Pinkbike Editors' New Years Resolutions for 2021

Dec 1, 2020 at 10:03
by Sarah Moore  
Photo by Trevor Lyden


It's always good to have a great big lofty goal to aim for, even if your resolution ends up being abandoned by mid-January. If you could accomplish anything in 2021, what would it be? We put that question to each member of Pinkbike's editorial crew and some regular contributors:





Daniel Sapp
Keep it Together

This year, I'm going to really focus on keeping my head in a good place while doing a lot of new things. As always, there are some exciting project ideas involving Pinkbike. Then, we're expecting a new roommate in our house in a few months so I'll be working on figuring out how to be a dad, which is really exciting (and a touch intimidating). I'm also going to be helping out more with some local trail advocacy to help improve what's already great around Western North Carolina.

I love having my plate overly full with everything from work to house projects and I often cross the line and become a little too focused on details that don't really matter. Obviously, having a tiny human somewhat depending on me is going to be quite the adventure and adjustment. For me, with everything, there's a fine line to managing it all and keeping a good headspace rather than going down the rabbit hole of "I have to do everything and if I don't the world will end and we'll all die." Some things just don't matter, and no matter how important I think it is to get another load of gravel spread on the driveway and tamped down with a plate compactor in the next 24 hours before we get into a freeze-thaw cycle is... it can take a backseat to just chilling the hell out.

For now, I'm going to spend some extra time deep in the woods without distractions whenever I have the chance. I'm going to work on staying organized, looking at the big picture, not giving energy to things that don't matter and I'll do my best to not forget that a quick bike ride can be the best way to help keep it together.





Dan Roberts
Why So Serious?

It’s with great sadness that I look out of the window to a snowy Champéry. While I really do love going for a dance with the man in the white coat and the way that snow transforms the mountains into a completely different beast, this past riding season has been one of the best in recent memory and has led to many a recent minute pondering while gazing out of the window.

All too often we can get a bit ahead of ourselves and lost in our own little worlds, forgetting that quite simply, we work with bikes. In the words of a famous motoring journalist, we’re not curing diseases, and we really shouldn’t take ourselves too seriously. That schoolboy excitement we once had as kids for our two wheeled accomplices should never be lost or forgotten.

So, to 2021 with that sentiment in mind. I already know CAD software so I predict a long year of 3D based questions from Mr. Park. But I’ve taken on a bunch of engineering projects that, for me, helps keep me humble and honest by getting my hands dirty in development and enjoying that journey from idea, through all the hard work, to something you can actually take for a spin in the woods. It’s not exactly the bullet point list of clear resolutions as some of the others and I don’t know how other people keep their heads screwed on. But for me dirty hands, keeping my head down with hard work and jumping around excited like a dog at the mention of a walk seem to help.

And I’d really like to go ride in Scotland again.





Mike Kazimer
Stretch More & Learn to Ride a Motorcycle

Last year I resolved to stretch more, and that went about how I expected. I wouldn't say I broke my resolution, but I also wasn't very pro-active, typically remembering to stretch only after my body started getting angry at me. There's still lots of room for improvement, so I'll carry that resolution over in to 2021.

I'll also add another one to the list – I'd like to learn how to ride a motorcycle. I really haven't spent time on anything with a throttle, other than riding sketchy scooters around Taichung. Better late than never, right? Don't worry, I'm not planning on going down the crotch rocket route – I've seen how that ends, and it's not pretty. I think something slower and older is more my style, and then I'll have another mode of transportation for when my van inevitably breaks down.





Aidan Oliver
Explore BC More

As a resident of Vancouver, I'm lucky enough to find myself riding 3-4 times a week in peak summer. With some of the world's best riding on my doorstep however, it's hard to venture further than my favourite local loamers and weekend trips to Whistler. Since moving to BC three years ago, I've ridden some amazing features and trails I wouldn't have dreamed of having access to back home and it's all on my local hills.

But it takes a different kind of commitment to get out and explore BC's wild side and hidden gems. From doing the research to working out what bike packing is, there's a lot more effort involved than party laps down your local trails. But that old saying about it being the journey, not the destination certainly rings true with areas like the Chilcotins, Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast within arm's reach. In 2021, I plan to do some bike packing trips, visit some new bike parks in BC, and work on declining laps of the favourite locals in search of exploring new zones.





