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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!
gregnash mikekazimer's article
Mar 5, 2018 at 15:46
Mar 5, 2018
Cycling Brands Under Scrutiny in Gun Control Debate
@rebel12: I guess I am a little confused by your statement of "I understand why someone would use a gun for hunting. But I don't understand why private citizens are allowed to own weapons that are specifically designed to kill people. It clearly isn't working." A hunting rifle is really not all that dissimilar than an AR, remember now AR DOES NOT stand for Assault Rifle it is an acronym for ArmaLite Rifle which was the first company to patent the design. This is the exact same thing as calling any Facial Tissue, KLEENEX. This rifle was not specifically designed to kill people, rather it was designed for a self-repeating firing mechanism (however you are correct that war is usually the instigator for many many inventions and forward movement within technology. For the most part the firing mechanism is the exact same between a hunting rifle and an AR, the only difference being a Bolt Action hunting rifle that requires a manual actuation of the bolt to load the next round. The maniac could have just as easily walked into a local WalMart that sells guns and purchased a Hunting Rifle and did the same amount of devastation. He could have easily done the same with a Glock 19 (handgun) or a 38 Special (small revolver), the maniac could have simply picked ANY firearm and done the damage. But the case really is that there were indicators in his past that were not adequately addressed by a multitude of people (including the local police, fbi, school, etc.) but you dont see people attacking those individuals. REI/MECs choice to halt all business with Vista Outdoors specifically because they are associated and own a firearms company (and ammo manufacturer as well) was best put on MTBR, "it is like hating the children simply because the parents aren't nice people." Really Savage Arms (firearms manufacturer) and Federal Ammunition (ammo manufacturer) has ZERO to do with the incident (that we know of at this point), yet we are chastising them simply because they are "guilty by association". Would we be in an uproar just the same as we are now had the maniac gone and purchased a ton of knives from Cutco and used them to kill the same amount of people by throwing the knives at them (yes very gross generalization)? The answer is NO, gun control and mental health are the current hot cakes for activism (just like pitbulls) now days. I think more what we have is a lack of teaching our children Right from Wrong, that all lives matter, the sense of compassion amongst other things these days. I can't tell you how many "millenials" I have interviewed for positions that have self-entitlement problems that stem back to those types of items and the lack of mom/dad teaching them that everything comes with hard work. There is a difference between the statements of - You can be anything you want! You are Special and you deserve it! and - You can be anything you want if you work hard! You are Special and you deserve it! Again, as I have said in the past, this is just my opinion and we all know how that old adage goes..... Opinions are like @$$holes, everyone has one. That doesn't make yours more pretty or right than any others.
gregnash mikekazimer's article
Mar 1, 2018 at 11:20
Mar 1, 2018
Cycling Brands Under Scrutiny in Gun Control Debate
Hell, one of the highest gun control cities is Detroit and yet they are one of the highest in murder rates?! I think logic has truly escaped our society, or at least it was pushed out with all this "acceptance of everyone and everything" crap. Hate to say that my generation is a major influence of that.
gregnash mikekazimer's article
Mar 1, 2018 at 8:15
Mar 1, 2018
Cycling Brands Under Scrutiny in Gun Control Debate
How about a challenge to PinkBike since they decided to post this article. Go do the research and find the parent companies and all their subsidiary and post it up. I bet most would be amazed that more than just the mentioned above are owned by a parent company that supports something the reader does not agree with. Does that mean we all go out and boycott every company simply for that fact? How many companies do we have that source their materials via Fair-Trade? How many companies do we support that source their products in environmentally friendly ways? This is really no different, so in my mind (and this is my opinion and much like the adage says "Opinions are like a$$hole$. Everyone has one, but that doesn't makes yours more right or prettier than the others.") we might as well go about our normal business day. Ride your bikes because you love the bike and to ride, because if you truly believe and follow this inane political and bureaucratic BS then you might as well sell your car, house, close your bank accounts, and truly go native where you only eat what you kill, gather your own food and materials, and make your own living and livelihood.
gregnash cy-cotic's article
Feb 24, 2018 at 18:18
Feb 24, 2018
New Cotic Rocket Enduro Bike
@Garpur44: I have a 7yr old On One Inbred 29er that still gets use (mostly commuting) and still love that bike. Really wish it had more travel as it would see more than the occasional gravel path for use. No rusting or anything and don't she has been washed in over a year.
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