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swansejack22 danielsapp's article
Jul 4, 2020 at 16:24
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Pinkbike Poll: What is Your MTB Capital of the World?
@Plastercaster: "You're not made of sugar!" as my rugby coach used to say.
swansejack22 danielsapp's article
Jul 3, 2020 at 21:41
3 days
Pinkbike Poll: What is Your MTB Capital of the World?
Agree with all of this, and not to mention that all of the trails are rideable 12 months of the year whatever the weather. Having lived in Wales all my life, my recent emigration to Minnesota has really opened my eyes to just how good I've had it my whole life. It blows my mind that the Welsh Assembly aren't looking at BC and taking inspiration. MTB has the potential to revitalize so many parts of Wales that are desperately in need of investment. Why aren't there tax incentives and subsidies available to build hotels and hostels near trail centers and bike parks? Merthyr and Glyncorrwg are prime for this type of business. As always, Wales just lacks the belief and ambition to fully commit to doing something properly, and is just half-arseing it as per usual. I look at NZ and see the confidence and self belief of a country not much bigger than ours, and dream that one day we'll find it within ourselves to recognize how incredible our natural resources are and begin to utilize them in positive, sustainable ways. Cymru ym byth! (Covid has made me homesick, can you tell?).
swansejack22 brianpark's article
Jun 25, 2020 at 20:43
Jun 25, 2020
MTB on a Budget: Where to Spend & Where to Save on Mountain Bike Clothing - Part 1
Darn Tough socks changed my life. I did not know how uncomfortable all other socks were until my first pair of Darns, so I'm slowly transitioning my entire sock drawer over to them. When I'm done I'll have a $200 sock collection, but I'll never have to purchase another pair of socks in my life. One of the best discoveries ever!
swansejack22 mikekazimer's article
Jun 15, 2020 at 10:16
Jun 15, 2020
First Ride: 2021 Commencal Meta TR - Is Mini-Enduro a Thing?
@phops: I simply couldn't agree with you more. Some people appear to equate instability at speed, and twitchy handling as equalling fun. I now live in Minnesota and the trails here are very different to those I grew up riding in Wales. The trails here, in the main, are very pedally and the downs are short and not too technical. Yet, I have a buddy here who just purchased a Cotic FlareMax which is far longer and slacker than most of the narrow bar XC bikes we see on the trails and he absolutely loves it. The confidence he now has on the descents is far greater than anything he had ridden before. Yes, it's more of a handful on the climbs but unless you're an Olympic XC racer, that is of zero importance. Longer, slacker bikes are faster AND safer for the vast majority of riders.
swansejack22 edspratt's article
May 22, 2020 at 8:21
May 22, 2020
swansejack22 danielsapp's article
May 20, 2020 at 8:44
May 20, 2020
How has COVID-19 Impacted Bike Retail in North America and Beyond? - Part 2
@WasatchEnduro: Typically there are two reasons why people go to work: they either need the money, or they enjoy their job. If people do not want to come back to work for you, you are fooling yourself if you think it is due to the money. Your attitude speaks volumes as to the type of workplace you operate, and, quite frankly, I would not want to contribute to your success either. Thus, I would stay home, stay safe, and take my UI until I found an employer who did not act like a Victorian "Head of the Household", one who treated me as an equal, not an underling. But, you know, you do you...
swansejack22 danielsapp's article
May 20, 2020 at 7:36
May 20, 2020
How has COVID-19 Impacted Bike Retail in North America and Beyond? - Part 2
@RoadStain: I could go into details, but I'll just say that I am embarrassed for you on many different levels. I hope that you one day find empathy and develop a leadership technique that raises and supports all members of your team.
swansejack22 danielsapp's article
May 19, 2020 at 8:43
May 19, 2020
How has COVID-19 Impacted Bike Retail in North America and Beyond? - Part 2
@bicycle019: Interesting interview. By all accounts, pre-Covid QBP was a well run and well liked employer. I don't doubt that their intentions have been good throughout the crisis, and I agree with him when he says it would be unimaginable to bring people back only to have to let them go again. I guess it just feels a little tasteless reading about them laying off 12% of their workforce and then reading that "business is booming" one answer later.
swansejack22 danielsapp's article
May 19, 2020 at 8:18
May 19, 2020
How has COVID-19 Impacted Bike Retail in North America and Beyond? - Part 2
@nurseben: I understand business and respect fully that this unprecedented situation has prompted businesses to react in unprecedented ways. But, as a business, when you "lay off" (not furlough but completely let go) that many people, and then calmly state that business has been "booming" since the day you laid them off, you have to accept that criticism will be coming your way.
swansejack22 danielsapp's article
May 19, 2020 at 8:10
May 19, 2020
How has COVID-19 Impacted Bike Retail in North America and Beyond? - Part 2
Surly and Salsa bikes are their in-house brands.
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