Letter from the Editor: All in this Together

Mar 25, 2020
by Brian Park  
We're looking forward to riding the trails in Andalo, Italy again one day. But in the meantime, we're staying at home.


We’re living in the shadow of pandemic. There’s actual danger out there, and it’s easy to fixate on it. Mountain biking seems insignificant in comparison. But even as the world faces a crisis, this community has been even more active and engaged than usual. So while many of us aren't able to ride at all, mountain biking is more important than ever.

Pinkbike strives to be on the pulse of mountain biking, but right now we’ve got to be more than that. Caley Fretz from our sister site CyclingTips put it well, saying “this is our contribution to mental health, both yours and ours.” So we’re going to keep on keeping on, even while the mountain bike world pauses.

We’re doubling down on creative ways to stay engaged and entertained until the year 2056 when we emerge from our underground bunkers and are able to finally hold the 2020 Olympics. Hopefully gearbox technology will be viable by then.

On the technical side we've got tons of stuff coming. We're currently rolling out our new Field Trip, where we review eight value-priced trail bikes. And although many companies have seen production challenges over the last few months, there are actually a lot of products coming this year. To check out all that new stuff we’re launching a virtual trade show next month—Pond Beaver 2020. More on that soon.
The Calibre Bossnut Field Trip review drops next week.

Yes, some things will change—we won’t be waking up at 3am to watch live events, and the Fantasy League may become Fantasy Trivia League until racing gets going again. But in the meantime we’ll be reliving our favourite races, interviewing riders, sharing the best videos, explaining key suspension concepts, and riling everyone up with opinions.

While I have you, a note about safety. Mountain biking irresponsibly during the COVID-19 pandemic puts you and others at risk. Riding injuries put unnecessary stress on medical systems that need all available resources to fight the virus, and group rides increase your chances of exposure. Please follow your local health authority directives, and do not take risks.

Now’s the time to get to some projects you’ve been putting off. Organize your tools. Do a full teardown and rebuild of your bike (would you like a video on that?). Obsessively rework the spreadsheet for your next bike build. Double your comment count on Pinkbike. Put a beatdown on Levy via Zwift. Whatever you do, now’s not the time to tee up that drop you’ve been psyching yourself up for.

We’ve implemented safety measures for our team too, including closing our head office, limiting contact, and implementing new protocols for how we cover tech. We’ll continue to responsibly capture general ride impressions and tech stories, but won't be doing aggressive riding to reach our conclusions until it’s safe.

The world of mountain biking is more than just riding our bikes. Thank you for being a part of this community. Please stay safe and healthy. We really are all in this together.

Brian Park
Head of Editorial





What are you doing in light of the COVID-19 pandemic?




238 Comments

  • 254 1
 I will be at work checking pinkbike as usual.
  • 158 1
 Same tho
  • 42 1
 @mikelevy: Imagine working at pinkbike
  • 26 1
 Likewise.
  • 34 1
 With my work slowing down, I have been branching out trying to get my race fix.

youtu.be/n7dVJkyyYMQ

We need a fantasy league for this.
  • 7 5
 I am on PB to say that Galfer was left off the Brake Rotor poll.
  • 1 1
 @tubby1536: That was pretty Creative, nice work!
  • 2 1
 Same same... but work is now my spare room at home.
  • 2 1
 @tubby1536: Haha, stage 2 was pretty exciting for a flat stage.
  • 1 0
 @tubby1536: Absolute genius. When Brad commentated CX Nats here in Lakewood a few months ago he and the whole crew were top-notch.
  • 1 0
 @DaFreerider44:
Imagine working at Pinkbike checking SredKC as usual...
  • 5 0
 @tubby1536:
For some truly entertaining nonsense, watch Jelle's marblelympics on youtube. Expertly done, and hilarious.
www.youtube.com/channel/UCYJdpnjuSWVOLgGT9fIzL0g
  • 2 0
 @mikelevy: "Put a beatdown on Levy...", alright!!! let's get this rolling...
  • 1 0
 That is awesome. Needed a good laugh. Stage 2 is a nail bitter @tubby1536:
  • 2 0
 So if we're all checking Pinkbike, what do Pinkbike employees check? @mikelevy @brianpark @danielsapp
  • 2 0
 We didn't buy enough toilet paper.
  • 1 0
 @DaFreerider44: Putting up with all us jokers in the comment sections each and every day? Rough life!
  • 1 0
 @sambobcat: HCOR and weightweenies of course.
  • 1 0
 same,Alu foundry an we have medical customers. Luckily I live alone so...
  • 3 0
 If you work at Pinkbike.
Do you go on Pinkbike when you're bored?...
  • 1 0
 Work is home for 2 weeks already
  • 1 0
 @sambobcat: the weather and then the forest.
  • 86 1
 I’ve never liked riding with other people anyways...I hate slowing others down and I hate waiting around...

