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lukeproofman pinkbikeoriginals's article
Jan 12, 2021 at 7:38
Jan 12, 2021
Video: 28 Bikes Bottomed Out In Ultra Slo Mo (1000 FPS)
@mi-bike: it does look like it deflects way less than the other xc trail forks.....plus no chance for csu noise
lukeproofman Mandownmedia's article
Nov 2, 2020 at 7:03
Nov 2, 2020
Bike Check: Matt Lakin's Fully Rigid Stooge Cycles MK4 Enduro Race Bike
I have a nicolai g16 and a jones and this bike puts a smile one my face. For the guys wondering about the harshness- the geometry is key to making this work. There is some give in the fork but the long offset allows the bike to handle the roughest stuff, without beating you up. I ride much of the same stuff on the jones as the nicolai. The lines choices change and I am more conscious of oh shit moments on the jones but honestly there are days I want the simplicity of the jones and some days the cushiness of the g16. Rigid bikes built as a system work, tire pressure is important and I prefer running huge rubber (2.8 with tannus tubeless right now). Dont knock it till you try it, i have had guys ride my jones and they can't believe how it corners and handles plus its super comfy for hours. I may have to get one of these and try singlespeed though.....will wait for boost model so I can switch wheels.
lukeproofman danielsapp's article
Jun 20, 2020 at 1:55
Jun 20, 2020
Pinkbike Poll: Where Do You Shop for Bike Parts?
@rabidmonkfish: bingo, i am usually there hour early and leave 30-90 min late...8 hours is shop open time
lukeproofman danielsapp's article
Jun 20, 2020 at 1:53
Jun 20, 2020
Pinkbike Poll: Where Do You Shop for Bike Parts?
@wolfsberg: sorry 3. I can't check the hanger and do flats and answer calls and take repairs in. On slammed days, stuff comes in an alarming rate, its just two of us at the shop, repairs getting dropped off are quickly examined, labeled, tagged and next thing gets done. Slow days, i have time for that.
lukeproofman danielsapp's article
Jun 20, 2020 at 1:49
Jun 20, 2020
Pinkbike Poll: Where Do You Shop for Bike Parts?
@wolfsberg: 1. Landlord is cool and he is bike guy and he loves to hang out but that takes time out of the day. 2. I agree about explaining the work but here is a big problem with modern mtbs. Lots of guys who got into this sport did it when bikes were cheaper and simpler. It gets difficult because that guy bought that frame being sold on the fact that it has sealed bearing so its maintenance free, so when you tell him his 1 year bike has worn bearing he doesn't believe you, then you have to show him and explain and etc... nowadays just telling him his bearing are worn it will cost more is like telling him I offer an undercoating for an extra charge. Look at this comment section its filled with guys who have been or have felt ripped off by shops...making him understand means he doesn't think I am pulling the wool over his eyes. That is a must nowadays.....but it takes.....time.
lukeproofman danielsapp's article
Jun 20, 2020 at 1:42
Jun 20, 2020
Pinkbike Poll: Where Do You Shop for Bike Parts?
@Ironmonsoon602: some days you laugh, some days you sit in back and have a beer before riding home, some you rush home so the dog locks your face and you smile.
lukeproofman danielsapp's article
Jun 20, 2020 at 1:37
Jun 20, 2020
Pinkbike Poll: Where Do You Shop for Bike Parts?
@unrooted: actually that era of shop employees is over. Most shop employees now are high school or college kids that change every year once they age up or former bike mechanics trying to open their own shops. I work on everything from 20k pinarellos for hedge fund managers doing 4 Ironmans to 50 year old dance studio employees who ride a garbage find bike everyday to save on owning a car so they can buy a house. Cycling isn't just strava segments and Instagram. Some people its life and others how they measure their lives. I am not going to defend every lbs out there...lots of them suck, owners only care about the bottom line, the beast employees leave because of better opportunities, markets change, brands change, costs change (some as simple as a rent increase can make a cool shop that stocks everything become barren because only things that sell in volume can sit on the shelf). For guys like me it sucks because I hear f#$$ bike shops I buy everything online more than I hear thanks for taking care of me. That's what depresses you in the end.
lukeproofman danielsapp's article
Jun 20, 2020 at 1:27
Jun 20, 2020
Pinkbike Poll: Where Do You Shop for Bike Parts?
@friendlyfoe: I understand your point but his comment specifically attacked bike shop mechanics as not working hard because they are hourly. If they changed to commision it would put a fire under their ass. Back logs happen during the summer. Most shops are short of mechanics and its only getting worse.
lukeproofman danielsapp's article
Jun 20, 2020 at 1:23
Jun 20, 2020
Pinkbike Poll: Where Do You Shop for Bike Parts?
@unrooted: first I never spoke bad about customers, some people are easy to work, with some aren't, and some are terrible thats the nature of the beast. Like I said before, I have 2 degrees, been doing this 23 years since I was 14 working for cash cleaning repair bikes at my local schwinn shop. I have many skills and options for working elsewhere hence why I will probably close the shop at the end of this year. Working in the bike industry is hard, wages haven't increased at all in 20 years+ the market has changed dramatically and the internet has muddied the waters heavily. There are many aspects of the business that are great. I love seeing the transformation that riding a bike can create in people. I have worked with cancer survivors, amputees, recoveries you name it. But I am still a person and I have a family that I need to provide for. My frustration with the comment made was simple, because it basically was "hey shops are backed up because mechanics are lazy and pampered if we made them hustle like uber drivers that would teach them a lesson and shit would get done". How is that working for Uber? I will put in simpler terms...do you want to live in a society where you come.to my shop and I work to help you enjoy the thing I am passionate about and treat me with respect. Or a society where you come to my shop and my simple mechanic ass fixes your bike because what else am I going to do. After which you leave and I go what a as@#$ole I hope he eats shit. Which world do you prefer? Which world will spread the love of riding? Thats my dilemma....i have lived aspiring for the first but at the end of the day I feel like the second.
lukeproofman danielsapp's article
Jun 20, 2020 at 1:09
Jun 20, 2020
Pinkbike Poll: Where Do You Shop for Bike Parts?
@friendlyfoe: I had a 8 hour workday because I work 7 days a week and I can't come in super early and leave super late because even though the doors are locked and security gate is shut...someone is always banging on the door, so getting ahead on repairs is impossible....so instead I work 7 days a week 5 days we are open 8 hours, 2 5 hours and i am there everyday
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