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Fix-the-Spade KaliProtectives's article
Jun 20, 2017 at 10:09
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Concussions and LDL - Real World Data
@Rasterman: Not enough stuff like this published and the price. I don't doubt that neck braces work, but no matter how good they are if you don't have £250-£400 to spend on one then you can't benefit. Just like most riders don't wear D3 helmets there need to be braces in the £100-150 range. Also Leatt and Alpinstars need to put out more stuff like this, show us the crash test dummies getting smashed into stuff, the graphs, the numbers, explain exactly what they mean, what they do and what they don't protect against. Lack of (non hyperbolic) information has been a real problem for neck braces.
Fix-the-Spade mikelevy's article
Jun 14, 2017 at 9:32
Jun 14, 2017
X-Fusion's $199 Manic Dropper Post - Review
@ThomDawson: My Gravity Dropper would like to know what the word 'Servicing' means, you see it's ten years old and doesn't have a terribly big vocabulary.
Fix-the-Spade rossbellphoto's article
Jun 8, 2017 at 13:54
Jun 8, 2017
Tech Randoms - Leogang DH World Cup
@adrennan: For what it's worth I upvoted you, sounds like you were quite unlucky with your CCDB, I've seen a lot more failures of Inlines than full size Air or Coil, always that little bladder thing splitting or moving out of place so gas gets into the damper oil.
Fix-the-Spade rossbellphoto's article
Jun 8, 2017 at 13:10
Jun 8, 2017
Tech Randoms - Leogang DH World Cup
@mikekazimer: They would all do well to remember 2009, when they all turned up to Stromlo with lockouts and air shocks and special short travel bikes, only for two coil sprung V10s and a coil sprung GT Fury to be ridden to the podium.
Fix-the-Spade rossbellphoto's article
Jun 8, 2017 at 12:39
Jun 8, 2017
Tech Randoms - Leogang DH World Cup
The full size Double Barrel Airs are fine, it's the Inlines with that stupid little rubber bladder compensator that will make your bike feel poppy.
Fix-the-Spade mikekazimer's article
Jun 5, 2017 at 12:06
Jun 5, 2017
Shimano Announces New Gravity-Oriented Pedals, Shoes
@properp: Nah, I just like rock music.
Fix-the-Spade mikekazimer's article
Jun 5, 2017 at 9:07
Jun 5, 2017
Shimano Announces New Gravity-Oriented Pedals, Shoes
Aesthetics, pedals? All mine look like they've been chewed by the Iron Giant within a week of being fitted, they could black, they could be red, they all end up hammered silver.
Fix-the-Spade mikekazimer's article
Jun 2, 2017 at 14:33
Jun 2, 2017
The New Santa Cruz Nomad is Longer and Slacker Than Ever – First Ride
@endlessblockades: Bus drivers that make $103'000 a year? Where are they driving? Eighty thousand pounds is a big wage here in the UK, near as damnit three times the national average.
Fix-the-Spade rossbellphoto's article
Jun 1, 2017 at 16:54
Jun 1, 2017
Tech Randoms – Fort William DH World Cup
@alexhyland: I-Drive is basically a very high single pivot, but the bottom bracket hangs on a link from the swingarm rather than being part of the main triangle. That link is also attached to the front triangle by a second link. When the swing arm goes up, the chain pulls the bottom bracket link backwards, this reduces the amount of kickback from the high main pivot. The link between the bb and the main triangle limits the bb's motion so it moves less than the swing arm. This increases the chain tension and generates some kickback, which helps keeps the rear wheel gripping and reduces pedal bob. If that sounds like the bb link is doing contradictory things, that's because it is. . I-Drive actually works pretty well, the old I-Drive XC bikes were notorious for sticking to climbs and just moving forwards as long as you could turn the pedals. But as a system it had no place on long travel bikes, especially now rear shocks are actually good. To get an acceptable level of chain growth you need a lot of movement in the bb position and it's just not necessary. My memory of the old I-Drive 7 was how weird it felt to have my feet move backwards and forwards relative to the bars, it didn't feel bad as such, just weird. A simple single pivot with a quality shock can achieve the same 'lot's of traction but still pedals well,' feeling I-Drive had twelve years ago with half as many moving parts, so I-Drive's not needed anymore.
Fix-the-Spade mattwragg's article
Jun 1, 2017 at 16:27
Jun 1, 2017
The Campaign for Worse Bicycles – Opinion
Matt you fool, of course you bought the wrong car, you bought an Alfa in a colour that wasn't red, you bought a 1.8 too! I adored my 156 sportwagon, 2.4jtd in blood red (no other colour is allowed). I agree the boot was crap, didn't fit a bike even with the seats down, it was a bit thirsty and the flywheel wore out too fast. But my God that car could haul ass, the seats were comfy and all the electrics in mine worked. It was fun just to commute in that thing. I covered 125'000 miles in it before some berk in a Range Rooney turned it into a big red banana (I might have cried when it was written off, a lot). Flawed car yes, but so much fun to just drive around. . Can't say I agree with you on bikes though. The first bike I owned with no real vices was a Prophet MX, I loved that bike, 160mm travel, 35lbs, 9 gears, anywhere I took it just rode nicely through everything. No weird shocks, no kickback, nice geometry, reliable for six years until I snapped it against a tree (and might have cried, again). On a bike I need all the help I can get, so a flawless bike is more than welcome, it should only be the trail that's trying to kill me.
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