Ed Spratt
Ride More and Use Less Plastic

My resolution last year was to learn some new bike skills and as you can probably guess given the year we have had, this didn’t really go to plan. After lockdowns and restrictions throughout 2020, my riding skill has definitely dropped but at least my bread-making skills have seen a big bump! For next year my main aim is to simply ride more, as the past twelve months have seen me not get out on the bike as much as I hoped. My local trails are currently under a ton of mud and water at this point of the year, so it might be more indoor focused until things get a bit nicer on the trails.

Straying away from bikes, my other resolution for 2021 is to use less plastic. While I probably won’t be going completely plastic-free, the challenge of having to find alternatives to things I use every day that are more sustainable should help me to think more about purchases and hopefully force me to make better decisions about what I buy.





James Smurthwaite
Move somewhere with better riding

The pandemic and its resulting lockdowns have given me the opportunity to reassess what’s important. In the deepest lockdown, when Brits were only allowed an hour of exercise, this left me unable to access any off-road riding beyond muddy park paths for the best part of two months.

While I don’t expect those restrictions to return (I’m touching every bit of wood within reach after typing this), it has made my partner and I realise that being nearer mountains, greenery and trails is more important to us than the sights and sounds of city. It’s been fun London, but it’s time for me to head to the hills.





Sarah Moore
Change It Up

While living right next to some of the world's best mountain bike trails is amazing, it's also made me a bit lazy with ride planning. I always revert to my favourite trails instead of trying new ones and I usually make last minute ride plans with the same people since it's easy. Strava keeps calling me a "Local Legend" but I think that's a nice way of saying "hey, you're stuck in a rut"!

This year, I'd like to plan my rides further in advance, or at least try to meet up with someone every week or two so that I end up riding different trails in different places with different people. Often, when I ride with new people, whether they're faster or slower than me, it takes me out of my comfort zone. It turns out that's what it takes to improve as a rider, which I enjoy.

And yeah, 2020 was a bit of a weird year and I didn't end up taking a Wilderness First Aid course, but I'm still planning on it. In the meantime, I've really been enjoying the Search and Rescue: North Shore TV show, which further reinforces the need to get Wilderness First Aid training. For now, I'm resolving to take a basic survival and first aid kit with me alongside my Garmin inReach on rides and make sure that I tell someone my ride plan if I'm out on my own.





Mike Levy
Be More Better

New year, new me? Hardly. We're all going to keep on keeping on in 2021, most of us doing the same shit we did over the previous twelve months. So instead of telling everyone that the coming year will see Levy 2.0 emerge as a fitness model on my way to a PhD in physics with an astrobiology side hustle, I'm just gonna continue doing what I do... Only, I'll try to do it a bit better. If we're talking Pinkbike, that means you'll hopefully see the podcast grow into something more refined and, well, more better. That might entail industry guests answering the real questions you want us asking, in-depth coverage of events and gear, and better storytelling. Oh, and more Pinker callouts, too. If for some reason you want to not only hear us but also see us, 2021 will also see a renewed focus on video content. That not only means you should (patiently) expect the next chapter in the Grim Donut story, but also a new gear-focused video series and plenty of other fun projects.

Away from Pinkbike, my only aim from 2021 is to simplify anything and everything. That means more to me than just buying less stuff - I already don't spend on much besides food and car parts - I'm talking about fewer distractions, less noise, and more calmness. And yes, I know I can come off as a ball of outgoing energy on camera, but I crave quiet solitude IRL and actually live as a near-shut-in. But while I daydream of living with my partner and three dogs in an off-grid cabin that's hours down some gravel road, the reality is that I need to create that quiet life in a different, more realistic way. Anyone have a cabin or yurt they want to sell me?





Matt Wragg
Run

I know I said running last year, but this year I have learnt that consistency is key. During the first lockdown we were banned from riding bikes here in France and as I hate turbo trainers, running was the main exercise left. In honesty it was a shitshow for me. I was doing 3km runs around the road then struggling to heal after, which meant I wasn’t doing more than 6km a week. By the end of lockdown I had lost almost all of my fitness and instead of celebrating my freedom I was stuck suffering trying to get my endurance back.

I went back to the drawing board and tried to stay motivated through the summer. I failed, so come Autumn, I have picked things back up again. The big thing I have learned is that running is going to hurt. To build strength and fitness you need to be running twice a week at least and although the constant feeling of “oh shit, am I dying?” is fading, it still isn’t what you’d call pleasant. My new goal is to be able to go trail running. I love the idea of being able to head off running in the mountains, but the reality is that it’s going to take a lot more persistence and pain to get to the point where I can have a nice run amongst the peaks.





