orientdave

Getting too old to keep throwing myself about like a madman..... but that doesn't stop me doing it!

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orientdave mikelevy's article
Jun 14, 2017 at 3:55
Jun 14, 2017
Talking Telemetry and Downhill Bike Setup with Giant's Dave Garland
@WAKIdesigns: as ever Waki, it is a pleasure to read your thoughts (when not in troll mode!!). Cheers! I have been quietly riding my 9 speed 26 inch bikes whilst I watch the rest of the field disappear over the hill, and have been left here trying to reconcile my feelings about all things bikes, and my relationship to the whole damned circus. I am now, finally, finally, gladly "working on myself" in any number of areas (something which I have been neglecting for years under the pressure of running a business and a family). Here's hoping you too have been coming up with answers to life's questions and keeping everything sane and manageable!!
orientdave mikelevy's article
Jun 13, 2017 at 21:31
Jun 13, 2017
Talking Telemetry and Downhill Bike Setup with Giant's Dave Garland
I now finally understand why these forums are so full of anger and frustration... Here in this fantastically interesting piece, we have a picture of the pinnacle of racing and bike development; engineers and racers at the top of the sport working with bike and component manufacturers to shave tenths of seconds off 3 to 5 minutes of a race run; and as Dave Garland says, and has been saying for a decade (anyone remember the CRC tech videos? They were insightful), the attention to the smallest details can mean the difference between being on or off the podium. Investment into all those small details costs $$$$$, and a hell of a lot of time and effort, and the only way the companies will get that back is if we, the budding amateurs we are, get on board and buy the tech as it trickles down, initially on the dentist's bikes, though the middle-aged middle managers and their kids' bikes, down to the bottom feeders on the look out for bargains. Sure, if you have the $$$$, you can continue to participate in your chosen "hobby" / "lifestyle" (delete as appropriate) as technology and the latest "development" change apace. Oh, and allow yourself to tell anyone in the group described immediately below this to "shut up and ride your bike" if they express any form of disillusionment with the pace of change. If you don't have the $$$$ to follow the changes however, due to the increasingly diminishing returns on increasingly expensive additions / changes to ones' bike(s), it leaves you with increasing difficulty participating in the "lifestyle". If you don't have the coin, you have no choice but to be left with distant memories of being "part of the gang" on your increasingly outdated steed(s). Oh, and allow yourself to criticise the industry, and anyone lucky enough to have the cash to keep up with the changes. These two groups of users are, and will forever be, at each other's throats, and present here. Which one are you?
orientdave vernonfelton's article
Jun 13, 2017 at 2:00
Jun 13, 2017
2 Reasons Why Your Disc Brakes Don't Work
Grinding the pads / rotor cleaning works and always has done... great information for a whole bunch of folks who didn't know about it.
orientdave pinkbikeaudience's article
Jun 11, 2017 at 6:30
Jun 11, 2017
Finals Results - Leogang DH World Cup 2017
26"? Really Claudio? If it is, it is time for popcorn...!
orientdave takosa56's photo
Jun 4, 2017 at 3:58
Jun 4, 2017
Gorgeous!

orientdave laurenjenkins's article
Jun 1, 2017 at 0:54
Jun 1, 2017
Juliana Strega – First Ride
Let's play "Spot the Geo Difference”. Side by side Geo with the Nomad... https://www.pinkbike.com/photo/14786161/ Kool-Aid anyone?
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Jun 1, 2017 at 0:53
Jun 1, 2017
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orientdave rossbellphoto's article
May 31, 2017 at 16:59
May 31, 2017
Running the Santa Cruz Syndicate – The Kathy Sessler Interview
Kathy, when you finish doing your awesome job at SC, how about writing a self-help book? "Here's the thing, in the course of [your life] you can have so many different things happen, things that are out of your control. [You've] been [around] for a long time and every year it's different, every year it's a different mixed bag. But it starts and finishes with great [experiences]. Every time. No [year] is the same. So in one [year] you have [good times], [bad times], crashes, tears, happiness, great successes, whatever – you just don't know on any given day what's going to happen. You just have to allow for that and not put any pressure on [yourself], [you]'re going to have a bad day, [you]'re going to crash, [you]'re going to have to deal with injuries, [you]'re going to win some, [you]'re going to lose some... Yeah so what's today? Who knows, we'll see!" Thanks Kathy. God knows why anyone pays a therapist when your nuggets of wisdom hold the world together!
orientdave fraktiv's article
May 31, 2017 at 16:45
May 31, 2017
Your Essential Guide to the Fort William DH World Cup
...those stats are amazing... On average, he wins every other time he has raced here..... for 14 years!
orientdave fraktiv's article
May 31, 2017 at 16:39
May 31, 2017
Your Essential Guide to the Fort William DH World Cup
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