University instructor in Social Sciences at UCN (political /economic theory/ environmental ethics) Mountain biking since late 80s - Had to leave my GT Karakoram retrofitted with original Rock Shocks in Mexico when I left Old guy still into music metal and punk - drummer - will play anything

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acrowe danielsapp's article
May 24, 2020 at 12:21
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Pinkbike Poll: If You Had to Ride One Bike for the Rest of Your Life, What Would It Be?
my honzo st I built up a few years ago, its always fun to ride, I have ridden it at whistler and had fun and once rode it in a 24 hr race, where I also had fun. Its my first pick for most rides.
acrowe mikekazimer's article
May 21, 2020 at 11:33
May 21, 2020
Abbey Bike Tools Announces 3 New Shop Quality Tools
Really good tools can be worthwhile. I haven't used any Abbey tools but they look very nice. Some of the price may be luxury, people will pay more for the prestige aspect, but it also means they are not cutting corners to be price competitive. I find its often the case right now that you really have to look to find anything manufactured that will last any amount of time. My father was a machinist and my grandfather a chief engine room artificer (ERA) in the navy. I have a lot of tools from my father and a few from my grandfather. High quality tools are often much nicer to use and often are more effective, not breaking and causing damage or not being precisely built enough and mangling bolts and such. They also last, not only might they last your lifetime, they might last your children's lifetime as well. Every time I use those tools I think of them. Yesterday I was using a brass hammer my father made while working on my old jeep. I think it is worthwhile buying good quality tools and when I can I do. Obviously you can't always buy the super high end tool, I don't have the money to do so, but I certainly see the reason why someone would want very high quality tools. I hope my daughter will want some of mine.
acrowe remrem's article
May 16, 2020 at 12:46
May 16, 2020
Video: Remi Gauvin & Lee Jackson Attempt to Burn 10,000 Calories in a Single Day
Years ago I ran treeplanting camps. Its extremely hard work to make good money at it, longs days, full body exertion in steep, rough terrain. I don't know exactly what people were burning calorie wise but high production planters eat huge amounts of food and lose weight during the season. Cooks, who are not counting calories but are figuring out what quantities people are consuming every day, would say that some people were eating 8-10k calories daily. Now I teach university instead, I am pretty active still, but I have to really watch what I eat to avoid being more massive than I am.
acrowe pinkbikeoriginals's article
May 15, 2020 at 10:17
May 15, 2020
Video: Friday Fails #118
I often watch this with my 7 year old daughter, she loves it. She comments I could have made that easy, I couldn't make that, that was dumb,,, depending on the crash. She can be fairly judgmental. Last summer watching Friday Fails I had to explain to her its ok to say F!!! if you are actually bleeding.
acrowe mattwragg's article
Apr 30, 2020 at 13:01
Apr 30, 2020
Opinion: Ode to an Oddball - Rediscovering Two-Wheeled Fun
@SHLee28: Actually that might be true - buy 5 for people you ride with save the rest for beer
acrowe mikekazimer's article
Mar 26, 2020 at 16:07
Mar 26, 2020
Field Trip: Giant's $1,800 Stance 1 - More Traditional Than Trendy
I like the comments - why dont you review some affordable bikes? Not this one it has parts on it I dont like!
acrowe secondspincycles's article
Mar 17, 2020 at 9:30
Mar 17, 2020
Now THAT Was a Bike: 1991 Bradbury Manitou FS
I like my modern MTBs full suspension or hardtail, but one thing I find pretty comic in the comments about anything older than last year is the idea that mountain biking has been somehow made much more fun by the development of bike technology. Riding was really fun even in the 80s, and the bikes were almost like what we think of as gravel bikes now (maybe a little bit wider tires - not a lot). And the marketing rhetoric was amazingly similar concerning technology. What I think has really improved mountain biking is the proliferation of trails. There are so many more trails and many of them are awesome.
acrowe mikekazimer's article
Feb 22, 2020 at 9:27
Feb 22, 2020
Pinkbike Poll: Could You Build Your Own Mountain Bike Frame?
I think it would not be ridiculously difficult to build a lugged steel frame hard tail. For a first effort you could buy drop outs etc. I would probably not design it myself for a first frame, rather I think I would get specs from something that I liked so I wouldn't have to worry if my design was off. I would like to do it. I "helped" my Dad build a boat over a couple years when I was a little kid, it was an experience that has shaped my life. 45 years later, my Dad is gone but I still have quite a lot of the tools we used and a wooden roller tool cabinet he built. I have built quite a few things and always try to repair or rebuild my own stuff as much as possible. I have owned a 51 GMC and a 51 International pickup and run an old jeep as my main vehicle. For me building and working on stuff yourself is really valuable, and I would like to try building my own bike. I may have to wait for the appearance of the Grim Donut to get specs for a frame I really want though!
acrowe mikelevy's article
Feb 7, 2020 at 12:48
Feb 7, 2020
Pinkbike Poll: How Much Does the Bike Impact Racers' Results?
This is sort of a dumb question. Unless you believe the bike makes absolutely no difference then its obvious for the best riders who are very close in ability a small advantage can make the difference between winning and being 10th. of course almost any pro riding a beach cruiser could make me look slow even if I was riding my dream bike.
acrowe pinkbikeoriginals's article
Jan 10, 2020 at 8:46
Jan 10, 2020
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