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tommyrod74 alicialeggett's article
Apr 12, 2024 at 13:19
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Thank You For Everything, Pinkbike
Alicia, I haven't met you, and I've never gone through an injury like yours. The closest for me was a hip replacement that took me away from cycling for 2.5 years, after 25+ years of riding and racing. That was my choice, to step away and reengage the sport in a healthier way. I just wanted to let you know that I've loved your writing over the years and that I'll look forward to seeing your name and writing again when you want to reengage. This sport gives so much, but it's easy to forget that it takes away as well. I wish you all the luck and happiness you deserve as you continue your journey.
tommyrod74 edspratt's article
Apr 2, 2024 at 16:52
Apr 2, 2024
How Much Are World Cup Racers Paid in 2024? - Pinkbike's State of the Sport Survey 2024
@BrianColes: no, it really doesn’t. If my job requires a laptop, my company provides a laptop, and it’s not taxed as additional compensation. Same thing if I have to travel for work - I get a company car and my flights and rooms paid for, that’s not salary nor a benefit, it’s just the materials and tools to do my job.
tommyrod74 henryquinney's article
Jan 3, 2024 at 9:19
Jan 3, 2024
Story Time: When Bikes Aren't the Answer
Henry, I'm so sorry for your loss. 2018 was my year to try and ride (and run) from grief and emotion. The passing of my father, then my grandmother. The end of my marriage. Eventually, I ran myself into a fractured femoral neck and a left total hip replacement. The bike went from a refuge to a burden. I took 2.5 years away, until I truly missed and wanted it again. I've been back 3 years now and it was a much-needed break, and now I can enjoy the sport I love again. Thank you for sharing your struggles, and good luck moving forward with joy and purpose.
tommyrod74 brianpark's article
Oct 11, 2023 at 8:03
Oct 11, 2023
Gee Atherton Air-Lifted from the Red Bull Rampage Course After Crash in Practice [Updated with Injury Report]
@scott-townes: I'm struggling to think of a more cringe-inducing term than "normie".
tommyrod74 alicialeggett's article
Oct 3, 2023 at 3:07
Oct 3, 2023
Injury Update From Alicia: One Year Later, I've Started to Like Bikes Again
Thank you, Alicia, for sharing your journey! One of the best things I've read on PB.
tommyrod74 edspratt's article
Oct 2, 2023 at 6:43
Oct 2, 2023
Must Watch: Incredible Scenes from the Snowshoe DH World Cup 2023
Thanks for starting my day with the artistic endeavors of The Cult! Amazing editing and riding.
tommyrod74 henryquinney's article
Sep 19, 2023 at 12:05
Sep 19, 2023
Review: Factor Lando XC
Yep. Actually fairly low anti-squat values for a pro-level race bike, especially considering most will run a 34t or 36t ring vs. the 32t specified in the analysis.
tommyrod74 henryquinney's article
Sep 19, 2023 at 12:01
Sep 19, 2023
Review: Factor Lando XC
@Glory831Guy: There is a difference, but while most top marathon runners look emaciated (because long distance running is a pure endurance sport), most XC pros really don't (at least not the lower body, because XC racing in the 90 minute format is a power endurance sport). The Usain Bolt comparison makes sense if and only if the Enduro or DH rider is at the low bodyfat % of a world-class track sprinter. Some of the pros? Sure. But the average rider who says "I'm heavier because of all the extra muscle I have" is also carrying 10-30 extra lbs of fat along with that muscle.
tommyrod74 henryquinney's article
Sep 18, 2023 at 12:58
Sep 18, 2023
Review: Factor Lando XC
@henryquinney: You're right, of course, pressures do vary from racer to racer - but no XC pro is running 28 psi, ever. The variance is 15-24 psi or so, depending on conditions and rider weight. What you're likely forgetting is that XC racers - even pros - don't usually throw a bike into corners during a race like you enjoy doing, because it's a waste of energy and no faster. These guys and women are usually running less suspension sag than you'd consider ideal, and the tires act as a low-amplitude filter, taking the edge off the chatter while allowing the suspension to be firm for climbing and accelerating. Their setups are ideal for their use case. FWIW, I'm on 2.2" Cross King/Race King tires with Vittoria XC inserts at 18 psi. I can get away with even less on a 2.4" Aspen. I only weigh 150, but raced pro XC as well as BMX and DH in the past. I just don't ride my XC race bike like I ride a trail bike. If I ran softer suspension and firmer tires, it would be less efficient for hard accelerations and out-of-saddle climbing. I'd wager that those tires at 22 psi would be a totally different ride, but you make a good point that a rider more concerned with riding it like a downcountry or light trail bike would be better served with suspension components with less compression damping, or a different bike altogether. As another datapoint, I owned a new Blur before my current Exie - the low antisquat value Blur really needed the lockout for hard accelerations or climbing out of the saddle. I only touch the remote lockout on the Exie for the road ride to the local trails.
tommyrod74 mattbeer's article
Jul 11, 2023 at 6:14
Jul 11, 2023
Bike Check: Maxime Marotte's Rockrider 940S
@wyorider: You need to recalibrate your idea of "good power". A FTP north of 300 watts isn't competitive at this level unless you weigh 120 lbs. Also - do you really think no one has thought to try a more upright position for XC racing over the 40+ years it's existed? Or cyclocross, which has been around a heck of a lot longer and has similar power output demands? Obviously, all someone needs to do is get some power data to prove all these world-class athletes wrong, because no one has ever considered that possibility before. To add - wide tires that allow for low pressure haven't been around all that long, and now everyone is on them, because they work better. There has never been a time in 40+ years that racers couldn't use a beach cruiser riding position if they wanted - yet none do.
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