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valtra mikekazimer's article
Jun 28, 2015 at 19:13
Jun 28, 2015
New Products From Fabric, Alpinestars, Kali - Press Camp 2015
What is it about North Wales in November that requires more than a mini chain tool to repair a broken chain? Not that you're wrong about detachable tools, I keep a close eye on the 8mm removable hex when the Allen keys come out.
Apr 21, 2015 at 11:52
Apr 21, 2015

Manitou Swinger 4-way coil 7.5x2.0 BROKEN

$60 CAD
This 2006 Swinger 4-Way coil shock is sold in its current condition. Spring is a Fox 7.5x2.45 as selected by the service centre for my weight (150lbs kitted up). There is a hairline crack on the mount near the blue rebound knob which causes the shock to leak oil. I sent it in for custom tuning and service 4 times before finding out, only to learn that the service centre cannot get a hold of the replacement part. Everything else is like new, and I have the old O-rings and such from the original service. Perfect for salvage parts. If you are interested, best way to contact is via this website. I am also interested in anyone offering this model so I can salvage the mounting piece and get mine working again.

valtra mikekazimer's article
Apr 19, 2015 at 6:15
Apr 19, 2015
9Point8 Fall Line Dropper Post - Sea Otter 2015
I have an X-Fusion O2 so I am not against purchasing the Hilo, but only the original comes in 27.2. Apparently the SL update is quite a bit better, and has more travel (important because most of my height is in my legs). Still considering it, but the $:durability ratio is a lot less competitive. I hear the GD is stupid simple to maintain, so could I run it without the boot and just service it more frequently? Function should always come before form, but that boot is just so damn ugly.
valtra mikekazimer's article
Apr 18, 2015 at 16:18
Apr 18, 2015
9Point8 Fall Line Dropper Post - Sea Otter 2015
I want a modern 27.2 sized dropper that won't cost me my first born child. Guess its Gravity Dropper or nothing.
valtra brule's article
Apr 17, 2015 at 9:24
Apr 17, 2015
Day 1 Randoms - Sea Otter 2015
I think the $5 a foot contest is awesome. Definitely going to show that to the local club to see if something similar could be done here. Probably wouldn't be a $10,000 bike up for grabs, but a generous LBS might donate a $1500 bike, and if at least that much is raised we could finally get some signage at the local trail system. Better navigation = more riders = more bike sales for the LBS. Any idea how much it costs Sierra Buttes to contract trail builders per mile or per day?
valtra mikelevy's article
Mar 11, 2015 at 7:41
Mar 11, 2015
LifeProof frē iPhone Case - Review
Phone companies should stick to making phones, maybe waterproof them, but stay away from "ruggedizing" them. I lf your $1500 (ballpark guess for off-contract, unlocked price of hypothetical phone) rugged iPhone gets a crack in the casing, you need to buy a new phone instead of a much cheaper case. I don't think I would trust a rugged iPhone to be stepped on by a cow, or survive a trip through an augar. Not to mention most rugged smartphones I've seen are not worth buying. Before the S5 Active pretty much the only one available was the Rugby which is stuck on 2.3 and slow as molasses.
valtra pinkbikeaudience's article
Mar 2, 2015 at 21:00
Mar 2, 2015
Watch the Chain! Bikers Crash into Chain Across a Trail
His son posted it to Reddit recently
valtra mikekazimer's article
Mar 2, 2015 at 8:59
Mar 2, 2015
valtra mikekazimer's article
Feb 28, 2015 at 20:20
Feb 28, 2015
Pinkbike Poll: Do You Care Where a Product is Made?
Norman Bourlag's work, while incredible, is reaching its end. We need a "Transgenic" Green Revolution to see yield gains like that again because a lot of our staple commodities are seeing yield plateaus. Even on the animals side, we've optimized the genetics of broilers to the point that we really can't reduce feed conversion ratio any more. More important is food distribution. In the West, we waste just shy of 50% of the food we produce--and that's only household waste (Ref: George Morris Centre, Guelph, ON). In developing countries, at least 50% is wasted before it even reaches the home. What we need are investments in food infrastructure. That means proper harvest technology, shipping and storage methods that don't spoil the crop, ROADS and TRAINS to get food to markets. Right now, I don't think free trade is promoting these investments in agriculture, and the countries that need them most don't have the stability to provide them (arguably due to the interference of America/Canada/EU). American agriculture's favourite catch phrase is "feeding the world", and it's true. America can produce corn, soy, rice, wheat, cotton, and hundreds of fresh produce crops/food cheaper and more efficiently (less environmental impact per kg of food) than just about any other nation in the world. Unfortunately, that means a lot of that production gets dumped into developing countries where farmers cannot compete. Why would a Ugandan buy local maize when America can sell cheaper corn via Chicago, and even sends boatloads worth in aid? Hell, there's a road in NY just south of Niagara Falls that has enough dairy farms to crush the industry in SW Ontario if we get rid of our protections. Free trade isn't some silver bullet to food security, in a lot of ways its a barrier. Maybe free trade of investments could improve infrastructure, but I doubt those improvements would result in more food in the mouths of local residents.
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