Good Month / Bad Month: Racing, Vlogs, Big Event Cancellations & Bike Sales - May 2020

Jun 2, 2020 at 13:25
by Dan Roberts  

Revised Racing Calendars

Racing looks to be back on the table for DH, XC and Enduro.

While many events have unfortunately been cancelled, the UCI announced its new calendar for 2020 racing. DH and XC World Cup races will begin on the 5-6 September in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, and continue all the way to 29th October - 1st November with the final round in Lousa, Portugal, which was initially meant to be the opening round. Many of the venues will now feature two rounds back to back on the same race weekend, something not seen before and something that could throw in some surprises in performances. In total there will be 7 rounds held in 5 venues for the DH and 5 rounds in 4 venues for the XC. The World Championships for both DH and XC will be from 5-11 October in Leogang, Austria.
Canadian Magnus Manson flies the red white and blue into the finish area

The EWS also announced its revised schedule for racing kicking off on August 30th in Zermatt, Switzerland, and concluding in Farellones, Chile, on November 14-15th. The EWS series manages to maintain five rounds with the additional Trophy of Nations event happening on the 26-27th September in Finale Ligure, Italy.

Speaking with riders and team mechanics, it's going to be a wild few months once the racing resumes, with no doubt everyone looking forward to getting back at it. I for one am excited like a kid at Christmas and can't wait to see all the bikes, racing and fight for the titles unfold.

Suspension Tech

Understanding how and why our bikes bounce gets easier.

Video content has exploded during the pandemic with many media outlets who were usually relying on being in the thick of the races for content now getting creative on keeping regular content coming out. While there is a ridiculous amount of rubbish on the internet, things like the Dialed series from Fox have been a gem for anyone looking to go in-depth inside their suspension inner workings, setup and even how to choose the right suspension part for your bike and needs.

And without blowing our own trumpet too loudly, we're right in the middle of the Behind the Numbers series on trail bikes. So far, we've looked at the Commencal Meta TR 29, Norco Sight and Unno Dash. With two more bikes to come and a round up article to put all the suspension curves in one place there's still plenty to get your teeth into.

Rider Vlogs

Every rider and their dog share a look inside their professional rider life.

That same lack of time between the tape is making racers from all over the globe look to the internet to keep their social media presence alive and make up for the lack of advertising that they would otherwise be doing on the race track. But it's not solely about the social media presence. Riders like Brendan Fairclough have been finding ever interesting and hair-raising ways to keep themselves entertained and their roof tiles living in fear. His home Rampage and dirt jump build videos are entertaining to say the least and another show of how damn good a rider he is.

Other racers like Jesse Melamed have taken to showcasing their local trails and breaking down their race craft to show how to discover racing lines and learning how much faster they may be. Vali Holl takes you on a more all-encompassing look behind the scenes of some of her days out riding and training.

And then there's always Yoann Barelli and his Into the Gnar series, which still blows my mind that someone can do that speed on a bike and put understandable and entertaining sentences together. A special mention goes out to Joe Barnes for his absolutely hysterical lockdown videos too.

Bike Shops & Sales

Sales and service revenue is up as bike popularity soars.

It would seem that bikes are experiencing a bit of a renaissance. Daniel Sapp chatted to brick and mortar bike shops about the impact that the coronavirus has had on them and they all report astounding sales numbers while their local areas have been on lockdown and people are either not working or looking at alternative ways to commute and do recreational sports. Bike brands are also reporting huge sales numbers with some brands even having to take measures to allow them to keep things in control while the orders flood in.

We can only hope that this bicycle boom isn't followed by a sharp drop, as those new bikes find their place in the shed and begin to collect the cobwebs. More riders not only drives the industry but also helps to show the potential financial gains available to regions when they invest in bikes as a recreational and touristic venture. Fingers crossed.

Crankworx Whistler

The biggest party for many athletes, and fans, gets cancelled.

Another big hit to the mountain bike world came in the cancelling of Crankworx Whistler, the first year that there has not been the infamous festival since 2004. The decision had to be made with the continued ban on gatherings of more than 50 people to try and keep the virus under control. This was due to mark the 17th time Whistler had held the Crankworx event and the racing, partying and general buzz around the town during the event will be sorely missed.

While many would be sleeping off hangovers, Crankworx Whistler also catered to children and youth riders, hosted several female-specific riding clinics, and generally showcased lots of the latest and greatest bikes and products as well as being a platform for photographers and videographers to make a name for themselves. 2020 was also set to be the 10th anniversary of the Red Bull Joyride.
Fedko starting it off strong.

The knock-on effects of the cancellation will likely be felt for a while, with a drop in income that the town would normally see from the thousands of visitors during Crankworx. Some of you commented on the lack of brake bumps that would ensue the cancelation. And while I'm not a fan of brake bumps either, it's sad to see one of the flagship events on the calendar not to be taking place this year. We'll look to 2021 with crossed fingers that Crankworx Whistler, along with many, many other events and festivals, will take place. We did an interview with Darren Kinnaird on the cancellation.

Magnus Manson

The frighteningly fast Canadian takes a big hit.

While out riding on Mt Prevost on Vancouver Island, it's been reported that the young gun Magnus Manson has suffered a really nasty crash incurring a broken leg and cracked pelvis.

bigquotesI was riding downhill on Prevost. I just misjudged the speed on a creek gap and overshot onto the next lip and then got air into a tree and hit my hip and legs hard against it, head and rest of body are doing great! Doctors are saying 6-8 weeks till weight bearing and then 6 months till we’re back together, but a ton of people are reaching out already and saying things will move really quickly once the bone fuses to the TI rod that’s in my leg!!

Happy to be safe and thankful for the amazing people around me assisting with this insane experience via social media and the ones who were slicing me open. I am going to start counting the days till I can throw a leg over the bike again!
Magnus Manson
Magnus Manson attacking the upper corners right from the start.

For anyone who's currently out injured, and to Magnus, we wish you all a speedy and full recovery.

Employees at Brands

Companies scale down their workforces in the wake of the pandemic.

Despite bike sales booming, we've seen many a company in the industry report that they have had to let some of their staff go. Specialized announced the firing of 46 staff members, 7% of its workforce. Dakine closed its office in Hood River and relocated to Southern California, laying off 39 staff members in the process.

