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sino428 RichardCunningham's article
Oct 31, 2014 at 6:14
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Specialized 2FO Flat Shoes - Review
while I personally like as much grip as possible, I can fully appreciate the idea that you can have excessive grip. I run 5.10s with LG1 pedals, which is know you be one of the most grippy combos out there, and it is, but there are times when is so grippy that my foot sticks to the pedal even when I lift straight up. I'll stop at the end of run, go to take my foot off and and get off the bike, and the pedal will stick to my foot like it's clipped in as I lift up. I can definitely see how the that would be to much grip for some.
sino428 pinkbikeaudience's article
Oct 29, 2014 at 9:24
2 days
Ask Pinkbike: Mounting a Guide, Enduro Bike Capabilities, Trail Etiquette
I agree with Darkstar here, people keep bringing up this hypothetical situation where the downhill rider is in some steep techy section where its dangerous to stop. But like was already pointed out, people aren't going to be climbing sections like that. I keep saying I have no problem if people think downhill should have the right of way and in most situations I will simply just give way to a downhill rider as a courtesy. I just have a problem with basing this opinion on it being a safety issue for a downhill rider to stop. To me the bottom line is that if you can't or don't have the ability to stop in time or maneuver around someone coming the other direction on the trail, then you aren't riding that trial safely, and you aren't even leaving that uphill climber any time to get out of your way anyway. Uphill riders aren't psychic, if you can't see them coming they can't see you either.
sino428 gojammedia's article
Oct 29, 2014 at 5:57
2 days
Photo Epic: U.S. Collegiate Nationals
I think it might be in both mountain ranges. The Smokies are part of the Blue Ridge.
sino428 pinkbikeaudience's article
Oct 29, 2014 at 2:08
2 days
Ask Pinkbike: Mounting a Guide, Enduro Bike Capabilities, Trail Etiquette
I had an experience a few years ago whrn I came up two horseback riders heading the opposite direction on the trail from me. Trail was super narrow with little to no room to pass. I was only about 100 yards in from the trail head so I offered to just turn back and wait for them to clear the trail entirely but the woman was like no its fine if we see squeeze by just DONT MAKE ANY SUDDEN MOVES! Needless to say I squeezed myself and my bike into the brush on the side of the trail and basically shit myself as these houses went buy 3 inches from me.
sino428 pinkbikeaudience's article
Oct 28, 2014 at 15:21
3 days
Ask Pinkbike: Mounting a Guide, Enduro Bike Capabilities, Trail Etiquette
"And being unable to stop instantly doesn't always mean out of control. I'm just saying that generally someone on the way down may need 5 or 10 feet to safely come to a complete halt You should never put yourself in a position where you would ever have to stop instantly or within 5 or 10 feet for someone else on the trail. If you can't see more than 10 feet in front of you there is no way you should be pinned. Riding like that around blind areas on multi-directional trails is pretty much just irresponsible. I have no problem with people thinking someone on the way down should have the right of way. I just have a problem with the argument that its because riders going downhill can't stop in time. To me if you can't stop on time you are not riding that type of trail responsibly.
sino428 pinkbikeaudience's article
Oct 28, 2014 at 14:45
3 days
Ask Pinkbike: Mounting a Guide, Enduro Bike Capabilities, Trail Etiquette
If you are going so fast and out of control that you cannot stop in time to avoid a crash, what makes you think that the rider going up hill will have enough time to see you and to get out of your way? Bottom line is that you have to be riding in control on a multi-use/multi-directional trail and slow down and use caution in blinds areas and corners. And if you are on a section that is so technical or steep that you can't safely stop then there is unlikely to be someone pedaling up that section anyway.
sino428 pinkbikeaudience's article
Oct 28, 2014 at 14:20
3 days
Ask Pinkbike: Mounting a Guide, Enduro Bike Capabilities, Trail Etiquette
Your comment is spot on, there is big difference between a bike being capable of doing something, and a bike being the good at something. To me there just will never be a do it all bike that replaces all the other bikes. There will always be trade offs and a dedicated DH or XC bike will always handle those particular disciplines better than any all purpose mid travel bike. That's also not to say that there aren't some awesome bikes that can handle both pretty well but they will never be as good as the dedicated rigs. Also, another consideration that people overlook is durability. DH bikes are made to take a beating. Longer travel enduro bike are rugged, but not made to the same standards as DH bikes and likely won't stand up to the beating or repeated use on DH and freeride trails. When Gwin or Ropeleto take out an enduro bike on a WC track, they aren't worried about long term durability. They don't care if they trash the bike where as someone who drops $6K of their own money certainly will.
sino428 pinkbikeaudience's article
Oct 28, 2014 at 13:51
3 days
Ask Pinkbike: Mounting a Guide, Enduro Bike Capabilities, Trail Etiquette
After reading the comments about the up/down trail etiquette, I see a prevalent theme suggesting that downhill riders should have the right of way because its difficult to stop/maneuver going downhill. But if the downhill rider doesn't have enough time to stop or maneuver, then the uphill rider won't have enough time to get out of the anyway. If a downhill rider comes up that fast on someone going up, then no one will be able to avoid a crash. No one should hauling that fast and loose on a multi-directional trail that they wouldn't have the proper time to slow down should they come upon someone heading up the trail. And if the downhill rider is on something so technical that its difficult to stop on, then chances are than no one is going to be in the saddle climbing such a section anyway. I get that it would be great to always have uninterrupted descents, but to be honest I get much more annoyed if I have to stop or get stuck and have to try to restart on a tough climb than I do if I get interrupted on a downhill.
sino428 pinkbikeaudience's article
Oct 27, 2014 at 15:20
Oct 27, 2014
Finn Iles joins Lapierre Gravity Republic
Yea that sucks. I mean Yeti can do whatever it wants and so can Richie. They know better what's best for them than I do. But from a purely selfish standpoint, as a fan of DH and an American, it would have been awesome to root for him and watch him progress.
sino428 pinkbikeaudience's article
Oct 27, 2014 at 13:53
Oct 27, 2014
Finn Iles joins Lapierre Gravity Republic
Yea Dave answered the question below. He won't be able to race in his first year with the team.
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