I guess it’s time to be grateful for the boring trails we have here.
  • 162 0
 @unrooted: I know what you mean. One of my school reports said I was socially distant. I always knew my day would come to shine. Where are you now Miss Harper, where the f*ck are you!!??
  • 51 8
 Some people never ride they just type in the comment section. I guess it’s socially acceptable now
  • 11 21
flag gonzoracing (Mar 24, 2020 at 13:28) (Below Threshold)
 @Samuel-L-Jackson: Dead, killed by some child who brought disease to the 30% of students whom may have front line service parents, whom spread it through the medical system as a result a government keeping schools open waaaaaay too long, so people did not loose jobs. Well done Oz.
  • 6 0
 @gonzoracing: and most other countries,good job there was a social distancing protest on Bondai Beach
  • 3 0
 username checks out
  • 7 1
 @WAKIdesigns: pot to kettle. You are the blackest I've ever seen.
  • 5 2
 @WAKIdesigns: Are they the same guys who buy insanely expensive bicycles and "swap out" brand new super expensive parts without even riding them to replace with other equally expensive stuff? They sell the whole thing after 3 months having rode it twice...
  • 4 2
 Riding with others makes you faster. You just need to find a crew that has a similar way of approaching trails. Also riding with others is useful if you get hurt. I had to get down from a hill with a broken collarbone and another time concussed where I was worried about damaging my back. Not fun.
  • 2 0
 @usmbc-co-uk: WTH is that actually a thing people do? Why?
  • 7 0
 @Metric-MrShades: I'd say, financially comfortable people who like bikes. One thing is to like bikes, another is to ride bikes. I know what it's like to hardly ride while concerning oneself with the bike a lot. I'm glad to also know the feeling of "the bike doesn't matter, I'll ride whatever" that comes about when one spends enough time on it. That's the real deal.
  • 1 0
 I just realized I'm in a annual quarantine anyways, as trail here don't open till April or May. Sheesh.
  • 2 0
 @spaced: @spaced: sounds like you're being pushed way beyond your limits..
just kidding.
99% of my rides are alone,and I'm perfectly fine about it
  • 11 0
 We ride in such a mixed group. Late 20's to 65 year old's.

We've got quick riders down hill.
Rider's that are quicker on the climbs.
Guy's that plod along at their own pace.

We all wait for each other and have the same amount of fun.

We don't care who's the fastest/fittest.
We all just like riding bikes.
  • 1 0
 Agreed. I do like to bs a bit in the parking lot.
  • 1 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Waki when did you get a flag!?
  • 1 0
 @gonzoracing: I work in the education department and have witnessed teachers, supposedly educated people, sitting in the staff room whinging about having schools open whilst sitting too close to each other, sharing food etc.
If they shut everything down who would keep treating the ill, who would keep the power on so we can complain on the internet?

The government isn't the problem people are.
  • 1 0
 @Brownsworthy: why would it matter if they sat too close after having to be around kids all day?
  • 1 0
 @unrooted: these are the ones that are doing the online learning for the ones at home, as there's only around 25% attendance understandably, and are having no contact with the children.
They should really be in their own empty classroom doing this work except they are treating it as a social event.
  • 1 0
 @spaced: as far as I remember you get wrecked quite often And quite badly. Some peoples’ egos just wrote checks their bodies can’t cash. Just saying. And more often the critical mix is not just trying big shit or just going way too fast for your skill. It is going too big while being terrified of doing it. Simply forcing yourself to do it. A happy idiot who never jumped anything big, hitting a 15m gap has lesser chance of getting messed up than a bloke who rode for years, is terrified of the jump but goes: I have to do this one day! I’ll do it today! Go big or go home! Given same feature Being overconfident is always better than being scared. Always. Make sure this story is not about you. It is dangerous to be careful, it is dangerous to be scared. Put your head straight.
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: g'day waki, I'm getting the feeling you sometimes overanalyze things and read far to much into it than paying attention to what has been said.

But I kinda get what you're saying.
  • 1 0
 @Brownsworthy: all I meant is that many crashes can be avoided with right mindset, no matter the company. Like some of my friends I had the crash period in DH racing wannabe period when we were attending shitty races and pushing way beyond our skill level even though we were terrified and had no bloody idea what we were doing and we were kind of accepting that crashes will happen.

It makes no sense for anyone else than a pro rider to use any of these approaches. But these days I see people who are terrified yet they still try stuff they have no business hitting.

