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mawojciech jamessmurthwaite's article
Sep 14, 2019 at 4:24
Sep 14, 2019
Lenzerheide World Championships Contributed €11.5 Million to Local Economy
I'm a NICA coach in Pennsylvania and one of the things we do to grow the sport is fill out surveys after each race weekend stating how much money was spent locally on lodging, food, etc. The league publishes that with intent to find new venues, add weight to trailbuilding initiatives, and generally get the word out that our group is growing and spending noteworthy amounts of money. This sort of information gathering and sharing is a great way to help our sport.
mawojciech RichardCunningham's article
Dec 6, 2018 at 18:57
Dec 6, 2018
Op-ed: Another Lifetime - Journalist Meets Framebuilder
Love this kind of stuff. There's the magic of blasting down a trail, but also magic in the build and design of these pretty simple machines that are also works of art when stand still. Much respect to anyone who has or is paying the bills by making bicycle frames. It's something that's on my bucket list to do, and would be up there as top career choices if i thought i could be any good at, or maintain a decent living. Support those boutique makers, folks!
mawojciech mikelevy's article
Jan 17, 2018 at 8:25
Jan 17, 2018
Here's My Zerode Taniwha Test Bike - Tell Me What You Want to Know
Curious to hear how the belt drive performs. I have one real life example of a belt drive system, installed on a Stache singlespeed, and regardless of belt tension, once in a great while the belt will skip a tooth under heavy load (torquing up a climb at low speed). This is due to flexing the frame/rear triangle Also interested in how the drivetrain efficiency feels. I think a slightly different method for shifting is an acceptable thing, but adding significant drag when pedaling is not.
mawojciech briceshirbach's article
Oct 19, 2017 at 12:32
Oct 19, 2017
N.I.C.A. - Cultivating a Love for Mountain Biking
Also, the varsity kids have a separate, additional loop beyond what the middle school kids do, and it adds distance and some tech. Obviously, there is a limit to how gnarly the trails can be, to accomodate new riders, but the kids ALL love the trails and there havent been any complaints. Worth noting that age and gender groups are separated into waves, so there is limited overlap with grossly different skill levels.
mawojciech briceshirbach's article
Oct 19, 2017 at 12:30
Oct 19, 2017
N.I.C.A. - Cultivating a Love for Mountain Biking
Couple myths to debunk. I am a coach under the PA league and coaches and parents are not forced to attend each race or volunteer, except ONE race a season when we are the "home" team. More than fair. Also, the league very much encourages including kids that do not want to race, and pushes for accomodating them with separate practice curriculum that focuses on fun rather than building cardio. There is no negative to be found here, unless you want the trails to yourself. We are creating a huge advocacy group from the ground up, uniting families (parent coaches are essential..a team doesnt run without them), getting kids on bikes, and exploring corners of our local parks and parks across the state that some would never see. The progression these kids acheive in a season is incredible, and the joy is unlike anything i've ever experienced in sport. The amount of people who come up to me to express how incredible the team/league is continues to overwhelm me. As riders, i encourage everyone who reads this to engage with your local NICA team, or create one yourself of one does not exist near you. You will not regret it.
mawojciech mikelevy's article
Jul 18, 2017 at 7:21
Jul 18, 2017
Ask Us Anything: DVO Suspension - Finished
I have a Topaz shock on my Banshee Spitfire and i love how it performs, with one caveat...i have to top off the air pressure before every ride. It doesnt seem to lose significant pressure during a ride, but overnight it will be cinsistently be down a small amount in the positive chamber and 20 or more lbs in the negative. The shock lost a small amount of pressure every ride since it was new, and i've serviced it once as well, including changing out all the seals and the schrader valve cores. Do you have any tips/tricks to get the Topaz to hold pressure long term?
mawojciech mikelevy's article
Apr 6, 2017 at 5:53
Apr 6, 2017
1up USA Quik Rack - Review
The 1up racks have gradually taken over in my riding group. As other racks wear out, they are inevitably replaced with some version of the 1up system. They sell themselves. Look great, solid aluminum construction that doesnt rust or fade or weather, and ridiculously easy to use. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a rack. It'll be the last one you buy. You wont be disappointed.
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