KFuller jamessmurthwaite's article
Aug 27, 2019 at 9:11Aug 27, 2019
Wyn Masters & Bernard Kerr to Race E-MTB World Champs
You might be on to something with "backwoods style stage racing." I could possibly be interested if they were sending the racers out into the woods on gnarly old singletrack and game trails, not a pre-fab course, where the participants have to do wayfinding and stuff like that. Make it a real survival adventure where you can't just ride full power the whole time, but have to moderate to make the battery last or else you're stuck out there with a 50-pound bike to push around. This makes me think of one of the cool eMTB uses I have seen: hunters riding powered fat bikes instead of loud quads/4x4s.
KFuller mikelevy's article
Jun 18, 2019 at 11:44Jun 18, 2019
Review: 6 Months on the Trust Message Linkage Fork
TE;DR (too expensive didn't read)
KFuller pinkbikeaudience's article
May 15, 2019 at 7:17May 15, 2019
Beyond the Bike Park: 5 Family Friendly North American Resorts
I think Keystone is a far better Colorado choice if talking truly "family-friendly." All the core riders go to Winter Park (Trestle) and the blue and green trails get super rutted, dusty and blown out early. They're also harder and the dudebro shredder vibe can be off-putting, especially if you have new riders and non riders in tow. I did a clinic at Trestle many moons ago and found even some of the beginner trails to be not-so-friendly. Now I'd have a blast, but I had a far better experience at Keystone as a beginner. It's more welcoming and easier. Trestle is great, but I was actually pleasantly surprised to see Keystone on this list simply because it's NOT "core Pinkbike" audience territory.
KFuller ashbocast's article
Sep 22, 2017 at 12:20Sep 22, 2017
Roam Bike Fest: A Mountain Bike Festival For the Lady Shredders
I give major props and thanks to my male riding buddies for not falling into the un-supportive crowd. That said, when I want to get better as a rider, I follow my fellow females. It's the psychology of "if they can do it, I probably can, too, because they're similar to me." It's using *positive* comparisons by riding with people closer to my level, rather than a negative comparison of trying to learn from a pro/semi-pro whom I feel I will never, ever match up to. Not even close. For example, if I watch my husband clear an obstacle, I sometimes think: "He just got over that because he's so much stronger." I'm not intimidated, but my brain immediately assumes that this bigger, stronger, faster person who makes trails look effortless is on a whole other level than I am and I can't gauge accurately whether or not I really trust myself on something he just rode through. But if I were to watch one of my lady pals clear the obstacle, I would think, "OK, she got over it; I need to follow her line, mimic her moves and have her confidence." It's way more inspiring. Totally logical? Maybe not, but it has worked in improving my skills significantly over the years. YAY BIKES!
KFuller mikelevy's article
Apr 16, 2015 at 17:08Apr 16, 2015
Rocky Mountain's New Adventure Bike - Sea Otter 2015
I'm secretly glad to see that 27.5+ is happening. I want to convert my hardtail 29er to a 27.5+ I don't race XC, so I'd rather be a little more comfortable with the extra cushion and more traction than on racy little 2.0s. And bikepacking sounds awesome, personally.
KFuller RichardCunningham's article
Mar 17, 2015 at 8:38Mar 17, 2015
Wolf Tooth GC 42 Cassette Cog - Review
I've been using OneUp's 1x10 (with 1x11 range) conversion on my Yeti SB-66 for a while now. I absolutely love it; dropped a ton of weight off the existing triple setup and don't miss the extra gears (granted, for all-day rides, I use my lightweight 2x10 hardtail). I know there are a lot of arguments about whether or not these conversions work very well, and for sure there will be issues with derailleur limits. The shop I took it to for the work is extremely good and thorough, and they warned me that these conversions don't always work smoothly. They either shift nicely in the middle and have to jump to the ends, or they grind a bit in the middle to get smoothly to the ends. The guys at the shop also believe SRAM drivetrains handle these conversions a bit better, based on their experience. But in all, it's hard to beat the price, considering how spendy 1x11 drivetrains are. Don't expect miracles, get a really good mechanic to do the conversion, and you won't miss your 2x or 3x for a second.
KFuller anthill's article
Oct 16, 2014 at 12:39Oct 16, 2014
Casey Brown and Poppy the Dog: Tail Gunner
Slow mo dog ears flopping FTW! Wish my mutt pup could hang, but she either wants to bite my rear tire or go off and chase deer and not come back. Ah, well.
KFuller daniellebaker's article
Apr 24, 2014 at 7:49Apr 24, 2014
The B-Side: Death and Tacos
Good to see you here, Danielle! I always enjoyed your fresh, brutally honest, humorous columns in Bike. I'm estranged from my dad, and you reminded me here that I need to get out on a challenging distance ride and think long and hard about that... Pinkbike, you made a fine choice of columnist.