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June 3, 2019, 10:48 p.m.
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Re: Trump.

Posted by: aShogunNamedMarcus

And thats because it's not made up (and I even commented first on the Bolton appoitnment).

Hillary just would've pieced the country out like an old downhill bike (iow, sell out).

And Trump does not do that, either? Really? Come on....

May 8, 2019, 12:50 a.m.
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Re: Trail use etiquette

Carrying the already mentioned things is a must, I like to add TP on loonger rides, at times I like to carry a folding saw as well to clear deadfall. And enough food. 

Concerning trail etiquette, I ride almost exclusively on multi-use trails, so I have gotten used to either come to a full stop (on tight and twisty singletrack) when meeting hikers and equestrians although most horses hear me well in advance and the riders have time to react. Still.... I think it has something to do with courtesy and manners. I always say Hi as well, despite from a few rotten apples most hikers and equestrians are thankful and up for a small chat. 

Uphill riders have a right of way on multi-directional trails in my opinion. I no longer fall for my mokey brqin who is hellbent on Strava. 

Kind of like using common sense. And what is important to not leave skids and thrashed trails on multi-use ones.

May 2, 2019, 11:34 p.m.
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Re: Save Grannies. Want to keep it open to mountain biking? Write in and ride it

I thought about sending an email from over here, you still need it...it seems that Grannies is save, more or less.

May 2, 2019, 11:33 p.m.
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Re: fitness for long descents

Thank you for your input, it was a problem of faulty technique - my hands were/are a bit too fast compared to the rest of the body. I had a coach take a look at my form and, well, I need to work on and improve my form, that is ...actively "catch" the bar with my delts/clavicles. So even less smartypants, more humbleness and less weight, even more practise.

I keep practising and let you know how I fare.

By the way, I am halfway through the book "The System - Soviet Periodization adapted for the American Strength Coach" by Parker, Miller and Panariello, which details planning and programming off-season, transitional and in-season strength training for various american football skills levels and athletes, specifically written for coaches. I like it, and the info can be adjusted to other sports as well. My take away so far is the number of reps that need/should be programmed. Since I do not have the money to have a personal coach year round, and rely on going to a bigbox gym or train at home most of the time, I like reading material like that.

May 2, 2019, 11:30 p.m.
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Re: ebikes on the Shore

Posted by: Stuminator

Biking pros young & old have been coming forward espousing the virtues of e-bikes. I guess it's a fine line between selling out or pissing off your purist mountain bike fan base or putting bread on the table.

Yes, exactly. I remember the comments on a short edit of Ryan Howard and Brandon Semenuk, among others, riding somehwere in California on ebikes, trying some jibbing at an old bridge, sliding and goofing around. Most comments were along the lines of "How can you?"

What most riders forget is ...these riders are professional athletes, they make a living riding for certain brands. It is not that they work from 9-5 in an office downtown and go for a quick spin around the neighbourhood. All these athletes "do not get free bikes for nothing" as Harookz so pointedly said a long time ago in a video.

If a company wants them to ride an ebike, it probably says so in the contract.

It seems that quite a lot of people forget this.

April 9, 2019, 9:28 a.m.
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Re: Cypress is alive

Posted by: Stuminator

Posted by: Mic

Posted by: Endur-Bro

Plenty of cougars in Weat Van.

I was thinking of inserting a joke as well. LoL.

Anyways, I'd love to see one in the wild. Such awesome animals, such pure and brute power and effortlessly smooth if need be.

They usually see you before you see them.

True for both kinds, I guess.

April 9, 2019, 9:27 a.m.
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Re: the future of mtb's

Freeride will be great again.

April 9, 2019, 9:24 a.m.
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Re: fitness for long descents

Thank you for your reply. 

Hmmm....I do not catch with my fingers and think it might not having anything to do with my power cleans but with the front squats I did.

Guess my hip and upper body is too stiff for front squats beyond 50% bodyweight. So..more technique and movement prepping and less ego...once again.

April 8, 2019, 10:24 a.m.
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Re: Cypress is alive

Posted by: Endur-Bro

Plenty of cougars in Weat Van.