While it's hard to speak for each individual company all over the globe, it seems that a lot of companies over in Europe had to reduce their budgets in order to qualify for assistance from the government to weather the financial storm, with unfortunately some of that budget cut coming from reducing the number of staff.
Enter Dakine

It's a hard pill to swallow for the industry, brands and individuals, especially during a time of apparent growth in sales in many segments of the industry. Some notable brands, however, have reported sales being down in the first quarter of the year. Shimano reported a 15% drop in year on year sales in its bike division, while Fox's bike division was down 1.8%. Fox reported that a shift in timing of OEM orders was the culprit as the impacts of the coronavirus had impacted the supply chain and brands had pushed bike launches and orders back.

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 Bad month. Almost 400,000 deaths from the virus. Major riots in the u.s. kind of a no brainer.
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flag Trudeez (Jun 2, 2020 at 16:14) (Below Threshold)
 Swing and miss PB.
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 Yup, everythings pretty much complete shit right now
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 Neither of which have anything to do with cycling.
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 The focus of these articles is on the cycling industry; there are obviously even bigger issues that have made the last few months very difficult for millions of people. Our complete coverage of the impacts of the coronavirus on the cycling world can be found here:
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 This is a mountain biking website guys. It even says bike in the url
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 @mikekazimer: sorry, you're right and obviously this is a site for mountain biking news, we're just all really really bummed out
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 @boogereater42069: hey, least it’s not worse. Could always be worse.
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 I come to Pinkbike to escape that reality. The monthly columns, bike test, videos etc are a routine and lend some form of normalcy to our lives.
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 @mikekazimer: I know it's not appropriate for this section of the site, but in light of recent events, this maybe the perfect time to look at diversity in the industry and our sport at large?
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flag SLBIKES (Jun 2, 2020 at 17:34) (Below Threshold)
 @Obi-None: No, this type
Of thinking is why we are in this situation.
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flag RoadStain (Jun 2, 2020 at 17:43) (Below Threshold)
 LOL....Only the weak died, and now there will be DOZENS of Darwin Award winners as soon as we go "Live Fire". Oddly, in cities where there is an actual understanding of the 2nd Ammendment and our rights as US Citizens,,,,well, not so much rampant violence is there? But, as COIVD was a TINY percentage and not worth the drama, the riots are about .01% of the 12%.
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flag scotttherider (Jun 2, 2020 at 17:52) (Below Threshold)
 @SLBIKES: thank you SLB!
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 @RoadStain: U.S.A!! ... U.S.A!! I knew I could rely on you to bring the 2nd to comments section.
Take a good look at your country... Greatest Country on Earth? Jeeze man, your not even the greatest country on the North American Continent.
Greatest charade on Earth would be better.
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flag scotttherider (Jun 2, 2020 at 18:54) (Below Threshold)
 @Dropthedebt: hey to attest to the 2nd amendment no one will loot or burn any of my possessions. I’ll gladly sit on my front porch with my 3 AR’s of different calibers with all my 30 round magazines.
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flag scotttherider (Jun 2, 2020 at 18:58) (Below Threshold)
 @Dropthedebt: but seriously we had a very peaceful protest in my home town with no rioting or looting or fires. So Roadstain does have a very valid point regarding the the peaceful demonstrations in more conservative areas....
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flag scotttherider (Jun 2, 2020 at 19:15) (Below Threshold)
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 If the face of unnecessary violence and virus implications riding is still what keeps me out of trouble. Keep the content coming pinkbike we need it.
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flag scary1 (Jun 2, 2020 at 19:43) (Below Threshold)
 You racists didnt post a black square! Now nothings gonna get fixed! Great job, Pinkbike,now we gotta wait till the next maunder minimum to fix racism. Jerks
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 @scary1: um, yes they did. 14 hours ago
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flag scary1 (Jun 2, 2020 at 21:12) (Below Threshold)
 @heckler73: then they aint following the rules of wokeness
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 @scotttherider: in the small towns maybe BUT the word on the streets is there have been alot of slippery government actions going on , agent provocateurs , mysterious stacks of bricks on streets and when the leader of the free world had tear gas shot at peaceful protesters so he could come out from his bunker and stand in front of a church ( that had condemned his actions ) to be pictured holding a book that he’s never read is quite simply unbelievable !
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 @jaame: the Hong Kong have been in the news for yonks and still is .
“One man” go do one you fool !
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 Litteraly everything what's wrong with Americans have been shown here in the comments. And this is a f'ing bike website.
Absolute shit month(s). Let's hope for a better half of 2020. And now back on the bike which we couldn't ride for months due to the virus.
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 @jaame: "A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic." by Joseph Stalin... Saadly true
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 @jaame: What if I told you people can be outraged about multiple atrocities and the fact that people are currently protesting one doesn't subtract from the validity of the other.
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flag scotttherider (Jun 3, 2020 at 3:36) (Below Threshold)
 @Matt115lamb: the bricks have largely been coincidental.

If you watch that link I posted earlier you’ll see largely the bad apples are coming prepared to these demonstrations to cause problems. We still have anarchist running amuck that are trying to take advantage of the current turmoil. As far as trump goes....he’s gonna do trump things....Also who’s to say trump never has read the bible?

@TacosMaGee: well said. Does it justify the looting and damage groups of individuals are causing though?
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 @scotttherider: Considering the way he strings his sentences together, I think it is safe to assume Trump hasn't read anything, ever.
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flag RoadStain (Jun 3, 2020 at 3:51) (Below Threshold)
 @jaame: You are correct, plus, only in the US is "African Amercan" descriptive of a color as opposed to a nationality. Seriously, the entire premise is stupid.
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flag RoadStain (Jun 3, 2020 at 3:54) (Below Threshold)
 @MaximumOfBass: Oddly, I could and DID ride (as did most of the others who live near me). Only those who seem to have never read Mein Kampf, or had no knowledge of history (Germany, 1930's) or the fact that history does tend to repeat itself were dumb enough to be compliant (and complacent).

It was not an overhyped virus that created a situation that did not allow you to ride. It was a power-hungry government(s) and seemingly some social experiment, coupled with some people's desire to conform that caused you to not be able to ride.

