Used to manage a WC team - but after having my bank account drained to zero (and then supplementing this with money I had to spend the next three years paying off) I saw the light and now just pleb around the industry.

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gavind vernonfelton's article
Mar 24, 2017 at 16:13
Mar 24, 2017
Does It Matter Where Your Bike Was Built? - Pinkbike Poll
I think the argument misses the point a little. Manufacturing strengths and weaknesses will vary from country to country. If I wanted to have something made in small runs using ultra hard materials I would go to certain parts of Europe. If I wanted large runs of welded of formed metals I would go to Asia. It is technologies required to do things well is being dispersed, but to make large scale runs of a product like a push bike in the US or here in Oz is just not as feasible as it is in China (unless you want to pay workers in peanuts).
gavind redbullbike's article
Jan 20, 2017 at 18:08
Jan 20, 2017
Richie Rude Signs With Red Bull
@hetfield1: I have and Rude would not be going hungry any time soon
gavind ellsworthbikes's article
Jan 7, 2017 at 21:08
Jan 7, 2017
Ellsworth Announces Brian Lopes As Team Rider - Press Release
Christ - that was an impressive read! What I get out of this is that A) after one meeting for multiple folks they can form an opinion of someone that is strong enough for them to post their feelings... B) a lot of you think Ellsworth and lopes are a good fit. I got to know Lopes over a two year period, meeting him on several occasions and seeing him interact with the public and sponsors. Is he a dick..? Nah - he is just not going to back slap you every five minutes, tell you he thinks you are awesome and sign autographs all day. To some, this is a professional athletes job (and this includes some sponsors), but it is not. They have a job to do and Lopes has done it better than most over twenty years. I think plenty of people are dicks on occasion (me included and probably all of you, but I don't know you), some more than others. If Lopes cops more comment than others that is perhaps because he puts his actual job before giving hand jobs to hero worshipping fans. I thought he was focused and knew better than most that you can't ride forever.
gavind urteam's article
Dec 23, 2016 at 13:50
Dec 23, 2016
This is UR World: Episode Three, Mick Hannah - Full Movie
Kelly Slater is still smashing it at over 40 - you have at least 8 years left, Mick! Great to see the kids doing well, mate, and that you have found a happy groove on the WC.
gavind evocsports's article
Nov 5, 2016 at 20:06
Nov 5, 2016
Fail Of The Month - October
#9 'you okay, Dawson?'... 'Yeah - I mean, I have crushed my sternum and my lungs are filling with blood... but yeah, I'm okay'
gavind mikekazimer's article
Oct 29, 2016 at 4:29
Oct 29, 2016
You Don't Need to Learn on a Hardtail - Opinion
It was not that long ago here on the hallowed pages of Pinkbike that the same debate took place started by...drumroll please... Pinkbike reviewing a hideously expensive HT (at least I think that was it). A whole bunch of folk (Waki and I included) traded barbs and slung mud about the others philosophies and in the end... well fuck me if we did not just all leave with the same views as we started! Do I think that Kazimer is wrong? Yep. But in probably less than 15 years it will be a moot point as no kid will learn to ride seriously on a HT. it is getting harder each year to even find one without a HA so steep that even fire trails are sketchy and I will not have my son learn on a 29" ????. People will still learn, kids will get faster and the sun will set each night. I will still love riding my HT, happy in the knowledge that it is slower and it does restrict me, but smiling like a loon at the fun it provides that I have never really found matched by FS (other than DH bikes). Mind you, I also still shoot .308 and 22-250 so maybe I am just a stubborn prick who is resistant to change.
gavind pinkbikeaudience's article
Jul 17, 2016 at 17:14
Jul 17, 2016
EWS Round Four, La Thuile, Italy - Final Results
You're actually both kind of right and both missing some key points. A - you do not go at 100% for all of a climb, you tap out a consistent cadence if you can that is hopefully higher than the other guys and maybe throw in efforts for the bits that require it. That is how you get those 1 sec gaps. Sorry Waki, but trying to do that on the flat is a bad idea. On the flat your leg power advantage is can be negated by possible leg speed and gearing choice by the other guy. You may get an advantage, but it will be smaller (point of proof - no one ever wins the tour in the flats - it is won in the mountains and hills, always has been. They don't accelerate and then slow, they tap it out, attack on the steeps, tap it out again, attack... But they also do use end of climb spurts to lead into dh sections... But they are group starting so this is for a whole different reason. B - I can't believe none of you picked up the real reason this kind of attack works... It kills the other competitor/s mentally. I can still remember doing a selection course twenty odd years ago in the army and lugging a pack up a hill for km after km and then the DS goes trotting past you like you are standing still... That shit hurts. Same here. Climbing is 50% mental. Always has been. You are hurting and your body is telling you that you're at 100%. You're not, but the mental game is not giving in. My guess is Rude saw the chance to hurt someone and took it (probably busting a gut to do it). Funny thing is Sam used to do this in DH at his peak. He'd ride behind competitors in training and obviously break and shit behind them to let them know they were slowing him down...
gavind pinkbikeaudience's article
Jun 10, 2016 at 16:31
Jun 10, 2016
YT Industries - UCI WC DH - Leogang Fantasy Contest
Men: 1. Brosnan 2. Minnaar 3. Atherton Women 1. Carpenter 2. Hannah 3. Atherton ( she crashes - but recovers to take third :) )
gavind urteam's article
May 30, 2016 at 16:38
May 30, 2016
Polygon UR in Mountain Bike Paradise - Video
That just made me smile - they seem to have heaps of fun each year.
gavind devinci's article
May 12, 2016 at 0:11
May 12, 2016
Tragic News - Stevie Smith Passes Away
I only met Stevie twice when he was just coming up. When I read this yesterday I was with my son and he saw that I was upset by it. We seem to have lost so many good people the last twelve months. The young fella asked what was going on and who Stevie was and after I finished explaining he looked at me with the wisdom of a 10 year old and said, "why don't you go for a ride, dad? It is what he would do, I think." To his family I express my deepest condolences.
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