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Brand new takeoff, never been ridden. 1x button included but not pictured. $359 new retail price, selling for $235 plus shipping.
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Movies For Your Monday
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Dec 29, 2017 at 11:00Dec 29, 2017
Brand new off a Rocky Mountain Pipeline. Never been ridden. 210 eye to eye, 55 stroke
Dec 29, 2017 at 10:56Dec 29, 2017
Brand new take off fork from a size large Pipeline with 20mm worth of spacers so plenty of steerer tube length. 29/27.5+ Fox 34 Performance Elite 3 pos 140mm, boost, has never been ridden.
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Tech Talks: Tricks of a Mechanical Mind, Presented by Park Tool – Video
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Dec 20, 2017 at 6:49Dec 20, 2017
Wilderness Bill Clears First Hurdle in Congress
At first I was all for this, but as it has progressed and I've had time to digest the potential ramifications I'm of the opinion that it is not only NOT a good thing, but could very well result in a big time net loss for mountain bikers. This isn't going to be a popular position in an age where everything has been reduced to 30 second soundbites and bumper sticker slogans, but hear me out... First, I live near several wilderness areas and would love to ride through them. However, if we're being honest there really isn't THAT much prime trail that is really great for riding. The net gain of useable trails from being able to access wilderness areas probably isn't going to be that large. But any gained access is good, right? Well consider the potential downside to this: how is the conservation community going to react? We all know how they are going to react, so I guess the question really should be why should we give a shit how they react? If you look at a list of the largest charitable groups in the US, it is littered with conservation based organizations. The Wildlife Conservation Society has revenues topping $200M and over a million members. Sierra Club has 3M members. I'm sure there are a ton of others with even larger membership bodies. If this passes it will be GAME ON for their legal/political wing. War will have been declared and they'll crush us. Literally crush us with a bottomless pool of resources. IMBA has what, 40k members? Yeah, they would crush us both in court and with their lobbying efforts. Even if we put that reality aside for a moment and assume this passes, doesn't get litigated for a decade, and somehow we out-lobby some of the most powerful forces in American politics. This isn't a silver bullet that instantly gives us access to the 235M acres of wilderness area out there. You still have administrative processes that have to be followed. Impact studies and all sorts of bureaucratic crap that will take time. And effort by those working in an already underfunded government agency. So you can count on this taking a long ass time, and in the mean time all other efforts to grant trail access will come to a screeching halt. Despite the setbacks we see in the headlines and are frustrated by, new trails are being built. I left this sport a long time ago (partly to work in politics oddly enough,) and when I came back to it I was nothing short of amazed at what was available to riders. As someone who spent their younger years building and riding illegal trails because that was absolutely the only stuff to ride, I was blown away that we were considered to be even remotely "legitimate." The pendulum is swinging in our direction folks; its just that in the world of politics and law and bureaucracy the pendulum swings really, really slowly. My point is that it won't be for long if this passes. We will have pulled the rug out from under ourselves I fear. The scraps that we have fought for, that finally became an actual seat at the table (call it a seat at the kids' table if you want...) will be gone. The conservation giants will say "fuck these guys" and lump us with motorcycles and monster trucks and strip mining. I think what we need going forward is a new designation to protect and conserve lands. Something that allows snowmobiles and motos and rock crawlers and hikers and mountain bikers and all the other outdoor recreation you can imagine. Take it and protect it. Protect it from loss but still let us use it for crying out loud. And part of that is to stop this Wilderness Study Area nonsense that is the real problem. Land gets declared a study area, we lose access, then it just stays that way for decades. Its bullshit. WTF are they studying? Nothing, its just a redtape version of more wilderness. This is the bill we should be rallying behind, from Senator Daines of Montana releasing some of those study areas: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/2206/text Finally, do you really think Congressman McClintock authored this to help us? Part of why I moved west was to leave the world of poliltics behind. I was heavily involved in that world, even working as a consultant to a Presidential candidate. Trust me when I say these things usually aren't done because they want to help us little guys. There is almost always an ulterior motive, and I'm pretty sure that's the case here. It seems like there are attempts all over to drive wedges between groups and distract attention from a larger effort to reduce the land under federal control. Lots of little fires being started to keep attention and effort from being unified against that effort. We're a very small fire in that plot. I'm a big believer in Occam's Razor, that the simplest explanation is usually the correct one. The more you look at this, the less simple it gets however. Is the likeliest explanation that we all of a sudden have enough clout to change decades of conservation rules? Or is it that somebody is using us to stir the shit and distract from the bigger picture? As for me, I'm giving IMBA the benefit of the doubt for now and assuming they are much more versed in the nuances of this mess than I am, and I'm renewing my membership. Let the downvoting commence...