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DavidParrott mikekazimer's article
Jan 3, 2018 at 17:32
Jan 3, 2018
December 2017 - Good Month or Bad Month?
Sam??? Who is this "Sam" you speak of?
DavidParrott pinkbikeaudience's article
Dec 31, 2017 at 21:22
Dec 31, 2017
Sam Pilgrim Signs with Haibike
Sam.......... Sam who?
DavidParrott vernonfelton's article
Dec 9, 2017 at 10:31
Dec 9, 2017
IMBA Opposes Bill to Allow Mountain Bikes in Wilderness
By the by (and... this is weird to be replying to my own post... I'm such a geek): Here's another "thought from the dark side of conspiracy": As it stands (and as much as we don't like to admit it), IMBA is the strongest "voice" we've had when it comes to getting a place at the "Bureaucrats' Table". AND... , looking at the "Big Picture", things have been moving in a positive direction. Yes, we've lost a number of battles... but, overall, we seem to be winning the war. And IMBA has been pretty key with those wins. With that in mind, let's look at IMBA from the perspective of a mountain-bike hating, tree sodomizer: IMBA has become a powerful, centralized, unified "voice" for mountain biking rights. AND.... mountain bikers are actually making significant inroads (politically speaking) into areas the mountain-bike hating, tree sodomizer community NEVER thought would be possible. SO... how can they (the mountain-bike hating, tree-sodomizer community) minimize the mountain bikers' voice? By minimizing IMBA. How can that be achieved? Tear IMBA apart. How do they do that? Well, the most effective way is to place multiple people who sympathize with the ideology of the mountain-bike hating, tree sodomizers at the head of IMBA to fundamentally change the ideology/purpose of IMBA. Once there are enough of these "revolutionary" types embedded, then start releasing decisions that are CONTRARY to the majority-voice of IMBA members: "e-mountain bikes are good", "No bikes in wilderness", "Let build trails that look like roads", "Bloat the functioning overhead (a.k.a. "Bureaucracy") to consume more and more of the membership's donations". And... "TAH-DAH"....... IMBA falls apart, as its now pissed-off membership shatters and scatters into hundreds of small, insignificant "clubs" and "associations".
DavidParrott vernonfelton's article
Dec 8, 2017 at 15:05
Dec 8, 2017
IMBA Opposes Bill to Allow Mountain Bikes in Wilderness
After reading the above article, I went to IMBA's site and "dug around" for about 4 or 5 hours (couldn't sleep). From this insignificant rider's perspective... it seems IMBA is now making decisions based on THEIR relevancy... not on mountain biking's relevancy. I read and read, article after article, position after position... and one thing became very clear: The current leaders of IMBA like to talk, postulate, be part of committees and feel "special" to rub elbows with government celebrities. It became pretty obvious that if they could defer a "hot topic" to another meeting/committee, they considered that a "success". You see... if H.R. 1394 was be implemented, then one of the biggest obstacles to the mountain biking community in the U.S. would disappear. With it, IMBA's position of being the "Voice of the Mountain Bikers" would be weakened.. as they'd no longer be able to claim mountain bikers are being treated unfairly (and use being banned from wilderness-riding as an example). Also, I must have read the word "conservation" at least 300 times... and... it began to feel more like I was reading from the Sierra Club's website. AND... though it's small... it's also significant: when you go to IMBA's website... their banner is a picture of people hiking.... not biking... in a forested area (Granted, they're carrying tools... which implies they are going out to make new roads.... errrrr... "trails" for mountain bikers... but... still.... no bikes on the title page? That's..... odd.... and telling). Thus, with their support for e-bikes, the withdrawal of support from HR 1394, and being the creators of some of the worst "trail" building in the country (seriously, the stuff they build and tout is more like a 3 and 4-foot wide "miniature dirt road" than a trail), I'm not re-upping my membership with them. They've lost the reason for their existence. I'll be looking into joining the Sustainable Trails Coalition. They seem more like folks I want to be associated with.
DavidParrott mikelevy's article
Dec 2, 2017 at 9:10
Dec 2, 2017
The Insolent DH Bike Uses a Fox 40 Stanchion Tube as a Shock
Ummmm.... they didn't name it the "Heinen-Shtupp" because...?????
DavidParrott pinkbikeaudience's article
Jul 26, 2017 at 12:24
Jul 26, 2017
Ask Pinkbike: Fork Progression, Climbing Tips, and Broken Spokes
Long Climbs - I've been mulling this one over for at least... 4 years. And I believe I've come up with a truly novel take on the subject of long and/or steep climbs. It'll take some serious recalculation of the part of the industry and it'll be one of those topics that a number in the Pink Bike clan will never get used to. I call it "the triple chain ring". I know... I know... most bikes that are being produced are set-up for the "1 X whatever". But, I'm sure there are some smart folks working at various bike-frame manufacturers and after-market component manufactures that'll come up with the conversion kits. I even have the marketing phrase all worked out: "The Triple. Experience what you've been missing..."
DavidParrott AJBarlas's article
Jul 25, 2017 at 8:19
Jul 25, 2017
Spēd Precision Maul TR Wheels - Review
Why wouldn't Sped get into the mountain bike wheel business? Think about it: They can sell a single wheel-set for the same price of an entire bike... and there are fools (cough... errrrr... I mean "enthusiasts") out there that'll buy em!
DavidParrott vernonfelton's article
Sep 20, 2016 at 12:00
Sep 20, 2016
Hey, Where Did Everybody Go? - Interbike 2016
It may be true that Interbike is trumped by Sea Otter and Eurobike. But, it could also be that bikes and parts have become SO damned expensive (where $4000 - $6000 is considered mid-range priced.... really???) and the "new" technical improvements are mostly minuscule movements in head-angle, frame-size, Plus-this, Plus-that, and travel length. I can't talk for everyone, but the riders who I do talk with are (quite simply) burned out with the whole "boutique bikes and parts" rage. Instead, we've decided to ignore the hype and hang on to the aluminum ride we purchased 3 to 7 years ago... for $1500 - $2500... that still shreds with "big boys".
DavidParrott mikelevy's article
Aug 11, 2016 at 13:25
Aug 11, 2016
Oakley EVZero Range Prizm Trail - Review
The 1970's called.... they want their shades back.
DavidParrott RichardCunningham's article
Jun 25, 2016 at 14:18
Jun 25, 2016
All Done - Ask Us Anything: Crankbrothers
It's amazing how quickly CB clips wear out.... and I ride in the dry desert. Can't imagine how fast they'd wear out if I were riding in a wet/muddy climate. I understand the philosophy behind "wearing out the clip" rather than "wearing out the cage". But, for the price of their clips ($25!!), they should be using an alloy that lasts at least 2 or 3 times longer, and still not wear the cage. It seems safe to assume that CB's have the fastest wearing clip on the market.
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