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SuperHighBeam

I've been riding since 2007 and continue to learn how to ride better. I'm a mechanical engineer that has specialized in the field of facility energy management and HVAC design. I prefer to spend the majority of my free time enjoying the outdoors either by biking, hiking, flying, or paddling. Work hard and play hard!

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SuperHighBeam FiveTen's article
Nov 9, 2021 at 11:52
Nov 9, 2021
MUST WATCH: Tom Van Steenbergen in ‘Wild West 2’
Impressive tricks, yes. Based on this footage though, can't say that he's a Rampage contender. I need to see huge drops off of rugged terrain to believe he could do Rampage. He's well suited for slopestyle though.
SuperHighBeam edspratt's article
Nov 5, 2021 at 18:26
Nov 5, 2021
Video: Danny MacAskill Rides Across a Wind Turbine & More for the 'Climate Games'
@Chuckolicious: I'm not sure what you are making an argument about. Are you stating that Carbon Fiber bikes have a smaller carbon footprint than their Metallic Counterparts or are you stating that Wind Turbine production has a smaller carbon footprint than Carbon Fiber Bikes? I seriously doubt an LCA exists that compares the latter to things. The former on the other hand probably exists, the level of recursion would be important though as it takes a ton of energy to make metals/alloys. Carbon fiber fabric on the other hand I suspect is less carbon intensive.
SuperHighBeam edspratt's article
Nov 5, 2021 at 18:20
Nov 5, 2021
Video: Danny MacAskill Rides Across a Wind Turbine & More for the 'Climate Games'
@TheOriginalTwoTone: Sure in like 20-30 years. They have yet to produce a reaction the yields more energy than it takes to start and sustain the reaction. Still waiting for the aha moment. Creating a fusion reaction is not hard (a high school science experiment can do it), creating one with significant energy output is hard.
SuperHighBeam edspratt's article
Nov 5, 2021 at 18:18
Nov 5, 2021
Video: Danny MacAskill Rides Across a Wind Turbine & More for the 'Climate Games'
@CyclingThe425: That's true for every form of power generation. In the grand scheme of things though the emissions created to manufacture wind turbines and solar panels is tremendously offset by the emissions they prevent during their operational life. Gotta keep things in perspective.
SuperHighBeam edspratt's article
Nov 5, 2021 at 18:16
Nov 5, 2021
Video: Danny MacAskill Rides Across a Wind Turbine & More for the 'Climate Games'
@vinay: I'd argue that power lines kill more birds than Wind Turbines, so the whole bird/bat killing thing is likely an overblown farce. Bottomline "Not in My Backyard" plagues all Power Generation concepts, but things that stand high in the sky are likely to see extra pushback. I can't imagine a single kite generator could produce much power, hence to get any meaningful amount of generation you'd need a large flying array of kites, and that would quickly become quite the spectacle. We'll see where it goes, but honestly I think the wind wobble machines (yes that's a thing) likely have a better chance of seeing the light of day outside of a pilot project.
SuperHighBeam edspratt's article
Oct 27, 2021 at 11:47
Oct 27, 2021
Video: Danny MacAskill Rides Across a Wind Turbine & More for the 'Climate Games'
@vinay: Yes there are a multitude of ways to capture the energy in wind, and yes the wind velocity generally increases as you go up in altitude to a point (pretty well diminishes by 50,000ft). I have heard of the kite concept before, but the problem to my recollection, was that yes A) it creates an airborne obstacle that is not stationary in space and B) the energy generated per kite is generally quite low, meaning you'd need big fields of kites to get any meaningful generation happening. Plus there's the added complexity of deploy/ retract to find high velocity, and finding locations where residents would be accepting of the technology. Renewables, in general, but particularly wind, face the ongoing issue of a mentality of "not in my backyard", and yet proximity to developed infrastructure is necessary for grid connection. Quite the catch .22.
SuperHighBeam brianpark's article
Oct 26, 2021 at 17:49
Oct 26, 2021
Now Taking Applications for Pinkbike’s World Cup DH Race Team with Ben Cathro
You do bring forth a good point here. Perhaps bike companies should be paying for carbon offsets for the carbon footprint of international travel to race all over the world. Seems like a reasonable compromise.
SuperHighBeam brianpark's article
Oct 26, 2021 at 17:48
Oct 26, 2021
Now Taking Applications for Pinkbike’s World Cup DH Race Team with Ben Cathro
Well I guess sponsoring two is better than none, but I was initially thinking as I read that the number would be more like 5-10. I foresee another biking reality series in the making watching the development of these Pinkbike sponsored rider's and their professional development.
SuperHighBeam edspratt's article
Oct 26, 2021 at 17:23
Oct 26, 2021
Video: Danny MacAskill Rides Across a Wind Turbine & More for the 'Climate Games'
@justanothermatt: Partners is a common interest. Hooraw!
SuperHighBeam edspratt's article
Oct 26, 2021 at 17:21
Oct 26, 2021
Video: Danny MacAskill Rides Across a Wind Turbine & More for the 'Climate Games'
@shltler: Yes but that would also require that American's could produce them at the same cost or be willing to pay more for them to be made domestically. Somehow I don't see either happening. We like to get paid oodles and we like to buy stuff that's cheap.
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