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g-42 nkrohan's article
Jul 2, 2020 at 12:57
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Gear Guide: 10 Summer Riding Kits for Men
They have a new trail short called the Landfarer. Retails for $79, and has a bit of elastic on the sides rather than adjustment of any sort, paired with a nice sturdy button closure. Goes really well with hip packs (no bunching up of the velcro adjusters or such), low profile. I find them stupid comfortable, and the cut of the pockets is great for carrying a phone and keys/walled without even noticing it when pedaling. Bit longer than those dirtcraft shorts, and a bit less slim. I'd say for a trail/all mountain short, that one means they've finally figured it out. Liners are uber-personal; I tried Patagonia Endless Ride liners - and damn, that's now going to be the only thing I use. I've tried Fox, Dakine, Endura, and Pearl Izumi liners and hated them all after more than an hour of riding - but each of them came highly recommended by at least one friend who seemed to be of similar build and claimed them to be the most comfortable thing ever.
g-42 mikekazimer's article
Jun 30, 2020 at 12:14
Jun 30, 2020
First Look: 2021 Yeti SB115
@chri: How is this not going with a trend? I mean, there's nothing more trendy right now than these sorts of short travel trail bikes, so much so that what was supposed to be a gentle put-down ('downcountry') has become a category name.
g-42 jamessmurthwaite's article
Jun 25, 2020 at 9:14
Jun 25, 2020
Video: Trond Hansen's Kidreel Lets you Tow your Kids on a Leash
Yay for ingenuity, but... You can do this very simply with a bit of rope and a bit of bungee (to take the shocks out) - no need to awkwardly hold on to the handle while pedaling uphill with your kid in tow. Or, if you insist on the retractable form factor, one of those Flexi dog leashes with a loop will do the job just fine.
g-42 jamessmurthwaite's article
Jun 17, 2020 at 12:04
Jun 17, 2020
Revenue Round Up: Strong Signs for the Bike Industry Following a Surge in Cycling Sales
@wibblywobbly: I'd say it's up to all of us to make sure that the whole crop of helpless new people you refer to get input from experienced riders informing them of the need to participate in trail building and advocacy, teaching them about trail (and trail head) etiquette, and referring them to instruction (so they get to have fun without hurting themselves or others). As in, we can pay forward the guidance we received (or we wish we had received). Seems like a fair ask, no?
g-42 jamessmurthwaite's article
Jun 17, 2020 at 12:00
Jun 17, 2020
Revenue Round Up: Strong Signs for the Bike Industry Following a Surge in Cycling Sales
Been running into lots and lots of people new to the sport out on the trails. MTB here in the PNW has been on a growth trend for years, with long time riders having families, getting their kids into it, those kids getting their friends into it, and those friends' families getting into it themselves. The pandemic (and all those kids with nothing to do because there are no organized activities/leagues/school sports) has only accelerated that. Personally, I'm stoked - the world can only be a better place if more people get to shred. Yep, trails are a bit crowded - but that'll lead to more trails being built, more areas being opened up.
g-42 jamessmurthwaite's article
Jun 10, 2020 at 14:29
Jun 10, 2020
Independent Lab Test Finds Airbag Helmet is Safest
@Dan686: I actually don't assume that - the risk of urban cycling in Europe is way smaller than it is in North America, where we're much more car centric. In my little Northern German home town, 1st graders rode their bike to school on their own, along arterials - but on physically separate bike paths. Wearing a helmet would have been considered a pretty significant inconvenience to guard against what was perceived as a pretty insignificant risk. So fast forward to today, and people generally are more safety conscious - but that risk/reward ratio is still (from what I could tell on my last trip) generally perceived as not favorable to helmet use. But lower the barrier to helmet use by having them just be some little neck gater, and you might get people to consider it worth it. But the use case would be pretty much that in the video - used in town, commuting.
g-42 jamessmurthwaite's article
Jun 10, 2020 at 12:21
Jun 10, 2020
Independent Lab Test Finds Airbag Helmet is Safest
@paulcgn: Hmm - so maybe my experience is outdated by now. I grew up in rural Northern Germany, and of course we went everywhere on bikes and there were no helmets. I've not been back home in a couple years - but a couple years ago, both in the small towns of Northern Germany and Holland, as well as in Bremen, Hamburg, and Amsterdam (all cities with significant bike commuting), helmets on commuters were pretty darn rare. Is the ground shifting on that?
g-42 jamessmurthwaite's article
Jun 10, 2020 at 12:03
Jun 10, 2020
Independent Lab Test Finds Airbag Helmet is Safest
In Europe (well, at least the parts I'm familiar with), helmet use for everyday people using bikes for transportation around towns and cities is seriously rare. For that, the airbag helmet makes sense if it provides protection for people who'd otherwise not wear a helmet, and who are now protected against that rare but potentially fatal event (hit by a car, running into a bridge piling, what have you).
g-42 michalkosik's article
Jun 5, 2020 at 7:20
Jun 5, 2020
g-42 shimano's article
Jun 2, 2020 at 11:04
Jun 2, 2020
Video: Places to Play with Cam McCaul in 'Make Your Mark - The Kids Are Alright'
I hear ya - those early years of very limited skills, very limited judgment/attention span, and rather unlimited enthusiasm are scary. I hate to tell you, though, that if my experience with my kid is any indication, after years of developing skills, growing their little bodies into bigger bodies, and stretching their short attention spans into impeccable focus, kids will scare you just as much when they're teens, outride you by a significant margin, and then begin to tell you about better and more appropriate line choices for your (lower than theirs) skill and conditioning level after casually doubling stuff that you're much more comfortable pumping through. So as much fun as it is to watch my teenager just killing it on the trail, and as happy as I am for him that he's found that passion and joy - that feeling of parental anxiety you're struggling with right now? That's not going away...
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