What is funny to me is that the same governments that will allow you to purchase smokes and booze decided they wanted to protect your life. I guess they could not figure out a way to tax viral protections.
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 @scotttherider: Agent provocateurs of all motives are a fact. So is angry mob going bananas. Or folks speculating by the beer or on a forum. Nobody knows what is going on, but most importantly, people in question have to come up with a plan. World is littered with dead bodies of revolutions that brought nothing to people on the streets, but gave power to butchers, media magnats and little people greedy for power. Because all that people in those revolutions knew, was to get out on the street with no vision how to improve their lives. People like Vladislav Sarkov have made an art of exploiting confusion and causing even more confusion. Getting an angle and making a strong narrative out of it. Only to bury it in another narrative. Racism will not disappear, it can be slowly pushed out. Until another confusing actor like Trump comes along. We need to learn our inner demons and control them so that no populist bastard can resurrect them. If a clear definite contempt for racism doesn't come from the top, how can it be contained and slowly rooted out lower down the chain?

Social media banter seems ineffective way to hold authorities accountable I am affraid... especially when it is propelled by people like me who know sht about the subject.
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 @RoadStain: History repeats itself because we share same biology and it is hard to reprogram the human brain. Just like you go to shop for groceries, a skilled politician knows how to pull triggers in your brain. And heh individualism being smart above all like me, doesn't help.
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flag ka81 (Jun 3, 2020 at 4:16) (Below Threshold)
 I don't know why it was a bad month. All that circus in USA, all those pathetic stupid monkeys there.. It was and it is entertaining to watch. Black Yeti Matters!
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To some there are mostly good cops and a few bad apples.

To some there are mostly peaceful protestors and a few bad apples.

Now here’s the funny thing about apples, you put one bad one near a bunch of good ones and the good ones turn. Even if they’re in separate baskets near each other, divided only by a line of shields or a wall of ideology, they still turn others bad until the whole lot looks rotten.
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 @RoadStain: I don't know. I am rather comfy and can't tell whether I am a self made man or not. Can't comment from my position. I always had an alternative even though I came from Polish middle class family and do remember seeing my first banana and my first Fanta can when my aunt came back from working in Germany. I remember salivating to a Mars bar behind "Pewex" shop window, since my parents wouldn't buy me one - it costed more as much as few lunches. Whatever, I am really well off since 1990s and only better after I moved to Sweden. There was no struggle to feel like an equal citizen in Sweden, just took a 3-4 years. That's it. I have been treated as a worse human, by a few Swedish teenagers once or twice. Much better treatment than East European who wanted to mug me on the streets and TLD helmet possibly saved my arse (he hit top of it with his fist instead of my face so it must have hurted) So I don't know man... experiences vary as Elliot Jackson said.

People on the streets in US, or in Swedish poorer neighborhoods don't exactly have that many alternatives. I guess that's how I like to separate myself from SJWs - saying I don't know. What I can tell you though is that I have allergy for self made people... those who think they worked hardto get where they are. There's Dan Peña and then there's a lot of folks who are incapable of seeing how fricking easy they had it. I don't hear people of the likes of Elon Musk talking this way man. Upper middle class a*sholes though... I am always trying to put myself in someone eleses shoes. For good and bad.

I'm obviiously bummed for anyone being subject to racism or any form of one man getting over another. But I'm also bummed out about majority of cops because it's a god damn hard job that almost nobody wants to do and they get paid shit. Now all of them pay the price of a few a*sholes doing outrageous crap.
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 @RoadStain: wow!! you representing everything that is wrong in usa right now
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 Don't bring that here. This site is an escape from that stuff.
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 @RoadStain: You really seem like a real a**hole. I don't even know you and I hate you for the image you represent of the US to people of other countries.

Do you think that maybe the fact that you are ALWAYS below threshold means something you're saying should be rethought?
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 I find it interesting that people bash Trump for pretending to be a Christian, but I do not recall those same people bashing Obama for pretending to be a Christian when they were calling him a Muslim. They both lied about their (lack of) faith to win votes.

Whites are three times as likely to be shot by the police in America than Asians. Does that mean the police is systemically racist against whites?

There is too much conflation of protesters and anarchist rioters. I don’t think the American government would set out to f*ck up peaceful protesters, but anarchist rioters and looters surely deserve everything they get.
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 @goldencycle: downvoting him just affirms his belief that he is right and the majority of people have been duped. Too bad. He occasionally makes points worthy of intelligent discussion, but he dilutes the point with his delivery.
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 glad someone has the energy to deal with roadstain.
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 @jaame: don’t you show up with a few facts that mess with people’s narrative!
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 @PtDiddy: The other one that is ignored is that men are many times more likely to be shot and killed than women, but no one is accusing the police of systemic sexism against men. It is likely that some police officers are racist, but I don't think racism is the sole reason that black males are more likely to be shot and killed by the cops than any other demographic. It is the only reason that ever seems to make it into the news, however. "Go figure."
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flag SHEESHKAH (Jun 3, 2020 at 9:37) (Below Threshold)
 @mikekazimer: pretty ignorant to just pretend like you didn’t hear the part about protests. Pinkbike and it’s employees showing their true colors.
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 The Grizzly Bear got rob!
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 @jaame: Police are f*cking up peaceful protesters. I’ve seen it first hand and there are pictures and videos everywhere.
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flag SHEESHKAH (Jun 3, 2020 at 9:45) (Below Threshold)
 @Tacocat13: You wouldn’t want to ignore it if it was your family and friends dying.
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 @RoadStain: You are a racist.
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 @jaame: I think you’ve been watching too many conspiracy films ? Obama is a Christian and was born in the US !
You either condemn racism/fascism or you’re ok with it/deny it !!
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 @Matt115lamb: Obama was born in Hawaii, yes. He is also not a Muslim (or a Christian for that matter). Obviously he is too intelligent for either, but still pretended to be a Christian to get the votes of Christians. Trump and Obama played the same game. It's called politics.

I condemn racism and all forms of discrimination.

I condemn the wrongful accusation of racism along with flippant use of the word; pigeon holing, stereotyping, and the presumtion or claim to know someone's thoughts better than they know their own thoughts.

I condemn police harrassment of innocent people and peaceful protesters.

I condemn the police, rioters and anarchists, and anyone who would use a peaceful protest to start trouble.

I also condemn news outlets that put page views and viewing figures above actual reporting.
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 @jaame: what makes you know that Obama isn’t a Christian , when he sure knows his scriptures ? Not that I care !
I’m glad you condemn so many things but these news outlets that put page views seem to have got your attention !
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 @ski-n-bike-da-east: you won’t see a broadcast like that on cnn. I get all of my news from everywhere buddy so don’t bring disdain towards one of my links to fox and another from a largely liberal link on the brick placement.
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 @pourquois-pas: I agree completely with the fact that one bad apple can spoil the bunch.

