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DanMilner christiefitz's article
Apr 2, 2023 at 7:36
Apr 2, 2023
[April Fools] Tech Briefing: April 2023
Add this one... https://youtu.be/GdAfqSjvwaU
DanMilner henryquinney's article
Feb 25, 2023 at 0:37
Feb 25, 2023
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: The Real Bike Weights from PB Editors
This title should have the word “enduro” in it, but the problem is that 'enduro' is such a broad brush. It’s chicken and egg: Did they make capable enduro bikes and watch our ambitions and expectations rise, or were we pushing the limits of what’s possible, and companies responded with more capable bikes? Eitherway we now have bikes that truly 'do anything" and the industry is now challenged with producing frames and components that don’t break (a.k.a law-suit-aversion) no matter the lack of finesse of the gorilla that’s hucking them. That means heavier parts so that the 90Kg/200lb bloke ploughing the boulder field doesn’t find his rig disintegrates half way down. This weight creep (and eMTBs) have driven wider acceptability of heavier bikes across the entire MTB rider spectrum (ok, XC racing aside), whether we all want it or not. Heavier bikes don’t ride like lighter bikes, we all know that, but you have to find what works for you, where you ride and how you ride. I wont be sweating 17Kgs of muscle bike up a 1000m climb, or shouldering it over a remote 4000m pass, to reach my descent any time soon thanks. Whatever, it does seem like Keith Bontragers’ once poignant mantra “light/strong/cheap: pick any two” is now dead.
DanMilner betsywelch's article
Dec 16, 2022 at 2:22
Dec 16, 2022
Specialized Cuts Global Ambassador Program
@lumpy873: why not give it a try? Tons of companies out there to choose from, hardly any competition to prove yourself against, a booming industry happy to haemorrhage money, and a plethora of media just itching to run your stories and photos and pay handsomely for them. Why wait. Go for it.
DanMilner betsywelch's article
Dec 15, 2022 at 10:16
Dec 15, 2022
Specialized Cuts Global Ambassador Program
@lumpy873: yeah WhoTF decided on 1500?
DanMilner betsywelch's article
Dec 15, 2022 at 10:16
Dec 15, 2022
Specialized Cuts Global Ambassador Program
Lack of sympathy is probably understandable given these people seem to have 'dream jobs' that seem disconnected with real life (I honestly get that.. we are incredibly privileged), but would you apply the same attitude to an artist, indie film maker, indie band, or other creative, a mountain guide, bike mechanic, bike shop owner —often all jobs occupied by people who are 'living their dream", that also enrich the world of bikes that we all inhabit and enjoy inhabiting. I think its worth ditching the "influencer" tag here too. There is a huge difference between 'ambassadors', who have built connections in the sport, often over many years, and bring a skillset (often in the creation of lovely content that we all like to read, watch or listen to) that have been recognised as having value to a brand, and "influencers" that just get sent product and get paid merely to post shite on social media and act like elitist social twats, truly disconnected to the 'real world'. I have no idea where the "1500$ per month' came from, but either way, fair game, if these talented story tellers have managed to sell their skills to earn that pathetically meagre amount per year, then good on them. Life (atleast a life in which you actually do OK money wise) in the bike media/content world is not an easy one and is getting harder every year. While this is undoubtedly a business decision from Spesh and they will have their own accountants steering it, it is another chapter in the accelerating path towards a barren wasteland derived of original content, where our magazines, and websites will be filled with merely the same few major branded projects or events each year, with more independent content producers like these ambassadors unable to afford to make anything that doesnt involve Redbull. Spread so thinly nowadays, there simply is not enough money in the media to make a solid living producing stories. Certainly the idea that part timers can just produce the kind of quality stories in their spare time, while they just "do a trip for fun" has no grounding. It can work at times, but again the media that we all love to look at, and draw inspiration from, will suffer hugely. Perhaps all 'sponsored' riders should become carpenters or bus drivers or teachers. I dont think that would be a bad world at all to be honest, but ask yourself where you'd then find your daily fix of bike porn?
DanMilner pro-bikegear's article
Apr 14, 2022 at 2:50
Apr 14, 2022
Video: Dan Milner Rides Through the Winter in 'Chill Time'
Glad you made the show, and enjoyed it. Its a nice thing to do, sharing those anecdotes and photos — so many stories, so little time eh!— and even better when we can raise some cash for a worthy cause. That quick whip around raised 450 Euros for Save the Children's Ukraine appeal, thanks for coming along.
DanMilner pro-bikegear's article
Apr 14, 2022 at 2:49
Apr 14, 2022
Video: Dan Milner Rides Through the Winter in 'Chill Time'
The indomitable Michel has led me through Annecy's forest before - you have some great trails! I'm game. And then after pedaling we can go add some work out by renting a pedalo on the lake for an hour..:-))
DanMilner pro-bikegear's article
Apr 12, 2022 at 10:41
Apr 12, 2022
Video: Dan Milner Rides Through the Winter in 'Chill Time'
I am well known for my dislike of people generally and my non-social attitude. But I do like people coming to our valley - they give jobs to all the people in my community. But 2.5 million tourists per year do comes with a cost. But anyway, any disruption to the tranquility of the forest only came through my panting heavily as I pushed back up through the snow each time to press "record" and "stop" on the camera. And you are right, I am weird.
DanMilner pro-bikegear's article
Apr 12, 2022 at 10:35
Apr 12, 2022
Video: Dan Milner Rides Through the Winter in 'Chill Time'
I tried pumping my tyres up until they bulged to 3" wide, but then they just popped off the rim FFS.
DanMilner pro-bikegear's article
Apr 12, 2022 at 9:01
Apr 12, 2022
Video: Dan Milner Rides Through the Winter in 'Chill Time'
People have tried to say that, but I usually just talk over them :-)
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