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Woody25 jamessmurthwaite's article
Jul 27, 2021 at 0:32
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Final Results from the Women's XC at the Tokyo Olympics
Delighted for her! I don’t know much about XC, but every time I see Jolanda interviewed she seems like a great person.
Woody25 mikelevy's article
Jul 23, 2021 at 14:39
Jul 23, 2021
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 72 - Hey Outers!
@mikelevy: I'm not convinced it's a good idea either.. but isn't that what makes it fun..! Seriously though, assuming we agree we don't want the industry to be like that, how does it ever change? The smaller publications/sites are stuck, there's now a system in place where the manufacturers are interfering with their neutrality, but the general bike buying public doesn't know, so there's no pressure to change? But, if somebody called out a bike manufacturer and said "Brand Z pays to have its bikes win reviews", well, that brand would be off my list forever, because that's 100% scummy and any company that operates like that, well that's not a company I'd want to be trying to make a warranty claim with. Companies work super hard for their reputations, feels like nobody would want to be called out on that. So, then maybe the manufacturers stop doing it, the smaller sites are no longer being pressured and ultimately the consumers get better bikes sooner, because sites are able to recommend the best bike and other manufacturers have to raise their game? But, it seems like the only way for this change to happen is for an organisation who's well backed enough to not be beholden to the advertisers' dime to take the massive LED lightbar of doom and shine it in some dark corners of the bike industry? That's just my thoughts anyway, it all comes from a place of love for both pinkbike and our fantastic sport!
Woody25 mikelevy's article
Jul 23, 2021 at 11:43
Jul 23, 2021
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 72 - Hey Outers!
I had no idea that Pay to Win testing was that common. As journalists first and foremost, and now ones with a big organisation at your back, I feel like that's a story you could now be telling? Time to name and shame the sites and magazines that operate that model and even more so the manufacturers that require it. Who can we trust?
Woody25 mikelevy's article
Jul 23, 2021 at 11:10
Jul 23, 2021
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 72 - Hey Outers!
Listening... Readying sausage fingers....
Woody25 pinkbikeoriginals's article
Jul 21, 2021 at 10:35
Jul 21, 2021
Woody25 pinkbikeoriginals's article
Jul 21, 2021 at 9:43
Jul 21, 2021
Video: Decoding The Best Mountain Biking Body Position - How To Bike with Ben Cathro Episode 3
I'm interested in the berms bit too - I'm trying to work out where to pump in 180 berms to generate speed, I just can't get it to happen!
Woody25 pinkbikeoriginals's article
Jul 21, 2021 at 9:41
Jul 21, 2021
Video: Decoding The Best Mountain Biking Body Position - How To Bike with Ben Cathro Episode 3
If you're a desk jockey like me then you'll probably find you can't get into that beautiful flat back, neutral spine position Ben has in the videos. Instead when you're on the bike you'll look like a cat that just saw a snake.. or at least I did. I didn't realise this until I started videoing myself practicing and once I did I spent six months stretching twice a day and doing some of Lee Likes Bikes hip hinge strength moves (from the recent Joy of Bike YT vids) and generally working on my hamstring flexibility. Nothing has made more of a difference to my riding than doing that, suddenly I can get my weight back far enough for manuals easily, stay centred in the bike properly and my heals drop naturally now, rather than being something I have to concentrate on doing. I really can't recommend working on your hip hinging enough if you don't already have that flexibility. It felt like the missing foundational step to so many of the skills to me. Once you're aware of it you can instantly spot the good riders, they all have that great flat back riding position.
Woody25 mikelevy's article
Jul 19, 2021 at 9:29
Jul 19, 2021
The Story of Mountain Biking’s Most Interesting Man: Richard Cunningham - A Pinkbike Podcast Special, Part 2
@mikelevy: There certainly is, you can't shy away from the elephant in the room forever. At some point you're going to have to talk about Judy Butter getting renamed to Sram Butter.
Woody25 Nukeproofinternational's article
Jul 16, 2021 at 7:51
Jul 16, 2021
Video: Nukeproof Shows Off Meg Whyte's Custom Rave-Inspired Mega
@Aptlynamed: I'll admit it, you pinkrolled me
Woody25 Mandownmedia's article
Jul 13, 2021 at 6:51
Jul 13, 2021
Interview: Scott Beaumont on the Future of 4X & the UK Race Scene
I think Scott's spot on re the clubs. To me this ties into a larger oddity in mountain biking, namely that we don't really have a formalised way to learn the skills. If you do pretty much any other sport, BMX race, ski, snowboard, road race etc. you join a club (or a high school programme in parts of the US I believe) and part of what that club offers is coaching. The thing about 4X is that if you can't manual, jump, pump and rail a berm with good technique you're going to have a pretty tough day at the office. The vast majority of riders here in the UK can't do that stuff because they've never been taught, and so my theory is 4X racing is unattainable and therefore doesn't hold their interest. It's weird really, because 4X racing is really exciting, both on TV and in person and it's relatively easy to film. So, my theory is if we teach people the skills from a young age, we'll see a resurgence in 4X.
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