Brian Park
Train + Learn + Travel

First off, I'm going to flex a little. Maybe for the first time ever, I actually accomplished all of my resolutions from last year. I made more time to be a proper fan of the sport again this year, I dialled in a slick little Pelican case tool kit (Dave Rome would be proud), I did a ground up custom build Raaw Madonna V2 (spreadsheets and all), and I got my mangled arm working again (mostly).

So for 2021 I'm going to try to keep the streak going. First off, new-dad-life kicked my ass this year and I'm probably slower than I've ever been on the pedals. I've got to put some time in over the next 6 months to get my fitness to a less embarrassing level; I know I know, this is a boring one.

Second, I want to know more about the manufacturing side of the bike industry. I'm really interested in the future of manufacturing—especially in localization and new production workflows. So, I'm going to take the time to learn some basic CAD/CAM software (recommendations? Fusion360?) as well as do some 3D printing and some CNC work. Thanks to some friends at Matterhackers and Pocket NC, I've got some loaner equipment to learn with. I've got a lot of undeserved overconfidence here.

And finally, I'd like to make at least one big trip happen in 2021. Never thought I'd miss trade shows, but I'm definitely feeling cooped up right now. So as soon as things open up, we're going to get out of town for a while.





Jason Lucas
Create

I’d love to say get fitter, faster, land a cork 720, and solve perpetual motion but let’s be honest here. Those things might happen and I’ll do the best I can to steer this mass of skin and bone in that direction, but I’m going to aim a few rungs lower on the life ladder.

I’d really like to just keep being a creator and continue making bigger and better things that people can watch and enjoy. Like, if I can inspire someone, make them laugh or maybe make them forget about something negative in their life for 10 minutes and 1 second (good length for YouTube, ya know?) then that’s pretty damn fulfilling for me. I’m super fortunate to be in the position I’m in currently so I want to make sure I’m taking full advantage of it.

Either that or travel to Southern Italy. Why? I’ve never been and it looks nice.





Christina Chappetta
Volunteer

I want to volunteer more in not only 2021, but the years to come. I always loved the people I’d get to interact with when volunteering for various events, mostly sport related. In a time when many organizations and people could use even more support, I feel like my time could be better invested in the community that serves me, far and wide. It always makes me feel so great too. I'm keen to see what 2021 holds and what sort of gems I can get out there to meet and interact with!





Taj Mihelich
Relearn 360s

360s are the one trick I really miss being able to do. If I have a bike dream, you can bet that I am leaning back off a lip and dropping my inside shoulder for a comfortable feeling, slightly off-axis spin. The landing comes into view and I'm diving in front-wheel smooth. No panic, no sensation of being lost in the air, and no over-rotation. This summer my muscle memory kept tempting me to just let one fly but the alarm bells in my head told me I wasn't ready for the potential crash.

It took seven years after my back surgery to be able to hit jumps again. Now at ten years post-surgery, I can enjoy a short dirt jump session as long as I don't try to go too high. My brain tells me to take it easy and that's fine with me. I have no aspirations of making a "comeback" and no desire to reopen my old bag of tricks. I just want floaty 360s over a decent-sized jump. Those nice controlled spins that I used to be able to effortlessly throw into any dirt jump line felt so amazing that the memories are still echoing in my head today.

I reckon I originally learned 360s in 1987, and in 2021, I'm going to relearn them again.





Ben Cathro
Consume Less

That's an extremely broad and vague resolution which will mean different things to different people but for me it means stop buying shit you don't really need. I'm typing this out in my office surrounded by so much... stuff that I barely use. My guilty pleasures are technology and camera gear which are purchased with the best intentions yet are so often left to collect dust.. To my right is a full green screen setup I purchased after seeing Joe Barnes use one to great effect in his lockdown bites video series (still unused). To my left is a cinema lens I bought for my camera for an obscene amount of money only to figure out it was cumbersome, didn't suit my use case and no one wants to buy it off me. Behind me is a drone that was going to help me get all the sickest tracking shots while out self shooting but I've been too busy to make proper use of it.

Our industry is fuelled by consumerism and while it seems hypocritical to be going against this I'm not going cold turkey. The focus is going to be more on NEED rather than WANT. I WANT an electric motorbike but I really NEED to be saving up for a deposit on my first house. I WANT to buy a new PS5 and 4K HDR 120HZ TV but NEED to get a new editing laptop as this one keeps choking on HEVC video formats. My reason for this isn't so much about saving money and reducing clutter as it is about reducing waste. This planet's only got so much to give so if I can consume a little less that can only be a good thing.





