parkourfan

  • Member since Sep 12, 2011
  • 107 Followers
  • Worcester , Massachusetts
  • Male / 17

Raced a bit of XC and DH, trying out enduro this season. Run track&field, D1 commit. I'm pretty terrible at BMX too...I want to try road and dirt jumping in the future, but give me any bike and I'll have fun. You're here now, so why not give me a follow? Big Grin

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Jul 21, 2014 at 10:45
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parkourfan RichardCunningham's article
Jul 14, 2014 at 9:00
Jul 14, 2014
Specialized 2015: The Enduro Gets 27.5-Inch Wheels
"Kurtis Keen" and the "2104" 29er. That aside, it's a very nice, fairly in-depth review. But really...all it takes is testing the 29er back to back with a 650b bike and instead of having amazing big hit response and crazy nice steering there's suddenly complaints about the 29er? I mean the last review treated the enduro 29er as the second coming is all.
parkourfan briceshirbach's article
Jul 10, 2014 at 22:01
Jul 10, 2014
East Bound and Down - Seamus Rising
Hey man, no need to shit on the kid just because he's not at harvard with a 4.0 while holding down a job and racing world cups. Sure, having a good bike and the money to travel and race is pretty much a necessity to make it in biking. Same goes for pretty much every other sport, and it's a hell of a lot more impossible to make it with low funds in sports such as kart racing or motocross. At least you can still race on the cheap and throw together some decent results in this sport.
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Jul 10, 2014 at 18:54
Jul 10, 2014
parkourfan USMC's photo
Jul 6, 2014 at 23:14
Jul 6, 2014
Well damn! Looks great man!

parkourfan ambatt's article
Jul 5, 2014 at 20:37
Jul 5, 2014
Bitches Brew - Going Mainstream Can Make or Break an Emerging Sport
I saw the hyperbole as a little biting. Kid's just trying to argue for the other side. And thankfully, I think that the kind of politeness you're talking about is already here, and that's a big part of what makes the sport. I'm pretty sure that its-joe is just a little overtly wary of showing the new guy on the block the less than legal trails...and honestly, newcomers need to learn about the legal trails around them, as well as their local advocacy groups before they start sneaking off to build on their own. It's not exactly right to build a community around illegal spots. However, it seems that its-joe and I are in the same unfortunate boat of not having the most upstanding trail options around us. And as you rather eloquently put it before, we're kids. Compared to someone who's spent half their life racing or involved in the sport, 17 ain't much. I'm not sure if there's a point to this reply, since I agree with both of you. Make the big spots bigger, expand on trail centers, keep the politeness a part of the sport - and keep illegal trails on the down low to make sure that hordes of bikers don't give the sport a bad rep. I think that even with the prices getting a little obnoxious and a few of the people too, mountain biking is moving in the right direction. And I'm pretty damn happy that the sport has a future, since I'm just getting started.
parkourfan ambatt's article
Jul 5, 2014 at 16:29
Jul 5, 2014
Bitches Brew - Going Mainstream Can Make or Break an Emerging Sport
I think that most of us are all better than newcomers in a certain respect - we all know what to do to keep small riding spots around. I'd say that biking will get bigger gradually, and there's no need for a massive push in either direction. Sure, there's always a need to be nice to a newcomer. But you know, I got that when I first started racing, pretty much everyone was really uplifting and nice to me (complete with my pads over my jersey, a piece of shit for a bike, falling all over the place and blocking the lines and such). Now, being polite and having a conversation with the guys on the chair next to you already seems like a regular part of biking to me. No need for you guys to take shots at each other over this. To ambatt, as usual I liked the article. However, I'd say that as an industry, we've already "made it". There's not a "make or break" time coming up any time soon - there's plenty of bike manufacturers, people to buy said bikes...there's lots of large, well-established mountains and purpose-built places to ride. System ain't broke, and it's slowly going to get better.
parkourfan ambatt's article
Jul 5, 2014 at 16:28
Jul 5, 2014
Bitches Brew - Going Mainstream Can Make or Break an Emerging Sport
Let's face it guys, you're making the obvious arguments for both sides. Both have their merit. Getting more people into the sport means that bike parks and the like will have more funding, so they will eventually get bigger and better. However, having a large influx of riders to an illegal trail, or even a partially legal trail center starts to piss people off. And then, biking would end up having to be mostly in dedicated areas. And hell, I can't afford to get out to a big mountain or trail center every weekend. The little riding within a biking distance is mostly poaching ATV and snowmobile trails, with one small state park that bikers aren't exactly allowed on. Given that I'm a good 2 and a half hours from the closest bike park, and many great biking spots around me have been throwing out bikers or outlawing biking there totally given that so many people show up...all it takes is a few complaints or a serious injury and a great little spot can disappear. And then I'm left with one NEMBA sanctioned area and highland bike park as being "close".
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