ATBScott danielsapp's article
Jun 1, 2019 at 9:04Jun 1, 2019
Video: Eric Porter Explains the Benefits of 'Trail Pods' - Portable Trail Building Stations
What may be a solution to the "inexperienced" user picking up the tools and possibly damaging the trail, as well as helping prevent theft, might be a small shed that houses the tools, locked. After you have participated in two or three trail building sessions, you get a key to the lock. All the sheds keyed the same, and at least some sort of control over who gets to use them. My biggest fear is that people will go and remove all the semi-techy portions of the trail - "smoothing it out" into the dirt sidewalk so many of the trails seem to be turning into.
Jan 30, 2019 at 10:19Jan 30, 2019
Ask Pinkbike: Knee Pad Suggestions, Tires for the Southwest & Do I Want a Singlespeed?
In January 2003, I purchased a Raleigh XXIX - their 'new' 29'er SS. Wanted it so I wouldn't trash my new Scott Ransom LTD in the winter muddy conditions... Rode some of my regular routes that I would nonchalantly spin up in my middle ring - and it KICKED MY ASS. Like a previous comment said; "Every trail is a new trail". 'Easy' sections became challenges. I walked places I never thought I would. But then one day, I made an entire climb without stopping. I started doing that on more and more climbs. Took the Ransom and the SS on a week long trip to AZ to ride with friends. Ended up riding the rigid SS more than the Full-sus bike. 4 months later, sold my 'dream bike' and went solely SS (Except when I converted it to 1x9 to do the Hut-to-hut trip) but it went back to SS upon my return. I rode SS until Fall of 2016, when I blew out my knee hike-a-biking across a creek. FINALLY my close-to-60-yr-old knee is back again, and I have just started riding a little SS. It took a geared bike to get back going though... I will continue to ride SS as a +1 bike, to keep in a bit better shape and for certain trails - probably won't go full time SS, but those were some of the best days riding in my almost 40 years on MTB. If you think you want to do it - the suggestion to try a few rides without shifting is a good one. If you can suffer through a few rides on trails you know in a 32x20 or something like that - then get an SS and give it a shot. At worst, you sell it, and you may also have the option of building it into a 1x## hardtail...
ATBScott RichardCunningham's article
Jan 10, 2019 at 9:08Jan 10, 2019
Exploring the Relationship Between Handlebar vs Stem Length
Totally with you @schulte1400. I recently got a Pivot Switchblade, and requested the 60mm stem. I have a fairly long torso and kinda needed the extra bit of reach, and a Large frame feels too big to me. I also have decided I am not a fan of wide bars. 760mm (which isn't that wide for many these days) feels too wide and I got taken down by a tree in tight quarters last week - clipped the end of the bar just hard enough to put me off-line. I have a pair of 730's I used to ride, going to try them on the bike before I cut down the 760 carbon grip supporter. Ride what feels good!
ATBScott RichardCunningham's article
Jan 3, 2019 at 11:35Jan 3, 2019
RIP Dan Hanebrink: Inventor, Competitor & Mountain Bike Pioneer
RIP Dan Hanebrink. I met him a couple of times and did a big group ride back in the later 80's that he was on up in Big Bear. He was an animal! While it is sad that he has left - as we all will - he lived an active life and will be remembered by many for his somewhat eccentric but innovative designs.
Dec 20, 2018 at 13:33Dec 20, 2018
2018 Pinkbike Awards: Mountain Bike of the Year Winner
Not hating on this as it looks like a pretty dialed ride - but having a DH bike as Bike of the Year seems a bit off, as DH is something that only a few percent of people who actually ride their bike in the dirt participate in... While PB doesn't pay much attention to the XC category (which has also gotten to be a bit niche) the Trail and Enduro/All-Mountain categories are where virtually EVERYONE participates in to some extent - c'mon - even DH guys usually have a trailbike of some sort in the quiver. I know a few people who own a DH bike, and use them a few times a year at a resort - but many of them now rent a bike as it's not worth buying a $5K and up bike for only riding a few times a year. Perhaps classes of bike - Trail, Enduro/AM and DH. And then let both the Readers and Editors vote for the best of all the classes?
