Pinkbike Poll: What Would It Take For You to Become a Faster Rider?

Aug 13, 2021 at 17:10
by Mike Kazimer  
Greg Minnar keeping it low but far from slow in the opening meters of the track.
Greg Minnar is no stranger to going fast.

World Cup DH racing has returned after a too-long mid-season break, and the next Enduro World Series and World Cup XC events are on the horizon. That means a whole bunch of high-caliber athletes are out there spending serious amounts of time trying to figure out how to go even faster. If you've trained for months, or years, only to see the win slip out of reach by mere millisesonds, or maybe you're a former podium contender that's suddenly in the middle of the pack, I'm sure it can trigger some deep introspection in an effort to find that extra burst of speed.

It's not just elite athletes that find themselves scratching their heads either – plenty of riders have entered a race for the first time, convinced their natural abilities will power them to glory, only to be dissapointed when the final results sheet gets printed out.

Sure, going faster seems like it should be as simple as letting go of the brakes, or pedalling a little harder, but there's obviously more to it than that. I've seen ridiculously talented athletes crumble from the stress of the starting line, and we've all watched mechanicals prematurely end a winning run.

You don't need to be a racer to want to get faster – as the saying goes, fast is fun, which naturally means that faster is funner, or something like that. We all ride for different reasons, and I like goofing off on a bike as much as anyone, but there's also something addicting about trying to unlock the secrets of a particular section of trail, or figuring out how to keep up with that riding buddy who somehow always ends up in front.

For this week's poll, imagine there was a way to magically gain extra speed, no drugs or motors required. You can only pick one, though, so choose carefully – the fastest bike in the world won't make a difference if you have the reaction time of a sloth, or can't ride off a curb without crashing.

What would it take for you to become a faster rider?

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  • 397 1
 I definitely need multi-select for this poll Frown
  • 61 1
 Yeah i was looking for an "all of the above option"
  • 27 0
 Where is the "training all of these skills as my full-time job," option?
  • 10 0
 @runbrung: @emarquar: @LS3VER33: fewer obligations fits that bill pretty well
  • 52 1
 Where’s “Hire someone to follow me around and swat cheeseburgers and beer out of my hand”?
  • 30 0
 Where's the time machine option? or fountain of youth potion... How about turning the clock back about 20 years...
  • 3 0
 Improve everything and a better bike, a top football player salary and a chef cooking for me
  • 1 4
 Oh please, needing a better bike to go faster? Tell that to everyone who has ridden the Grim Donut.
  • 1 0
 @LS3VER33: you really won practice?
  • 10 0
 Option 9: I'd be fast as f**k if I didn't need to worry about endurance, technical skills, jumping or power.
  • 2 0
 I just closed my eyes and picked one
  • 4 0
 I would have liked "a time machine" as an option.
  • 14 1
 Everyone could be faster, from us mortals on Pinkbike to those at the peak of their discipline, but at some point, the juice isn’t worth the squeeze. I’ve seen the time and dedication it takes just to be a local pro… I already have a job, i don’t need to turn my hobby into one too.
  • 2 0
 So for those keeping score that’s “mental state”, haha.
  • 1 0
 Agreed. 3, 4, & 7.
  • 1 0
 @sportstuff: make it 30 for me
  • 4 1
 I just need some Danny Hart sized balls, Greg Minaar level skill and Tom Pidcock level fitness combined with Nicholas Rogatkin level of stoke…. Then maybe, just maybe, I might be fast
  • 1 2
 @runbrung: second from the bottom
  • 2 0
 I think the "power" option should not relate only to sprinting. I simply lack power in all muscles except the legs. And I think this is what really holds back most of riders - not enough core, back, abs. Not enough gym in general.
  • 6 0
 How's about "better local trails (and bigger hills) to practice on"? I know that kinda comes under technical skills, but that's effect, not cause.
  • 6 0
 I picked, "The older I get, the less I want to crash on the gnar, so the 80% I ride at keeps me from going 100%."
  • 2 0
 100% agree. Lacknof endurance and power where it matters hold me back. Skills are fine (been at this game for a long time) but poor health choices and injuries hold me back these days. Went from being able to win or podium consitently in BMX/DS/4X races to now struggling to reach top 20 in age class (Masters 3 or 40+) since switching fulltime to DH/Enduro (DS and 4X well and truly dead here in Oz)
  • 107 2
 Do rainbow stripes, as in the coloured wrist bands from different hospital days count?
  • 3 0
 I don’t see why not…
  • 61 0
 This might just be me with my complete lack of competitive drive but... I don't actually care about how fast I am. I just want to have fun. Yes, fast is fun, but I never race so all that matters is that I'm fast enough to have fun...
  • 6 0
 I'm with ya. But if I could figure out how to take flat corners faster, I'd have more fun.
  • 13 0
 @oldmanjoe: Say you're turning left - Start off with leaning the bike over as get close to the start of the corner, put your weight on the right pedal and use your belly button to point where you want to go - this helps you to get your hips and legs to point through the corner (You may have heard the phrase "The hips don't lie") which will increase your grip.
The more centered on the bike you are the better it will feel, hanging off the back of the bike will just reduce the front wheel's grip and it will wash out.

Put more weight on the outside hand (Right in this case) if you can (like 55%R 45%L) but it's harder than it sounds.

The rest is having good tires, and the right PSI in them - and then the hardest part, trusting them.

Watch how Bryn does it, he's the master:

This is a more violent movement, but if you see how his body is positioned in the middle of the turns, that's what you want to hold through the corner.
  • 3 0
 @Clarkeh: or to simplify, just lean the bike over as much as possible, and change your body position to allow you to lean the bike over more. Do it right and your front wheel won’t let go, and your rear wheel can drift as much as it wants.
  • 1 0
 Spot on!
  • 73 35
 A cultural shift towards masking acceptance in daycare and schools so that viral outbreaks and classroom closures are minimized. In that world I only have to balance fucking off at my job and riding bikes, rather than doing those things plus daycare myself or paying out the ass for babysitters.
  • 87 30
 I'm living this truth right now and its awful. No one is happy. Wife and I are stressed trying to juggle jobs and childcare. Kids are acting out because we are ignoring them while we try to get work done, but inevitably the work output goes down as you have to stop umpteen times an hour to deal with a new crisis (Why did you flush your spiderman down the toilet? No you can't paint the dog. What was that loud boom upstairs?). All because some Trumptards are too selfish to mask up and get a shot. Makes me livid.
  • 24 20

"...something something don't infringe on my freedom to be a liability to society...and anyone with young kids can go f**k-off..." Oh wow, thanks. Frown
  • 54 59
flag TypicalCanadian (Aug 20, 2021 at 12:45) (Below Threshold)
 Making little kids (daycare age) at a critical stage of their emotional and psychological development hide behind masks all day surely won’t have lasting effects on them and their ability to interact with other humans will it? But as long as you get to mountain bike more it’s all good.

Covid isn’t going anywhere. Stop crying and accept it.

I’m vaccinated and wear a mask where needed, so don’t try and come at me with the “anti vaccine right wing” whatever just to affirm your opinions in your own mind.
  • 52 87
flag hamncheez (Aug 20, 2021 at 12:52) (Below Threshold)
 there is no evidence that masks have any COVID-related health benefits for minors. There is very poor evidence that minors transmit the disease. Facial communication, touch, and physical connection is critical for proper human development. In the past 18 months, the increase in suicide and overdose among young adults has far exceeded that demographics death rate from COVID.

If we were really serious about COVID, we would publicly try and reduce the #1 risk factor for being hospitalized from it- obesity. If we were really serious about preventing this from happening again we would look into how this virus formed in the first place- and the best evidence we have right now was that it was created by the very people and agencies trying to edict mask orders.
  • 56 5
 pulling out is the key to being a faster rider
  • 32 17
 @TypicalCanadian: clearly you don't have young kids (who cannot be vaccinated). You do your thing....but when parents are dependent on preschools or elementary schools to watch the kids so they can earn a living, and said kids cannot be vaccinated, well the school better ensure everyone in that school limits the risk of transmission to my kids. My kids get sick...I get sick...I get sick, I cannot go into work.

