Mar 6, 2018 at 19:41Mar 6, 2018
The Evolution of Kona Bikes: Part I - Video
@BenPea: Well, that's just perfect! Thanks for pointing me to it. I have some friends who could do with spending a while contemplating that, myself also on some days.
Feb 14, 2018 at 23:51Feb 14, 2018
Bike Park Trip of a Lifetime NZ/AUS: Winner Announced!
QANTAS took four weeks to deliver our luggage from Adelaide to Queenstown. By then we had been gone for two weeks. The lovely people at the place we stayed at looked after it for us whilst QANTAS took another four weeks to get it from there back to Adelaide. The one upside of all that -- we had an excuse to spend an excessive amount of money in Queenstown on nice new underwear and other clothes and a really excellent tatonka duffel bag. AirNZ next time for certain!
OldOtter RichardCunningham's article
Feb 9, 2018 at 2:23Feb 9, 2018
Opinion: Does Downhill Have Nowhere Else to Go?
@fartymarty: As a long time surfer (45 years) who took up mountain biking five years ago, I would say the thing was for my body to learn that It can’t bail out and survive without injury; broken bones, torn skin, many bruises and a dislocation later, I think physically I am just starting to get it. Personally I think I would need to have been doing both skiing and downhilling with obsessive passion before I could properly do the compare and contrast trick. But I would call that long tracking shot of Semunek from a few years ago a perfect example of land surfing. Perfectly beautiful and completely understood as such by any surfer I think.
Feb 9, 2018 at 1:41Feb 9, 2018
Round 4: 2017 Photo of the Year - Voting Now Closed
@davetrumpore: I agree and feel great sympathy with your view; but even the original 32 were a subset. We all only have attention for just so much and no more. As I write this though I get the feeling that the ONE misses the diversity of this sport/game/adrenalin rush/meditation that we all love so much.
OldOtter konaworld's article
Nov 22, 2017 at 19:12Nov 22, 2017
'Processing' the French Alps with Big Mountain Descents
@ScandiumRider: Thankyou, I was just about to ask too. Someone was listening to the third Black Sabbath album.
OldOtter RichardCunningham's article
Nov 16, 2017 at 22:57Nov 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 16:57Nov 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 15:17Oct 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 1:29Aug 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 18:55Aug 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.