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Min-Max: Rob's 2018 Trek Stache 29+ - July 4, 2022, 7:57 a.m.

Wow the Stache's original geometry really is a snapshot of another time. Incredible that it was just 5 years ago. How much things have changed. It's an interesting reminder that not every bike has to be crazily progressive, that there is room for a range of options. Trek's new bikes are hardly pushing the limit of what's possible and that's great. 

456mm of reach in XL with 420mm chainstays and a 73' STA sound pretty extreme to me now!

Foxgloves & Buttercups - June 27, 2022, 1:29 p.m.

Each bar should have a flex rating (Ie Sixc vs next r vs Atlas) and each cut mark should say the width and new flex rating at that width. It's not that hard. People can figure out their preferred flex rating as factored by their height, weight, riding style, etc and find the bar that offers the correct flex rating at their preferred width and rise.

It took a lot of trial and error to figure out that I like Next R best for general flex but the advice from different sized riders with different preferences was all but useless.

Crossing The River - June 17, 2022, 7:17 a.m.

Where is Stephen D Gillett The Third now and is he still living with just what he can ford a river with?

Stories like this remind me that maybe I don't collect enough. Almost every bike or part I've had I sold to buy another so I guess that's just a different way to pursue the same thing. But there are some that now I dearly wish I'd kept as a memento.

A Crash Story (with a Happy Ending) - June 10, 2022, 7:01 a.m.

I wonder if it's not so much a case of neck-specific exercises as general fitness. i.e. good flexibility, good muscular range, ability to stay braced and supported under load and duress, good breathing patterns, and a balanced diet of movement patterns (not just riding bikes).  Plus good hip function which informs the lower back which informs the upper back/shoulders which have a huge effect on the neck. If all those relationships are working correctly you're in a good place safety-wise compared to someone with limited flexibility, poor core strength, bad posture from sitting/phone use and who rides in a state of non-breathing panic.

A Crash Story (with a Happy Ending) - June 9, 2022, 12:42 p.m.

That speed is a big part of why I don't ride the bike park anymore. On a regular 2-hour ride I'm in that speed danger zone maybe 35% of the time. In the bike park it's like 100% of riding time is spent at speeds where errors are lot more likely to send you to the clinic. 

I also think that risk gets worse the bigger you are. The heavier you are the faster you have to go to clear those gaps to reach the landing. The faster you go the tighter margin for error, the higher the likelihood that a crash will go really wrong.

Always nice to see the line of walking wounded in the Whistler clinic, some guy with a $600 carbon helmet and wearing a tank top talking about how he prefers to turn his elbows to hamburger early and have them stay wet for the season (rather than being so gauche as to wear elbow protection).

A Crash Story (with a Happy Ending) - June 9, 2022, 7 a.m.

Wow that's a hell of a story with a very fortunate outcome. Could you share your neck strengthening regimen? I've spent the last few years working on spinal mobility and flexibility (mostly through pilates) and functional strength (power lifting and kettlebells) and I'm 100% sure this has improved my crash survivability a great deal. I also shifted my riding focus to riding well rather than fast. Obviously I still ride fast but I try to aim for perfection: hit my lines, smooth arcs and transitions, no dabbing, nailing my shifting and gearing choices, etc. I let speed emerge from that precision otherwise I just cruise.

What exercises and movements have you added to your rehab/prehab training? Do you have a facility/coach you like specifically for this?

The Wide Gravel Future - June 8, 2022, 8:14 a.m.

I like how we're finally embracing not taking half-steps on stuff like this. 

The final nails on our roadie legacy: making every ride basically the same stuff regardless of size or application. Want to ride off-road? Put on a skinsuit and run over obstacles. Want to be tall or short? No problem, but everyone rides the same wheelbase so we'll just mess with the seat tube angle to get you in there ergonomics be damned. This is road riding it's supposed to be suffering. 

Same goes for bar width. My 46cm drops are tiny. Can't wait to get on some 50s.

Bontrager Foray Shoes - June 1, 2022, 9:57 a.m.

Anyone who owns more than one $5000 bike should definitely enjoy their avocado toast.

Bontrager Foray Shoes - June 1, 2022, 8:17 a.m.

Me too. I'm definitely on the hunt for a stiffer shoe just for gravel bike time.

Min-Max: Bean's 2017 Salsa Timberjack - May 31, 2022, 8:15 a.m.

Andrew must have seen this bike and gone full Step Brothers "Did we just become best friends??".

Better Than Christmas - May 30, 2022, 8:39 a.m.

Back in the 90s my bike mentor person showed me two fresh tires: a Continental Baja 1.9 and a Ritchey Megabyte 2.1. The Baja smelled like wine, deep and floral, manufactured in Europe. The Ritchey smelled rich and little cold, made in Asia. It was a hell of a contrast. Do they even still make bike tires in Europe? Maybe the Contis weren't even made in Europe, I never checked. But I do smell my new tires, every time. I recently saw an ancient Conti Baja on a bike locked up in the city and had a little flashback and briefly missed the bad old days.

Makers: Chromag - May 18, 2022, 1:57 p.m.

How many frames would Ian have to weld personally to qualify?

How many pair of pants per year would Travis from NF have to personally sew to qualify?

Giro Sector - May 17, 2022, 8:12 a.m.

Must ... see ... disco ... boots

The Hills We Choose To Die On - May 12, 2022, 8:16 a.m.

The first time you realize you've broken something and now you're waiting for 6-8 weeks is exceeded only by now knowing that feeling well enough to recognize it next time.

The Hills We Choose To Die On - May 12, 2022, 8:12 a.m.

While I think you're right it's important to consider crash survivability. The riders I know who diligently do their rehab/prehab/off-bike training tend to survive crashes a lot better than those who "get all the training they need on the bike". Knowing when to push and when to chill is really important too. Watching Friday Fails nicely illustrates what happens when you don't work up carefully to new moves/techniques and don't carefully choose your moment.

I've been hurt plenty but given my tenure it's all been relatively minor and I accept it as the cost of doing business.

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