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Jan. 24, 2019, 12:57 a.m.
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Re: Ride more, bitch less.

Posted by: Stuminator

Some very wise words in the preceding posts, gentlemen. Some mornings it can be tough to get outta bed & hit the trails. Lotsa times I just wanna stay in bed, stay warm & get some more sleep. But it pays in the end. I also like to stop & have a good look around, maybe at a funky tree or a big fungus or something weird like that. Plus it's great when you have a quiet forest to yourself within minutes of a large city. The Shore is awesome.

What about staying in bed AND then going off for a ride at a later time? At the moment when my kid is not with me, I enjoy some time snuggled up in bed and not having to get up early, to the annoying sound of an alarm clock.

Jan. 24, 2019, 12:56 a.m.
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Re: Ride more, bitch less.

Posted by: Brocklanders

That's great Synco, depression can really take the wind out of your sails and it seems easier to not bother. It's super common in men when they reach their 40's to get into a cycle of being super bummed. I find riding/trail running as much as possible really keeps me on a good level. It's not just the exercise, but being out in the woods is so good for the soul.

So true, being out in the woods, even in bad weather, helps me getting over a pretty tiring and frustrating personal situation at the moment.

I remember having read an article on the frontpage about how riding helped one rider to overcome adjustment difficulties, aka a mild form of depression. It surely helps me. On the downs there is just the present moment, kind of like a Zen flow, and on the uphills I can fight and vent my frustration and all the stress - or I get off and push uphill, enjoying the scenery and focusing on the sights and sounds and smells, kind of like soul soothing.

Jan. 24, 2019, 12:49 a.m.
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Re: So tell me why Trump's Wall is such a bad idea?

Posted by: nouseforaname

Posted by: Mic

Because building the wall does not change anything, neither the influx of people trying to escape failed states nor the fact that the wall does "bind" a lot of money to a project that does not make sense at all. It is not that there is no border, no great river or a very capable border patrol, you know.

A wall works for the Israelis? 

$6 Billion seems like a lot until you look at how much the US spends elsewhere.

So if a Border, river and capable border patrol do a good job, what could make a better job happen? 

Given the downsides of illegal immigration - the same downsides that every President before Trump has decried - why wouldn't you do something better?

A wall is NEVER working - and has never worked. Not once in history.

Jan. 23, 2019, 4:23 a.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2019 - Hardtail Thread

That Chromag Rootdown and Stylus are two beauties. Oh my god.

Jan. 23, 2019, 4:19 a.m.
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Re: So tell me why Trump's Wall is such a bad idea?

Because building the wall does not change anything, neither the influx of people trying to escape failed states nor the fact that the wall does "bind" a lot of money to a project that does not make sense at all. It is not that there is no border, no great river or a very capable border patrol, you know.

Jan. 23, 2019, 4:17 a.m.
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Re: Ride more, bitch less.

Posted by: syncro

Posted by: thaaad

I've ridden twice since August 2017. 

I'm a piece of shit.

I was really feeling like that too, just couldn't get into a consistent groove. Part of it was maybe loss of interest, part of it was being busy and part of it was being moody/depressed. After a while I knew what was missing in my life was the riding. When I decided to get back at it I didn't even really care about the trails at first, I just made sure I made getting out on the bike a priority. Sometimes it took me the whole day to get my mojo on and get out of the house, but after the first few rides it got easier. It's still a bit of a battle to be honest and I'm riding as much for my physical as my mental health, but I'm really starting to have fun on the bike again. I've had a bit of a personal setback over the past few days but I'm not going to let that derail things. I'm trying to ride everyday. If not on the trails then it's commuting to work and if I can't get motivated to go out in the rain then I'm going for out for a short run. Next step is to get back into trail building  bigly.

Every time when I think about NOT riding, I have to think about what you told me all those years ago - If you want to improve your riding, you need to ride as often as possible and speed does not really matter. Just get the miles in and the rest will follow.

