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Cheddar420 mikelevy's article
May 28, 2020 at 4:58
May 28, 2020
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 8 - Do We Need an Even Larger Wheel Size?
@mikelevy: "Your idea that I'm using the website to "test the communities acceptance of 'new' marketing terminology" is so far out to lunch that I can only imagine the other bullshit you choose to believe." Nice attempt at a personal insult there Mikey. But what are your polls for if you aren't selling that information back to advertisers? The bike companies have people that follow this website and view the reactions from the community. To say it doesn't happen when these companies post under their company handles in the comments is ridiculous, Mike. It's dishonest. You can take shots @ your "peers" but some of them are actually journalists, don't shit on them because you decided to take your career in the direction of a corporate shill. You're basically and instagram influencer. Some of them have integrity.
Cheddar420 mikelevy's article
May 23, 2020 at 4:46
May 23, 2020
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 8 - Do We Need an Even Larger Wheel Size?
I like this place, but why do you keep trying to have a negative impact on the industry via new labels/buzzwords for old products? I was under the impression your job was to report, not to market new product categories and test public acceptance. At a certain point you aren't journalists but an extension of the bike industries advertising arm. If you're going to continually use this site to test the communities acceptance of "new" marketing terminology you can't be called journalists. The only thing it does is keep the price going up. 30 million Americans out of work and Cannondale is putting out a 4k base model bicycle. This industry sucks and it's because of the people in it constantly looking to extract dollars from the base without providing them a benefit. The whole trail bike/down country thing wasn't cute. It's actually a big part of the problem that keeps 99.9% of people who don't currently own a nice bike from even looking at one. Annual obsolescence for multiple thousand dollar toys is detrimental to the industry, exacerbating that by constantly making new product categories and shoe horning old products into them while marketing them as some new advancement is just scummy business. It's dishonest. It's the bike industry. It provides 0 benefit to the consumer, and instead of saying "no we won't let customers get ripped off by blatant marketing speak" you promote it...
Cheddar420 mikelevy's article
Apr 1, 2020 at 7:23
Apr 1, 2020
Video: We Tested Our Bike From The Future - The Grim Donut Part 2 [April Fools]
Now is definitely the time to make jokes at the expense of others, while everyone is trapped in their homes desperate for something to do.
Cheddar420 jamessmurthwaite's article
Mar 6, 2020 at 15:50
Mar 6, 2020
Torquato Testa to Miss Rotorua Slopestyle Due to Coronavirus Self Isolation
Guys either going to learn a lesson that you think before you socialmedia or he's going to dig his hole even deeper over the next couple days as the quarantine bug really kicks in...
Cheddar420 aidanoliver's article
Mar 5, 2020 at 7:34
Mar 5, 2020
Tech Randoms Part 2 - Crankworx Rotorua 2020
@BenPea: If the levers weren't so darn pricey I would have grabbed 'em. The MT5's levers will probably get broken inside 6 months and need to be replaced if my history is anything to go by. It was a hard pill to swallow, I have nightmares about my orange caliper covers falling out and my calipers having no orange on them.... Was even debating going with the RX4 4pot road caliper but couldn't find a lot of people doing it on MTB's with 203mm rotors, I've put on 45,000lbs over the winter so I need breaks that work... still tempted to try it, and fiddle with lever combo's. MT5's are pretty cheap from Germany, cheapest pair of 4pot brakes I'm pretty sure. Sons-a-bitches are a pain in the ass with the magnet retention and pad rub. If my bikes in the stand the angle of the bike determines if my pads rub or not. That should be fun on the trail rattlin around like a fucking diamondback. Going to grab the 4 separate pads with the pins and see if that helps.
Cheddar420 aidanoliver's article
Mar 5, 2020 at 4:12
Mar 5, 2020
Tech Randoms Part 2 - Crankworx Rotorua 2020
@optimumnotmaximum: I appreciate the apology. Hurt my feels bra.
Cheddar420 aidanoliver's article
Mar 5, 2020 at 3:54
Mar 5, 2020
Tech Randoms Part 2 - Crankworx Rotorua 2020
It's Orange and it looks way more Orangey in person than the photo's appear. Hopes got a good orange, I think Chris King does too. The rest seem to be copper/gold in colouring more than Orange. Disclaimer: I bought discounted Hope Hubs that were orange and now I'm in so damn deep with Orange hope kit... I got the Hubs, Spacers, Rotors, Seat Clamp, Bar plugs, Stem Cap, even painted my Magura Caliper covers orange, my Orange Seal vales got the little orange nut on them... in too deep. I still need lockrings for my grips in Hope Orange and a stem. Then I think i'm done being a fashionista.
Cheddar420 jamessmurthwaite's article
Mar 5, 2020 at 2:25
Mar 5, 2020
Video: Danny MacAskill Rides e-MTB Trials on a Deserted Scottish Island
I love the motorbike sounds he's making on the hill climb
Cheddar420 sarahmoore's article
Mar 4, 2020 at 6:50
Mar 4, 2020
Interview: SRAM CEO Ken Lousberg on Engineering, Maternity Leave, Equal Pay & More
@johnnyboy11000: Find me a kid that wants to become an engineer in an industry they have 0 interest in. That's SRAM's and the industries issue more than anything else. They don't invest enough in getting women into cycling before they are choosing a career path. Bitching and chewing that there isn't enough female workforce to employ, or customers to sell product to, when you've done exactly 0 to appeal to that demographic in 40 years is nonsense. Is Barbie bitching not enough boys are playing with Barbies? It's ridiculous, a product marketed and designed for one sex disproportionately will see that represented in it's clientele. That's an outrageously easy fix in cycling, easier than Barbies, it should have happened 10 years ago and they would be reaping the rewards today. It's mainly marketing and community outreach, it's stuff they are already doing but they choose to focus on men. That's a SRAM/Industry problem. Hiring quotas based on gender and race are illegal. They are basically admitting to having done that in the past, and want to try and fix it by doing it again but the other direction to make it even-Steven. This is not a solution, and it's absolutely guaranteed to create resentment between the sexes in the workplace. This virtue signalling stuff should not be applauded, for instance if they were really into this whole "progressive awesome company" schtick they are trying to sell with a press release they would have taken the Maternity leave policy deemed best and implemented it company wide, instead they do slightly better than the bare minimum with absolutely no examples as to how.
Cheddar420 sarahmoore's article
Mar 3, 2020 at 17:01
Mar 3, 2020
Interview: SRAM CEO Ken Lousberg on Engineering, Maternity Leave, Equal Pay & More
The thing is most people assume that this stuff was already happening. Why hasn't SRAM been treating women fairly? Considering it's the law? So when they start saying they will go over and above the law, which plainly states to treat people fairly and start talking about discriminating against men it sets off alarm bells to people that assume this was a fair environment in the first place that is now seeing a shift from a 50/50 equal opportunity employer to something more discriminatory rather than less. There's also people that are threatened by women not representing and having the same needs as them. I feel like these folks are pretty easy to spot... The majority seem concerned with "Reverse discrimination" which seems to be implicated heavily every time these press releases come out. The only question that needs to be asked to SRAM is : "It's law to treat genders/races equally, why the **** weren't you? and are you planning on reporting yourself to the proper investigative bodies to make sure this is remedied in the future?"
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