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The-EndUser RichardCunningham's article
Dec 15, 2017 at 14:37
Dec 15, 2017
Opinion: Great Rides Don't Always Have Happy Endings
Just opened Pink Bike for the first time in a week and I’m late to this party, but I want to say thank you for your most excellent comment. I live in Alaska, and like Utah, we have an overbearing federal footprint as well. When it comes to these far flung, remote areas of the USA, the belief of manifest destiny is alive and well. Sadly, from the comments here, most of you have no idea what this means. There is nothing more American (and difficult) than cultivating an existence on the peripheries of civilization. I digress, but federalization and modern politicization has been a blight upon our communities in Alaska and intentionally threatens decades of progress and modernization. I hope the President draws his attention to Alaska next… What President Trump has done in Utah should be commended by every rational free-thinking American. While I don’t have any fundamental issue with the Federal Antiquities Act, it was clearly abused in this case. Its use under President Obama is tantamount to neo-colonialism and that’s deeply anti-American if not deeply concerning. Policies of an autocratic centralized government seeking to extend its authority over other people or territories in direct conflict of those living in there should be fought vigorously and without end. The intent of the law is “the protection of objects of historic and scientific interest” and the aim is to “protect all historic and prehistoric sites on United States federal lands and to prohibit excavation or destruction of these antiquities.” That is not what happened in Bears Ears and the Escalante-Grand Staircase and to think otherwise is daft. This was an immoral land grab by unilateral presidential decree pure and simple. This is still federal land, right? So let the locals of Southeastern Utah lobby the Feds and let them decide what they want done with the land….. and tourist be damned.
Aug 23, 2017 at 10:00
Aug 23, 2017
The-EndUser melonoptics's article
Jul 12, 2017 at 14:54
Jul 12, 2017
A Life Less Ordinary: Nick Pescetto - Video
@Fribour: “I think it take more balls to quit a steady life…” I call bullsh*t on that. Quitting, whatever that means to you, is easy, but the hard part is dealing with the unintended consequences that follow. Besides, you can’t “quit” life, steady or not, unless you mean ending it. You can run from life, but running from something is very different than running to something (and the latter is very rarely the case for most people). That “something new” you speak of is more than often a lie being sold you by very media you’re looking at. Unfortunately, the vast majority of westerners suffer under “intellectual martial law” (brainwashing via social and main-street media) and some are duped into actually believing the false narratives they’re consuming. Because living in a way less than “enduro” is pointless, right? Grinding it out as productive human being day-after-day and year-after-year to achieve something good and noble IS monumentally more difficult and requires the kind of character that is in short supply. And just because you are a “character” doesn’t actually mean you have any. It’s anecdotal of course, but I’ve existed long enough to witness all types of professed “living-in-the-moment-following-their-whims” free-spirits only to regret their vain and self-absorbed lives as they’ve grown older. Unfortunately, most are sad, bitter, lonely and broke. Why? Because they’ve never been a part of or built something that was good and pure and everlasting. We are ultimately judged by our societal productivity, human capital, and the net balance of our giving vs. taking and that is the truth of it.
The-EndUser melonoptics's article
Jul 11, 2017 at 12:15
Jul 11, 2017
A Life Less Ordinary: Nick Pescetto - Video
@WAKIdesigns: Thanks for that bit of sanity and affirmation. I'm a career cube monkey (who followed an academic passion), raising a family, doing well by my community and by all measures living an "ordinary life." In this respect, I'm lucky to live in a place where I can ride my mountain bikes whenever I can find the time. You are quite right, my friend, it takes humongous balls not to "check-out" from the grind and live out our inter-narcissistic wet dreams. I'm 46 years old and I've seen so many of my friends, family, and acquaintances sell themselves out (classic mid-life crisis) trying reinvent their lives and alter their realities looking for the "life less ordinary" because of some deep personal dissatisfaction; but alas, it never seems to work out the way they hoped. Like the old saying goes, "You can ignore reality, but you can't ignore the consequences of ignoring reality." Ride on...
The-EndUser mikelevy's article
May 31, 2017 at 12:10
May 31, 2017
Ibis' New HD4 - Review
@mikelevy: This is a key statement. You sort of got there in the review, but your statement here is quite definitive. I believe there still is a market for the HD3 and I hope Ibis takes due care in reading these comments and supports it a while longer. The HD3 is so unique because of its geometry AND travel. However, my suspicion is that it will be gone sooner than later because it overlaps the M3 and HD4 way too much. I don't think they have the resources to support the M3, HD3, and HD4 in the same line-up. As you've expressed, the HD3 has a fun factor many bikes in this class don't have. Truly a classic in my humble opinion so get them while you can!! Regards EndUser
The-EndUser vernonfelton's article
Sep 15, 2016 at 15:37
Sep 15, 2016
Dear Bike Industry - Opinion
Wrong. 148x12 does not / will not work for fat-bikes. Unless you offset the rear, which sucks. I'm from Alaska and 135, 150, 160, 170, and 177 have been tried... and they all died. 197mm was always the correct solution regarding running 5-inch tires and 100mm BB and here it will remain. I think 157Hub / 83mm BB will be the solution for standard mountain bikes. Why? Q-factor is a non-issue for most riders. I've been moving back and forth from 68/73mm BBs to 100mm BB for over 10 years without issue. Industry has yet to figure this out... they're making the same mistakes they made in the fat-bike evolution. Regards, The EndUser
The-EndUser vernonfelton's article
Sep 15, 2016 at 15:26
Sep 15, 2016
Dear Bike Industry - Opinion
Vern, Libating with great beer and sipping whiskey, a few friends and I attempted to map out where the industry might end up with respect to hub sizes in the not too distant future. Mind you, we’re from Alaska and we’ve seen the complete birth and evolution of the fat-bike phenomena so our insights are likely relevant. In the last 10 years, I’ve witnessed ALL machinations of the fat-bike BB / HUB systems and it was painful. It took 8 years to FINALLY get to the 100BB, 150Front, and 197Rear standard (and I believe this will remain static for a long, long time). Well…. trail / enduro / Plus bike designers have really just started their “fat” journey and already industry is repeating the same mistakes it made with the fatbike evolution. The long and short of it is “Boost” will prove to be an interim step to what I see as the logical conclusion to this "Plus" bike evolution. I predict the 83BB, 110Front and 157Rear will prove to be the final resting place for ALL modern mountain bikes. This will solve all the CL, drive-train, and tire clearance issues (regardless of 1x, 2x, or 3x) with Plus sized tires up to 3 to 3.5 inch tires. Like you describe, “Boost” was a way to increase 29er wheel strength while minimizing Q-factor growth at the BB and no thought of “Plus” sized tires was considered. I contend 148x12 is not a good solution for the Plus size frame design because there will still be some CL, drive-train, and tire clearance issues. Anyone who rides a fat-bike KNOWS that Q-factor is a totally and completely overrated issue for the vast majority of riders. I’ve been moving back and forth from 68/73 to 100mm BB for 10 years and it’s simply a non-issue regarding off-road bikes. So, industry is behind the curve in this regard, but it will soon come to this realize the 83BB / 157HUB spacing is the solution they’ve been looking for. Pivot nearly got it right with their new Switchblade…. So, beware when chasing constantly moving targets. As for me, I’m content with my 142x12 rear and skinny 2.4-inch tires since I ride a fat-bike for 6 months of the year already. I’m going to wait this out because I believe the industry will shake up the standards again. Regards The EndUser
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