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OldOtter mikelevy's article
Dec 1, 2021 at 15:16
Dec 1, 2021
Video: Welcome to the 2021 Fall Field Test - Trail and Downcountry Bikes
So yes you are all taller than me, you all probably rode a large or xl, but many of us ride mediums. And having ridden both mediums and larges in several types of bikes I find they can be quite different. I get the problem you have with consistency, but on the other hand ...
OldOtter mattbeer's article
Sep 16, 2021 at 3:11
Sep 16, 2021
Field Test: 2022 Norco Range VLT - The Carbon Monster Truck
As a slightly below average height male (172cm / 5’8”) this bike is a great disappointment. Maybe it’s payback time for all the years tall people had to endure bikes that really were way too short for them. I just wanted a version 2 Range VLT with the nice new EP8 motor, instead they come out with something I just know I will not enjoy riding. It makes the Marin Alpine Trail E2 look like the bike for this 64yr old who is well over pedalling up hills.
OldOtter henryquinney's article
Sep 13, 2021 at 18:32
Sep 13, 2021
Field Test: 2022 Yeti 160E - The All-Rounder E-MTB
And then they hit their first double at mac chicken and find themselves in hospital with broken bones and a world of pain.
OldOtter henryquinney's article
Sep 13, 2021 at 18:23
Sep 13, 2021
Field Test: 2022 Yeti 160E - The All-Rounder E-MTB
Well, according to PB commenters I should be in the demographic that can afford this, but this bike is way too expensive for me. The Marin Alpine Trail E2 or the Commencal e-bikes appear to be much better value to me. Maybe there is an incremental performance difference. But seriously, I would spend the money I saved on buying the E2 over the Yeti on a second non-e bike for trail riding (looking at you Norco Optic).
OldOtter pinkbikeoriginals's article
Mar 11, 2021 at 16:31
Mar 11, 2021
Video: How To Survive Wet Weather Riding
@MildMildWest: you win :)
OldOtter halo-wheels's article
Dec 13, 2020 at 17:54
Dec 13, 2020
Video: Gravel Bike Bar Drags as Halo Release Gravel Tyre Range
I like the breakfast analogy. I doubt many of us eat the same meal every morning or evening unless we are poor or have specific health issues. So why ride the same bike every day. It looked like great fun and an interesting challenge to me. So much so I went and looked at models and prices. Maybe ...
OldOtter jamessmurthwaite's article
Dec 3, 2020 at 16:58
Dec 3, 2020
Specialized Launches $999 Carbon Hotwalk for Toddlers
@JustAnotherRiderHere: I want the 29r version please.
OldOtter mikekazimer's article
Dec 3, 2020 at 11:45
Dec 3, 2020
Review: 6 of the Best New Pedal-Friendly Knee Pads
The review is helpful to a point. But how do they perform in real crashes. Isn't that why we all wear these things? I get the standard tests, but as many others have pointed out whenever these things are reviewed, their actual performance in a crash can be markedly affected by their design. What would be really helpful I think would be survey results of our experiences of various pads in real crashes.
OldOtter mikekazimer's article
Dec 3, 2020 at 11:41
Dec 3, 2020
Review: 6 of the Best New Pedal-Friendly Knee Pads
Several years ago my mate and I came round a corner at Fox Creek in the Adelaide Hills (dry dusty with lots of sharp rocks embedded in and beside the trails) to find a couple where one had just crashed. He had gone down on his knee with no knee pads on. I made the mistake of looking closely at his injury. It looked like he had torn the patella off from the outer side exposing the underlying bone. I have never not worn knee pads (POC VPD 2.0) ever since that day. They have saved my knees on at least three occasions.
OldOtter Tweedlove's article
Feb 2, 2020 at 15:36
Feb 2, 2020
TweedLove on Breaking Down Barriers for Women in Enduro
I don't understand why none of the women in any of the photos are not wearing a full-face helmet. Having had numerous crashes in conditions similar to those in the photos, I would have rearranged my jaw, or at least lost a lot of skin off my cheeks, on several occasions. In my experience when riding at speed on any kind of trail one would consider an enduro-style race trail, crashes happen suddenly and give me almost zero time to consider how I am going to hit the ground. Most of the folk I ride with wear light weight full-face helmets. I feel I must be missing some sub-text to the images, but not sure what that might be.
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