Well this is the most sane thing I've read on here so far. Completely agree. Especially the first sentence...let's all take a breath.
Maps of Home is mesmerising. Thx for reco!
Great timely article! And if people are wondering which trails are wet weather friendly they are marked on Trailforks!
I like the look of the kneepads and that they extend a bit higher than most. But it almost seems like they are also shorter not extending over the shins quite as much as typical knee pads...
This is a great list thanks Pete! Even something like this list...a quick and dirty summary of some key resources for newbies would probably go a long way. I just added that book to my queue.
I totally agree. Part of the reason why I chimed in here was just because I enjoy the site a lot but am at a loss when it comes to some content. That's the growing space though. Just because a reader doesn't find content at their level doesn't mean a site should necessarily shift gears. :)
At some point I'd like to think I will be able to get more out of the super nerdy content!
Yes absolutely I've been advocating for MBs to do a course unfortunately with Covid all the in person ones have been cancelled in the past year. I'll definitely be looking around though.
Just reserved it from the library! Thanks for the suggestion.
I totally agree. I can do some basic car maintenance now that I wish I had known about years ago. When you're at my level, it just all seems overwhelming. But I also have to choose to engage. That is on me.
Thanks Cam. I by no means think nsmb should deviate from its intention or current content. I enjoy reading the gear-head/techy comment sections and am often intrigued at the level of detail people get into. I too am a geek...just on different subjects! Part of it is my own reluctance and laziness...and no one else is responsible for that.
There is a lot of content out there for the novice rider/wrencher...almost too much. And I think most of my questions would be best demonstrated in person vs an article. Part of it is just about me getting more comfortable with a foreign topic.
I'll think about it though.
This is a great article and something I've been thinking about for...the past 5 years. My problems are the following:
- I love my bike but know nothing about wrenching (literally nothing) and so the idea of taking things apart YouTube style then having to bring it into the shop cause I f-ed something up is detracting me from getting my hands dirty.
- I am, tbh, not all that interested in wrenching/tinkering...even though I know I should be and might be more if I just started.
- Whenever I ask for input on BASIC things I should know I get a kazillion different responses so I throw my hands up and continue with the basic "rinse and lube" (followed of course by the occasional full washing which usually results in contaminated brakes...) and annual maintenance at the shop.
- I have very limited tools. I also live in a condo a stones throw from Fromme that decided 10 bike lockers and a huge dog wash room were needed but a simple hose/space setup out back for mtbs was not. Space is at a premium.
All this to say I really enjoy the nsmb site and I learn a lot. But I struggle with lack of content for the true novice/reluctant wrencher. Most articles read like greek to me. So while I'd love to do my homework I can't even read it and there is currently no google translate for the wrenching.
Another Dick Proenekke convert! My job here is done. Glad you enjoyed it!
It's awesome to see process videos loaded with vulnerability... and humans just supporting each other. Thanks!
I love everything about this...but mostly the jorts.
Awesome! Thanks for posting this. Nice to see riders in all shapes, colours, sizes...
I hope manufactures of bikes and gear take head. The fact that I mostly buy "Large" at 5'8" and 150lbs is nuts and just means there are very few options for those that don't fall into the "norms".