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mikealive danielsapp's article
Jul 17, 2018 at 17:45
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Review: X-Fusion Trace 36 HLR Fork
A couple seasons ago I actually offered to rework the graphics FOR FREE for X Fusion because they are continually that bad. Just... bad. I was even in touch with a guy from their company--never took me up on it. Assured me that there were 'way more factors that had to be considered' than most people realize when it comes to colors, etc. I explained that I worked in marketing as was familiar with branding, but was, in short, dismissed. If they didn't want to go with a full-on name change, just drop the damn "X" and move the name to "Fusion". When I was in bike shops, people didn't even understand how to pronounce the name, which is a branding fail. Fusion, with marginally better graphics, same price point, same performance = you just dominated the mountain bike market for MY2020.
mikealive mikekazimer's article
Jul 6, 2018 at 14:30
Jul 6, 2018
First Ride: The New Santa Cruz Bronson
@wibblywobbly: Sounds like your LBS sucks man, and I feel sorry for you that you don't get to deal with good people that 'fuel the stoke'. My local bike shop is pretty damned good--then again, if you see the bike shop as a place that is 'looking to take advantage of suckers', I'm guessing you are no joy to deal with as a customer, lol. I agree with you though, new bike prices are waaaay outta hand. SC used to put together a pretty decent bike for the price point, but those days are gone. I'd buy a frame, but would never waste money on a complete from them with low-end fork/wheels/house brand parts.
mikealive mikelevy's article
Jul 3, 2018 at 17:39
Jul 3, 2018
First Ride: Santa Cruz's New 5010
@jpcars10s: The 2016 Process 111 is such a unique bike too--where (some) other 29ers plow, the 111 is so snappy and fun to ride. Not the fastest, not the lightest, but the fun factor is through the roof on that bike! Former boss sold his and he kicks himself every day for doing so... and that's even having owned a Transition Smuggler and a Pivot Switchblade since then. The 111 is a unicorn, hang on to it.
mikealive NSMBA's article
Jun 27, 2018 at 15:33
Jun 27, 2018
NSMBA Embraces Building Diversity in the Mountain Bike Community
@sdmgz: This will be a simple warning--continue to stalk my profile and seek to personally attack me, and you will be reported. Beyond that, AGAIN, you try to twist words in an attempt to turn me into the boogeyman you so desperately need me to be so that you can continue to have a target for your vitriol. It is misguided, I can assure you. Am I the "bro brah" boogeyman today, or the 40 year old out-of-touch so my opinion doesn't count boogeyman today? Just curious which mask you plan to hang on me next while you attempt to bully me for having an opposing (though majority) viewpoint. I would say that I'm surprised by this interaction, but I'm really not. When a person subscribes to such an extreme Leftist ideology, even those on the moderate left must seem like 'alt righters' to you, yeah? As it pertains to statements made elsewhere in this thread, when did I ever say that people have never felt unwelcome or an unwelcome feeling has never existed?? I never made that assertion. I merely said, as have many others, that everyone *has* been welcome, from the get go. Do you see the difference there?? This is not simply a matter of semantics; I chose those words on purpose. In short, the door has always been open, to all genders, colors, religions, etc. This is a stance held by a majority here. Beyond that, *how a person feels is irrelevant*. I have no control over their feelings, because at the end of the day the only person who holds any agency over the way they feel is THOSE PEOPLE THEMSELVES. This may be some higher level thinking than those who seek to claim victim status at every turn are willing to embrace. But who ever told you that you deserve to never feel uncomfortable lied to you. That is some princess bullsh*t of the highest degree. YOU are the only one in charge of your feelings. YOU get to be the one who decides how to react to situations in your life. This is what divides those who act like adults from those who act like children... Here's an illustration from my life to that point: There's a group of guys I've ridden with in the past. Type of guys who would give you the shirt off their back, or help you change a tire in the rain--real stand up dudes. Out on the trails, they like to recite bible verses.. like back and forth at each other. They are constantly pushing to keep up so that they are within ear shot--where others rail a berm and let out a 'Yeeew!' these guys rail a berm and shout 'Mark 2:12 Iron sharpens iron!'