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gregnash mikekazimer's article
Aug 17, 2018 at 11:16
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Spotted: Manitou's Prototype Enduro Fork and Sun Ringle's Carbon Wheels - Crankworx Whistler 2018
@xeren: Remember, just because that is the dial that is on there doesn't mean that it is not A) a comp version, or B) a modified version that has the HBO in it. Prototype without decals could really be anything.
gregnash mikelevy's article
Jul 27, 2018 at 12:21
Jul 27, 2018
Pinkbike Poll: What's the Most You'd Spend on a Mountain Bike?
Top notch is always a DREAM, but for many of us "average joes" that have mortgages, car payments, credit card bills, etc. to pay on a monthly basis, the biking budget tends to thin. Many people will give it the old "well if I want it/to do it bad enough I will just make it happen" but in reality that tends to be a narrower group of those who actually implement vs. those who say (walk the walk vs. talk the talk). Believe me, I am currently pinching pennies as we speak so I can have a new GG Smash with the build kit I WANT (which isn't even close to top of the line stuff, barely even middle ground) by May of 2019. Purpose is that this will be my 40th bday present and I want to have it prior to the Carson City Off-Road race that is local to me and I participate in. Honestly, if this were not my 40th, I would probably be riding my current bike until it breaks. The one that baffles me is the riders that purchase a new bike every other year (sometimes every year) but are what I would call part of the Bro/Brah group. With my situation, and my wife and I live comfortably with no kids, I can barely afford to put away those pennies at the end of the month so I can have my toy. How these guys do it on shop wages, going out and drinking (sometimes heavily) on almost a nightly basis, traveling all the time, etc. is beyond me. And the bikes they go for are still in the $5k+ range. My last bike came out to just over $2500 with me building it and scouring the internet for deals on a constant basis. So to answer the direct question.... Would I spend the money? HELL NO, I am strictly in the $4k-$5k range and will ride that GG Smash until it breaks or I come into money that I don't need for something else and decide that it is better invested in a new bike vs. something else.
gregnash mikelevy's article
Jun 27, 2018 at 11:47
Jun 27, 2018
Review: Guerrilla Gravity Smash
@Doogster: Dude you and me both!!!! I have to say that GG's customer service has been stellar. Been going back and forth with one of their guys about my build and what not, he has been giving me honest opinions on what I want and really you can have them build up your "dream" bike with whatever components you want, sometimes it an extra charge and sometimes not. Just depends on what they "stock" regularly. For me the same is happening, shaking the piggybank, and I was looking for a quote as to what I would be looking at price-wise with an intent to purchase around the beginning of the calendar year. The rep (Bobby) gave me the lowdown on everything, custom Extra Medium will be a 10-12wk lead time vs. normal sizes 6-8wks, and then other custom bits they normally don't stock could possibly add extra time. He quoted me with everything that I wanted and then another with the stuff they stock with a few of the components I REALLY wanted as custom. Price blew me away. Seriously, this is why we need to support these smaller builders and local companies!!!!
gregnash mikelevy's article
Jun 25, 2018 at 11:20
Jun 25, 2018
Review: Guerrilla Gravity Smash
Yeah I have a feeling that the geo numbers will throw some people off, as it did me, as everyone will be like "I have ridden X sized bike for so many years but this says I should be a Size Down/Up?!" Main thing is the comparison of Reach and Standover height with the ETT for me. I am considered a disproportionate rider as I am 6' tall, 31" inseam but an Ape Index of 1.5" to 2". All that means is that when I threw a leg over the Medium with a 50mm stem I felt a bit cramped on it, standover was spot on but I just felt a bit too upright. Moving to the Large would be better reach number with a short stubb stem, thinking the 40-50mm range. But here is the kicker, talking with GG about this, they said "Well, you are right. You really are right in-between because of your measurements. For a little bit of an up charge, we can do you an Extra Medium. Basically we put the Mediums Head-tube and Seat-tube on the Top-tube and Down-tube of a Large. This will give you the reach numbers of the Large but the standover height of the Medium." Seriously, what company do you know that would talk number with you and then offer up a semi-custom ride for a very small fee ($195!). Hell I will give up going with a custom color that costs as much to go with something like that! Hence why they will be having my money shortly for my 40th Bday bike!!!
gregnash RichardCunningham's article
May 1, 2018 at 13:47
May 1, 2018
Garbaruk 10 x 50 Wide-Range 11-Speed Cassette for SRAM XD Drivers - Review
@kingbike2: ???? I am the motor, screw that noise! Gotta get out there an earn my turns.
gregnash cy-cotic's article
May 1, 2018 at 13:46
May 1, 2018
Cotic Bikes Heads Up Wales' Highest Mountain - Video
Really wish you guys had some demo bikes roaming around the US. Still looking forward to building one up for my 40th next year, wish you would bring back that Aqua color though, that was just a tits color!!!
gregnash RichardCunningham's article
Apr 17, 2018 at 12:32
Apr 17, 2018
Garbaruk 10 x 50 Wide-Range 11-Speed Cassette for SRAM XD Drivers - Review
@Dd7: I had an alloy top 11.40 that worn out on me after a little over a year of riding, the 36t was done, but that was my fault for not having changed the chain after close to 800 miles from what I calculated. That was the only ring that would not "stay" because of the teeth being so destroyed. Moved up the MS (all steel) version and have not had any problems with it in close to a year of riding (think I am at about 600 miles now).