James Huang
Be like Gumby

I turned 46 not too long ago, and let me tell you, all that stuff you hear about what happens to your body when you get older is not a myth. I may be older and wiser, but I’m also slower, I lose fitness faster, I put on weight easier, and everything just generally hurts more than it did even just a few years ago. I thankfully have always had above-average flexibility, but even that’s been slowly going away, and along with it my performance on the bike and how quickly I recover from injury.

I used to attend yoga classes somewhat regularly before I became a parent, and always marveled at how much I got out of them, both physically and mentally, and on the bike and off. I had more power, my riding position was better, my head was less scattered, and I just felt better overall. In-person classes obviously aren’t an option now, but seeing as how I’m not sleeping very well these days, anyway, I figure I may as well make use of those early mornings and the big TV that’s sitting in our quiet basement.





What is your resolution for 2021?


119 Comments

  • 220 1
 Resolution for 2021: Read the whole Pinkbike article before just scrolling to the comments.
  • 19 0
 Ahhh damn try again
  • 9 0
 Won't make it a week!! Smile
  • 9 0
 Aim lower, that is too high of a bar... jk lol jk
  • 4 0
 I feel attacked
  • 2 0
 Impossible.
  • 40 0
 I'm with Cathro, and I'll add the old "buy cheap, buy twice". I'm going to try and only buy things I need, and try to make sure they'll last longer than an average mobile phone does these days.
  • 1 0
 The other version of that saying is, “buy once, cry once.”
  • 2 0
 The milk I buy lasts longer than the average person keeps their mobile phone No idea why, the new models add so little extra each time!
  • 29 0
 I want to see Taj make 360 again!
  • 10 0
 My goal is to start a buisness! Giving people an opportunity to ride trails in areas with limited trail access. Its a growing sport and there are only going to be more trails needed. I want young kids, their friends, and their parents to have access to mountain biking which I didn't discover until I was 16. The sport changed my life and my perception. You don't know true happiness until you witness people with grins and smiles ear to ear from putting a leg over a saddle.
  • 2 0
 I suspect we will see a big uptick in municipalities wanting to build trail networks to attract tourism. Get some training, intern with an established crew, then lease the machines and hang your shingle!
  • 6 0
 @mattwragg it seems we have the same goals for this year.

During the second lockdown I took to running to try maintain fitness. Like you said, it takes commitment and it hurts like hell. I’ve had the benefit of knowing a trail/ultra runner and she has helped immeasurably.

I’ve done a couple of shorter trail runs and they’re a huge improvement on pounding pavement. Running has also helped with on-bike fitness too (when I manage to get out), so my resolution for the year exactly mirrors yours.

I’d like to thank you and the rest of the PB staff for your efforts to keep us entertained and informed this past year, even when restrictions made it very difficult to do so, and to wish ye all PBers a happy and healthy new year.
  • 9 0
 I'm lucky enough that I seem to be quite a natural runner. But I've discovered that running uses very different muscles to cycling. The problem comes that us cyclists tend to be fit enough that we can easily put certain "running muscles" into distress while not getting too aerobically tired, which leads to injury. And starting again from scratch in 2 weeks. So my advice would be to start gently (for me, deliberately running slowly, rather than short runs works) and make sure you do gentle dynamic warmups before and stretch afterwards.
  • 2 0
 @mountainsofsussex: Sound advice. Happily, I share your luck: I’ve found running much easier than I thought it would be once I got over the leaden legs in the days after the first couple of runs. It’s given me a much better level or aerobic fitness. While climbing was never an issue for me I’ve notice a marked improvement since I started running.

