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

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orientdave pinkbikeaudience's article
Jul 30, 2014 at 16:28
12 hours
Announced: Santa Cruz 650B V10
Oumoded? Living in the past? Not a shame? You know, I have a Sony D6C in my music box, I bought it in 1996 just before I came to Japan; to many it is seen as one of the major contributing factors to a rise in the commercial success of large numbers of musicians who, until then, had few opportunities to record professional levels of sound quality as they strove to bring their music to a wider audience. Remember Michelle Shocked's Texas campfire tapes? Recorded on a D6C. I love my D6C and still use it today; it's quick, simple, fantastic sound quality and totally mobile. It's a classic and deserves to be. I love it and am not planning on getting rid of it. Are there "better" modern equivalents? Of course there are. Recording on tape, rather than being "ain't dead" is, in 99.9% of cases, well and truly in the past. I also use a presonus firebox and Cubase these days too, yet the D6C remains on the table by the bed and I turn to it more often than not. It is still alive. It is still doing exactly what the team at Sony designed it to do, Perfectly. Living in the past? It doesn't feel like it to me. Outmoded? I suppose if you like quantize and autotune you might think so, I prefer the rawness of a nice live performance myself. Just ask Dave Grohl about analogue recording and you might get why some of us feel so strongly about it. And I suspect that my 26 inch BFe will go the same way as the D6C. Let those of us who love our machines keep doing so. We possibly know something of value that others too keen to consign them to yesterday have yet to discover. Enjoy your new bikes people. And your old.
orientdave mikelevy's article
Jul 30, 2014 at 4:20
1 days
The '917' Fuel EX 29
Don't tell him what to do (this could go on ad infinitum)
orientdave RichardCunningham's article
Jul 25, 2014 at 17:16
Jul 25, 2014
Opinion: A Secret Trail and an Argument Against E-Bikes
I'd go further and say that here, possibly, is the best, most honest piece that has ever been written whilst I have been reading on PB. RC, you have been the one contributor to PB who tends to write from a position of mediator; someone who has both seen and distilled the thoughts of those on the production side of the equation and equally, the consumer audience. There is often in your work an underlying feeling that you are trying, successfully I think personally, to engage the consumer in thinking slightly more about their choices by giving us insights into some areas of bike riding that we had either not known or thought about. And that is where this one line jumps out of the page and runs screaming out towards us where we may not be the intended target, and it is this one: "There is a perception by powerful interests within the industry.... So thank you RC, thank you. I get a funny feeling here that you are not writing this for us this time; I get the feeling you are genuinely worried enough to nibble the hand that feeds, the hand that in so many cases has it's existence denied. I too genuinely hope people on all sides of the equation understand the MTB world is, to use your analogy, in the third generation stage which requires some to stand up and highlight the future that awaits us unless we all wise up. Excellent piece.
orientdave evocsports's article
Jul 24, 2014 at 23:31
Jul 24, 2014
Fail Of The Month - July
There is a lot we can learn from number#5. The landing (at about 0:25) should be a warning to us all. The, however slight yet very easy to recognize, harsh landing on one jump will usually signal something we might regret later on the next. Have been there myself on Shazam at Silverstar with similar results.
orientdave mikelevy's article
Jul 22, 2014 at 22:15
Jul 22, 2014
Spank Oozy Trail295 Bead Bite Wheelset - Review
Thanks Spank; real world wheels at pretty reasonable the prices. That's the MTB world I live in.
orientdave mikekazimer's article
Jul 15, 2014 at 10:08
Jul 15, 2014
Preview: Kona's 2015 Lineup
That bonkywonky, is a great point and is part of the the point behind my post earlier: I am sure that if I were to ride a 27.5 then I would find myself back in the old theatre of the n+1 drama, and out of pocket shortly after. The question I asked myself, and maybe there may be others who wish to ask themselves the same, is whether the never ending race for the latest and greatest bikes and components is really worth it for those of us who are, at best, weekend warriors. I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that I am happy with riding what I know and love; my bikes. I hear bed calling and a morning ride.
orientdave mikekazimer's article
Jul 14, 2014 at 17:20
Jul 14, 2014
Preview: Kona's 2015 Lineup
...so, finally we have the ability to do some real world economics here then. I watch with baited breath. Here we have a new, 26 inch, 6.5 inch travel big hitting aggressive-end hooligan trail bike for some, a mini-DH bike for others, a machine capable of taking you to the start line at the latest Enduro race for others or even your one-bike-rules-them-all for the mighty amongst us, in the Process 167. It appears to the lay-man here that the sales of this one bike will be heavily watched not only by Kona obviously, but by the industry in general. If, and it is a big if, the sales of this bike outperform sales on similarly priced equivalent bikes running 27.5 wheels, then those of us who are quite happy thank you with our 26 inch bikes, can sleep a little easier in our beds dreaming of a bright future that still sees our beloved wheelsize in the shopfronts and our n+1 habit satiated for a little longer. If sales are disappointing however on this bike, those of us who love what we have should take a large dose of reality pie whilst we wait for the last of the new 26ers, awaiting the chance to sing and rejoice in the freedom of being released from the never ending consumer cycle (no pun intended) of the latest and greatest, thus leaving us, our spirits and minds free to ride off into the sunset, blissing out on the 559mm of rolling rims under us, never to be troubled by the industry again. Amen! I for one, can't wait.
orientdave pinkbikeaudience's article
Jul 9, 2014 at 0:17
Jul 9, 2014
Ask Pinkbike - Buying New vs Used, Which 29er and Shift Cables
@allix2456 "I don't think the argument presented in this article holds much water". Then you didn't read it very well then I suggest. The gentleman concerned (Bencartwright) doesn't have a bike on which to replace anything therefore is looking to buy a second hand bike for around 1200 USD and is asking..... no, wait a minute, why should I explain it to you. If you want to understand, try reading it carefully yourself.
orientdave pinkbikeaudience's article
Jul 8, 2014 at 16:06
Jul 8, 2014
Ask Pinkbike - Buying New vs Used, Which 29er and Shift Cables
RC has given good advice here; experience tells me that I can expect to have to replace some parts on a second hand bike that is older than three years; seals, bearings, bushings perhaps, cassettes, chainrings. that makes it imperative that, if you wish to buy second hand and at the same time keep down costs, you learn how to identify and then be able to perform component replacement. In addition, when you come to sell, you can ensure you get a good price for your bike by doing some of the work that might put off potential buyers..... learning how to do a bearing /pivot replacement for example. So, if you are someone who does not feel confident in getting your hands dirty and you problem solving skills honed, buy a newer, perfectly good lower spec example over the older higher spec ones especially given that the tech on even Deore these days makes it realistically very hard to justify any more for someone like Ben who is looking to get back into riding rather than needing to shave seconds off their times.
orientdave leelau's article
Jun 28, 2014 at 0:55
Jun 28, 2014
Economic Impacts of Mountain Biking Tourism
Lee, this kind of article is why I stick around here. Excellent. This information is far more likely to ensure there is a chance that continued access is available for people to ride their bikes off road rather than a staunch belief in "freedom" to ride where we want. As you say, advocacy requires knowledge. Read and learn everyone, you never know when you might need it.
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