Pinkbike Riders Trading Cards - Sunday Comics with Taj Mihelich

Nov 17, 2019
by Taj Mihelich  

This idea came to me a couple days ago and I've been feeling pretty confident I had a hit on my hands. They were a lot of fun to draw and I laughed a lot while working on them. Now that I'm about to press the button to post this comic I'm having second thoughts. Spoofing trading cards from 1985 might not exactly be the kind of timely content Pinkbike readers have come to expect!

Well, I guess, mostly for my entertainment, enjoy today's comic...








120 Comments

  • 606 59
 This is stupid. My farts are funnier than this.
  • 178 4
 Like the ones that slip out while I’m sleeping next to my supermodel girlfriend.
  • 179 1
 I was about to press the red arrow, then I saw the name.
  • 49 0
 Do you even ride bro?
  • 1 4
 ok
  • 40 0
 Classic Carl
  • 21 0
 @Upduro: you saved me....might over my head. Often like my bike.Green arrow it is.
  • 6 1
 Thumb about to be sore from upvoting. Awesome work Taj!
  • 6 0
 @roma258: hot carl
  • 9 0
 As a child of the 80’s, this is the greatest thing that’s happened to me in a while...
  • 1 0
 I wanted to hate these. I really did. I just couldn't.
  • 5 7
 Created an account just for this post? You are Fake News!!!
  • 11 0
 Carl has 14 fingers for maximum commenting speed. The next stage in the evolution of our species.
  • 1 0
 @CommentinCarl name checks out
  • 2 0
 @gumbytex: Damn!! Totally missed that detail!
  • 7 0
 Article posted today, comment made 2 days ago. Definitely Levi’s secret account.
  • 2 0
 Well played
  • 1 0
 Damn straight
  • 1 0
 Not as stupid as a Pro Riders Series with Marine Caribou
  • 68 12
 Quit stalling Pinkbike. Where are the Field Test videos?
  • 23 3
 They already said they are weekly and will be on Monday...
  • 3 0
 @gnarnaimo: With no race recaps you gotta keep that Monday traffic somehow
  • 8 5
 As with last year they released 3 or 4 a week usually Mon. to Thurs... It’s a slow news time of year so they gotta milk their good content
  • 13 1
 We don't even need all the clips, just the breaking new one. I'll see myself out
  • 9 5
 Now, regarding this Pole swingarm, it's my observation that everyone needs to stop calling it "huck to flat TEST". The huck to flat is not part of the actual field test, it's just a juicy slow-mo video of the frame/fork articulation that the pb testers started adding to the field tests and people loved. If it was ever expected to be a frame stress test, I'm sure pb would be publishing data for the drop height, rider weight, number of drop cycles, etc. and manufacturers would be boasting or hiding their outcomes accordingly. It's not like that. A huck to flat should easily be in the wheelhouse of ANY name-brand mountain bike made today.

Summary: It's not a "huck to flat TEST" that broke the Pole. It's not a stress TEST. It was just a simple huck to flat for a useful video scene before or after the actual field test.
  • 14 1
 @tripleultrasuperboostplusplus:

What do you call this procedure then that they are subjecting all participating bikes to?

It's still a test, only a qualitative one not a quantitative test.

Summary : if it looks like a test, rides like a test and breaks stuff like a test then it's probably a test
  • 2 0
 @tripleultrasuperboostplusplus:

I've seen this referenced multiple times in different articles comments. How did people find out about it? This seems like something that's usually not mentioned publicly.
But other than that, I totally agree. The "test" is in no way scientific, nor does pb try to make it out as such. People are putting way too much energy in saying that it is.
  • 2 0
 @SkipSkovhugger: Look on Pole’s website, they published an article about it.
  • 2 0
 @tripleultrasuperboostplusplus:
"Pole swingarm didn't hang itself"
  • 4 2
 @wildedge586: The "huck to flat" is not a test: it's video eye candy. They're not reporting results from it. If you even watch any of the field test videos, you'll see that they don't even mention the huck to flat while it's being shown. It might as well be a glorified unboxing scene. The field TEST is the actual riding and analysis of those rides on familiar trails. Again, not the "huck to flat" scene. I hope pb makes this really clear when they review the Pole and show how it shit the bed getting out of the truck.
  • 1 1
 Fo sure. Wut a teaze
  • 2 1
 @wildedge586: Agreed. 100% a test.

