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 mikekazimer's article
Nov 24, 2020 at 11:40
Nov 24, 2020
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 31 - Wet Weather Riding Tips & Tricks
@unrooted: To each his own. Fat bikes were built for sand and snow. Just trying to help you out and extend your riding season.
SuperHighBeam jamessmurthwaite's article
Nov 24, 2020 at 11:38
Nov 24, 2020
Study Shows $7.8 Million Economic Impact of Mountain Bike Trails
Couldn't agree more. Fundamentally people like to have something to do when they visit a location. Give them something to do and they will come and spend their money. Trials provide a venue to do something. They inherently support restaurants, lodging, other tourism attractions.
SuperHighBeam jamessmurthwaite's article
Nov 24, 2020 at 11:35
Nov 24, 2020
Study Shows $7.8 Million Economic Impact of Mountain Bike Trails
@pmhobson: Yes but how large of a sample size did they survey? Hard to believe their conclusions without recognizing their underlying assumptions. Some people really suck at statistics and make false claims on incomplete or inadequate data to support their claims.
SuperHighBeam mikelevy's article
Nov 24, 2020 at 11:29
Nov 24, 2020
Welcome to the 2021 Field Test: Trail & Enduro Bikes
Personally looking forward to the Actofive P-Train and Propain Spindrift. The rest of the bunch, meh. Would have liked to have seen the Deviate Highlander in this mix or an Evil. To many horst link bikes in this roundup, needs more diversity of rear suspension designs.
SuperHighBeam pinkbikeoriginals's article
Nov 20, 2020 at 14:51
Nov 20, 2020
Video: Friday Fails #145
Yep, definitely not epic, certainly not in a good way, nor was it an epic crash. Just a sad pathetic crash. Sorry Carl, try again.
SuperHighBeam jamessmurthwaite's article
Nov 20, 2020 at 12:46
Nov 20, 2020
Study Shows $7.8 Million Economic Impact of Mountain Bike Trails
A think a commitment by the community to reinvest some of their newly earned income due to bike trails should be reinvested into at least that infrastructure to maintain it. Jobs and affordable housing are tough. Tourism destinations always fall pray to rising real estate costs (because they are desirable places to be). That doesn't mean however, that these destinations shouldn't make an effort to construct attractive, affordable, multi-family residential options that low income demographics can afford. I would also add the an economy built around tourism has limited opportunities for professional grade work (restaurant owners, shop owners, lodging owners/managers). Legal, Accounting, and STEM type work are often either very small enterprises or relegated to a larger nearby city. Medical opportunity, however, is typically an option in any township. Bottom line job opportunity very much depends on the size of the town and the makeup of the existing economy. Tourism centric economies yield jobs only relevant to tourism, which are often seasonal and predominantly service oriented.
SuperHighBeam jamessmurthwaite's article
Nov 20, 2020 at 12:35
Nov 20, 2020
Study Shows $7.8 Million Economic Impact of Mountain Bike Trails
How did they determine demographics and household income? Did they survey every single rider that visited the trails?
SuperHighBeam mikekazimer's article
Nov 18, 2020 at 12:28
Nov 18, 2020
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 31 - Wet Weather Riding Tips & Tricks
For the places with temperatures frequently well below freezing and even below OF. 1) wear thermal wicking layers top, bottom and feet. 2) wear an insulating thermal mid-layer (select based on outdoor temp) 3) wear a wind-proof outer layer (add a mid layer, such as fleece or down, if needed for very cold conditions) 4) wear a ski helmet and goggles 5) wear insulated clipless boots (45nrth Wolfgars and Wolfhammers are awesome, LAKE makes some bomber options too). Riding with bulky snow boots on flats in the winter sucks. 6) Install wind-proof pogies on your handlebars (no matter of gloves with any dexterity will keep your hands warm while riding in frigid conditions) 7) Install studded tires, large concave studs appear to be most effective. Light snow and studded 2.2-2.6 are fine. 1-3 inches of snow 2.6-3.0 studded are good. 3-5inches powder 4.0 studded is the gold standard. Breaking wilderness powder of more than 5 inches goes for the studded 4.8+ size fat tires, but be willing to accept a slow ride. In very cold (below 0F) there seems to be a preference for high quality mechanical disc brakes and grip shifters. Apparently brake fluid doesn't function well in very cold conditions. Metallic pads also seem to be the common recommendation. Select a wet weather chain lubricant. Haven't heard any specific recommendations on forks and shocks. Definitely encouraged to lower pressure in tires for better traction. Select a tread pattern appropriate for typical conditions. Dillingers are popular, I have a preference for Wrathchild's.
SuperHighBeam mikekazimer's article
Nov 18, 2020 at 12:12
Nov 18, 2020
SuperHighBeam mikekazimer's article
Nov 16, 2020 at 15:09
Nov 16, 2020
Check Out: New Flannels, Gloves, Tire Inserts, Goggles, & More
@MarcusBrody: This " I don't often buy clothes based on company image or whether the brands represent the core activities that I partake in" seems to be in direct conflict with this "I might think twice if a company really represented an image I didn't like and the apparel was heavily branded (say a high performance Tapout! jersey) and if I'm flying blind I might trust a company that focuses on the activities I'm buying for". Most people are buying their clothing online these days, since that is often the only place that provides all of the options available for given product (brick and mortar store will have a limited selection to keep inventory low). When buying online brand perception becomes important, as does adequate marketing of capabilities backed by supporting customer reviews. When you can't touch a product, you've got to make a decision based on other factors, otherwise I absolutely agree with what you're saying. If two products look to be equivalent, in person, of course I'll buy the less expensive one unless I know something about the less expensive product's company that just doesn't sit well with the conscience.
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