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reverend RichardCunningham's article
Jul 1, 2015 at 17:34
Jul 1, 2015
Now THAT Was a Bike: 1990 Mantis Valkyrie
p.s. where can these bikes be viewed today? (Driving down to So. Cal to visit my in-laws in August, and stopping by to visit friends in the Bay Area on the way home...)
reverend redbullbike's article
Jul 1, 2015 at 17:31
Jul 1, 2015
Video: Claudio's Course Preview - Lenzerheide
I want to ride with Claudio, the tears of laughter would help keep the contacts lubricated in dusty conditions. He seems to have a love for life that is infectious, I think we could all use more friends and riding buddies like him. Long live Claudio!
reverend redbullbike's article
Jul 1, 2015 at 17:20
Jul 1, 2015
Video: Claudio's Course Preview - Lenzerheide
Sideways, braking bumps course preview Claudio "WAA" big smile til race day!
reverend RichardCunningham's article
Jul 1, 2015 at 10:46
Jul 1, 2015
Now THAT Was a Bike: 1990 Mantis Valkyrie
Oh I look forward to that. Thank you for your attention to our history (short though it may be) and the wealth of innovation that has brought it so far in such a brief span. These photo's and discussions with builders feel like a reunion with long lost friends. Thank you!
reverend RichardCunningham's article
Jun 30, 2015 at 9:21
Jun 30, 2015
Now THAT Was a Bike: 1990 Mantis Valkyrie
Saw a raw aluminum 'Cunningham' on display in San Francisco, I believe, in the late 80's or 1990 with a unique chain retention device, namely a tube through which the chain was threaded atop the chain stay. Was this Richard's design? First $10k bike I ever saw. And, despite the fact that there was no way I could even consider purchasing it, I lusted after it! Some things never change.
reverend RichardCunningham's article
Jun 30, 2015 at 8:46
Jun 30, 2015
Now THAT Was a Bike: 1990 Mantis Valkyrie
Don't get too dewey eyed over the Hite Rite 'dropper'. You'll notice in the write up, that he specifically said 'properly assembled' This meant that not only did you have to have it installed correctly, but you also had to overcome the friction of the seat post sliding within the seat tube. Endless cleaning and re-greasing if you lived in muddy environs. Also, it is just a spring, so when the clamp was loosened enough to allow the post to move, the spring could twist on the eyelet through which the clamping bolt ran. I had a couple of these (they came in longer and shorter travel versions) on different bikes, and ultimately went back to simply doing what I still do today... namely scratch my preferred insertion mark on the post itself and clamp it down. This way I could drop the post and then reset it by hand fairly quickly. I use a dropper post now... a reverb... and love it. It is incalculably better than its predecessor. Innovation though, the credit is due to those early visionaries who helped bring the mountain bike from klunker to the sweet rigs of today which allow us to ride terrain that would have demolished this frame, wheels and any rider foolish enough to guinea pig it.
reverend CreativeConcept's article
Jun 29, 2015 at 23:01
Jun 29, 2015
Video: Bruni and Vergier Against the World - Episode Two
What's patriotism got to do with it?
reverend pinkbikeaudience's article
Jun 29, 2015 at 12:31
Jun 29, 2015
Video: What Does a Typical Weekend for Brett Tippie Look Like?
Rode with him a few years back when I did a Schley camp at Whistler. He loves to ride, and is soooooo smooth. This was near Crankworx time and he was being invited to hang out with many of the other big names of the sport (it was Richie Schley's birthday), and his response was, 'I don't know, the lifts will still be open, I might come by after that'. And this after spending 3 days riding with paying clients. Would welcome the opportunity to ride with him again at any time.
reverend ikeizer's article
Jun 28, 2015 at 16:41
Jun 28, 2015
Trans-Provence 2015 - A Week of Friendships Forged
Must work to make friends in the area. Provence always looks so appealing, the trails amazing. May have to start a Provence travel account...
reverend ikeizer's article
Jun 28, 2015 at 14:40
Jun 28, 2015
Trans-Provence 2015 - A Week of Friendships Forged
Must do. I would love to do this too. With the results page listing times for approximately 80 riders total, this will remain an un-checked bucket list item for most of us... now, how can I work to be one of those few!?!
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