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Ricardino TitoTomasi's article
Jul 30, 2018 at 13:35
Jul 30, 2018
Video: Crossing the Pyrenees by Bike in 10 Days
Awesome man! Thank you for sharing this. Yes the GR trails in Spain rock! An enduro bike definitely the way to go for the GR's. I have my favorites but I have never done something like this but would love to. I know there are some guided tours but they might be for the more xc endurance crowd and avoid the technical descends. If anyone knows of Pyrenees tours that do something like this please do share.
Ricardino FilipZuan's article
Jul 24, 2018 at 14:47
Jul 24, 2018
Video: Switzerland's Most Downloaded GPX Route
I should also mention about the ticks. I've never been bitten by a tick in all of my life growing up in California or the 6 years I lived in Spain but in the first 6 months living in Switzerland I have been bitten a few times. My neighbor who mountain bikes with me got bitten and contracted one the diseases that they carry, got sick, and had to be put on antibiotics for 2 weeks. So if you go you should consider bringing repellent, some tweezers, and dress to protect yourself. Now when I go out I tuck in my shirt and wear knee long lycra under my baggy shorts and knee pads. Make sure to check your body (underneath your clothing) including your underarms and groin for ticks after you have been outdoors and if you've been bitten look for symptoms. Happy travels! :)
Ricardino FilipZuan's article
Jul 24, 2018 at 14:28
Jul 24, 2018
Video: Switzerland's Most Downloaded GPX Route
I'm living in Switzerland now and my experience so far is that the bike parks are cool but Switzerland severely lacks cool technical single track trails for mountain biking. The ones that exist are probably off limits to bikes. In Switzerland if the landscape is not vertical than it is probably developed for agriculture or livestock pastures and most of it is private. I've done quite a bit of riding with locals in our local mountains and have also done organized rides in other parts. There is a total lack of places to ride bikes for families with young kids and total lack of infrastructure for bike touring and commuters. I cannot take my kids to town or to school without having to ride on roads with cars. There seems to be an ant-bicycle attitude there according to some of the locals I speak to. My wife has to be there for work for the moment but I have taken my kids to spend the summer in Spain where by contrast in the cities there are loads of dedicated bike lanes, parks, natural public areas and the trails for mountain biking are killer. Unfortunately the Swiss fantasy is just that.
Ricardino mikelevy's article
Jul 1, 2018 at 23:48
Jul 1, 2018
Pinkbike Poll: Is There a Chain Guide on Your Bike?
I have friends who say they never drop chains but I've seen them drop chains and I ask "what was that?", "nothing" :)
Ricardino danielsapp's article
Jun 15, 2018 at 0:15
Jun 15, 2018
Review: NX Eagle - SRAM's New Affordable 12-Speed Drivetrain
Sram realizes that their xd driver can never trickle down to the lower end and be a universal standard. They just saw Shimano release their brilliant new xtr system which has a huge future. So they release this big heavy cassette backpedaling from xd and this is brilliant how? You can already buy lighter Sunrace cassettes with this range. Why would I buy this? To run a wimpy Sram read derailleur that will twist up like a coil when I snag a twig?
Ricardino mikelevy's article
May 31, 2018 at 23:53
May 31, 2018
RĂ©mi Thirion & Amaury Pierron's Race Bikes - Fort William DH World Cup 2018
Does anybody recognize the pedals they are using?
Ricardino mikekazimer's article
May 15, 2018 at 22:26
May 15, 2018
Pinkbike Poll: What Mountain Bike Event Are You Most Likely to Watch?
I haven't watched anything since the Redbull app on my smart tv stopped working. I tried synching my tv to my phone but it doesn't work. I'm certainly not going to watch on a mobile screen.
Ricardino KCDeane's article
Mar 13, 2018 at 14:57
Mar 13, 2018
Explore Southern Switzerland in "Discovering Ticino" - Video
Switzerland is beautiful and the people are nice but it is quite expensive and quite frankly even if you commit to paying for it the food sucks, well except for the cheese. Currently I am living in Switzerland but I can't wait to get back to Spain where the food is great and the spirit and ambience (and trails) are much better.
Ricardino mikelevy's article
Feb 5, 2018 at 1:25
Feb 5, 2018
Vittoria Barzo Tire - Review
I'm currently running the the Barzo 27.5 on the rear. I switched from a Maxxis Ardent. The Barzo is faster and lighter but not as grippy as the Ardent exo. The Barzo does do well in the mud but over slippery rocks and roots the Ardent does better. Lastly when I'm cornering with the Barzo with too low of pressure I get that squirmy folding sensation. I like technical singletracks and the Barzo just doesn't make the cut for me so I will be switching back to the Ardent.
Ricardino teeneegee's article
Jan 28, 2018 at 21:28
Jan 28, 2018
A Tour of the Pyrenees' Endless Trails - Photo Report
Good article and it looks like a great experience. Having lived in Spain 6 1/2 years I must say that you definitely should go on a guided tour if you want to discover the great trails and not get lost. Presently I am living in Switzerland and I have to tell you that so far I'm not so impressed and I find the trails a bit blah. The trails in Spain are much more wild and exciting. Btw so that your readers can get a better perspective of the region and culture of the area you should mention that you are in Catalonia. Thank you!
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