I get that people are hurting and trying to be heard but the news is covering the hell out of this and you primarily only hear of the injuries and wrongful treatment of the rioters from overly aggressive police forces.

The police officers going out to these protests are already on edge. The officers are going into a hostile environment to begin with and are seeing what’s happening to other police officers that are being hit with bricks, caught on fire by Molotov cocktails. I think if I’m being put in that situation I would tend to try to be the aggressor instead of the victim. Not because of racism but because of fight or flight/self preservation.
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 @SHEESHKAH: That’s correct, however I never said I ignore it my friend. I said it’s an escape. At the end of the day we’re just grown ups riding bikes in the woods, which in itself is an escape from the real world drama that unfolds all around us.
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 @Dropthedebt: He's from Florida
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 @RoadStain: bro, what the hell is the matter with you.
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 @Joesuph: I have READ and understand the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights, understand mortality and the fact that life ain't easy.
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 @Matt115lamb: Um, PROVE IT.
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 @goldencycle: "Do you think that maybe the fact that you are ALWAYS below threshold means something you're saying should be rethought?"

Or, is it no different than asking toddlers in daycare if naps are mean? I bet you anything more toddlers think that naps are mean than not. They also do not like 8 pm bedtime or green peas.

Those who do not understand the basics of life and how it is NOT fair, we are NOT all equal (not even in some Socialist delusion) and god did not intend us to be equal (no doubt some ignorant folks will read that as racist).

Want proof we are not equal? Why do we not all have the same skills, intelligence and even identical bikes, homes and IQ's? Some kids excel, some kids fail, some kids play pro hockey, some others require gravity to bring their mountain bike down a slope.
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 @RoadStain: if he goes to church and has Christian values then he’s a Christian
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 @RoadStain: racial equality is a bit different don’t you think ?
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 @RoadStain: dude... equality is bullshit. Equal opportunity is all any reasonable person is asking for... and if I recall that is actually guaranteed in that lovely document you claim to know so well.

But man, you’re so hypocritical. You talk freedom. Choice. Liberty. And then condemn the electorate for being blind, stupid or what have you because they don’t align to your views. You actually think you’re better than them and know what they should want or what they should believe. That is so incredibly arrogant and it is hugely ironic that it is the same stance as those who take dictatorial power under the guise of knowing better for the people.

I know you’ll disagree. But the contradiction in your statements is so glaringly obvious. Freedom (for everyone who agrees with me)!!!
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 @RoadStain: You are significant proof that we all don't have the same IQ. Way to be an example in your own point!
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 @RoadStain: Also, I wasn't arguing on the merits of equality (although I think equality and equal treatment under the law/racial justice are separate topics altogether). I was just on here to make sure you understood how much you come across as a racist a*shole. Just want to give you the opportunity to have a reality check on your life.
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 @pourquois-pas: before I write anything I wanted to write I just want to say that I take no side here. Not endorsing Roadstain or you. Anyhow, aspiring to equality of outcome leads to biggest inequality imaginable and worst atrocities, and there is no running into Stalinism got it wrong, if we only followed same principles but did X, Y, Z...” equality of opportunity is also an utopia, although world can operate (and frankly, does operate at the moment) with this aspiration. The way it is utopian is simply: some people have drive and some don’t. There are Millionaires and even billionaires out there who came out of ghettos, or at least lower middle class, effectively not having any backup From closest environment. But they are hated Almost as much as folks who climbed up on nepotistic family ladder. Think Trump kids. To significantly increase the level of equality of opportunity we’d still need some rough policies which always lead to corruption and give power to some scary people. Yes we should tax the richest, we fricking should but it is very hard to gauge how much. I don’t see any politicians doing this. But exactly same thing is true with elevating the poor. Damn hard to do right BUT! Here leftist politicians higher up the food chain and their leftist liberal dogs just cannot shut their mouth. It is much easier to talk about giving education and facilities to the poor than it is to stand against people who sponsor your campaigns. Tax evasion by companies is also... an opportunity. Strategy and skill like any other. I hope we can get there and take at least a bit of fortunes of people who literally have no way to Spend their money their moneY that keep coming, and they don’t even have a space program or AI Immortality fund. One could argue, No matter how dark it feels, that people like George Soros are doing just that, redistribution of goods, they are accumulating ungodly amounts of money and then spend them on what they find “virtuous” to bypass the beaurocracy of governments. It is all complex. Ot makes me think because My personal problem with political machine is that it is capable of eating up and Mosspending incredible sums of money, like they introduced entrance fee to drive into the city and then ramped up parking costs. This money just went to building more roads while public transport gets Pricier and worse. Just an example.

I think all people working hard to give kids inspiration, more useful forms of education, preparing then for adult life, rather than just feeding them data about the world, they can find themselves often in a more interesting and more reliable form, these are the people who really increase equality of opportunity. Our kids Also need opportunity to not become racists. I was lucky, many kids in Sweden are lucky to be taught not tolerance, but cooperation. Concept of Tolerance itself indicates The size of the problem, yet it is quite present in this world. We are not equal, we cannot be, but we are very much alike.
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 @goldencycle: "I was just on here to make sure you understood how much you come across as a racist a*shole", see as I tend to expect from folks (myself included) - you simply see what you want to see. You can read any tense and tone to anything you want. Free Speach is not telling others (like me) to shut up, or calling them dumb, and even racist. I for one can not be racist, I simply do not care enough about most people to be racist. What IS racist is when states, cities, and companies go out of their way to hire a keyhole staff member who fits a mold (I see it all the time). I do a ton of hiring and interviewing, never, not ever do I let race provide a qualification, that is what qualifications. It seems however that if I do not have 12% of my staff black - I am by default racist. This would in general be by someone who will immediately have an issue with an Indian MD/DO.

Equal is equal, college funds make folks "more equal". That is disgusting. And, why I said before, there is absolutely just cause for Asians to sue Harvard Business School for letting in black candidates because they were black (though they tested lower than Asiains in every measurable parameter). That is what is wrong with US Society today.
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 @WAKIdesigns: What most people do not understand, in the US there is no taxation of money at rest. While the ignorant and apathetic cry babies on the left seem to want to "Tax the Rich" they simply are too simple-minded to even comprehend the taxing structure of a retail sale of a Snicker Bar, let alone the efforts to tax the "wealthy". Heck, I have more than one friend with vehicles that cost well over $300k, and while they can afford the way in hell any of us will ever pay a $5000 "Luxury Tax" on top of the other taxes we pay.

