Here at Pinkbike, we get inundated with all kinds of questions, ranging from the basic "Can I have stickers?" to more in-depth, soul-searching types of queries like if you should pop the question or what to name your first child. Ask Pinkbike is an occasional column where we'll be hand-picking and answering questions that have been keeping readers up at night, although we'll likely steer clear of those last two and keep it more tech-oriented.
Sketchy Carbon Bars...Question: @Fenwick458
asks in the Road Cycling & Touring forum
: I recently discovered my bars are too wide, so I started looking for some 420mm (it's a road bike but this carries over to MTB), and stumbled across a 'Toseek Chinese carbon integrated bar and stem' for only £38 delivered on eBay. I did a few searches and found a few other bits on the web about them, some saying they are terrible and dangerous, and some saying they are fine. I thought, "What do I have to lose?" and bought some to see how good they were.
They arrived cracked, but eventually I received a second set...(long story). I made a jig I could fasten into the vice and test them before fitting. I tested the 1st set to destruction on the cracked side (which was easier than I thought, I was led to believe carbon fiber wouldn't shear off in a clean break, but it did) and tried as hard as I could to break them by pushing down as hard as possible on the unbroken side, and with both hands on the top of the bars, but couldn't break them. A friend also tried and couldn't break them, they seem strong.
Gas Container for Trail Building?Question: @mattfisher22
asks in the Trail Building
: For maintenance and building new trail, sometimes I need to pack in a chainsaw. Has anyone had a good experience with the aluminum MSR bottles? They get mixed reviews on Amazon. I'd love to hear how you carry gas/bar oil for a chainsaw in your pack.
Who Gets the Right of Way?Question: @speed10
asks: Oooold question. It used to be that uphill got the right of way because losing momentum on the climb sucks, and restarting can sometimes be tricky. Obviously restarting on the down is as easy as letting off the brakes.
Now I hear people saying “enjoy the down” and yielding to the downhill traffic so they can stay in the flow. Seems less people value the challenge of cleaning the climb without putting a foot down. More people wanna bomb the hill and I’m cool with both. I just wish it was consistent.
What is the consensus? Who gets the right of way, uphill or downhill riders?
New Bike or Upgrade?Question: @dazzer20
asks in the 29'ers Forum
: I'm looking for advice on what is best to do - upgrade or buy a new bike? I have a Felt Nine 60, 2014 29er MTB. The frame is still in relatively good condition minus a few marks and dings, I did recently upgrade the drivetrain to NX Egale 12, but now my front suspension has gone. I could get an upgraded fork but I would need to buy a new front wheel for the dropouts to fit...Something to also consider is I am in the UK and I am not hopeful to be able to get a new bike at this time because of covid as there seems to be a shortage from the shops online and I would need an XL or XXL frame size. I would probably spend up to £1000 for just the front suspension if I were to purchase that.