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blackfly jamessmurthwaite's article
Aug 1, 2020 at 18:50
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Switchcraft's Brit Inspired Trail Bike From the Czech Republic
Reminds me of another steel FS......Kangaroo
blackfly mikekazimer's article
Feb 3, 2019 at 17:14
Feb 3, 2019
Review: The 2019 Pole Machine Has a Serious Need For Speed
@mammal: So have I, and the bike in the flesh is stunning to see. Manufacture and attention to detail is second to none (we have probably seen the same two guys). One has started to see white oxidation on the top tube from sweat...and if you polish the bike it will take out the CNC finish.....the things you find out.
blackfly mikelevy's article
Sep 28, 2018 at 17:05
Sep 28, 2018
Bike Check: Brodie's 2002 8-Ball & the Case for Incremental Improvements
I have a 2014 Knolly Podium with 2004 Monsters on them that I have had on the front of a bike for 13 years trouble free. By far the best fork ever made. Too heavy? Get to the gym. Erases the relativity comparison. One thing I will say about that era though is that bikes were built to a much tougher standard than today; yes the Banshee Scream was heavy but could you imagine a bike company today offering a 10 year warranty, jumping encouraged? I still wish I had my 2001 Dare from that time. Don't know if it would of lasted this long but it was tough. My 2006 Foes Fly is on my wall; finally gave up the ghost in 2014, and that is 8 years of Shore riding. Pretty good. I realize that bikes back then were heavy but most companies probably did so to prevent many warranty claims, I don't blame them. Still miss the Gazzloddis though. Could run ridiculously low PSI on them and just float over things. Nice to see big tires are coming back.
blackfly pinkbikeaudience's article
Sep 22, 2018 at 15:12
Sep 22, 2018
Ingrid Doerr, Founder of Roach Clothing, Has Passed Away
Still have a pair of her DH pants in mint shape, and I still fit them. I still have not forgiven RaceFace for the maneuver they did after buying Roach, but Ingrid had integrity and spades of it. I can't think of another brand that so impacted the sport, culture and ethos of the Shore than Roach, and look at the still resonates with so many today. Goes to show the pride and quality that Roach gear and armour has. I haven't seen Ingrid in years but I know she will be sorely missed. The industry lost a legend and I don't suspect to see the likes of her again. God Bless and Rest in Peace.
blackfly mikelevy's article
Jul 31, 2018 at 18:51
Jul 31, 2018
Pinkbike Poll: What's the Most You'd Spend on a Mountain Bike?
@DaveJube: Couldn't agree with your assessment more. Everyday shoes, daily commuter come and go...but the memories from riding, fishing and enjoying music well reproduced is something that I will carry for the rest of my life. In fact, on my new Chromag Surface Ti that I have had for under 2 months now was a $10K cost to me, and funny...I didn't look at the prices for the frame, components or anything. It was what I wanted and that was it. Actually, indexed over time (say 5 years to be real) the actual outlay is relatively cheap and manageable, but again, the experiences are priceless. Sadly, the bike world knows this to be true and charges accordingly because as we all know, bike dollars are strictly recreational, and not necessity (not that any other sector cares about necessity and still charges what the market will bear) so asking $6K for a bike that really is only worth 3 or 4 is the norm. But as the old adage has...if you want to play, you have to pay.
blackfly mikelevy's article
Jul 28, 2018 at 17:07
Jul 28, 2018
blackfly mikelevy's article
Jul 28, 2018 at 17:05
Jul 28, 2018
Pinkbike Poll: What's the Most You'd Spend on a Mountain Bike?
Don't take your good fortune (being in the industry) for granted; the markups on high end stuff is not small. But I certainly appreciate your priorities and endorse them 100%. Unfortunately for me, I also have the same mentality to my other two hobbies; fly fishing and high end audio, and there is no end of drain on my resources...especially when I am the type whom settles for nothing but the best and buys it. Been like that my whole life.
blackfly mikelevy's article
Jul 28, 2018 at 17:02
Jul 28, 2018
Pinkbike Poll: What's the Most You'd Spend on a Mountain Bike?
@Pedro404: The Knolly Podium is FS bike. In fact, cycling is about the last thing you can do before total knee loss. Moreover, I don't have chronic arthritic pain, yet anyway. And whenever biking, FS or HT, I don't notice anyway. Spending too much time enjoying the ride.
blackfly mikelevy's article
Jul 28, 2018 at 14:42
Jul 28, 2018
Pinkbike Poll: What's the Most You'd Spend on a Mountain Bike?
I am looking at a knee replacement in 10 years, and decided to get that "dream bike". Time is running out. SO I went full bore on a Chromag Surface Ti. All Hope/Chromag/XTR/Fox Kashima......all in I am about $10k. For a hardtail. I didn't even look at the prices...I just got what I wanted and to be truthful, couldn't be happier. I have ridden most of my life and got something that I always have wanted, and you know, I have not one regret. The bike will be paid off in most likely a year, but the experience of riding this bike and the memories will outlive any debt it incurs. I suppose the ceiling depends on your commitment to riding. Yes, I have another bike (a Knolly Podium) and no, this Chromag can't handle the same terrain, but riding the Chromag is such a pure joy that the money factor doesn't even enter it. Granted, I suppose a 20-something rider would look at it differently, but I think as you get older you realize money isn't everything, but enjoying one's passions and hobbies counts for far more. Could I have gotten the same experience and satisfaction for less? I don't think so....I got exactly what I wanted and what I have always wanted. It is not every day you get to fulfill a dream, regardless if it is big or small.
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Jul 22, 2018 at 16:53
Jul 22, 2018
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