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OldOtter RichardCunningham's article
Nov 16, 2017 at 22:57
Nov 16, 2017
Syncros Matchbox Tailor HV1.5 Bottle Cage – Review
Well, there have been three times in the last few years when the Camel on my back has definitely saved my back. So I don't mind it at all. In fact these days I feel a bit vulnerable without it when riding. But its a big heavy thing when full of water, so I got myself one of the skinny Leatt ones with the back protector built in - works a charm for 1 hour rides when walking back with a flat tyre or broken chain isn't the end of the world. Twice the price of this little gadget, but then none of my bikes have bottle cage mounts in places I would be happy to drink from. And there isn't any back protection with this thing either. I would probably pass it on to someone else if it was given to me.
OldOtter LooseRiders's article
Nov 16, 2017 at 16:57
Nov 16, 2017
Nico Vink and Vinny T Ride Hero Dirt in Cikole - Video
@bismojo: Looking at the scars on the trees, I am thinking that is a rubber plantation?
OldOtter MisspentSummers's article
Oct 20, 2017 at 15:17
Oct 20, 2017
DH World Cup Yearbook 2017 Out Now
@paulaston: My favourite piece of literature from high school English. I believe I have seen every film adaptation and will see any theatrical production of it if opportunity arises. The best was a performance (not really the right word but it will do) by the Spanish group La Fura dels Baus in Sydney in 2002 (or around then). The large audience was first allowed into a single room, had their tickets taken from them in a mildly forceful manner, and then we were herded into a large open and almost completely dark warehouse space. The play was performed amongst us as we were herded around the space by medium sized pieces of earth moving equipment, blood and guts was spilled on various stages, and we were constantly assaulted by loud music and sound effects. It seemed to go on for hours. My wife and I held on to each with grim determination throughout. I believe the intention was to provide us with the common folks' experience of the political machinations and ruin of the land that Macbeth's reign had brought about. I believe they succeeded. I imagine that for me, trying to ride down the WC DH track at Val di Sole would be a similar experience. Hurly burly is just about the perfect description I think.
OldOtter kieranpage's article
Aug 24, 2017 at 1:29
Aug 24, 2017
Haibike Xduro Dwnhll 9.0 - eMTB review
WTF ????? I have no idea at all why I just watched all of that! Dementia is clearly setting in.
OldOtter AJBarlas's article
Aug 16, 2017 at 18:55
Aug 16, 2017
Specialized Update Enduro for 2018 - First Look - Crankworx Whistler 2017
So the flip chip changes the effective height of the bottom bracket by 8mm and the head angle by half a degree. I get that a change in bottom bracket height of around 8mm would be noticeable and effect handling. But, I struggle to imagine that the capacity to change my bike's head angle by half a degree is something that make any kind of significant difference, particularly given the massive changes in head angle that a telescopic fork continually introduces. Having installed 2 degree angle adjust headsets in some of my bikes I do know that a couple of degrees or more does make a real difference for me, but half a degree? Or is that just a side-effect of the ability to change bottom bracket height? Or is it the combination of the two changes together that is the key that makes the flip chip thing worthwhile? Having never ridden a bike with such a thing in it I am curious.
OldOtter pinkbikeaudience's article
Apr 30, 2017 at 5:40
Apr 30, 2017
Final Results - Lourdes DH World Cup 2017
Thanks for the reminder, just watched it again for the umpteenth time, so good!
OldOtter digr's article
Mar 11, 2017 at 4:33
Mar 11, 2017
Bikes of the 2017 NZ Enduro
I'm betting on Odin and I don't care where he places; beautiful bike, I am buying the frame for my next build. I have an old Marin Attack Trail and this looks like the true evolution. love it!
OldOtter cameronmackenzie's article
Feb 13, 2017 at 16:21
Feb 13, 2017
33 Bikes of the 2W Gravity Enduro - Rotorua
@choppertank3e: Excellent! Many thanks.
OldOtter cameronmackenzie's article
Feb 13, 2017 at 12:07
Feb 13, 2017
33 Bikes of the 2W Gravity Enduro - Rotorua
Yesterday out riding my usual ups and downs it occurred to me that I would be very happy with a seven speed 11 to 42 - all my gear changes were pushing through two or three cogs each time. I know the small increments make a difference for road riding, but for where I am riding (Adelaide Hills) and the way I like to ride I just don't need those fine increments. I began wondering whether it would be possible to assemble my own seven speed from three top, one middle and three bottom cogs (or something like that) from an eleven speed Shimano cassette.
OldOtter DanMilner's article
Nov 27, 2016 at 17:23
Nov 27, 2016
Porpoise Hunter: An Adventure Epic (Mockumentary) - Video
I particularly like the comment at about 1.32 in where someone points at the map of the island they are going to ride across and says "We are going from the sea here to the sea there, can we do one with more descent". I may be easily amused but for some reason that had me nearly falling out of the chair.
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