Love to ride as much as my creaky back and family schedule allows me. Ride with my Dad who is 67 years young every chance I get. Gave him his first bike when he was 47.

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shawndashf1 RichardCunningham's article
Apr 26, 2019 at 3:55
Apr 26, 2019
Poll: Does Your Trail Bike Have a Weight Problem?
But the cycle doesn't end there. Bikes today can cover up a lot of incomplete/poor bike handling techniques, riding heavy and breaking things, so you need to use heavier-duty stuff. This was me. Heavy cheap bike. Want to get a better performance bike, so I want lighter. I got more confident and then wanted to do more tech stuff and jumps, but then am constantly flatting, tweaking wheels, breaking stuff. Got a bigger all mountain bike to get confidence on this new terrain without abusing my bike. But then figured out how to 'really' ride this stuff and went lighter trail bike again because I know longer needed the extra 'beef' to avoid breaking my bike and wanted a faster more responsive pedaling bike again. Now I have started doing some park/lift riding, and am starting with a full DH bike to learn the ropes because it makes me feel the most confident and safe (which is really important to me being 48 years old). Eventually I may slim down to a lighter enduro/all mountain bike for park riding if I do enough of it to improve to the level where I find a DH bike overkill.
shawndashf1 danielsapp's article
Dec 19, 2018 at 4:56
Dec 19, 2018
Interview: Pro XC & Cyclocross Racer Ellen Noble
@WAKIdesigns: Virtue signal much? Since when is having a crush on someone 'gross' and 'sexist'. Would you have a problem if a woman member on the forum said she had a crush on Gee? You shouldn't, because that would not be 'gross' or 'sexist' either. There is sexism and racism in the world, even in the 1st world, and it needs to be addressed, but this is not among the issues that needs to be worried about. And why do you assume BaGearA is a man? Women can also have crushes on other women, you know, and it is also OK for them to say that. Almost all people are romantically and physically attracted to other people, This is not a sexist thing. And plenty of female and male racers use their sexuality to advance their brand, which is also not a problem, since sexuality is pretty much a universal thing among us homosapiens.
shawndashf1 pinkbikeaudience's article
Nov 1, 2018 at 5:06
Nov 1, 2018
Over $30,000 Worth of Prizes to be Won as Pinkbike's Share the Ride Gears Up for the Holidays
Are they trying to discourage donations by offering a Ohlins fork as a prize :-)
shawndashf1 scottsecco's article
Oct 22, 2018 at 9:51
Oct 22, 2018
Movies For Your Monday
That Bikecore Video is a bizarre mess. Why is Darth Vader talking like a cowboy? Why is there some weird Wookie fetish woman waiting to flash Chewbacca? Unfortunately for Disney, however, it was still more coherent than The Last Jedi.
shawndashf1 sarahmoore's article
Sep 11, 2018 at 12:08
Sep 11, 2018
Video: XC's Fastest Female Riders Tell You Why They Love MTB
WTF? Is this supposed to be humorous? Major fail. First, the list above is not a list of questions, it is a list of answers to the a single question of why they love to race XC. I'm not sure who the "marketing team" from the USA is, or what marketing would have to do with question. Oh, and the world champion is from the USA. I'm guessing Courtney is OK with working out hard.
shawndashf1 mikelevy's article
Jun 25, 2018 at 20:01
Jun 25, 2018
Review: Guerrilla Gravity Smash
@dontcoast: I think it may be that because of my short legs, a super steep seat angle is too steep because I don't extend the seat post very much to fit me on the large size frame I typically run. I think a big complaint about slacker seat angles is when you raise them up to much to accommodate long legs, they put you too far over the back wheel. Since I don't raise it that much (I only can run a 125 mm dropper max on my large Following) the slacker seat angle still seems to put me in a good pedaling position, while a super steep seat angle seems to put me too far forward. Because I have a bad lower back, I don't like to be stretched out too much, so I don't need super long reach either. Certainly I agree as zeGG says below, ride what you like, but I do feel like it is good to have a variety of geometries available. That is, some frame designed for agility and some for stability. It just seems right now that any moderate geometry bike is criticized immediately for 'a too slack' seat angle, 'a too short' wheelbase, or 'a too steep' head angle, when for the correct riding style/skill and for the right body type, this 'outdated' geometry may actually be better. I'm sure there are riders out there so skilled at bike handling that could make a 1350 mm wheelbase Pole look more nimble than I make 1170 mm wheelbase Following look, but for the average Joe on the average trail, that bike is going to be a handful on all but the most wide-open trails.
shawndashf1 mikelevy's article
Jun 25, 2018 at 14:54
Jun 25, 2018
Review: Guerrilla Gravity Smash
I'm sure GG is a great company, but I tried a Trail Pistol, and I guess new school geometry just isn't for me or my body type (short legs, long torso). My Following feels much better more maneuverability and more intuitive handling in every way. The trail Pistol feels way too long and is much harder to lift the front end. Maybe I would appreciate that if I rode faster more wide open trails, but for New England single track and tech it just doesn't do it for me. I feel like the geometry thing has gone a bit too far for the average bike and biker, personally. Most people would benefit more from increased maneuverability over the massive stability of today's very long and low geometry. It kind of reminds me a bit of the super long travel over-built beasts of the early 2000's when we were in the 'Freeride' heyday. Heavy, too tall, too much travel for a kind riding most people really didn't do (10 foot hucks to flat). Don't get me wrong, we needed a geometry change from back then, but with bikes like the Pole, we really have just gone too far, and I think the pendulum will swing back to what is best for the average rider.
shawndashf1 mikelevy's article
Jun 21, 2018 at 5:38
Jun 21, 2018
Bike Check: Eddie Masters' Pivot Mach 5.5 - Crankworx Les Gets 2018
Who would have thought that when Raw came out in the 80's that it would be Bill Cosby getting convicted of filth, flarn, flarn and filth? That Jelly pudding-eating mother fucker.
shawndashf1 sarahmoore's article
May 2, 2018 at 7:29
May 2, 2018
Sarah Builds A Canyon Test Bike - Video
@Sparkula: I don't think you know what you think the 1950's were like, if you think a husband and wife would be mountain biking together back then. When you throw words like 'misogyny' around so flippantly, it loses all meaning. That being said, this is a douchey comment by WAKI, although I'm guessing intentionally so. I know plenty of men that would be clueless 'building a bike', if that's really what you want to call this. Men can be just as mechanically dis-inclined as women. As far as trying to instruct your spouse on riding; I think that whether it is a husband explaining to a wife, wife to husband, husband to husband, or wife to wife, that the person being explained to doesn't like to listen and can be generally combative more than they need to be. And the explaining party becoming can often be condescending or get too easily frustrated, causing a feedback loop that causes the whole conversation to deteriorate.
Apr 7, 2018 at 14:31
Apr 7, 2018
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