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Braindrain danielsapp's article
May 7, 2020 at 1:03
May 7, 2020
Kenda Releases New Pinner Tire Developed with Aaron Gwin
@Loki87: Your theories seem sound to me, excpt the bit about tyre pressure. Please consider casing tension, how hard or soft a tyre feels is a relationship between the cross sectional area and the internal pressure. These are inversly proportional, so as the cross section area increases (a wider tyre with more volume) the pressure MUST decrease to result in the same casing tension. "Running a wider tire with less pressure will result in theoretically increased grip" - Any change in grip is likely a result of the different contact patch, not the reduced pressure - casing tension should be roughly the same. "huge bouncy undamped balloon" this I believe, is the sensation of a taller sidewall, rather than just the width of the tyre. If you've ever changed stock van tyres for low profile ones (which are usually wider too) you will feel the difference in the ride, the stock ones with a taller sidewall are bouncy, vague and comfortable! There's way more to all this in a dynamic situation of course. And a tyre's charachteristics and grip determined by height, width, profile, construction and materials as well as tread pattern. Then there is rim width, terrain, riding style and the riders preferred casing tension for that tyre (adjusted by adding or removing air from the tyre!).
Braindrain sarahmoore's article
May 4, 2020 at 8:50
May 4, 2020
Review: Yeti SB140 - Little Wheels & Lots of Fun
It's the wheels, definately the wheels, I mean, what other possible factors could there be? The wheels, no other option, I can't see what your getting at, it's obviously the wheels. Look at them...THE WHEELS ARE TOO SMALL!
Braindrain mattwragg's article
May 3, 2020 at 0:50
May 3, 2020
Opinion: Ode to an Oddball - Rediscovering Two-Wheeled Fun
Then why the full suss gravel bike? I think Matt is having a go at the industry development of gravel, rather than the gravel bike or it's riders. Maybe soon they will put bigger tyres and flat bars on gravel bikes..? Trying to make gravel bikes more like a rigid mtb, when, as Matt describes, we already have a pretty decent solution to that- plus sized tyres. Which, despite appearances, are surprisingly quick and probably deserve some more mainstream love than they are getting at the moment.
Braindrain mikelevy's article
Apr 23, 2020 at 1:14
Apr 23, 2020
The Four-Year Story of Fin Woods' DIY Carbon Enduro Gearbox Bike
@goroncy: I find it very surprising there have been no attempts to market a derailleur shield thing, when seemingly ever other possible thing for mtbs has.
Braindrain jamessmurthwaite's article
Apr 18, 2020 at 0:51
Apr 18, 2020
Hacks, Bodges & DIY Projects From the World Cup Pits
Don't buy upgrades, ride DOWN grades!
Braindrain pinkbikeaudience's article
Apr 16, 2020 at 1:22
Apr 16, 2020
Contest Closed: Enter to Win an Industry Nine 1/1 Wheelset
@mybaben: "doesn't your bike have wheels already?" "Yes, but they're a bit bent and I can't get them straight enough to hold sealant." "Why are they bent?" "They catch on rocks and stuff" "Are you sure this biking thing is a good idea?" "I'd go mad without it" "Well, can't you put tubes in instead?" "Yes, I suppose. But it's really much better without them." "So you want a whole new bike just because you crashed and broke the wheels?" "It's this planned obsolescence thing, it's a killer. It's not my fault, I'm really the victim here. I'd much rather keep my old bike." "Hmm" Long silence, followed by a sheepish return to the internet to see how hard it is to replace rims by yourself.
Braindrain mikekazimer's article
Apr 13, 2020 at 2:23
Apr 13, 2020
Field Trip: Sub-$3,000 Trail Bike Roundtable - Torrent vs Jeffsy vs Hightower vs Meta TR
@ChasingPhotons: I agree with both views, but essentially the key thing is rider skill. There must be a ceiling to a riders capabilities and each rider is different. There will be a point where the ceiling is reached and better brakes and suspension will not increase speed or enjoyment. The situation occurs that a rider sells their high end 160mm+ bike because it's just too easy to go too fast and they fear for their own safety!
Braindrain dan-roberts's article
Apr 11, 2020 at 1:31
Apr 11, 2020
Reverse Components' 2020 Bike Hacks Collection - Pond Beaver 2020
@downhiller900sl: I think, technically, it adds to the total stack height of your headset and head tube. The a-c length of your fork will be unchanged, although the effect is the same.
Braindrain jamessmurthwaite's article
Apr 3, 2020 at 12:50
Apr 3, 2020
New Zealand Health Minister Criticized for Mountain Biking During Lockdown
@vinay: I found a tick attached to me today, I've been pulling weeds in my suburban back garden. Lets hope I've not got lyme disease from it as I will be hospitalised for certain. There's mortal risk in everything if you look hard enough.
Braindrain mikelevy's article
Mar 30, 2020 at 9:59
Mar 30, 2020
Field Trip: Calibre's $1,400 Bossnut - The Boss of Low Cost
@BedsideCabinet: yes, like halfords these are direct to consumer, they are only sold in GO Outdoors shops, the bikes are made by go outdoors, no 3rd party bike shop in the middle. The shop people are minimum wage and minimum training, they might be passionate and knowledgeable about bikes, but they also might be some idiot who doesn't give a sh't.
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