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From Streets To Trails - Trek's Commuter Pro RT Front Light - Jan. 27, 2023, 9:45 a.m.

Ha, glad to hear I'm not the only one with an appreciation for this aspect of running a bunch of bikes.  Running about a dozen bikes for the family my light allocation system is always being refined but I think it's finally pretty sorted.  Only taken me about 30 years.

Around here all the commuters have the same mounts and each adult has their own set of lights that moves between commuter bikes.  The high performance bikes and helmets have GoPro mounts   and fancier lights.

Shootout At The Fantasy Factory - Jan. 13, 2023, 12:15 p.m.

I doubt we'll know what Specialized is doing re: racer support until closer to the race season; the decisions seem to be surprisingly last minute.

Shootout At The Fantasy Factory - Jan. 12, 2023, 10:32 a.m.

In the '90's the marketing was done by print ads and sponsored athletes, the ambassadors of the time, and when the market tightened, race teams were cut.

This time around marketing is done by online ads, influencers/ambassadors and athletes.  Just makes sense to me that they'd be the first to go this time as well, particularly when the big S is cutting 8% of their overall work force.

Underrepresented people made progress and added representation by accessing these programs, but unfortunately they're programs that get cut first, probably reflecting the lower value they provide relative to employees in other areas.  Hopefully that experience can be leveraged into more valuable positions within the industry if that's what they want.

You didn't use the work "oppression", that was not a fair characterization so apologies for that.  You do seem to be saying that the big S is erasing the progress made, is that correct?  I have to assume they've added some diversity programs to their less visible operations as well but we would't know about that as consumers.

Shootout At The Fantasy Factory - Jan. 12, 2023, 9:33 a.m.

Turns out corporate shills need to generate some value for their employer, who knew?

But sure, let's suggest without evidence that it's a conspiracy by the nazi's (not your term, but it's been used by "influencers" on instagram to describe this move) at Specialized to oppress minorities.  Seems reasonable.

The New Specialized Hillbilly Tire - Jan. 11, 2023, 9:20 a.m.

Super happy with my T9 2.6” Butchers front and back. 

Finally tapped into the additional climbing traction recently and was scampering up wet rock faces and roots like they weren’t even there. Sticky rubber and a fatter casing is 🤌🏼🤌🏼. 

Also, skinwall for max style points.

Did Achilles Know? - Dec. 17, 2022, 8:32 a.m.

Man, I think both those bikes look great and if the buyers know what they’re getting into than I’m all for it. 

LOTS of riders, newbs and experienced alike, don’t have any interest in working on their own bikes and aren’t too fussed about the cost of their annual maintenance going up by $50-$100 if it means their new toy looks great.  

The basic roadie there is a cool looking bike with a functional group, the coolness factor increases the initial stoke and if the newb wears stuff out or wants to upgrade they have a “worthy” frame set to do so on. 

I have a couple buddies with aero road bikes in a similar price category to that mountain bike - they all bought em because they love the design and engineering involved, know they don’t “need” the aero advantage, and lack the time to work on their bikes but not the money to have someone else do it. I don’t see how their indulgent bike choice is much different than a fancy custom welded frame set other than style really.  Metal or carbon, integrated or otherwise, bikes are just fancy toys for rich people and some like their toys high-tech, some like them with a backstory and an artisanal paint job.

Crankbrothers - 25 Years on the Trail - Dec. 10, 2022, 1:01 a.m.

Wait, Eggbeaters were considered reliable?

In Pursuit Of Simplicity - Nov. 25, 2022, 9:36 a.m.

NSMB is a small digitally biased slice of a geographically skewed demographic with a particular riding style and terrain. 

I personally wouldn’t make much connection between a lack of uptake here and potential for success in the market.

In Pursuit Of Simplicity - Nov. 23, 2022, 2:53 p.m.

It's a wild learning curve eh?  

I've been working on it all year this year and am constantly surprised that I'm not washing out and stopping dead and endoing when I'm putting all this pressure on the front end, particularly on rough and slippery stuff.  Would have been endoing everywhere on my 90's bikes if I tried to ride like this.

In Pursuit Of Simplicity - Nov. 23, 2022, 2:43 p.m.

I'm a cynical old mountain biker who loves things serviceable, stock and simple and hate proprietary parts and I LOVE this bike.

I think having the shock integrated into the structure in an interesting concept with some serious advantages, and if it's being made mostly from off the shelf parts than I think that could really mitigate or eliminate the serviceability/support compromise required.  If I could afford this price point I'd be all over it and I'm really curious if this can inspire a growth of similar designs.  

If nothing else kudos for making something that's actually interesting, this is the first really interesting new bike I've seen in a while!

Aenomaly Constructs SwitchGrade Saddle Angle Adjuster - Nov. 7, 2022, 2:48 p.m.

I’ve come across a version with a super long adjustment slot combined with the QR - I think it was a SR?

Canyon's K.I.S. Tech Promises Steering Stability - Oct. 28, 2022, 11:14 a.m.

Goddam I'm loving the "passion" on display around this little product. :)

I'd be pretty interested in trying it, I've used lots of steering dampners on urban bikes and wondered how they'd be on the mountain bike if they worked just a little differently...just like how they happen to be describing it actually.  Would be pretty cool if this evolves into an aftermarket or easily/cheaply added or removed OEM frame feature a la chain guide mounts.

Edit: it seems like it could be very easy to design as an ad-on product - special headset spacey plus a anchor box that mounts to the top tube with metal bands or something. Even better if there’s a little threaded boss on the top of the top tube.

Canyon's K.I.S. Tech Promises Steering Stability - Oct. 25, 2022, 7:04 p.m.

The south of France is really quite nice.  Big recommend from me.

The Wrong Tool for the Job - Oct. 9, 2022, 1:25 p.m.

Whenever I start think i “need” this or that upgrade on the mountain bike I catch a glimpse of my Cross-Check and I’m back to reality. It may never be the BEST bike for any particular purpose but whenever I choose it it’s the RIGHT bike for the job. It’s been a great third-world tourer, CX racer, winter road bike, groad bike, child hauler, MacRide trail bike, SS high-speed commuter and for every role it’s opened up an awesome time on the bike where the bike was in no way holding me back.

Turns out the quiver killer is basically a hybrid with good tire clearance. 🤷🏼‍♂️

The Not So Hard Times Hardtail - Sept. 1, 2022, 1:32 p.m.

Cool bike and story but I’m really here to brag that I HAVE jumped a 2002, on dirt. 

Highly recommended bad idea but check your rear shock towers condition first.

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