And no, masks are not f'ing up the kids. I have two young kids, they could careless.
  • 39 60
flag mcozzy (Aug 20, 2021 at 13:00) (Below Threshold)
 Stop trying to normalise masking. Stay scared downvoters, stay scared.
  • 13 7
 @SATN-XC: plague enthusiasts might not be worth listening to.
  • 71 22
 @hamncheez: dude get the f**k out of here with that twitter nonesense....the Delta variant has changed the game. two parents in my friend group, both mid-30's and super fit (he's a cross country hiker and runner), both got it 2 weeks ago (they are both double vaccinated)..he works from home and she's a nurse. They were both sick enough to be stuck in bed for multiple days. My whole family had to quarantine for 5 days due to exposure just to make sure we didn't get it. On top of that, a guy I golf with, 65...just died from it last week. Super fit as well, skinny, no prior health issues.

the #1 risk factor is STUPIDITY....get vaccinated a*sholes. I as tired of this as everyone else.
  • 17 29
flag TypicalCanadian (Aug 20, 2021 at 13:06) (Below Threshold)
 @SATN-XC: I do have young children. I’ll agree with child psychologists on this matter rather than your empirical data that your kids represent all children and are fine.

Once again. This isn’t going anywhere. Accept it.
  • 22 32
flag hamncheez (Aug 20, 2021 at 13:10) (Below Threshold)
 @SATN-XC: The evidence that the delta variant's transmission can be retarded by masks is even worse. Its not droplet-depended, but rather on the viral load in the air.

Once again, the #1 way to reduce the damage done by this virus is to be as healthy as possible, with a low BMI.

Personal experience is not statistically relevant evidence.

PS what twitter nonsense? What does twitter have to do with any of this? I think I have an account from 10 years ago, but I never go on that site.
  • 20 18
 Children are definitely lacking in development due to masks. Human communication heavily relies on non verbal cues. You can’t even try to argue that this isn’t stifling your child’s development. I guess that they’ll learn everything from TV and that will be good enough
  • 14 8
 @Mntneer: "learn everything from TV" what could go wrong?
  • 17 9
 @TypicalCanadian: good friend is a pediatric physiologist for Dell Children's Hospital and consults families on trauma, she's 100% on board with my thought process. Not telling you what to do, you do whats best for your argument is government should not be telling individual schools what safety precautions to take, leave that to the school board and the families. (my local school wants a mask mandate and so do parents, Governor is suing the school to require otherwise, that's the bulls**t).
  • 17 15
 @hamncheez: Vitamin D deficiency is more so the reason.

Ordering people to wear mask that have the antibodies and or have been vaccinated, is Totalitarianism.
  • 16 10
 @likeittacky: totally agree, but the 45% of my state's population that refuses to get vaccinate (and can) is ruining it for everyone else.
  • 13 16
 @likeittacky: So from what I've read, vitamin D deficiency is certainly an issue (obesity and vitamin D deficiency is highly correlated), but its not something thats typically measured in a hospital setting when someone is admitted for COVID. What is more solidly measured is that obesity has overtaken even age as the #1 metric that hospitalized people (in the US) share in common.

The bottom line is that all our data on this is very bad, new and had little time for peer review. The standards for gathering data from hospital to hospital and jurisdiction to jurisdiction is shockingly variable, and on such a flimsy foundation we are doing things to our children that we know are bad from decades of study.
  • 36 25
 @hamncheez: the best evidence YOU have is that it was Fauci and the Wuhan lab that unleashed this virus. Tucker says that. And every other right wing clown. Trump says it too.
So, we have hundreds of countries and their medical experts saying this virus is indisputably a natural occurrence, and then we have right wing clowns saying the opposite. Hmmm, who should we believe? Trump and Tucker or the people who have dedicated their lives to improving society?
I can clearly see who you have chosen to believe. I’ll stick with the professional medical society and you can stick with the racists and crooks.
And kids benefit from masks as much as anyone, they just don’t properly wear them as much as adults. And studies don’t exist YET because this is happening so fast, and it’s difficult to PROVE things (you being a Trumpet should understand that).
So take your politics somewhere else kid.
Masks work, social distancing works, vaccines work.
People like you, making cowardly assumptions that Fauci caused this virus doesn’t work. Jan 6 didn’t work.
Hysteria doesn’t work.
  • 13 4
 @hamncheez: Your healthcare related education/qualifications please.
  • 14 13
 @Eatsdirt: I think he watched Tucker a few times too many.
Masks work. Vaccines work. Tons of evidence to support that.
This clown is half-ass saying “no evidence@ masks on children are effective, which is a recurring talking point of the bat-shit crazy right wing, and particularly Tucker Carlson.
  • 29 17
 @deadtime: Please don't misrepresent what I typed. I said, "the best evidence we have right now... ".

You say, "we have hundreds of countries and their medical experts saying this virus is indisputably a natural occurrence". This is not true. The proposed vector under the naturally occurring hypothesis is a bat that has a range over a thousand miles away from Wuhan (its too cold in Wuhan). Its true, many experts initially thought this was a good hypothesis, but that has changed as more data has come to light.

Character assassination, what you are doing to me, is a very effective way to persuade someone, its true. But it isn't honest, and it isn't a good way to try and discover truth. I don't have cable, and I don't think I've ever listened to Tucker a single time on youtube either.

This is an opinion piece in the WSJ, a left leaning publication. The authors, Dr. Steven Quay and Richard Muller, lay out a strong case for the lab leak hypothesis.

To quote myself again, "The bottom line is that all our data on this is very bad, new and had little time for peer review.". I never said its "likely" or "conclusive" that the virus's origin is gain of function research funded by Dr. Fauci, but that there is enough evidence that we should investigate, and as Dr. Fauci has a clear conflict of interest he should "recuse" himself, so to speak, until we know something more concrete.
  • 10 10
 @Eatsdirt: Where are your qualifications? I'm not trying to justify a position that enforces my opinion on literally everyone else on the planet. The burden of proof is on you.
  • 11 14
 @SATN-XC: Its politics and the loony fear mongering population that worship mainstream news and politicans that propagate the hysteria. Not the 45% that are critical thinking or believe in relinquishing liberties.

I beseech you to find other sources of information pointing out the facts not just statics that create fear.
  • 23 7

1.) Social Distancing Works!
2.) Masks Work!
3.) Vaccinations Work!
4.) Um.. Vaccinations and Masks Work!
5.) Wait ... Vaccinations, masks and Social Distancing Works!
6.) Damn... Vaccinations, masks, Social Distancing and a Boosters Works
7.) Vaccinations, masks, Social Distancing, Boosters and double masking Works!
8.) Ah F it.. Just send it
  • 10 8

"Personal experience is not statistically relevant evidence."

...said the guy that didn't post one single scientific paper supporting his thesis. now, before the internet i thought everyone had a basic grasp on science. turns out, i was wrong. go figures.
  • 8 8
 @hamncheez: If you're going to broadcast here as if you are an authority (I have not), you're going to need to back it up. If not, it's just farts in the wind...
  • 14 8
 @hamncheez: the WALL. STREET. JOURNAL. is a lefty pubblication?

i repeat: WALL STRETT JOURNAL, not the Pravda, eh.
  • 12 7
There are thousands of wet markets in China, just so happens this virus appears in one 2 km from a laboratory that spends its time looking into bat corona viruses, and allegedly manipulating them, interesting coincidence, would you not agree ?
  • 17 7
 @likeittacky: dude, I just want to work, bike, and allow my kids to go to school without the fear of it shutting down due to an outbreak. That's it....going out to dinner and not worrying whether the a-hole next to me is vaccinated or if that cough was water going down the wrong pipe would also be awesome as well.