Corona or not, get your head straight. If someone can’t do it, getting cautious will just cause more trouble.
  • 72 10
 we are all in it together apart from the selfish pricks who arent.
  • 4 2
 pretty much.
  • 34 26
 Plenty of folks riding high horses too. In absence of meaning, condescending others is some of the most sought after forms of recreation
  • 22 11
 @WAKIdesigns: I'd never thought I'd live to see such blind hatred. Lots of folks seem to have rather strong opinions.
Saw some yoga pant wearing concerned citizen the other day taking photos of businesses that were open, presumably to online shame them. It's nice she has the time and financial freedom to do such things I guess.
  • 8 1
 @dirtyburger: We had a lady come in and take pictures to post online and tell everyone that we're open and they can still get their bikes fixed in these crazy times. Don't become the person you're trying to vilify.
  • 28 0
 @WAKIdesigns: don't mean to be a dick man but you have a tendency to bring out the old high horse yourself often here since you are quick to criticize what people do quite often. Yeah sometimes people go overboard but it's a stressful situation so people will react emotionally. It's better to ignore it than to start an endless chain of reacting to others reactions.
  • 2 1
 @fullfacemike: Not vilifying anyone, it's an abstract account of what I saw, no names. Good point though, that could've been what was happening. She did go up the whole street checking all shop fronts ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • 7 0
 @fullfacemike: Actually, you're right. I should chill :thumbs_up:
  • 2 0
 Bike shops are allowed to be open where I am.
  • 2 5
 @spaced: I agree. But I do it without referring to higher principle or virtue so it’s usually Meta high-horsing - I am ahead, I am fighting competition, just eliminating noobs. Spent too much time in the church as a young person, I learned how it rolls.

Look at my horse, my horse is amazing, give it a lick - mmm tastes just like raisins
  • 3 0
 @dirtyburger: can you imagine living in a real hell hole like N Korea? i'm seeing slight shades of this virtuous hate thing here as well. Facebook, which i've always detested but am on for practical reasons brings out the worst. people posting in bold with red backgrounds, 'DON'T COME HERE IF YOU DON'T LIVE HERE' and shit like that.

as the watering hole gets smaller the animals get meaner. and i'm seeing a lot of tribalism starting up. it's ugly.
  • 4 0
 @jamesbrant: tribalism exists everywhere and virtually every subject can become a reason for a fight. Even wheelsize. In coming months we will see the worst of the worst. I am sure of it. People will be blaming governments for certain actions and people will divide into groups for and against. Just wait... better grow some thick skin because this will be super ugly. Possibly ugliest of all we have seen
  • 52 1
 Thanks for the content Pinkbike! I'm really appreciating the extra creativity and passion you guys are putting in right now, if anything I think the content is better than ever!

As a bike mechanic, we're pretty much deemed an essential service right now, and so we're still crazy busy and it's looking like we'll stay that way, so I'm still working every day. That said, we've taken significant measures at work to make sure that we're keeping ourselves and our customers safe - I don't feel particularly at risk (my hands and my tools have never been this clean).
Aside from work, I'm only really leaving the house for necessities, and haven't really ridden in the last week, though i'm considering riding some easy trails on my own...
  • 2 0
 Same, everyone around us is fully shut down, but our workshop is still going. I'm just glad I got another 5L of Isopropyl recently!
  • 3 0
 @DemoB:
Tore down an old pair of forks for a service. Went to reach for my isopropyl and it was just about empty. No chance of finding that stuff nowadays.
  • 1 0
 @dirtyburger: Use denatured Alcohol. Readily available and will get the job done nicely.
  • 1 0
 An essential service???
  • 1 0
 @YoKona:
People gotta commute... doctors, nurses, bus drivers, etc...
  • 7 0
 @notthatfast:
I stand corrected. Bicycle repair, without going into detail, is listed as an essential service as noted by The Ontario Government.
  • 1 0
 @YoKona: Not here in Quebec Frown All closed.
  • 45 0
 Don’t always take the chance to thank you guys at Pinkbike for the vast amount of quality content, passion, positivity, diversity and general distraction you manage to drive, create and curate. Pretty stoked to be a mountain biker right now, like always. Such an awesome community!
  • 44 0
 I've read thousands of PB articles by now, but this is the one that inspires me the most.

I'm a doctor here in Australia (until my professional mountain biker career takes off ; )) and what we are facing is nothing short of terrifying. We are about 2 weeks away from hospitals being at full capacity and about 3 weeks away from having to make terrible choices about who gets treated with a ventilator and who doesn't.

