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The 40 Year-Old Gym Virgin - Oct. 27, 2021, 4:41 p.m.

When I was younger, I was into heavy weights, gym-style equipment, and marathon sessions. These days, with older joints and less time, I have a pullup bar in my office door, parallettes, resistance bands, and a foam roller. It's always readily accessible, so I bang out ten or twenty of whatever on a whim. It's hard to talk yourself out of a workout when it's sitting right in front of you.

Red Bull Rampage Results 2021 - Oct. 17, 2021, 5:50 p.m.

Tom's crash colors everything about this event for me. When the penalty for a missed trick is to destroy your body, I can't applaud taking the risk.

AXS Eagle Economics - Sept. 27, 2021, 8:06 a.m.

I'm with Justin on this one. I was impressed by AXS, but I still end up second-guessing the shift logic. Any press-and-hold with a delay while the system determines if you're holding the button is a nonstarter. With mechanical, I can upshift three times (or two times, or four times, as determined by my brain on the fly) in less than a second and end up in exactly the gear I want. With AXS, I press, hold, and guess.

AXS Eagle Economics - Sept. 25, 2021, 4:40 p.m.

More like parallel development. Cell Cycling is selling an updated XShifter, a Kickstarter product that was already prototyped by mid-2016. I believe Archer's D1X came later. They both fill the same niche, but XShifter appears to a better product (though the original Kickstarter backers would argue that Archer is a better company. Despite the logo on the site, however, Cell Cycling is not affiliated with XShifter's Kickstarter campaign.)

AXS Eagle Economics - Sept. 25, 2021, 10:20 a.m.

Can you try this out?

Wireless, relatively cheap, light, uses any random mechanical derailleur, and appears to perform with similar accuracy and speed. I haven't impulse-bought the thing yet because I'm too happy with my XX1/11 MTB drivetrains, but given the cost of AXS and both SRAM and Shimano's predilection for abandoning older electronic products, I'm very keen on the notion of a derailleur-agnostic system.

TRP's TR12 Derailleur & Shifter Reviewed - Sept. 3, 2021, 7:07 a.m.

Do you know if the RD is compatible with SRAM or Shimano 12S shifters? People have successfully mixed and match those two, I wonder the same of TRP.

BikeYoke Revive 2.0 213mm Dropper Post Long-Term Review - Aug. 12, 2021, 5:24 a.m.

I've got at least four years on a 185mm Revive 1.0. Wouldn't pick any other brand.

The Weight Is Over - July 30, 2021, 1:05 p.m.

The e-bike cannibalization is inevitable to me. Human-powered bikes continue to creep (or leap) up in price and weight, while the electronics become lighter and cheaper. It's gotten to where $7K is upper-mid-range, and that's for a second-tier mechanical group. When you're throwing down that much coin, why not pick something that'll still be fun even if you're out of shape? (And aren't we always out of shape relative to our friends or some previous version of ourselves?)

The Weight Is Over - July 29, 2021, 10:38 a.m.

I see this going the other way. They'll keep the weight and cheap and/or capable parts and just add a motor. It adds what, about seven pounds to electrify a bike these days? That sort of modest kit won't be an everlasting moped, but even 100W transforms the riding experience far more than the weight savings would. (Weight savings often go the other way; if you just swap to a light frame and fork, you've just screwed up the unsprung weight ratio.) It might also be cheaper. The price differential between carbon and aluminum alone would easily cover the electric BOM.

Trek Rail 9.8 XT - June 25, 2021, 7:55 a.m.

> As an aside, I don't know when we're going to start seeing climbing trails aimed at e-bikes, with steep and extremely technical pitches and crux moves, but I can't wait.

If it can't be done with pedals alone, you might as well ride a motorcycle. Which you are, frankly. The difference between this and an electric dirt bike is that the pegs move. I'll be keen to see the justifications for "ebikes" in five years when the battery capacity is 3X, the stanchions are 42mm, and the limiter is 40 MPH.

OChain Active Spider Review - June 15, 2021, 7:57 a.m.

Indeed. I'd be interested in a comparison between this and a DT hub with an 18T ratchet.

Huge Q1 Sales Growth, the Driven Drivetrain Surprises, and more. - May 12, 2021, 8:26 a.m.

I wrote this on another site:

> They'll focus on the easy and wave away the hard like so many other startups. Shifting is easy (which is to say, attainable if you throw seven-figure development money at it). Transferring torque at competitive weight, cost, efficiency, durability, and compatibility will be impossible. A year from now, they'll have a heavy, enormously expensive prototype made mostly of carbon, with bespoke wheels and frame compatible with nothing, conventional gears that mate without rotating bearing sets, and efficiency comparisons to a dirty chain. And it'll still be limited to recreational power outputs and small riders. Then they'll either refinance and pivot some other direction, or die.

I'm posting it here because I'm fully willing to eat crow if it turns out they can build a bicycle to which physics and materials science don't apply.

Coming OUT On A Ride - April 23, 2021, 7:26 p.m.

Fellow gay chiming in. I can't say sexual orientation comes up much in my riding groups. Usually it's in the context of limitations; wife won't let me do X, etc. Mostly they just care if you can keep up and shred. My other sport is climbing and it's similar. I've generally been impressed with the caliber of folks I've met. 

But then, I live in a big city. You can't throw a rock without hitting one of us. Anti-gay sentiment would immediately put you in an ostracized minority, so while I don't wear my sexuality on my sleeve, I wouldn't fear mentioning a relationship or an interest if it was relevant.

Winning the Dropper Post Arms Race - April 22, 2021, 10:39 a.m.

Tempted by the OneUp v2, but too many reports of short maintenance intervals. I've had my 185mm Revive on the bike for two or three seasons and haven't done a thing to it. Works like new. It's just not worth saving $150 at the outset, especially when you get almost all of it back on resale. If you resell. The only reason I'd swap this post out is for a little more travel.

Deore M6100: (Almost) The Only Drivetrain That Matters - Feb. 16, 2021, 9:10 a.m.

I was definitely more enthusiastic about these hubs in mid-2018 when they were first announced. Some surprising failures in execution. The forum warnings to 'carefully open the hub and fettle these components with this specific grease' remind me too much of Mavic. The wheelset I'd planned to build around XTR will probably end up on DT again.

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