SKNKWRKS821 marshallmullen's article
May 25, 2019 at 18:52May 25, 2019
Video: Riding Through Ashes After The Devastating Fires in California
Jesus... so forgetting for a moment about what zaalrottundra said in the first post (which I wholeheartedly agree with) regarding rider responsibility, I wouldn't even attempt to ride these areas out of respect for the human tragedy that took place there. My point of view is this: Riding isn't about dominating mother nature or trying to prove how badass you are in her presence; it doesn't matter how many squats or leg presses you did that morning, it doesn't matter how hard or long you can spin, it doesn't matter how fast you think you are, it doesn't matter if you're a World Cup pro - the mountain always wins in the end and by extension, so does Mother Nature. You'll always chase that perfect run and Mother Nature dictates the rules, terms, and conditions under which she allows you do so. The dirt is always moving, the rocks are always moving, and the conditions are always changing. Respect that. Understand that. Embrace that. It's Her domain; we're just inserting ourselves in it for our own self-motivated pursuits. The fires that happened here - people died, people lost their everything. Homes, pictures of loved ones, family heirlooms, written traditions, all gone. The fires were "Biblical" as described by a friend who was on the ground there during that time. For someone who questions the existence of a higher power, that's pretty heavy. It was like the whole world went away and something else took the place of reality - you couldn't see the sky, you couldn't see more than 30ft in front of you with a wall of fire around you. The way this edit was put together - I get that it is a fun prospect, but it lacks self-awareness. Self awareness of what the land and environment has suffered and must recover from and a lack of self-awareness of the human loss. To me, the idea of riding here would be like standing on a plateau overlooking Korengal Valley in Afghanistan and saying "DUDE, those abandoned forward operating bases and artillery craters could help us make a SWEET flow-line!" It doesn't make any sense. Respect your environment, be mindful of your surroundings, and endeavor to be in balance with both. P.S. - No one noticed that the guy at the beginning of the vid bragging about the area looking like Mars is Tim Commerford, the bass player from Rage Against the Machine.
SKNKWRKS821 andrejdekleva's article
Oct 31, 2018 at 10:27Oct 31, 2018
2019 Maribor DH World Cup - What We Can Expect
Everything THIS: "We need more old-school stuff than bike park style that we sometimes have,” UCI’s number one technical DH man Vazquez says. “The bike parks have developed so much that it is sometimes hard to find a natural line. We need some fresh sections which will develop some new lines during the training and will challenge the riders."
SKNKWRKS821 mikelevy's article
Oct 13, 2018 at 6:27Oct 13, 2018
2019 Racing Rumors: Gwin Off YT, Ratboy to Cannondale, & More
Chuck Norris knows ALL (scroll to bottom): https://www.vitalmtb.com/forums/The-Hub,2/2019-Racing-Rumors,10235?exclusive_forum_user=false&page=5
SKNKWRKS821 ChainReactionCycles's article
Jul 25, 2018 at 11:54Jul 25, 2018
Video: Sam Hill Dominates in La Thuile
It's interesting reading some of the comments and questions so I thought I'd jump in here. I helped out at Iron Horse back in the day from '06 - '08 when Sammy was operating at full rip in UCI WC DH. With regard to riding technique and ability, Sam is really more of an anomaly than anything. He's probably one of the most naturally gifted riders to ever throw a leg over a DH bike with the exception of Vouilloz. His balance, weight distribution on the bike, and proprioception are innate and highly developed - if you asked him how he does what he does, he wouldn't really be able to quantify it or express it - he just knows he can do it, and do it well. With regard to his riding style, it always cracks me up to see the explosion/implosion over the clips vs. flats conversations. This is where the anomaly part comes in - Sam can do things on flats that technically, you shouldn't be able to do. Back in the day, the public would watch him put 8sec into the field at places like Schladming in the rain no less, or watch him blow minds at Champery or the '08 Worlds at VDS and think "FLATS!!! That's where it's at!" The truth is, Sam is the statistic outlier on flats - very few can be successful on them at an Elite WC level in EWS, but especially in DH. About Sam's body position on the bike: He rides front end heavy with a bit of a bias over the front - at least he did when he was riding DH. This is why he preferred super low stack heights and low front ends on his bikes. To actually see evidence of this, go to archives on Spesh's website and look at the geo of the Demo 8 from 2011 to 2015. You can see a clear distinction between what I refer to as "Sam Geo" vs. "Gwin Geo". Maintaining a bit of a weight bias over the front end accomplishes a few things when it comes to handling, but mostly it aids with front end traction and cornering. It also takes balls of steel. =) Glad to see Sam's continued success in EWS!
SKNKWRKS821 pinkbikeaudience's article
Sep 7, 2017 at 18:56Sep 7, 2017
Loris Vergier Course Preview - Cairns DH World Champs 2017
...that was like watching a Bourne Supremacy fight sequence from inside a washing machine. I'm not sure who won, but for some reason the woman sitting across from me on this train is covered in puke.
SKNKWRKS821 pinkbikeaudience's article
Oct 10, 2016 at 18:32Oct 10, 2016
Dodging Bullets on a Mountain Bike Ride - Video
Jesus... as a Public Service Announcement: For the love of God if you can hear gunfire nearby, hit the deck FIRST, then determine the direction of fire. If you can hear the Doppler Effect off an incoming round, those rounds are DANGER close and if you haven't been hit you're EXTREMELY lucky. The shooter is an irresponsible moron. I'm just glad everyone walked away from this unharmed. It's hunting season folks - be aware and be safe out there when riding.
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This is a brand new 2010 Thomson Elite 30.0 x 330 seat post - never used. I'm clearing out all of my spare parts that I don't need from storage. FREE SHIPPING within Continental U.S.
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SKNKWRKS821 schwalbe's article
Jul 15, 2015 at 21:58Jul 15, 2015
Finished: Ask Us Anything - Schwalbe, Procore
Wow - MK, thank you very much for taking the time to back track and answer this! Indeed he (Jacy) is. Many years ago I helped out Iron Horse with tech support, and was able to watch him work his magic on Sammy's bike in the pits on occasion. =) Interesting - as this was what I was thinking; it would be extremely difficult to squeeze the beads into the channel of the rim bed on something like a Mavic DeeMax, but not impossible. Provided there are no adverse issues or dangers from doing so, I may try this myself with some rims that barely meet the 23mm criteria.