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CaptainBLT mikelevy's article
May 19, 2017 at 11:51
May 19, 2017
Ban the Berms? – Opinion
Similar sentiment to the Tech vs Flow poll a couple years ago. Flow is fun, but shouldn't be the only thing. Tech allows more room for rider creativity and skill, whereas flow is more of a one-time experience of a builder's vision. Berms let newer riders enjoy the sensation of speed, but sanitize the trail for experts. https://www.pinkbike.com/news/pinkbike-poll-flow-trails-vs-technical-trails-2015.html
CaptainBLT KNOLLYBIKES's photo
May 10, 2017 at 9:33
May 10, 2017
Whoa, the contrast between the rock scree and the dirt in the foreground is very trippy. Cool!

CaptainBLT mikelevy's article
May 5, 2017 at 13:36
May 5, 2017
Pinkbike Poll – Electronic Components on Your Mountain Bike?
The only electronic device I would consider putting on my bike is data acquisition. The quick feedback so that you can test different settings or see your performance over certain sections of trail, that's pretty cool and can make me a better rider. Critically, I can take it off or completely ignore it, without it impacting my ability to ride. DAQ is like a fancy stopwatch; not every ride has to be about being faster.
CaptainBLT WhistlerMountainBikePark's article
Apr 20, 2017 at 7:41
Apr 20, 2017
Win a Whistler Mountain Bike Park Season Pass
To people complaining: several million people live close enough to wbp to make full use of a season pass going only on weekends. Add in the vacationers (especially aussies!) who come stay for a month at a time, and there's quite a pool of people who could win it.
CaptainBLT pinkbikeaudience's article
Apr 5, 2017 at 12:00
Apr 5, 2017
Ask Pinkbike: Carbon or Aluminum, Norco Sight or Optic?
@WasatchEnduro: you don't have to convince me, I was just making the point you can definitely make cutting edge materials science sound low tech. Carbon bike frames are relatively easy compared to aerospace anything. Carbon Al or Steel comes down to personal preference and willingness to pay for performance. I guarantee everyone here can see some benefit from better equipment, but the vast majority of riders would get more out of a $1000 on lessons than on saving 2lbs from their frame. My 2 cents.
CaptainBLT pinkbikeaudience's article
Apr 4, 2017 at 21:00
Apr 4, 2017
Ask Pinkbike: Carbon or Aluminum, Norco Sight or Optic?
@dmn89: I work in the tooling industry, and here's how I explain what we do to non tech people: Composites are like kindergarten papier mache. Rags and glue pressed into a mold, with some time (and heat) the mixture hardens into the shape of the mold. Tooling is the mold, carbon fiber fabric is the rag, epoxy is the glue. Pretty low tech sounding to me.
CaptainBLT mikelevy's article
Mar 29, 2017 at 9:28
Mar 29, 2017
4 Facts About Rocky Mountain's Prototype Altitude
@HardtailsAreGnarly: Yes, but bike racing is even easier. You take the time, then find the lowest one. Easier still for mass starts - first one across the line wins, no equipment necessary. Sailing is fun, but the race results are not nearly so satisfying when the winner can cross the line hours after the first to finish.
CaptainBLT mikelevy's article
Mar 28, 2017 at 15:55
Mar 28, 2017
4 Facts About Rocky Mountain's Prototype Altitude
@number44: While we're at it, different races will assign handicaps based upon equipment and its suitability to the course. Then figuring out who won a mountain bike race can be just as complicated as sailing.
CaptainBLT Andy-Grant's video
Mar 6, 2017 at 18:45
Mar 6, 2017
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@rnm410: Anything can be a jump with the right technique

Feb 13, 2017 at 9:57
Feb 13, 2017
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