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 mikekazimer's article
Oct 16, 2017 at 8:24
20 hours
Santa Cruz Nomad 4 - Review
So is mine...... ......except when I'm on it.
orientdave Jono-wade's article
Oct 15, 2017 at 7:44
2 days
Japan's Best Kept Trails by Van - Video
For those of you who can understand Japanese... https://www.facebook.com/hakubavillage/videos/1500067533402916/?fref=gs&dti=666980636679098&hc_location=group
orientdave Jono-wade's article
Oct 14, 2017 at 16:17
3 days
Japan's Best Kept Trails by Van - Video
Excellent! This is exactly the way to ride in Japan; bike park (first trail of second video) plus using guides like Paul who can both tell you what to do (and not to do!), but more importantly, make sure you get to ride the best trails. Paul is so right about being secretive and no sharing of GPS. Someone I went with on some of those trails in the videos did GPS some rides (we were with the builder), and it was nice to be able to see where we had been. But would we ever go back there by ourselves without going with the trail builder? Absolutely not, we'd never even consider it. It is great living in a culture where there is so much mutual respect, and when you live here for long enough, it just becomes second nature. Honestly, if you visit and don't use a guide, you are probably better of going somewhere else. As Jonathon says, the culture is different, you have to do things differently to most other places, but the advantage is that if you do come to Japan and use a guide like Paul, you will ride some of the best trails in the country. Great piece Jonathon, I really enjoyed it, and personally, I think you have made the most representative piece I've ever seen about riding in Japan on PB. Thanks.
orientdave mikelevy's article
Oct 13, 2017 at 16:32
Oct 13, 2017
Poll - How Clean is EWS Racing?
@Mieszko42, Let's imagine that in the planning meetings for the 2018 EWS series, the conversation turned to the subject of the whisperings of some people using possibly suspect supplements. And let's imagine that, since all sports management involves the hugely important concept of image management, the series directors decided that, in order to decide on an appropriate strategy regarding doping in the EWS, and a potential future issue, they wanted to know the extent to which the watching public 'believes' there to be a doping issue.... If I were Chris Ball, I'd pay up and ask the PB crowd exactly the same question.
orientdave summer-of-summit's article
Oct 12, 2017 at 0:57
Oct 12, 2017
Drifter Cars & Fresh Trails: Summer of Summit, Nagano: Vol. 3 - Video
@nvranka: I was a Uni teacher back in the day in the UK, and continued that over here. Now I run a business with my wife... all things and anything education based. Teaching, educational consulting, education travel, translating, proofing and editing.... The best thing is having to work at it all in my non native language; keeps you on your toes and stops you taking anything for granted. I owe this place a lot.
orientdave orientdave's video
Oct 12, 2017 at 0:41
Oct 12, 2017
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え?カナダの前は日本だったの?

orientdave summer-of-summit's article
Oct 12, 2017 at 0:36
Oct 12, 2017
Drifter Cars & Fresh Trails: Summer of Summit, Nagano: Vol. 3 - Video
@delo1974: Likewise delo, have a good weekend,
orientdave summer-of-summit's article
Oct 11, 2017 at 16:53
Oct 11, 2017
Drifter Cars & Fresh Trails: Summer of Summit, Nagano: Vol. 3 - Video
@trickland: Cheers! You are so right; the cycling environment is just completely different. I came to BC three years ago, and the drive from Whistler to Silverstar through Lillooet just blew my mind; the expanse, the extent of the "neverendingness". Lightfoot Gas Station will stay with me until I die! I totally began to see how a Northern Continental American mindset could be heavily influenced by the environment there. and it begins to explain some people's views of MTBs, MTB lifestyle, us as people and nature. Enjoy the upcoming weekend everyone.
orientdave summer-of-summit's article
Oct 11, 2017 at 15:19
Oct 11, 2017
Drifter Cars & Fresh Trails: Summer of Summit, Nagano: Vol. 3 - Video
@nvranka: Honestly, that very much depends on the mindset you bring. Let's not mess about. The bike industry is about selling us the idea that bikes; cool, rad bikes are what we, the riders, the 'dudes' who 'shred gnar', want, to make us feel we can control and master 'the trail' through the pursuit of 'flow'. Sure. Rampage rules dude. Really? Is that how the majority of the world thinks? Ask yourself why Production Privee decided that The Stig would be a good choice for a marketing ambassador and it will give you an insight into how the industry in general wants bikers to view themselves. And whilst the huge expanses of the seemingly untamed raw canvas of the wilderness in Northern Continental America allow many to buy into that idea, no, that isn't what it is like here. Not. At. All. And if one were to go bring that attitude here, you may be, through no fault of one's own save for lack of experience, blind to how it does not fit in easily with the entirely different world view that exists here; a world view bourne out of 126 million people living on an island slightly smaller in size than California with only 30% inhabitable land where one's relationship to each other and how everyone affects one another is THE overiding factor in determining courses of action. So, after close to a quarter of a century living here, no, I am not painting a great picture of Japam for dudes who shred and fuck the consequences. That is not to say you cannot ride fantastic trails here; you can, there are amazing places to ride here, but it is not a blank canvas onto which 'dudes' can 'shred the gnar' in whatever way one's personal-freedom-trumps-all arse would like to believe the world owes them, without creating ripples and effects; what one does, and how it affects the people around you is an unwritten rule that everyone (please imagine that word said by Gary Oldman playing Stensland in the movie Leon) tends to live by here. It took me a looooong time to work that out here, and I wouldn't want others to have to take as long as me to work it out; coming here with an open mind as to how to act, and to defer to those who are being kind enough to allow us access to places that are not open to all without restriction, and a great time can be had. It might not be 'rad' enough for some 'dudes' though. I hear Whistler does a good line in 'radness' for those that way inclined.
orientdave summer-of-summit's article
Oct 11, 2017 at 6:42
Oct 11, 2017
Drifter Cars & Fresh Trails: Summer of Summit, Nagano: Vol. 3 - Video
@trickland: Sure, that is fine in may parts of the world, bur very rarely here, and it would be respectful to one's hosts to defer to the way things are when a guest. Just in case you couldn't be bothered to follow the link I posted, let me enlighten you about how things work over here. 1) There is a very real danger of serious damage being done to the delicate balance struck between landowners and MTB advocacy groups here in Japan if someone turns up and brings a "Let's shred that gnar dude" attitude to the heart of the Japanese countryside. 2) If you wish to ride in Japan, you need a bucketful of patience, a swimming-pool-ful of willingness to get off your bike and push it on any shared use trail should you meet absolutely anyone, and a truck-ful of deference to the locals, who trust me, won't say anything to you about your behaviour to your face, but who will eventually have their voices heard by those that matter, and then there will be fewer places to go riding here. So, sure, if you want to believe everyone, everywhere should do as you do, because you are expressing your own personal truth, fine. But it won't make you right. In fact, come here with the attitudes you have expressed, and all it will make you in some places here is a problem. Be more respectful of your hosts people if you come here. So, if you ever do get the chance to come to Japan to ride, please do. And bring with you a bucketful of humility. Cheers.
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