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gmdunn seb-stott's article
Nov 4, 2021 at 14:32
Nov 4, 2021
Nerding Out: Why You Shouldn't Worry Too Much About Weight
@chakaping: "Mate, that's a good weight for a mid-range XC bike these days." And those bikes are WAY out of the common folks' price range. They also have geometry that's too aggressive for most real-world riders. "Good weight" isn't determined by what is available, it's determined by what actually complements the rider. For someone who's 6'3" 220 lb, 35 lb is one thing. For a 150 lb rider who doesn't need a bike to be bombproof, (or even worse, for a 5'3" 110 lb woman) it's completely different. For me, the ability, ease, & comfort of moving a 25 lb bike beneath me compared to a 35 lb one is significant, and the heavier bike is less fun to the point that it's not worth buying--I'll stick with the old school bikes. The industry makes premium bikes for racers, for rough terrain, jumping, etc., and the low-end bikes are just cheaper versions of the same thing. Bikes are WAY more stout than they used to be. Big wheels mean everything else gets heavier, too, especially to maintain consistent rigidity. And the same goes for longer travel suspension. All that adds up, and that's why to get lightweight, you have to pay through the nose. And that's the problem. Not every bike needs to be a Raptor or a Corvette. A Miata is not only perfectly viable, it's actually MORE FUN in most cases despite being slower. That's the hole I see in today's market. I believe for the skill & interest of the majority of riders (and potential riders), and for the intensity that they will actually ride, a simpler, lighter, smaller, less-travel, less aggressive bike would be more entertaining, engaging, and rewarding for them, and you can still get them to pay a mild premium for it.
gmdunn seb-stott's article
Oct 21, 2021 at 18:39
Oct 21, 2021
Burning Question: Do Bike Brands Have Targets To Reduce CO2 Emissions?
If you want to do something about emissions, don’t buy new bikes. Buy used.
gmdunn seb-stott's article
Oct 21, 2021 at 18:35
Oct 21, 2021
Nerding Out: Why You Shouldn't Worry Too Much About Weight
It seems most affordable bikes nowadays weigh around 35 lb. A good weight for a bike IMO is 25 lb. Hardly a 1 kg difference. (And the equations in this article miss the rotational energy associated with wheels. Heavy wheels are a bigger deal than other heavy parts. And in addition to obvious weight issues, they also have gyroscopic effects.) But all things said, losing weight off your belly is far better than paying to drop weight from your bike.
gmdunn edspratt's article
Oct 14, 2021 at 16:48
Oct 14, 2021
Trek Finds Carbon Frames Produce Nearly 3 Times the CO2 of Alloy in its First Sustainability Report
Here’s some other insight: whatever costs more produces more emissions. Cost comes from scarcity of materials and the energy needed to process them. Neither aluminum nor carbon are rare. Energy is directly proportional to emissions.
gmdunn edspratt's article
Oct 14, 2021 at 16:38
Oct 14, 2021
Trek Finds Carbon Frames Produce Nearly 3 Times the CO2 of Alloy in its First Sustainability Report
“Alloy” isn’t a thing. It means “mixture,” and every metal we use is an alloy. Why is it so hard to say “aluminum”?
gmdunn henryquinney's article
May 26, 2021 at 8:18
May 26, 2021
Opinion: The Hot Chip Has Gone Cold - Flip Chips Don't Deliver
As best I can tell, it's just a fine-tuning feature, which seems fine. Get the bike set up how you like it, then leave it.
gmdunn henryquinney's article
May 26, 2021 at 8:17
May 26, 2021
Opinion: The Hot Chip Has Gone Cold - Flip Chips Don't Deliver
"Progressive" is overrated. Most things that are "progressive" are crap and worse than what came before. I don't give a fuck about "bold design." I want design that works, and most of the time, being "bold" is no different than changing things just to change them, not because they are actually better.
gmdunn pinkbikeoriginals's article
May 18, 2021 at 9:29
May 18, 2021
Video: 6 Things MTB Trail Builders Hate
I won't criticize the horses. I WILL criticize local govt who prioritize horses over bikes because they think bikes do more damage.
gmdunn seb-stott's article
Mar 16, 2021 at 7:59
Mar 16, 2021
Tested: Does a Lockout Actually Make Climbing Faster?
Exactly. A lot of us use bikes for multiple things, and something as simple as a lockout to make road riding a little more efficient when there’s no downside, then turn suspension when it’s beneficial is worth it.
gmdunn seb-stott's article
Mar 16, 2021 at 7:53
Mar 16, 2021
Tested: Does a Lockout Actually Make Climbing Faster?
I don’t use lockouts for climbs. I use it for when I’m on smooth pavement. For me suspension is more about reducing fatigue than going faster.
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