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ocnlogan jamessmurthwaite's article
Jun 12, 2019 at 11:55
Jun 12, 2019
6 Key Facts From the EWS Health Study
@WAKIdesigns: Sweet, I'm doing all of those :). I grew up riding dirt bikes but it was all trail riding, not motocross, so I'm not a great jumper. I'm really comfortable with line choice, and most natural style features though. That background has kept me out of the dirt so far. Because I know jumps are my weak point, I've been hitting beginner/intermediate jump trails as often as I can (there is a local dirt jumps, and I can do the kiddie ones :P, and am building a small jump in the backyard right now)). I also worked out pretty heavily in college, and have managed to fight off "Dad-bod" since then by playing sports, pushups, cycling, etc. But just in the last 2 months I've started picking up the weights again. I'm not to where I once was, but still seeing improvements. Anyway, glad to see I'm doing what I can to prevent injury, yet still have fun :).
ocnlogan jamessmurthwaite's article
Jun 12, 2019 at 11:28
Jun 12, 2019
6 Key Facts From the EWS Health Study
@MarcusBrody: Yeah, from what I can tell so far, it looks like most breaks are just from shoulder compression, not from direct impact to the collarbone. Not really sure what sort of protection could help with that, that wouldn't also severely limit mobility (like a rigid support or something). Guess thats why its so common of an area to injure then :/.
ocnlogan jamessmurthwaite's article
Jun 12, 2019 at 11:16
Jun 12, 2019
6 Key Facts From the EWS Health Study
That doesn't sound weird at all. I also did gymnastics as a kid for a bit (only a year or two though), and instead of Judo, I played soccer, and a few other sports. I really think almost any of those types of sports will do a lot to help you learn to get thrown to the ground. Heck, or even just having rambunctious enough friends, we were always wrestling/throwing each other around. Whatever it was, glad to see its paying dividends now :).
ocnlogan jamessmurthwaite's article
Jun 12, 2019 at 10:44
Jun 12, 2019
6 Key Facts From the EWS Health Study
This just in: Rocks hurt! More at 11. In seriousness though, this is great info for a relatively new rider like myself. Because I have a day job to get back each Monday, and a wife/kids relying on me, I wear a full face helmet most rides. I also wear knee/elbow pads and gloves every ride. But now reading that shoulder/collarbone issues are the most common injury, now I'm curious if anything exists that can help reduce/prevent those types of injuries. Anyone know of any good options?
ocnlogan pinkbikeaudience's article
May 10, 2019 at 12:15
May 10, 2019
Video: Friday Fails #68
Do it! These types of videos/crashes... are exactly why I pretty much only ride with a full face helmet. The fact that you can get full face helmets that actually breathe, makes it less of an issue than it was before. And even though they can be kind of pricey... a full face helmet is still cheaper than whatever dentistry/surgery would need to happen if I took a blow to the chin/teeth area.
ocnlogan pinkbikeaudience's article
May 10, 2019 at 12:09
May 10, 2019
Video: Friday Fails #68
Personally, I don't like seeing the ones that clearly ended very badly. The other ones though? Those are straight up funny. Probably because we've all been there... and also... becomes some crashes are just funny. I mean, Americas funniest home videos success as a TV show was basically built on the fact that dads getting hit in the crotch with a flying baseball/errant golf club/something falling was funny. It doesn't mean that all the people watching that show are horrible people... This is basically the same thing, only with mountain bikes.
ocnlogan pinkbikeaudience's article
May 10, 2019 at 12:05
May 10, 2019
Video: Friday Fails #68
I think my favorite this week was ~2:10. Lands, and immediately blames the wind for his crash. Sounds just like me :D.
ocnlogan jamessmurthwaite's article
May 9, 2019 at 1:25
May 9, 2019
First Look: Sam Hill's Nukeproof Mega 290 - EWS Madeira 2019
I avidly watched motocross/supercross with my dad during the Guy Cooper/Jeff Stanton/Jean-Michel Bayle/Damon Bradshaw/Jeremy McGrath era, and the purple and white splotches are instantly recognizable. Do they look rather... 90's now? Absolutely, and at the time, they were super cool. At this point, I'd say they're iconic, and the nostalgia is real. Guy Cooper wasn't my favorite rider of the era (up there, but not my favorite), but he sure was fun to watch, so I can totally get how Sam Hill would want to emulate him and his style (as well as restore one of his bikes). No one else railed the berms quite like he did. Good luck on the race Sam :).
ocnlogan mikelevy's article
Apr 30, 2019 at 13:39
Apr 30, 2019
First Look: Ibis' Longest, Slackest, and Burliest Ripley
So... Its basically the functional equivalent of a Whyte S120/Transition smuggler then? Glad to see the category expanding , but like others, find the price point of the ibis a bit out of reach. Maybe it'll make a good used bike sometime in the future then :).
ocnlogan RichardCunningham's article
Apr 26, 2019 at 15:20
Apr 26, 2019
Poll: Does Your Trail Bike Have a Weight Problem?
IMO, bike weight only "REALLY" matters, when you're racing at a pro level. IE, when you're already in your best shape, and can't realistically drop 1-3lbs. And, is likely the most important on races where the uphills are climbed (cross country). If you're riding for fun, IMO, I doubt that you're really worried about if the climb takes another 4% longer, or more effort. I'd rather have a bike that was reliable, and lower in maintenance. That 4% is likely hard for us that aren't finely attuned to our personal performance/skill level to notice. And things like tire choice, suspension setup likely have more impact than that. I honestly have a hard time telling the difference in climbing my new ~35lb enduro bike (Kona Process 153 AL 29'er), and my old hardtail (dont have the weight, but probably ~30lbs ish?). That said, I don't want a 70lb bicycle. So I do try to keep the bike as light as I can, within reason (durablility/reliability/price).
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