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tinfoil pinkbikeaudience's article
Oct 14, 2016 at 21:01
Oct 14, 2016
UCI Announces Changes to Regulations of Mountain Bike World Cup Events
@forecast01: Using Canadian ski racing as a model for athlete development is misguided at best. There are few organisations quite as adept at squandering talent as Alpine Canada.
tinfoil bcenduroseries's article
Sep 17, 2016 at 21:11
Sep 17, 2016
Course Release: Sun Peaks Resort - Osprey Canadian National Enduro Presented by NOBL Wheels
@d-man: You make a good point, and in my mind, it raises a lot of questions about the sustainability of enduro racing.
tinfoil bcenduroseries's article
Sep 17, 2016 at 21:02
Sep 17, 2016
Course Release: Sun Peaks Resort - Osprey Canadian National Enduro Presented by NOBL Wheels
I certainly didn't mean to offend you, and nowhere did I say that the races weren't well run (they are). I didn't even say they're not fun. What I said was that enduros held in bike parks are basically $100+ toonie races on pointlessly light bikes. I appreciate everything that Megan and Ted have done to create what is undeniably an incredible race series, but this particular style of course I personally don't enjoy, and in my opinion, it's not great for the sport. I don't know if you're a skier, but it reminds me of ski touring in the resort. Just doesn't seem as enjoyable as it could be. Like I said, it's only my opinion. Take it or leave it.
tinfoil bcenduroseries's article
Sep 17, 2016 at 10:58
Sep 17, 2016
Course Release: Sun Peaks Resort - Osprey Canadian National Enduro Presented by NOBL Wheels
I've said it before and I'll say it again: bike park enduro races, especially ones with so little pedalling make no sense. It's just deliberately using the wrong tool for the job, which is dangerous for riders, destroys gear for no reason and adds expense to an already expensive race weekend. Races like this alienate the riders who want to get into the sport in favour of those who are willing and able to throw cash at lift tickets, days off work to practice while the park is open, parts and realistically a second no-fun, vaguely pedalable, beefed out enduro bike to handle the abuse. I've raced some BC Enduros and had a great time - Megan and Ted do an incredible job, but I've also raced some trails that I honestly didn't enjoy at all, broken parts and eaten shit trying to go fast on trails I've barely seen before in the name of 'gnar'. Maybe it's just me but if I wanted to race blown out, high speed bike park or through piles of sharp loose rocks (I'm looking at you: Musser's Plateau in Kimberley) I'd still be racing DH. End rant. Obviously people love it so maybe I'm in the minority here. Maybe I'm just not very good. Just my 2 cents, even though nobody asked.
tinfoil mikekazimer's article
Sep 2, 2016 at 16:26
Sep 2, 2016
Pinkbike Poll: Loud Hubs - Yes or No?
I love a silent hub, but lately I've been running Hope's and to my surprise I don't mind it. If money were no object I'd still rock one of those fully silent instant engagement ones though. Stealth bikes are where it's at. I could write an erotic novel about the sound of tires on dirt.
tinfoil mikekazimer's article
Sep 1, 2016 at 18:32
Sep 1, 2016
e*thirteen's TRS Plus Dropper Post, 9-46 Tooth Cassette - Eurobike 2016
@darkside720: Wow, that was a very civilised comment. Now I feel bad for being so confrontational in mine. I think we could probably call it different strokes for different folks (literally) and leave it at that. We've all got our own style, types of terrain we like to ride, etc. My original point, which I didn't accompany with an explanation is that at 5'10ish", as a pretty average 'expert' rider with a background racing a little and instructing, I seem to be right in the sweet spot for a 125mm dropper. On a frame with an exceptionally short seat tube maybe, maybe I'd run a 150. In my mind, 175 is for giants. 200 seems a silly thing to bring to market, though maybe about 3 people could use it. That said, I could see how folks who ride a lot of machine built jumps, maybe spend time in the bike park or have a bmx background might like the seat completely gone while descending.
tinfoil mikekazimer's article
Sep 1, 2016 at 11:15
Sep 1, 2016
e*thirteen's TRS Plus Dropper Post, 9-46 Tooth Cassette - Eurobike 2016
@darkside720: Wow, I had no idea how wrong I was! Thank you so much for enlightening me! Nah, I'm kidding. You sound like a dick. Believe it on not, people come is all shapes, sizes and riding styles. Not only that but every bike is designed differently. My seat drops to exactly where I want it - right about level with the bottom of my stem. That's low enough to stay out of the way in steep terrain or the air, and high enough that I can steer the bike with my legs when things get rowdy - something that everyone but downhill racers seems to have forgotten about.
tinfoil mikekazimer's article
Aug 31, 2016 at 17:53
Aug 31, 2016
e*thirteen's TRS Plus Dropper Post, 9-46 Tooth Cassette - Eurobike 2016
All you people must be giants. I'm 5'10 and can only run 125mm of drop. Any more and I wouldn't reach the pedals.
tinfoil pinkbikeaudience's article
Aug 18, 2016 at 22:42
Aug 18, 2016
Fox Air DH: Crankworx Whistler 2016 - Video
It just isn't the same without Stevie. Stoked for Bas though. #longlivechainsaw
tinfoil pinkbikeaudience's article
Aug 18, 2016 at 22:13
Aug 18, 2016
Trailforks Crankworx Whistler Contest
@HpSauce: I totally get that. I'm more continuing this conversation out of personal interest than anything so feel free to ignore. The thing about being an orangutan is that your elbows stick out while riding a bike. when they do that, the weight comes off the thumb and onto the outside of the hand. I have never felt my thumbs get stressed riding but I do have callouses on the pad beneath my pinky finger. I also run my brakes extremely far inboard so I'm not even sure my hands sit straight. The other thing is that running steep levers seems to help get me in attack position, although that's pure conjecture. Anyway, different strokes for different folks. It likely has a lot to do with build, riding style and bike fit. There seem to be people much faster than me doing it both ways.
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