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Paint Fast: Red Bull Rampage Finals 2022 - Oct. 23, 2022, 12:41 p.m.

The first Rampage photo essay I've actually looked at all the pictures in a very long time.  Nice work Cy!

Who to Vote for on the North Shore - on October 15th - Oct. 14, 2022, 5:32 p.m.

DM in Insta.  Just one concept from Mathew

Who to Vote for on the North Shore - on October 15th - Oct. 14, 2022, 5:26 p.m.

Jerry, do you see a difference in maintenance between Fromme and Seymour sanctioned trails?

Because Fromme has an agreement between NSMBA and DNV for paid trail work, where Seymour does not (yet).   

Your vote matters.

The Wrong Tool for the Job - Oct. 5, 2022, 10:08 p.m.

and Matthew Fairbrother was the second half of my post, thanks! This kid rocks! Give him a follow IG @matthewfmtb so he can get some more sponsorship!

> After the shortest but most eventful commute yet I’ve made it to Sugarloaf for @world_enduro #6! 🇺🇸 > > This leg was a relatively short 240km but was the most mentally challenging and action packed ride to date.

The Wrong Tool for the Job - Oct. 5, 2022, 10:03 p.m.

We both pedaled a stock Giant Reign and Hail Advanced (the old 27.5 ones), fully loaded camping from Auckland to Rotorua.  Best and worst ride of our life!

-rough mountainous gravel roads (great gearing, perfect tires, nice to have suspension, I don't know how people ride this on road (gravel) bikes)

-pea gravel paths (this sucked, wrong gearing, super slow tires)

-shoulderless 100 kph highways (this really sucked, we ending riding along the ditch for safety, the mtb were perfect!)

-undulating gradual downhill flow trails next to a river (amazing!)

-endless rough mountainous gravel roads (again, happy to not be on a gravel bike, but way too slow)

-DH trails and shuttling with friends in Rotorua for 2 days (amazing, this is actually why we went there!)

-stupid Covid shutdowns canceled our holiday plans to ride back to the airport and put our bikes in a rental van. (no bike deserves this!)

Internal Routing: Will Sanity Prevail? - Oct. 1, 2022, 11:12 a.m.

yup, my 99 GT I-drive got drilled out stops once it started riding in the rainforest.  I'd never go back to split housings.

Suffering Looms on the Horizon - Sept. 25, 2022, 10:37 p.m.

Tuck in those big shoelace loops, at least on the drive side.   Unless your carrying spare shoelaces in that camera bag.   Nothing worse than a lace caught in the big chainring with 200 km to go.

Suffering Looms on the Horizon - Sept. 25, 2022, 10:33 p.m.

I bought a nightgown in the big Beijing tourist market as a gift.  Try explaining the XXXL to my wife. But it fits and she (usually a Medium) still wears it. 

Chinese sold sizing is out to lunch for the rest of the world.  Go big or go home.

Danger Dan Interview Pt I (plus vid) - June 12, 2022, 6:48 a.m.

Where is part two?

2022 Canyon Grizl CF SL 8 Suspension (Gravel) - June 11, 2022, 4:29 p.m.

I just have trouble adding the extra weight of a dropper and suspension fork to a nice lightweight ripper, when my hardtail has that (well, not even a dropper).  One bike with a creaky steerer is enough.

The Wide Gravel Future - June 8, 2022, 9:46 p.m.

I've been doing it on my hardtail since 2012...

The Wide Gravel Future - June 8, 2022, 9:45 p.m.

Having bike-packed 500km Auckland to Rotarua on a Reign Advanced, I have yet to figure out how this silly little curley bar of my Revolt is supposed to hold a tent?!

And...  when to electric gravel bikes show up for extra contentious content?

(April Fool’s!)Big Changes at - April 1, 2022, 7:01 p.m.

I jumped straight to the comments.

Humbled & Stumbled - March 20, 2022, 4:48 p.m.

I tried to solicit a similar discussion on Pangor, only got one reply from a one-time rider of the trail.

Since then, I've built solid fences and mocking signage.  Seems to have worked, was down it yesterday and didn't see errant tracks.

Bikes for the Mechanically Dis-inclined - March 5, 2022, 9:23 a.m.

Spend a day or two volunteering at Bike To Work Week at a free maintenance station.  You will not believe the level this article also applies for the casual cyclist   Its frightening sometimes what people will keep rolling in city traffic. 

Hey, lets’ add motors and batteries and wire harnesses!?

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