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Preachey pinkbikeoriginals's article
Nov 15, 2023 at 11:31
Nov 15, 2023
Video: My Last Chance To Become World Champion - Pinkbike Racing S2E1
I really feel for Aimi. Concussions of this nature are terrifying. Everyone tends to brush them off "oh you just bonked your head, whatever", and it's especially bad in sports like DH. But I've seen what the severe-end of a concussion can do - a friend of mine basically had his life ruined when he hit his head skiing. It gave him long lasting chronic fatigue, and also triggered off severe depression and anxiety. He was an absolute mess. It was over a year before he could make it back to work for a few hours a day and it took him multiple years to be able to function (mostly) like a normal adult again. Adding a scrambled melon on top of all the regular pressures and anxieties of being a top athlete (and a teenager!) is a tough combination and she should be proud of herself.
Preachey edspratt's article
May 21, 2022 at 23:12
May 21, 2022
A Broken Collarbone Takes Loic Bruni Out of the Fort William DH World Cup
Unfortunately I feel that's just how this sport will continue to evolve. It feels (to me, at least) like there's a developing sense of "1st or DNF" in WC DH, meaning riders have to push themselves beyond what might be their normal 'safe' margin if they want to win. 100% doesn't win races anymore, because there's other riders willing to push to 110% and flip the coin on whether they reach the bottom or not. Nina Hoffman did this in the women's competition a few years back. Zero self-preservation, just speed and crashing. Thibault Darpela comes to mind as a recent example in the men's. Fast AF but also seems to have huge crashes quite often.
Preachey Mandownmedia's article
May 12, 2022 at 19:29
May 12, 2022
Bike Check: Danny Hart's High Pivot Cube Two15 Prototype
Is that white cable going to the rear getting eaten by the idler during compression? (pic near the top)
Preachey mikekazimer's article
May 3, 2022 at 20:00
May 3, 2022
Video: 5 Value Full-Suspension Bikes Ridden & Rated - Field Test Roundtable
I guess the bike industry won - it seems we're now regarding a $3500USD bike as 'budget' :( How MTB is a growing sport at all is bewildering to me. How many new riders outgrow their $500 hardtail-from-the-garage, look into an upgrade, see the 'budget' full-sus bike is the price of a used car and just nope out of the sport forever?
Preachey jamessmurthwaite's article
Nov 4, 2021 at 12:01
Nov 4, 2021
Why Are So Many Road Cycling Teams Starting to Race XC?
Turns out being juiced to the eyeballs on whatever works for grinding up tarmac roads also works for grounding up dirt tracks, and the explosive growth of mountain biking means there's now has enough eyeballs on it to be worth the time switching bikes
Preachey jamessmurthwaite's article
Jun 14, 2021 at 21:20
Jun 14, 2021
Nina Hoffmann Chose Not to Race in Leogang Following Concussion Symptoms
You can't be too careful, even the first hit can ruin your life. I have a mate who smacked his head while skiing last year, and it made him basically unable to function. Weeks barely able to get out of bed, headaches, weakness, fatigue and a host of mental problems triggered by it including anxiety attacks and severe depression. He didn't manage a full day back at work for 8 months and he's still a complete mess. If you fall and hit your head, just walk or cruise out and take some time off. It's not risking that trip through hell.
Preachey edspratt's article
Jun 12, 2021 at 17:48
Jun 12, 2021
Video: Winning Runs from the Leogang World Cup DH 2021
It like the commentators don't understand how splits work, either that or they intentionally talked bollocks to increase hype. Daprela was up 2.5 seconds into the woods, made a mistake then only crossed the line two tenths up. I don't understand why they were going on about the "impossible" comeback when he was only 1.2 back before the spot Daprela got bogged down and lost three seconds. Troy was ahead of the time he needed to be for the whole run.
Preachey alicialeggett's article
May 5, 2021 at 15:01
May 5, 2021
Thought Experiment: What's the Heaviest Trail Bike We Could Build for $10k?
@drfunsocks: I think they just did it. My 114,853kg '06 Kona Coiler was raved about back in the day as being usable for all-round trails, epic rides, and being able to breeze up the hill you wanted to pound down afterwards. But I'd probably rather take a modern DH sled on an XC course than pedal the Coiler in anger these days. I swear you get more vertical than forwards acceleration on that thing. The technology has advanced so much, expectations have changed.
Preachey alicialeggett's article
Apr 14, 2021 at 15:36
Apr 14, 2021
Video: Pirelli is Developing a Gravity Tire Line with Fabien Barel
@mybaben: Michelin brought tires that couldn't handle the high speed, banking, and unexpectedly abrasive surface, and the teams + FiA couldn't come to an agreement on a rule-bend that would make it safe. So the Michelin users withdrew from the race leaving only the Bridgestone teams - 6 of the original 20 cars.
Preachey alicialeggett's article
Mar 25, 2021 at 19:50
Mar 25, 2021
Ship Stuck in Suez Canal May Further Contribute to Bike Parts Shortage
They're also optimized to run their engines on the worst of the worst fuel oil to minimize costs. Large ships run on what is known as 'bunker fuel', which is the dregs of crude oil left over once everything else useful has been distilled out of it. This stuff is literally only one step above bitumen. It's such sludge that they need to pre-heat it to make it liquid enough to pump into the engines, and so filthy (loaded with sulfur etc) that most ports ban the burning of it - the ships run on more regular diesel near land, then switch to the cheaper trash once they're """outside the environment""".
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