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gandalfsdad scottsecco's article
Jul 1, 2020 at 0:49
Jul 1, 2020
Movies For Your Monday
Vabderham/Sandler Born from the Backcountry...top work.
gandalfsdad edspratt's article
Apr 22, 2020 at 13:55
Apr 22, 2020
Sheffield's Steel City Downhill Track has Been Vandalised
@Toutacoup: I rest my case. You be the judge.
gandalfsdad edspratt's article
Apr 22, 2020 at 13:51
Apr 22, 2020
Sheffield's Steel City Downhill Track has Been Vandalised
@kennyloggedins: I can relate to everything you have said. There's a much wider picture here and it's a long road to where we want to be and I say that as an mtbr as well someone who works for the fc. What I see is those who are in for the long game who understand the constraints and those who want short term noteriety based on what they have seen in the media, and let's face it some of that stuff is cool and we all want to think we want some of that. But the reality is (in the UK anyway) is that the land is owned by someone else. It may be called the Public Forest Estate (PFE), but that's ALL public, not just mtbrs, so whilst there's a responsibility on all of us to respect the rights of those who want to use the land, the liability still lies with the landowner/land manager. Is the guy building the jump held together my luck, with a side order of borrow pit, who's only qualification is he's a capable mtbr and owns a shovel, prepared to to stand up in court next to the landowner and defend his build, with the added pressure that no matter what the outcome, greater constraints will follow? I doubt it. Work with the landowners/managers, not against them.
gandalfsdad edspratt's article
Apr 21, 2020 at 0:20
Apr 21, 2020
Sheffield's Steel City Downhill Track has Been Vandalised
@Eduardoramundo: yeah I noticed that.
gandalfsdad edspratt's article
Apr 20, 2020 at 22:11
Apr 20, 2020
Sheffield's Steel City Downhill Track has Been Vandalised
@guytherev: I'm a Forestry Commission Ranger and I work with a group in my area who are building unofficial or unsanctioned trails/Wild trails. the trails they are building are in my opinion of the level a professional builder would be proud of, these guys understand the liability issues faced by the Forestry Commission and how claims affect the UK taxpayer and have been more than happy to listen to our case and build trails that are not only within the FCs tolerable levels, but still fun to ride for riders of all abilities. For my part, I've reported back to my superiors that this group can be trusted and that the long term strategy should be to work towards a formalised approach for these trails that provides a bit more protection and greater freedoms. Having said that other builders who are not keen to listen and who want to build something that they can ride that day or even within that ride, often want to get in on the action, it almost seems that their ego demands that they get some of the reflected glory from what has taken a great deal of time and effort to achieve. One such rider, added a series of shonky jumps made from logs and sand on a fast, steep trail that slalomed through trees, we've had jumps that are pinned to trees, all tend to have massive borrowpits close to the edge of the trails and the feature they built, these are all the things the FC cannot and will not tolerate, it puts others at risk and in this instance puts the future of this site at risk. So for those reasons I will remove them. Recently I discovered that the wannabe builder had installed a camera (on somebody else's land, filming other people, young and old without their consent) to find out who had been demolishing his efforts. He then proceeded to make aggressive threats across social media (is this the kind of person we want to trust with our trails?). Let me make it absolutely clear, there were NO BOOBY TRAPS, the trail was left intact, only he jumps removed and the holes filled in. I contacted the builder and offered to have a chat and explain the long term strategy for the site, what the risks are and the FCs liability. So far he hasn't responded.
gandalfsdad scottsecco's article
Mar 11, 2020 at 1:11
Mar 11, 2020
gandalfsdad sarahmoore's article
Feb 13, 2020 at 1:49
Feb 13, 2020
Video: The Places & People That Inspired Santa Cruz's New Heckler eMTB
Instead of focusing on the narrowminded ebike hate. I think the same commentators should be focusing on the amaing work and commuity spirit achieved by Greg and the Sierra Trails Stewardship. stop hating go give them your support, ride, there, buy something, share this as a link, talk about that, not what they happen to be riding. I just inspiration/aspirational stuff.
Selling
Jan 18, 2020 at 6:16
Jan 18, 2020

Specialized enduro sworks

$950 GBP
Specialized Enduro S-Works 2017/18 carbon frame. Ohlins Stx rear shock Headset included Threaded BB I'm selling my much loved enduro. I bought this new Jan 18 and can provide a receipt. There's the usual scuffs and scratches from cables (rear brake hose on the lower seat stay), transport via bike rack (just under the top tube behind the head tube) & heal rub in the chainstay. I've shown as much as I can. There is a frustrating wear on the top tube where an impatient third party prior to adding invisi-frame pulled the existing cover off and removed some of the clear gloss. It's left the paint looking not at its best, I looked into getting a respray under warranty via specialized UK, but it wasnt really cost effective. As a result of that I'm selling at a much reduced price. Otherwise the frame is solid.

gandalfsdad rossbellphoto's article
Nov 24, 2019 at 5:11
Nov 24, 2019
Inside Yeti: The Turquoise Legacy Continues
I love everything about Yeti (almost), the aesthetics, the ethos, this lunch ride thing, the history, they're definitely at the cooler end of the spectrum, everyone I know who's got one stays loyal and raves about the ride dynamics, but they're also on their 2nd or 3rd frame, not that they seem bothered because they rave about the warranty too. It's just that I don't want that potential hassle in my life.
gandalfsdad OliCarter's article
Oct 13, 2019 at 22:24
Oct 13, 2019
Video: The Trails and Tribulations of Racing the Trans Madeira 2019
First time I’ve seen an edit that reflects real life riding on Madeira. I went out with Freeride Madeira August 2017 with a few other guys, the trails are fast, loose and often off camber you need plenty of time between you and the rider in front in order for the dust to settle just to give you a fighting chance of seeing what you’re about to get yourself into. Great stuff.
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