acrowe

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 seb-stott's article
Oct 21, 2023 at 14:42
Oct 21, 2023
Pinkbike Poll: Metric vs Imperial - Which Do You Prefer For Measuring Bikes?
This is an idiotic poll - you basically have to use whatever the bike industry has chosen to mostly use for any particular measurement - 2.5 " tires, 40mm stems, 120mm of suspension travel and a 30lb bike whatever!
acrowe pinkbikeoriginals's article
Oct 11, 2023 at 12:19
Oct 11, 2023
Video: Tech Tuesday - How To Pick The Right Tire Tread Based On The Trails You Ride
We have a few bikes between my partner my daughter and I. MXS DHF&R on 3, MXS ardent on my wife's HeiHei, I have a Mountain King on the back of my Kona Honzo. I was going to comment that the Mtn King is terrible for cornering and braking in comparison to the DHF/R tires but then I noticed it is closing in on totally bald - so I guess a bit unfair comparison. It has also had by far the most flats - but I guess that might be related to being on the back of my hardtail at 6'4" 285lb. I still have a 26' Farmer John and a 26" panaracer smoke and dart (I assume they are rock hard) but each of those were the hot setup at one point. The Farmer John in the mid - late 80s I think. I upgraded my Fuji to them pretty soon after I got it. I had some full on MX looking knobbies on my GT Karakoram for a while early 90s, they were actually pretty bad, noticeably slow and noticeable squiggly cornering on moderately firm trails Tires generally are pretty good now, but as with most things, you can actually have a lot of fun on anything you get out on
acrowe seb-stott's article
Sep 8, 2023 at 11:34
Sep 8, 2023
Pinkbike Poll: How Do You Set Up Your Saddle?
Whatever way doesn't make me numb or sore.
acrowe Mandownmedia's article
Aug 30, 2023 at 12:01
Aug 30, 2023
Vintage MTB Gold from the Malverns Classic Retro Show & Shine
I remember seeing a slingshot bike being reviewed in Dirtrag mag, I think after the turn of the century, it was a serious review and they did not pronounce it unrideable. I'll say this upfront, I am old and this will be an old person type statement ... One thing I always enjoy about retro-bike features or any discussion of old versus new bikes - All the comments about how old bikes were basically unrideable death-traps without some feature of modern bikes. The part I think is really funny now is that I have been hearing this same thing over and over for 30 years. In 1990 "how did anybody ride with "Bullmoose" combined bar and headset - so heavy such bad geometry... How did anybody ride without a front suspension fork? How did anyone ride down hills before disc brakes, how did people ride with old school geometry? Not that all these developments didn't make massive improvements but people had an absolute blast riding mountain bikes since they were invented. I started in the mid 80s and I thought my bike was amazing and I could ride anything, never once thought it was technology holding me back. If I had to choose one thing that has made mountain biking so much better in the last 40 years - I'd say it was trails - there are trails everywhere and many of them are amazing, flow trails, downhill traills, long XC loops and even stuff like we rode in the 80s either footpaths or singletrack that was basically game trails where it was a challenge just to keep pedalling So if there is one thing that is different in mountain biking that makes it so much better than it was in the past its Trails!
acrowe bold-cycles's article
Aug 28, 2023 at 11:20
Aug 28, 2023
Video: Slickrock Dreams in Moab
Yes this did seem to have a lot of jeep shots with no actual offroading. I am old and Moab was the place for mountain biking in the 90s, I never made it there then. I went there with a buddy in late march (2017) I think. It was mostly a ski trip to Places near Salt Lake. I flew to salt lake city and met him in his jeep. Moab was really warm and nice for a couple of Canadians and we were able to sit outside where we stayed and drink beer and bbq in the evening. We rode Slickrock but also a bunch of other nice trails near Moab - several different styles. It was nice riding. There were a lot of jeeps and ATVs driving up and down the roads everywhere but also nice sunsets and riding that was really different than BC or Manitoba. I'd go again
acrowe alicialeggett's article
Jun 6, 2023 at 9:55
Jun 6, 2023
Review: My First Year with the 5-Bike 1Up Recon Rack
NSR is hard to beat. Of course if you are hauling gravel bikes its a poor choice (although they now have an adaptor). I have had an NSR for seven years now and use it all the time. I have had a wide variety of racks and still have a couple different ones, The NSR rack is so simple, durable and secure nothing else I have had compares. It can be a pain for small people to load, which is worth thinking about if you are expecting a smaller person to use it. The other thing about the NSR is that it gets ugly after a couple winters, which people who are concerned about their car and bike looking really attractive may not like. Mine has 2-3 nothern (and 4 VI winters) Manitoba winters and looks ugly even after going after it with a wire brush and spray paint this year (but my vehicles are also ugly and old just like me). Its also ubiquitous in the trailhead parking (and at the grocery store ) on Vancouver Island so its not exactly a way to show everyone you are part of the cycling elite anymore (which is clearly a factor) . I am actually writing this in case anyone is actually reading this review and comments who is trying to decide on what a rack will carry your mountain bikes securely in rough conditions for a reasonable price. All the other decent racks cost more and have their own strengths and weaknesses, people are saying Hoho racks this and FMe racks that, but realistically unless you are into consumer adventures or just want to spend more, NSR.
acrowe mikekazimer's article
Mar 14, 2023 at 9:42
Mar 14, 2023
Revel's DH Bike Concept Has a 3D-Printed Thermoplastic Frame
Just what the world needs, more products that can be produced from recycled/recyclable steel or al by actual people created using robots from plastic. Yay!
acrowe pinkbikeoriginals's article
Mar 10, 2023 at 11:09
Mar 10, 2023
Video: Friday Fails #263
I enjoyed this one for the large number of crashes that did not involve jumps. Not that I don't like jumps, but its my personal experience that getting in the air carries a much larger risk of crashing, especially as you are learning. Just failing into a terrible crash while not really pushing the limits has real satisfactions as a viewer
acrowe mattbeer's article
Mar 10, 2023 at 10:55
Mar 10, 2023
The 2023 Focus Raven Carbon Hardtail Has In-Frame Storage
The title is sort of funny - wow a carbon mtb with in-frame storage - gosh why didn't anybody think of that before!
acrowe seb-stott's article
Feb 10, 2023 at 10:47
Feb 10, 2023
Six Ways To Make Mountain Biking Less Expensive
One thing I think is cool is the focus on learning and possibly enjoying doing work on your own bike. Its nice that this is something Pinkbike is promoting fairly regularly, and has recurring articles on. I would argue, and others do too that maintaining, repairing and understanding the things you use makes them more meaningful to most people and increases our satisfaction in using them. This isn't the direction that most consumer goods are going in our society, so its positive to see its a topic that engages riders. If reparability is something that companies selling bikes can see consumers want, its more likely to be something they provide to us.
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