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kwcpinkbike brianpark's article
Jul 15, 2021 at 11:13
Jul 15, 2021
Letter from the Editor: Pinkbike’s Next Chapter with Outside
The link/release from outside magazine: https://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/biking/lachlan-morton-tour-de-france-route-solo-alt-tour/ "Read more: Outside has unveiled its new membership platform, a one-stop shop for active lifestyle participants The Pinkbike acquisition adds considerable readership and revenue in the cycling space, and thus adds momentum to the company’s Outside+ membership program. Outside+, introduced this year, offers enthusiasts various bundles of content, services, discounts, and other offerings for a $99 annual fee." Personally, not very impressed with Outside Magazine anymore. I essentially got a free 1 yr paper magazine subscription and honestly, don't even read it. Paying $99/yr, personally I'm passing.
kwcpinkbike seb-stott's article
May 28, 2021 at 17:17
May 28, 2021
Pinkbike Poll: How Do You Feel About eMTBs Today?
@takeiteasyridehard: I actually think they should issue a permit for them that one would have to ziptie to the back of the seat and on front of handlebars like a race number. It would give a viable option for those with true physical disabilities to still access trails while not having someone being excessively critical after they see/recognize the disability plaque. I know I'm having to deal with a medical issue that may severely limit how much I can ride (actually pedaling is the real issue). If I opt to get/ride an ebike, I would want some way to let others know that it isn't my preference to be riding an ebike. On the contrary, I'd kill to have the disability gone and would happily vow that I wouldn't ride an ebike on a trail in exchange. I'm sure I'm not alone in that thought for those who've developed disabilities that limit them in their activities they enjoy.
kwcpinkbike pinkbikeoriginals's article
May 23, 2021 at 15:54
May 23, 2021
Video: Saturday Sends #16
So Tech Tuesday, Friday Fails, and Saturday Sends. Nice. Here's a future thought: Wednesday "What you dids . . ." You take some of the Friday Fails clips and some of the Satruday Send clips and provide a slow motion analysis on what was done right/wrong in the particular scenario. Whenever I see Friday fails, I always think, "someone should have told them to not do this or to do this instead." Someone who's good doesn't need the advice, but it's often the Friday Fail crowd that needs feedback on what the person did wrong (or right). Could save someone learning from getting hurt or even paralyzed. I always wonder what happened to the Friday Fails person when they ate shit. There's another ideal, Wednesday's What Happened To .. "
kwcpinkbike alicialeggett's article
May 19, 2021 at 11:18
May 19, 2021
Update: School District in Marin Backpedals on Disbanding High School MTB Teams & May Protect Teams from Future Threats
@Hogfly: Our local NICA (of which our family is involved) works the same way. We have different groups of different abilities and people progress. An experienced coach/rider can get complacent and think "that's easy" and shouldn't be a problem. Real life experience with kids of various abilities has shown kids will fall and kids will get hurt, even on stuff that is pretty easy. The race course for our NICA aren't hard from the technical sense. But it is what it is, and the goal is to get "more kids on bikes" and like everything else in life, people will go on to have different skill levels and interests in mountain biking. I think what everyone in the comments is overlooking is INSURANCE and RISK. I suspect the CA schools of concern have been advised that the legal risk from injuries/lawsuits in the sport are driving high schools to remove any association/endorsement from the school district itself. Our NICA teams are only Club Sports. We are required to follow NICA's rules for legal and insurance reasons. I think the problem lies that if our team were an official school sport, if a bad injury occurred, the lawsuits could be huge with lawyers going after the "deep pockets" of the school district and local taxpayers footing the bill. Blame needs to go towards both the personal injury lawyers AND from the participants themselves who's parents would likely the 1st to file a lawsuit if their kid got injured. Despite any waivers and understanding that the sport has inherent risks.
kwcpinkbike jamessmurthwaite's article
May 19, 2021 at 10:55
May 19, 2021
Revenue Round Up: Another Quarter of Big Growth for the Bike Industry with Warning Signs on the Horizon
Seeing the same thing near my house. There is a newly built bike park I drive by a couple times per day. When there should be a bunch of people biking, I don't see very many. Based on some recent plane flights (which every seat was taken), many are finding other things to go/do rather than biking compared to same time last year.
