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tsn73 mikelevy's article
Nov 8, 2017 at 12:00
Nov 8, 2017
Testing 27.5 vs 29 With Vanderham and Gauvin - Video
Agreed and then also put some 26+ wheels with 26 x 2.8 Minions on the Altitude.
tsn73 vernonfelton's article
Nov 4, 2017 at 17:42
Nov 4, 2017
Hanging Up Your Helmet This Winter? – Pinkbike Poll
@WayneParsons: You guys are making me miss Vancouver - lived half my life there - my favorite is night tree pow-slashing at Cypress on full moon nights with clear goggles. Got priced out of that place once I had kids - still dream of somehow being able to afford to live the way I want to live (i.e. not in a 900 sq ft condo) in Deep Cove. But until my powerball numbers get pulled I'll take the 12 month/year riding in SoCal even though we all know it ain't coastal BC quality.
tsn73 vernonfelton's article
Nov 4, 2017 at 12:26
Nov 4, 2017
Hanging Up Your Helmet This Winter? – Pinkbike Poll
@lightsgetdimmer: For sure another option - I've recently got some lights but I mainly use them to start 45 mins before dark in that mornings - by the time I'm descending its daylight. I haven't gotten into full night rides yet - gotta get some better lights than I have now for that.
tsn73 vernonfelton's article
Nov 3, 2017 at 17:20
Nov 3, 2017
Don't Punch the Baby - Opinion
@euan91m: You are right the e-bike discussion really shouldn't be about preserving trail access but that is the only reason I can tell why there is resistance to e-bikes here in the USA. In small towns where tourism related to biking is a big part of the economy, you find they have much better local policies about trails. But in any of the more populated areas (and I am referring to Socal now) mountain bikers don't count for jack shXt!! It's really sad actually but there is always money for a new football/baseball facility but all that happens is land gets taken away and access blocked for trails. And even the trails we do have are ALL mixed used trails. Either hiking/equestrian/biking or hiking/equestrian or the odd trail which is hiking/biking. There is not a single dedicated mountain bike trail that is not mixed use. And the hatred towards mountain bikes is real. I live right next to some trails that the equestrian folks have commandeered. These asshats regularly sabotage the trails for bikers. I know because I ride them multiple times/week and I regularly undo the BS that the saboteurs do. I am skilled enough that they haven't got me yet and I make sure to thoroughly remove them so beginners won't be injured. My backyard trail was re-routed to make it more horse-friendly and less bike-friendly. Even though in that same park, mountain bikers are the only ones who help maintain trails, there was no bike consideration whatsoever when the horse folks pressed to make changes. And yes the OCTA (Orange County Transportation Authority) is using public money from a 1/2 % sales tax to buy up massive plots of private land (many of which had trails on them that previous owners turned a blind eye towards use) and turn them into off-limits "Wilderness areas" where you can be arrested for trespassing against - not just a misdemeanor either, criminal trespassing. But then to "give back" to the public, about 6 times/year there are "docent-led" hikes and horseback rides. I contacted them and volunteered to guide bike rides just to see what their response would be - you guessed it - we have no plans to open these lands to bikes. So yeah it is very frustrating, as you realize after awhile that the cards are against you. You can try and fight but there are only so many hours in the day. A guy has to go to work and raise his family etc. I contacted my local IMBA chapter to voice my concerns and try to get involved but quickly realized that they too realize what they are up against and basically take a "roll over and die" approach. So I agree with you, it would be so much better if an intelligent conversation about e-bikes could happen, but considering the environment the USA riders find themselves in, it really does not make sense to promote e-bikes on the limited trails we have legal access to. I will say though, that largely due to the Rock N Road bike shops, who are mainly a Specialized dealer, I am now seeing e-bikes in all the OC parks almost every ride and they are clearly not allowed there. In some ways it makes me realize maybe they (pedal assist e-bikes) aren't that big of a deal, but also it makes me realize that we could be just getting closer and closer to having all bikes banned from these parks. And if anyone cares, I will never spend $1.00 in Rock N Road again for that very reason.
tsn73 vernonfelton's article
Nov 3, 2017 at 14:55
Nov 3, 2017
Hanging Up Your Helmet This Winter? – Pinkbike Poll
@IsaacO: I've only been down here from Canada for 3 years and yeah I hear you. It was 41 celsius (106 F) one week ago. WTF? But I will say that you can ride all year round here it's just that in the summer it's gotta be early morning or you are just gambling with heat stroke.
tsn73 vernonfelton's article
Nov 3, 2017 at 14:34
Nov 3, 2017
Hanging Up Your Helmet This Winter? – Pinkbike Poll
Someone has to say it but in SoCal the mountain biking is just coming into prime time. Finally. The heat has relented a bit and we have even had a couple tiny little rainfalls this week. Yesterday the dirt was approaching "hero" status but isn't quite there yet. By far the best riding in this neck of the woods (in terms of nice dirt) is from about November to March.
tsn73 vernonfelton's article
Nov 2, 2017 at 19:34
Nov 2, 2017
Don't Punch the Baby - Opinion
@euan91m: yes but when "the place" is SoCal and the majority of people never leave their cars and mainly want access to open spaces to be banned you realize "the place" isn't going to change. Losing access to open space is written into policy here. Developers ruin trails that have served thousands of bikers and trail runners for years. Then in order to offset the development any additional open space is relegated to "habitat preservation" and access is again further restricted. There is even a 1/2 % sales tax to pay for new highways which does the exact same thing. The county parks are all we have to ride legally so e-bikes really and truly are a threat to trail access in California.
tsn73 pinkbikeaudience's article
Nov 1, 2017 at 21:45
Nov 1, 2017
Ask Pinkbike: Upgrading Components, Loose Spokes, and Enduro Race Training
Yes I have a Honzo CR. While I do like it, my advice would be to demo the size you think you want and then also one size smaller. These bikes have crazy long front triangles. I know many people swear by them but make sure the super long geometry works for you. If I could do it again I'd be on a medium Honzo instead of large at 5'11".
tsn73 vernonfelton's article
Oct 19, 2017 at 9:53
Oct 19, 2017
Riding Rigid is Ridiculous - Opinion
@Rucker10: I agree 100%. I'm in the same boat - having a hardtail so swap in/out of the routine helps with switching things up on trails you know intimately. Switching back/forth of clips/flats is another tactic I use. But I still look forward to the big weekend drive-to rides and I'm in much better shape when I get there because of the weekday "meh" rides.
tsn73 COMMENCALbicycles's article
Oct 17, 2017 at 9:32
Oct 17, 2017
Brannigan and the New Commencal Meta HT AM - Video
@bkm303: thanks man I didn't know about any of those you rattled off. I don't want to start a wheel size war but I ventured back into the hardtail world in the past year on a Honzo - maybe it's just too long for me but personally after a year of trying I'm just admitting to myself that 475mm reach with 29" wheels doesn't work for me. Maybe my bike is just too big for me (5'11") but every time I get back on a 27.5 after riding the Honzo it's a breath of fresh air so I was considering trying to find a 27.5 rowdy hardtail and the Nukeproof Scout was the only one I'd come across.
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