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slimjimihendrix brianpark's article
Jun 5, 2020 at 13:12
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Race & Accessibility in the Mountain Bike Community
When you say it's "pretty reasonable" I understand that it's reasonable to people who have money. Washington State has the highest minimum wage at $13.50/hr. Some jurisdictions are higher, so let's go with the highest possible minimum, $16.34/hr for some airport workers in Seattle-Tacoma. The take-home for someone working that position is somewhere around $30,000 annually. The cost of living in this area means that there isn't a whole lot of money left after living expenses. Tacoma's cheaper than Seattle, and its COL is still a little over $1,000 a month excluding rent. Rent in the cheapest parts of Tacoma averages around $1,000. That's $24,000 tied up right there, which would leave you $6,000 left for everything else. Let's pretend that $24,000 covers everything you'd need to survive. That $6,000 could go into a bike for sure, and you could buy a cheaper one and have some money left over for riding gear. But let's look at the culture of all cycling. It's white. It's male. It's straight cis-gendered. It is highly, highly hierarchical. I am a straight white man and when I go to races or events where I don't have a group, I am extremely intimidated while surrounded by people who I am very similar to. Imagine what it'd be like if you were a black woman—you and I can never really understand that. Imagine if you were a black trans man or woman! There is no support in mainstream cycling culture for those people. Let's look at the culture of cycling excluding race and gender. It is still super hierarchical. The mountain biker who can hit the big gap everyone is afraid of is looked up to, the roadie who can ride you off their wheel downhill is looked up to, the randonneur who does brevets every day is looked up to. And the person who walks a steep section is at the very least -not- looked up to, the person who gets dropped from the hammerfest is left behind, the rider who doesn't have it in them to ride 400km stops being invited to rides. It is an intimidating ability-based culture. And the person who shows up and walks the drops on a $450 bike they bought at Walmart is treated like they're psychotic. Intersectionalism exists in this matter too. Being "other" than the dominant culture is a barrier. Not having money to buy a $5,500 bike is a huge barrier. Not being able to live in a place with easy access to recreation sites is a gigantic barrier. And the more factors that pile on, the harder it is to get involved. There are big, big problems with our neoliberal consumerist capitalist economies, and one of the problems is that as soon as you have disposable income and a comfortable living situation, it seems like it works. Listen when people say it does not work. Listen when people say why it does not work. You and I cannot understand it unless you listen with empathy and repeat what's been said to us.
slimjimihendrix jamessmurthwaite's article
Jun 5, 2020 at 11:05
9 hours
Spotted: Ohlins RXF 38 Fork With 1.8" Steerer
Why don't the ebike brands just make their headtubes bigger around ports for 1.5" tapers? Maybe a rough example, but Hyper had no issue doing a big headtube for a straight steerer on the CarbonX.
slimjimihendrix jamessmurthwaite's article
May 26, 2020 at 7:24
May 26, 2020
The Revised 2020 Mountain Bike Race Calendar
Naw the ruling class told us the the pandemic was over and we needed to get back to work for them.
slimjimihendrix jamessmurthwaite's article
May 24, 2020 at 11:17
May 24, 2020
The Best Tech From French EWS Rounds
Really though. On mountain bikes I can like 12spd but exclusively for the extra range. That's not inherent to 12spd though, and the 11spd groups always worked more nicely for me. On road... good god 12spd is unnecessary.
slimjimihendrix mikelevy's article
May 21, 2020 at 10:25
May 21, 2020
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 8 - Do We Need an Even Larger Wheel Size?
It’s getting close to time for government intervention.
slimjimihendrix Bikepark-Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis's article
May 19, 2020 at 15:14
May 19, 2020
Video: The Goldstone Family Try to Shoot the Best Instabangers in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis
Does anyone know where Ron and Miriam got their money?
slimjimihendrix Bikepark-Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis's article
May 19, 2020 at 15:12
May 19, 2020
Video: The Goldstone Family Try to Shoot the Best Instabangers in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis
@JamesGTi: They live in Whistler, and their kids have mainly ridden bikes their entire lives. Yes. Exactly this. I rode up to Cypress the other day and saw five decked-out Tacomas shuttling kids to the road closure. All extremely extremely rich. The future of mountain biking is rich kids from BC.
slimjimihendrix singletrackZach's article
May 16, 2020 at 11:03
May 16, 2020
Review: Rotor 2INpower MTB Crank
It seems like "price" is a con like 95% of the time. I'm starting to think that maybe no mountain bike products are worth upgrading to.
slimjimihendrix mikelevy's article
May 7, 2020 at 16:15
May 7, 2020
First Look: ENVE's New, Adjustable-Geometry Rigid Fork
I had this sort of fork on my Rondo and it sucked. You’re not gonna want to swap the adapters around often, you just want one position. In that case the bike also just sucked in both settings so I got rid of it after like five rides.
slimjimihendrix dan-roberts's article
May 7, 2020 at 12:57
May 7, 2020
First Look: Shimano's New Deore 12-Speed Group & Other 2021 Updates
@Svinyard: They work great when you do it all correctly, including the chain sizing steps. I just hate that they make it so complicated. I'd happily take easier adjustments and setup for slightly worse shifting, especially working in shops.
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