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orientdave vernonfelton's article
Mar 23, 2017 at 8:12
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New Tires from Maxxis, WTB and Vee - Taipei Cycle Show
@Narro2: I just bought a 26 inch Cotic BFe frame, they sold out last June when the container arrived. I honestly have no plans to buy any more frames (ever, at this point because the gains would be marginal and I am pushing 50). I have a shed full of 26 rims and pre-boost hubs and forks. I need rubber, cables and pads. For people like me (loads of us around me), 26 is still very much great thanks.
orientdave vernonfelton's article
Mar 23, 2017 at 7:36
5 hours
New Tires from Maxxis, WTB and Vee - Taipei Cycle Show
@racecase: We will have less of that attitude my friend, 26 may be dead in your shed, but it ain't in mine, and my money, and many like me, is as good as yours, and will be until I hang up my boots, if your company makes me 26 tyres.
orientdave summer-of-summit's article
Mar 20, 2017 at 2:19
Mar 20, 2017
Summer of Summit, Vol.1 - Is Nagano, Japan The Next Best MTB Destination?
@DirtyLove: "I'd love to see what natural forest trail single tracks ..... there are in Japan " Take a look at Jinya on his Chromag HT riding on the TrailCutter trails in Nagano. The trails run through private forest land and are only open to riders using the TrailCutter group, but I have been on a day tour there and for me, they are the best I have ridden. https://www.pinkbike.com/video/314569/
orientdave summer-of-summit's article
Mar 18, 2017 at 16:11
Mar 18, 2017
Summer of Summit, Vol.1 - Is Nagano, Japan The Next Best MTB Destination?
....which, interestingly, would mean everyone rebuilds and cleans up the berm afterwards until it outshines the original. ...and then everyone thanks everyone for their tireless work and efforts ;)
orientdave summer-of-summit's article
Mar 18, 2017 at 1:39
Mar 18, 2017
Summer of Summit, Vol.1 - Is Nagano, Japan The Next Best MTB Destination?
Luke, There is potential in nearly every country in the world and I agree with many of your sentiments about Japan, especially when sold to the PB crowd. I am sure you know this place well enough to be able to imagine the permanent damage that could be done to the very delicate balance struck between landowners and MTB advocacy groups here if someone turns up and brings a "Let's shred that gnar dude" attitude to the heart of the Japanese countryside. MTB sports are minor within the group of sports known as "minor sports" here and the harsh reality is that, unfortunately, I doubt that will ever, and I stress the "ever" there, change. Let me explain my thoughts if I can. The key to developing any tourist based industry (because that is what MTB riding is, regardless of how much the PB audience may disagree) is purely and simply "bums on seats"; in other words, the numbers of riders (tourists). And the latest figures available from the Japanese MTBA (http://www.japan-mtb.org/jma-info/gaiyo/ ) shows that out of 126 million people, there are 2,490 registered members. 0.002% of the population. Just by comparison, the MTBA in Australia's 2014 report states (https://www.mtba.asn.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/2014_mtba_annualreport.pdf ) there are over 12,000 members in a population around 23 million. There are just not enough people here advocating access. The bottom line is, as you say, this; you cannot ride out from your house and expect to be anywhere near a trail unless you live in one of a handful of places and even then, don't imagine any more than "the odd short trail or two". Hell, most of the time I am not on a road ride, the MTB has to go in the back of the car for a couple of hours to get anywhere with a trail or two. The next generation might change things? I hope so, but.... As you know, kids here go from all day at school to all afternoon at school club to all evening at cram school to falling into bed. And unless their parents are bikers, the wishes and desires of the next Japanese Jackson Goldstone will fall on deaf ears at weekends too. So, I am with you; Japan is a fantastic place, I will be here until I get thrown out, just if you are the average aggressive trail rider, don't come imagining you will be able to emulate Hunter on that pipe trail or anyone else you see in an edit on PB. Instead you will need to come to Japan with 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 even fewer places to go riding here. On a positive note, go here if you get the chance; best day out I have ever had on a bike here. https://trail-cutter.com/
orientdave summer-of-summit's article
Mar 17, 2017 at 3:20
Mar 17, 2017
Summer of Summit, Vol.1 - Is Nagano, Japan The Next Best MTB Destination?
There are rather a large number of snow resorts in Nagano; if you have contacts and a budget for a shoot, you can experience some of the best riding there is. Weekend warriors and the rest of us mere mortals generally have to stick to the handful of carefully managed and commercially run resorts that are open to bikes in the "green season"; good they are too but honestly, a BC bike park like say, Silverstar is just on a different level. My adopted home is a fantastic place; please be respectful of land access issues and if you have the chance.....
orientdave dbaker's article
Mar 5, 2017 at 21:27
Mar 5, 2017
Bikes, Camera, Action - The Sven and Anka Martin Story
A great read; brilliant content. Thanks!!! Love your work Sven. Yeah, I know, don't complain etc etc, however, modern consumerism gets me down; even the art of photography as so expertly understood by Sven and others. With a photographic pedigree as fantastic as Sven's, the article for me was spoiled by the oh-so-obvious constraint of having to include nearly as much product placement as a certain German car manufacturer.
orientdave pinkbikeaudience's article
Feb 24, 2017 at 22:01
Feb 24, 2017
Neck Braces - Should You Be Wearing One?
No, and why should I be whilst taking a dump and catching up on PB?
orientdave mikekazimer's article
Feb 24, 2017 at 4:44
Feb 24, 2017
Counterpoint: Do We Really Need E-Bikes?
@Pynchonite: Nailed it. Perception trumps reality (whatever the hell that is) before "considered responses" have even tied their bootlaces. As Waki says, there have always been, are and always will be a large percentage of users of any machine or facilities that will, as any junior high school teacher can tell you "ruin it for everybody". Everybody that is with the exception of one particular group of people; the shareholders of the major industry players. We, as riders, have no influence, and never will do. I await the day when Transition proudly produce their "Rider owned for life" E-bike, at which point I will throw a leg over my 9-speed 26 inch steel HT, and with a huge 'I told you so' smile on my face and a beer in the backpack, head off up to the trailhead for another day's serendipity.
orientdave RichardCunningham's article
Feb 22, 2017 at 2:10
Feb 22, 2017
Shimano Announces Affordable Deore M6000 Group and a Wide Range SLX Option
@mikealive: The while situation is a s@£tstorm where the person getting the rawest deal, regardless of what anyone in the industry says, is the end user. We end users are faced with the unfortunate choice of taking advice from an LBS who, as you point out above, will end up having to offer recommemdations based on margin over user need or value for money, or taking a punt on components with positive online reviews. As a rider with a workshop full of 26 rims and non-boosted frames and forks the industry has shown itself for what it is to me over the past 5 years; a bunch of people searching for monetized innovation and no more. And you guys in the LBS get done over whichever way you rub it. Good luck Mike!
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