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slimboyjim davidarthur's article
Aug 26, 2016 at 1:43
Aug 26, 2016
Hope Tech Enduro - Pro 4 wheelset Review
I've a set of straight pulls on some Light Bicycle rims and, as you would expect, it is an excellent wheelset - I'm very happy. However, just a word of warning in that straight pull spokes are a right ball ache to source. I always knew it would be a bit difficult, but it is annoyingly so. I'd definately go J-bend in future. As it stands I've had to buy in a load of spares just in case as few shops keep them in stock. Clearly this isn't the fault of the hubs or Hope, but I thought that someone somewhere might benefit from my pain!
slimboyjim pinkbikeaudience's article
Aug 21, 2016 at 12:38
Aug 21, 2016
Rio 2016 - Men's Olympic XC Results
It was even more obvious given the commentator on the BBC announced he'd done a 'tailwhip'...
slimboyjim mikekazimer's article
Aug 21, 2016 at 11:56
Aug 21, 2016
Connor Fearon's Kona Brocess - Crankworx Whistler 2016
Would it not be worth contacting them direct? If it is all of the shelf parts I can't see why they wouldn't be able to sort you out?
slimboyjim RichardCunningham's article
Aug 19, 2016 at 15:18
Aug 19, 2016
Leatt Convertible Full Face Helmet - Crankworx Whistler 2016
@sernevi: I know what you're getting at, but I don't disagree with the 'enduro' marketing. At the end of the day nobody will lug/wear a proper full face around for the duration of an 'enduro' ride either, so this is a better option than a half shell when you talk protection. If they had marketed it as a Dh lid though, then that would be another story... I do think that they've been pretty fair here though, specifically saying the helmet isn't suitable for downhill use.
slimboyjim RichardCunningham's article
Aug 19, 2016 at 4:10
Aug 19, 2016
Leatt Convertible Full Face Helmet - Crankworx Whistler 2016
I think that people are missing the point of this helmet. A proper full face is significantly more protective than this or any other convertible helmet, but also hotter to wear. This is a trail helmet that is a bit more protective. Outside of winter, wearing a full face isn't really an option even in a temperate country like the UK IMHO, so if you are out for 2hrs or more trail riding on your bike these seem ok. If you are (regularly) using it for downhill then there may be better options unless the ventilation thing is more important than protection... Don't get me wrong - I've not gone the convertible route and have a seperate half shell and full face so it's not for me, but to write these off immediately is a bit silly. I know plenty of people who have gone down this route, are happy that they have, and are better protected than had they worn their half shells... Most of them wouldn't ever dream of purchasing a full face anyway! Look on the bright side in that the more protection people wear, the more the severity of any accidents is reduced and the less likely it is that some chump determined to sue your local trail group causes your trails to be dumbed down.
slimboyjim pinkbikeaudience's article
Aug 14, 2016 at 3:27
Aug 14, 2016
Canyon, EWS Whistler Fantasy Contest
Stupid autocorrect! Here is what it was supposed to say... 1) Graves 2) Hill 3) Maes 1) Ravanel 2) Courderier 3) Beerten
slimboyjim pinkbikeaudience's article
Aug 14, 2016 at 3:25
Aug 14, 2016
Canyon, EWS Whistler Fantasy Contest
1) Graves 2) Hill 3) Maes 1) Ravaged 2) Courtesies 3) Beerten
slimboyjim vernonfelton's article
Aug 5, 2016 at 6:23
Aug 5, 2016
Bontrager Lithos MIPS - Review
The Bell never fit me either. I was a bit gutted as i wanted to support Bell after they did a load of trail advocacy stuff. I'm now on a Sweet Protection lid and it's much better for me.
slimboyjim pinkbikeaudience's article
Aug 5, 2016 at 6:19
Aug 5, 2016
Devinci Cycles - UCI World Cup DH - Mont Sainte Anne Fantasy Contest
Men: 1. Minaar 2. Gwin 3. Atherton Women : 1. Atherton 2. Miller 3. Seagrave
slimboyjim DescentWorld's article
Aug 5, 2016 at 3:33
Aug 5, 2016
Brain Injuries in Mountain Biking - Are We Doing Enough?
I think the most difficult part is to create a rule that cannot be abused. As mentioned there is so many ways that the rules can be circumvented - crashes may not be seen even within a competition. Whilst there is money, sponsorship and expectation considerations, teams and riders will always do everything they can to race. There is no easy answer, other than rely on the teams and riders who are conflicted. Even the system Chris is proposing relies on rider/team honesty so is flawed, but I cannot see a better way. The biggest hurdle to overcome will be the attitude of the general community. Look at how everyone has praised Rude for competing in the last EWS with an injury, or how dismayed everyone was when Semenuk didn't complete a second Joyride run. Now I don't have inside information on Rudes' accident, and it may have been entirely appropriate as a decision to race, but Semenuk dropped into his run because of that pressure before, thankfully, thinking better off it. As a community I feel that there has to be more of an acceptance of the negative side of injury, and perhaps an injury passport as proposed will be the first step towards that? I wish Chris the best of luck, along with anyone else working on a solution.
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