orientdave

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

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orientdave RichardCunningham's article
Mar 24, 2015 at 21:25
2 days
Trickstuff Cleg 4 Disc Brake - Review
I think RC may well have identified one of the central traits of us Brits there..... Deore brakes on my bikes unless I push the boat out and go for SLX!!!
orientdave RichardCunningham's article
Mar 24, 2015 at 21:23
2 days
Trickstuff Cleg 4 Disc Brake - Review
and oriion isn't even one of the "skinflints in the UK". Shame on you RC. Tarring all those citizens with the one brush.
orientdave gbwilliams's article
Mar 24, 2015 at 8:40
3 days
Japan: Vanquish Trail Time Trial
Owwww, mend soon!!!
orientdave nikoniko's photo
Mar 24, 2015 at 4:33
3 days
Excellent bivvy action! Spring is on the way!

orientdave gbwilliams's article
Mar 23, 2015 at 15:35
Mar 23, 2015
Japan: Vanquish Trail Time Trial
Sram series races down your way were rather moist at times last year apparently! Did you go in for it Greg?
orientdave RichardCunningham's article
Mar 21, 2015 at 17:09
Mar 21, 2015
Pinkbike Poll: How Much Are Name-Brand Components and Interchangeability Worth?
Absolutely. Whilst the big players may well be able to go down the proprietary road, the current (up to now!!) relative standardization of the industry allows a myriad of smaller/boutique frame and parts manufacturers to thrive. And that is a good thing. The UK's LTHT market is full of small independent frame makers (Cotic, Stanton, BTR etc) who benefit greatly from the ability of the consumer to buy a frame and go from there. As an example, I was at a race last weekend here in Japan on a Cotic BFe. At the same race series there are people riding Cotic Souls, Stanton Slacklines and BTR Rangers and no two are the same. The industry does, for the moment at least, encourage users (who can see past the bling) to be more involved, and that surely is a good thing. Yes, it means there are segments of the market for the "more money than sense" buyers, yet we don't have to get involved at that end if we do not want to.
orientdave mikekazimer's article
Mar 20, 2015 at 20:54
Mar 20, 2015
Opinion: Don't Shoot the Messenger
Thanks for the insight Mike. I find myself more disappointed than angry these days about the relative speed at which things are changing
orientdave mikelevy's article
Mar 19, 2015 at 17:50
Mar 19, 2015
Maxxis' New Rubber - Taipei Show 2015
Scott, There are no such things as big words. Only words that carry meaning. Scott, language can be beautiful, it can caress you, inspire you, make you feel like you are riding on the wings of stardust. There are times it can hurt. There are times it can heal. There are times when it can be brief, where it can be sharp and incisive in its brevity. And there are times when it can construct meaning through its lengthy structure (often that requires it to be more detailed, such as right now) Your choice of comment was simultaneously dismissive, erroneous and curt. And therefore in my opinion, deserving of a reply dripping with sarcasm. Language is powerful stuff Scott, and it is well worth arming yourself with a wide variety of vocabulary with which to make your way through life. Enjoy the weekend. Love and kisses.
orientdave mikekazimer's article
Mar 19, 2015 at 16:26
Mar 19, 2015
Opinion: Don't Shoot the Messenger
Mike, if I may, could I ask for your clarification on something. "Maybe it's because I like to tinker and experiment that new standards don't anger me". I too, like to tinker. I enjoy reading about the latest advances and (the diminishing returns of) constant product development. Long may it continue. I have done with the angry phase, and am now at exasperation junction where I slowly become resigned to not being able to tinker so much as before..So, from that perspective, if you have time, your thoughts on these two would be interesting. Could it be the case, that for a not insignificant number of the readership here, who will and do have compatibility issues thanks to changes in sizings, coupled with financial restrictions, that a far more understandable position would be that new standards will anger people? To what extent, if any, does your being a journalist who does get to see and use more of this stuff than the average rider be affacting your ability to get over any feelings of anger do you think? Cheers.
orientdave mikelevy's article
Mar 19, 2015 at 16:00
Mar 19, 2015
Maxxis' New Rubber - Taipei Show 2015
i do most humbly request your forgiveness if, as a corollary of my my penchant for verbosity, you have become somewhat vexated.
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