I like riding bikes.
pike14 mattwragg's article
Jan 22, 2013 at 4:55Jan 22, 2013
Doping: Crime and Punishment?
Doping has no place in ANY sport or form of that sport (i.e. DH, Enduro, XC). We're lucky in that our sport is young enough to allow us to learn from the ugly past of road riding and make the right decisions moving forward. If you think that guys in gravity based disciplines don't or wouldn't dope your naive. Poker and Pool players dope for Christ's sake. And take a look at the guy next to you in the office-even he dopes-Ridilin, Aneracetam, ADD meds-anything to give a mental boost. The clear fact is that we hold sports up on a pedestal as being pure and ethical. We need to remember we have a chance here to set a precedent and we can't miss that opportunity. I hope the powers that be can and will have the courage to do the right thing so that we don't go the way of our lycra-clad friends on the road.
pike14 mattwragg's article
Sep 27, 2012 at 5:14Sep 27, 2012
2013 UCI World Enduro Series Cancelled?
I think it's actually best if the UCI not get involved. They seem to only want to generate money and put money into what they think will be the biggest draw. Enduro racing will grow regardless of whether or not the UCI is involved. Luckily, it looks like it'll be able to keep it's "grassroots" base. The nature of enduro, as I see it, is not all about the glitz and glamour, but rather about what we all do on any given ride day anyway-have fun with our pals, smile, talk sh*t, and ride our bikes.
pike14 IanHylands's article
Jun 9, 2012 at 7:36Jun 9, 2012
Sequence Saturday 22
Exploding sperms are the worst thing that can happen to a rider. Oh, you meant exploding B-E-R-M-S.... ah, well both would make me fall off my bike.
Feb 13, 2012 at 4:54Feb 13, 2012
Scott Genius LT 10 Review
It's a great looking bike, but the fact that it's got SEVEN cables coming out of the cockpit is a turnoff to me. The most fun bikes I own are the ones that have the least amount of "stuff" going on. Simplicity makes things easy and fun. The construction looks solid, but I'm a little weary of the carbon. Every one of my trail and AM bikes have scratches and dings all over them. I know carbon is supposed to be tough, but it would scare the heck out of me hearing rocks bounce off my down tube. To me simplicity trumps all. I mean, if someone gave me this bike I'd ride the hell out of it, but for the price (and possible frustration due to the complicated bits) it's just not a justifiable purchase.
pike14 derekdix's article
Feb 3, 2012 at 2:16Feb 3, 2012
Ultramontane No. 02
Siiick! Love these and can't wait for the next one!
Jan 31, 2012 at 2:59Jan 31, 2012
Tech Tuesday - Inside Shimano's Shadow Plus Mech and How To Adjust It
I'll stick with my "dated" Sram mech...All this clutch stuff seems like trying to fix a problem that doesn't need fixing. All of my bikes have chain guides and barely make a sound. I just don't really see the point in it.
pike14 karl-burkat's article
Dec 30, 2011 at 17:23Dec 30, 2011
Pinkbike Mobile Upload Contest - Results
Well, even if I didn't win anything, I'm pretty stoked that my Glow in the Dark Condom made it in the pics!!!
Nov 28, 2011 at 7:57Nov 28, 2011
Pinkbike's Burning Question - Will the 29er Replace the 26-inch Downhill and All-Mountain Bike?
I've spent a lot of time racing xc and endurance events on hardtail and full sus 29ers. Never did I feel that they had better handling characteristics than a 26er. Both 29ers (ht and full sus) were top of the line models. They certainly did plow over everything in their paths, but the "fun factor" was almost zero. On the other hand, my all mountain and downhill bikes are much more capable on techy terrain, and they handle like a Ferrari as oppossed to the "bus" handling of a 29er. They're much more fun to ride, and add excitement to every ride. Bottom line for me; 29er for xc, 26er for the rest.