groghunter

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groghunter mattwragg's article
Jul 1, 2022 at 7:11
13 hours
Opinion: The Opposite of Learning to Fly
@car-ramrod: Been thinking about this comment for a bit, wanted to address it. You're 100% correct, and MTBers in general need to do more strength training, especially as we get older. but it isn't a pancea. neither of my most recent injuries would have been helped by stronger shoulders, rolling out of the crash, etc. sometimes you just get bit, and it can be life changing.
groghunter mattwragg's article
Jun 30, 2022 at 10:49
1 day
Opinion: The Opposite of Learning to Fly
@rocketrepresents: i have REALLY fucked up that joint. As in, the entire glenoid and humeral knob are at zero percent cartilage. literally bone on bone. the shoulder replacement will end up being forced when i go for a check up with the ortho and it becomes concerning if i have enough bone left for the replacement joint to anchor to. And without a glenoid socket, i have basically no shoulder stability, so i can't control a bike in technical terrain.
groghunter mattwragg's article
Jun 29, 2022 at 21:01
2 days
Opinion: The Opposite of Learning to Fly
@njcbps: nothing, TBH. I can't really ride currently due to the state of my shoulder, and when they replace it, I won't be able ride anything more technical than flat XC trails for the rest of my life. You're not wrong however, there's a real gap in options for people to protect their shoulders. Basically the only guards with real shoulder protection are the full on, hard shell, full upper body guards.
groghunter mattwragg's article
Jun 29, 2022 at 14:54
2 days
Opinion: The Opposite of Learning to Fly
The thing that blows my mind, is how much MTBers in general don't protect their shoulders. even a lot of the core protectors don't even touch your shoulders. And yet, here i am at 41 being told I need a shoulder replacement, and learning the hard facts that we can't fix shoulders well: they can replace them, but the replacements aren't durable, and you can basically never crash again, or you risk not being able to raise your arm for the rest of your life. Protect your shoulders folks. you can ride with fake hips, fake knees, almost everything else, but you kinda only get one set of shoulders.
groghunter dan-roberts's article
Jun 27, 2022 at 12:37
Jun 27, 2022
First Ride: Pirelli's Updated Scorpion Enduro & eMTB Tires
@dthomp325: those are off the shelf tires too, pretty sure i've heard top gear/grand tour talking about $20k per tires for some of the "we're only making 25 of these" Ferraris. And i bet a retail priced P-Zero (F1 tires) would cost more than that.
groghunter mikelevy's article
Jun 2, 2022 at 12:25
Jun 2, 2022
Opinion: You Should Be Fixing Your Own Bike
@bashhard: it actually makes me feel weird to own a bike i didn't build up myself. I'd much rather have something break because i did something wrong, than have something break because i got the last bike somebody assembled that day, and i didn't check it.
groghunter mikelevy's article
Jun 2, 2022 at 10:08
Jun 2, 2022
Opinion: You Should Be Fixing Your Own Bike
@unrooted: not reserved entirely for bike shops, but it's absolutely mystifying how so many business owners active resent the people who pay their bills. Everybody grouses, but some people take it to a level i find super confusing, to the point where they're actively sabotaging their business due to their disdain for their customers.
groghunter mikelevy's article
Jun 2, 2022 at 10:03
Jun 2, 2022
Opinion: You Should Be Fixing Your Own Bike
@mikelevy: "They're not curing cancer or building a spaceship, they're just fixing silly bikes." Truer words have never been spoken. Yes, you learned a skill. yes, some people are not mechanically apt, and what you do seems like magic to them. But there's plenty of OTHER people who are also mechanically apt, and can read a manual, that did not happen to choose a bike mechanic as their job. And they have to advantage of being able to take their time, since it's their bike. And here's the kicker for me: I CARE about my bike. I've seen an awful lot bikes come out of bike shops with work done on them that was absolute proof that the mechanic didn't care if it the work was done right, incompetent, or both.
groghunter mikelevy's article
Jun 2, 2022 at 8:46
Jun 2, 2022
Opinion: You Should Be Fixing Your Own Bike
a certain group of bike shop owners right now " how could Pinkbike BETRAY us like this" Guess what, if you need to actively discourage your customers from learning how to do basic bike maintenance, you're probably the kind of bike shop that people actively avoid. Hope those 5 customers who you convinced that they're too stupid to change a tire are worth alienating the everyone else.
groghunter Tajlucas's article
May 23, 2022 at 12:25
May 23, 2022
The Conundrum: More Shocks or More Shovels?
@justinfoil: not just that, per tree biologists that i've worked with, it's an ingress point for infections and fungus. it's like if you had a chunk of your arm without skin on it.
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