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si618 evocsports's article
Jan 5, 2016 at 21:42
Jan 5, 2016
Fails of the Month - December
It's a crap ad, but I'll pay that.
si618 davidarthur's article
Nov 30, 2015 at 22:24
Nov 30, 2015
Exposure MaXx-D Mk8 light - Review
I don't think anyone is, rather they're suggesting an inferior product at a much cheaper price is a valid option. The cheap lights made today are superior to the expensive lights made only 5+ years ago, and when 4 of these lights would come close to what my whole bike cost, I couldn't justify it.
si618 MattStaggs's article
Nov 30, 2015 at 18:25
Nov 30, 2015
Mondraker Australia at Australian National Downhill Round One - Video
Props to Josh Clark for holding on @3:16, looked like a wild ride :)
si618 pinkbikeaudience's article
Nov 9, 2015 at 20:31
Nov 9, 2015
10 Questions with Velofix
Pros need the fancy tools, as they get used a lot, so need to last and also might be faster or easier to use, but if you're only pressing the occasional headset (or whatever) then cheaper or DIY tools should be fine. I spent ~$150AUD ($100US) on a headset remover, press, crown race remover and installer which all work well, and I feel way more comfortable than using a hammer and screwdriver as some friends do :)
si618 mountainbiker-finn's article
Oct 29, 2015 at 17:57
Oct 29, 2015
The Destruction and Story of the Tadpole Trails
Or seeing if there are any mtb friendly organisations (government or private) in the area that you can work with? More work initially, but you've got a much better chance of having a long-term and sustainable trail as a result. Where I live, around 10 years ago there were loads of problems between riders building illegal trails and locals (walkers, nearby residents, etc.), so bad that nasty traps were being set and it was inevitable that someone would end up seriously hurt or killed. The local council was approached, actually they were pretty much swamped by hundreds of riders :) and fast forward to today, and we now have one of, if not the best, trail network in Adelaide, with more coming. Local councils e.g. and state bodies e.g. are on board, getting funded and co-ordinating between themselves, and we have professional trail builders and volunteers also working pretty well. Good luck!
si618 dbaker's article
Oct 28, 2015 at 20:32
Oct 28, 2015
Video: Brian Lopes' All Star Weekend at Woodward West
Probably a gopro mounted on a gimbal:
si618 COMMENCALbicycles's article
Oct 21, 2015 at 21:06
Oct 21, 2015
Video: Constructing the Commencal Office Pump Track
Good advice to wait until the line is dialled, we're still tweaking ours and have more work to do, but once it's dialled I'll be using a locally sourced crushed rock for the top surface rather than concrete or asphalt. Clay dirt is great to shape, but a pain to maintain. Here's an example: The top surface is " 6mm crushed fines", it was recently built and is close to my place, so if it survives an aussie summer and winter, I'll be using it for our pump track at home.
si618 COMMENCALbicycles's article
Oct 21, 2015 at 20:47
Oct 21, 2015
Video: Constructing the Commencal Office Pump Track
Until you've built a pump track yourself, or any trails for that matter, you've really got no idea how much work is involved. I built mine two years ago by hand (no mechanical help as site access was shite), and our total ride time on it is still probably less than how long it took to build. If I knew how much work was involved, if I could've found someone crazy enough to build a pump track at the bottom of our garden, I would've happily paid for it! Still got the hip jump and wall ride to go though :)
si618 Spank-Ind's article
Oct 15, 2015 at 18:56
Oct 15, 2015
Video: Doerfling's Monster Line - Red Bull Rampage 2015
I've never got this praise god thing when it comes to sports...I mean, there's so much nasty, evil shit that goes on in the world every. single. day, if there was a sky god looking over humanity, surely s/he/it would sort that shit out first? Each to their own, believe what you want, but I'd rather praise the mechanical engineers and designers for keeping the riders safe.
si618 mikekazimer's article
Aug 27, 2015 at 19:47
Aug 27, 2015
First Look: Bell, Topeak, and Mavic - Eurobike 2015
I agree Daniel...earlier this year I had a rather large OTB, as in my head landed on a rock and my lower back impacted against a tree trunk. MRI cleared me of major damage, but I had crazy localised swelling and although I was a little pissed that my camelbak (with padding and water reservoir) didn't take some of the impact, don't think I would've crawled away if a drink bottle at a 45ยบ angle came between my back and the tree.
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