I ride 4-5 times per week with decent but not particularly challenging single track out my door in Fish Creek Park in Calgary. Most of the "real" riding I do is in Fernie, BC with a couple of rides per week in K-Country. Don't live for the climbs but do take pride in the accomplishment and challenge but always do enjoy the downs. I'm a solid Intermediate and well balanced rider with no particular strengths but can do it all and hang with most riders my age and many younger.

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bikeorski4me pinkbikeaudience's article
Dec 5, 2017 at 13:44
Dec 5, 2017
2017 Pinkbike Awards - Value Product of the Year Nominees
@madmax245: Put a Brand X on my Fat Bike, it's heavy but it is a FB after is buttery smooth even when cold maybe even smoother than the multiple KS'es I've owned/own, insertion length could be an issue on some bikes but pretty hard to beat if you're on a budget.
bikeorski4me briceshirbach's article
Sep 18, 2017 at 10:55
Sep 18, 2017
Behind the Scenes with G-Form
Therein is the trick to avoid the "runs", pull up by the Pad not the Lycra sock. Unfortunately, there is still a fair amount of stress where the pad is sewn to the Lycra sock and over time this will also start to run...happens on both brands. I think a slightly heavier Lycra with reinforcement on the stitched area would help.
bikeorski4me briceshirbach's article
Sep 14, 2017 at 12:17
Sep 14, 2017
Behind the Scenes with G-Form
I've owned both the Leatt AirFlex (on my second set) and G-Form. They both have the same problem and that is the Nylon sock is fairly fragile and easily rips when putting on and/or removing, care must be taken or they will rip which is the reason I've owned multiple sets of each. Both fit very tight as well but not uncomfortably so... Having said this I prefer the Leatt for a few reasons, until recently G-Form did not provide adequate protection on the inner and outer knee areas, the worst knee injury I've had was a bone bruise on the inner side of my knee which kept me off the bike for six weeks, the second is that the Leatt's are definitely cooler with the forward ventilation and finally I'm really not a big fan of the G-Form style (entirely subjective of course). I have crashed with both multiple times the worst being a hard over the front crash at better than 20 mph this summer that knocked me out for a minute or so. My one elbow took the full brunt of the fall and other than a bit of general sensitivity around the elbow itself for a week or two there was no other body damage that they would have helped with...very impressive given the impact. Both are good and will surprise with their performance when needed, provide similar protection and have the same weaknesses, pretty much personal choice in my opinion.
bikeorski4me vernonfelton's article
Aug 31, 2017 at 10:42
Aug 31, 2017
KindShock Re-boots Entire LEV Dropper Post Line - Eurobike 2017
I had one of the first KS Lev posts which went three years with zero problems, got caught out in a thunderstorm on really gritty trails once and it got sticky from all the grit and mud, tore it down, cleaned an re-lubed, good as new for another two years. Installed an Integra at the beginning of last season on a new build and have ridden the hell out of it since, perfect for over a year and a half, afraid to tear it down and do maintenance its so good, if it ain't broke don't fix it. I think they're the best posts on the market...for DMal, I lost the red cover off the original Lev that hid the mechanism, threw some electrical tape over the opening, called Norco who distributes KS Lev in Canada and had a replacement inside a week so my experience on parts availabity has been very good. BTW, my son waited two months for a warranty service/repair on his Reverb and I've heard others have experienced the same so I don't think KS is the only one that can be slow in Canada, its a Canada thing not a manufacturer thing I'm thinking.
bikeorski4me RichardCunningham's article
Aug 17, 2017 at 22:46
Aug 17, 2017
Canyon Bicycles Now Available Direct in the USA - Crankworx Whistler 2017
@pdb18: In a good Italian accent....uppa u ass....get it?
bikeorski4me mikekazimer's article
Aug 16, 2017 at 12:49
Aug 16, 2017
POC Brings SPIN Helmet Technology to Mountain Biking
I'm in for the replacement pads, got a Tectal earlier this summer after a get off, mild concussion, unconscious event with an IXS Schleyer (which I really liked too) but must say the Tectal is by far the most comfortable and best made helmet I could find and definitely the best helmet I've ever owned (or found for that matter)...will add the updated pads if they make them available though.
bikeorski4me vernonfelton's article
Aug 4, 2017 at 15:32
Aug 4, 2017
My Crusade - Opinion
For everyone from Canada, two words....Canadian Tire
bikeorski4me Calgary-Cycle's article
Jul 11, 2017 at 10:42
Jul 11, 2017
bikeorski4me mikelevy's article
May 31, 2017 at 10:30
May 31, 2017
Ibis' New HD4 - Review
@Jack-McLovin: I keep seeing this comment and can't not respond any longer...I guarantee you that Shimano, SRAM, Fox, RS, etc. sell far more transmissions, suspensions, wheels, etc. than Honda, Suzuki et al sell a given model of Moto. Components are at least 50% of the cost of a bicycle so other than the lower volume frame I don't think this argument holds water at the end of the day. The real difference is that the big moto manufacturers are parts of massive conglomerates that have diverse balance sheets, are comfortable at lower margins and control the retail/inventory/financing directly. The bicycle industry is dominated by smaller company's that demand higher margins and typically add a layer of Distribution and independent Retail that the multi-nationals do not, the cost of which is borne by the Retailer and ultimately the consumer. This model is being broken by the likes of Canyon, YT, etc. and you can see what effect that has on pricing, there is still a ways to go though. Where we do get ripped off are the margins that the brands and distribution demand, the consumer pays for this which adds as much as 30% to the cost of the bike I would guess, there is more than enough volume in the component bits to negate any benefits derived from volume manufacturing, all the cost is in higher normalized margins and the cost of the brand, neither of which benefit the consumer...this can change and likely will with the rise of the direct to consumer model the price for which will be paid for by the LBS unfortunately.
bikeorski4me RichardCunningham's article
Apr 3, 2017 at 9:30
Apr 3, 2017
RIP Mike Hall - British Endurance Racing Legend
Inspired to Ride is/was on Netfilx...a great intro to Mike and fitting tribute to his drive.
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