It kinda pisses me off as it’s proven a certain someone right in all they said when they *gently persuaded* me to run as well as ride.
  • 3 1
 @ODubhslaine: I like to do run-walks myself. I can switch it up by using the HRM and running until say, 120 or 130bpm, and then walking until the heart rate drops back to 110. Another way is to run the flats and downhills and walk the uphills. Another one I like to do is a 10km loop, and every time my watch clocks another kilometre I have to flat out sprint 60 steps, which I think is about 100m. By the end of that the legs are rooted - it’s got to be a better muscle builder than just doing a flat 10km run (which I can do, but has to be pretty much the least enjoyable form of exercise).
Skipping in the back garden is also a good way to break up the grind of Teams meetings.
  • 1 0
 @jaame: thanks for this, I’ll give the sprints idea a go next time out. I’ve already been walking the ups as I’m way too old to be running them! My HR usual tops out around the 160 mark if I run continuously.
  • 5 0
 I went for a run two weeks back and had to stop because of sore knees, not lead legs. My knees hurt for two weeks after. Frustrating!
  • 1 0
 @rrolly: oh bugger that blows. I know they can do stuff with gait analysis etc but if you’re serious about running I’d speak to someone who knows what they’re talking about.
  • 3 0
 @jaame: @ODubhslaine: @rrolly:
Try the Run- Walk method (www.runnersworld.com/training/a20845020/how-to-get-started-as-a-runner) 3 minutes of jogging followed by a minute walking, to let the smaller muscles recover. Repeat until you reach your planned distance. You should find it easier to build up the distance if you're just adding another 3 minute segment to your runs each week, than a quarter mile at the end of a continuous run when you're most tired.
  • 2 0
 @ODubhslaine: @jaame Sorry for the 2nd post, but I couldn't edit my first. I realized @jaame already did a decent job of explaining the Run-Walk method a little too late. The 3rd session you mentioned though- the sprint session I'd steer clear of (both of you) as it has a high risk of injury, and low potential benefits. In that particular instance pain is not gain.
Sprinting is a different beast to jogging or running, it's brutal on the body and as a result it's usually trained in a separate session with lots of low intensity activity between sprints. So, instead I suggest modify that particular session to include 'bursts' of 8 to 10 seconds every 2km where you lengthen your stride and focus on acceleration, or turn it into a pure sprint session by walking the rest periods between sprints, so you're fully recovered between attempting the next one. But supplementing jogging, with flat out sprints is a recipe for disaster; Just look at the number of premiership footballers, or inter-country players that are subbed with muscle pulls or tears when the 2 are mixed together during matches.
  • 2 0
 @SmashySmashy: I'd totally agree with staying off the sprints for the time being. As part of a proper training programme I quite enjoy sprintervals (either I'm a masochist or they just break up the monotony of running). But I would 100% build up to it over months otherwise you'll likely be injured. Changing your tempo to mix it up is fine, and should keep your attention up, but do take it easy!
  • 2 0
 @mountainsofsussex @SmashySmashy

Thanks lads! Lots of helpful advice.
  • 2 0
 Yeah I only do the sprints on run walks, where I am on a 10k walk at 8:00-8:30 pace. I couldn’t do sprints in the middle of a 10k run. No way.
Another one I forgot to mention is what I like to call the “Harold Bishop”. It’s the Aussie style power walk - great for winter and I only do it after dark. It’s basically a high hands, long strides power walk, aiming for sub 8:00 pace and really focussing on the lunge - gives the outer glutes a real workout!
  • 2 0
 @mountainsofsussex: and make sure you have good professionally fitted running shoes.
  • 1 0
 @jaame: hahahaha@ Harold Bishop.

I can’t do the power walking thing. I have a huge problem with pacing and a fast walk soon turns into a not so slow run.
  • 1 0
 @jaame: love the name 'Harold Bishop'. Wasn't he the guy from neighbours who just walked off one day?
  • 1 0
 @Gerlewis: I don’t know what happened to him because I stopped my 20-year Neighbours habit when I moved to Australia and my flat mates made fun of me.
I just remember he used to go for power walks up Ramsay Street in his tracksuit. They say it gives you as good a workout as running but is better on the knees.

Can anyone here confirm or deny that Harold just walked off one day?
  • 4 0
 Couple things. First off, yes, being a fit runner absolutely translates to being a super fit cyclist. Doesn't work the other way around as you seem to be experiencing. Second: only run trails and get the best trail shoes with the most cushioning possible. Running beats the crap out of you in a permanent way. Notice all the bare foot nonsense of the early '10's has gone away. I'm certain that orthopedic surgeons are banking on brisk business in the coming decade as the current wave of young-ish runners finally gets the physics lesson. I was MTB from '88-'07. Got bored and picked up trail running. Turned into a total nut, ultras, running my usual single track with reckless abandon. Some NYC urban running crew shit too, even a Run-Up in the Empire State Building. Then I got ITB syndrome and bad lower back problems. Had to hang it up in '14 and got back in the saddle for the new wave of MTB tech (dropper post!) and never looked back. Wish I could, but that damage has been done as per MRI.
  • 10 0
 1. Get vaccinated 2. Be slightly less alcoholic
  • 5 0
 Great to see that people with influence in the bike industry are starting to give a shit about our tiny blue rock. Keep it up and I hope everyone will act according to their dreams next year! Too many people forgetting that gym pass or yoga videos or cloth grocery bag within a week. Here's to a bitchin 2021!! ????
  • 5 0
 @brianpark, Fusion 360 is pretty good, particularly if you have a desire to create some complex organic shapes. I would not be surprised if it becomes the industry standard in the future. It has a free version for personal use, but limits you to only 10 files. That is enough to learn with, but not enough to create real projects.

