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orientdave jamessmurthwaite's article
May 21, 2019 at 16:57
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orientdave pinkbikeaudience's article
May 11, 2019 at 21:25
May 11, 2019
Video: French Mountain Biker Goes Viral After Almost Crashing into A Group of Students
@WAKIdesigns: The devil is always in the detail right. You are right on the nail there. The mechanics of reactions are indeed fascinating. @foxinsocks: You and I both know I would be USELESS in a streetfight; you'd be better off with an irritated toy poodle than me if things went south (which is why my wife is worried!). You'd be surprised at how often things do go south here...it's not all temples, rock gardens and tofu ice-cream. Mind you, I'm not under any illusions there are tougher places to live.. as we've talked about over a beer before. The mechanics of this story below happened to me and my family too (having to stop on the fast lane of the highway because some guy forced you to stop) after I'd personally re-delivered an ashtray worth of cigarette butts to him some ten minutes before that he'd thrown out of his car window at a set of traffic lights... https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/nhknewsline/backstories/roadragedriver/ ...only we were lucky that no-one ploughed into the pair of us while we were 'exchanging pleasantries' in the fast lane. I think I only get away with it because many people here over-estimate non-Japanese people's ability to punch them in the face...? Love to you and the family. Have a good day.
orientdave pinkbikeaudience's article
May 11, 2019 at 7:49
May 11, 2019
Video: French Mountain Biker Goes Viral After Almost Crashing into A Group of Students
MORE RANT WARNINGS @WAKIdesigns: You are right to an extent in that my voice may well be one of 'the mob' however in cases such as this, I am happy with that; the mob is sometimes necessary IMHO; thanks for pointing it out nevertheless. In this case, I feel very, very strongly about the irresponsible attitude taken by individuals who wilfully disregard personal responsibility towards those in their community, it makes me livid (really, really angry). Mainly because I am tired of seeing the effects of that attitude on news stories about people having family members taken away from them or having them put into wheelchairs. Whether it be some git who believes that their god-given right to generate calls of 'sick dude' as they 'shred the gnar' when, wherever and however they choose trumps the rights of someone to walk home from the shops without getting taken out...... ...... through drunk drivers who deprive children of their father as they smash though him on a crosswalk at 50mph...... .... to people playing Pokemon-go whilst they drive head first into a line of elementary school kids on their way home from school depriving a loving parent from seeing their child grow up. All are expressions of individuals who fail woefully at being members of a community, including the linked video here. And yes, those last two are real examples of news stories I have had to sit through here in Japan recently. An inalienable right to shred urban DH gnar does not exist save for in your head; it makes me livid. Those video makers? Idiots to me big time. And that word 'idiots' is not how I truly feel, it is not a strong enough word. And I am willing to say that goes to anyone here who thinks that video is 'sick' or in any way cool. Some will read this and say "This dude needs to chill out" I am sure. Sorry, no I will not chill and besides, have you any idea how difficult it is to climb down from a moral high horse once you are up there? Anyways, I like the view. And no, I am not fun at any of your parties. On a weekly basis Waki, I confront people to their faces here on the street in Japan about such issues. My wife told me just last week she expects me to get taken out when someone I do confront gets violent. Well, that day will come maybe, but it's a risk I am willing to take at least a couple of times a week in the hope that some people may think about what they are doing. So, yes@ajayflex to me, it is an issue I feel strongly about having seen too many people suffer at the hands of such an attitude, so I will speak up about it and try and get a video taken down on YouTube. Will it work? Probably not, but hey, I'll try. I'm not expecting anywhere near the majority of the cohort here at PB to understand. You might after you have watched a week's worth of news here in Japan though. It brings me to tears. Enjoy your Sundays, don't be a dick on your bike and think for a moment about what would happen to someone if maybe, just maybe, you took out their son / daughter / mother or father from that one lapse moment. I don't want to live having been that dick. Night all.