Thankyou Mountain bike community for making the choices that will reduce the strain on the system and keep your loved ones safe!
  • 11 0
 As a fellow Aussie I want to say thanks for looking after us! Hopefully this won't end up as bad as currently forecast and maybe, just maybe, Scomo can get his act together in time. Stay safe!
  • 2 0
 @Obi-None: Our Epidermic curve hasn't had the slightest dent put in it yet by all the current measures. I can only hope we see it flatten out soon.
  • 1 0
 @Brentpt: That's the concern, fingers crossed it changes!
  • 5 0
 As a doctor, do you hate dentists like the rest of us?
Or do you enjoy buying their second-hand bikes?
  • 39 0
 YES, Full tear down please of all common parts including the impossible parts. Brake bleeds, suspension tear downs, headset/BB, dropper, hubs . . . the list goes on. Evergreen content for months right there . . .
  • 8 0
 Chainline alignment for all BBs, cassettes, axle spacing, and gearing. There's a year of content right there.
  • 9 0
 YES! THIS. Make it a painfully long and detailed video. Table of contents with times for each section. I mean hyper detailed and one single video I can skip around in and bookmark. top to bottom on a rebuild covering the most common stuff today and sram and shimano nuance. Literally, however long it takes to conduct a full rebuild with commentary just make it that long lol.

And for that matter, per noplacelikeloam's comment, break it up into many videos with even more details with one master long version to reference, content for days. Add in the production value of the grim donut vid and ill be more stoked for this than the Dune remake (yeah, theyre making a new dune. Director from the new blade runner is doing it. go ahead and shit yourselves...)
  • 25 2
 I'm heartened to see that in many jurisdictions where there have been lockdowns bike shops are classed as an "essential service".

Whatever your beliefs, colour, wheel-size preference ... the best to all of you, your families and your friends
  • 8 0
 Especially those who prefer matte black with lime green anodized bits and pieces
  • 3 0
 likewise - And keep rolling that ski stoke in the other place.
  • 3 0
 @Hyakian: yah - will do. At least we've got our health for now
  • 3 2
 All the best @leelau !
  • 2 0
 @Hyakian: Dildo?
  • 2 1
 California ia nuts, gun shops forced to be closed, but 420 open.
  • 2 0
 What a great time to use that underappreciated part of Pinkbike that lists local shops! A lot of us are essential for repairs only and would LOVE to give your bikes a tune/tear down while you are stuck inside anyway!
  • 3 0
 @gnarnaimo: Or, Wetwang
  • 24 0
 I've taken up freeriding on huge lines I am uncertain about, and knitting.
  • 3 0
 can i follow you in ? Prefer crochet myself though
  • 18 0
 I was social distancing before it was a fad
  • 8 0
 Social distancing? That's just a regular Saturday night for me...
  • 14 0
 I m at home for 10 days now. I only go out for groceries and daily bread! My trails are 3kms away from my house, but I would feel very ashamed if I ended in hospital with a crash injury!! I rarely go down, but when I do I usually hurt myself badly! I keep doing some exercises and I have cleaned my bike....twice
All this sucks, but the rising number of infected people and number of deaths, are a wake up call, specially when I see the news about Italy and Spain.
Besides, my parents are old, it’s a huge personal concern!!
Sorry for the long post.... I m bored
  • 5 4
 Exactly, we had nice weather last weekend in the UK for the first time this year and Instagram was full of people in my local area sending it like there wasn’t a global pandemic on. It’s a simple case of not being a dick. Just don’t mountain bike at all right now. It’s selfish and irresponsible and honestly who wants to be in a hospital right now where your highly likely to catch something?
  • 3 0
 Unlace your rims and the put them back together, that will entertain you for a while.
  • 20 5
 For anyone who has answered the question with the last option: You are, without any shadow of doubt, a complete bellend. Humanity will agree.
  • 3 3
 Why?
If you lived in some hinterland, had not much social contact and were riding carefully, you would not have to change anything, right?
  • 12 0
 Very well put. The quicker we all get on board (globally) with quarantine and limited social contact, the quicker we will see a plateau in the spread of this nasty virus. Send this letter to your friends, family, riding buddies, whoever. It's important we all remain cognizant of the impacts of our decisions. Hopefully we'll all be back to huckin' to flat by summer.
  • 4 0
 Exactly!! Social distancing is not going to stop this virus, the idea is to slow it down. Wherever you are it's coming, just be a part of the movement to slow it so medical systems are not overwhelmed, research teams can work on a vaccine or best case, the virus itself dies out (very small chance). Those who have been infected, my best to you. We will get through this hopefully a wiser more compassionate species. Take care all.
  • 14 0
 This comment section should be a good read in a couple hours
  • 15 9
 Something about snowflakes and that if you stay inside then the disease wins
  • 11 1
 Only going out for the necessities, still riding solo like usual. I’m not backing off pace wise or terrain wise simply because it’s always when I’m “taking it easy” that the concentration lapses and I end up doing something stupid and getting hurt.
  • 3 0
 Ha! One of my worst injuries to date on a bike happened in the parking lot post ride.
  • 4 0
 Some of the worst injuries I know about have been on easy trails well below the ability level of the rider. Getting on a bike always requires an alert mind, no matter what type of bike or where you're riding it! That said, passing on features that test your abilities isn't a bad idea.
  • 12 0
 Social distancing is not a problem for me, I'm not in good enough shape to keep up anyway.
  • 3 1
 Social distancing... you mean like condoms or somethin?
  • 6 0
 @audioshnoll: supposed to be 6 feet, not 6 inches.
  • 9 0
 @savagelake: 6 feet? sounds like a threesome to me!
  • 3 0
 @savagelake: 2m, you are 6 inches too close.
  • 1 0
 @audioshnoll: Full body condoms.
  • 3 0
 @muletron: that's what she said.
  • 9 0
 Time to do some bike maintenance.