Plus, 100% of the taxes to Welfare and on and on and on are a total waste of money and resources.
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 @RoadStain: I didn't call you racist because of your hiring practices.
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"Plus, 100% of the taxes to Welfare and on and on and on are a total waste of money and resources."
That's partly because there's virtually no accountability on efficiency of this exepnditure and "Leftwingers" and "socialists" ( imean people who claim they stand behind such values) instead of scrutinizing it, are happy and go home as soon as "take from the rich - give to the poor" box is ticked off. It's a sound idea and left populists are fine with it just being in the media - X millions of dollars to the welfare - well done Carl! You area virtous man for fixing this into the budget. By the way, yes you can take some of it for yourself and your minions. Any "rightwinger" with a bit of IQ will manipulate such obvious BS. Self feeding machine of two parties accusing each other of same things and feeding their wallets with stir coming out of it. In my environmentally sound city, Nobody, absolutely NOBODY benefits more from left-greenie invented taxes more, than infrastructure sector, they criticize for ruining the environment. The more they virtue signal the more concrete and asphalt is being poured. And what do their voters do? They don't even see the concrete, som much they are touched by the words...

"Immigrant crisis"? That was a show. Innercity was booming with rainbow and "welcome!" flags. Almost zero shelters were built in proximity of the center, they got spread around the satellite towns where opportunities to get a job are NONE. All virtue singallers did was they sort of put cups with water for wandering cats, but didn't take in any cat, yet they enjoyed wonderful bliss believing somebody takes care of these poor cats. in some shelter, erm... somewhere, yeah - I bet they have it great there. What did the awful racists do? They took full advantage of it! It was a Godsend for anti immigration folks. Oh look, they put those people in shelters and they start dealing drugs, beating and raping women, even social workers that are taking care of them. Who failed? Lefties who thought 1.Accept immigrants > 2.? >3.Healed world, made to be a better place for you and for me and the entire human race. or maybe rather 1.Tell to accept immigrants 2. Voters marching in. 3.immigrants somewhere, nobody knows

As long as it is big words and cheap recreational compassion, nothing gets done (oh black out post on instagram from a celebrity - I guess I will remove swastica tattoo from my forearm! - no no, it is to the smarter people - yeah, oh a blackout post - I guess I will stop watching netflix and teach kids form poor neighbourhoods how to make savings!), and that is exactly what is going on. Now... Hell I am the part of the gang that doesn't do anything that would indicate that i actually care, I just don't signal, and resist the urge to reward myself for the virtuous thoughts. Quite many don't. But there is also ZERO value in being cynical here, I just don't give medals for nice words. I don't do anything else than what serves me and my family. I don't want any medal for being an a*shole either. I quite often feel like you do, I write sht like that myself. That kinds of puts us on the same level with them. That's what we do: "oh let's feed the poor" - "nah! give them yourself or you are full of shit!" - we do the second part. It starts itching me...
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 @goldencycle: 'I didn't call you racist because of your hiring practices." was it because I do not give a crap if someone is black or white? I guess if I was "woke" I would have supposed "White Guilt" - I don't. And you would DETEST our real hiring practices, we DO profile, absolutely we do and we do check voting records and on-line activities.
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 @RoadStain: would you employ yourself lol
@waki : these are the ramblings of a messed head !
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 @Dropthedebt: What is wrong with you? You bash the USA based on the comments of 1 person. I didn't say that Wales is the poor, Libtard, charity case of the UK that still pretends to be their own country without a real judicial system. The world usually sees the leftist media outlets as the source of "what is going on in the US" and have no idea what it is actually like. I do live in the greatest place on earth. I have a clean beach, with miles of sand just steps from my house. I have more bike trails than one could ever imagine. It averages 70degrees F and i can ride every day. My kids go to top quality schools, my family is close and I am healthy. What more do you need?
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 @Fig: healthcare and equal rights?
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flag RoadStain (Jun 4, 2020 at 15:11) (Below Threshold)
 @makripper: Um we have the best healthcare on the planet...and we do have EQUAL rights, just some seem to want "more equal". Our rights are God-given.

I have seen very few actual institutional civil rights violations against any race more than Caucasians in decades. While it is shameful that 80% + of our incarcerated population is black, there is a common cause (multi-generational failures and dependence on Social programs).

Currently, in the US I would think the Asians/Middle Eastern are most subject to not having fair treatment (by colleges and employers). Then we take on idiots like Women's Soccer and WNBA..the bitch for them if they were to be paid on the same percentage of revenue as the NBA...well, they would all get massive pay cuts...fair is fair, right?

Equal rights does not mean equal income, access, or privilege. There is also zero freedom of speech on private property, in a private busienss or in public forums. Period.
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 @Fig: whilst I appreciate your input, you will see my comment was directed. tup
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 @makripper: I pay a fortune for healthcare (4+ Yeti's a year), but I survived cancer and blood clots with the help of amazing doctors. I don't know much about socialized medicine, but if it is anything like Kaiser in the US, I would be dead. Also, I believe that we have equal rights in this country. I think a lot of people have big chips on their shoulders and they think they are owed something. For example, the head of BET (Black Entertainment Television) thinks that blacks are owed $14 trillion dollars in reparations for slavery. We had a black president, supreme court justices, generals, CEOs and self made billionaires. I believe that the glass ceiling that once existed has been gone for some time. I didn't have sh!t handed to me, but i don't use that an excuse or reason to riot. This is just my opinion, but I take offense to people that comment about a country in which they are unfamiliar.
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 @Dropthedebt: I agree with the Women's soccer comment. haha. Let's get back to bikes and fingers crossed, we can race again soon.
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 @Fig: I hear you loud and clear about being handed nothing and making something for yourself. I was a high school drop out. I’ve busted my ass for the 16 years since I walked out of school and now make 6 figures consistently year after year.
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 @Fig: The do the same job for the same employer. They deserve the same pay. There is no valid explanation for their totally shitty wages other than sexism.
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 @jaame: my sarcasm detector is blowing steem - you area football chauvinist, exactly why I feel football, like any other religion is a cancer of this world Big Grin In the era of internet there's no point for real life tribal rituals.
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 @WAKIdesigns: It is tribal isn't it? I was contemplating this fact when I was riding earlier in the week. The forest is bisected by a road. The top area has a lot of hiking trails that bikers use. The bottom area is the trail centre. Some walkers dislike bikers using "their" footpaths. MTBers dislike walkers and the occasional motorbike using "their" trail centre. Car drivers get pissed off at cyclists riding up that hill really slowly on "their" road. Cyclists dislike car drivers driving too close. Some people dislike motorcyclists going too fast with their loud pipes.