Easiest solution for that....everyone needs to get vaccinated! And for parents sending their kids to school to with no masks....that's fine so long as all those parents are vaccinated and the teachers are vaccinated. Just get the damn shot so this can all be over. The virus is not going away, we need to live with it; but we cannot live with it if my local hospital's ICU has only one bed and cancer patients are foregoing treatment b/c Billy-Bob thinks the vaccine is somehow worse than a pandemic but now thinks otherwise as a ICU nurse is shoving a hose down his throat and his hospital bed could be better used for someone who actually needs it.

that's it for my rant...I'm going home to bike
  • 9 8
 @Bruccio: That study has many issues ("new and had little time for peer review"), but I think you might have missed part of this already too-long conversation/thread- we are talking about transmission rates for minors. The study you linked is for adults.

Nearly all studies on the transmission rates for minors is "we can't find anything, we need more studies", like this one
  • 12 5
 @SATN-XC: Hey guy, your need for going back to a decent quality of life and expecting everyone to do his/her part is not more important then my constitutional guaranteed freedumbs. Fact. I read it in WSJ.
  • 13 9
 @SATN-XC: Here is the problem with the messaging, your original comment had this:

"(they are both double vaccinated)... They were both sick enough to be stuck in bed for multiple days....the #1 risk factor is STUPIDITY....get vaccinated a*sholes."

Do you see the problem there?

Also, when the political leaders who preach the loudest about masks, shelter in place, etc, are blatant hypocrites (Nancy Pelosi, Gavin Newsom, the Mayor of Chicago, the Mayor of Austin, etc), despite the fact that they get daily briefings on the raw data, its easy to see why people are so skeptical.
  • 11 6
"new and had little time for peer review"

apart from the fact that this phrase doesn't mean anything (little time for peer review?) the same can be said for your sources, if logic applies. Children breath in the same way adults do. The fact that the study you posted ends up with basically "we still don't know for sure, we need more data" should be an additional reason to make kids wear their masks, unless you're telling me that is ethically acceptable to use maskless kids as control groups for the rest of the world.
  • 11 14
 @hamncheez: finally someone gets it.
  • 11 5
 @hamncheez: [hi i'm back]....vaccines limit chance of transmissions, they don't prevent you from getting it. Better yet, they decrease the chances of severe symptoms IF you get it. As such....if everyone gets vaccinated the risks of transmission decreases, the number of people with the virus goes down, the risk of more mutations goes down of all....wait for it .......the hospitals in my city have actual ICU beds freed up for people who actually need them.

Since this is a bike site and all....all the FF victims should have the ability to go to the hospital and get treated for their actual injuries rather than having EMS tell them to rub dirt on that broken leg b/c they cannot take them to the hospital for treatment b/c its too filled up with idiots. But sure....make this a political issue. I haven't...but you sure seem to think it is.
  • 3 12
flag likeittacky (Aug 20, 2021 at 14:29) (Below Threshold)
 @SATN-XC: "dude, I just want to work, bike, and allow my kids to go to school without the fear of it shutting down due to an outbreak.That's it....going out to dinner and not worrying whether the a-hole next to me is vaccinated or if that cough was water going down the wrong pipe would also be awesome as well."

its obvious which pill you have swallowed

The Matrix
  • 15 5
 @likeittacky: Good God, if another moron talks about their pill i'm going to yack. You are not special. You don't know something that the sheaple don't know. You're a dummy who has been dupped by conmen who are ready to watch you and everyone you love die so long as it advances their political career. You are a useful idiot. Nothing more.
  • 11 5
 @freestyIAM: your comment was going along fine until you lost me with Trumptards not taking the vaccine. I know this isn't a political forum, and this question has nothing to do with vaccine hesitancy, but you did open up the door. Did you know that the largest percentage of the population that is hesitant to get vaccinated is the Black population? Since Democrats are overwhelmingly the party of choice for the Black population, I think it would be more fair to say Bidentards. I hate Trump as much as the next guy, but I would rather be be disparaged honestly.
  • 14 10
 @hamncheez: the fact that you spout actual facts and get severely downvoted tells me that the majority of PB commenters are completely brainwashed sheep. Keep speaking the truth!
  • 6 5
 @hamncheez @likeittacky @deadtime @TypicalCanadian's all the evidence you need:

have a great weekend
  • 13 22
flag badbadleroybrown (Aug 20, 2021 at 14:39) (Below Threshold)
 @SATN-XC: Those damn un-vaxxed folks ruining it for everyone... unlike your two friends who are fully vaxxed and yet still managed to get infected.

This shit is comedic gold as far as scientific illiteracy goes.
  • 4 18
flag badbadleroybrown (Aug 20, 2021 at 14:41) (Below Threshold)
 @SATN-XC: "vaccines limit chance of transmissions, they don't prevent you from getting it. Better yet, they decrease the chances of severe symptoms IF you get it"

This shit is really top material... do you do stand-up too, or do you only do comedy on pinkbike?
  • 14 13
 @SATN-XC: you just said in your comment that those friends of yours who got it were double vaccinated, then called anyone who isn't a*sholes. Do you see the disconnect there? There's a 99.7% recovery rate, so quit acting like everyone who gets it dies. It's not the end of the world, and making kids wear masks because you are a grown ass adult who is scared of being in bed for a few days is a form of child abuse. My whole family had it and recovered, and it was no big deal.
  • 6 6
 @Murfdog: it’s a strong coincidence, and I thought that they had to be related… until several different countries ruled out that it was a man-made virus, and then more info was shed (again by different countries) that there is proof this was not an engineered virus.
Are all these different medical agencies all colluding to hide from the general public that this virus was either purposely or accidentally leaked from the Wuhan Lab?
Natural viral outbreaks happen routinely and have throughout the history of manknd. The last significant one happened a decade ago. There is a chorus of disreputable people claiming this one is different . Until I find some reputable people saying this outbreak was purposely/accidentally caused by humans I will stick with the consensus of the experts
  • 10 11
 @deadtime: All these countries are doing what now?

The scientific community is nearly unanimous that this virus originated at the Wuhan lab at this point and a number of scientists have admitted that they prematurely ruled out a lab based origin because they didn't want to be associated with Trump who was promoting that story.

But, "trust the science" right... Rolleyes
  • 3 0
 @rcybak: Holy shit, thanks for setting me straight!
  • 12 7

"The scientific community is nearly unanimous that this virus originated at the Wuhan lab"

no, we are not. sources for what you say?

"a number of scientists have admitted that they prematurely ruled out a lab based origin because they didn't want to be associated with Trump who was promoting that story. "

again,source? name of the scientists?

i love how all of the science skeptics use the products that research gave them to cry their indignation over the internet, a network that was born so that universities could share their data and knowledge in a faster way. oh, the irony.
  • 8 9
 @Bruccio: I love that I just gave you two links sourcing the statements that I just made and that you're still crying your indignation over the internet because you're not bright enough to click on the links... Oh, the irony indeed. Take a lap and stop pretending you're anything approximating a part of the scientific community.
  • 11 11
 @hamncheez: (WSJ is owned by Murdoch, and he is as right wing as they get)
Look, trying to play the victim doesn’t suit you.
I read all your comments. You bring something to the discussion when it relates to racing, technical stuff, and general bike stuff. I learn stuff from you.
On the other hand, your politics are far to the right of mine.
I knew you were going for the “gain of function” BS in your original comment when you replied to a person who was bemoaning the lack of time due to school closings and babysitting. And your comment about masks is also a political football.
I can tell you definitively that masks are effective, and I clearly meant to dispute your wushu-washy attempt to say they aren’t.
I will still read your comments related to bike stuff and I will force myself to avoid getting triggered by your lack of knowledge regarding this global health crisis.
Masks work, vaccines work.
91% of those dying from COVID-19 in the US are unvaccinated. The only reason we still have mask mandates is because the right wing is using uninformed people in a political manner to discourage getting vaccinated. It sucks. The right is using dumb people to divide us.
  • 11 7
 @rcybak: Fox News much realize that number is based on the percentage of that demographic's population and not the US population. In the US, its 76.3% white to 13.4% black for the total population. As such...there is a ALOT more dumbass white people by total population that are not vaccinated compared to the number of minorities that are not vaccinated. Critical thinking is hard.
  • 14 6
 @badbadleroybrown: NPR and NBC are NOT scientific sources. shall we go and read the SCIENCE article from which the pretty bad piece on NBC is derived from? let's do it, shall we?