Grease up them bearings! Headset, Hub & Pivots!

Service that Fork & shock!

If you don't know how, now is a perfect time. You'll either learn something new or have to hit up your shop to fix your mess. Win win!
  • 12 0
 I finally took off that broken spoke that was taped to its neighbor and ordered a replacement.
  • 9 0
 wooooow look at mr mechanic over here! *glances over at identical situation* sigh..
  • 5 0
 That laced a Ringle hub to a Sun MTX 26" rim...
  • 12 0
 Hello from Madrid. Please stay at home. THIS IS NO JOKE. In a week or so USA will be the epicenter of the pandemia.
  • 2 0
 NYC already is
  • 3 0
 @5afety3rd:
In the US, NY it is the epicenter, but looking at other places, it isn't bad yet.

Reading articles from Italy when the headline is "We no longer help those over 60" shows where it could get to if we keep up the lax attitude.
  • 5 0
 @f*ckingsteve: Name checks out.
  • 10 1
 This is my only social media besides Strava. I pick up my phone and go to Pinkbike before going to the news or anything else. Thank you Pinkbike for giving us content that makes us dream about living and breathing biking again. Thank you for up-voting, down-voting and responding to my comments. Love you guys, even WAKI, especially Levy.
  • 7 1
 In times such as these we need the GRIM DONUT. Ride alone, ride mellow and avoid people. It is nice as I live in a relatively remote area and do not see anyone on any of my rides. Social distancing is easy when there is no need to distance. Looking at images from the BC Lower mainland - it is scary to see what some people think is social distancing....
  • 5 0
 thanks for being there, Pinkbike.
Imagine : I just received my new (used) bike last week (after my previous new new bike was stolen....), and now it's just standing there, waiting to get out.
So until now have just been talking to it, like....
  • 6 0
 sorry pinkbike, wont be able to buy anything this year or spend money in any way. because i wont work for quite some time. our economy just got destroyed big time.
  • 4 0
 I understand the need to be socially distant now, but I still need to work at my local grocery store, which is doing the bare minimum to protect us from getting infected.I just want to at least get a little riding in before I’m infected, is that so bad?
  • 1 0
 You'll be fine unless some other issue going on. Are you forced to work there?
  • 1 0
 @jrocksdh: only by my wallet and that my options for work as a college student arnt that big with the quarantine shutting a lot of stuff down.
  • 1 0
 @krattAtak: i hear ya. hang in there. these food delivery/personalized shopping options seem to be employing many at this time too.
friends of mine believe they got this back in January while in Japan.
whole fam was sick for a month.
gta check antibodies to be sure tho.
  • 3 0
 Working from home for the last three weeks, only been out for necessities, and for riding once. So we're doing pretty well with our households social distancing.

I spend most of my spare time and working on projects around the house (so I don't have to do them later in the season when I can ride more), and trying not to think of the various ways this cough/cold that I've had for a bit could actually be the coronavirus.

Relevant: www.xkcd.com/2282
  • 8 1
 You lost me at 'indoor trainer'.
  • 1 0
 Hah. I'm actually looking at buying one, since my county closed all the parks (across all jurisdictions) today and there isn't really any legal mountain biking anymore.
  • 10 0
 @MtbSince84: we're working on a feature on indoor trainers now. Stay tuned. Smile
  • 4 2
 @brianpark: please no.
  • 13 1
 @5afety3rd: Sorry for forcing you to scroll past it.
  • 3 0
 @brianpark: Great!