While not entirely quantitative, it was still a repeated and measured event (video). I guess you could complain that the load isn't exactly the same in each case, but still probably +/- 10% as long as it's the same rider...
  • 2 1
 It's nearly rapidly approaching Tuesday in NZ. And no field test
  • 51 1
 Nice. According to my mother, Garbage Pail Kids are what corrupted me as a youth. According to my wife, mountain bikes are what currently turn my mind to mush. Either way, both are way cooler than my kid's Pokemon.
  • 2 0
 Kids are still into pokemon?
  • 2 0
 @me2menow: shockingly, yes
  • 1 0
 @me2menow: It's all my two boys talk about. So. Many. Pokemon cards. Everywhere.
  • 1 0
 @me2menow: I remember back in like 99 they were big...I was a nerd and into them back then...now my nephew is all about them.
  • 25 1
 MTB Top Trumps would be an absolute nightmare:

"Travel - 180mm"

"150mm"

"Hah, i win"

"No you don't"

"Dude, 180mm is higher than 150mm"

"Yeah but 150mm is better..."

Just wait until you try and play wheel size...
  • 7 0
 29er Karpiel with Geometron reach is super trump
  • 1 0
 bike-components.de (a german bike online retailer) literally has their own Top Trumps like card set with what I believe are their employees bikes. Just gotta make clear what's "better" beforehand, or else just wait for the arguments.
  • 14 0
 justincase is my online name! So pinkbike is sending me some merch?
  • 15 1
 Commenting Carl = WakiDesigns or whatever his name is
  • 13 0
 Was Noel Manual modelled on Mike Levy’s beautiful lil ol face!? Lol
  • 14 0
 Sarah Problem?
  • 14 5
 Oh, I get it,” Steve ENDO“. Groan. Why not ”Phil McKraken” Or “Hugh Jazz” . I had a vice principal in grade school who was named Jack Imhoff... that would be a funny drawing... if someone else drew it.
  • 10 0
 fuck, harsh crowd. I guess that's what you get when most on here take Commentin' Carl to personal. Thanks Taj, these are great and please keep it up!!
  • 10 0
 Is there a super-rare banned/black market Waki card? Smile
  • 9 0
 "The Recycle Pail Kids", its 2019 ya know.
  • 10 0
 "Justin Case" got me LOL
  • 2 0
 There was an XC racer in Australia called Justin Case, no lie, look it up haha!
  • 5 0
 Hey Taj, do Pinkbikers even know about your history? Please post some pics/videos of yourself riding 15-20 years ago so you get some credibility back. I was way into 20" stuff back then and know how good of a rider you are. It hurts me not to see you getting the respect that you deserve. For those of you who don't know about Taj, please go put his name into the google.
  • 8 0
 I have the Transition ones but they are still unopened.
  • 5 0
 Commentin' Carl has 12 fingers and two thumbs to type the internets comments even quicker.

