It doesn't matter if it's an hour away or a cross-continent tour, there's something about a road trip with friends and bikes that makes riding even better. Of course, it's not a road trip without an unreliable vehicle of some sort, new trails and mountains, gas station food, broken trucks and broken bodies, getting way too lost, and who knows what else that can all seem like a disaster in the moment. Episode 119 sees Kazimer, Henry, Palmer, and I share some of our best and worst road trip memories.
What are some ingredients for a good road trip?
THE PINKBIKE PODCAST // EPISODE 119 - ROAD TRIPS GONE HORRIBLY WRONG April 28th, 2022
All I need is a family-sized bag of Flamin' Hot Cheetos and a bottle to pee in.
Featuring a rotating cast of the editorial team and other guests, the Pinkbike podcast is a weekly update on all the latest stories from around the world of mountain biking, as well as some frank discussion about tech, racing, and everything in between.
Glad times are changing and was great to hear Henry talk about it. Such a great lad.
That being said, next time I see Henry on In and Out Burger, complaining Squamish sucks, with George Micheals Fastlove blaring out of his phone, I’ll still tell him to f**k off. Much love @henryquinney
Episode suggestion / article suggestion: "Mullet Bikes: The Good, The Bad and The Why?"
Although a fringe phenomenon in the real world, the hype around mullets has never been bigger with brands like Commencal switching significant portions of their line-up to a mullet-only configuration. Unfortunately, objective tests (like the one done by Seb Stott) are few and far between and the arguemts around the mullet trend seem to become increasingly based around bro-science and the blind repetition of marketing jargon.
I'd love to hear you guys talking to some engineers, going over the physics of running a smaller rear wheel and seperating fact from hype. Maybe talk to two different brands; one that fully embraces the trend and another one that doesn't buy into it and get their respective reasoning.
Vehicle: 9-person van pulling a trailer with summer tires driving from SC to Fruita, CO and Moab, UT.
Trip: Epic riding on my 2012 $500 Haro Flightline 2 hardtail all week. 2 (maybe 3) showers while camping all week. Friday came quick and we were eager to get back to sleep in real beds back in SC, so we headed back east.
Crazy part: We decided to take the "scenic route" back to SC, aka, through the CO Rockies. We got about 60 miles east of Denver and a HUGE snow storm hit. We were in our van... on summer tires... pulling a trailer... one guy was in sandals... the highway closed and it was getting dark, so we called all the nearby hotels to ask about vacancy. Nothing was available and they wouldn't even let us stay in the lobby. Long story short, we ended up staying in a Catholic Church sleeping on yoga mats for 2 nights until Palm Sunday, where we were the only ones who attended the service. Quite the interesting adventure for this atheist! lol.
Can you call youself a real mountain biker if you don't have at least one hack or bodge on your bike???
Today I ride a slack hardtail and that works really well! I wonder if we should all just be riding e-bikes :/
*** The vast majority of ebike fires are from shitty home built or modified batteries. We've never had one, it is just smart to be prepared.
On a less serious note, @mikelevy and @ryanpalmer @mikekazimer I also am annoyed at the serenity of nature being ruined by Bluetooth speakers blasting. My theory is that people in general may be uncomfortable with their own thoughts and don't know how to enjoy the moment and lift their eyes up to see the beauty around them. I just saw an ad for an outdoor BT speaker that is waterproof and has crazy battery life aimed at outdoor activities saying that we can bring our "own life soundtrack with us wherever we go". But why though? Be in nature. Enjoy it.
What am I doing wrong regarding Tire pressure?
It seems like 90% of people run lower tire pressure than me and often times with a lighter casing tire.
On the latest daily driver bike video thing with Christina people were even in the teens of PSI. How the hell is that possible??
I know for a fact I am dead average if not slightly below average at bikes, I assume most people ride as hard if not as hard as me and I cannot make a tire feel comfortable below 27r/24f. That's with a DD maxxis in the rear also. Running anything less or running an exo in the rear and I feel like me tires are folding over and my bike is trying to shoot out from under me on even the slowest corners. Am I just being a hypochondriac or does anybody else experience this?
