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ericbe3 alicialeggett's article
Jun 4, 2022 at 5:52
Jun 4, 2022
What’s the Significance of the Specialized Direct-to-Consumer Move? It’s Complicated.
@unrooted: And then even within an LBS some mechanics treat people differently. I've spent entirely too much money at my LBS over the past decade, all the mechanics know me, and I ride with most of them when our schedules line up. My partner has an 2014 steel road bike and needed a new derailleur, so I wholeheartedly recommended she go to the LBS. I was at work so she went alone. The same mechanic I've rode with, had beers with, and gone to socials with his family mansplained to her that her bike wasn't worth fixing, and needed to buy the shiny new gravel bike from their dealer partner. She left, I spent 30 minutes online, bought and replaced the derailleur, and haven't gone back since. I for one look forward to the culling of shitty LBS and their attitudes.
ericbe3 henryquinney's article
Apr 30, 2022 at 11:51
Apr 30, 2022
Henry’s Waffle House: Mountain Biking is Getting Too Easy
@dpars63: no harm no foul, also an engineer! I'm just lucky to live in an area where even an e-bike won't get you to the top of the jankiest trails for the most fun technical, so haven't had to deal with motorized encroachment of trails as much as others in this board seem to have. I play golf and disc golf with a beer in one hand, or nearby, but there's always the people who want to take everything too seriously and feel like they need to aggressively validate their hobbies.
ericbe3 henryquinney's article
Apr 30, 2022 at 5:43
Apr 30, 2022
Henry’s Waffle House: Mountain Biking is Getting Too Easy
In the context of this article, golfers are lycra wearing roadie's, and disc golfers are dirt bag mountain bikers. But good on you for the very poor analogy.
ericbe3 mikekazimer's article
Nov 25, 2021 at 17:56
Nov 25, 2021
Opinion: How Many Batteries Does a Mountain Bike Really Need?
@MildMildWest: just took a look at SON, damn those are nice hubs. I'd expect to see hubs/generators of that efficiency at less than half the cost in about 5 years, some large electric motor manufacturers are already experimenting with AM processes to get that level of hand crafted precision (minimal air gap, more windings in the rotor, lower loss materials) at a fraction of the labor and material costs.
ericbe3 mikekazimer's article
Nov 25, 2021 at 13:50
Nov 25, 2021
Opinion: How Many Batteries Does a Mountain Bike Really Need?
@Tasso75: I'm going to guess most dynamo hubs use low pole count motors (or brushed DC, gross) at best a fairly inefficient power stage. There have been so many leaps in power electronics materials and industrialization over just the past 5 years, which is what's really fueling the ebike industry growth right now.
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