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gemma8788 RichardCunningham's article
Dec 14, 2017 at 14:45
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Opinion: Great Rides Don't Always Have Happy Endings
For sure. For me it's all about how it's done. We can definitely do things better and more responsibly. It's gotten way better than it was and a lot of the newer techniques leave less scars behind, but still, there's significant room for improvement and then we'd be closer to balancing the best of both worlds.
gemma8788 RichardCunningham's article
Dec 14, 2017 at 14:33
3 days
Opinion: Great Rides Don't Always Have Happy Endings
Gotta disagree on some points here. It's a really common misconception that the antiquities act prevents land uses such as mining, drilling, farming, hunting, etc. It doesn't. It doesn't even prevent the expansion of these uses. But I do agree that input from Native Americans is vital and many of them DID oppose the original monument. But man, everyone on here is drinking the political kool aid about land use and seemingly nobody wants land to be protected. The word freedom is throw around in this country the way legend is in mountain biking, as if it can be used everywhere and to justify everything.
gemma8788 RichardCunningham's article
Dec 14, 2017 at 14:23
3 days
Opinion: Great Rides Don't Always Have Happy Endings
@bkm303: Yeah I've flown over them. Have made a couple trips recently, and it just caught my eye how rare it was to see even a relatively large area without development. The point is not there isn't still land out there, it's that there really isn't as much as we think and it's crazy to underestimate how quickly we can completely inhabit and develop land. It happens fast. I grew up in a rural area that got completely developed over the course of my childhood. Different people have different standards for access. Driving a couple hours + hiking isn't easy access to me.
gemma8788 RichardCunningham's article
Dec 14, 2017 at 11:29
3 days
Opinion: Great Rides Don't Always Have Happy Endings
I hear you, but I don't think this was shitty politics. RC was on-site and well-informed. Land management affects bikers, and as people who enjoy the outdoors, we have an obligation to at least pay attention to what's going on (no dig no ride). Anyway, we've used and wasted so much good land in this country that we literally can't protect enough of it. Utah has already decided what to do and the land is going to be leased and sold off.
gemma8788 RichardCunningham's article
Dec 14, 2017 at 11:22
3 days
Opinion: Great Rides Don't Always Have Happy Endings
This is a great article, thanks RC. I've followed the Bears Ears saga and the general environmental assault of the current administration with intense interest and dismay. Whether or not you support the antiquities act or not, or federal land/water/air management or not, I'm not sure how you 1) deny that our land use in this country has been excessive and haphazard at best or 2) are against preserving vast tracts of land, considering how few of them remain and how much land we've already allocated to industry. If you've flown across the country at any point in the last 100 years, then you've seen that there is not one shred of un-farmed land left in the mideast/west, and that you will be hard-pressed in the west to find a view out the window that doesn't include at least a maze of roads and cell towers. It's damn hard to find peace of mind in this country as a result.
gemma8788 vernonfelton's article
Dec 4, 2017 at 9:43
Dec 4, 2017
Devinci Spartan Carbon - Review
probably a very long list these days, but transition patrol and yt capra come to mind first. and of course, there's always a compromise somewhere... I'd like to know how this spartan cornered compared to the previous model -- maybe I missed it but cornering should definitely be mentioned in every review. solid work otherwise.
gemma8788 mikelevy's article
Nov 27, 2017 at 15:19
Nov 27, 2017
Production Privée's Steel-Framed Shan N°5 - Review
@mikelevy: Considering the amount of agonizing deliberation I subjected myself to before dropping the cash, that is very good to hear ; )
gemma8788 mikelevy's article
Nov 27, 2017 at 15:17
Nov 27, 2017
Production Privée's Steel-Framed Shan N°5 - Review
@BedsideCabinet: I hear that for sure, I grew up riding the way you describe and still do a good bit of that on the west coast. That's the kind of riding that got me hooked on biking. I wasn't knocking the Shan; as mentioned, I value cornering to the point where exceptional cornering by itself is almost enough to sell me on it, but if you ever want to knock out some loops and/or hit stuff on the gnarlier side, it falls in the weird abyss between those two, esp. as bikes exist that can do those things and are also fun to dick about on in the woods.
gemma8788 mikelevy's article
Nov 27, 2017 at 12:05
Nov 27, 2017
Production Privée's Steel-Framed Shan N°5 - Review
Yeah it's one of the more bizarre reviews I've read, not a bad review at all but they didn't seem to fully understand it as well. I ride a spartan, the other great-cornering bike mentioned in the article. It's definitely something I wouldn't give up now that I have it, but the no.5 doesn't destroy the chunk and clearly doesn't climb well, would be a hard sell when comparing to transition scout et al. Kinda blows cause the bike looks amazing.
gemma8788 redbullbike's article
Nov 1, 2017 at 11:04
Nov 1, 2017
Best of Rampage: POV Runs - Red Bull Rampage 2017
Always love the racers take on ramapge, bummer brendog f'ed his leg up. Thought vinny t's line was dope too, he got so loose on the chute and extended his run with a great flowy jump section in the middle. Basically everyone but sorge got robbed haha, these runs are legendary.
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