orientdave pinkbikeaudience's article
May 11, 2019 at 0:10
May 11, 2019
Video: French Mountain Biker Goes Viral After Almost Crashing into A Group of Students
Should anyone wish to complain directly to the owner of the YouTube channel, this is the e-mail address labelled 'For business enquiries' thefrof0x23@gmail.com
orientdave pinkbikeaudience's article
May 11, 2019 at 0:09
May 11, 2019
Video: French Mountain Biker Goes Viral After Almost Crashing into A Group of Students
and here, direct to the person concerned in charge of the youtube channel thefrof0x23@gmail.com
orientdave pinkbikeaudience's article
May 10, 2019 at 23:58
May 10, 2019
Video: French Mountain Biker Goes Viral After Almost Crashing into A Group of Students
My reply to their YouTube video, and I encourage anyone else who thinks promoting such riding is not what should be happening to do the same. "You Sir, and all your phoney staff and friends should be ashamed of yourselves; bunch of fuckwits. I'll be reporting this piece of shit to Youtube for one. Have you any sense of social responsibility? None apparently, neither you nor the production crew who thought this was a good idea. Urban Freeride in daylight hours? Idiots. No, that word is not strong enough. Fils de pute´╗┐"
orientdave jamessmurthwaite's article
May 10, 2019 at 4:33
May 10, 2019
Sick Bicycle Co Responds to Anger Over Undelivered Frames
@WAKIdesigns: Absolutely agree with you there. Just a bit of miscommunication. Enjoy the weekend!
orientdave jamessmurthwaite's article
May 10, 2019 at 1:50
May 10, 2019
Sick Bicycle Co Responds to Anger Over Undelivered Frames
@WAKIdesigns: You find them honest, OK. A question then. How would you describe the gap between their claim that they are not taking pre-orders anymore with the demonstrable fact that their website is taking pre-orders? Honest? Sorry Waki; you talk sense here far more often than people give you credit for, however we will have to agree to disagree here. I agree with you totally about the tendency of the industry to sex-up everything and everything to ejaculatory gnarly shreddage (Transition BIkes being the undisputed champions of that for over a decade) however whether you are a huge conglomerate or a boutique hand made brand, you have to work to build trust and these two boys have failed miserably in that department. Honesty builds trust. These gents haven't built any trust. Be my guest and do the maths.
orientdave jamessmurthwaite's article
May 9, 2019 at 19:46
May 9, 2019
Sick Bicycle Co Responds to Anger Over Undelivered Frames
RANT WARNING Yes, there will be armchair CEOs and people here just to shovel and throw shit about, however, removing them from the equation still leaves a pile of shit on the floor, of JC and TA's own creation, and it is their job to clean it all up so as not to allow any of it to be thrown about. I have had dealings close to a decade ago now with ordering frames with Cotic, Stanton (and would have had with BTR if I had had the money at the time), who all started out with an idea for a bike frame the same as JC and TA. Others have managed the situation, and well, when inevitable issues arose. In my case, Cy at Cotic had to reject a delivery of tubes on QC issues which put back many people's orders and in my case, he kept me informed at all times, and had the factory in Taiwan personally finish off the frame and had that one frame sent to me direct to Japan to fulfil my order ASAP. They were in constant contact and, if they made a promise, they kept it. That is what generates and deserves respect in customers. Compare that to JC and TA at Sick and it becomes very apparent, very quickly that they have failed to manage the situation, and dismally at that. Read that Singletrack article and it all sinks in. Cy at Cotic, Dan at Stanton and Tam and Burf at BTR all managed to create killer product and simultaneously deal professionally with customers at all stages of their start up process. In the case of Dan Stanton and Cy Turner, they stumped up the money to make the frames; gambling their own money. Tam and Burf only took orders for what they could make personally from their shed and have grown slowly and steadily; customers at BTR can see their tubes becoming frames on FB. It is all open and transparent. I for one have concluded from the Sick debacle that I do not trust JC and TA's management ability so, therefore would not trust them with my money. I hope they turn it around, however, I don't see that yet in their answers here; the experiences of the author on Singletrack cement those feelings further. Just for the record, I have run a business here in Japan for 18 years. We had one complaint 15 years ago, which we fully accepted, and changed our business as a result. We have never had a single complaint since. With integrity, which people like Dan, Cy, Tam and Burf have in spades, it can be done, and done well. JC and TA don't deserve any more slack, they deserve a kick up their whining arse to sort their mess of a business out; And to do that, you have to stop adding more bullshit to the ' shit for throwin' ' pile. I just checked and their website says on an Shrike frame "Please note, this is a preorder, we currently do not have a firm date for delivery. Estimated completion date of manufacture is 29th May 2019." They stopped taking preorders did they? Manufacture date of two weeks? If you want people to stop throwing shit about, you have to stop bullshiting to start with. RANT OVER
orientdave jamessmurthwaite's article
May 8, 2019 at 1:21
May 8, 2019
5 Metal Hardtails From the Bespoked Show 2019
@WAKIdesigns: We felt the shockwaves here in Japan! Mind you, we are quite good at feeling those over here!
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