OnShape is another excellent CAD/CAM program that is quickly gaining market share. The way you create with OnShape is nearly identical to how you create with SolidWorks (one of the industry giants). It is so similar that if you know how to use one program you pretty much know how to use the other. OnShape is free for the public to use, but all of the files you create will also be free for the public to see and use (not edit). That is an open source mindset that is so beautiful and rare in the CAD world. If you want private files, pay for a private license. Onshape is also browser based, which is its strength and weakness. You need to have an internet connection for it to work, but it will work on nearly ANYTHING with an internet connection. PC, Mac, Linux, Tablet... you get the idea.

I use SolidWorks at work, I was using Fusion 360 at home, but I just switched to OnShape for my personal projects. Have fun and fix some broken thing at your house with a 3D printed widget you drew up. It will put a smile on your face.
  • 1 0
 Thank you! Excited to learn.
  • 1 0
 I have also heard many good things about Fusion360. Check out NYC CNC on Youtube, he does Fusion360 modeling and CAM programming tutorials, in addition to a bunch of CNC videos. Sketchup is another one I've heard of for home use, but have no experience. I have used Autodesk Inventor and currently use Solidworks at work. I like them both but prefer Solidworks as its much more powerful IMO. New versions of SW also include CAMWorks which is their in-house CAM program and nicely integrates into Solidworks.
  • 2 0
 Find a place to live in Squamish with my doggo (no easy feat) and be part of the bike community there, hopefully finding some job satisfaction & a new direction again along the way! Been barking up the wrong tree for a couple years now. Nelson is a great place to live for most, but for me it's just not ticking the boxes.
  • 2 0
 I think Squampton has more than the absurd 0.4% vacancy rate going on in Nelson right now though right? The odds are in your favour!
  • 3 0
 @j-t-g: crazy right?! can only try, BC ain't easy but it's worth it Smile Happy New Year dude
  • 7 0
 Learn wheel building.
  • 4 0
 This is a good one! Built my first set in a long time last year and it was very satisfying.
  • 3 0
 Hell ya! I used to love building wheels but it's been years. I'll add this one to my list, too.
  • 2 0
 Do it! Sheldon Brown has a good step by step for wheel building. I think its best to keep everything loose til you have all the spokes in, then go around and slowly tighten everything evenly. Don’t forget to lubricate the threads with some grease or linseed oil!
  • 1 0
 @diarrhea-geyser: Thanks! I got Roger Musson's e-book a while back, so the theory is sorted. Now I have to get to the practical part. Cheers!
  • 3 1
 My only resolutions are to get my family back. Get my riding skills back up where they should be. The last 10 years have been 3-4 rides a year. Since quitting my 3500+ hour a year traveling job I’ve gotten 4 rides in under 2 months.
  • 4 0
 Shred harder and appreciate life and people. All the best to everyone for 2021!
  • 3 0
 Congrats Daniel! Post baby riding never the same, but with some good time management you can keep it going. Then after a while you get to coach a little best friend.
  • 1 0
 Thanks! Time management is key- Fortunately we have a great crew of active families/youngin’s around and plenty of options for quick riding out the back door.
  • 5 0
 Lern how two spel bedder '
  • 2 0
 Gud luk!
  • 1 0
 Congrats Daniel! It is intimidating, but having a kid is truly awesome and life enriching in so many ways. Look forward to taking the kid on bike adventures with you. Trailer first, then trail-a-bike and their own bike. We put bigger tires on the trailer to ride gravel/snow/sand, then even stuffed a 2.6" knobby on the trail-a-bike for some single track.
  • 1 0
 Thanks! Super exciting times ahead!!
  • 1 0
 @danielsapp I did the 100 push-ups a day (most days, anyway...) that was your resolution last year and it feel like it helped my riding quite a bit, so thanks for that. Congratulations on the baby and hope to see you out in the depths of Pisgah sometime in 2021.
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 Nice work! It definitely helps... Thanks! And holler on the trail.
  • 2 0
 I'm jealous of those who can run. After a knee injury a year ago, running is off the menu. Short sprints leave me with days of pain. I'm thankful I can still ride...mostly without pain.
  • 1 0
 Kaz, please don't do it. Get a Sur Ron or something similar and have some fun in the woods, but stay off the road. We like you, we value you, we don't want to lose you. Just do a "ride along" with an ER doc one day and it'll cure you of any two-wheeled road yearnings. Sincerely, a former road rider who lucked out.
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 I get what you say Chuck but disagree, maybe I've just had blind luck but only one of the motorised bike crashes has put me in hospital, I've been riding mainly sport bikes (although I now have a Triumph Sprint GT) and done roughly 150,000km. Riding on the road in Australia makes you fair game for car drivers, I've found the trick for me is to ride as though everyone is trying to kill me, makes me hyper vigilant and subsequently when blind Freddy pulls out, I'm expecting it so I can react accordingly.

