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erikkellison sarahmoore's article
Sep 24, 2020 at 14:54
1 days
Must Watch: Dennis Enarson's 'Right Here' is Gnarly
These amazingly skilled riders and the companies that support them need to realize the example they set for kids. If they wear helmets, kids will. If not, kids will not want to either. Just because a helmet doesn’t prevent every injury doesn’t mean that it’s an OK idea to go without. Plus, these guys have amazing coordination, and MIGHT be better able to prevent head impact in a crash. Kids, and even most adults - not so much.
erikkellison sarahmoore's article
Sep 24, 2020 at 12:41
2 days
Must Watch: Dennis Enarson's 'Right Here' is Gnarly
Great role model for all the kids on BMX out there, riding without helmets, throwing temper tantrums. I’m surprised any company is willing to be associated with this.
erikkellison mattwragg's article
Sep 21, 2020 at 8:55
Sep 21, 2020
Comparison Test: Are Wider Rims Better? We Try 4 Different Widths
@tremeer023: this is what I love about forums though! This topic is definitely of current interest even though the article is older, and what better way to have a good discussion in a single place with interested participants than here? Thx for clarifying your point though! I think an important point that needs to be made is that even XC racers who run lower pressures still don’t have their (relatively tiny) corner knobs dragging on the straights.
erikkellison mattwragg's article
Sep 20, 2020 at 11:37
Sep 20, 2020
Comparison Test: Are Wider Rims Better? We Try 4 Different Widths
You may have figured this out by now, but for the sake of posterity: Rim width has a significant effect on tire profile (roundness vs. squareness) which influences tire performance massively. It’s why Maxxis came up with Wide Trail (so that for 35mm rims, it’s not too square). Narrower rims make tires roll on center tread more, and thus corner knobs aren’t routinely touching ground on flat trail (i.e. liaisons). This reduces straight line grip (braking, pedaling), but allows the bike to be leaned more to engage corner knobs. This helps for when the tire is too square yet desired lean angle is too far and would overwhelm a square tire profile corner knob. Leaning a square tire into a corner “just a little” gets on the corner knobs, but since the tire circumference at the corner knobs isn’t significantly smaller, the bike doesn’t want to corner so much as a result, and more steering input is required; leaning further actually goes past the knob grip and you slide out. By contrast, a round profile tire wants to turn just by leaning the bike because of the reduced circumference. The key is to match desired lean angle with optimal corner knob placement and angle, which is accomplished with rounder tires (i.e. Magic Mary, Minion). Square tires, by contrast, don’t “want” to corner, and then before you know it, slide out. They do work better for trails where there is less cornering and more grip is desired. This absence of cornering ability with square tires/wide rims doesn’t get noticed by some riders for a couple reasons: One, some people don’t really feel comfortable leaning a bike far enough that a round tire profile necessitates, and thus express a preference for squares tires (or WIDE rims) without knowing why, but is because they don’t lean enough (confidence, skill). This can often be felt as a sensation that square tires corner better for such relatively upright riders. Two, some/many don’t care about the increased straight line speed afforded by a rounded tire rolling on center knobs only. This can also be perceived as having a preference for improved straightline braking. But people putting in miles, and against the clock, notice this advantage. I certainly can’t speak for pros, but I imagine it’s their commitment to leaning bikes in corners which means they benefit from round profile tires, affording them better straightline speed, rolling efficiency, and of course cornering, all made possible by attaining rounder profile tires via narrower rims (which just so happen to sometimes be lighter, too).
erikkellison mattwragg's article
Sep 20, 2020 at 8:31
Sep 20, 2020
Comparison Test: Are Wider Rims Better? We Try 4 Different Widths
@tremeer023: I think it’s fair to say that if you didn’t notice a difference in performance between a MM and a Rekon that you might not be an informed opinion. That Schwalbe setup is pretty versatile. Your Maxxis setup is XC/taking it easy only.
erikkellison jamessmurthwaite's article
Sep 19, 2020 at 19:03
Sep 19, 2020
MTB Tech We've Spotted at the 2020 Tour de France
There’s a team called United Arab Emirates Emirates? How meta...
erikkellison sarahmoore's article
Sep 15, 2020 at 10:06
Sep 15, 2020
First Look: Liv Intrigue Advanced Pro 29
At a glance, the silhouette looks like an old school bike - short. I think it looks that way because of big wheels relative to frame size, which we got away from on purpose. I’m surprised to see someone committed carbon layups to big wheels on small bikes, but I guess people will buy it because it’s made by a big bike company, and looks flashy. There’s a reason many other bike companies aren’t making small 29ers. Would be nice to see a company so progressive as one who makes lady-specific bikes to actually be progressive in geometry, and make bikes that work for the intended rider size (AKA 29er is probably not great for aggressive riding if you’re 5’ tall). I wouldn’t put my wife on one... the height:length ratio just looks like it’s trying to go OTB.
erikkellison jamessmurthwaite's article
Sep 15, 2020 at 7:06
Sep 15, 2020
Disabled Rider Calls for Empathy and Kindness After Being Challenged on Trails
@Almazing: dude, you need to dial yourself back a bit. I said EMBA, not IMBA. EMBA is our local trail association who is responsible for trail building and maintenance. They are the point organization for interfacing with other user groups and the government. They are the ones advocating for community enforcement. No one said ridicule. The best thing to do would be to kindly inform of the rule breaking, and offer suggestions for other trails that do allow e-bikes. The fact stands that it is currently against rules to ride e-MTB on many popular local trails. This isn’t a value judgment. It just is currently not allowed. If you feel so strongly about allowing e-MTB on trails where they’re not currently allowed, the “better” thing to do would be to lobby for changing of rules and regulations regarding trail use. To be clear, I was suggesting that legal trail users could, in the future, pay a fee to ride, part of which would go to enforcing that illegal users stay away. I’m not a legal expert, but I imagine that someone has legal latitude to enforce appropriate trail use. But as above, far better to inform than punish. Your suggestion that we just let people break the rules because no one can enforce the current rules is absolute rubbish. Think about what you’re saying. Really think. You don’t even need to respond. The ramifications are far-reaching and scary. Why are you so irritated? I think some self-reflection and pause might help you better participate in the conversation.
erikkellison jamessmurthwaite's article
Sep 14, 2020 at 23:26
Sep 14, 2020
Disabled Rider Calls for Empathy and Kindness After Being Challenged on Trails
@Almazing: Funny, that’s what the director of EMBA told me when I asked what was supposed to be done about all the illegal e-MTB riding happening on local trails. She said that the community needs to enforce because no one has the budget. I’m paraphrasing, but that’s the gist. And now, unfortunately, lack of enforcement and trail user complicity have led to mass rule-breaking where I see an e-MTB riding illegally on every ride now. So what then? Every ride costs $5 to pay for rule enforcement? Seems like a plausible future, all because people can’t manage to follow the rules and respect the work of others. I don’t want to be a hall monitor. I just wish everyone could be respectful enough to actually follow the rules so we can all enjoy what we’ve built without risking access or grant funding. Unfortunately not the case, currently.
erikkellison sarahmoore's article
Sep 8, 2020 at 13:17
Sep 8, 2020
Yeti's 2021 Apparel Collection - Across the Pond Beaver
I miss when it wasn’t obvious what brand of clothing you were wearing.
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