gregnash RichardCunningham's article
Apr 13, 2018 at 13:50
Apr 13, 2018
Garbaruk 10 x 50 Wide-Range 11-Speed Cassette for SRAM XD Drivers - Review
@redsled137: This for all of us that are not ready to jump off the 10spd boat as our bikes are only a couple years old. Hell I am climbing a 34t/11x42 as is right now. And pretty sure that SunRace has similar offering for 11spd at half that price, could be aluminum though.
gregnash mikekazimer's article
Mar 7, 2018 at 8:00
Mar 7, 2018
Cycling Brands Under Scrutiny in Gun Control Debate
@rebel12: Thanks dude, much appreciated and refreshing to not get a sudden attack of verbal diarrhea by someone with opposing views simply because of that fact (which if you look at most of the comments on here and other forums that is what you see). You are correct, having only a two party system does have its pros and cons, and the wife and I are like you, we base our vote on research and what the person is proposing that will best suit us. But many are stanch Democrats or stanch Republicans and will live and die that way regardless of whether or not their party is actually doing good for the country and them. If someone from the "anti-gun" side came and proposed some new regulations that would only restrict certain things, that were not ridiculous then the "pro-gun" side might actually listen. The biggest thing the "pro gun" side has against the other side is that the proposals they put forward are the removal and restriction of all guns. For many, that is like being a pack a day smoker for 30+ years and then being forced to go cold turkey (with the added effect that if you touch a pack of cigs you are going to jail). It's amazing what a calm, open minded, collaborative discussion can be like if both sides are able to do that. But alas, we are a society built on "my needs are greater than yours!" and "that's mine!!" and self-gratification and commercialism/capitalism so that will more than likely never happen. Funniest (and Scariest) things I have watched lately is the "Real Conversations with Steven Crowder" on YouTube where he has (or tries to have in some cases) conversations with people that have an opposing view to his allowing them to give arguments to change his mind. Some of the arguments are very well put together and thought felt with good points, but not enough to change his (or in some cases my) mind. Others just purely resort to name calling, violence, etc. to intimidate. Anyways, Trumps presidency and everything that has gone on during it has made for an interesting ride, that is for sure. Would Obama or Hillary been able to stop these shootings from happening (Vegas and Florida), I highly doubt it but we will never know (once again my opinion). And if you ever happen to be in the Tahoe area, same to you and then we will go out for some good food and beers afterwards!
gregnash mikekazimer's article
Mar 6, 2018 at 10:25
Mar 6, 2018
Cycling Brands Under Scrutiny in Gun Control Debate
@rebel12: Ok I see where you are coming from... The US does have quite a few different laws, many based on state or county you live/reside in, that take lots of what you talk about into account. For instance, a shotgun is meant for bird hunting mainly, in most states it is completely illegal to modify a shotgun with a shorter barrel or to put a "pistol grip" on it. There are certain variants that can be purchased with those items but they are like your countries shotguns and normally have a much smaller capacity. With regards to your statement about "I am speaking about fire arms that are designed for killing people. For example hand guns, infantry guns, shotguns with shortened stocks and or barrels etc." This is somewhat of a gross (meaning broad) categorization and statement as primarily ALL firearms were designed to kill, not just humans but to kill in general. Simply stating that one particular type of firearm is designed specifically to kill only humans is incorrect. Are they USED to kill humans, yes absolutely, but specifically designed too, no not really. The ergonomics of a handgun are design for shorter range effectiveness vs. a rifle (of any sort) that is designed for mid-to-long range effectiveness. The maniac could have easily purchased a .357 Magnum or a 9mm Glock and still did the same amount of devastation. Instead the AR has had an image portrayed by the media that it is an evil firearm specifically because of its "LOOK" and aesthetic vs. anything else. As many movies and actors have portrayed, the AR is a "badass" looking gun that gives off an image of the holder being "unstoppable" and "intimidating" when the truth of the matter is that it is no more or less effective at killing another person than a pistol/handgun. Just like Pitbulls have been portrayed by the media as these evil, ruthless, blood thirsty killer dogs they are the complete opposite (I have owned four, currently have three and would trust them with any child in my family over my sister-in-laws terrier that has already bitten her 3yr old and 1yr old). But you are correct, I do agree that we (the US) could use some gun reform laws AND that this is not just a mental health issue. However, what I personally am seeing (again my OPINION) is that the left wants to completely do away with the public's right to own a firearm and the right wants a slackening of the controls that are already in place. What we need is a conversation between both parties to find a middle ground. The right answer is out there, it is NOT what we currently have but it is also NOT completely taking guns away. By doing that you will be doing nothing more than enabling those that do not abide by laws to take advantage of those that do, simply put Criminals do not care, they will find every target a "soft target" at that point. The best "generalization" I found recently was a post of discussions like these from TheCHIVE where the conversation was something similar to: anit-gun person: This shooting was horrible. Yet another needless massacre of lives, we need to get rid of guns and have more gun control laws. Why wont the government do this!! pro-gun person: Getting rid of guns and more gun control laws is not the answer. Yes this was horrible and senseless but there is more to it than just getting rid of guns. anti-gun person: Your WRONG!!! All guns need to be gotten rid of! If this doesn't happen I am going to start carrying a rocket launcher around with me. No one will f$&* with me then! pro-gun person: Really? A rocket launcher? You know that no person can own/buy a rocket launcher as they are completely illegal, right? anti-gun person: Not on the black market they aren't. pro-gun person: So you're saying that gun control doesn't work. I do truly appreciate the civilized response from you! I was hoping for something like this to actually happen as I have been wanting to discuss with someone that has opposing beliefs in a calm and composed manner... Much appreciated!
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