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aerik fenomeno's article
Jun 11, 2020 at 5:58
Jun 11, 2020
Video: Escaping Lockdown on Some Steep Belgian Trails
@leostuder: Out here that would make them - by definition - illegal. NL, the place in the BeNeLux you are least likely to be allowed to do something fun without getting fined. I've always wondered, is the difference that we have (practically) no public landownership except for urban areas?
aerik fenomeno's article
Jun 11, 2020 at 1:52
Jun 11, 2020
Video: Escaping Lockdown on Some Steep Belgian Trails
@oli4m: A bit like here, then. I spent the morning clearing logs that angry hikers had put on the trails. I've never had any issues in Malmédy or elsewhere but heard on the grapevine that things were changing. Guess we'll see, just be nice, smile and act like a stupid Dutch tourist if I get into trouble ;-) Thanks!
aerik fenomeno's article
Jun 11, 2020 at 1:41
Jun 11, 2020
Video: Escaping Lockdown on Some Steep Belgian Trails
Any of the Belgians care to share what the current standpoint of the den boswachter is at the moment? I've been riding Malmédy for 20 years but was recently told the new guy is making a point of not allowing riding except on 3+ m gravel roads.
aerik ForbiddenBike's article
May 8, 2020 at 8:13
May 8, 2020
Forbidden Bike Co. Introduce Ziggy Link For Mullet Conversions
What's the going rate for kidneys? Willing to sell...
aerik dan-roberts's article
Mar 12, 2020 at 1:53
Mar 12, 2020
Behind the Numbers: The Grim Donut
Wonderful how the numbers highlight the major oversight a few manufacturers make: the reach is way out there progressive but the top tube is shorter than on an early 90's XC bike. Must be hell to climb on.
aerik jamessmurthwaite's article
Jan 16, 2020 at 3:12
Jan 16, 2020
Video: Fabio Wibmer Turns Israel into His MTB Playground
@Losvar: Ah, the good old holocaust inversion. Bit rich coming from Norway, isn't it? Anti-semitism engrained since its first constitution.......
aerik mikekazimer's article
Dec 16, 2019 at 13:24
Dec 16, 2019
Field Test: 2020 Rocky Mountain Slayer Carbon 90 - The One That Broke
For point (1): Your SB5.5 had/has a monocoque rear. I'd think that that's inherently stronger than any four-bar design when it comes to landing with a loose/broken axle, or landing and breaking the axle at the same time. Once the axle is broken something's got to give, and with a four-bar that's the next weakest point - in this case the bearing seat on the chainstay. Regarding (3): As far as I know all RMB designs, as practically all bikes, have the rear wheel slotting vertically into the dropouts. Once the axle is loose - or broken - any landing that's even minutely off-center will cause the rear wheel to rotate out of the frame anyway. In this case the axle was broken on the right side, so the rear wheel twists out of the dropouts in a clockwise fashion (assuming you're standing behind the bike).
aerik mikekazimer's article
Dec 16, 2019 at 13:07
Dec 16, 2019
Field Test: 2020 Rocky Mountain Slayer Carbon 90 - The One That Broke
@TheBearDen: Even with a small amount of lean, the force transmitted by the rear wheel would pop the hub right out of the seat. Makes me think back to the horrors of QR hubs (and my then teammate hucking-to-flat his rear wheel out of the dropouts).
aerik sarahmoore's article
Dec 2, 2019 at 13:06
Dec 2, 2019
Field Test: 2020 Mondraker F-Podium DC - It Says Downcountry on the Frame
@nozes: The French have everybody beat with their label for the TransVesubienne race a few years back: "Premium XC"... As opposed to the mediocre XC on my local dumbed-down flow trails, obviously.
aerik nkrohan's article
Aug 19, 2019 at 1:52
Aug 19, 2019
10 Mountain Bike Hip Packs Ridden & Rated
@Tiez: It happens. My best friend is in a wheelchair as a result of such a crash and I know a few cases of people with cracked ribs from this type of incident. High-speed OTBs on mellower trails were involved. Also, while your phone example is certainly valid, the closed end of a bottle of relatively stiff. I'd hardly call it protection and wouldn't bet against it acting as a fulcrum if you land right on it with your spine.
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