maituk

  • Member since Aug 18, 2011
  • 7 Followers
  • haines , Alaska
  • Male / 38

Ride 300+miles every month
Trailbuilder, XC, AM, DH, FR, trials, Fat tire. Parent. Engineer.

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Feb 27, 2014 at 8:28
Feb 27, 2014
Dave - Sure glad I came down from Alaska to ride with you for month of February. So fun. Best All Mountain shuttle service in Cali. Can't wait to ride with you more. Wanna ride Paradise Royale or other Humboldt rides sometime between March 6 and 18?
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maituk mikelevy's article
Feb 16, 2014 at 6:31
Feb 16, 2014
Opinion: Is it Time to Revolt?
Priorities don't have to be hierarchical. I learned 5 years ago (died and was resuscitated/ snowboarding is dangerous) that for me being a good father, engineer and person requires minimum 10 miles a day off road. The more I ride the better I am at everything I do. After prioritizing riding my career and relationships improved drastically and continue to. Today I work 4 hours early solving environmental problems, ride Demo forest in Aptos 4 hours then help kids with home school and do more office work. Yesterday rode 20 miles with my teenage girls and got 6 hours of work in to reduce human exposure to lead at one site and carcinogens at another. The point a agree with Mike on most is that if you feel riding should be a top priority then do it. This is not about self indulgence. I'm on 3 month CA riding vacation ( we live in Haines AK) and whole family is getting their needs met. Riding more will improves efficiency by completing you with happiness. That shit goes a long way.
maituk JordanCarr's article
Nov 18, 2013 at 6:39
Nov 18, 2013
REEB Cycles All-Mountain - Review
TransAM has the premium steel AM.
maituk mikelevy's article
Nov 8, 2013 at 9:07
Nov 8, 2013
Pinkbike Product Picks
One vote for helicopter tape.
maituk RichardCunningham's article
Nov 2, 2013 at 10:21
Nov 2, 2013
Pinkbike Poll: How many Gears Do You Need?
Waki - All good but I didn't say width and strength were related. If I had said that, it would not be a defensible statement. I said width and durability were related by a ratio proportional to width because the pin diameter has remained the same. Go wear out a drivetrain.
maituk RichardCunningham's article
Nov 2, 2013 at 2:05
Nov 2, 2013
Pinkbike Poll: How many Gears Do You Need?
Wakidesigns - Dude - Gotta back up eddstinkyjr, you're wacked Narrower diameter chains compatible with the increasing number of cassette gears are progressively weaker and wear out faster. I have ridden relentlessly on drivetrains from 6,7,8,9,10 and 11 speed chains. The "spacer between plates"is the bushing and the smaller it is the weaker it is, by definition. Being inherently weaker results from reduced bushing contact area resulting in faster bushing wear that produces torsional flex of the chain, like when you cross-chain gears. The increased sideways slop stresses the pin and causes failure of the plates. Teeth have narrowed along with chains also decreasing durability. What started out as 7.8mm is now 5.5mm resulting in a 30% reduction in the durability of mountain bike drivetrains. This is not progress. The future is unquestionably in belt driven CVT but until then the industry has us by the balls.
maituk mikelevy's article
Oct 17, 2013 at 19:49
Oct 17, 2013
Pinkbike Poll - Have You Had a Near Death Experience on Your Bike?
Near death means you died or almost died right? I've done that twice in heli-boarding avalanches. Once resulting in broken back in 4 places and second burial 8 feet under, total out and resuscitation. Took awhile to remember the alphabet. Experiences like that change you forever in lots of ways. Mountain biking is different than snow. The mountain isn't going to swallow you at 220mph. I bike instead now because when I bleed or die I want it to be because I brought it on not because the mountain attacked me.
maituk the-rise's article
Sep 11, 2013 at 19:40
Sep 11, 2013
Video: Matt Macduff Civil Savage
Yeh. I agree. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZwvLFhYUL0
maituk mikelevy's article
Sep 11, 2013 at 18:45
Sep 11, 2013
X-Fusion Revel HLR Fork - First Look
I've never heard of a unicrown on a suspension fork. You lost me. Do you mean a crown integrated into a steertube all as one original piece? That would be awesome.
maituk mikelevy's article
Sep 11, 2013 at 17:38
Sep 11, 2013
X-Fusion Revel HLR Fork - First Look
jumpman2334 Dude - Take fork off your bike to eliminate headset, stem and handlebar influences. Put the end of the steertube in bike stand or softjaws. Grab the lower legs and tork the thing. If it creaks take a video with audio and send to them. This should help you isolate the stanchions from the steer tube to determine the source. Either way you should get some new uppers.
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