I just bought one from my LBS today. I won't say which yet, so as to not influence the result of your test. ;-)
  • 3 0
 Has the world ever come together to help out our fellow man at this level? The virus sucks but the level of caution we are all taking across the globe is new phenomenon.
I'm inspired by all the people trying to reduce the spread of this virus.
Be strong people we will get through this.
  • 7 2
 Pinkbike could help us all by releasing daily Grim Donut updates. And by throwing a Trust Shout on it.
  • 2 0
 South Africa is on a 21 day compulsory lockdown from midnight on Thursday with super limited freedom of movement, so I am getting my last few mellow rides in before we hunker down for 3 weeks. I also ordered rollers which really hope arrive in time.
  • 3 0
 Honestly a full tear down, maintenance, and re-build video that gets into some of the finer points of bike mechanics would be pretty awesome. But then again, I'm a shitty mechanic.
  • 2 0
 Been there,done that, had a broken frame and got another just in time before quarantine started, took pretty much everything apart:hubs,BB,fork,etc...and even trimmed the seat tube by 1,5cm to get One-up full 210 travel, akward moment was after putting everything back together my wife shows me a small spring she found on the floor...the one from fork dust seal Razz
  • 1 0
 What bike? Curious to know given that you're chopping off seat tube.
  • 2 0
 Working as a service tech at my bike shop has been weird the few days/week. We’re severely limiting customers numbers in the store and even then you’re not able to come in and browse. For repairs we’re having customers place their bike in a stand outside the front doors, go back to their cars and call us. For pick ups, calls us when you’re here And we’ll set the bike out in the pick up rack and then watch you grab it from inside. We’re taking our temps at the beginning middle and end of our shifts. More cleaning then ever. It’s been a wild world lately lol.
  • 6 0
 How has nobody commented about Pond Beaver 2020 yet. Can't wait.
  • 1 0
 and the follow-up event, Puddle Muskrat
  • 5 0
 Everyone relax, it’ll be over very very soon! -Trump And Mexico will pay for the wall!
  • 2 0
 @brianpark Any chance you guys could put together a Enduro Tyre shootout comparing all the tyres you have previously reviewed? I know Minions will probably come out in the top 3, but at times like these I would love to geek out on something like this
  • 2 0
 still going to work, considered essential, here in michigan the local trails havent quite dried up enough yet for some fun rides but maybe soon. so far nothing has changed for me except i wash my hands way more often, carry more hand sanitizer, and have a premium porn hub account. looking forward to having a beer this weekend and tuning the XC and DH rigs while knocking out homework. Hopefully DTE will dry up soon in chelsea michigan!
  • 2 0
 One time, a while ago, I commented that Zwift was like “chugging cock”. Now I’m on it nearly every day. My wife is on it and my son is on it. I’ve even climbed that god forsaken Alp du Zwift. A few times.

I’ve built 3 new bike wheels and a new bike which I’ve ridden, but never RIDDEN.

Thanks to all for your efforts to stay healthy and not spread this disease. And thank you Pinkbike!!!
  • 6 0
 Beautiful words Brian, and words to live by!
  • 1 0
 Spot on. Thanks for this. This is a great time for rebuilds, full tear downs etc so a master class series on each major component or somesuch would be great for us homebound mechanic wannabes.

How about a series with world cup level race mechanics sharing their favorite tips and tricks? Or a bit where you guys do that.

Either way thanks keeping us rolling.
  • 1 0
 I want to report that there have been layoffs of bike shop employees in Colorado. There has never been a more important time to show appreciation and respect to your local mechanics (and restaurant workers for that matter). If your local shop is open give them a call, and make sure to show your support. Gift certificates are a great way to offer some much needed cash flow.
  • 1 0
 I'm taking extreme precautions for me and my at risk partner and her kids but I still have to go to work at a limited capacity. I'm getting more and more nervous though with the amount I'm out for work and seeing the amount of people not taking this seriously. I live in Westchester country New York which right now has one of the highest concentrations of infected people in my country. I'm limiting my riding to around the yard with the kids but I'm considering charging up my lights and going for light rides at night to help get my sanity back.
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 That's a great idea.
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 None of the above:
How about moderate measures, riding alone on moderate trails that are not busy or accessed from busy trailheads?
Pretty hard to socially isolate around here on the mellow trails.
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 We are literally all in this together.
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 Not enough poll options. "haven't changed" i live far from town in a remote area, so buying habits are the same, riding habits are the same (i generally ride alone never on anything mellow, fully aware of the dangers and don't take unneeded risks anyway.) Only difference is i'm out of work because my town is closed to tourism and i'm reliant on that for income, hoping this dies out before my unemployment does.
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 I feel I should dial it down (by my standards), and I haven't really the last two rides. Next ride I will though. I'm not telling you all what to do, but I don't want to push my luck any more. That said, I need to remind myself that dialing it down doesn't mean I can relax too much on the trails. That's when I screw up. I ride best when I find that balance between overconfidence and too much caution. I just need to find that balance on trails that are easier than some of my more difficult rides. Your mileage may vary.
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 Thank you Pinkbike for giving me something to look forward to when I sit down with my morning coffee in my home office (2 weeks + now). Keep Pounding out that great content! Kudos to all Pinkbike staff. Well done!
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 Anyone know what trail is pictured in the article? Looks fun and picturesque!

