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riklassen jamessmurthwaite's article
Aug 10, 2020 at 11:15
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Must Watch: Brandon Semenuk Gives a Trail Bike Masterclass in 'Cascade'
Slaying a trail bike, like its a slope bike, on a slope course.
riklassen mikekazimer's article
Aug 10, 2020 at 10:14
5 hours
First Ride: 2021 Kona Honzo ESD Hardtail
I recently went from FS to Hardtail for the following 4 reasons: 1) budget 2) simplicity 3) versatility 4) climbing efficiency I super happy with my decision, I was able to get a super capable bike for under $2000 CAD that rips on trails here in Vancouver and requires way less maintenance than my FS. I picked up the Fuse 27.5 (growler was sold out along with the 29er Fuse) i have been riding the bike 3 times a week and it has been a complete blast with few if any headaches. I didn't get the bike to be different or to fill some fancy fetish.
riklassen jamessmurthwaite's article
Aug 10, 2020 at 10:03
5 hours
Must Watch: Brandon Semenuk Gives a Trail Bike Masterclass in 'Cascade'
@DaFreerider44: is it really freeride, if one has to transform the terrain to fit their riding style?
riklassen jamessmurthwaite's article
Aug 10, 2020 at 9:47
5 hours
Must Watch: Brandon Semenuk Gives a Trail Bike Masterclass in 'Cascade'
the problem is not the editing, its the trail, Its a perfectly manicured, groomed jump trail found in any number of bike parks. Its just not that interesting. Good rider, with loads of skill riding the same line that can be found anywhere. There is no challenge posed by the terrain of the location other than getting there.
riklassen jamessmurthwaite's article
Aug 10, 2020 at 9:43
5 hours
Must Watch: Brandon Semenuk Gives a Trail Bike Masterclass in 'Cascade'
Wow, A-Line in a forest, haven't seen that before.
riklassen mikelevy's article
Jul 30, 2020 at 14:33
Jul 30, 2020
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 16 - Who's Your Mountain Biking Hero?
My theory on this is due to the proliferation of slope style and dirt jumping. The focus of these two activities is air time and what one does in the air. The launch pad for getting into the air tends to be man made and perfectly crafted for ease of take off and can pretty much be done anywhere. Terrain and trail is not the focus. Furthermore the tricks done in the air are pretty much the same for every rider: Tail whip, table top, flip, no hander superman etc. It gets monotonous and boring watching the same jump and trick over and over to different music. While the riders are super skilled who do this, it does not showcase their full range of skills or ability as they build and manicure everything to make sure they can focus on the trick they throw once in the air. Thw whole aspect of riding the bike over varying train has been removed in modern films for the most part do the amount of building one does to make sure perfect air can be caught. Older films showcased riders on terrain and trails that was less altered and required them to use their skills to to catch air and throw some style to get through the trail. The focus was on how the rider got through challenging terrain and each had different styles from Tyler Klassen, to Wade, to Schley, to Bender, Andro, Watson, Swartz or Bourdin etc, all very distinctive on how they approached trails and terrain. Riding the shore was different from riding in Nelson to riding in Colorado to Utah, etc. Different terrain and different challenges. Nowadays they got these areas bring a shovel and perfectly craft a hip or jump that looks the same anywhere and throw the same tricks and air they can do anywhere. Its exactly like difference between big mountain skiiing and park skiing, one is focused on the location vs the skill of the skier, while the other is about jumping in the air. I know what i prefer. With all this said, watching this Remy character absolutely shred trails with minimal manicuring harkens back to the old days of guys showcasing their entire range of skill and ability to make a piece of trail or terrain look absolutely amazing and unique. Its the skill of the rider vs the terrain which is most interesting.
riklassen mikelevy's article
Jul 30, 2020 at 14:01
Jul 30, 2020
riklassen pinkbikeoriginals's article
Jul 24, 2020 at 9:32
Jul 24, 2020
Video: Easy Ways To Tune Up Your Mountain Bike with Christina Chappetta
@unfknblvbl: I agree, most people have a pump, some brushes,cleaner, basic lube, chain tool (maybe) and hex wrenches. And are capable of cleaning, their bike, tightening spokes, swapping out pedals, tires, etc. These are very basic tasks and are not complicated. Pulling BB and taking apart forks are fairly advanced and required specialized tools, knowledge and parts. Torque wrenches are interesting item of their own, acquiring these tools is like the quest for the holy grail in my area. Either shops don't carry them or out of stock or the ones they do carry are uber expensive and only cover a couple of the bolts and torque specs one needs.
riklassen pinkbikeoriginals's article
Jul 23, 2020 at 17:00
Jul 23, 2020
Video: Easy Ways To Tune Up Your Mountain Bike with Christina Chappetta
I don't think it has to do with lazy and more of a lack of knowledge, tools, space etc. There are plenty of factors why a lot of people don't fidget with their bikes beyond cleaning, tightening bolts, and tightening spokes and other basic tasks.
riklassen pinkbikeoriginals's article
Jul 23, 2020 at 16:47
Jul 23, 2020
Video: Easy Ways To Tune Up Your Mountain Bike with Christina Chappetta
Great video, I found it interesting and well presented, but most of the suggestions are beyond my skill set/knowledge, available tools, space and lack of a bike stand. I can't be alone as an avid biker, not having bleed kits, a bike stand, torque wrenches, multiple types of oil and grease, etc. at my disposal. I would classify this video as an overview of advanced tune up tips, especially the items around pulling apart the fork and BB. Would it be possible to do a video on basic tune up tasks or do videos on each of the individual tasks you demo'd and break it down in terms of what tools/parts one needs, cost to acquire the tools/parts, where best to get the tools/parts, estimated time to complete task, step by step instruction on how to do the task. Christina, keep up the good work, you are a great addition to the PB team and your videos are quite good.
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