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gkeele raceface's article
Nov 16, 2017 at 8:23
Nov 16, 2017
Race Face Introduces Carbon Wheel Guarantee
@hamncheez: You're just twisting my words now... I didn't say there's nothing we can do, you said we should disregard the environmental factors of manufacturing mountain bikes because people are burning biomass. All I was saying is that's completely irrelevant, I still care about the eco-credentials of what I'm riding. If you don't care because of a lack of evidence that's fine, but I feel the evidence is actually fairly clear-cut, if not exactly quantifiable.
gkeele raceface's article
Nov 16, 2017 at 0:29
Nov 16, 2017
Race Face Introduces Carbon Wheel Guarantee
@hamncheez: Can't we do both? I can choose Not to buy something on a purely ecological basis, and all the while people are burning wood and building tanks. You can wring your hands and demand unrealistic change in the developing world while we're driving our carbon fibre around, or you can actually, to borrow a stupid quote, 'be the change you want to see'.
gkeele raceface's article
Nov 15, 2017 at 8:47
Nov 15, 2017
Race Face Introduces Carbon Wheel Guarantee
@hamncheez: You don't ignore the big stuff, you gather momentum towards it. If I want to run a marathon I don't get off the sofa and try to do it, I do C25K and work in steps towards my goal.
gkeele raceface's article
Nov 15, 2017 at 7:40
Nov 15, 2017
Race Face Introduces Carbon Wheel Guarantee
@hamncheez: You achieve shift change one step at a time. Environmental groups recognise this and lobby for the smallest changes in the biggest industries, with public profile. It doesn't matter how much worse the car industry is purely because of scaling, the issue is there regardless. As for the whole alu vs. CF thing, some cursory research tells me that aluminium and CF have a similar level of embodied energy - about 200MJ/kg. However you get 92% of that energy back by recycling the aluminium (or by using recycled material in the first place). I can't tell you how much you'd get back recycling carbon fibre, but it's a fraction of that, and you can't use recycled CF in place of virgin.
gkeele raceface's article
Nov 15, 2017 at 0:33
Nov 15, 2017
Race Face Introduces Carbon Wheel Guarantee
@hamncheez: I mean, it's perfectly obvious that carbon fibre is an environmental nightmare compared to steel or aluminium. It doesn't matter what you do with the stuff, once it's used once/once it's waste material, it stays that away until you burn it or it rots away in the next few hundred thousand years. No such issue with the metals, people Love to recycle those. The 'Ocean Fill' calls which have gone around PB are like another Ice Bucket Challenge, but that doesn't make the issue Pole's guy highlighted any less valid.
gkeele paulaston's article
Nov 2, 2017 at 2:08
Nov 2, 2017
October 2017 - Good Month or Bad Month?
@ilovedust: It's brilliant going up there on a cold morning and descending out of the fog. Those trails shrug off the rain, best wet riding I've ever experienced.
gkeele RichardCunningham's article
Nov 1, 2017 at 2:03
Nov 1, 2017
Patrol 672 – Review
@skerby: If we're going to criticise bikes for being Asian-built we're going to be here all day (and criticising many of the best bikes in the world). And whilst it does look a bit like a Nukeproof, it's shock mount is on the downtube, unlike any Mega ever built.
gkeele vernonfelton's article
Oct 19, 2017 at 8:48
Oct 19, 2017
Riding Rigid is Ridiculous - Opinion
I'm not a hardtail fanatic either, but around this time of year I certainly see the appeal of having one less piece of suspension and a total lack of pivot points. I just dropped the coin to get all the bearings done on my Mega, and now I can barely bring myself to take it outside in this muck!
gkeele adamprice's article
Oct 9, 2017 at 2:24
Oct 9, 2017
Online Deals October 2017
No idea how to get around it but I'm in the UK and we've got a 15% discount on RRP compared to the American/European prices which have 25% off. Where is your Head Office CRC??
gkeele vernonfelton's article
Oct 4, 2017 at 8:40
Oct 4, 2017
OneUp Composite Pedals - Review
I agree with everything you say, but there are a plethora of well-designed flat pedals in AL for about that price, it's just that OneUp priced theirs quite high. As an example, Superstar Nano-X is the same thickness (as the composite, 17mm) with the only downside being the weight penalty with steel axles (80g heavier). The deciding factor for me, tarty as it may be, is that I really hate the look of battered nylon pedals, but I really like a well-worn AL pedal. My black (Superstars, funnily enough..) are three years old and have developed a beautiful patina all the way round the edges!
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