I cancelled a 3 week cruise we had planned. We take my parents and in-laws on a cruise every year...it's a good way to keep the old folks managed and have something fun everyone can do. So now I've got 3 weeks of vacation I could use for a bike trip this year once the virus dies down Smile
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 Andalo, in Northern Italy. It's a beautiful place that I'm sure is going to suffer the one-two punch of the virus, and then a huge hit to their tourism industry. Obviously don't go now, but it's worth visiting one day.
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 @brianpark: awesome - thanks for the reply!
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 My homepage is now pinkbike. I got sick of looking at the news for a homepage. They have absolutely nothing positive to say ,even while thousands recover to good health.. Negativity and fear mongering will drive you into the ground. Yes I am sticking to the guidelines of the cdc. But ,also trying to keep my spirits up and hope that everyone can get back to work as they were before the sickness.
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 If the media were not so negative, even more people would keep going out ("muh muh muh it's just a cold") and the infection curve would be steep as f and many more people would die.
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 If it weren’t for the media, I could get toilet paper.
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 Still riding within my limits, which means riding all trails in my area. The moment you think too much about your ride and puss out is when you fall - so just ride within your limits
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 Aside from limiting visits to the most vulnerable members of my social circle; the very young and very old or those with existing health concerns that make them more susceptible, my life hasn't changed much at all... still at work, along with all my immediate coworkers and a few hundred other employees, and still doing the same things I usually do. Judging from the amount of people I'm encountering on trails while out hiking, riding, or walking the dog I think it's safe to say that's more or less the case for the majority of people in the area.

Through the end of the month they've shifted fast food places to drive through only, sit down restaurants are focusing on take out and delivery services, bars have been shut down, and some area beaches have closed, mostly in efforts to keep away a lot of the spring break crowds, but otherwise it's business as usual around here.
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 gov needs to focus on the epicenters and those groups most at risk. don't shut down entire states/economies..that's insane. just as gov telling private sector thetly must pay employees months time off. biz breaker.
keep working if you can, all jobs are essential.
remember 6 months ago when Newsom, Cuomo and all these heroes of the left addressed their own policies that prevent more doctors, beds, supplies....nope.
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 Down here as mtb tourists in New Zealand, we were given 48 hours notice in Rotorua to close all non-essential business and travel. Three Air-bnb’s declined us accommodations, the car rental place closed with one day notice and our 400 km bikepacking ride back to the airport was in grave jeopardy due to convenience stores and restaurants closed within a day.

We made to an airport hotel and are now hunkered down with 5 days of groceries and beer and tonnes of time in our room to pack up our bikes The flight home is Sunday, I think the last one to Vancouver. We havent left the room in three days, although theres a bike path out front next to an empty freeway.

NZ in the whole country has 283 cases, whereas BC alone has 659 and growing exponentially

