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tipsword mikekazimer's article
Nov 16, 2017 at 9:31
Nov 16, 2017
8 Tips and Tricks for Wet Weather Riding
Couple other tips... get a pump up garden sprayer & mod the end (you can cut it down to about 4") and use it to spray off your bike and your gear before you stow it for the drive home. They also make a great mobile shower for dry camping. I'm a VW Westfalia guy and we use these for all kinds of things. antibacterial baby wipes / flushable wipes for de-funking as you change out of your gear into the drive to home stuff Here in the Pacific Northwest things turn to slop pretty quickly and there's not much worse than a nasty drive home after an awesome day of riding.
tipsword vernonfelton's article
Oct 6, 2017 at 11:25
Oct 6, 2017
Have Your Say on the Ever-Changing Bike Standards
My gripe with it all is that as a consumer we buy what's in front of us and usually at a premium & when some unseen entity decides that this "standard" we just bought is not the right thing they depricate it and we are left with a piece of gear that has not shelf life or support really. I'm riding a 2012 Yeti SB66 (built at the very end of 2012 coming into 2013), I bought it in Feb of 2014 thinking I had a new bike ~ alas ~ I didn't and it wasn't but a few months after that the whole 27.5" wheel shift occured. I love my bike and having ridden several 27.5" bikes in a variety of conditions am not subtle enough to decern any real difference worth ditching a $4K bike to follow such fickle trending ~ a lot like catching lighning in a jar is seems. The bike industry is worse than the IT industry as there isn't an ISO or or ITIL etc. to frame any of this into a reasonable platform to promote the evolution your talking about; it's just the Paul Turners of the world doing their thing and we are stuck with that decision until the next epiphony arrives and off we go again.
tipsword mikelevy's article
Sep 27, 2017 at 9:39
Sep 27, 2017
3 New Shoes from Northwave - Interbike 2017
I was going to dis on the XC shoes... need more coffee ~ they are "racing" shoes... and not worn by mear mortals
tipsword pinkbikeaudience's article
Sep 15, 2017 at 16:27
Sep 15, 2017
tipsword pinkbikeaudience's article
Sep 15, 2017 at 16:24
Sep 15, 2017
Yamaha to Launch Their Own eMTB Lineup
I rode those when I was a kid!
tipsword pinkbikeaudience's article
Sep 15, 2017 at 16:16
Sep 15, 2017
Yamaha to Launch Their Own eMTB Lineup
Further, there's been a fair amount of talk about this allowing disabled riders to get into the woods. Who's going to retrieve them out of cell service range when the damn thing dies and they're stuck?
tipsword pinkbikeaudience's article
Sep 15, 2017 at 15:40
Sep 15, 2017
Yamaha to Launch Their Own eMTB Lineup
@YamahaBicycles: "The more that mountain bikers can unify, the better opportunity we have to create a meaningful message to governing bodies." ~ I will never ... as in ever be partnered with the eBike community. It's apples and oranges... this is not a "mountan bike"and I for one don't want to ever see it on any of the trail networks I ride. I've a strong disdain for ebikes other than urban / commuting purposes and the last thing I want to see is some dimwit with deep pockets screwing up all the hard work my local trail builders put in (that they'd not be able to get to without help eg eAssist). It's bad enough having to deal with equine issues and those that are fit enough to get there and obtuse enough not to care about their actions. I've been an active weekly MTB rider since 1987 and if I can't get there under my own damn power I don't need to go there ~ earn your turns or support your local trail network through shuttle day fund raising events.
tipsword RichardCunningham's article
Jul 17, 2017 at 9:25
Jul 17, 2017
Oregon Will Be First US State to Tax Bicycles for Transportation Projects
@lobohusky: I'm with you ... the roads here are horrible. I drive from Canby to Salem for work everyday in a pretty burly vanagon setup for off road and even with all the suspension work the ruts on I-5 and sneaker chuck holes suck. I'm not sure I agree with the threshold of the tax and the fact that direct sales aren't included in this (had this discussion with my brother in-law who works in the bike industry here in Oregon). I'd like to see it on say $400.00 / $500.00 and above as their price point targets those that are struggling to make it as it is and probably buying a Walmart bike. As an asides, have you been to Alsea Falls yet? The Corvallis IMBA chapter is partnered with BLM and they are jointly developing that area and will be into it with over 20 miles of trails when the project is complete (two more shuttle days coming soon too *August and in September I'm told*)
tipsword meagerdude's article
Jun 21, 2017 at 10:25
Jun 21, 2017
Summer Apparel Roundup - 8 Men's Kits Reviewed
Great stuff and thanks for the thorough review. I struggle with finding stuff to fit as they seem to design for the taller / slimmer built person. I'm short and thicker even when I'm super fit & most shorts are overly tight / restrictive in the quad and butt area no matter what. Does anyone make anything targeted towards that build type?
Apr 26, 2017 at 13:43
Apr 26, 2017
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