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mikealive mikekazimer's article
Jan 15, 2018 at 12:05
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Mondraker Foxy Carbon RR SL Review
@MTBrent: An $800 cell phone is a mini computer that you can carry in your pocket. You can literally trade a stock, manage a bank account, make a doctor's appointment, google an answer to anything, and call for an ambulance for that $800 investment. Oh, and take high quality photos and HD video... so $800 for something that does all that and a person uses *daily* seems like a comparative bargain. Paying more than 10x that cellphone price for an item that used in one's leisure time, and take into account that as soon as you wheel it out the door of the bike shop it is instantly worth 30-40% less than what you paid for it, well... it's not hard to see how that comes across as a bit absurd. 'No one is forcing you to buy it' Yeah, great argument mate, no one is forcing me to order the sh*t sandwich from the menu either, but that wouldn't stop me from pointing out how ridiculous that it is being offered.
mikealive RichardCunningham's article
Dec 13, 2017 at 16:25
Dec 13, 2017
Felt Bicycles Joins the Direct Sales Movement
Used to work at a Felt dealer and can confirm, they are pretty huge in the Triathlon scene. They have some nice bang-for-the-buck models in their catalog. But as a brand I would put them in with the likes of Fuji--some totally decent road/tri/cross bikes, but the MTB selection has always seemed a bit "roadie designed". I agree with the sentiment that they seem like they are treading water as of the past few years based on the changes they have been attempting with their business model. While their MTB offerings aren't even in my top 10 (or top 20?), I wouldn't hesitate to ride any of their mid to high end road/cross stuff. It's nice stuff.
mikealive vernonfelton's article
Dec 7, 2017 at 17:10
Dec 7, 2017
IMBA Opposes Bill to Allow Mountain Bikes in Wilderness
I'd agree with you, but...what about when mountain bikers build trail, ride it for half a decade, and then have it yanked away from them because those trails fall into newly designated Wilderness? Should those trails that the bikers built now be "off limits" to them? Case by case approach makes the most sense. I don't want to ride my bike everywhere--heck, some of the Wilderness trails I've hiked would be down right awful on a bike. But a blanket ban is lazy, divisive, and in many cases simply unfair. There needs to be a change.
mikealive ReynoldsCycling's article
Dec 3, 2017 at 17:07
Dec 3, 2017
Reynolds Announces ‘Trail Rated’ Carbon Wheels
@otto99: Soooo... a crash is abuse these days? Got it. Not to mention, how are they to prove my neglect was 'intentional'? Whose interpretation does that come down to? Sounds like loopholes built into the warranty so that they have reasons to say 'no rim for you'.
mikealive lionelbeccari's article
Nov 26, 2017 at 20:03
Nov 26, 2017
Slavik is Boss at the Grasse Urban DH
Funny you would say that, before I even scrolled down to the comments I was daydreaming about the cool shit I would do as a millionaire...1) Make the trip to France to watch this. 2) Drop another 1,000EUR on everyone's winnings, and pay through 6th place. The urban DH stuff is such a cool venue to bring the sport to the people.
mikealive ShredOptics's article
Nov 11, 2017 at 12:14
Nov 11, 2017
Shred Unveils Boost Sunglasses Collection
@joni0001984: Hey, speaking of companies that get it--100% seems to put out pretty decent products with at least a little understanding of what they will be used for. Good products that don't break the bank! And frankly, even my slow a** is still riding fast enough not to notice all the chroma-pop/CBL/[insert marketing tech buzzword] while going down the trail. I don't doubt the quality of these Shred specs, but I do question the need for it, especially at that price.
mikealive ShredOptics's article
Nov 8, 2017 at 18:06
Nov 8, 2017
Shred Unveils Boost Sunglasses Collection
All kidding aside, I find it curious that companies are still thinking it wise to pursue the '$200 pair of sunglasses' business model. Spending that much on a pair of shades (for, of all things, riding a bike) seems absurd to me. And sure, I get it--I understand and can even appreciate to an extent the quality of optics that go into high-end shades...but for riding?? Are they hand carved out of exotic woods? Milled from a single block of aluminum in the USA? I take a step up from the $10 3-pack from Home Depot, but seems to me that a pair of $40 polarized shades gives you 96% of the performance at a fraction of the price. That, and I'm not gutted if I scratch them, lose them, destroy them, etc.
mikealive vernonfelton's article
Nov 6, 2017 at 18:32
Nov 6, 2017
Don't Punch the Baby - Opinion
@dbhender: Yeah, after I posted my comment I saw how you might take that personally, and that wasn't my aim. My apologies. I was meaning to speak in a broader sense, but coincidentally also have a family member with fibromyalgia, so used my mother as the example. Clearly you ARE being responsible--enjoying the benefits of an ebike, but riding where it is allowed and not jeopardizing access for others. The broader point I was trying to make was with regard to the lame reasoning of "I just can't ride the trails I used to when I was younger/wasn't injured/etc. so I should be able to ride an ebike on my favorite trails". It reeks of entitlement and selfishness. Life changes, you adapt--in your case, an ebike and gravel paths are the solution. I'm behind that 100%. However, there's no way I would risk access to a trail system for hundreds or thousands of people by riding unauthorized transport where I don't belong, or worse, insisting that my *motor assisted* mode of transport be allowed to ride the coat tails of the decades of work the MTB community has put in to build or gain access to those trail systems.. I just wouldn't do it, and people who try to make such an argument are boneheads..
mikealive vernonfelton's article
Nov 5, 2017 at 12:27
Nov 5, 2017
Don't Punch the Baby - Opinion
@endoguru: The problem with your line of thinking is that you are taking personal responsibility, and that is going the way of the buffalo these days. Don't you understand that we must pander to the lowest common denominator, whether it's trail access or public education or a host of other areas, because, by golly, god forbid someone be left out. We must be unwavering in our inclusiveness, so if that means that all single track now needs to be double track and no more than a 2% grade to allow access to the 8 people in motorized hand-pedal-assist wheelchairs, then SO BE IT. All joking aside, I agree with you man. I don't understand why we here in the states put the needs of the tiny minority ahead of the vast majority at an increasing rate. My mother has fibromyalgia, it's no good, but I would never dream of jeopardizing access for thousands and thousands of people so that she could ride a few miles of trail. Riding a bike is not something she does well at these days, so we do other things instead. Pretty simple, really. I appreciate you being realistic when assessing your fitness and abilities as they relate to growing older. When I can no longer ride a bike on the trails I ride today, I'll ride less challenging trails. And when those become too much for me, I'll go hiking or fishing.
mikealive RichardCunningham's article
Oct 22, 2017 at 11:01
Oct 22, 2017
Pinkbike Poll: What If....?
@dthomp325: Lol, someone negged you for your last comment.. haha, why? Perhaps they have never ridden outside of an area that has wonderful, natural single track by default. In many parts of the US that is simply not the case. I'd take technical single track over buffed flow trail any day, but even those trails need to be maintained/improved/preserved in some fashion (especially with increased use). Thankfully IMBA is imploding (unfortunate for Dave, I like the guy). Chapters are dropping out left and right for, among other reasons, the dumbing-down of good mountain bike trails. I stopped sending them money 4 or 5 years ago. Well, I still have that money, and what hasn't gone to STC I'd happily donate locally for purpose-built bike access.
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