"You shouldn't be here."
"You shouldn't do that."
"This is our bit."
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 @WAKIdesigns: Football itself is a beautiful game. Unfortunately a lot of people follow it like a religion, as opposed to actually playing it by running around and kicking a ball.
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 @jaame: I love to play football with my kids. I even bought 3 balls. Because there is no replacement for kicking the hell out of a ball and with 3 i can take 3 strikes in a row. Then one can do kick offs. Watching that beatiful curve of the ball in the air. But when I played with others I used to be a goalie. I couldn't be anything else really. Because I deeply enjoy ruining other people's dreams within a mutual agreement... one of my most vivid memories as a boy. last 2-3 minutes of the match, it is 3-3, bad pass of my "team", the male alpha kid from the school, one of best players as well, intercepts the ball, runs towards me one on one, I run out, he makes a good shot, I throw myself and barely touch the ball, look at the ball and it barely misses the upper left corner... it would be one of the most incredible goals we as boys have ever seen... but it was the best save. I swear I remember his face of hope before and face of utter resignation and mental pain afterwards. He knew it was the best strike he ever made... Football made me who I am today. I rest my case
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 @jaame: Wait, that is what you all call "soccer" isnt it? And then, if your team loses you riot in the stadium, right ;-)
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 @RoadStain: sometimes even burn your own stadium. And if Police is too good at controlling you and your mates... you, your buddies and supporters of the other team meet in the field few days after the match and perform reanactment of prehistoric warfare. In nations with high gun control off course.
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 @RoadStain: your whole country is fxxked and I must admit I was gutted when sky axed Fox News as was very entertaining !
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 Is that token black man still on there to be slaughtered ?
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 @Matt115lamb: honestly I have no doubt in the next few years shits going to hit a boiling point and we revert back to the 1860’s.....At such point I’ll be glad I took full advantage of our wonderful 2nd amendment.
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 Good month: PB keeping the content coming! Thanks team!

Bad month: Basically every dickhead with a keyboard in the hidden comment section
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 Bad month - Strava now charges for the privilege of viewing leadership boards, Yearly boards and between followers which was always part of the free package!
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 I know we shouldn't expect stuff for free - nothing is, there are still mouths to feed. However, I never wanted or needed any of the premium training stuff that's now bundled in, adding to the cost. I like seeing how I stack up against my mates. And while I'm rarely in the top 10, it was always nice to see that bar chart. I'd probably be prepared to stump up half of premium for "following" leaderboards and the little bar chart. But at full price, that pretty much pays for a race entry, and that's where I'd rather put my cash.
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 @mountainsofsussex: thats my view on it exactly. But its also the fact is was free, and then they took it away. It was a great feature to see how you where positioned on the leaderboard, and how much effort you need to put in to work your way up the board. Now all you know is you are number 35th out of x number, and no idea how close you are to the other people in similar positions.
I would have been happy paying 50p or maybe £1 a month for just this feature, but £6.99 per month for all the other garbage that no one needs is rediculous.
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 @riktherider: sorry to disappoint, but I went for a ride last night and you don't even know what number you are on the leaderboard. You just know how fast you were, and how fast the top 10 are.
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 @mountainsofsussex: Ha, doesnt surprise me. Made the decision to close my strava account even easier! i used to use it on almost every ride or run, and also IIRC, you couldnt compare against your previous efforts now? I cant remember and now i cloesd my strava account i cant check, moved on to run keeper for the time being.
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 If you take the trail offer it’s free for 60 days then £49.99 for the year @riktherider:
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 @riktherider: you can still see all your previous efforts at least. The training log is failing to load - I think that's gone. I've got a Garmin watch, so, as Garmin connect does have segments, I'll spend more time on that. I guess Strava effectively becomes social media for people doing sports (I'll hold off calling them athletes!) - lots of people just seem to auto-like everything.
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 I'm of the same mind.
The only things I care about are the segment leaderboards, fastest this year, fastest today, and that graph it gives you for your monthly time stats and whatnot.

I get that there is a lot of functionality for those middle aged guys who are super seriously into their training and love to inspect their every metric, set goals and such But that's not me. For me it's just another app, one of many on my phone that I'm not that bothered about.

When I looked how many active Strava accounts there are worldwide, I found the answer to be 42 million. I read an article that said Strava has 170 employees. That's a lot of money if even 10% of users subscribe. I can't presume too much but I doubt those employees are earning a ton of cash.

I also think we in the UK got the shitty end of the stick with the exchange rate. $5 American has been converted to £4 a month... but in like for like terms it's not worth £4. More like £2.50.

I wish they would do three levels of Strava. £48 for the full bells and whistles. Something like £10 for leaderboards only. Free for just activity recording or whatever.
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 @flyingfox49: still too much for something that was free.
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 @jaame: why don’t they take a leaf out of all the other social media companies. Add a bit of advertising. Make it tailored to sports only and they would get plenty of income. How do you think Facebook, instagram, twitter, YouTube etc all get their cash?

It would be interesting if they actually approached any target groups to discuss these moves before they made them or if they just went blind and decided to rip it out beneath our feet.
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 @riktherider: good point. I didn’t think of that.
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 Nah , £1 a month hardly a deal breaker @riktherider:
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 A week not month
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 @flyingfox49: for something that was free plus a load of other bollo* you don’t use it is a lot. I would rather buy a bar of chocolate a week for that then give it to a company who acts in this way.
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 Bad month for those waiting on any content related to the Grim Donut!
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 Yikes. This was a good month for taking a break from this column.
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 Good column / Bad column ?
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 Matt Jones has also posted an absolutely incredible series of quarantine jump building videos.
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 This. Not followed him before, but those jumps are a sight!
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 Good month for provincial parks and access trail systems starting to open up again.
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 Meanwhile in Ireland Mountain bikers are skeptical of this thing called dust. Apparently its good for Braps and stokage. We might have rain today...... If we do it will mean we're not dreaming and having an awesome summer so far!!!!
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 Despite it being a good month for bike shops and sales, the bike supply chain is hurting. Bikes, components and apparel are seemingly sold out sold out left and right.
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 Not only that but given the picture in my country there is a smaller cramp in normal and online sales coming/already here, so there are doubious months ahead.
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 I was telling my dad about all the bike shops being sold out and he amused me with his answer.

