wyorider

Former Expert (XC) and Cat 2 road racer. I like to ride technical trails all summer and backcountry ski all winter.

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wyorider Tajlucas's article
May 18, 2022 at 15:16
1 hours
The Conundrum: More Shocks or More Shovels?
As someone who has put in a lot of hours doing trailwork, this all of the questions here are wrong. There is no reason a trail that is durable and drains properly can't be raw, chunky, and difficult. Even when a system is well designed, some people complain that a trail got "dumbed down". If it's an advanced trail, that may be a fair statement, but if a blue trail was restored to grade, that's how it should ride. Even an advanced trail may need drainage issues addressed-and tough noogies if that means you lost your favorite 3 ratchets through a rock garden. A lot of trails are machine/contractor built. The folks who build these trails usually get paid by the linear foot, so they have a very strong incentive to churn out trail pretty quickly. The result is the MTB equivalent of Olive Garden-high quantity, but without the spark of creativity and effort needed to build a really great trail. Arkansas is Exhibit A of a massive trailbuilding project undertaken almost exclusively by commercial builders. Handbuilt trails done right are the best, lines like Captain Ahab are both durably built, challenging and handle erosional issues well. The problem with handbuilding trail is that it's extremely time consuming. Also, a good local builder will choose the BEST line to build, not the fastest, time be damned!! Where a commercial builder might put in a 7-8 mile line in one summer, it might take that long to put in a mile of really sick handbuilt singletrack. So-if possible, volunteer to do trail work. Learn how to address existing trail issues, then how to lay out and build trails. If you show up at every chance, if you offer your time sometimes you juuuuust might get to build a trail the way you want it. It's absolutely possible to build trails at all difficulty levels that are fun to ride. It's possible to build lines that highlight and celebrate local geology and landscapes rather than just a line cut in with a mini-ex. But it takes communities of dedicated riders willing to burn some time they could spend riding McTrails digging to get there.
wyorider torypowers's article
May 18, 2022 at 11:02
5 hours
Destination Showcase: Albuquerque, New Mexico
NM food and riding is terrible. Avoid Hatch chilis at all costs. Just ride the McTrails and fried food of Gnarkansas. Everything an "expert" rider needs.
wyorider sarahmoore's article
May 17, 2022 at 19:36
21 hours
Myriam Nicole Reveals She Has Been Struggling with Concussion Symptoms Since the Lourdes DH World Cup
A concussion is when your brain smacks your skull. There is NO known cure other than rest. Trip balls if you want to, but don't fool yourself into thinking you're healing brain damage doing it.
wyorider sarahmoore's article
May 17, 2022 at 19:33
21 hours
Tahnee Seagrave to Miss Fort William World Cup DH Due to Concussion
Concussions are no joke. Way to make the smart move Tahnee!! We'll all be stoked to see you back in action with a number plate on your bike when you're ready.
wyorider seb-stott's article
May 17, 2022 at 11:39
1 day
Nerding Out: Why a Lower Shock Position Doesn't Make a Bike More Stable
What does that even mean? A bicycle at its best is a prime example of a "form follows function" machine. 20 years ago every bike had 71/73 geometry, and they sucked-but maybe they "looked good"??
wyorider rossbellphoto's article
May 16, 2022 at 21:33
2 days
Photo Epic: Nove Mesto XC World Cup 2022
@nattyd: If he'd wanted to, I suspect Nino would have been a lethal Classics racer.
wyorider rossbellphoto's article
May 16, 2022 at 21:32
2 days
Photo Epic: Nove Mesto XC World Cup 2022
@RoadRunner13: pretty sure you wouldn't think so if you saw their power data. If anything, the old Merckx model of high volume for road training has been proven to be less than ideal. Sure, you need a LOT of saddle time to be an elite athlete, but the (fitness) goal is high sustained power output. That doesn't come from more km beyond a certain point.
wyorider rossbellphoto's article
May 16, 2022 at 21:29
2 days
Photo Epic: Nove Mesto XC World Cup 2022
The reality is that an elite athlete is.....an elite athlete. Pidcock won because he has a decent sprint (road skills) but all the riders in elite XC put in long hours on drop bars. And a lot of "pure" road racers spend some dirt time getting their handling skills dialed. Throw in 'cross, enduro, DH, BMX and track (not to mention a little time on a motorcycle) and the path to peak fitness isn't uniform. That said, it is fun to watch riders doing several types of racing a year-it used to be common and I'm glad it's come back.
wyorider mattbeer's article
May 16, 2022 at 15:36
2 days
Review: Hustle Bike Labs' Avery Magnetic Pedals Aren't Just A Gimmick
Just coached a basic skills clinic this weekend and a rider had a pair of these. They combined and utter lack of off magnet grip with unreliable grip/sudden unexpected release. It made for a very frustrated rider whose progression was significantly hindered by a lack of faith in pedal grip. If you're racing, clip in. If you want to learn how to ride better, put a season or 2 in on flats. Avoid these at all costs. They're the worst of both worlds!!
wyorider edspratt's article
May 13, 2022 at 15:12
May 13, 2022
Carbon Wasp's Truffle is a 120mm Carbon XC Bike Handmade in the UK
Of ALL the issues/breakages I've seen or experienced, the downtube storage hole has not been an issue. And I've broken a few frames and seen a lot more!! Totally agree about internal cables though-on an aero road bike tucked cables 'might' make sense. On a mountain bike they just make cable swaps/frame bearing replacement/other service more of a PITA
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