"As scientists with relevant expertise, we agree with the WHO director-general (5), the United States and 13 other countries (6), and the European Union (7) that greater clarity about the origins of this pandemic is necessary and feasible to achieve. We must take hypotheses about both natural and laboratory spillovers seriously until we have sufficient data."

that is VERY different from saying "the scientific community is unanimous for the lab theory"
  • 10 8
 @badbadleroybrown: oh, and by the way, i have a degree in physics and a PhD in engineering, researcher since 9 years. but please, educate me on how i'm unable to understand science.
  • 11 3
 @badbadleroybrown: Did you even read the articles you posted? Seriously. WTF.
  • 6 14
flag badbadleroybrown (Aug 20, 2021 at 15:04) (Below Threshold)
 @Bruccio: Cool... so you admit you don't have any knowledge at all of medicine, you're a wannabe Bill Nye the Science Guy for Italy... Bravo. That's about what I figured.

The link clearly states "the head of the World Health Organization acknowledged it was premature to rule out a potential link between the COVID-19 pandemic and a laboratory leak" and it's well known among actual medical researchers at this point that covid 19 possesses a genetic footprint that has never been observed in a natural coronavirus.

And you might want to read the links you google while you try to pretend to be a scientist... that link is from researchers confirming that ruling out lab origin was premature and needs to be investigated, not denying the lab leak theory.
  • 2 8
flag badbadleroybrown (Aug 20, 2021 at 15:08) (Below Threshold)
 @Eatsdirt: I did... you should try it.
  • 11 4
 @badbadleroybrown: ehi, i'm not the one that wrote.

"The scientific community is nearly unanimous that this virus originated at the Wuhan lab"

neither i have ever said that the lab theory is 100% false. i wouldn't have posted that link, otherwise, i'm not so dumb to post sources that discredit my own argument. i change my thesis, if the data contradict my previous one.
but maybe with your extensive experience in epidemiology, biology and pharmacology you can educate me? please, do so.
  • 11 4
 @badbadleroybrown: No one is doubting that the scientific community asked for more evidence back in June, but it does not follow that, "The scientific community is nearly unanimous that this virus originated at the Wuhan lab"
  • 10 3
 @badbadleroybrown: I challenge you to site ANYWHERE in those two articles where it even remotely says "scientific community is nearly unanimous that this virus originated at the Wuhan lab at this point".

Maybe this is the case where confirmation bias and reading comprehension collide in the worst of ways?
  • 10 7
 I challenge anyone to speak for "the scientific community" or show any concrete statements from a large, credible organization saying with certainty that they know the origin of the virus.

This is my point- we are still in the pandemic. We are still gathering data. We are still making mistakes. The data being used to force masks on children and isolate them socially is new (@Bruccio less than a year old in most cases), flimsy, and hardly conclusive. This isn't like engineering where you can measure fork flex, or log the number of warranty claims for creaky CSUs. You are trying to measure population data where most of your data is self-reported from those populations. This is why we have messaging from the CDC and Dr. Fauci saying "don't buy masks" two weeks before saying "we recommend masks". Why Facebook bans the mention of the lab leak hypothesis, then allows it again.

But back to my original comment- why is it so controversial to say "lose weight, eat healthy, keep your BMI low, the available evidence strongly suggests that this will greatly reduce your chance of hospitalization from COVID"?
  • 12 5
 @deadtime: I'm not trying to play the victim, I just want people to stop misrepresenting what I'm saying, like what you just did.

i'm not conservative. I'm not right wing. I actively campaigned against Trump both times.

The "gain of fuction BS" is not BS. It is a viable hypothesis, that in my opinion is more likely than that the virus is of 100% natural origin. My original comment is saying that Dr. Fauci, who used the chaos of the Trump administration to funnel $ millions (through a shell company) into gain of function research for corona viruses in the same city as the origin of the corona virus (and then lied about it under congressional oath) should step aside or recuse himself, if only for the optics.

BTW I appreciate your comment about "You bring something to the discussion when it relates to racing, technical stuff...". I know not everyone agrees with me, but please be sure that I put a lot of thoughts into my beliefs, esp. politics & economics, where my college degree is in. I would also ask that we all realize that grown, educated adults can disagree on things without one of them being a retard or "sheep" or whatever.
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flag badbadleroybrown (Aug 20, 2021 at 15:32) (Below Threshold)
 @Eatsdirt: I'm sure your confirmation bias and reading comprehension collide in the worst of ways with great frequency.
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flag badbadleroybrown (Aug 20, 2021 at 15:36) (Below Threshold)
 @Bruccio: Fair point that unanimity was an exaggeration but the fact is that the same people who conclusively ruled it out are now admitting they were wrong and that it needs to be investigated, which when coupled with the scientific reality that the genetic footprint of covid-19 has never been seen in naturally occurring coronavirus makes sufficient case. Add to that the admission by scientists that their previous conclusions in public were predicated on their political interests and there's little doubt as to which way this wind will eventually blow.
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flag badbadleroybrown (Aug 20, 2021 at 15:37) (Below Threshold)
 @half-man-half-scab: Still waiting for you to follow-up your hit comedy routine of "vaccines limit chance of transmissions, they don't prevent you from getting it. Better yet, they decrease the chances of severe symptoms IF you get it" with something that doesn't discredit your opinion completely.
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 @badbadleroybrown: Oh for f*cks sake, if you can't support your comment "scientific community is nearly unanimous that this virus originated at the Wuhan lab at this point" then just say so. If you were trying to make a point that there might be some hypocrisy amongst the scientists, or that there's some say chance that covid came from a lab (it is possible)... just say that. Don't exaggerate like a child.
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flag badbadleroybrown (Aug 20, 2021 at 17:27) (Below Threshold)
 @Eatsdirt: I see your illiteracy is causing you some trouble... try again.
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 @badbadleroybrown: by golly, you're literally incapable of admitting you're wrong, aren't you? Here's a hint, admitting your errors doesn't include continued attempts to find your way back to your thesis through speculation.
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 @Eatsdirt: such a bullshit deflection, and one that is invariably applied only to those the speaker disagrees with. Challenge his ideas or move along, but the appeal to authority is played.
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flag badbadleroybrown (Aug 20, 2021 at 18:11) (Below Threshold)
 @ryd-or-die: No, I'm fully capable of admitting I'm wrong... but your illiteracy seems to be preventing you from reading it when it's been done. I get it, it's hard for you to know what to conclude without a media outlet providing you with the conclusion you're supposed to draw so you're a bit stumped here but there was no equivocation in my admission that included any speculation.
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 @badbadleroybrown: Smile I'm so glad you're trudging headlong into this prickly area you love despite all warning.
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flag badbadleroybrown (Aug 20, 2021 at 18:31) (Below Threshold)
 @ryd-or-die: As usual, your head injury is just making you sound stupid.
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 meanwhile there was an article in an MTB emagazine about biking.
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 Genuine question for the folks who feel strongly about others taking precautions to keep you safe: how do you expect this all to end? Do you expect the disease to disappear one day and we can all forget about it? If it doesn’t disappear, how do you anticipate living life in the future?

Personally, now that we see significant numbers of infections in vaccinated individuals in addition to many people being re-infected already it seems blindingly obvious that this is never going away and we all need to figure out how to live with it. It will be a more severe version of the flu that we all dread but accept.

So when do you expect this to end? If covid never goes away, are you asking everyone to wear masks forever? If not, when should we go back to normal interactions?
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flag badbadleroybrown (Aug 20, 2021 at 19:26) (Below Threshold)
 @Blackhat: Personally, I don't care what anyone chooses to do... that's the beautiful thing about individual liberty; if you wanna get shots every month and wear three masks while you live in a bubble, I encourage you to exercise your liberty to do so. Just shut the f*ck up about what everyone else needs to do based upon your own personal fears and give them the liberty to live their lives as freely as you do your own.