"Just wait six months and there will be thousands of used bikes for sale. People will be giving them away."
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 @jaame: many of these impulse/newbie purchases are entry level. So, many of the sales will also be from those who tested the waters only to find out they love the sport and upgraded.

Can't assume everyone buying COVID-19 bikes went all in with a $5k rig.
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 Box stores have empty bike racks because it's the perfect combination of people buying and supply chains being fractured. I'm into kayaking and boats have been flying off the racks...and most of those are even manufactered in America!
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 @Jamminator: that’s awesome!
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 @drpheta: I was hoping there would be some cases of golf courses being closed, and well heeled Range Rover drivers hot footing down to their local bike shops. All sold out of sub-£5000 bikes? Not to worry my man. I’ll take two of whatever you have left. One for me and one for the wife.

Maybe this has been happening, but mostly on road bikes and e bikes.
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 A major problem for bike manufacturers in Taiwan is the lack of supply from Shimano. I was surprised with the percentage drop mentioned in this article for Shimano when the manufacturers' demand for Shimano products is so high.
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 Good month: Massive increase in bike sales. Bad month: Bike firms lay off staff.

Doesn't make sense (and it's not some black art of accounting, I'm a finance director, money in = good! Therefore no need to apply to government initiatives whatever the prerequisite)

Perhaps an opportunity to streamline and tell the media it's due to Covid-19. Don't know.
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 The uptick in sales is not expected to last as restrictions ease, the economy continues to suffer, and many of the protections helping normal people stay afloat begin to run out
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 The Dakine story is utter BS. That office was bound to move eventually after an ownership change. They just scapegoated the virus and state. Personally, will avoid their brands moving forward.
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 @bulletbassman: local trails are empty again now that the state is partially re-opened.
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 Wouldn't count ob the DH/EWS/XC schedules - Fall time is virus time. It'll still be a wait and see.
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flag SLBIKES (Jun 2, 2020 at 17:35) (Below Threshold)
 Why are you over 81 years old? Virus is a hoax, reported deaths are fake, average age is 81. Guy was shot to death last week and was called a COVID Death.
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 @SLBIKES: Hey man, seems like you might have a concussion. Please go see a doctor. Hope you feel better soon.
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 @SLBIKES: pathetic trump lover
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 @neimbc Are you high? Are you not seeing the tens of thousands of people clustered in cities across the world right now? But surely we need to cancel bike races in the Fall!! Get a grip dude.
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flag RoadStain (Jun 2, 2020 at 18:23) (Below Threshold)
 @gnarcissistictendency: young course know that not only bike shops were selling out...right? I mean, I had zero issues getting an XX1 kit....but dude, gun shops were selling out like hotcakes!!!! God bless our rights!!!!!!
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Virus is a hoax. Are you seriously telling us that their is a worldwide hoax involving millions of players? Seriously? You genuinely believe that?
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 @orientdave: I'm sure he does. Everything you see with your eyes... all a hoax. All deep state conspiracy theories. No sense in engaging because there is no discussion.
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flag tobiusmaximum (Jun 2, 2020 at 22:30) (Below Threshold)
 @orientdave: why does it involve millions of players? Everything is being dictated top down. People are doing as they are told by the WHO.
There are hundreds (probably thousands) of doctors and scientists speaking out, but you won’t see that unless you stop taking the heavy whiff of MSM.

There is obviously massive nuance to the blunt claim of ‘it’s a hoax’. In 2020, if you don’t realise the massive power held by the pharmaceutical cartel, you aren’t paying attention.

Switch off your TV, start learning about the past history and connections between government, big pharmaceutical, and the self appointed rulers of earth. There’s a ludicrous amount of f*ckery going on and frankly it’s not even that well hidden. They’re relying on you sucking up the mainstream news.

This will be an unpopular comment, because generally pinkbikers are ‘official narrative’ types. But it’s got to be said. Look at the post-covid world that’s being created and honestly ask yourself.. cui bono?
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flag tobiusmaximum (Jun 2, 2020 at 22:47) (Below Threshold)
 @ischiller: it could easily be said that there’s no sense in engaging with folk who believe the government tells the truth and has our best interests in mind, because ‘there is no discussion’. But then just consider divide and conquer tactics (effectively used throughout the whole history of ‘governance’) and honestly tell me it isn’t working perfectly? They’ve created a situation where the masses denigrate anyone who questions what we are told to believe and immediately throws them in the box marked ‘aliens did 9/11 to steal the gold under the twin towers to power their spaceship back to nibiru’.

So, let’s have a discussion. Maybe start with why the ten year old Rockefeller Lockstep document (publicly available) looks like a play by play account of what’s happening? Then maybe we can discuss why the computer nerd who has been banging on about overpopulation for years, suddenly wants to save everyone with his vaccine program? (He has openly talked about the ROI of vaccines, for starters)

These are just two questions. There are hundreds of shady anomalies in what we are being told. We can’t answer them all with ‘coincidence theory’.
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 @ischiller: You can see a virus with your own eyes? Your last name must be El.
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 @tobiusmaximum: I feel sorry for you conspiracy theorists. You have too much time on your hands. The virus is very real - perhaps you've not suffered a loved one passing? Get a grip and get a life.
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I'm paying attention all right. I thank my parents for the money to got to Uni in the 80s for that.

So, what is different now to when Kitchener said the UK needed YOU to fight for King and Country, rallying the masses to the cause?
What is different now to when McNamara asked for and got his 100,000 low IQ troops to send off for slaughter in Vietnam?
What is any different now to when the public at large swallow hook, line and sinker the lies masquerading as god-given truths that those in power have peddled to maintain their influence throughout any time in history?

350 million for the NHS a week anyone? Sure.

You see my point; there have been enough gullible fools throughout history to propagate lies and rumour made to look like the truth before the truth has even got out of bed.

So what's new? Even if this 'plandemic' were just that, which I personally think has little truth to it (unless you think that part of the plan is running wet markets selling rodent meat; just sit back and wait a few decades and you'll get what you are looking for without having to lift a finger), no, even if it were true...

a) it is nothing new and
b) the public at large are generally more than happy to play along when prodded.

Anyways, the US will be fine. It has it's famous second amendment for just this scenario!
So chill US of A, the good ol' boys have got it covered.