@CommentinCarl, does you super model wife enjoy the extra digits?
  • 3 0
 Still have about 100 or so of original Garbage Pail Kids trading cards. Pinkbike should put these to print and sell them with some cheap chewing gum. Just like the original was back in the day...
  • 6 0
 There is quite a few commentin carls on here today, i dig it taj good work
  • 4 0
 Phil Entyre and Al Waysdial for the guys who never ride because they’re too busy checking their tire pressure or adjusting suspension settings.
  • 3 0
 I want a full set of these- fantastic nostalgia! Dentist Donny, Col-rad-bro Carl, Strava Steve... I'm in- direct me to the kickstarter!
  • 5 0
 He forgot "As an engineer" Andy.
  • 5 1
 CommentinCarl. Damn socialist. Don't get this sh!t on Fox.
  • 4 0
 Garbage Pail Kids give me the creeps
  • 2 0
 That was the idea. And it was the 80's. So.
  • 2 0
 This would be a sick idea to have some collectable "Pinkbike trading cards" that, while riding one can trade cards with fellow mountain bike enthusiasts they meet!
  • 12 10
 People pissing over a review are as annoying as this whole ok boomer trend just shut the fuck up already and get a life!!!
  • 27 10
 Ok boomer.
  • 12 10
 Ok boomer
  • 12 10
 Ok boomer
  • 11 8
 Ok boomer.
  • 11 10
 Ok Boomer
  • 12 10
 Ok boomer
  • 11 9
 Ok boomer
  • 8 4
 Ok boomer.
  • 9 3
 Ok boomer
  • 12 4
 Boké Uma.
  • 7 2
 ok boomer
  • 6 2
 Ok boomer
  • 3 4
 Sure thing booms
  • 5 1
 ok boomer
  • 3 1
 Ok boomer
  • 3 0
 Every single one of this is great! Keep up the great work!!!!!
  • 2 0
 I actually really want some mtb trading cards! Other sports have them, why don’t we?
  • 2 0
 I almost forgot those chewing gum but now I remember of them ????????
  • 1 0
 sembrano le card degli scobions they look like scorbions cards
  • 2 0
 Ah the memories. Love it!
  • 3 1
 Transition already did this.
  • 2 0
 Love these! Justin case LOL! Love the throw back art! Keep it up Taj!
  • 1 3
 PB Viewer's are waking up wondering "what's going to be posted on PB today..??" hmmm maybe a cool new bike story,or perhaps a cool new suspension bit that will give me extra squishy dreams?? Ohhh... Here we are!! 1 new post of "PB Viewer's Mockery"!!? Right On! Well.. We shall wait yet still.. but for another day
  • 2 0
 If you print these, we will buy them. sincerely, --80s kids
  • 2 0
 These need to happen IRL.
  • 2 0
 HAHA...good job.Smile
  • 1 0
 I'm still waiting on the Sid E. Walltear card to complete my collection.
  • 1 1
 I thought the cards would depict PB's editors, with their pros and cons. That would have been funnier
  • 2 0
 I did too but I much prefer Taj paying homage to the originals better.
  • 2 0
 Fractured Finn?
  • 1 0
 Over the bars Otis
  • 1 0
 “Noah Manuel” that one hurts
  • 1 0
 I think these are great . It must be the O.L.D. kicking in.
  • 1 0
 I wish I had more than five fingers like Carl. Frown
  • 1 0
 Lmao.. Justin case ????????????
  • 1 0
 hahahahahahaha
  • 2 0
 Looks like a Session.
  • 1 0
 Ha! Made my Sunday morning
  • 1 0
 Steven Doe is pretty clever...
  • 1 0
 the commenting guy isn't even writing that the bike looks like a session
  • 1 0
 I’ll take a set please. These are awesome. I mis the garbage pale kids.
  • 1 0
 they look like scorbions cards
  • 1 0
 I feel bad for steven...he's having a hard day
  • 1 0
 "Noah Hander" was right there!
  • 1 0
 Dammit, my name is not Carl. Its actually.....oh wait maybe it is Carl.
  • 1 0
 Comment Carl! Lmao
  • 2 0
 Looks like @whattheheel
  • 1 0
 @dingus: I'll cut you Haggis!!! lol
  • 1 0
 @whattheheel: Not at that speed you won't!
  • 1 0
 @dingus: Been busy as fuu with new job, haven't been on here for a hot minute!
  • 1 0
 Classic. Thanks.
  • 1 0
 No Michael Fartts?
  • 1 1
 Where can we buy these?
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