And covid is never going away, and it's already killed most of the people it's going to. It'll be like the flu, we'll get new strains each year, some worse than others, and we'll live with it... and just like the flu, if you want to wear a mask and get a vaccine, go ahead and do so and leave those who don't want to alone to make their own choices.
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 @Bruccio: lmao NBC is as bad as Facebook science. You are arguing with a guy who thinks trump is still going to win. You can't argue with this special kind of idiot.
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 @Blackhat: If you're referring to my challenge of BBLB, it's a very simple request that should be easily accommodated. Maybe you can step up for him?
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 my condolences that you have to care for your own child. I understand the hardships of the responisibilty of your lifestyle choices puts undue strain on your hobbies. I agree, let's make everyone else suffer, including 4yr old children, so that you can have it a bit easier.
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 @hamncheez: Your argument regarding obesity is flawed. Obese patients are more likely to have severe presentation of nearly all medical conditions, we can't use this to exclude the benefits of another preventative measure (vax + masks). This is akin to saying car accidents involving one or both vehicles going above 60mph are more likely to result in death than slower speeds, so seat belts don't matter in cars.

The delta variant is droplet spread, just like the other variants. Period, hard stop. So is lambda. These are the same viruses with mutations on certain proteins that make them more virulent. They remain the same virus. If you are blocking droplet production (mask) they cannot become aerosolized. This is why masks precent SPREADING rather than CONTRACTING. ie me wearing a mask protects you, not myself.

As a physician treating COVID patients with four hospitals in my area at capacity currently and 95 percent of the ICU beds being taken by unvaccinated individuals, I feel pretty strongly about this. The vaccine works at preventing severe illness. In a city with 48% vaccination but 95% of the severe illness being unvax, there is a clear correlation. No, this is not a controlled study and yes it is anecdotal, but so are the benefits of a parachute when skydiving.
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 @Eatsdirt: I’m referring to your demand for medical credentials as if no one could possibly self educate on a topic like covid.
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 @Dixonm: I’m not supporting one idea or another about covid, but the auto accident claim is flawed. The speed of one car is going to significantly impact both parties, whereas obesity and masks will yield very individual results.
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 There is a word for people who use the pullout method. PARENTS @downhillin4life:
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 @Mntneer: I'll agree it's not the best example, debate isn't something I am great at. Masks and vaccination have broad implications beyond the individual, though. There are many examples of this but the most apparent is that respiratory illness related to COVID currently accounts for 20 percent of my hospital utilization. Even if tests are flawed, respiratory illness is typically less than ten percent. Hospital is at 100 percent capacity, meaning my outpatient operations that require overnight observation have been cancelled by administration. I am unable to eliminate someone's cancer due to hospital capacity. Great than 90 percent of these patients filling these beds are unvaccinated.

Long answer and yes my initial parallel was flawed, but masks (reduce droplet and aerosolization) and vax ( reduce mutation reservoir) have public health effects. Not individual effects.
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flag badbadleroybrown (Aug 21, 2021 at 7:54) (Below Threshold)
 @Dixonm: yeah... cause you were just wiping cancer out of existence night by night before covid, right? Rolleyes

Vaccines are increasingly shown to poorly impact covid transmission rates so, no, they're not reducing the mutation reservoir. In fact, their ability to mitigate symptoms in the infected but fail to stop infection is almost certainly leading to an increase in asymptomatic transmission.
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 @badbadleroybrown: wheres your proof that vaccines don't work? Calm down Facebook Karen
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 @badbadleroybrown: many forms of cancer are curable of treated in early stages. I had a longer response but your lack of medical education makes that but worth typing.
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flag badbadleroybrown (Aug 21, 2021 at 9:02) (Below Threshold)
 @makripper: in literally every hospital, idiot... have you not been paying attention. The vaccinated make up a substantial portion of new infections every day and even fully vaccinated events are becoming outbreaks. The Carnival Vista cruise ship just had an outbreak of 27 people infected, all of whom were fully vaccinated and over 96% of all passenger's on board were fully vaccinated.
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flag badbadleroybrown (Aug 21, 2021 at 9:03) (Below Threshold)
 @Dixonm: it's cute that you think I lack a medical education. But sure, we'll pretend that's why you couldn't come up with a good reply.
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 @badbadleroybrown: The fact that you questioned the curative potential of certain malignancies through surgical or interventional procedures makes it all but certain you do not have an MD behind your name. If you do, in fact, I'm concerned for the future of medicine. Look up modern treatments for RCC, HCC, and lung adeno.
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flag badbadleroybrown (Aug 21, 2021 at 9:30) (Below Threshold)
 @Dixonm: the fact that you think malignancies have curative potential makes it all but certain you lack more in English education than I do in medical. But at least that was a decent effort at replying...

For the record, I never questioned the curative potential of treatment, I just mocked your choice of words... though, in the larger scope, no one is dying of cancer because of scheduling issues being caused by covid at this point so I guess I was really just mocking your comment as a whole.

Now, to the point, if you actually do have a medical education than you know that droplet transmission isn't a significant vector of infection for covid in the public space and that masks only reduce aerosolization when properly sealed and of sufficient filtration capacity, which few of the masks commonly used in the public space are, and that low filtration masks like the neck gaiters people love to wear can actually increase aerosolization while poorly sealed masks redirect aerosols as opposed to filtering them... and as mentioned already, a vaccine which acts as a palliative with questionable prophylaxis creates a boom in asymptomatic carriers.
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 @badbadleroybrown: that could very well be. You haven't sourced any of these claims. You have zero evidence of anything you are claiming. Have you ever been on a cruise ship? I doubt all of the crew is vaccinated. Also cruise guests are mainly older. While yes sure let's pretend your "facts" are actual facts. Sure they got infected but it doesn't mean they will be debilitated or die.

Go back on Facebook you wierdo qanon trumpeter

This is fun. What else u got kiddo?
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 @badbadleroybrown: While I am impressed you are capable of regurgitating information you have read, you are incorrect. Numerous studies have documented efficacy of face masks in reduction of aerosolization of droplet possible between 70 and 90 percent as compared to no mask. This is with standard surgical masks, which are not fitted.

Regarding the vaccine, I agree that at this point with the suboptimal acceptance by the general public makes it's usefulness questionable in preventing additional spread. My point was regarding severe illness resulting from COVID and the resultant effects on the health care system.

I do apologize for my lack of using big words. Once you reach a certain level of expertise in a field you stop trying to work over others to make yourself sound impressive. I tend to speak, and type, in simple terms my patients and other people can easily understand.
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flag badbadleroybrown (Aug 21, 2021 at 10:09) (Below Threshold)
 @makripper: literally 3 seconds on Google...

If the vaccine worked, it doesn't matter how much of the crew is vaccinated when 27 VACCINATED people get sick. The vaccine, by definition, should have produced an active acquired immunity that prevented them from becoming infected.

Nobody said anything about them dying, dumbass... now you're just creating strawman arguments. The point is that the vaccine is mitigating symptoms in people who are infected, creating asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic carriers.

But bonus dumbf*ck points for not being able to stay on the discussion, comprehend clear English, and crying about Trump when that's not even remotely relevant. Troll somewhere else, clown.
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flag badbadleroybrown (Aug 21, 2021 at 10:14) (Below Threshold)
 @Dixonm: lol

It's cute that you think you used big words... and that you're trying so hard to sound like you have expertise to make yourself sound impressive while ostensibly apologizing for doing so.

If you wanted to come out and say you're joke that shouldn't be taken seriously, we got that from your first post trying to compare car accidents to covid... there was no need to elaborate. You should work on that confirmation bias and learn to study more than just the resources that support your ignorance if you're gonna keep trying to pretend to be a doctor.
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 @badbadleroybrown: your reading comprehension isn't so good. I literally said I didn't use big words and that I worded things simply.
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flag badbadleroybrown (Aug 21, 2021 at 10:31) (Below Threshold)
 @Dixonm: I'm sure your simple mind didn't allow for much else.

