Great article. One suggestion I would make is if you receive a product that has excessive/unnecessary plastic (or even cardboard) packaging then you should reach out to the manufacturer or supplier with that feedback. I’ve had some really great responses in the past from companies, especially smaller ones, who are open to improving their practices. And the more we communicate our preferences as consumers the more motivation businesses will have to change!
That marketing by GU is woefully misrepresentative.
To turn a plastic wrapper into a park bench is actually transitioning the plastic into a lesser quality material. To market this as upcycling when it’s actually downcyling is green washing at it finest.
How about a real discussion about how disgusting and unnecessary these single use, plastic wrapped “performance” foods are and how the marketing of them is dramatically increasing the amount of waste entering our environment.
To me, the only thing we should consider is how much better the world would be if companies like GU didn’t exist to begin with.
Real into this attitude. It's amazing how much difference a proper service makes to the feel of a bike. Another option to mix things up (and save of expensive drivetrain parts) is to go single speed. Old familiar trails will be a total challenge again and your fitness and technique will improved so much.
As someone who defo site in the “cyclist” camp I really appreciate this perspective. I would commute a couple hundred k’s a week and rides trail most weekends. I defo understand how hard it can be to adjust to specific geometry.
I just had a custom hardtail built with sagged angles of 73/67, super tall stack and slightly shortened reach and find it to be incredibly comfortable for long days without feeling like I’m giving up too much on the trail. I guess it’s just about trying things out and finding the compromise that’s gonna work best for you!
Totally agree, a bit narrow for out and out trail use. I've actually managed to press in some control tech bar extenders to get another pair of Low Rise Hunters out to 790 mm. Yet to fit them up though.
I've also tried those Stooge Moto bars and althought the width was great I really loticed the lack of upsweep with the outer part of my hand feeling undersupported. Would be great to see more options with more rise.
When you mentioned more sweep I couldn't help but think of Hunter Smooth Move High Rise. 15 degree backsweep, 5 degree upsweep, 75 mm rise and 750 mm wide. And they come in a polished finish if you're looking for something classy. I have them on my Karate Monkey and couldn't think of a better shape for that big BMX feel.