Last week's episode saw us spend far too much time talking about spy shots
(real and questionable), embargoes, and how we handle all that stuff, but it's time to shift gears. I don’t know about you guys, but being serious is too serious; I can do that once every three or four episodes, which is why number 52 sees us talking about our most embarrassing mountain bike moments. You know, like the time a certain mountain border wrecked a pricey crank at a press camp by not tightening his pedals. Or that one time that a new Pinkbike editor did her best scorpion impression off a drop and the video went viral
. There's also that time that our favorite intern witnessed a tubeless tire explosion that took out an innocent bystander.
Oh, and the time that some goober's original Marzocchi Z1 fell off my, er, someone's bike at a downhill race because bolts were left loose and parts were left off. That was a hell of a lesson... Podcast number 52 sees James Smurthwaite, Alicia Leggett, Mike Kazimer, and I share some of our more humiliating mountain bike moments. Got one that trumps ours? Hit us up in the comment section below to share your own embarrassing bike stories, if only to make us feel a little better about ourselves.
THE PINKBIKE PODCAST // EPISODE 52 - OUR MOST EMBARRASSING MTB MOMENTS
March 11th, 2021
C'mon in, but leave your pride at the door.
Hosted by Mike Levy (usually) and 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.
Previous Pinkbike PodcastsEpisode 1 - Why Are Bikes So Expensive?Episode 2 - Where the Hell is the Grim Donut?Episode 3 - Pond Beaver TechEpisode 4 - Why is Every Bike a Trail Bike?Episode 5 - Can You Trust Bike Reviews?Episode 6 - Over Biked Or Under Biked?Episode 7 - Wild Project BikesEpisode 8 - Do We Need an Even Larger Wheel Size?Episode 9 - Why Are We Doing a Cross-Country Field Test?Episode 10 - Getting Nerdy About Bike SetupEpisode 11 - Are We Going Racing This Year?Episode 12 - What's the Future of Bike Shops?Episode 13 - Are Bikes Too Regular Now?Episode 14 - What Bikes Would Pinkbike Editors Buy?Episode 15 - What's Holding Mountain Biking Back?Episode 16 - Who's Your Mountain Biking Hero?Episode 17 - XC Field Test Insider Episode 18 - Electronics on your Mountain Bike: Good or Bad? Episode 19 - The Hardtail EpisodeEpisode 20 - MTB Conspiracy TheoriesEpisode 21 - Stuff We Were Wrong AboutEpisode 22 - Does Your Riding Style Match Your Personality?Episode 23 - Grim Donut 2 is Live!Episode 24 - Why Even Buy a DH Bike?Episode 25 - Fall Field Test Preview Episode 26 - The Three Most Important Mountain BikesEpisode 27 - The World Champs Special Episode 28 - All About Women's BikesEpisode 29 - Freeride or DieEpisode 30 - Would You Rather?Episode 31 - Wet Weather Riding Tips & TricksEpisode 32 - What Needs to Change in the Bike Industry?Episode 33 - Behind the Scenes at Pinkbike AcademyEpisode 34 - Grilling Levy About Field Test Trail Bikes (and His Bonspiel)Episode 35 - Story Time - Stranger Than FictionEpisode 36 - Grilling Kazimer about Field Test Enduro BikesEpisode 37 - The 2020 Privateer Season with Ben CathroEpisode 38 - Editors Defend Their 2020 Best-Of PicksEpisode 39 - Predicting the Future of Mountain Biking Episode 40 - The Pinkbike Awards! Episode 41 - Racing Rumours and Team ChangesEpisode 42 - Mountain Biking's Guilty Pleasures Episode 43 - Dangerholm's Wildest Custom Mountain BikesEpisode 44 - Mountain Bike Suspension Decoded Episode 45 - What Makes a Good Riding Buddy Episode 46 - The RockShox Zeb vs Fox 38 Deep DiveEpisode 47 - High Pivot Bikes: The Good, The Bad, and The Why?Episode 48 - Rides That Went Horribly Wrong... & Why That Made Them So GoodEpisode 49 - What's the Best DH Bike?Episode 50 - Are Bikes Actually Getting Less Expensive? (Value Bike Field Test Preview)Episode 51 - Should MTB Media Post Spy Shots?
"My foot was caught in my frame, took about 30 seconds of snuggling before we could separate."
Sorry, it was too easy.
The next day we ended up catching up between every stage. I think we both went from being bummed to hear she had crashed to shocked to hear she had won! Keep using Alicia as a presenter, she’s rad (Alicia it’s cool if you don’t remember us, you’re the one who’s famous now haha) - Chris (the guy on a hardtail) and Byron (the guy who won in lycra)
Cue uproarious laughter from every man and his dog and a promise from one of the onlookers that his GoPro footage would end up on Friday Fails.
I've also landed so nose up off a jump a blew apart my derailure and ended up with a brake lever on my shoe.
One weekend he gave me a Klein Mantra Comp to test over the weekend and I followed him home, struggling to keep up as it bounced like hell with every pedal and he was riding a Trek X-Caliber. Seeing him smile at me over his shoulder as he rounded a corner I changed down a gear and dropped into an underground walkway stair set at speed only to realise he’d trimmed his speed for the 180 degree turn at the bottom. I jammed on the Deore V brakes and got sent out the front door, still clipped in I managed to jam my elbow into the frame stay of my bosses bike as I grabbed his wheel, fully bend the back end of the Klein and smash my knees up badly on the concrete stairs. I never raced that sneaky f***er again.
Personally I chose to backpedal my thumb out, the chainring has also pierced my nail big time and the shop didn't have anything in their first aid kit. I ended up using vodka I've found in the freezer, which to be fair did the job rather well. I suspect the freezing temperature helped numbing the pain whilst i was playing it cool, well done workshop for the great choice of health and safety equipment ^___^'
(This thread sucks without pics)