I’m originally from the Dallas area in Texas. I would rather be riding my bike everyday than working... I am a middle school math and science teacher at an international school in Tokyo, Japan. Before moving to Japan, I taught in the UAE and in Dallas. I’m a new father and try to find any opportunity to ride.

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Koin pinkbikeaudience's article
Jun 7, 2019 at 4:39
Jun 7, 2019
Reminder: Enter the Return To Earth 30-Day Trailforks Ride Challenge
Yea, it's not a 45-minute extra wake up for me, the nearest trail is over 2 hours away by train, and I don't think it's sanctioned by trailforks... The closest trailforks trailhead is like 3 hours away. Dang...
Koin danielsapp's article
Jun 1, 2019 at 5:12
Jun 1, 2019
Good Month / Bad Month: American Racing, Aaron Gwin, Sick Cycles, and Controversial XC Courses - May 2019
I wonder if their bikes are even that great. I mean, they were only into mountain biking for like what 3 years?
Koin danielsapp's article
Jun 1, 2019 at 5:05
Jun 1, 2019
Good Month / Bad Month: American Racing, Aaron Gwin, Sick Cycles, and Controversial XC Courses - May 2019
@Chickenwithshovel: Ok, so yea, must've read that somewhere too. But I mean, sram came out with the xD driver, so it's not too big of a deal breaker if the Shimano one has a new freehub body too. Not like I can afford it now anyway, haha. I actually JUST got XT 11 not long ago (second hand at that).
Koin danielsapp's article
Jun 1, 2019 at 5:03
Jun 1, 2019
Good Month / Bad Month: American Racing, Aaron Gwin, Sick Cycles, and Controversial XC Courses - May 2019
Definitely! I think I read somewhere that it uses a new freehub body? Need to check again.
Koin OneUpComponents's article
Jan 15, 2016 at 14:23
Jan 15, 2016
Quality Time - Video and Photo Epic
Screw being a teacher. Schools out for life! Drop everything, get the wife and bikes, and go ride!
Koin pinkbikeaudience's article
Dec 31, 2015 at 23:19
Dec 31, 2015
Is This The World's First 'Crowd Designed' Bike?
I like the concept of a crowd funded bike, but seriously, no bottle cage mounts?
Koin radek's article
Dec 25, 2014 at 23:49
Dec 25, 2014
What Did You Get For Christmas?
Not really a Christmas present, but since my birthday is on the 21st I'll count it. Girlfriend took me on a surprise mountain bike trip! She got all the gear packed and loaded up while I was at a dental appointment. Said "Get in the car" and we took off. Totally unexpected. Was an awesome trip!
Koin mikelevy's article
Jun 18, 2014 at 18:53
Jun 18, 2014
2015 Trek Fuel EX 27.5 and RE:aktiv Shock
Are we gonna see a review of the bike as well?
Koin mikelevy's article
Jun 14, 2014 at 22:38
Jun 14, 2014
Trek's 2015 Remedy 29 Carbon
Seems like they've finally got a component group spec that I like! XO1, XT brakes, and a PIKE!
Koin leelau's article
Mar 16, 2014 at 20:27
Mar 16, 2014
Learn More About Your Local Bike Shop
Ahahaha! Stumpjumper 29er for downhill! You've got to be kidding me! Talk about not knowing the products! I won't lie, the shop I work at has had its moments where I felt like we didn't do our best for the customer, but there are also a lot of customers who arn't bikers who come in and expect the whole world handed to them on a silver platter. Also there are guys who come in who think they know everything about the products we sell and are snobs about it, won't let us talk, and then leave angry because we couldn't read their minds or match online prices. Or even the customers who come in as a couple and the guy thinks he knows everything about what his wife/girlfriend needs, and ends up trying to put her on a madone so she can ride with him - when she really just wants a townie or a fitness bike. At the shop where I work, everyone does everything (mechanics do sales and sales guys do some repairs), although most of the sales guys are hardcore roadies, while most of the mechanics (myself included) are mountain bikers. When we have a problem at the shop regarding information on a sale, most of the guys are honest and tell the customers that they don't know the information, but will get another employee who does. There have been plenty of times when I've been taken to the sales floor to explain mountain bikes, and plenty of times I've been caught on the sales floor with a roadie or triathalon question where I had to grab a dedicated sales guy. These things happen and not everyone can be expected to know everything. Although, freerabbit and phantommtb, your experiences sound like those guys were just snobs or lacked a sense of adventure! I don't agree with any of them. Except for the mechanic who knew fox 36 seals were the same regardless of coil or air. I love tackling repair jobs that seem near impossible or that I don't know anything about. It just makes me a better mechanic in the end. And 3 years to do a repair is outrageous!
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