Getting too old to keep throwing myself about like a madman..... but that doesn't stop me doing it!

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orientdave vernonfelton's article
Aug 25, 2016 at 21:07
3 days
Dear Bike Industry - Opinion
You could not have put it better Niko, here too I am on 135 x 10 on everything except a DH rear end and there is no way I am taking the risk to buy anything that either: A) doesn't fit the frames I have Or B) leaves me with a sense of fear it will be incompatible sooner rather than later. Hell, I built up Stans flow 26 on Novatec 4in1 hubs 4 years ago and have beaten the hell out of them, even on a DH race, and there is nothing at all wrong with them. They are so bulletproof I got new stickers on them last week to make them look spanking. There is nothing worse in my opinion than the feeling that the components one buys become incompatible before they have been properly used and abused. Ride on (old but good stuff)!
orientdave WAKIdesigns's article
Aug 22, 2016 at 16:06
Aug 22, 2016
WAKi-bikes of the Future: Y-ME Schmetterling
Who wouldn't want to try that!!!!
orientdave nikoniko's photo
Aug 19, 2016 at 21:12
Aug 19, 2016
Only a triple for us this time? It does get like that after a few decades!! Paddle on!

orientdave vernonfelton's article
Aug 16, 2016 at 17:36
Aug 16, 2016
Devinci Django 29 - First Ride
@gtrguy: I don't ride a 29er, still very much 26 here, and I hear you worrying about long term stocks of 26 tyres! I, like many people here, found the Ardent (in anything less than 2.4), didn't suit my riding style (or Japanese trails very much), and after close to a decade now of trying any and all sorts.... have you tried a Conti Mountain King II? No, they don't always grip the best on wet rocks and roots, so I'd be reaching for Minions north of Vancouver I'm sure, however, I found that for a generally reliable, predictable rear (and even on the front if your trails are well behaved), it rivalled anything else, is light and when running the tubeless ready version, I have never yet had a puncture that didn't immediately seal with Stans. For anyone interested, I run them on a Banshee Spitfire V2. Just a suggestion in case you haven't tried one.... and there are still 26 versions to be had.
orientdave WAKIdesigns's video
Aug 16, 2016 at 17:17
Aug 16, 2016
Loving those Swedish streetlights!

orientdave WAKIdesigns's photo
Aug 16, 2016 at 7:03
Aug 16, 2016
Checking out your Pics is as good as getting out myself Waki; I can't ride for a while, so your pics will always be appreciated here!! Healing up well here!

orientdave WAKIdesigns's photo
Aug 15, 2016 at 5:48
Aug 15, 2016
Nice! Hope you are enjoying the day!

orientdave ollyforster's article
Aug 9, 2016 at 21:19
Aug 9, 2016
Hope Tech 11-Speed Cassette - Review
"a fairly unpopular/uncommon/unreliable hub?" Sorry, come again? Have you seriously come to the conclusion that Hope hubs are the above? Please feel free to be corrected by a plethora of those who will disagree with you. And one juicy quote from a PB article for you. http://www.pinkbike.com/news/hope-tech-enduro-wheelset-review-2014.html ...and I quote "the heart of these wheels, the hubs, are more or less a masterpiece and it's hard to rationalize buying a more expensive hub, especially in the UK where they have always been several hundred pounds cheaper than their high-end competition. Easily serviceable and reliable as a clock, we know many riders who take Hope hubs through multiple bikes and rims, so if you decide you want a higher-end rim down the line you have a solid, adaptable base to build from." My PRO 2s are bullet proof and still going strong after years of abuse. The most reliable part of my biking components.
orientdave mikelevy's article
Aug 4, 2016 at 10:52
Aug 4, 2016
Stranger than Fiction - Opinion
@thrice: That made my day right there... cheers!
orientdave mikelevy's article
Aug 4, 2016 at 2:08
Aug 4, 2016
Stranger than Fiction - Opinion
@mikelevy: @dave-m: Eerily similar to both of you.... Hiking on Hyou-no-zan on the border of Hyogo and Tottori some 15 or more so years near the summit after a 90 minute hike up from the ranger station. There was this noise, suddenly, from the right side of the trail coming from shoulder-high bamboo grass/thickets. And it indicated a substantial amount of body-mass crashing through the undergrowth. I stopped dead in my tracks. So did it. I waited for I have no idea how long; was it a matter of tens of seconds or minutes? No idea. I took one, very, very tentative step...and the remains of a leaf from the previous fall broke into a myriad of powdery pieces under my sole with a very low volume, yet distinct 'crush'... At which point the whatever it was decided it was a good time to continue its thunderous journey through the undergrowth next to me....only this time at a much faster rate.... ....and emerging some 8 to 10 meters away on the trail in front of me ...was an adult Japanese Black Bear. "Jesus...it's a bear" was all my non-moving lips could whisper. And I became aware of the maelstrom of thoughts careering around my tepid mind. It was looking over its shoulder, directly at me, now frozen and silent, in the middle of the trail ahead. My feelings were by now an unusual mix of absolute wonderment; of feeling like the most gifted soul in the known universe; to have been presented with a face to face opportunity to meet and share a very deep and extended stare with one of the most beautifully glossy creatures I have ever seen, and sheer, petrifyingly silent panic. We continued to stare at each other for seconds/minutes/hours..... and I remember thinking this could turn out less than well, when he or she decided they had had enough, and slank off into the undergrowth on the left, leaving me to turn tail and walk rather briskly back down to the ranger's station and fill in one of the very efficient looking bear reports in the office.
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