I was thinking of inserting a joke as well. LoL.

Anyways, I'd love to see one in the wild. Such awesome animals, such pure and brute power and effortlessly smooth if need be.

April 8, 2019, 10:21 a.m.
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Re: Do you ride a hardtail?

Posted by: jon

I have a hard tail for various reasons.

1. It keeps me honest and reminds me how to ride my fully both fast and efficiently but not letting me get lazy.

2. Winter.

3. Fun. Honestly I get to ride on the ragged edge more on the hardtail than on the fully and I love that sense of just getting away with it on my hardtail.

4. Big summer alpine rides.

5. Sentimental reasons.

6. Bike whore.

I ride a hardtail, an old and outdated 26" Stylus, as my funduro/up and down mtb - and it is soo much fun, even in the Austrian Alps, where hardtails are rare on the technical stuff.

I agree, riding a ht is honest, you need to be precise and clean and know what you are doing riding wise, I have an outdated park bike as well, and riding a ht for the ordinary mtb rides seems to up my skills with the sled.

Riding a ht just feels awesome, like punkrock and skateboarding back in the days.

April 8, 2019, 10:16 a.m.
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Re: ebikes on the Shore

Posted by: fartymarty

I also agree with cerealkilla_ like it or not ebikes are a sub category of mountain bikes and we need to work together to maintain trail access.

I live on the other side of the globe, and yes, I really think that no matter what and how an indiviual feels about ebikes...they are here to stay, and so all the initiatives and clubs and law makers need to find a way, be it a ban or a compromise in form of multi-use.

April 8, 2019, 10:13 a.m.
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Re: fitness for long descents

Been pretty busy this winter to get as much Vroom as possible for another season of bike park riding with my little kid.

Now, I really have an issue that keeps annoying me on long road rides, for example - my wrists hurt from doing power cleans. I did work on the flexibility of my triceps, should girdle and wrists but it does not seem to go away, I guess I did front squats (bad back for back squats) with too much weight for my puny arms and wrists.

Does anybody have a good idea....apart from resting, icing etc? Yeah, I know....silly question - but I do not want to give up on Power Cleans, so awesome.

Feb. 5, 2019, 10:11 a.m.
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Re: Ride more, bitch less.

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.

- Albert Einstein

Feb. 4, 2019, 2:28 a.m.
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Re: So tell me why Trump's Wall is such a bad idea?

Posted by: aShogunNamedMarcus

What if the wall would've kept the serious offender out in the first place? These people usually walk across because they dont have the money to travel in otherwise.

So how far are you willing to change things? Deport them and confiscate their property and bank accounts amassed during their whole time illegally spent in the USA? Biometrically implant them to set off scanners at ports of entry (yes the new digital tattoo). Adopt a new detention system where wherever that person is from, we adopt their prison system (you get caught and sent it, you need someone sending you food or, you steal ya lose a hand kind of thing - like an actual deterrent to go through legal means?).

As you can see, the other side of the wall argument is way uglier.

Let us keep to the "What if's"...what if the serious offender would never had had a need to become a serious offender? What if US American politics in Meso- and South America would not have turned quite a few places into "shitholes"? What if there would never have been the need for a wall in the first place? What if the war on drugs would have simply never started because for whatever reasons, and there would never had been the need for even cheaper coffee and bananas and whatnot, and cheap work force and support from authoritarian governments just to keep the communists or socialists or who ever was "Public Enemy du jour" at bay?

We can debate and exchange questions and WhatIfs into all eternity, this does not change my original statement one tiny bit: Walls have never worked and are not going to work because ... see my posts above.

Politics can not change any given status quo or development by simply ignoring it and building a wall. Never worked, never will.

Feb. 4, 2019, 2:12 a.m.
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Re: Are you a good person/How to argue

Posted by: KenN

This thread reminds me.  We haven't had a good mass debate about religion lately ....

Have not had a proper mass debate in what feels like ages, true. 

There have been quite a few members who are sorely missed, kind of.

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