Come back to me when Trump is rolling down the street in an A1 Abrams at the head of a federal army shooting up the hippies huddling together by candlelight on the banks of the Ptomac, and I might start planning to buy that log cabin out back yonder for me and the goats.

Otherwise, bring me a beer and I'll watch it all unfold.
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 @tobiusmaximum: classing people as a 'narrative types' because you have a different viewpoint? You're thought process is in the minority here and the majority of people will laugh, at you, as they read your ramblings.
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 You need a tablet,may I can recommended a blue or red one,the choice is yours... there is no turning back.. have a good day
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 @tobiusmaximum: ofcourse we all want to know what's going on , but most people speak with a vested interest, and that's totally understandable, not a conspiracy. Drug companies talk with drugs in mind, pacifists speak, hoping for end of war, PB writes for the proliferation of two wheels ,etc,etc...
It's not lies,it's life.
As for the joining the dots between this, so they can kill/control/drug/fill-your-own-horror-here , it's just nonsense.
Yes there's always been conspiracies, but there generally illegal, and nearly always get found out.
As for ol' Bill, I've not checked, but sure he was just worried about population getting out of control, and tried to introduce contraception into areas that didn't traditionally use it, and his vaccine program is to try and prevent people (usually kids) in generally the same parts of the world, getting easily prevented horrible diseases, which you and yours won't get, thanks to whom I wonder....ahh, big pharma! Praise a lord, or not,as the case may be...
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 @neimbc - agreed. We’ll see. Everyone is big mouthed now about opening up, but as soon as numbers will start soaring again (and they will) folks who can’t handle their existential angst, at the same time cannot understand economy and impact of economy on health will start getting triggered and demand lock down again. Some people prefer to slowly starve to death than to take one hard hit. Boiling the frog. Some can’t really help themselves, I can have compassion for that, but Stupid cowards are Just too many.
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 @Schbeemb: 'The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.’

Guess who wrote that.
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 @tobiusmaximum: I think jjhobbs' response above sums things up nicely. Perhaps it's exciting for some to develop theories but, this certainly isn't one.

Perhaps we should get back on topic too. Pinkbike has helped to keep us all sane through very odd times.

Thanks PB for such great content and for keeping us entertained whilst we wait(ed) to get back on our bikes.
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 @orientdave: "Anyways, the US will be fine. It has it's famous second amendment for just this scenario!
So chill US of A, the good ol' boys have got it covered.

Come back to me when Trump is rolling down the street in an A1 Abrams at the head of a federal army shooting up the hippies huddling together by candlelight on the banks of the Ptomac, and I might start planning to buy that log cabin out back yonder for me and the goats.

Otherwise, bring me a beer and I'll watch it all unfold."

I love you man........
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 @orientdave: Have you watched "hypernormalisation" or anything about Vladimir Sarkov?
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 @Schbeemb: exciting isn’t the word I would use for watching our rights and freedoms go down the drain.

Anyway. Amen to bikes. They are a welcome respite from whatever this world conjures up, irrespective of which viewpoint you choose.

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 @WAKIdesigns: Not yet Waki; but I will give it a look up; cheers.
Any movie by Adam Curtis is well worth a look; I can't remember the name of the series he made about Game Theory, but it was excellent stuff.
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 @orientdave: The thing is, you described exactly the issue the documentary was about. I mean - You are a wizard Big Grin
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 Interesting on Shimano and Fox. BRAIN is reporting that Shimano stock is at an all-time high right now and Fox stock is back close to where it was before the COVID 19 hit.
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 It won’t be long before “it’s a good month for cheap used bike sales”. Anyone else notice the trails were back to the usual amount of riders this weekend?
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 Sounds like they jumped the gun saying it's a good month for race calendars... Val di Sole just got cancelled, and based on that press release stating no major sporting events in Italy until October 15, the Trophy of Nations is about to get cancelled as well (or at least postponed).
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 There's local racing at least. Looks like NW cup is starting up at the end of the month. First race is Tamarack in ID
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 It’ll be a good month when my son can start racing BMX again. Cause it’s awesome. And if he can race, then the pandemic is taking a break. Until then it’s kinda meh.
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 The employees at brands bit was missing a lot of intel. I have some buddies at Rocky Mtn, things don't sound bright there...Foxclothing laid off a ton of people, there's a lot more to this story.
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 @WAKIdesigns: "and they get paid shit." -

LOL, that is FAKE NEWS!!!!! Seriously, an average cop near Chicago is well over $100k with many well over $200k (over time making DUI arrests).

The cop who killed Floyd has a VERY nice "Vacation Home" in Orlando -

Sure wish I was underpaid like that. I bet most of us do....
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 "Specialized announced the firing of 46 staff members, 7% of its workforce."
PLEASE let it be all their legal team. Asshats.
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 Yes! This comment definitely deserves more upvotes! However can you edit it to say: “let it be their legal team, and entry level designers.” The new hopper, and how pitch like it is gets me so worked up for some reason, in addition to the previous problems with legal stuff.
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 Oh for relevance sake, Sinyard put an end to that in Dec. of 2013. The only thing they've vigorously pursued since then is the counterfeiters, and rightly so.
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 @Augustus-G: nope, fire the f*cks. It’s the only way they’ll learn.
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 @mr-ed: 6.5 years and you're still tightening the cinch and putting the spurs to a dead horse.
Wow, You must really get off on it. Have a nice ride to nowhere.

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 Every Month is a bad month until Grim Donut 2 is released...
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 The nice thing about the skyrocketing bike shop sales is that next year bikes and parts are gonna be for sale online for super cheap.
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 @scotttherider: We had one arrest...some moap white dude who was arrested for "obstruction of an officer with out violence". Here, let there be NO question, MOST of the citizens are armed.
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 How's that working out for you?
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 MOST Americans are armed? Must be quite the circle that you run in to believe that. Hate to break it to ya, but MOST Americans have no need for guns. MOST Americans are disheartened at what's happening in our country but we choose to use our VOICES instead of guns.
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 @Buffsfan3493: I was at a clinic today where two MDs were comparing their small hand guns...chatting with another who was in the market...all female. Oh and Florida
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 @randalliser: for me? Very well, very very well.
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 Good month: Highland, Thunder and Mountain Creek are open for business this weekend!
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 The races in the fall/winter will be cancelled so don't get too stoked about them yet.
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 Good month, my local brewery just made a batch of wicked IPA
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