how much you would need to spend on a bike after two years, because after one year you should only have needed a new chain or two, and a few fork rebuilds (you do do it yourself, don't you?), but after two years of going hard, you may be up for a new drivetrain, new bearings etc etc. 4. Buy early in the season, and sell early in the season. For example, in a few month's time when the 2016 Giants come out, I will be selling a 2015 model. That is very attractive for consumers. The problem comes when the bike is still in stock and the LBS is marking it down - so talk to the LBS and figure out which bikes will sell out. I can get a new $4k or $5k bike every year for between $500 and $1000 changeover. I have never had a complaint from any buyer.
iamamodel pinkbikeaudience's article
May 18, 2015 at 18:24
May 18, 2015
The UCI Integrates BMX Freestyle Park into its Development Strategy
The UCI banned it for DH about twenty years ago, not because it was a performance enhancer, but because it was a performance changer.
May 11, 2015 at 19:22
May 11, 2015
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