Please, listen to Clarkes message, but step it up. Isolate yourselves, stop riding, stop the spread.
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 Im hoping my ankle cast comes off tomorrow, and then my benduro is going to get a full strip down and major tlc, it's been a tough 7 months recovery,and then this fekkin shitstorm arrives Smile
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 I have trails from my doorstep, and I can ride without seeing another soul. So nothing has really changed except that I’m keeping within my limits at the moment instead of pushing forward.
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 Working from home, trying to resist checking PB every two minutes. At least if it's quieter in the MTB world for now there will be less interesting articles to read. Stay strong PB, we'll see you on the other side!
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 The organization I volunteer with ceased all trail work as of yesterday, even to conduct assessments and recon. Blurry line here, I am always doing recon on the trails I ride and hike on...
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 I’ve been WFH last couple of years and riding almost alone past 12 years so... pretty much I’m as usual.
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 No poll choice for "Still snow (no fatbike), authorities closing trail heads anyway because people are people and have to go to work as first responder anyway so just using common sense (such that it is) when I do stuff."
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 working from home now, so on PB every 10 minutes. Broken my wrist into pieces 2 weeks before quarantine so I'm watching 2 "NO RIDING" clocks
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 Who else is sick and tired of the "stay at home" warnings when they live on a rural or non-urban area with year-round empty trails and fire roads which, even if they could cause you light injury, completely lack the ability to send you to an hospital? What matters is social distancing. MTB for me has always been predominantly synonymous with social distancing because most often I ride alone. I ride everyday maintaining a very generous distance from those two or three people I may cross paths with (from afar), and this stay-at-home-no-matter-what blanket advice thing is getting on my nerves.
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 And what happens when you injure yourself? Don’t be that guy in A&E I’m knee pads during a pandemic.
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 If you're lucky enough to live outside of a city, you can go outside, enjoy the sun in your garden all the time and go for a short walk. Please stop whining that you are not allowed to go riding when most people are in a situation way worse that yours. As said above, don't be the moron that will voluntarily bring an additional work load to the medical personal that is already busy as f.
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 @thenotoriousmic: Going down can be considered a part of it. I mean, kind of, it depends. I had a ten year period on my 30 years of MTB during which there was zero contact with the floor. Then on the last 8 years, there were crashes, some pretty hard, because I started doing other things. However I did not ever require hospital services, so there simply is no place for fearing that would suddenly happen now, from riding the same stuff I rode all my life. Likewise, these "what if" advises get on my nerves a bit, just like some people who choose not to ride, or who are unable to ride, may get annoyed by other people riding. That's just how it is. Do whatever works for you and for your community...
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 @DavidGuerra: I don’t care if it gets on your nerves, stay of the trails during a pandemic. Use some common sense. I’m glad you’ve been lucky with the injuries but this is a dangerous sport at any level and now is not the time to be taking unnecessary risks. Yohan barreli tore his leg to bits stepping of the bike and he’s a top 20 EWS racer. You never see the injuries coming don’t take the chance.
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 @thenotoriousmic: I tore a ligament too years ago, not by riding a bike, and did not go to the hospital. I did get surgery eventually, but that was only a couple of months later. Either way I'm sure not to repeat the stupid actions that led to it, pandemic or not.
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 @thenotoriousmic: What Barelli was doing was very risky. Don't know if he saw that coming or if he thought he was superman. It happens.
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 I’m in healthcare so I’m still at work 6 days a week helping those who need it most! Still riding every Sunday, though ????????
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 Yesterday I heard the entire region of my state has 4 people hospitalized so you better believe I’m sending it. After washing my hands of course.
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 I had to dust off my road bike. It saw the light of day for the first time in years
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 I am not changing my behaviors at all. Still too busy to ride and still sticking around the hose and not going out.... and still working (in between PB comments at least)
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 ...core stability at home and technical stuff like back wheel hops, manuals in front of the house - no gravity riding...#stayathome
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 i was taking the year off from mountain biking anyway. too many injuries in 2019, broke ribs twice, bruised a kidney. guess the timing worked out
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 Went from having few beers on the weekend, to having a Few brews every night........????
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 Wait a minute here. We've all been so distracted with Dick Pound that I, for one, totally missed that gearbox diss.
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 Are you guys/gals really crashing that much and getting hospitalized?

Stay safe out there!
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 DO NOT Underestimate this situation. sincerely, a fellow italian rider.
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 I’m a foo kin Anesthetist Nurse, distancing myself, impossible, not sending it, easy to do. Don’t forget I may see you in the icu...
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 We all agreed to social distance ...but when the shuttle vehicle pulled up, we all piled in.
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 Thanks for all the great work that you guys do to keep us all entertained on the regular. Stay safe!
  • 2 0
 I don’t like any of you f*ck’s anyway lol j/k.
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 Stay 6ft ( 182.88cm) off my line!!!!
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 Why can't we all just get along?
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 Nope, because you all keep trashing my 26”.
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 When will we get calibre in the US?
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 Pond Beaver? .... sounds.....familiar. Hmmm
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 In San Diego all the parks, beaches and open spaces are closed so not much riding you can do.
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 One day we’ll all look back on this together.... well not all of you
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 The herd needs thinned.
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 The Earth is trying.
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 Thanks PB, keep up the good work. We love you really.
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 back to work Monday in a factory with 2,000 per shift , no reason to change behavior if i'am going to get it at work..
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 What about the people outside of your workplace? This isn't about 'you'
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 so 4,000 people every day having to touch the same thing as it moves down the line...... with no protections in place . i wouldn't worry about me riding trails or going to the store
  • 4 1
 Takin one for the Herd
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 Taking one for Darwin
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 :-)

Keep on truckin'
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 I live in the USA. How can I buy a Calibre Bossnut?
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 Going out for necessities, like work, food, exercise. Like usual.
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 I’m sending it in the streets and mountain trails all over San Fernando valley to the Santa Monica mountains, thousands oaks to Simi Valley. I don’t know if we ever get a chance to ride, I feel like the military is going to be deployed in the streets by the next few weeks to months if it really gets serious so I gotta take advantage before you get shot or jailed for being out
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 EVENT 201
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 Everybody stay inside so we can ride Whistler this summer!
  • 1 0
 Will Pond Beaver be hosted by Euromike?
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 Please make "how to service" video from Suntours Triair rear shock Smile
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 Agreed
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 RAMFB
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 cool
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 If this held up Grim Donut R&D then I don't know how I'll make it.
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 Time for trail work!
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 I've cracked it! It's the boss but that caused all of this. Something so unnatural should never have existed
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 English please
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 @CircusMaximus: Illuminati?
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 Build a bike just try I did Now is the time
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