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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.
valtra ChrisJohannes's article
Feb 28, 2015 at 13:18
Feb 28, 2015
Randoms - QBP Frostbike 2015
Thanks for the tip. Chromag's business must be booming
valtra RichardCunningham's article
Feb 25, 2015 at 16:14
Feb 25, 2015
Maxima SC1 Clear Coat - Review
Thanks for this tip. I've always used silicone on my frame because it looks pretty and on the seatpost for lubrication but thought it would be harmful to the suspension. Direct spray or spray on a rag then wipe?
valtra ChrisJohannes's article
Feb 25, 2015 at 13:53
Feb 25, 2015
Randoms - QBP Frostbike 2015
I ordered Chromag grips from my LBS back in October. I still haven't received them so either the LBS is screwing me around or Chromag has shut the shop down til spring.
valtra pinkbikeaudience's article
Feb 12, 2015 at 10:03
Feb 12, 2015
BOS Suspension Opens Its First International Office
The service I received was poor, but I am also well aware of S4's involvement in the MTB scene, especially racing. Maybe he has bitten off more than he can chew? Between dealing with his suppliers, maintaining his sponsored riders, and supporting the amateur riders like yourself at the races, there is not much time for paying customers like me. Unfortunately, S4 is the best option for Manitou service East of Suspension Werx's territory so I had no one else to send my shock to. Let's just hope 2015 goes better and I get to really put the X-Fusion to the test. It seems like a great product, and I am willing to bet that S4 will do a better job when it needs to be serviced (newer product, better parts availability, more knowledge of the technology and potential/common issues)
valtra pinkbikeaudience's article
Feb 9, 2015 at 3:48
Feb 9, 2015
BOS Suspension Opens Its First International Office
It took S4 FOUR times to figure out that my Manitou Swinger has a hairline crack that caused it to leak oil. That's four separate shipments out to Quebec from Ontario, at approximately 3 weeks per service. When they finally figured it out, I was offered a 10% discount off their cost on a new X-Fusion O2 RCX. They then sent me the wrong size X-Fusion...and I had to wait an additional month or so for the right size to come in stock again. I basically did not get to go biking at all this year because of this ordeal.
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