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g-42 dylansherrard's article
Nov 20, 2017 at 12:52
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Dylan Sherrard's Dark Roast Diary - Ode to the Grom
And while he may be whinging about you leaving him behind and such, he's probably incredibly stoked for you. My 12yo still has a bit to go on that front, but following him down and watching him railing turns with a sh!t-eating grin easily ranks at the top of my list of good things in life.
g-42 pinkbikeproductions's article
Nov 14, 2017 at 12:33
Nov 14, 2017
Yoann Barelli: Pinkbike Hot Lap - Video
Dude's got serious enthusiasm and energy. He's clearly living his best life...
g-42 mikekazimer's article
Nov 14, 2017 at 12:09
Nov 14, 2017
g-42 cascaderacingdesigns's article
Nov 10, 2017 at 7:08
Nov 10, 2017
These Trails Are the Stuff of Dreams - Video
@rrolly: amen, brother. We have lots of trails here in Bellingham. Come join us for a ride, have a beer at one of our fine breweries, consider buying a needed parts in one of our local shops, perhaps join is for a trail day or make a donation to the WMBC. But above all, come ride and share the stoke.
g-42 cascaderacingdesigns's article
Nov 10, 2017 at 7:05
Nov 10, 2017
These Trails Are the Stuff of Dreams - Video
@joecrosby: way to show off our backyard. It's magical here.
g-42 mikelevy's article
Nov 8, 2017 at 17:13
Nov 8, 2017
Testing 27.5 vs 29 With Vanderham and Gauvin - Video
@kevinsliwinski: No such thing as double blind in testing bikes. Any rider good and consistent enough to be worth using in testing/tuning will know what's different, or that something is different. And riders aren't uniform - there's no benchmark for riders. What works better for one doesn't work better for another based on preferences/technique, differences in build,etc. I've been racing windsurfers for ages; I can tell you that testing/tuning there can be remarkably methodical and productive, but not at all "scientific" in the sense of large n controlled trials. You have two or three riders who know each other well, and you line up to establish the baseline. One guy makes a change (in stance, technique, tune/trim, or in one component like a different fin. You line up again, see if that change bought him a bit of upwind angle, or a bit of speed. Rinse, repeat. Lots of dependencies (some gear requires different technique, and hence opens doors that were closed before). But in the end, lots of small incremental improvements. From what I can tell, mountain bike racers operate the same way.
g-42 mikelevy's article
Nov 8, 2017 at 14:56
Nov 8, 2017
g-42 mikelevy's article
Nov 8, 2017 at 11:01
Nov 8, 2017
Testing 27.5 vs 29 With Vanderham and Gauvin - Video
@Nathan6209: These guys were looking for fast times; most of us are looking for fun runs. I think you're right, the right 29er can be playful (whatever that may mean to different riders). So much of it is dependent on rider's style, skill, and size. The first two are talked about a lot; the third seems to get forgotten. I'm 6'1", 225# and reasonably athletic (for an old dude); the whole notion that it's harder to rail turns on a 29er makes no sense to me; in fact, at my size, I prefer the more composed ride you describe, and a smaller wheeled bike feels nervous. My wife is 5'5" and somewhere just above half my weight, and while she's wicked strong pound for pound, there's less of her, so a 29er feels like she's having to muscle the bike around in quick transitions between turns. My 12yo, meanwhile, is 5', and to him, a 26 is just about all the bike he wants to handle. We have bikes in different sizes for a reason. Everything scales, except for the wheel size. That's a bit like if we all rode skis in different sizes - but the sidecut and edge length were the exact same for everyone. Stupid, frankly. A bigger rider, all other things being equal, will be less affected by the drawbacks of big wheels, and will thus be more able to enjoy the benefits. A smaller rider, all things being equal, will be less affected by the drawbacks of smaller wheels, and will thus be more able to enjoy the benefits. Why that is so hard to figure out and acknowledge I can't understand. That doesn't mean bigger riders should automatically gravitate to 29ers; a big rider looking for a super-responsive trail bike might be better off with a 5010 or Scout or such, and a smaller rider looking for speed in enduro on not-very-twisty tracks might be better of with a 29er. But one wheel size does not fit all riders equally well.
g-42 mikelevy's article
Nov 8, 2017 at 10:05
Nov 8, 2017
Testing 27.5 vs 29 With Vanderham and Gauvin - Video
Except they're riding a home trail (note they say "we're in Vancouver" they all know well, no? I know my home trails. If I rode one of them six times, three each on one bike, I would expect the times getting faster with each run on one bike (as I got used to that bike), but wouldn't expect that familiarization effect to make a difference (as I already know the trail).
g-42 mikekazimer's article
Nov 7, 2017 at 13:23
Nov 7, 2017
Ridden and Rated: 7 Long-Travel 29ers
@codypup: Amen, brother. I ski, windsurf, and mountain bike. All three of those sports are high on flow and adrenaline, but it's hard to imagine something with a better grins/dollar ratio than mountain biking.
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