You better get back to curing cancer, doc, people are dying while you're here debating! lol
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 @Blackhat: Ha, self educate. Now that's a funny one. Youtube and google research will turn your average internet donkey into a PhD.

If someone here is going to flex expertise that counters what I hear first hand from actual medical doctors (in virology/cancer/research) the it seems pretty reasonable question that persons credentials. For that same reason, you won't see me posting "I heard from a pediatric cancer research doctor...." or even better, posting the info as MY evidence, theory, or fact.
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 @badbadleroybrown: Except an unvaccinated assistant brought that shit into my 91yr old but otherwise healthy grandmother’s assisted living home and she and several other residents (who were going to get vaccinated in 2 more weeks) died in 3 days. So ya, your bullshit about “liberty” means nothing to me.

We are all sharing the same planet and if some people can’t stop being so selfish, the next variant of this may not be something we can engineer a vaccine for. And then mayor you’ll get say goodbye to someone you love over a f*cking iPad while they gasp their last breaths.
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flag badbadleroybrown (Aug 21, 2021 at 18:37) (Below Threshold)
 @Reno233: a 91 year-old stuck in an assisted living facility died.. oh my, what a tragedy... yeah, we should definitely f*ck over children to make you feel better. Rolleyes
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 @badbadleroybrown: yeah you are pure trash. A guys relative passes and you use an eye roll emoji? You have serious issues.
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flag badbadleroybrown (Aug 21, 2021 at 18:55) (Below Threshold)
 @makripper: the wellbeing of a 91 year-old vs the wellbeing of ten year-olds... tough choice. Pretty sure every 91 year-old on the planet would back me up in saying the ten year-olds come first but I get that you're a self absorbed coward so that's tough for you to conceive of.
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 @badbadleroybrown: f*ck you. You have no soul.
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flag badbadleroybrown (Aug 21, 2021 at 19:09) (Below Threshold)
 @Reno233: says the guy advocating for abusing children? Yeah, I think I'm confident my soul is just fine, thanks though.
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 @badbadleroybrown: The hell are you talking about? I have said nothing about kids, and as a father of 3, would fathom it.

You, on the other hand, are illustration of the worst of humanity. You clearly think you’re intelligent, yet you hide your fear and ignorance with pseudoscientific bullshit and self-righteous BS about liberty. Everything you’ve said is inconsistent with science and basic human decency.

The fact is, you’re too stupid to know how dumb you are, yet stubborn enough to not shut up when it’s time. Go home, have a beer and find a better side of yourself.
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 @badbadleroybrown: are you on something? Why 10 year olds. Youve gone full waki. You have serious issues ffs.
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flag badbadleroybrown (Aug 21, 2021 at 19:46) (Below Threshold)
 @makripper: I know it's hard for to to keep up with the discussion... the original post was about forcing kids to wear masks in classrooms and daycare. 10 is just an arbitrary age in that range.

Come back and try again when you've learned to read lil guy.
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flag badbadleroybrown (Aug 21, 2021 at 19:52) (Below Threshold)
 @Reno233: I don't think I'm intelligent, I know I'm intelligent and have the education and credentials to back that up. Your problem is that you mistake your adherence to the popular opinion on a mountain bike website populated primarily by average and below average intelligences who are also led by popular opinion as confirmation of your intelligence, when it's actually just confirmation of your inability to think for yourself. Literally everything I've said is consistent with scientific findings, it's just not what you choose to believe because your TV hasn't told you to.

But really, the upsetting part of your little sookfest is knowing that you're passing your small minded stupidity on to three kids... truly tragic.
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 @badbadleroybrown: no it's not. You just pulled it out of your ass as usual. This is just sad. I feel bad for you
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flag badbadleroybrown (Aug 21, 2021 at 20:28) (Below Threshold)
 @makripper: man, it must be hard being that stupid... must be hard on your parents knowing they tried their best and you're the result.

From the original post:
"cultural shift towards masking acceptance in daycare and schools"
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 @badbadleroybrown: Username checks out!
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 @Reno233: Sorry for your loss, that sounds absolutely horrible.

I lost a family member too.

And we just found out our friend with breast cancer can't get her operation because the hospital is overwhelmed with Covid patients.

People need to wake up and just wear the f*cking mask and get the shots already.
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 @danielson-01: yeah man, i stopped feeding the troll a few comments ago. i'm all about discussing stuff with ppl that have a different opinion than mine but keep it civilized, but with guys like him there's no discussion worth having. let him pat himself on the back thinking he is some kind of "lib-tard owning warrior", to each his own.
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flag badbadleroybrown (Aug 22, 2021 at 9:08) (Below Threshold)
 @Bruccio: nah... I'd never want to own a libtard, they're useless and incompetent. And if you just sit back and drop facts, they own themselves.
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flag badbadleroybrown (Aug 22, 2021 at 9:12) (Below Threshold)
 @danielson-01: yup... you got it Danny... jobless failed IT guy so poor that I'm stuck in a 1 room apartment... you caught me... I'm so sad... boo hoo... boo hoo... lol
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 Imagine being such a shitty person you openly mock other people's pain via loss of loved ones.

On a completely unrelated note, @badbadleroybrown, any good Enduro, downhill, XC, or CX races you're entering soon? Curious if you're just a shitposter a la waki/dualcrownaddict or are actually invested in this hobby for real.
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 @ryd-or-die: i let myself down to leroys level and opened a thread to collect his most awesome comments. Just plain and simple re-posting so everyone can get the picture:
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flag badbadleroybrown (Aug 22, 2021 at 15:52) (Below Threshold)
 @ryd-or-die: I didn't mock anyone's pain... I just pointed out that the value of the life a 91 year-old who's already lived all their good years and is winding out the clock in an assisted living facility doesn't hold a candle to that of a child's. Sorry if reality hurts your feels there kiddo, but those are the facts.

Nah, I don't race, I just ride.
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 @badbadleroybrown: bless your heart, but you said, and I quote, "oh my, what a tragedy". Idk what universe your brain is in, but in this universe, that's called mocking, sweetheart.

Maybe you should. Then you'd have less time to be a proud A**hole Online.
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 @badbadleroybrown: surprised your still commenting here. Go back to crying in your micro dick forum
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flag badbadleroybrown (Aug 22, 2021 at 16:10) (Below Threshold)
 @ryd-or-die: Yes, as in it's not a tragedy, it's the literal expected outcome... are you under the impression that 91 year-olds go to assisted living facilities to recover and go on to lead long healthy lives? There's no tragedy in a 91 year old dying, that's the natural course of life. Shit, it's arguably more tragic that once vibrant, capable people wind down their lives in homes.

