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dsut4392 betsywelch's article
Dec 15, 2022 at 20:11
Dec 15, 2022
Specialized Cuts Global Ambassador Program
While I've always wondered about the payback brands get from some ambassador sponsorships, it's a mistake to think that it only comes from Insta/YouTube or other online feeds. These people are out there in the real world meeting other riders on the trail every day, and the degrees of separation can get pretty small in most outdoor sports. With many of these sponsored influencers being active across multiple sports their audience increases further. I've certainly been 'influenced' to consider brands that wouldn't have otherwise even been on my radar by meeting cool people doing cool things with them. Some of those 'cool people' have been sponsored athletes that I've been fortunate to ride/climb/paddle/work with.
dsut4392 travisengel's article
Dec 14, 2022 at 18:00
Dec 14, 2022
Tech Tuesday: How & Why to Upgrade Your 3-Pawl DT Swiss Hub to a Star Ratchet
@CSharp: Good to hear it works for you. I haven't found Amazon to be worthwhile as a value proposition in Australia, most local online platforms and some bricks & mortar price match anything "sold by Amazon", and on other things the shipping cost and time is usually silly. I've bought some cheap stuff from Amazon in the past that turned out to be counterfeit junk (SD cards), but the "too good to be true" price wasn't enough to be worth the mental energy fighting over. I'm with you on PayPal, the one time I tried to dispute something I got passed back to the seller to allow them to address the dispute, then strung along until PayPal terms allowed them to deny the claim.
dsut4392 betsywelch's article
Dec 13, 2022 at 20:08
Dec 13, 2022
Specialized Cuts Global Ambassador Program
@rockandride6: Given you can fit around 300 boxed up bikes in a 40ft shipping container, the additional cost per bike of shipping is a little over $25. I get your point that everything adds up, but however you look at it freight is a miniscule component of the cost of even the cheapest SC bike.
dsut4392 travisengel's article
Dec 13, 2022 at 17:33
Dec 13, 2022
Tech Tuesday: How & Why to Upgrade Your 3-Pawl DT Swiss Hub to a Star Ratchet
@CSharp: Aliexpress are like eBay or Amazon, they're just a platform hosting other vendors - look at the reviews and caveat emptor. Most of the products on there can be bought with a variety of branding from a multitude of sellers, I can see at least 10 different stores selling ZTTO products for instance. Personally I've had good results with "ZTTO Official Store", "100bike store", "race cyclist store", "mixed cycling official store", "Toseek official store, "DIIKE DIIKE Official store" and many others for bike goods. I've bought a couple of cheap and poorly made items from other stores, but haven't yet come across any dishonest sellers in the 35 orders I have made so far.
dsut4392 seb-stott's article
Dec 12, 2022 at 14:32
Dec 12, 2022
Patent Round-up: Shimano's Crazy Derailleur, Electronic Shifter & SRAM's Floating Brakes
@Darwin66: Looks like dropping the wheel out would be a pain as well.
dsut4392 seb-stott's article
Dec 6, 2022 at 21:28
Dec 6, 2022
Review: Pole's 190mm-Travel Voima is Long, Slack & High
@jukka4130: The only 'assumption' I'm making is that the words I have quoted are an accurate representation of what Pole are doing and why. I suppose that is pretty courageous :) If you have to machine the outside so there's no visible step, it implies that there _was_ a visible step prior to machining, which implies some degree of misalignment. If they can't machine the halves with significant tolerance to avoid external misalignment, then they can't machine the insides any better. It's therefore inevitable that after machining some parts of the joint will be thinner on one side than the other, and that won't make them stronger. I'm not suggesting these frames actually are going to break - after all the problems with the Stamina they would have been mad not to allow for this with conservatively thick wall sections.
dsut4392 seb-stott's article
Dec 5, 2022 at 20:05
Dec 5, 2022
Review: Pole's 190mm-Travel Voima is Long, Slack & High
"earlier machined frames were simply machined in two halves and then glued together. This could lead to a slight misalignment of the two halves creating a visible seam (and potential weakness) down the centerline. Now the billets are machined internally first (creating a cavity), then glued together, and then machined externally so there's no chance of creating a visible step between the two halves." In other words, they didn't fix the alignment issues, they just hide them now by machining the outside. The potential weakness down the centerline is still there, and in fact may be worse because some of the material thickness has been machined away.
dsut4392 travisengel's article
Dec 1, 2022 at 16:43
Dec 1, 2022
Old Gold: 2015 Camelbak Skyline 10R
My "North Face" riding pack not only dates from 2001, it's a counterfeit one to boot. In general I don't like ripping off IP, but after cross shopping all the genuine brands on size, features etc I actually liked the design of this one better. The bag itself doesn't actually match any NF designs, it's only the logo that has been copied.
dsut4392 pinkbikeaudience's article
Dec 1, 2022 at 15:23
Dec 1, 2022
dsut4392 edspratt's article
Nov 21, 2022 at 16:19
Nov 21, 2022
SRAM & FSA Release Warnings About Fake Websites
@Fix-the-Spade: Wiggle also started out of a small bike shop for that matter, and they used to be great through the mid to late 2000s until they got bought out by private equity.
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