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Rivals & Collaborators: The Race Face Conspiracy Jersey v. Stash Jacket - Sept. 20, 2021, 11:30 a.m.

Andrew that gnar shot on the wet rocks! Noice! 

Thank you for reviewing affordable gear!

Makers - Paul Brodie - Sept. 17, 2021, 12:01 p.m.

Was reading another publication . MBA has a story mentioning how the builders in Cali saw the sloping top tube on the frame Brodie built and borrowed his idea. 

I'm terrible at links and copy paste . I could PM you the story.

Sloping top tubes were big, and I give Canadian builder Paul Brodie credit for making that happen. The first days of Kona, we called the bikes Cascade, and we also raced and sold Brodie bikes. So, we adopted the sloping top tubes pretty much before anyone else and used the 71/73 geometry. Frame geometries never really changed until we started making the top tubes longer. I recall getting a prototype Marin made with a 23.5-inch-long top tube, 70-degree head angle and a 130mm stem. Times have changed!

Quote from Joe Murray.

Makers - Paul Brodie - Sept. 16, 2021, 10:24 a.m.

Apparently the first man to fit a sloping top tube to a mountain bike. He helped forge the path of what mountain bikes are today. 

His videos on modified motorcycle s is absolutely fascinating. Plenty of old school hack saw and drill press action . 

This is awesome . Think globally act locally. Plenty of local local companies pumping out bike parts and gear. 

Some nostalgic moment s would be sweet. Remember Core Rat ?  Is Straightline still churning out parts?

Dreaming Of Crate Suspension - Sept. 7, 2021, 9:20 a.m.

Gave this some thought. A steel front triangle or aluminum with a straight seat tube .  Two halves of plate machined for bearings and a machined center channel that mates to seat tube. Clamshell the two halves and bolt around seat tube.  These are your adjustable pivot points to mate whatever rear suspension tickles your fancy. Cost for machining 4 pieces of bar stock. It could be done manually or simple CAD design.  I'm guessing about 500$ for the machined parts as it's a very easy process with few cutting steps.  

Cascade components ? Makes after market links for Suspension.  Link mods are done with a newly married  part machined by a second party.  

Personally I like the idea of saving frames from going into the trash. Mate the two good halves together.  

I used to own a lathe. I really wish I had space and money/ time to run a small cnc milling machine .  

Yes with Renolds top notch steel tubing you can or as Andrew points out the better material stainless steel. You can make a front triangle about 4 pounds or 2 kgs no problem. Mate this to a spesh carbon fiber read end with said link mods.   Weld on shock mounts and you . Spent a lot of money lol. 

But it would be my custom bike . BTW is it impossible to buy rear ends from bike companies? Don't they keep spare front triangles and rears for warranty issue s or do they take apart existing frames. ?

The Noobs Guide to Bikepacking - Part 1 - Aug. 31, 2021, 8:06 a.m.

I do plenty of bike packing to explore Vancouver and the gulf islands . I most definitely ride dirt whenever I can.  Sometimes semi teck , compared to the Shore, trails. The idea of stuff hanging from my bike plus the extra weight would not inspire me to ride trails. 

I use a 60 litre back pack . If I load the back pack properly it feels quite natural except for the extra weight. But that weight is centered on my back . Not an extra five pounds on my handle bars. My bike with extra air in the fork and shock behaves the same as the bike had not changed in weight. 

Usually my pack and  gear , including camera, weighs about 15 kilos before I factor in water. And I bring a filter.  I also frequently bring my DSLR camera gear in a back pack when I ride so I'm used to riding with a heavy pack. 

Frame bags to me appear to be fancy bike accessories to give you that bike packing look.  

A 60 litre back pack is easy to keep water proof, mud proof. Easy to carry over streams. Much more convenient for pushing bikes up steep terrain.  

Bike touring with a credit card ? Drive your bike to your destination , put on those cute looking frame bags and have fun! 

Thinking about a multi day grunge fest into the wilderness with your bike and camping gear. Get a good back pack. Packs designed for climbing are best .

Have New Standards Made Bikes Better? - Aug. 25, 2021, noon

No .  