. It's uhh.. odd. I'm totally cool with their freedom to hold those beliefs, and like I said, these are some stellar lads... but I don't feel comfortable riding with them. Not at all. So the question becomes: who's responsibility is it to make me feel comfortable? Where does that onus lie? As far as they're concerned, the door is always open for me to join their ride. So do they need to change how they would normally act so that I feel better about the situation? Or should it be on me to find some people with whom my ideas and trail goals better align with? Relate this to the trans woman who posted higher up--she's welcome to come ride with me any time. However, I plan to be myself--I make attempts to be a courteous trail user, and a steward of nature conservation.. but beyond that, I'm still my normal self. She decides she just wasn't comfortable riding with me for whatever reason. So why is it MY responsibility to change?? To think of it another way--if some commenters here genuinely feel 'threatened', for whatever reason, are you willing to make the changes necessary to make sure they no longer feel that way? Of course not. And you shouldn't be expected to. What if your goal was to make sure everyone 'felt' enjoyment from a ride? It's absolutely subjective. Best you can do is invite everyone to ride and hope for the best--because what was enjoyable for some, was boring for others. Extrapolate that basic idea and apply it to the topic at hand... I'll stand up in front of everyone and acknowledge that systemic racism still exists. Additionally, there exist socioeconomic differences so great that entire families worry about getting enough to eat, never mind having the resources to ride a bike on a trail. But such things have quantifiable attributes that allow for measurable progress. When you can get me some metrics whereby we can all agree that a certain 'feeling' has been reached, maybe there will be a conversation to be had. Spoiler alert: there will always be someone who wants to bitch about something, so good luck! And with that, we've come full circle. The door is open, all are welcome... but I don't want to be on the hook for the way any particular person chooses to feel. It would appear I am not alone in that sentiment. I speak for myself when I say I didn't get into mountain biking so that I can practice your bloody pronouns at a trailwork day. Can you work a shovel? Then 'hey you' should suffice. If that makes me a cunt, so be it. We'll work until we're worn out, then ride far longer than we should.. and if any pictures from the day are shared, we'll be sure to run them though the 'diversity filter' on Instagram before they are posted :D [Disclaimer: I hold no delusions that anything I just said will hold any sway in your point of view--lets face it, you are so intent on villifying me that you creeped my profile in an attempt to attack my character, yet the best you could do was some out-of-context nothingburger. It reeks of desperation, and shows how weak a counter point you offer. I invite you to come back to the discussion at hand; if you can't/don't want to, I understand. But please refrain from the petty smear campaign. Gracias]
mikealive NSMBA's article
Jun 27, 2018 at 0:03
Jun 27, 2018
mikealive NSMBA's article
Jun 26, 2018 at 21:45
Jun 26, 2018
NSMBA Embraces Building Diversity in the Mountain Bike Community
@sdmgz: Sooo many things could be said about your misreadings of the responses here (defensive much?) but I quite literally just witnessed a woman bring RAPE as an example into a conversation about mountain biking. Sweet Jesus. I think any time spent on the continuation of a conversation with you would be time wasted. Cheers.
mikealive NSMBA's article
Jun 26, 2018 at 16:00
Jun 26, 2018
NSMBA Embraces Building Diversity in the Mountain Bike Community
>piece about the hobby I participate in >have opinion about said piece >ThiS piEcE IsN't aBoUt YoU!!1! REEEEE... All the logic. No one is threatened, and it's silly for you to try to reduce the views of a MAJORITY in order to find room for the views of a vocal minority. 'Come ride the trails, no one gives a shit about your identity politics' *literally* said a half dozen times on here, yet when NSMBA gets called out on their pandering and virtue signaling, somehow it's "hilarious" because we somehow must be feeling threatened?? Cool story bro. See ya on the trails.
mikealive NSMBA's article
Jun 26, 2018 at 0:48
Jun 26, 2018
NSMBA Embraces Building Diversity in the Mountain Bike Community
Please define 'need' as it relates to diversity in mountain biking. Why would you say it is a 'need' specifically? I'm not trying to be a smart arse, I'm genuinely curious as to this point of view. Need is a strong word. Why is it 'needed'? Or else what? Would it be nice perhaps? Sure. But why to you view increased diversity as a need in this regard?
mikealive NSMBA's article
Jun 26, 2018 at 0:31
Jun 26, 2018
NSMBA Embraces Building Diversity in the Mountain Bike Community
@special-jLeslie: Why is it a "bigger problem"? Or a problem at all? Who/when was it decided that there needs to be some sort of 'representation' in any given activity, or else it is a 'problem'? The door is open. Literally 90% of the commenters here have said the same thing. Wanna ride? Let's share a shuttle day. What is it about that point of view that you find troubling? Or are you writing it off because it is too far 'outside your perspective'? What's 'bro' about liking to ride bikes, with people of all creeds, colors, and religions, and not give a shit about anything but enjoying the trail together? I smile no less riding with a group of white people vs a group of brown people, so why should it matter? If you have learned lessons in your life that you have deemed valuable, good for you. But it is a folly to assume that others need to learn those same lessons, in the same way, before they can gain a perspective worth valuing.
mikealive NSMBA's article
Jun 25, 2018 at 23:08
Jun 25, 2018
NSMBA Embraces Building Diversity in the Mountain Bike Community
@allmtnshreder: Nope, no relation. But if you're ever in the Oakridge area, shoot me a message and we'll ride!
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