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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.
mikealive tris400d's article
Sep 24, 2017 at 21:48
Sep 24, 2017
Red Bull Hardline Finals Photo Epic
I bet that road gap must be breathtaking viewed through a 4.1" LED screen.. Hats off to anyone crazy enough to ride a bike down that course. Very humbling to see what those at the top of the sport are able to do on a bike. Absolute nutters.
mikealive mikelevy's article
Sep 24, 2017 at 1:32
Sep 24, 2017
Park Tool, Lizard Skins, and Orange Seal - Interbike 2017
Ohhhhhh yeah. Had an expired bottle, fellow mechanic held onto it as 'leverage' to be deployed to get his way--would crack the top and hold it in front of a little 6" fan on his bench. So damned foul! The pizzas always had his preferred toppings that whole summer, heh.
mikealive AJBarlas's article
Sep 19, 2017 at 16:12
Sep 19, 2017
Yeti SB5 Turq - Review
@poozank: clearly I wasn't speaking about every bike Yeti has ever made, I thought that much would be obvious.. *sigh*. Ok, carry on with your witch hunt.
mikealive AJBarlas's article
Sep 19, 2017 at 1:44
Sep 19, 2017
Yeti SB5 Turq - Review
@poozank: Do you think I post every bike I've ever owned on my profile? Are you really that dense? Would you believe I owned a SB95 and loved it? In fact, none of the bikes I currently own are on my profile, so what? Jesus, the Yeti fanboys have gone full butthurt over this article. F*cking hilarious.
mikealive AJBarlas's article
Sep 18, 2017 at 12:45
Sep 18, 2017
Yeti SB5 Turq - Review
Exactly my take on Yeti as of late--beautiful bikes for people who don't really ride bikes. Their latest design philosophy has left me scratching my head. The geo, the shock tunes, the price.. it's buying a bike for the sake of being boutique. It's kind of funny that you either have to be a god-level rider like Rude or Graves, or a below average rider who wouldn't know any better to enjoy this bike :D
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