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slimboyjim joaomartins94's article
Jan 11, 2019 at 13:55
Jan 11, 2019
Video: Riding in Stunning Madeira with the Portuguese National DH Champion
I went a couple of years back and used Freeride Madeira - if recommend them highly. However, we did go for an explore the day before and happened on the EWS track up by the radar station having driven up in a rental car. It was awesome fun on the way down, but a big road slog back up. It's doable but tough, so I'd say it depends on your fitness...
slimboyjim RichardCunningham's article
Jan 10, 2019 at 9:09
Jan 10, 2019
Exploring the Relationship Between Handlebar vs Stem Length
Sorry, I re-read your comment and I should have put to go with a shorter frame, not larger, if your weight is too far forwards...
slimboyjim RichardCunningham's article
Jan 10, 2019 at 9:07
Jan 10, 2019
Exploring the Relationship Between Handlebar vs Stem Length
I think only you can determine that - we don't know about your physiology, current or proposed setup. I would say that you can counter the instability of a shorter stem with wider bars, or it may just be that you are on the wrong size bike and should consider sizing up a frame (or getting something custom made if it is that bad and you're already on an XL frame...).
Rode in Cannock Chase. view ridelog
Jan 6, 2019 at 2:56
Jan 6, 2019
quotes On it...
20.8 km - 02:13 - 2 achievements
slimboyjim mikekazimer's article
Dec 31, 2018 at 4:55
Dec 31, 2018
Review: Santa Cruz Bronson V3
I think it also depends on how long you intend to keep the bike - the longer you intend to keep it the more reasonable the monthly cost. For me bikes have always been crazy expensive for the top end models, but where value has been lost is that it is harder and harder to transfer parts over with the changing standards. The days where you could just buy a new frame and swap the parts straight over are disappearing (yes, it can still be done but it's now much more difficult)... That also means that the resale price of your frame is hit as it uses older standards, which is bad for the first owner...
slimboyjim Peatys's article
Dec 23, 2018 at 22:29
Dec 23, 2018
Video: Peaty's 'Badass Santa' Christmas Edit
It's a video sponsored by Peaty's Bike Products - I get why they used the title... Amazing riding like you say.
slimboyjim sarahmoore's article
Dec 17, 2018 at 3:19
Dec 17, 2018
Raffle for Rider & Photographer Colin Meagher - Recently Diagnosed With ALS & Needs Your Help
I wouldn't think so deeply about it - a long term PB photographer and friend gets ill, and can't afford all the treatment (etc) to manage it the best he can. PB/his friends try to help, just as anyone might if it was their friend... Also, don't forget that Colin has had a job that will never make him rich (as much as we all think the lifestyle is great), and that ALS looks like it might affect his source of income (although I'm no expert and might be wrong on this, but it reads this way). Just as we praise manufacturers for not abandoning injured riders, it is a good thing that people are given the option to help out Colin... Nobody is saying the situation isn't bad for everyone else, but when a problem is thrust in your face it is natural to look at what is in front of you. They are donating to research to help everyone else as well... Plus that picture with the berms is banging!
slimboyjim paulaston's article
Dec 15, 2018 at 0:28
Dec 15, 2018
Pinkbike Awards: Athlete of the Year Nominees
Plus I want to remind everyone about when Maes helped his competitors (was it changing a tyre with Hill?). That was sportsmanship off the highest order... The other nominations are all very deserving but Maes pips it for me...
slimboyjim sarahmoore's article
Dec 13, 2018 at 0:28
Dec 13, 2018
Video: Sending it on Trust's New Linkage Fork
I agree - you can see the suspension is working but as it isn't through the traditional method I'm struggling to see the way the linkage works. Some side on slow mo would help...
slimboyjim danielsapp's article
Dec 5, 2018 at 1:13
Dec 5, 2018
Update: A Week of Bike Theft in the UK
As a police officer and mountain biker, it always saddens me to see the police hate filled comments posted on here. I can assure you that the vast majority of officers care a lot (there's always a few bad apples, but these are rare in my experience) but at the end of the day there's only so much you can do with the resources you have. We are struggling now with increased crime and reduced funding (austerity is great!). For better or worse the legal system here is innocent until proven guilty with a high burden of proof to reduce the likelihood of a wrongful finding of guilt, but it means we have to do a massive amount of investigation for every offence however minor. We therefore have to pick and choose our battles - everything is graded as to the threat, risk and harm caused, and it is inevitable that some people won't get the service they wish. I know officers carrying tens of child abuse cases. I know officers managing over 20 serious assaults. I myself have an extraordinary workload. What would you prioritise - a burglary over a robbery? A bike theft over someone in a coma? Does it grate when criminals 'get away with it' - yes. Do the police get annoyed by it - yes. Almost every officer I know is working harder than you realise, with stress and burnout at an all time high. If we could catch all the criminals and return all your property we would. I'm not going to diminish anyone's bad experience(s) as I know how much it would hurt for someone to steal my bike, but I hope that some might see the other side. Sorry for the rant but it hurts that we, in our current state, cannot do what we joined to do. Please don't mistake the current situation for police apathy.
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