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glenward jamessmurthwaite's article
May 24, 2019 at 10:34
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Damien Oton Suffers Broken Back in Training Crash
@WAKIdesigns: Take a damn chill pill and relax a bit, jeeez. I'm just as gutted about this as any other rider is. I was only speaking about myself and not calling out those that don't wear a bag. Y'all are free to do whatever you want. I was simply stating that slight back protection is a bonus for wearing a bag. It carries all my stuff is the real reason, obviously. For a frame of reference, I went over the bar a few years back and landed on a rock, with my bag on, which has built in protection. I came away with a slight fracture in my lower back. The doctor said that my bag likely saved my spine from much worse. So go ahead and call me a smart ass, but I'd rather be a smart ass than a dumbass
glenward jamessmurthwaite's article
May 24, 2019 at 9:47
8 hours
Damien Oton Suffers Broken Back in Training Crash
And that's why I wear a backpack. Don't care if it's not in style, heavy or hot. I know it's saved me a few times over the years
glenward mikekazimer's article
May 17, 2019 at 12:51
May 17, 2019
Pinkbike Poll: What Would You Upgrade On Your Current Mountain Bike?
New frame. I'd like to go to the next larger size. All my parts are great; dependable ride after ride.
glenward andy9's article
Mar 23, 2019 at 5:19
Mar 23, 2019
Photo Epic: Downhill Finals - Crankworx Rotorua 2019
@LittleDominic: my math may be a bit off, but how exactly is Emilie out $3500? In your eyes, she goes from 4th place prize money to 2nd? The biggest question shouldn't be about trans-athletes, it should really be how Tahnee would get skipped over for 2nd place by the 4th place rider, had Kate not been there. #LittleDominicRobbedTahnee
glenward pinkbikeaudience's article
Dec 27, 2018 at 18:58
Dec 27, 2018
Ask Pinkbike: Paint Choices, Cleat Issues, and Predicting the Future of MTB
@Rubberelli: I wish it were that simple, but nobody brought up those changes or proposed them during the monthly meetings. I fired off a pretty heated email to all the members about whom added the berm and received a private response from the builder about it. It basically said he's sorry about the rim, thought that it would be a good place for a berm and had the afternoon off from class so he went out to dig. None of the other chapter members or board members knew about it. We also had a rider remove some rocks and fill in a small rock garden with dirt because he had an off day and crashed. He had been riding this trail for years, crashed, went home and grabbed a shovel and drove back. No proposed modification during the monthly meeting where we actually discuss these kinds of things because he just did it. Most of the time, it seems the BoD is preoccupied with having a good presence with the town to look good and also worrying about the logistics of the yearly CX race because it brings in the most money for the chapter. I'm sure I'm not the only one with this battle out there, but it's frustrating to say the least. I want to do things right and by the book as to not piss the landowners off but I'm thinking solo building and asking for forgiveness if caught is the most sound option at this point.
glenward pinkbikeaudience's article
Dec 27, 2018 at 15:57
Dec 27, 2018
Ask Pinkbike: Paint Choices, Cleat Issues, and Predicting the Future of MTB
@Rubberelli: a berm that was never on the trail showed up unannounced in the fastest section of trail and I launched off it and wrecked my rim. The berm is built in a gulley, after a rise in the trail, making it almost impossible to see. The builder is a member, and buddies with some of the board of directors. There has been a bunch of other trail mods done by the same guy and other people that are even on the Board of Directors. The people that do know and make the rules. That's my particular problem with my specific chapter. As for my jab about removing rocks and roots, a Board member recently removed a patch of rocks and a few roots on a section of flat trail just for the sake of removing them. I'm really just griping about the lack of responsibility and communication from my chapter board of directors. They've all heard my gripes but nothing seems to get better. It's frustrating from my point as to where I want to go rogue and just build my own stuff up in the woods on private property again. Which is why we started the chapter. Apparently, land owners don't appreciate it when you build of their land
glenward pinkbikeaudience's article
Dec 27, 2018 at 9:37
Dec 27, 2018
Ask Pinkbike: Paint Choices, Cleat Issues, and Predicting the Future of MTB
@Rubberelli: that's how our trails start out as. My actual issue is that the members of the Board of Directors, that created the chapter turn a blind eye when a trail is modified on a whim. A few of them are even the person doing the modifying. The whole reason my town started a chapter was to eliminate all the rogue building and to prevent unsanctioned trail modifications. Now we create fun trails that utilize the natural terrain without being too technical as to prevent lower skill levels from riding and then someone goes and starts hacking away without as much as a heads-up or a board notice/vote. It would save a ton of bitching and whining on my end as I'm usually the person that notices first, since I ride the network 3-5 times a week after work. And it definitely would've saved me from destroying a carbon rim
glenward pinkbikeaudience's article
Dec 26, 2018 at 14:35
Dec 26, 2018
Ask Pinkbike: Paint Choices, Cleat Issues, and Predicting the Future of MTB
@taquitos: This plagues my mind every season, all season. Which I why I would make a horrible board member for my chapter. I don't care about trail running, hiking or xc skiing and snowshoeing, but to the board, they bring in money
glenward pinkbikeaudience's article
Dec 26, 2018 at 14:27
Dec 26, 2018
Ask Pinkbike: Paint Choices, Cleat Issues, and Predicting the Future of MTB
@peleton7: I do volunteer and carry 2 different types of folding saws in my pack at all times to cut blow-downs during rides and regularly head in solo with shovels to maintain berms and damaged sections. I have also helped build every trail we have in my area. My gripe isn't with building easy trails or having advanced trails dumbed down (I understand that we will never build the super challenging terrain that most folks whine about wanting to ride all the time. For that I go to Killington or Thunder, as I don't enjoy that every single ride), it's more along the lines of having the board not communicate effectively and then not care that people are cutting, hacking and modifying the trail at will. People that didn't help plan, cut, rake and dig. People that don't attend the monthly board meetings, which I'm not a board member. (Too strong a voice for MTB and not enough towards other outdoors recreation activities). Long story short, I was making a wise-ass remark about some rocks and roots recently removed from a trail by a guy that has ridden this particular trail for years (without a problem, I've ridden with him on group rides) because he had an off day and crashed. Thanks for the insight into how volunteering and trails work, for anyone here that wasn't aware, please take a peek above, get learned and help the cause
glenward pinkbikeaudience's article
Dec 26, 2018 at 12:40
Dec 26, 2018
Ask Pinkbike: Paint Choices, Cleat Issues, and Predicting the Future of MTB
Makes sense now as to why my local vmba chapter keeps removing rocks and cutting out roots, makes it easier for the golfers to putt through the woods
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