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Coming OUT On A Ride - May 2, 2021, 7:03 p.m.

Gay marriage was not legalized in Canada unitl 2003, in the US until 2015, and not until December 2017 in Australia. Until 2020 you could be fired from your workplace because of your sexual orientation in the US. In 2016 a man killed 49 LGBTQ+ people in a gay club in New Orleans. further, LGB youth are 5 times as likely to to have attempted suicide compared to heterosexual youth. The 'crusade for liberation' is not a long dead fight, its an ongoing campaign for protection from discrimination, and equality. To claim that no one cares about a persons sexuality is a vastly flawed generalization.

I'm in a very fortunate position where I am able to share my story with the world without of being rejected by those close to me. I am proud of who I am and I celebrate my differences. Since 1903 when being gay was a crime we've progressed a lot. That progression was earned through riots, activism, and allyship; today I'm using this article as a means to continue driving the conversation.

I'm sorry you didn't take more from the article, I hope you took something from this response because thinking like yours is contributing to holding the world back.

Coming OUT On A Ride - April 23, 2021, 3 p.m.

Thanks Sam, it's been really great to see all the positive feedback. I hope we can cross trails sooner than later!

Coming OUT On A Ride - April 23, 2021, 7:05 a.m.

Thanks, writing this was a huge battle of trying to say I wanted to say while still feeling comfortable sharing the story with the world.

Max Flat Pedal Grip vs Some Slip – What Are Riders After? - Feb. 17, 2021, 8:38 a.m.

I rode clipped in for the first couple years until one day I went to my local bike park with the intention of trying flats out. I brought clipless shoes and pedals with me, but forgot a pedal wrench and I haven't really ridden clipped in since. I really like the direct connection feeling of flats through corners and clipless has always given me anxiety of clipping out unexpectedly ever since.

Bontrager Line Elite Carbon Wheels - Feb. 12, 2021, 7:25 p.m.

Commenting on a couple points made in your article, the rim strips are definitely hit or miss depending on tire brand, I've found that if you are aware of that you can tell by how the tire is going on if you will need to tape it to get material out from under the bead seat. 

Working in a shop setting I've seen drive ring failures in these hubs, its most common in large riders powering up rocky climbs with lots of traction, but I will also state that its a fairly low percentage and the Trek warranty department is amazing to work with to get people rolling as quickly as possible

Crankbrothers Eggbeater Pedals - Enhanced Stance - March 11, 2019, 2:33 p.m.

It's been a while since I ran egg beaters, but I remember them having a very vague transition from the end of float to the beginning of release. I guess it doesn't matter I spend most of my time on flats now anyways

In Defense Of HammerSchmidt - Dec. 5, 2018, 9:52 a.m.

I will argue that for lots of markets organic pads are acceptable. What I don't find acceptable are shimano's resin only rotors, I managed to destroy a pair in less than a season

Just Say Hi* - Oct. 19, 2018, 12:49 p.m.

I always try to be very friendly to all the people I see while out on the trails, I mean I'm playing bikes why wouldn't you be cheery. 

When I went on a solo riding trip to Moab I always managed to find a riding just by chatting at the trailhead and being nice to people as they went by. Met a group of doctors from california, and their friends from detroit. Met a nice couple and their australian friend as we goofed around down the enchilada.

Saying hi to people isn't just a nice thing to do, you can meet some rad people that are gonna make you ride more enjoyable.

Fenders For Fall (and Winter) - Sept. 20, 2018, 1:23 p.m.

I actually had an issue with the Chainsaw fender on a boost Lyrick. The arch was so wide that the fender didn't have enough of a curve to it and the tail could flop a little bit. Hitting rougher trails let the fender hit the tire and it was a bit terrifying

Yeti's SB100 In The Flesh - April 24, 2018, 1:35 p.m.

I managed to destroy a pair of X-talon 190s in 2 months. They were fucking fast for orienteering racing though

Dear Uncle Dave: My Riding Buddy is a Total A-Hole - Feb. 6, 2018, 4:48 p.m.

We do currently split the group, into a fast group and a more chill group, but dealing with larger groups is still tough to organise. We've had issue with riders not calling features on trails, or riders riding features blind crashing. It's just problems with keeping large groups with lots of new people to run smoothly

Dear Uncle Dave: My Riding Buddy is a Total A-Hole - Feb. 6, 2018, 3:22 p.m.

I regularily ride in my shops Thursday night ride, typically with around 20 people and getting as many as 35 people out a couple weeks of the season. It's been a good for business, but its been harder and harder to keep the ride good for all skill levels and safe for everyone involved. The biggest thing we do is have at least 5 shop employees keeping everything organized on each ride. I can't imagine why anyone would want to travel as a group of 25

Be Bicycle Santa - Andrew's List - Dec. 18, 2017, 4:50 p.m.

Are those packs really warm? There is quite a lot of strap across the chest, and I'd imagine they'd be snug to your back. I'm trying to find a pack thats good for bike park days that isn't too hot but also stays put

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