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mechaNICK mikekazimer's article
Apr 10, 2021 at 13:52
Apr 10, 2021
Pinkbike Podcast Episode 56: What Are the Most Important Inventions in Mountain Biking?
@big-red: I used to use a qr seatpost clamp, open it, adjust the seat by pinching it between my thighs and sliding to whatever height, and lock it down. All while riding. So happy that droppers exist now.
mechaNICK mikekazimer's article
Apr 10, 2021 at 13:50
Apr 10, 2021
Pinkbike Podcast Episode 56: What Are the Most Important Inventions in Mountain Biking?
@quinnfilbey: Double D at SRAM (not sure if he's still working for them) used to call rear derailleurs "chain jumpers" and FDs "chain jammers". Always thought that was pretty funny.
mechaNICK mikekazimer's article
Apr 10, 2021 at 13:45
Apr 10, 2021
Pinkbike Podcast Episode 56: What Are the Most Important Inventions in Mountain Biking?
And how about toe clips? Anyone miss those? Good riddance!
mechaNICK mikekazimer's article
Apr 10, 2021 at 13:43
Apr 10, 2021
Pinkbike Podcast Episode 56: What Are the Most Important Inventions in Mountain Biking?
I loved this episode. I grew up riding mountain bikes in the '90's, so I've seen a lot of these changes. SIS had already happened, so I never had to run friction shifters offroad (thankfully), but suspension, geo changes (both angles and suspension design) , good hydraulic discs, clutch derailleurs, and droppers made this an entirely more enjoyable pursuit. RC absolutely nailed it when he spoke about rider fatigue on fully rigid bikes. I would absolutely fly on my rigid bike until I got tired, then it was just a question of survival! I think one thing that was glossed over was how good parallel push v-brakes were compared to many of the discs at the time (which were mostly one fixed and one actuating pad) or just v-brakes compared to cantis. That fixed pad on early discs would wear down and had to be adjusted constantly! Geometry: I used to hate 29ers until the geo was sorted out. The big changes there being fork offsets and head angles. The first 29ers had great rollover but they felt like pulling a trailer through the woods - just not that maneuverable. My last two mtbs have been 29, and that's all in the past. I was totally wrong about front derailleurs. We used to joke in the shop that SRAM could never make a front derailleur that worked and that's why they went first to 2x10, then 1x11. Ripping that thing off the mountain bike allowed so much progress for rear suspension to improve. I still prefer them on road to maintain a tighter cluster in the back but I'll never have one again on an mtb. The funniest thing about that is that I was riding 1x9 when I said that front derailleurs were good. Clutch derailleurs! What a game changer. True story: I once went for a ride with some friends around the time they got the scene on my 1x9 hardtail. The tension spring at that point was old and tired and not holding very tight. I dropped my chain 12 times in an hour, picked my bike over my head, and threw it in the woods. I announced I was going home, retrieved my bike and started to climb out of the trail. My chain dropped at very top (I probably ratchet pedaled to clear some rocks) and I got tossed off my bike into a tree. Broke my helmet. I bought a clutch derailleur immediately after that ride.
mechaNICK henryquinney's article
Apr 9, 2021 at 14:26
Apr 9, 2021
Pole's Evolink Undergoes Updates for Its Five Year Anniversary - Pond Beaver 2021
@henryquinney: "eye saw" when something is more than an eyesore
mechaNICK seb-stott's article
Apr 2, 2021 at 12:11
Apr 2, 2021
Pinkbike Poll: Would You Buy an Enduro Bike With a Dual-Crown Fork?
Missing option for "I don't have problems with my current setup and can't justify the weight/expense"
mechaNICK mikekazimer's article
Apr 2, 2021 at 11:06
Apr 2, 2021
Pinkbike Podcast Episode 55 - Big Dumb Rides & Staying Motivated
What do you mean? The can in a string (filled with pennies) that he's using now is great!
mechaNICK mikekazimer's article
Mar 26, 2021 at 9:22
Mar 26, 2021
First Look: SRAM Releases GX Eagle AXS Wireless Electronic Drivetrain
@Chuckolicious: I've never tried AXS, but I thought that when eTap came out it was maddeningly slow (compared to other high end road groups). I was working in the industry at the time so I'd tried Di2 and EPS and they did not feel sluggish. At the time, SRAM said that they had adjusted the motor speed to achieve the smoothest shift, so perhaps they've reworked that balance. I was rooting for eTap too, so I don't suspect confirmation bias on my part. We sponsored a 'cross team, and I was really tired of fishing busted cables out of brifters. The most common spot where road cables broke was where the cable bends at the bar or coming out of the shifter and into the housing. I haven't seen nearly as many mtb cables break, likely because they don't make as many thought radius bends as the roadie stuff.
mechaNICK trailcreativesmtb's article
Mar 22, 2021 at 18:04
Mar 22, 2021
Video: Rob Warner's Painful & Hilarious First Non eMTB Ride in Over a Year
@bananowy: the analog bike comment is especially confusing. Analogous to what? It's just a bike...
mechaNICK alicialeggett's article
Mar 19, 2021 at 22:33
Mar 19, 2021
Pinkbike Poll: How Long Do You Keep Your Bike?
I really do not enjoy selling thing online. I don't like packing things to ship. I don't like the post office, UPS, or FedEx shops. So, I keep my bikes basically forever. Now I have too many.
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