ATBScott danielsapp's article
Dec 18, 2018 at 10:09Dec 18, 2018
Ridden & Rated: 12 Jackets for Wet Weather Riding
Curious why only one of these products lists where it is made (Patagonia made in Vietnam) and none of the others do? Did I miss the "All products made in China unless otherwise noted"? While I have heard many anecdotal stories of both Showers Pass and Arcteryx being particularly good ski and hiking wet weather gear I have know the same folks to say they aren't long enough when bent over and their lower back and plumbers' crack were exposed. Having a long-torso with average-length arms, I'd definitely want a jacket that has a fit that works when I'm in my MTB or road bike position. Good comparison on comparing dryness and ventilation - can the chart be amended to show place of manufacture? That way we might know if we are actually supporting any US or Canadian textile workers - or will these products be potentially subject to some tariff if our unpredictable leadership goes on a Twitter bender?
Nov 13, 2018 at 9:31Nov 13, 2018
Review: Shimano XT Flat Pedals
@jaame: Ummmm.... I guess you must be having a lot of fun ('cause time flies when you're having fun!) - those Shimano "Beartrap" pedals came out around the same time as the first 6-spd Indexed XT group - 1987, 31 years ago! :)
ATBScott sarahmoore's article
Nov 2, 2018 at 11:36Nov 2, 2018
Fox Factory Plans to Move HQ from California to Georgia [Updated]
@Boardlife69: While I agree with you on your comments about rural areas getting over-run by 'city folk' - whether from CA or other large-population states, realize one thing: Over the last 50 years or so, most of CA's population was people moving here from other places. Now we are seeing a reverse exodus, which myself (a native Californian) am about to join. My goal is to find a place that has a good balance of moderates who are fiscally conservative, Wish me luck! Hitler, Stalin and Mao were not "Left wing". They called themselves Socialists, but were Totalitarians. Focused on controlling all aspects of the constituents' lives, including religion (or not allowing) and other beliefs. Basically the worst of the Left and the Right all rolled into one. This can be seen today by the extremes of the GOP and Dem parties - they want to control your beliefs on the Far-Right, and the Far-Left wants to have government take care of all aspects of your well-being - give them all you earn and they will give you food coupons, health care, education, blah, blah... A bit of Socialism is good. It makes for things like Fire Departments, Police, Insurance, roads, state parks where you can ride, etc.... The problem is when government takes money that people voted for for a purpose, and then re-direct the funds to other projects or pockets. CA is very guilty of that. So are a lot of other states, and our Federal Gov't. as well. We, as citizens need to stop voting Party and vote for the person(s) we think will do the best job, whether Dem, GOP or Independent and get our gov't under control. Rant over...
ATBScott pinkbikeaudience's article
Oct 7, 2018 at 8:48Oct 7, 2018
Rocky Mountain Has 160 Bikes Stolen From Container
@NWuntilirest: What brands of bikes do you sell? If your average markup is around 40% that is a brand I need to have in a store! Been doing this for years, and to crack much past 35% is rare. 30% is more like it. THEN we subtract shipping, cost for building the bike, rent, utilities, insurance, 2-3% fees when the customer pays with a credit card, free maintenance offered post-sale, etc... Being in a high-rent area, when we sold a $6K bike, my partner and I felt pretty fortunate taking $250 or so each out of that sale. 40% margin would let us take maybe $400 each out of the sale. That's a big raise!
ATBScott TheHillsAreAlive's article
Oct 4, 2018 at 8:28Oct 4, 2018
Photo Report: Red Bull Foxhunt 2018
OK whomever wrote this.... It's "chute". A "tight shoot" would be a problem a photographer would have, whereas a tight chute would be a narrow descent... Does PB have an editor? Otherwise great article on a great race - those gals all look like they were having huge fun.