Funnily enough, the road bike skills actually translated quite well in my MTB riding, looking where you want to be and not where you are being the main one.

HNY
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 @Blackers: Hey man, fair enough. But the stats here in the States are truly horrifying. And unlike my days on the first wave of sport bikes: 86-91, there was no texting and driving. Wish it weren’t the case, but it is what it is.
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 Dear Pinkbike editors: Stop trying to kill off the 27.5" wheel size. It's a great, nimble wheel size, and not everyone likes 29ers. Plus, 29" wheels look really goofy on most extra small and small frame sizes. It doesn't need to be forced on people.
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 I don’t make resolutions, but there’s three things I want to do in 2021....
Ride more and at different locations
I’m pretty fit, but need to drop a little weight
and....if it’s feasible, move to the FOD
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 I want to move to FOD in a few years. Good luck.
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 FOD?
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 @korev: Forest of Dean
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 @Lee-Gee: Ha, means something very different on an aircraft carrier.
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 @Chuckolicious: You might have to explain that one as well Smile
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 @korev: Foreign Objects and Debris. Need to do a FOD walk to make sure there are no small bits of stuff that the engines can suck in. Happens on ground runways too. Them high tech fighter jets are super delicate when it really comes down to it.
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 My goal is to get a trail bike! I say I’m gonna get one every year but here I am without. I’ve decided that mountain biking is too essential for my physical and mental health to keep putting off purchasing a bike.
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 Hey Mike check out Kawasaki's W800. Its a new bike, but not wicked fast and has styles for miles if you like retro looking bikes with updated components (disc brakes, fuel injection, ABS)
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 Ride more.
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 YES! And ride more different trails
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 The best way to get better at riding is to ride more.. I completed 2,020mi in 2020, on deck is 2,021 in 2021, on my way to 20,300mi by 2030
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 @mikelevy have you guys considered doing a video version of the podcast? It seems to bring in a lot of YouTube money for the comedian’s podcasts I watch/listen to..
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 Question for @mikekazimer : Does @mikelevy have a face for video? Wink
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 @rrolly: do any of the Legion of Skanks, Shane Gillis, Ari Shaffir, Mike Cannon, have a face for video? What about Skills with Phil or most of the bike related videos on YouTube? I don’t watch podcast videos because I find the entertainer attractive... there’s a different section of the internet for that. . .
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 We had been recording the first few we did, but they'd require a bunch of editing and I'm not sure people want to see our four faces close up like that. Maybe we'll try a few in 2021 Smile
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 @mikelevy: I think you’re pretty.
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 @mikelevy: Jokes aside, we'd love it.
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 @mikekazimer sounds like you’re inevitably buy a matching TW200 to mine. Team slow.
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 I have a CFR450x I may be willing to sell....
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 I too have a CFR450x I'd like to sell. It's a pile of junk. I bought an old trials bike and had a great, tho often frustrating, time fixing that up this summer. So I deluded myself I liked wrenching and bought a fixer 450x. I've spent a lot of time and money working on it.... and it remains a pile of junk. Oh well, I have a much newer and nicer CFR450R that I'm finally getting accustomed to the high first gear and savage power curve.
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 @brianpark - Kaz is the ideal TW owner... goes slower than the speed limit everywhere.
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 @mikelevy, that’s usually because my vehicles start shaking if I go over the speed limit.
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 @brianpark Can we get a spreadsheet/bike check on the madonna? Looking at building one up if parts exist in the new year.
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 Yes I’ve tried to carve out time to do that so many times this year but I’ll make it happen soon. Promise. Smile
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 @brianpark: Cool, thank you! Appreciate all the awesome content from you and the entire pinker team this year.
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 I built my Madonna frame up with almost no consideration to weight and it's basically too heavy to lift onto the scale. I absolutely love riding it but it's super heavy. Currently going back through a few parts and trying to shed some weight without losing out on the fantastic durability. That's my only advice with that bike.
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 @gafoto: interesting, thanks for the feedback. I’m going for a relatively budget/burly build so weight could add up quick. Do you have a parts list for your build?
