shredchic

I enjoy AM and long XC rides. I try to give back by trail building/maintenance and helping out with mountain bike advocacy efforts when I can.

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Wilder Ranch via MBoSC
Wilder Ranch via MBoSC
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shredchic ambatt's article
May 14, 2015 at 22:02
May 14, 2015
Why I'm Leaving Pinkbike
What's happening here is ironically a text book example of what our culture just doesn't get yet out of Feminism 101. Here, a woman's reputation is being questioned simply because she pointed out a misogynistic comment as promoting rape culture. The comment in the bike review should have simpy been removed, and an apology made. But instead Pinkbike chose to leave it there (with an "or woman") next to it, denigrate Amanda Batty's reputation and call into question her professionalism. (See http://www.dailydot.com/lifestyle/amanda-batty-pinkbike-sexism/) It's obviously a greater crime on Pinkbike to speak out against sexist comments than it is to make them. Batty's opinionated tone isn't the issue here. It obviously wasn't a problem until now. All I see are Pinkbike editors and staffers and certain elements withing the trolling community bashing "the uppity woman" for having too strong of an opinion. So she should just shut up and put out, right? Offensive. I never spent much time here because most posters here basically struck me as being immature. Well, that opinion has been completely justified.
shredchic mikekazimer's article
Feb 13, 2015 at 15:47
Feb 13, 2015
Opinion: Shiny Objects Aren't The Answer
" Bikes and bodies alike are meant to be used, to be pushed to their limits, part of a continuous experiment to find out what's around the next corner, and how quickly it can be reached." OK, you're young! Let's see how all that limit pushing feels when you're 40+ ;) . Nice piece of writing & beautiful sentiments.
shredchic rachellefrazer's article
Jan 31, 2014 at 22:52
Jan 31, 2014
Video: What's Enduro Mountain Biking?
I gotta get me some 650 cc wheels! lolz...
shredchic johking's article
Jan 31, 2014 at 22:34
Jan 31, 2014
The Inaugural Shine Enduro Ride at Demo Forest (California)
Sweeet. I'm going to the next one! Save me a spot Joh! :)
shredchic mattwragg's article
Sep 8, 2013 at 13:17
Sep 8, 2013
Pinkbike Poll: Did you pay full price for your last bike?
I feel for the LBS' and want to support them, but for many people it's a simple matter of economics - they don't have the money to pay full-retail at the LBS. Certainly the few of us who can afford it aren't enough people to keep them profitable. I don't have the answer for how to keep the LBS' in business and out of the "labor of love" category, but If the business model is not working then how can it be changed to work better so our LBS's can make a good living? I don't think we are going to fix it by a few of us martyrs boycotting discount online retailers and buying everything at the LBS, because the majority are by necessity looking for the best deal. The LBS' need to get more creative about marketing and be more service-oriented.
shredchic mattwragg's article
Sep 8, 2013 at 11:58
Sep 8, 2013
Pinkbike Poll: Did you pay full price for your last bike?
I think the more interesting poll would be who plans to buy a downhill bike (period) in the next 6 months or so? With Enduro becoming more popular, and true DH riding pretty hard to find unless you live right next to a ski resort, how useful is a DH bike for anyone but a small number of elite and pros requiring sponsorship anyway?
shredchic mattwragg's article
Sep 8, 2013 at 11:40
Sep 8, 2013
Pinkbike Poll: Did you pay full price for your last bike?
Hey, I am no longer a spring chicken, and I take no offense at what Mattin said because frankly it's true. Have a sense of humor about your age. I have often joked about my latest high-end Mojo HD as being my "mid-life crisis" bike. I don't harbor any secret shame in the fact that I can afford high-end bikes or high-end components because it's people like me that keep this industry afloat, which keeps the younger folks sponsored and employed at bike shops, and I'm actually quite grateful to be in a position where I can contribute to the economy in that way. I have been working for 20+ years more than the young ones, and have had time to progress in my career and figure out how to make more money and I've had 20 or so more years to put together some savings. The only lazy bums are those kids who live off of their parents' trust fund. Most young people these days work their butts off for not much money while trying to get a higher education or (at least in the US) pay off ridiculous student loan debt. And I am really sick of this DH snobbery (OK, I guess this is pinkbike after all), but it's not an insult to be called a XC rider. That's what you guys read into it.
shredchic BigTimber's article
May 17, 2012 at 13:03
May 17, 2012
Why No Y?
I think I will peacefully pretend I didn't read some of these comments. :) Why aren't there more women on your bro-rides? Well for starters guys are faster. Sure there are fast women who rip and are faster than many guys and it's not true that all women are slower than all men. Some gals rip it up on rocks and jumps and some like to hammer uphill. But if you look at your local race results class by class, for example pro women vs. pro men, sport women vs. sport men, the fact is we are slower. I think most gals who start out for the first time are struggling to keep up with their man or their guy friends (who have been riding way longer than them) and it is usually discouraging. It's frustrating to constantly be stopping for a slower rider too - I totally get that. So if you are interested in getting your wife/gf/sister/gal friend (heck, even your beginner guy friend) into riding, be patient and encouraging and take them for a ride after you've just tired yourself out by a hammer-fest and feel like going slower. So many times I've heard my guy friends say, "I wish my wife (or GF) was more like you.. .she fell once and got scared and I think she's going to quit." The funny thing is it is usually the case that the wife or gf doesn't end up quitting, and ends up really enjoying it. Women tend to approach things more delicately (gracefully? emotionally?) than you guys do... usually. It doesn't mean we have no aptitude or interest - just a different approach.
shredchic nicgenovese's article
Mar 24, 2012 at 21:21
Mar 24, 2012
Not Another Cali Trip: Part II - Journey to Santa Cruz
Aw man, you guys should have hit up Burger on Mission/bay in Santa Cruz. So much better than In n' Out! Gazillion decent beers on tap and a mixologist. So sorry the weather did not cooperate to make your stay more enjoyable.
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