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The-Foiling-Optimist sarahmoore's article
Jul 31, 2020 at 23:32
Jul 31, 2020
Results: Silver Star Downhill - Crankworx Summer Series
You know who is amazingly interesting and articulate when talking in public about racing, despite minimal practice? Finn Iles. (see recent RedBull DH Rebroadcast) NB I'm not disagreeing, Cam is very good.
The-Foiling-Optimist scottsecco's article
Jul 27, 2020 at 0:57
Jul 27, 2020
Movies For Your Monday
Nino Schurter is amazing. But we knew that. Now, about skaters criticizing Ryan Shekler as as sellout allegedly ruining skateboarding. These are the kinds of arguments that go on inside academic disciplines where would-be grandees act as self appointed gatekeepers attempting control their subject and prevent newcomers from taking it in a new direction. This is why academia is often criticized as being an "ivory tower". I always love it when fields like skateboard do this as it shows that you do not need a lot of PhD's to fill a field of human endeavour with jerks.
The-Foiling-Optimist jamessmurthwaite's article
Jul 19, 2020 at 17:45
Jul 19, 2020
Quiz: Can You Guess These Riders From the First Ever EWS?
This type of test needs to be multiple choice and some of the answers are outlandish but you get to try again, like proper corporate safety training courses. Neat to see Gracia, Lopes and Bruni in the same race, a real bridge across eras.
Jul 16, 2020 at 23:20
Jul 16, 2020
The-Foiling-Optimist Gulevich87's article
Jul 12, 2020 at 16:37
Jul 12, 2020
Video: Geoff Gulevich Rides '7th Secret' in North Vancouver
This is an interesting story. The current Secret Seventh is a significantly rebuilt and repaired version of the 1992 original though not as much as Crinkum Crankum and Kirkford below it. Seventh was super loamy and fun that first autumn but rapidly succumbed to erosion and sections became either unridable or just ugly and uninteresting. The repairs, particularly the added skinnies, rock revetments and generally improved drainage serve to make it more technical and interesting than the original. It's also in a beautiful and spectacular section of forest, especially this year which has been quite wet. A few weeks ago my 11 year old nephew was asking about my favourite North Shore trail, which I had to think about, but indeed, this was the one.
The-Foiling-Optimist Gulevich87's article
Jul 12, 2020 at 15:06
Jul 12, 2020
Video: Geoff Gulevich Rides '7th Secret' in North Vancouver
Excellent video of a classic trail. The GoPro effect is so weird. I makes really steep stuff look less steep but there are parts which look like they're downhill but you've been there and know they aren't, like the entrance to the long log (the first one). The GoPro effect basically compresses the full range of possible steepness into "vaguely downhill".
The-Foiling-Optimist ClintTrahan's article
Jun 30, 2020 at 22:42
Jun 30, 2020
49 Bikes of Whistler Bike Park Opening Day 2020
@mammal: You're definitely right and indeed Pinkbike has done some great pieces on older bikes at the park even last summer. My racing and north shore riding career goes back to 1986 and I was riding the Whistler bike park quite a bit in 2000-2003 so when I see the old classics I'm like "I was there!" My friend has a genuine Knolly VTach North Shore freeride special that his now 17 year old son was riding (really well) and it was just awesome but now the kid has a new Norco Range, which is lovely but lacks historical pizzazz for sure. I also love the crazy one offs made an aircraft engineer in their spare time and the bikes from small manufacturers in Europe that you never see on this side.
The-Foiling-Optimist ClintTrahan's article
Jun 30, 2020 at 15:46
Jun 30, 2020
49 Bikes of Whistler Bike Park Opening Day 2020
@mammal: Hey it's not about just another HSP, it's about the HSP rider: "When not riding my HSP, I enjoy stand up paddling and making baguettes"
The-Foiling-Optimist mikekazimer's article
Jun 26, 2020 at 12:25
Jun 26, 2020
Pinkbike Poll: Are Your Local Trails Challenging Enough?
Vancouver BC and having ridden the North Shore since the 80's I can say it's generally a lot better than it was since there is more flow, better trail construction so less unsustainable mud, and you are less likely to die. And you can readily go to Squamish, Whistler, Vancouver Island, the Valley and beyond.
Apr 25, 2020 at 18:37
Apr 25, 2020
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