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mechaNICK jamessmurthwaite's article
May 4, 2021 at 21:19
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How Much Do Professional Mountain Bikers Get Paid? - Pinkbike's State of the Sport Survey
@Upduro: not sure what labor practices are like near you, but this is pretty common practice when you read the small print in most employment contracts.
mechaNICK mikelevy's article
May 2, 2021 at 14:10
May 2, 2021
Pinkbike Podcast Episode 59: Value Bike Field Trip Surprises & Spoilers
Re: resin pads on entry-level bikes. Price is definitely a factor but noise is the reason. Y'all nailed it when you said that new riders complain more about brake noise. Also, metallic pads tend to bite a little harder, so resin can ramp up a little more predictably for folks who are less experienced. Depending on where a rider lives, the terrain may not demand the harder bite or wet weather wearing characteristics of metallic pads. Definitely think that resin-only rotors suck a lot though. I think that the rider should be able to pick what works best for their riding style and available trails. Sounds about as dumb as putting a hardpack-tire-only rim on. Not all riders on cheap bikes are entry-level riders, some are just broke...
mechaNICK seb-stott's article
Apr 23, 2021 at 12:39
Apr 23, 2021
Pinkbike Poll: How Familiar Are You With MTB Technical Jargon?
Mechanical trail is the distance between the steering axis and the point at which tire and the trail surface meet (measured perpendicularly to the steering axis). Too much trail and you'll experience wheel flop, too little and stability will suffer.
mechaNICK sarahmoore's article
Apr 19, 2021 at 8:40
Apr 19, 2021
Welcome to the 2021 Pinkbike Value Bikes Field Trip
BuT wHeN aRe YoU gOnNa DrOp ThE vAlUe BiKe FiElD tESt??? Oh, sorry, I thought we were posting that in all comment sections.
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"
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