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bkm303 mikelevy's article
Sep 19, 2017 at 14:16
Sep 19, 2017
MRP's Boost Solution and New Ramp Control Cartridge - Interbike 2017
@adrennan: "it almost seems like it is halfway between altering dampening and spring rate." This is sort of correct. It's almost like if your token volume changed with the size (speed) of the compression. The damping of the airflow is what changes the "virtual" volume, but it will feel like different spring pressure, rather than like compression damping with oil. FWIW, the PB article reviewing the cartridge has a pretty helpful graph and explanation.
bkm303 AJBarlas's article
Sep 19, 2017 at 13:43
Sep 19, 2017
The UCI's New XC Discipline and Increased Prize Money for 2018
@yupstate: they'll have to care. If Nino is starting mid-pack and VDP is starting in front, that's a massive handicap for the first few laps at the very least. Plus there's the added risk of getting caught up in one of those big 10-rider crashes in the first lap or two before things get spaced out. Idk though. Sounds like they're just trying to make XC Eliminator catch on by forcing the big names to do it. XCO courses are already fairly wide, and if they're not they usually employ a prologue lap to avoid big traffic jams. I'm having a hard time imagining an *even wider* course that's somehow also exciting.
bkm303 mikekazimer's article
Jul 26, 2017 at 11:39
Jul 26, 2017
MSR's Pocket-Sized TrailShot Water Filter - Review
So it's a Sawyer Mini at 2x the price
bkm303 RichardCunningham's article
Jul 17, 2017 at 14:57
Jul 17, 2017
Oregon Will Be First US State to Tax Bicycles for Transportation Projects
@Dangerous-Dan: you're responding to points I never made, dude. Yes, most bike owners are also car owners and pay numerous other taxes.... mindblowing stuff, but you're missing the point. In most cities the existing infrastructure was not designed with bikes in mind. Changing that takes money, and if non-cyclist voters have the options: (a) take fungible tax money to add bike infrastructure or (b) use fungible tax money to fill the potholes and widen the highways, which option do you think they'll choose? Yep, some recreational areas are maintained by volunteers. Some others are protected by govt regulations and maintained by a mix of govt funded professionals and volunteers. Still others are maintained using money from private companies, paid in exchange for access to the natural resources in those areas. Shockingly, there are even for-profit recreation areas where people PAY to have fun!!!!!! Again, mindblowing stuff. It's almost as if there's no one-size-fits-all economic model for recreation, or anything else.
bkm303 RichardCunningham's article
Jul 17, 2017 at 11:34
Jul 17, 2017
Oregon Will Be First US State to Tax Bicycles for Transportation Projects
"Solution? Drive to a nearby state and buy your bike there." ...and give even MORE money to the govt, awesome idea dumbass. You'd have to go to AK, MT, CT, or NH to pay less - a flat $15 on a $2k bike is a 0.75% effective tax rate. You'd pay around 4x as much where you live - are you raging against the machine every time you buy anything? I feel bad for those of you who live down there. Here in CO they said taxes on pot would go to schools and local govts. Guess what? It went to schools and local govts. Find something else to be angry about. Plenty of taxes do exactly what they were supposed to do. Maybe it won't go to trails, but dedicated money for bike infrastructure improvements in cities would be great.
bkm303 pinkbikeaudience's article
Jun 28, 2017 at 5:49
Jun 28, 2017
We Went To Taiwan and Started a Bike Company...
Yeah hating on the quality coming from Asia is silly. Sure, labor is cheaper there but as with anywhere, you get what you pay for. If you invest the time and money to build a good business relationship you'll end up with a great product at a lower cost than you could get elsewhere - but if you think you're just gonna send a set of drawings over there and get quality for dirt cheap, I can almost guarantee you'll get screwed one way or another. If it seems too good to be true... it is. Nothing in business and manufacturing ever goes 100% as planned. If you're not working with a good team and communicating well you'll end up with QC problems in a hurry. Working across a 12hr time difference is not easy...
bkm303 pinkbikeaudience's article
Jun 28, 2017 at 5:43
Jun 28, 2017
We Went To Taiwan and Started a Bike Company...
Well even in China you get what you pay for. Yes, you can go full cheapo, but don't be surprised when your mfr starts giving/selling your drawings and specs to competitors, or selling them on the side themselves. The cost reduction of moving to Asia is real, and high quality parts are definitely possible, but a good business relationship simply isn't going to come at a bottom-of-the-barrel price point. My company works with some great quality suppliers there and they're undoubtedly cheaper than an equivalent shop stateside, but it takes more money and constant contact to get quality - but I'd say the same is true here to a lesser extent.
bkm303 MarinBikes's article
Jun 27, 2017 at 6:32
Jun 27, 2017
Marin's 2018 Collection
As a bonus the B17 is SEXY. I'm a sucker for a raw finish and a nice, clean-looking front triangle.
bkm303 yeticycles's article
Jun 21, 2017 at 8:04
Jun 21, 2017
High Altitude Lines. A Yeti Tribe Story - Video
Yeah we all call it ChillaRadBro /s
bkm303 pinkbikeaudience's article
May 12, 2017 at 7:11
May 12, 2017
Ask Pinkbike: Which DH Bike, Stem Length, Getting Into Slopestyle
Meh. Talking about any new/modern bike, your enjoyment of it is like 99% in your head. and any decent rider will be able to improve and have fun on virtually any modern bike. I know guys who buy the dopest, sexiest bikes ever, and they're all super fun to ride and well-reviewed, no mechanical issues... but they're still constantly buying new bikes every 1-2 years because they always think there's something better out there. My only 2 pieces of advice are: 1. Cheap gear can be expensive. Whatever you buy, make sure it actually works for what you're trying to do with it. If you don't have the money for it now, it's better to save up rather than buy something that will break/malfunction/hurt you/not fit you. I've re-bought a lot ski/bike/brewing/etc gear just because I was being stupid the first time around. 2. Once you have it, just learn to be happy with what you have. I don't care how nice your gear is, if you let consumerism, jealousy of other people's gear, and "what-ifs" get into your head, you can talk yourself out of loving ANYTHING. As long as you have a working bike, you can always improve and have fun. Whether you decide based on demoing loads of bikes or just a gut/boner decision... being happy with what you bought is really just a decision you make in your mind, it's not about the bike. I honestly don't think it's possible to hate ANY new bike from a major brand... especially in the Gambler/Aurum price bracket.
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