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CaptainBLT henryquinney's article
Sep 10, 2021 at 16:09
Sep 10, 2021
Pinkbike Poll: At What Age Is a Rider at Their Peak?
Better question for (former) racers: at what level did you decide improving didn’t mean being faster? Even the best eventually decide they would rather do other things, regardless of the sport, even if they are still better than nearly everyone. Personally, my progression has tapered off significantly and I am losing endurance too now that I only ride one or two times per week, but my career is flourishing, my relationships are better than ever, and I’m even a dad.
CaptainBLT mikekazimer's article
Aug 20, 2021 at 20:28
Aug 20, 2021
Pinkbike Poll: What Would It Take For You to Become a Faster Rider?
So for those keeping score that’s “mental state”, haha.
CaptainBLT mikekazimer's article
Aug 20, 2021 at 20:26
Aug 20, 2021
Pinkbike Poll: What Would It Take For You to Become a Faster Rider?
Everyone could be faster, from us mortals on Pinkbike to those at the peak of their discipline, but at some point, the juice isn’t worth the squeeze. I’ve seen the time and dedication it takes just to be a local pro… I already have a job, i don’t need to turn my hobby into one too.
CaptainBLT seb-stott's article
Aug 16, 2021 at 15:54
Aug 16, 2021
Specialized Granted Patent for Linkage Fork Design
That line made the entire article worth reading. Glad it was saved for the end.
CaptainBLT mattwragg's article
Jul 22, 2021 at 12:03
Jul 22, 2021
Opinion: Should We Be Racing eMTBs at the Elite Level? Maybe Not Yet.
Courses for gravity racing have already been dumbed down at nearly every level to appeal to the masses, whether riders or spectators. If you’re going to race a whole series in the US, you’re going to have to race a bunch of flat straight stages that emphasize watts over handling. If that’s what you want, go race xc. If 140 mm bikes are competitive in an enduro or enduro bikes in DH, the organizers have clearly messed up. As far as I’m concerned, trails for gravity racing should be just as fast chainless. Plus, you eliminate a bunch of the temptation to dope that way too.
CaptainBLT mattwragg's article
Jun 29, 2021 at 12:51
Jun 29, 2021
Opinion: The Rules of Mountain Biking
@sharpGT: Okay, you make a good point for total newcomers. Consider my mind changed on that point. How should we deal with people who know the rules but then choose to ignore them? Most of the people I encounter blatantly ignoring the landowner rules about eBikes are moderately experienced male weekend warriors in their 30’s or 40’s, and the occasional 20-something expert with industry connections. For my rogue trail building example, I think it’s either teens who don’t understand the process or experts/pros in places without trails at their level. The teens can be corrected by channeling their energy into trail org work days, the experts hopefully know better than to build in areas under scrutiny but the ones who know and don’t care are probably the biggest problem of all.
CaptainBLT mattwragg's article
Jun 27, 2021 at 15:42
Jun 27, 2021
Opinion: The Rules of Mountain Biking
Here’s the thing, I reject the premise that gatekeeping is automatically bad. Gatekeeping is just the enforcement of social norms established by a community. It can be bullshit (eg, you aren’t a real cyclist if you ride in cotton), or it can be necessary to protect a communal resource from degradation (eg, pack it in, pack it out). When newcomers join the community they can enrich it (eg, bmxers and other crossover athletes created slopestyle) or harm it (eg, sharing the location of unsanctioned trails on social media) eBikes are just the newcomers or the moment. They are damaging the relationship with landowners by violating explicit rules against motorized use. The people building new unsanctioned trails in the same zones as established trail orgs are also messing things up for everyone. The difference is, pinkbike doesn’t post articles conflating sanctioned and unsanctioned trail building 3 times a week.
CaptainBLT mattwragg's article
Jun 11, 2021 at 22:33
Jun 11, 2021
Opinion: The Rules of Mountain Biking
@djm35: absolutely geographically dependent, but that’s kind of the point. On my last moto ride, my buddy and I played leap frog with a pair of trail runners for about an hour. We were slowed by sawing out windfall, having to turn back to take a different route due to creeks running high or snow. All 4 of us got along well, the trail runners actually commented that they were going to get a folding saw too “because runners don’t do enough trail maintenance” (his words). It’s possible to get along. As far as moto vs ebikes, every line is arbitrary once you add a motor. An Alta MX blazing trail can completely wreck the forest just as well as a fuel injected 250 but with no noise, and an electric staycyc strider is probably less harmful than the typical mountain biker. A Sur Ron isn’t much different from an 85, aside from the price tag. Class 1 eBikes are way closer to mountain bikes than 450’s. But if a seven year old can’t have any local public lands to ride an electric 50cc around the woods at 4 miles an hour, I can’t really see an argument for opening those lands to adults on eBikes.
CaptainBLT mattwragg's article
Jun 11, 2021 at 20:59
Jun 11, 2021
Opinion: The Rules of Mountain Biking
Big rant incoming. It’s a rest day and I have pent up energy. Whether ebikes require effort or not is irrelevant to the problem of ebikes masquerading as non-motorized vehicles. No one cares how hard someone is (or isn’t) sweating during their Tuesday ride after work that they have to fit in around kids and responsibilities. The issue is public access for everyone. And as someone who also rides dirt bikes, trying to make the debate about the energy input is hilarious. I have done several outdoor/mountain sports at an expert or elite level for my entire adult life. A 2.5 hour hare scramble is the most physically demanding thing I’ve ever done, and it isn’t even close. Yet I can’t ride my moto everywhere, and I shouldn’t be allowed to. Entitled people buying dirt bikes and ignoring the rules has resulted in very few places to ride moto, and many of the areas that remain are at risk of closing due to a small group of riders that ignore basic trail etiquette. It took decades of advocacy to legitimize dedicated Mtb trails, and with the huge increase in rider numbers the discreet unsanctioned trails are discreet no longer. Assuming the access we have now is guaranteed is a huge mistake; 30 years ago dirt bikes used to be hugely popular and allowed nearly everywhere mountain bikes are allowed now. Entitled users disrespecting the rules ended that. Finally, gatekeeping isn’t necessarily bad if it’s used to reinforce the rules that preserve the resource that the community depends upon. I don’t care if someone identifies as a mountain biker or not, but I do care that the people using the trails don’t act in a way that jeopardizes it for everyone. If someone abuses the shared resource then I have zero problem with kicking that person out of the group.
CaptainBLT henryquinney's article
May 7, 2021 at 13:58
May 7, 2021
5 Key Stats from Enduro Racers in the Pinkbike State of the Sport Survey
Once again, another problem that can be solved by more events in the series. If there were 15 races per year I doubt we’d see factory riders spending much time making extra trips to ride all the trails at a particular venue. Locals will always have an advantage, having more events dilutes the effect so that it won’t have any real impact to the overall results.
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