And, for the record, being an a*shole really doesn't eat into my time. You and Danny boy spend way more time crying about me being an a*shole than I put into being one.
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flag badbadleroybrown (Aug 22, 2021 at 16:11) (Below Threshold)
 @makripper: With a mind like yours, I'm sure that literally everything is a great surprise.
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 @badbadleroybrown: that was literally the weakest attempt at an insult I've ever seen. Please try harder next time. I believe in you. You can do it little guy.
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 @makripper: I gave it all the effort that you're worth.
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 @badbadleroybrown: man you are boring. Slow day behind the Wendy's dumpster? You know you should charge right?
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flag badbadleroybrown (Aug 22, 2021 at 16:25) (Below Threshold)
 @makripper: No idea what it's like behind the Wendy's dumpster... never been to your house. But if you say things are slow at home, I believe you.
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 @badbadleroybrown: oh nice. A basic reversal. I figured there's nothing going on upstairs.
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flag badbadleroybrown (Aug 22, 2021 at 16:39) (Below Threshold)
 @makripper: Like I said, I give you all the effort you're worth.
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 @badbadleroybrown: thumbs up emoji winky face 7
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 @makripper: Are the PB mods away this weekend?
How has this continued this long?
Just a simple survey here folks.
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 @Yaan: I'm really not sure. The guy has been like this for years. Not sure how he hasn't got banned.
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 I wish there was a section for more consistent access to more advanced trails. I'm sure that I am not alone in being in the situation of reaching the boundaries of my local trails and terrain and would greatly benefit from being able to consistently ride harder trails.
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 I heard Wheaton Illinois is the Whistler of the mid-west. ‍♀️
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 @andrewsigala 45min away isn't exactly local, but have you ever tried Saw Wee Kee?
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 Had a similar problem. Moved to BC. Problem solved.
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 Build some advanced trails then
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 yes! and people are saying build more advanced trails, but where I live there's literally nowhere nearby that would allow me to build a technical downhill track with jumps and stuff, just endless suburbs and restricted land. nor is there a hill big enough to build a sizable course.
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 @DAN-ROCKS: even in places that have terrible terrain for mtb, there is always someplace to build at least a set of bmx trails. Dig a bootleg spot down by the train tracks, or work with your city's parks and recs dept to establish something legitimate
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 @ABhardtail: Best tech trails around Chicago! Happy to see my local trails mentioned here
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 @FutureGus57: shhh! First rule of SWK is to never speak of SWK.
Palos is way better!
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 Corners. I'm slow as shit in corners.
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 Everyone on here could get better at all of it. Y'all are lying if you say otherwise. Hence, fewer obligations aka only training and riding kinda is the catch all to allow you to work on everything as needed.
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 Turn back time, crashing f..king hurts for a middle age guy
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 @rob748: Bingo, Rob. Nail on head correct! Dial the Time-O-Meter back 30 years and I'd be fast and able to get faster with today's tech and training advances.
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 unfortunately there's no option for "my ass, only 15 years younger"
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 30 years younger is the first thing I thought of too
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 LOL, fully with you guys. Turned 52 this year and did my 2nd tibial plateau fracture in 3 years. Disheartening to realize that I have to change my approach to riding. I don't want to be a hobbled up 70 year just for some glory that nobody cares about. Ride for the joy, not the glory.
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 All the above except for the bike
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 I dropped out of college to race road bikes. Was unemployed for 8 months at one point. Between time off and a power meter, I got faster than I’d ever been or would be.

Speed comes from time to train and discipline to train, not ride. Bike setup is really important, but past the threshold of an adequate bike, spending more on “upgrades” is a waste of money.
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 Lived with a pro racer for a while, his training schedule was inhuman. Time aside, I think it's hard to fathom just how much discipline and suffering it takes to get truly fast.
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 I do endurance races, and my friends have a hard time believing that the only thing that separates us is that I chose to put the time in.
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 Where is the "No risk of crashing and long term injury/time away from work" option? That is all that is holding me back.
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 It’s in Canada, we have free healthcare and most of us have disability insurance through work to cover wages n stuff. But I’m still not any faster Frown
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 @DizzyNinja: And you can only get so much time off due to injury before your employer tells you,"bye bye, this is not worth our time."
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 @DizzyNinja: Was looking at a line yesterday that was a 5-6 foot drop to flat (about the limit of my skills) where if I got it wrong and crashed the runout was full of sharp jagged rocks. No amount of free health care was going to make that seem like a good idea!
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 @friendlyfoe: no health care is free
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 Cornering abilities
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 More Trails … if people could stop destroying them and criminalizing this sport, that would be great
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 I get passed on Aline jumps by guys I just passed in the Aline tech. FML.
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 next time take B line after A line you may win by chronological order
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flag wolftwenty1 (Aug 20, 2021 at 13:21) (Below Threshold)
 That’s cause nobody is pinning it in tech…especially right now as it’s so blown out. Stay on cranky please.
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 @MikeyMT: guys like you are the reason why I was happy that the border was closed. Whistler was a much better place without you.
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 Where is the: "I'm just scared of going fast..." option?
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 Tough poll.

But I answered with the one thing that I feel most impacts my trail selection, and the thing that I wish most that I could fix with a magic wand.

If I could jump as well as many people I see "on the internet", I'd be much faster, but more importantly, more confident, and safer.

Fitness, and other skills I know how to improve (have had past success, so I know what I need to do to repeat that/keep it up). But jumping I've spent time on, and have seen marginal improvements... but nothing like what I've seen in other areas.

But I'll keep at it!
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 If I could crash repeatedly and not feel any pain nor get injured, I'd be a fuckton faster.
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 Jumps! When I started racing enduro '13 it was backcountry trails with tech and gnar. Now they're mostly bike park based and I am not comfortable hitting 4+ foot jumps at speed
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 The truth is I suck at every aspect of the sport, but if I could really only pick one thing to magically fix it would be cornering. Is that part of technical skills? I have no problem letting go of the brakes when it's steep and rocky, as long as it's a straight line.
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 I can rider faster if I knew that when I inevitably crash, I will be completely fine and can go to work the next day to pay for the bike I just destroyed.
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 This! If I knew I couldn't get hurt, or it would only hurt for a minute, I'd be so much faster. As I age, my time off the bike increases and the sympathy I get from my wife decreases with every injury.
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 Forgot the "Stop drinking so much beer and eating crappy food" option.
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 It's the bikes fault, definitely the bikes fault...... I'd be a god on two wheels if it wasn't for these two wheels.
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 I picked "Improved jumping skills" but when I did race MTB it came down to genetics IMO. The best VO2 max likely mated to the best training program. I was never tested when younger, but suspect I would have had a very average reading.

"Improved endurance. My technical skills are fine, it's my legs and lungs that hold me back."
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 Turning, I can point and shoot all day and ride over some serious technical trails and features, but when it comes to turning I'm so slow out the corners compared to faster riders!
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 Try going slower into the corners and you might just pop out faster. And on a right hander, start as far as left as possible. And I mean as FAR left as possible. Remember the average rider is an average rider, so the trail is most worn where the average riders all ride. You're gonna start the turn in the needles where the average riders fear to tread.
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 surprised that the mental state option wasn't more commonly voted. I find most folks that have been riding at an advanced level for a few years are on pace but on the day it counts, the nerves fight back so much. Panic is not anyone's friend!
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 I found that if I train I get faster, when I don't, I get slower. Who would have thought. Last minute training for Scottish champs started last week. Is it too late.... Who knows, but gonna try. So much of biking is in the gym and in your head.
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 I’m happy with my skill level I’m as good as I ever was but I’ve just got loads of small injuries that hold me back. I don’t feel as strong as I used to be and I can’t ride as long and as hard as I used to without these injuries flaring up and fatiguing early into the run. I’m just happy to be out riding these days and don’t really have the motivation to go 100% anyway.
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 After every big crash and injury I've been holding back a little more. I was faster 2 years ago compared to my riding today. I don't care though, having more fun than ever even though I've slowed down
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 Missing a very important option, Improved Strength, similar to power but less about the legs and more upper body strength, i ride enough to keep my legs strong (ish) but I do feel on descents at high speed it’s the strength to hold on to the bike and control it that makes the difference in finding that last 5-10% that the fastest guys have. That’s why WC downhillers have to train so hard in the gym.
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 I went for "An improved mental state". Staying positive during endurance races is the most difficult aspect of racing for me, and also the hardest to train for. How do you practice pushing through feeling like shit at 2 AM besides getting out and doing it?
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 Less wildfire in California would help. I haven’t ridden in three weeks due to terrible air quality. So if y’all could stop contributing to climate change, I could get faster.
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 Improved lack of fear. Yup, that's what holds me back. I have decent fitness, speed and technical ability. What holds me back is being scared of the consequences of getting it wrong.
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 Raced my first enduro in about 2 years yesterday. My skills are far from perfect, but man how terrible and sloppy it gets when the endurance runs out! So i voted for better endurance, and wish it was possible to vote the same 3 times more. And when the heart rate and lactic acid levels are sky high, the last ting in my mind was i need a better bike.
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 WHO CARES? why is this sport becoming all about speed and times? I mean, by all means, I enjoy riding faster, but why is everybody so obsessed with counting seconds? There's so much more to MTBing, we're not just racing all the time.
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 Wish we could multi-select so I could pick everything except the last choice.
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 I sorted my suspension out via dialed telemetry....its made it feel mint.....I figured spending a fraction of of what the bike cost was worth changer for sure
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 I ride as fast as I think I can without flatting. I'm running Double Downs but there are still rocks and roots that I feel if I hit them too hard I'm going to flat. 75 kg in gear running 24 psi rear.
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 try running proper air pressure. lol

seriously, just go to 28psi. more as you get faster. the pros are both ligther than you and run 32+psi.
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 Try 30 PSI and staying off the brakes more, you won’t need the DD tyres.
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 @xxinsert-name-herexx: @conoat Okay, I'll give it another go. Grips seems to suffer at higher presures, especially off camber roots which I have lots of.
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 It would need me to start feeling that it mattered how fast I'm going, which it doesn't. It only matters how much I'm enjoying myself.

