We use Slack as our workplace communication tool at Pinkbike and we have a #randoms channel that we use to share an assortment of videos and stories from all corners of the cycling world and beyond... We thought a couple of the moments from the past week were too good not to share with a wider audience, so here are some of the highlights.
Twitter Auctioning Off Two $4,000 Trainer Charging Desks for Bids Starting at $25
Coming off Acer's announcement of its $1000 bike desks
you can grab a potential bargain in Twitter's upcoming office furniture auction.
As part of an office clearout following ongoing changes at the company, it has put a pair of Rock the Bike Fender Blender Pro Recharge Stations up for auction for a starting bid of $25. The newer version of these bikes can cost around $4000 each so someone might get a good bargain, although the auction winner will have to organise their own shipping.
Find out more here
Homemade bicycle Snowplow
|Snow clearing has become a major challenge for many British Columbians.|
But a man from Victoria has devised a unique made-in-B.C. solution by putting a snowplow on a bicycle.— CBC Vancouver
1993 vs. 2023 - Mountain Biking in Moab
|I found a videotape from 1993 of my dad mountain biking in Moab and recreated it nearly 30 years later.— Mahalo my Dude|
Back On The Tools - Dakotah Norton
|2023 DH Season prep has begun and we headed to Windrock to get some downhill laps in and film some different lines. There will be a lot more preseason videos coming about, showing you what all goes into a professional downhill racers preparation for the season!— Dakotah Norton|
Queenstown Laps with Bernard Kerr, Laurie Greenland, Jackson Goldstone & More
|We are finally back lapping skyline Queenstown here in New Zealand. Eddie Masters comes over to help me fit some fresh Yakima roof bars and racks to the Honda city. |
Laurie Greenland and Jackson Goldstone come for some laps and its real time...blessed to be back!
Enjoy sports fans because we sure are!— Bernard Kerr,
The High Life | The Final Season of Chamonix's Oldest Refuge
|In the final season of the original 119-year-old Le Refuge de la Charpoua, hutkeeper of eight years, Sarah Cartier, and her two children, embrace the high life and all its history in the mountains near Chamonix, France. The timeworn little building, set to be rebuilt in the same place in 2023, is surrounded by towering granite walls and alpine light providing them with a mystical setting to do all the dailies of cooking, cleaning and climbing; a place to breathe in the freedom of the high life while the sights and sounds of the busy world below fall away.|
Director: Pierre Cadot
Production: Yucca Films
Original Music: Jonathan Labigne and Yann Chapelet - Zikali
Additional Music: Alton Ellis - True Born African— Patagonia
Extreme Weather Creates Dakar Chaos
|The third stage of the 2023 Dakar Rally was a dramatic one. An extreme weather event caused local flooding and absolute chaos for the competitors.— Red Bull|
World's Best Climbers Race Up Giant Dam Wall
|Teams of the world's best climbers raced up the GIANT Verzasca Dam in Switzerland, going head-to-head on the biggest climbing wall ever made! After 2 days of qualifying the final 2 teams from a competitive field of 16 made it to the finals, and had to race up the near vertical 180 meter ascent, but who would win? @WideBoyz talk us through the nailbiting final showdown of Red Bull Dual Ascent— Red Bull|
Does Glass Break Faster than a Bullet?
|Gav and Dan decide to have a race between two things that happen instantly to the human eyeball. Both contestants make it to the finish line in one frame of a normal camera, thankfully the high speed cameras are paying attention.— The Slow Mo Guys|
Worlds Hardest Jigsaw vs. Puzzle Machine
However, the biggest flaw in your understanding of the world is to think that western nations moving to net zero Co2 insanity would barely move the dial of global output. Asia and India decide future Co2 output and they have hundreds of millions of people living in poverty. The arrogance of people like yourself to suggest that leaders of these nations should avoid cheap, high density energy, and adopt costly green energy projects is hilarious. Imagine shitting in a hole in India while wondering I how long your malnourished child will survive and then you come along to tell them to stop burning wood to cook food because of the Co2 it’s releasing. What a f*cking joke.
Bring on the carbon credits.
Whatever the effect of human activity on climate change through, it is, if you're looking into the facts to look at both opposing views with merit, but I know that is not the status quo so expressing an opposing view point to the fear-porn induced one that is being relentlessly propagated through every media outlet is punishable by banishment from society.
You make good points and I believe they should be looked at in a balanced way and a balanced perspective and approach derived from it. My comments are aiming at trying to diversifying view points and to show how ridiculous it is that you can only say "Climate change bad" or you get negative propped to oblivion.
As for me, I used to be worried about the climate until I realised how ridiculous it is that its somehow on my shoulders to do something about it, so I stopped worrying for the benefit of my own wellbeing and took on the "just don't be a dick to the environment for the sake of being a dick"
I also believe that I am perfectly within my right to follow the examples of the "leaders" preaching this climate change crap and buy a private jet. I mean SURELY if they believed what they are preaching, like SURELY IF it was a climate EMERGENCY like they say it is they would take other travelling measures. SURELY. And the very fact that its illegal to point that out instead of repeating what we're told to repeat is at least a little bit fishy.