But it's sold lots of new bikes that are not compatible with old bike parts. 

Marketing? 

Yes.  yes it is. 

Innovation I like . 

The era of innovation has lost it's innocence.

I Learned to Ride in Crappy Gear (and my Kid doesn't have to) - Aug. 16, 2021, 10:20 a.m.

Andrew. A.C.   Thank you for not having the callus attitude. We got lots of power!  Being conservative is caring about your planet . Your families future. 

Remember the heat wave? The black outs caused by overconsumption of electricity? From AC units I'm certain. What happened to the sick and the elderly that truly needed that AC?  They died. Sorry that's rather extreme but unfortunately accurate. 

Thank you Andrew for understanding that we need to consume less and be more thoughtful of all our actions.

I Learned to Ride in Crappy Gear (and my Kid doesn't have to) - Aug. 14, 2021, 12:39 a.m.

I've had the opportunity to watch a woman progress on double black gnar . That's what she started riding when she moved to Canada. She only rode XC before moving here. Sorry Cooper but janky natural beast of trails are very exciting to a select few. Definitely not the masses . Thank God . Right of passage. Well yes if you enjoy this crazy stuff your in a different smaller fringe group.  Yes I ride 26 inch wheels. I'm a Luddite. 

I'm glad we all love to ride for whatever the reason . 

I bring two light weight synthetic jerseys and switch at the top of the climb. Comfortable relatively close fitting shorts that are a spandex blend. But not necessarily biking specific. Modern synthetic s are the best for comfort , breathing, they are quiet and light. And every time you wash them thousands of plastic microfibres end up in the sea. 😁

Squidworx Modular Flat Pedals - July 27, 2021, 7:41 a.m.

Can you exchange the outer parts to make the platform wider or longer ?  Or does it just provide different color options?

2022 Norco Sight VLT eMTB - July 19, 2021, 7:26 a.m.

Pink bike has a motor bike filter . So I see no motor bikes except for adds showing lightning bolts and riders floating into space? 

Anyways this is entertaining. Sort of like a passing a car wreck entertaining.

2022 Norco Range C1 VLT eMTB - July 17, 2021, noon

Heard they have more powerful motors this year! And next year. Even more powerful motors. ;)

5 Gifts For Your Bicycle Mechanic That Aren't Beer - July 5, 2021, 10:04 a.m.

Bike shops are one of the last places where people who own the business listen and really want to help. 

They are a much appreciated community service. 

Many times I've needed an esoteric part for my vintage steeds that I still ride , abuse , break and keep maintaining. 

How much I ask ? Oh it's junk you can have it.  I always say. You don't make money that way and throw them a five or ten spot. That money doesn't really make a huge dent. 

It's my way of saying . You support me and my bike then I support you and your family. 

My hats off to all bike shop owners and employee s . 

Don't forget trail builders. Digger has a passion for donuts I believe.

Corsair Was High Pivot AND Pedaling, In 2007 - July 2, 2021, 12:26 p.m.

Pretty easy to hop on some ones new steed and take it for a spin. And yes I have I think modern bikes are devoid of character. They are boring. So no I prefer a light responsive plush ride. 

I also prefer janky double black trails where the words smooth and fast do not have any context.

Corsair Was High Pivot AND Pedaling, In 2007 - June 30, 2021, 7:20 a.m.

Get a craft beers for this man and he can talk teck for hours. Not feverish new part lust. No this man has a rich knowledge of what works, what could work . What's practical and built well. 

Thanks for reminding us of bikes that gave us the innovation to create the fun toys we ride currently. 

Although I would be more than happy on this steed. Weighs close to the same as Norcos new carbon fiber framed high pivot frame.

OChain Active Spider Review - June 18, 2021, 7:59 a.m.

Funny suspensions are specifically designed to work in conjunction with chain tension. You can make a very supple highly reactive rear suspension . But everyone apparently wants pedal platform. Doesn't chain tension assist pedal platform? 

This gives about 3 degrees of chain " float" ? Can't help but think a chain less bike would actually track much better. And to have a mushy elastomer feel under my feet. No thanks.

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