And to all those out there who think it matters, I assure you it doesn't. Don't believe me? Try this - next time you do a race, go at half your normal speed. Then see if anyone likes you any more or any less than they did beforehand. Chances are that they'll still think just the same of you, so it obviously doesn't matter to them.

Just saying! :-)
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 Time machine option would be cool.
My fast days are over and I’m cool with it. Kid, business and a mortgage and I don’t miss surgery and concussion.
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 I hate this obsession with speed the industry has, I just wanna have fun, and I don't need to be going mach 1 to achieve that.
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 I’m not sure what the average age is for Pinkbike readers, but my answer is:

I’d be faster if I was thirty years younger.

Pinkbike didn’t have a time machine option Wink
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 Definitaly arm pump is my biggest issue if it comes to DH or Enduro racing. I can halfway decently fast ride a section, but if it is more than 30 seconds, arm pump starts and the wheels come off.
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 Could use an option for 'Recovering from hard crash that put me in the hospital, from going faster than I probably should have been.' That will probably be what slows me down for a while once I get back out on my bike
  • 3 0
 Could easily tick 7 out the 8 options…….
  • 3 0
 as with any kind of racing if I could nail those corners mannnn
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 More time to ride and living in a place that didn't have harsh, 6 month long winters would probably make me a better rider.
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 A lot.... It'd take a lot.
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 Just gotta eat clen and tren hard
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 About 30 less pounds, I'm FAT. Feeling Another Taco.
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 oh wow, 25 rainbow strippers answering the poll!
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 Endurance for me because it seems the one thing most regulated by genetics. I can continue to work on everything else and expect improvements but genetics already decided where my endurance will top out.
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 Turning…. It’s really hard
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 I need to slow down. I’m getting to old to go fast.
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 Cornering abilities like Bryn Atkinson would dramatically make anyone faster!! That guy gets around a corner in the blink of an eye!!
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 A time machine....turns out getting old sucks and having children really cuts down on riding time.
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 I was looking for the 2 beers at lunch selection
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 Given how many people in the comments have said "cornering" (add me to that list), I think the clear message for trailbuilders is that we need straight trails.
  • 1 0
 for me it would be better trails. here in central NC its flat and xc, if i lived near Pisgah, kanuga, dupont, etc i would be considerably better
  • 2 0
 Socialized Healthcare. Free ambulance rides and hospital visits would make me a hell of a lot faster.
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 Well, isn't that a dirty word? Here in the north we still have to pay for our ambulance rides. I think it's $45 for Ontarians as OHIP (Ontario Health Insurance Plan) covers the rest. 1 down side to our medical system, from my experience - especially during the pandemic, is the waiting for non essential/life threatening treatment/specialists. Since the pandemic most of my medical stuff got put on hold because it isn't killing me.
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 A hip replacement is what would make me a faster rider. Until I figure out how to pay for that I would continue to get slower.
  • 2 0
 Most who answer "Improved jumping skills. Techy trails are fine, but jumps aren't my jam." suck at tech as well.
  • 1 0
 News to everyone who answered that rheir "tech skills are good but they need better jump skills. If you can't jump your tech skills probably aren't great....
  • 2 0
 Skills, ball fitness, bike and practice. That should do it.
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 20 pounds.
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 I need an all of the above option.
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 Steroids needs to be an option cough Richie Rude cough Jared Graves
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 40 years younger.
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 Braking & corners. Clicked "tech" for that reason.
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 better eye sight, bigger balls, better lungs, better muscles and more skill.
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 Where's the "balls of steel" option. Or the "not be a coward of speed" option?
  • 2 0
 Not needing to work so I can ride instead
  • 2 0
 More local races and trail spots
  • 2 0
 Where's the to be 30 years younger again option..
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 My parents to let me move back in and pay for all my food gas and races like all the fast kids.
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 I chose obligations, but that's because I'm fat as fcuk wasn't an option. I'm a friend of the fork and it shows...
  • 2 0
 My kids put a damper on my racing career
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 Why no 'Better Cornering' as a selection?
  • 2 0
 Aaron Gwin: something other than Kenda tires
  • 1 0
 Cornering faster and higher speeds through rough, technical sections of the trial
  • 1 0
 Where is the "improve arm and hand pump for super tech long steep trails options?"
  • 2 0
 A 40 & a blunt does the trick for me, but I'm a cheap date
  • 1 0
 I'm still thinking a bear chasing me will provide best gains for this exercise.
  • 1 0
 Really? I'd sh1t myself and crash at the first available opportunity!
  • 2 0
 Why giving up beer and pizza is not in the answers?
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 28 hour days would certainly help.
  • 2 0
 A time machine that could transport me back 20 years would help
  • 1 0
 Bigger cajones. I basically crap myself as soon as I'm slightly out of my comfort zone
  • 1 0
 control fear, master fundamental skills and solid overall fitness square root that with disipline and youve got it.
  • 1 0
 Nice one, 370 world champs in here, at the moment - Reece Witherspoon also?
  • 1 0
 need races to stop being on sundays and i need to live closer to trails of my preferred riding style!
  • 1 0
 25 years of aging removed. 40 years of mountain biking. I was fast and strong, and I have the scars to prove it.
  • 2 0
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 Big gorilla balls!
  • 1 0
 Where's the 'doping' option?
  • 2 0
 A Time Machine.
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 Where is the bigger balls, stop being a pussy option !!
  • 2 0
 Drugs, like cocaine.
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 Stopping to watch pornhub and twisting one off will not make you faster
  • 2 1
 @DarkDiggler: Twisting? What's wrong with you?
  • 2 0
 A goddamn miracle
  • 1 0
 Live somewhere with hills and time!
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 Ride with fast friends.
  • 1 0
 Incomplete poll. No bionic hand/wrist replacement option.
  • 1 0
 I feel like the poll frequency has increased since pinkbike went Outside.
  • 2 0
 Where should I start
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 No third ball option!?
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 Well my answer is I just don't know - I'm riding as fast as I can !
  • 2 0
 A time machine
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 "Which of the following things do you need to get faster?" - Yes
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 Lower cost health insurance
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 I don't see an option for bigger Balls. I would be fn fast and sending it massive if I wasn't scared all the time...
  • 1 0
 I need this age thing to start working in reverse. 40's are painful
  • 1 0
 Oi and the main thing... CORNERING! eg carrying speed out of them.
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 Every trail having a lift would certainly do wonders for my skills.
  • 1 0
 Less time posting in the comments section?
  • 1 0
 No option for "Danny Hart's bollocks"
  • 1 0
 Fuck being faster. I just want to flat spin
  • 1 0
 No option for 'a complete bloody miricle'
  • 1 0
 Less polls would make a faster rider.
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 Faster in the flat corners...
  • 1 0
 Nothing. My kit is brand new
  • 1 0
 Unlimited supply of wheels.
  • 1 0
 A time machine to take me back to my younger body!
  • 1 0
 Be born Steve Peat!
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 HGH, Clen, Test
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 Clen will definitely damage your progression. GH and test tho, I can confirm improvements
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 New set of balls
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  • 1 0
 Stop getting injured. ;x
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 White drugs
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  • 1 0
 A no brakes
B: bears
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 Roids and Adderall
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 SRAM brakes
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 Just an unrestricted ebike would do it. Yeehaw, shred them trails.
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