Even on the latest Goodyear tire thing just posted it sounds like Dan was able to get along well with a decent amount less pressure than I ride with and I know that guy is fast enough to make most people look like rookies, let along make me look like I'm standing still.
Met quite a few people who insist on blaring out at max volume though, biking, skiing, just walking through town.
Not horribly wrong, but went over to cycle the Malvern trails. Stopped for lunch, chatting away and not paying attention while preparing a European style lunch, I sliced through the food and my finger of the hand holding it. Blood all over the place. Had to tape it up and cycle slowly to the local hospital with that arm raised. The worst part was being in A&E in my MTB getup and having to explain a bunch of times that I'd not been in a gnarly heroic cycling accident but instead been careless prepaing the emmental.
I love the specialized enduro family but ever since the disappearance of the elite model it seems there’s a larger gap in price points. With now only the comp and expert, can we expect the return of the elite or is it really gone forever?
The mid grade build with GX and a zeb ultimate or fox factory package seems to be the ideal price point $7800 for an amazing performing bike that could do any thing you throw at it. With room for upgrade, and a build quality that doesn’t lack performance or weight seemed ideal. I’m not willing to blow my bank account on the expert for the $10000 price tag, but yet want parts such as sram gx and a zeb ultimate.
Glad to hear your doing better Henry.
I really appreciate your deeper, existential take on riding bikes and that you are so open. Keep doing your thing.
However if it strikes a chord & helps just one person...
I was on a road trip, driving I-395S across the northern Nevada desert on the way to Tahoe on the morning of 9/11. Listening to live coverage on NPR. It was f*cking surreal. Got to Tahoe, stopped in a diner to grab some breakfast, saw the smoking towers on the tv while eating. Stopped in a bike shop after to get a replacement for a part broken on a previous ride, and grab a local trail map. Same thing on the tv there, everyone just kind of in shock and glued to the coverage.
Nothing to do but ride, so that's what I did. Actually had a great ride. Came across a friendly local near the trailhead, as I was consulting my map, who played tour guide and shared a couple drags off the little one-hitter that he pulled out of his pack during a rest stop (Another subject touched on in the podcast. That was the first and only time I've ever toked while riding, but it seemed appropriate at the time.). Camped out that night, and headed off to the my last stop before home (Mammoth, where I had friends to stay with.) the next day. It was actually a really great road-trip, but for some reason I couldn't help but feel weirdly guilty after that day, like I should cut it short and go straight home to mourn or something, and I didn't even know anyone in the towers. Can you have survivor's guilt from 3000 miles away?
I left everyone I was riding with so not to ruin their ride and the 10 something kilometres back into the town of Bright.
I got myself to the local medical centre, had an X-ray, they couldn’t confirm a break so just bandaged it up.
I couldn’t drive anymore so one of my mates drove us in my Triton ute back to Melbourne the next day to meet the ferry back to Tasmania. It wasn’t until the following day when we arrived in Devonport that I could get to hospital for a orthopaedic surgeon to look at it when he confirmed a broken talis bone in my ankle.
I did miss a race weekend at Derby but I only missed one day of riding on our road trip.
My ankle is still a bit dodgy but the trip was worth it.
There are none in western WA and it sucks. Whenever I drive to MT or UT I specifically plan every stop to line up with a Maverick location lol.
I'm sure you'll make it to Nelson when you're ready for it.
You've clearly got a ways to go though... But keep at it!
Nelson is 1 hr from US border.
On my most recent build, as the price kept creeping up, I cheaped out and bought no name mechanical brake cables/housings and pedals. Had to replace the cables immediately and now the pedals are falling apart.
Can you recommend a good value platform pedal?
For someone who is going to try clipless for the first time, what is an affordable and intuitive pedal to start on? I think I will want to start out on gravel type rides. I am intrigued by dual sided pedals (flat on one side and clipless on the other).
I have demoed modern bikes and rented at the bike park, but didn't spend enough time with them to appreciate any difference.