If I told you eating toast is bad for you and will kill humanity but you see me eating toast nearly everyday, there must be something wrong with either what I am doing or what I am saying. Either way I cannot be trusted.
In short, let people believe whatever the hell they want, do what sits right with your conscience and hold people to whatever standards they preach. These comment wars between who is right is exactly the sort of crap they want you to be doing to yourselves so the eyes aren't on them.
Now if you'll excuse me, my pilot says we're ready for take off. Why yes, I will have a slice of toast after take off too.
Any welding, or manufacturing, or processes being done that could contribute to pollutants into the atmosphere?
Let’s be perfectly honest with ourselves here, designing, building, and manufacturing an alternative drivetrain, for a niche recreational market, where there exists at least 3 excellent choices certainly isn’t altruistic work.
We all add to global emissions, landfills, and general light and noise pollution. If we want change, we collectively are the ones that need to both adopt and push for greater change.
That doesn’t happen by calling out another recreational activity, while we virtue signal our own.
So democratic governments, which are meant to be by the people/for the people, and large corporations, who could exact some change get a pass from you, as it will mean diminished returns on their investments. While a small company (race teams are typically companies) are expected to close up shop?
I don’t think you’ve fully fleshed out this argument.
How do you think team Spesh gets to WC DH races? Willing to bet they use a truck all over Europe to haul their trailer with bikes and supplies.
You see it’s a never ending rabbit hole of systems that are put together to do the things we do, and all of it, every single thing we do, has some sort of unintended effect.
Unless you’re powering your home, and doing you’re manufacturing by wind power, you’re part of the problem, looking at others for a solution
Don’t kid yourself, everything you do, I do, we all do has an environmental impact. Trying to virtue signal against another group recreating in the desert isn’t a good look.
It's not that they don't have a choice. It's more that they mostly make the wrong choice.
Where are the raw materials you use coming from? You getting alu from Alcoa here in Canada?
Have you swung by some of the mining operations that supply the materials that you’re turning into what has to be called unnecessary bits for recreation?
It all comes at a cost, and you’re trying to justify the production of niche bicycle bits, while condemning the recreation of others.
I wish you the best of luck, and I love that people are constantly innovating and pushing the needle forward, but don’t do it while condemning the choices of others, while giving government, and big business a pass.
We are in a climate crisis which is and will cause a lot of suffering; I don't see what's wrong about me condemning gas guzzling motorsports - they're simply excessive. And I am definitely not giving government and big business a pass. As you'll see in a previous comment of mine here: "[...] For reducing the emissions of corporations, in addition to pointing our finger at them, we should also point our finger at governments that aren't implementing carbon pricing or aren't implementing it enough. We can make corporations do both the most profitable thing and the least CO2 emitting thing if we correct the market with carbon pricing."
Thanks for your support. I appreciate it.
The welding, smelting, mining, process that go into removing the raw materials from the earth, and creating the bits, that you’re going to then machine away (and tell the world that you’re going to recycle, which then only adds more pollution) seems to be lost in your argument.
Again, I want to add, that I love what you’re doing, I love to see people innovating and doing new and creative things.
But to raise your hand and condemn another for creating pollution, when in the manufacture of what you create you yourself are creating pollution is a bit difficult to understand.
If you were busy creating sustainable growing practices, or ways to clean and remove pollutants from the atmosphere, I’d get it, it might still grate on me, but hell you’re part of the solution.
But you’re not doing that, neither are you presenting alternate solutions, you’re simply condemning someone else’s form of recreation, and that sucks.
Isn’t it funny how invisible, impossible to quantify, molecules and viruses require us to lower our standard of living and make sacrifices for the greater good?
The worst environmental impact on the earth has, and will always be humans.
You’re doing good work, great work really!
I’d love to see a working version of your drivetrain.
Some of the top teams are testing sustainable/alternative fuel sources.
The Audis involved are series PHEVs with a 50kwh battery pack, which is one of the most usable "green vehicle" technologies in the Americas.
There's also a hydrogen-powered truck, although that's a bit of a dead-end technology.
Obviously the event isn't going to be a net benefit but I bet it's similar or less total emissions compared to a single high-profile pro sports game.
You can't be talking trash on what is ultimately a hobby for other people on a website for a hobby that could be described as "simply excessive."
I'd have to imagine that a business owner making parts for a hobby that is unecessary and simply excessive has a much, much higher impact that even your average North American.
The monetization has failed and is an utter joke. Other than journalists, only a complete and utter idiot would pay the one of the worlds richest people $8 a month for a blue check mark by their name on a social media site.
Fixed it for ya
are they not allowed to have a winch ?
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