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DARKSTAR63 RockyMountainBicycles's article
Aug 21, 2018 at 6:17
Aug 21, 2018
Rocky Mountain Launches New Thunderbolt Alloy
Same thing happens with cars. They force changes until what you have is barely recognizable, then introduce a new model to fill that void.
Posted in "CT Riding"
Aug 9, 2018 at 5:27
Aug 9, 2018
DARKSTAR63 mikelevy's article
Jul 27, 2018 at 13:39
Jul 27, 2018
Pinkbike Poll: What's the Most You'd Spend on a Mountain Bike?
What am I supposed to do with 4 - '96 Escorts ?
DARKSTAR63 davidarthur's article
Jul 2, 2018 at 9:08
Jul 2, 2018
DARKSTAR63 mikelevy's article
Jun 29, 2018 at 19:05
Jun 29, 2018
Bike Check: Jesse Melamed's Rocky Mountain Instinct - EWS Petzen-Jamnica 2018
@WAKIdesigns: I like the aesthetic of Shimano cranks and I even like it with the paint worn off. I didn't say aesthetics don't matter, just that in the grand scheme it's not that big a deal. I don't know of any parts that don't visually wear with use. My handlebar is chaffed in spots, my fork lowers show battle scars too. Everyone has their own priorities, I choose a lot of my components with a form follows function mindset, I know thats not true for everyone. I choose XT cranks for example - because they are light, strong, stiff, and run flawlessly. On top of that they are very affordable but thats not even why I buy them. Literally the only thing you can nitpick is the finish. And i don't know of an aluminum crank that won't wear like that. You are free to choose whatever components tickle your art design sensibilities and pass on XTR. All I'm saying is that despite enjoying how bikes look I understand that they are tools. They wear. They get beat up, marked up, chipped, dented, scratched. None of that should deeply bother anyone but I know it does. I see people who manicure their bikes after every ride hoping their investment will look as new as it did at the start of the season. I let go of that a long time ago. I like how a bike looks when it's ridden and used. I really do.
DARKSTAR63 mikelevy's article
Jun 29, 2018 at 12:06
Jun 29, 2018
Pinkbike Poll: Is There a Chain Guide on Your Bike?
All my bikes have some sort of guide, at least on top. Nothing worse than chuckin' a chain.
DARKSTAR63 mikelevy's article
Jun 29, 2018 at 11:53
Jun 29, 2018
Bike Check: Jesse Melamed's Rocky Mountain Instinct - EWS Petzen-Jamnica 2018
@WAKIdesigns: Well, that's what I'm saying. It's an unreasonable expectation and only a matter of aesthetic. Maybe it's the language barrier but "worn-out" seems to imply they are useless. They are not. Not a big deal. Yes, if they started out raw aluminum color then the wear marks would be less noticeable.
DARKSTAR63 mikelevy's article
Jun 29, 2018 at 9:15
Jun 29, 2018
Bike Check: Jesse Melamed's Rocky Mountain Instinct - EWS Petzen-Jamnica 2018
@WAKIdesigns: I would have to argue they are not "worn out".... I have Saints on my DH bike that has been worn raw for the better part of a decade... still functioning flawlessly. I can not think of an aluminum crank that won't polish when you add mud and mileage....
DARKSTAR63 mikelevy's article
Jun 29, 2018 at 8:49
Jun 29, 2018
Bike Check: Jesse Melamed's Rocky Mountain Instinct - EWS Petzen-Jamnica 2018
I like that the Shimano cranks wear, it's how I size people up. My crank is worn to a high polish and if yours isn't, well you must not ride very much ;) I also, like someone above mentioned, view bike wear as a desirable patina.
DARKSTAR63 danielsapp's article
Jun 28, 2018 at 7:00
Jun 28, 2018
Review: Five Ten Hellcat Pro Shoes
I have this shoe and have owned many 5.10 leading up to it. The last few pair pre- adidas buyout didn't last long at all. Terrible construction.These seem much better, although I only have a half season on them so it's a bit early to call. May not have been a bad thing Adidas taking over...
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