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ecologist faultlinetv's article
Nov 17, 2017 at 7:43
Nov 17, 2017
Big Wheels: Autumn Feels - Video
Haha! I was thinking same...snowing right now, in fact.
ecologist vernonfelton's article
Nov 3, 2017 at 11:52
Nov 3, 2017
Don't Punch the Baby - Opinion
I am starting to think the best approach to take in the US is to unify mtbs and ebikes in trail advocacy efforts. I don't like that we got here so fast, and I rather wish that e-mtbs never happened, but people DIY'd them, corporations mass-produced them, and, looking forward, I only see the visual distinctions become less and less apparent. Someday the technology will be there for a motorized, two-wheeled vehicle that looks exactly like a regular pedal mtb to go 30 mph all day long. No agency or land manager cares enough to want to attempt to regulate that, which would be nigh impossible anyway. Like it or not (I don't, but as has been said, "what it is."), on a scale of perceptions and impacts, we will be more closely identified with e-mtbs then other trail users. Never mind that we were "here first," e-mtbs will increasingly define the category of trail user that we are in. I understand the impulse to differentiate in every way possible for pride, for purity of the sport, for environment, for whatever reason, but the sooner we can own this new definition for the advancement of advocacy, the less ground we will loose in the transition. This likely means fewer multi-use trails and losing access to trails that historically were "hiking trails that have tolerated bikes."
ecologist vernonfelton's article
Nov 3, 2017 at 11:03
Nov 3, 2017
Don't Punch the Baby - Opinion
@stacykohut: This is an opinion piece. Says so right at the top. Most news outlets have op eds, and have had them for decades if not centuries. If you're going to log on just to say it's click bait...well, there's a strong irony there that makes me chuckle. It's not clickbait for those wanting to have a legitimate discussion, and now you're the one with a hook stuck through your mouth. What's more indicative of a slow news day: this article or commenting just to ask if it's a slow news day?
ecologist vernonfelton's article
Nov 3, 2017 at 10:44
Nov 3, 2017
Don't Punch the Baby - Opinion
@cunning-linguist: To be fair, we don't eat horse that often so what goes on it is a bit of a mystery. Although, I do like horseradish on shrimp and sometimes turkey, so I'd still argue it's more versatile than you give it credit for!
ecologist mikekazimer's article
Oct 26, 2017 at 20:56
Oct 26, 2017
POC Joint VPD System Knee Pads - Review
I'm gonna add to the support for POC pads/apparel: Polygiene. I've got three sets of knee pads, one from POC (VPD 2 Knee). I originally purchased them because they performed the best in a rather comprehensive test (something like 15 different pads) at absorbing impact force, but the anti-odor treatment works so well I've since purchased a few POC riding shirts and a spine jacket. The other pads and any other shirt absolutely wreak after one ride. I hate washing gear after every ride ("I only wore it for two hours and it wasn't muddy!"), but man is it hard to pull that stinky crap on the next day, even if I'm just going to make it stink again. I can wear the POC pads and shirts for who knows how many rides and they still don't stink (I always end up washing before they ever start stinking, at least a half dozen rides for the pads). Maybe other makers are using similar treatments now, but at the time it was only POC. Worth something to me.
ecologist vernonfelton's article
Oct 5, 2017 at 22:27
Oct 5, 2017
Have Your Say on the Ever-Changing Bike Standards
@marxbix: I'm that guy that wore out the stroller wheels (yes, even 1 year olds like drifting) and started looking around for replacements (there aren't any, curse the stroller industry).
ecologist vernonfelton's article
Oct 5, 2017 at 22:25
Oct 5, 2017
Have Your Say on the Ever-Changing Bike Standards
@properp: you hit it (the nail, that is). Enough people keep buying for the marketing folks keep it going. Average MXer can't afford race engineered parts, so "the best" is for the racers only. With bikes, enough people are willing to pay for race parts so they market them to everyman. If they didn't do it that way I bet race bikes would all still be metal so they could keep improving stuff for the racers, but once they make it out of plastic they have to sell it to everybody to justify the investment.
ecologist pinkbikeaudience's article
Oct 5, 2017 at 20:59
Oct 5, 2017
Ask Pinkbike: Swapping Parts, Relocating for Winter, and Commencal's Supreme SX
@Jimmy0: awesome...I'm on the veg side, forestry tech. I like it better...the real ecologists are only allowed outside a couple times a year. Plus if I made any more money I might wind up doing something dumb like getting a new bike...
ecologist redbullbike's article
Oct 5, 2017 at 20:01
Oct 5, 2017
Watch Bearclaw Training for Rampage on his Snow MX Bike
I've been dreaming about a bike-based electric snow bike for years now. Was a company used to make a conversion for regular mountain bikes (track in the back and ski up front) but of course the 2" track doesn't get you very far, and having to pedal it would not be fun. But with a 4-5" track now possible, and e-motor...I could could probably get on without snowmobile most of the time, and convert to e-fat to replace ATV in the summer, and get like 2 hours back every week loading and unloading heavy, motorized vehicles! Only think I'm not sure on is battery performance at minus 10 deg F? (before the haters start hating...I'm talking purely for transportation, for work, not recreation. If I want to have fun on a bike, I ride my bicycle, like everybody else here. although it is fun.)
ecologist redbullbike's article
Oct 5, 2017 at 19:54
Oct 5, 2017
Watch Bearclaw Training for Rampage on his Snow MX Bike
@cunning-linguist: And I want one.
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