phobospwns

An engineer, former professional mechanic, who frequently misses working in shops.

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phobospwns seb-stott's article
Jun 18, 2022 at 19:04
Jun 18, 2022
phobospwns seb-stott's article
Jun 18, 2022 at 18:52
Jun 18, 2022
Pinkbike Poll: How Do You Decide Which Bike To Buy?
How can they write this poll without "value proposition" or some such? I bought a Vitus Escarpe in '18 on that alone, and I'm so so happy I did. XT + Fox for $3k (on sale for $2k)? Unreal value, and the geo, while not "bleeding edge", was v sold. I love that bike, and I cannot imagine paying triple that for a bike that's, at best, marginally better.
phobospwns mikelevy's article
Jun 3, 2022 at 5:58
Jun 3, 2022
Opinion: You Should Be Fixing Your Own Bike
If I'm an engineer, but was a bike mechanic first, where do I fall? Trying to decipher if I can turn a screw or not.
phobospwns mikelevy's article
Jun 3, 2022 at 5:54
Jun 3, 2022
Opinion: You Should Be Fixing Your Own Bike
I was totally that mechanic for years... young and invincible and stupid. He's right- just wear the gloves!
phobospwns mikelevy's article
Jun 3, 2022 at 5:53
Jun 3, 2022
phobospwns mikelevy's article
Jun 3, 2022 at 5:47
Jun 3, 2022
Opinion: You Should Be Fixing Your Own Bike
Before I ever worked a day in a bike shop, I thought I really knew a thing or two about fixing a bike. Then I got a job at a shop- and discovered, in short order, that I didn't know the first thing about it- and had in fact been doing things wrong. Granted, that was before the age of youtube (big ups to all of you Zinn and the Art readers out there)- so it's probably a lot easier to find the right way to do things these days- but still... It's very easy to learn the wrong way to do things outside of the professional setting, and you don't know what you don't know. When you bring your bike into a shop, you're going to people who (hopefully, I know not every shop is great) know what they're doing- because the art and science of bike repair has been passed down to them by others. I'll say this- do most of the general stuff yourself. Let the shop handle the big stuff, and every year (or two) bring it in for a good old fashioned tune up by someone else. Oh- and don't forget to tip 'em- After all, us poor young bike mechanics (the good old days to be honest) are people too, and could really use the cash!
phobospwns alicialeggett's article
Apr 12, 2022 at 9:46
Apr 12, 2022
The Dogs of Sea Otter 2022
I'm here for the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever content on Pinkbike. Only thing missing was a Blue Heeler to make it the perfect article.
phobospwns sarahmoore's article
Apr 1, 2022 at 8:07
Apr 1, 2022
Kona Bikes Creates Customizable Marine Themed Slopestyle Course
midas whale shut down comments for the rest of the year here on pinkbike. Nothing will top this- well done! bahahaha.
phobospwns pinkbikeoriginals's article
Mar 25, 2022 at 9:11
Mar 25, 2022
Video: Friday Fails #214
I've done the exact crash from about 75% of this week's fails- definitely brought up some repressed memories.
phobospwns seb-stott's article
Jan 14, 2022 at 12:59
Jan 14, 2022
Pinkbike Poll: Has Your Shock Ever Failed?
Happened to me once, an RP23. Surprisingly enough, it was the shock I serviced most dutifully. That's the way she goes, innit?
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