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 One of my resolutions is to create a new local trail. I know where I want to put it and hopefully it will be quite good.
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 @brianpark Shoot me a message. I've spent a fair bit of time on Fusion360. It's probably one of the easier platforms to learn on.
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 Banned from riding bikes? Yeesh I had my best ever year of riding. My local government is all the way at the other end of the improperly handling the virus spectrum.
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 @MikeKazimer you should buy Cafe Racer!
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 heck yes taj! Get those 360's back !
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 Try not to die
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 You can try as long as you want but finally you will die
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 None of us are making out of here alive, might as well ride fast and take chances.
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 Same tho
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 My goal is to get out to more trail build days with my local club.
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 Less time spent in pb comments.
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 I just wanna try and make more time to shred this year has been a shit show...
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 @DanielSapp I think your goals and life may be out of alignment. It sounds like you're expecting the arrival of baby, and it sound like you're anticipating that to be a minor adjustment. That is not going to be a minor adjustment. Your life is about to slow way way down. Your partner is going to expect a lot of help from you in ways you never even thought of. You will not ride your bike nearly as much as you do now. As a matter of fact, prepare to ride your bike a lot less for the next 3 years. You're partner will grow to hate you if you're too preoccupied with other things to be an omnipresent dad and husband. With that said, I think many of your resolutions are unrealistic. Enjoy the freedom of the next few months, because once baby is here you will end up responsible for some baby things, and certainly most if not all of the peripheral non-baby things. That stuff takes up so much time that you'll be lucky to hit the trails once a week or even a couples times a month. I used to trail ride 4x a week before kids. Now it's more like a 2x a month with lots of Mx rides on paved trails in between. At about 2-3 years old you can bring kiddo on the trails with rear side or a Shotgun thing, but that is a long 2-3yr wait.
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 No rasolutions, no ragrets.
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 Phil Kmetz - Skills With Phil with GT's bmx riders,
on bmx & mtb bikes would be a sick video !
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 Ride my bike and don't worry about not getting the latest from the industry.
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 So many hopes and dreams.
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 do yoga at least 3x a week
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 temporarily pay off debt.. buy house... buy hotrod
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 Wrong order! Hot rod, debt, a second hot rod... then maybe a garage with space to put a cot?
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 @mikelevy: lol.. touche
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 @jamessmurthwaite yes, exactly this! And @tajlucas you’ve got this!
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 Also to everyone who lives, has lived or traveled in the US where would you live to ride? Wanting to live within riding distance of trails (or a very short drive) and also have mountains, real mountains!, nearby. Just trying to get a list together to start sorting through. Any suggestions are much appreciated.
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 @corinneaurora: st George Utah.
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 Word James, S, word. Let us know where you decide on!
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 tell the editors that it's "years' resolutions."

oh whatever
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 Backflips. That is all.
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 Does Ben realise his job is to sell bikes people want rather than need?
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 No, that's not his job. His Job is to make the brand name known worldwide. That doesn't include selling
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 maybe, but i need my mountain bike. I only have one but it keeps me physically, mentally and spiritually energetized. Might be an addiction with withdrawal symptoms but the positives obliterate the negatives. When a lot of things in life seem mundane, mtb gives it a spark of magic. So maybe we can all better ourselves instead of pointing fingers?

Some people preach you should be happy with just yourself, but it's extremely difficult to do.I think if you want to simplify your life, a mountain bike can actually help a ton if you're doing it for yourself with nothing to prove to others.
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 @vhdh666: Of course it does. Thats the only reason for any sponsorship. Its all about shifting more product.
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 @chrismac70: i was being sarcastic mate

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