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 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.
bikeorski4me pinkbikeaudience's article
Mar 21, 2017 at 16:40
Mar 21, 2017
Ask Pinkbike - Wide Rims, Knee Pads for XC, and Code Brakes
Oooops, 30mm Easton Heist rims...perfect with the WT's
bikeorski4me pinkbikeaudience's article
Mar 21, 2017 at 16:40
Mar 21, 2017
Ask Pinkbike - Wide Rims, Knee Pads for XC, and Code Brakes
2.4 DHR WT front and rear, 22/20PSI @ 200lbs riding weight on rocky and rooty terrain, enough pressure that I never pinch, lower than that I can hit the rim pretty regularly over sharp edges. Never a problem with tire roll, the best traction I've ever experienced, a new favourite.
bikeorski4me mikelevy's article
Jan 26, 2017 at 20:29
Jan 26, 2017
Northwave Enduro Mid Shoe - Review
I had a pair that I thought were the best shoes I'd ever owned but the loop for the Velcro Strap broke after three months, I ended up with a credit back as CCR didn't have any more. I will say they were super comfortable but you should actually size down a bit as they seem to fit about 1/2 to 1 size to large, the traction when walking is excellent, the walking support too. As others have mentioned, the clear channel is extra long and extra deep, I had to add one shim under my cleats to more readily clip into my XT Trail pedals...FWIW, it seems maybe some of the early production shoes had some "weaker" material given those who've had problems have not experienced anymore after warranty replacement.
bikeorski4me pinkbikeaudience's article
Nov 29, 2016 at 12:46
Nov 29, 2016
Devinci to Step Away from UCI Downhill for 2017
@likeittacky: Where did they say anything about putting the sport on hold???? And I quote "Unable to put together a team that met our expectations, we took the decision to step away from UCI Downhill racing for 2017. It was an incredibly difficult decision to make, but we hope to return to World Cup racing in the very near future." Yes, it is a business decision but who do you propose they put on the team that can
bikeorski4me SCOTT-Sports's article
Nov 3, 2016 at 14:57
Nov 3, 2016
Summer Time Shred with Dane Tudor in Revelstoke - Video
See below....this day wasn't bad but we were surrounded by Thunderstorms and enough Horse Flies at the lake to be uncomfortable...went hard to get out to stay ahead of the storms.
bikeorski4me SCOTT-Sports's article
Nov 3, 2016 at 14:54
Nov 3, 2016
Summer Time Shred with Dane Tudor in Revelstoke - Video
Interestingly enough my son and I were riding Keystone that day and ended up parked beside Dane in the parking lot, he could not have been a nicer guy. I made a comment of some sort on his Plus bike and he struck up a conversation with us, being as dense as I am I never triggered that he was a Pro, just thought he was any old guy at the trailhead, wouldn't have a made a difference regardless but knowing he was getting ready for a big day of filming and he went out of his way to chat is to be respected....if you read this Dane, thanks. I'd never ridden Keystone before that and he was very quick to say don't be a hero, push when you need to push and enjoy which it turned out was great advice. We hit the trail ahead of him and about 5K in he caught me just before a really tech avalanche debris field, he hopped off his bike and said just push through it to be safe (BTW, could have ridden it but was sketchy) which I did and he did chatting me up the whole way...he stayed with me for a kilo or so and then caught up with the photog, they took a different fork in the trail and we went on to the lake. We've been waiting for the release of this since...
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