kwcpinkbike jamessmurthwaite's article
May 19, 2021 at 10:37
May 19, 2021
Revenue Round Up: Another Quarter of Big Growth for the Bike Industry with Warning Signs on the Horizon
@G-Sport: Here's my take on your thought at least for the US: -Covid did cause a spike to biking as people were looking for some type of recreation during Covid -Buying a bike is a "luxury" item. Many people still had their jobs and were given stimulus money so a natural response was to buy a bike to fill that recreation desire. If you really lost your job/significant income, one wouldn't go out and buy an expensive bike over other financial necessities. -Like most things, many will find they are not using the bike post Covid as they thought. These will either sit in one's garage or some will decide to sell them. The selling of slightly used bikes will be a factor against new full priced sales (bikes are not cheap). -The bubble of free stimulus money will no longer be around. -After this heyday, the bike industry will again/continue trying to find "slight improvements" to try to drive new sales. Arguably, those that bought these expensive bikes during Covid will not see the value in spending their own money (without extra stimulus money) for the lastest upgrade because the bike they bought already surpasses their need/capability/local trails in most situations. Even avid bikers are less convinced nowadays they "must" upgrade. -Consumers will start to see that a "modern" bike has achieved most of it's advancements negating the need for upgrades. Just as with home computers in the past, most started to find that upgrading/replacing one's computer frequently was not gaining them anything of significance (maybe gamers being the exception). In 5 years, I'll have to go back and review this comment to see if this is how things panned out.
kwcpinkbike seb-stott's article
Apr 9, 2021 at 0:36
Apr 9, 2021
Ask Pinkbike: Long-Travel vs Short-Travel Trail Bike, Measuring Fork Stiffness, Heavy Tires or Inserts?
@jjjared: Yep. The rocks are much different in a place like Phoenix where one can get cuts in the tire between the treads than in a place like Sedona or Flagstaff (or Tahoe area). Places like Phoenix also have tons of cacti/thorns unlike other areas but those at least are more manageable.
kwcpinkbike Canyon-PureCycling's article
Apr 9, 2021 at 0:23
Apr 9, 2021
Video: Paul Basagoitia Shares How an eMTB has Helped Get Him Back Out on the Trails
Very inspiring. What's very unfortunate is that Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve does not allow ebikes within it's rather extensive trail system. On on hand, that is somewhat understandable on the multiuse trail system. On the other hand, I've always felt that ebikes should be allowed for those who have a valid medical disability on trails that would otherwise be off limits for a rider with a disability. A front and/or back attached plastic plate with something like an auto registration annual sticker would allow other riders to recognize and accept that the person riding the ebike is doing so due to a valid physical limitation. Pinkbike should help get involved in something like this IMO.
kwcpinkbike Mandownmedia's article
Apr 6, 2021 at 21:55
Apr 6, 2021
15 Kids' Bikes & Their Riders from the Southern XC Round 1
@woofer2609: I can say from personal experience with downhill biking that the bike weight thing gets overblown. My kid was a very good downhill rider during the ages of 8-10 years old riding a 24" wheel bike that weighed about 36 lbs despite him weighing probably 80 to 85 lbs. What was important was having air in the front/rear suspension to tune it right for the kid's weight. But it wasn't just him, we had an identical 2nd bike that same age friends would try and borrow and they did just fine with a similar weight ratio. (Each bike was just $550) Now uphill xc riding, I suppose it can be an issue, but it's only more in relationship to what the other kids are riding and if you're doing it for fun vs. racing or having to try to keep up with mom/dad with their $5000 high end bike. For middle and high school kids in our NICA team/league it is definitely harder for them when they have a very heavy low end bike to keep up with other kids (up and down trails) Sometimes it's the bike, and sometimes it's the kid. The other big issue I see are too big of bikes especially with 29" wheels that make going down tight switchbacks hard for some as they don't yet have the skill level.
Apr 5, 2021 at 10:09
Apr 5, 2021
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