Last year I clocked 3.5k km despite not having been able to properly ride the first half because of a blown disc. And so far I try to keep up a regular rhythm, with me going into the gym at least twice a week plus riding my commuter and Stylus, weather permitting. That is one huge advantage of having a kid who is really eager to ride as often as possible and who simply loves the outdoors.

Jan. 23, 2019, 4:13 a.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2019 - DH/Park Bike Thread

Posted by: grambo

Posted by: Mic

A question...I am in the market for a used dh/park bike. The last two seasons park riding were killer - but I need a longer and slacker bike than the old Cove I am rocking.

So my plan is to buy a used bike...and I can get a 2017 Kona Operator (blue one) from a bikepark in Austria, regularly serviced, for a little less than half of the original retail price.

What is your guys' opinion on that bike? Input and ideas greatly appreciated.

Can you confidently inspect it in person? Will they tell you how many times it was ridden? I would not buy an ex-rental from a park that was ridden daily personally... demo bike from a high end shop fleet maybe for 50%.

I can inspect it in person, but I am not sure about the "mileage" they might tell me. But... yes....that is a valid point.

At the moment the prices for used AL park bikes in sizes L or XL are dropping drastically so I might get a different one.

Jan. 16, 2019, 2:54 a.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2019 - DH/Park Bike Thread

A question...I am in the market for a used dh/park bike. The last two seasons park riding were killer - but I need a longer and slacker bike than the old Cove I am rocking.

So my plan is to buy a used bike...and I can get a 2017 Kona Operator (blue one) from a bikepark in Austria, regularly serviced, for a little less than half of the original retail price.

What is your guys' opinion on that bike? Input and ideas greatly appreciated.

Jan. 13, 2019, 9:46 a.m.
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Re: Own a Road Bike?

Posted by: Sethimus

Posted by: craw

I just look on Google Maps, find some spot I've never been to and find a circuitous route to and from and see something new.

if you haven't yet, try out komoot. crowd sourced POI, amazing route finding depending on the parameters you put in (road, gravel, mtb, hiking etc). my go to routing software for the bike, found so much amazing roads/trails around berlin i would have never found on my own.

A buddy of mine has komoot...that is one killer app. The only thing that is bugging him is that it uses up a lot of power.

Jan. 13, 2019, 9:44 a.m.
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Re: Trump.

Cue Benny Hill theme in the off.

Jan. 13, 2019, 9:44 a.m.
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Re: Because...maybe...possibly...highly probable.. Aliens?

Posted by: chupacabra

Posted by: KenN

Posted by: chupacabra

Posted by: KenN

Comet ...

https://www.sciencealert.com/interstellar-visitor-oumuamua-asteroid-comet-non-gravitational-trajectory

Or more accurately... "Oumuamua, according to their analysis, is probably a comet after all."  They still don't know much more than before as far as I can tell, they just landed on an explanation that seems most reasonable.

Even more accurately, "It behaves like a comet".  Ergo, applying the principles of the highly respected "duck test" theory of matter, it is probably a comet.

But the first part of the duck test is "Does it look like a duck?", and this thing looks like an asteroid.  I am going with cometsteroid, and I used a telescope once so it is hard to argue my credentials.

Chup'....your post somehow reminded me of the Pinkbike Ruler.

Jan. 8, 2019, 4:24 a.m.
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Re: Because...maybe...possibly...highly probable.. Aliens?

Posted by: KenN

Comet ...

https://www.sciencealert.com/interstellar-visitor-oumuamua-asteroid-comet-non-gravitational-trajectory

Interesting stuff, for sure...I definitely know too little about things like that to really wrtite anything extraordinarily smart.

Jan. 8, 2019, 4:22 a.m.
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Re: Strava downhill segments decommissioned

Posted by: RAHrider

I can totally see the fun of strava for roadies. Although if I still raced I would get a paceline and go crush all the strava segments. I suppose strava is only as fun as it is honest. Judging by what I see online - strava is definitely not fun. I for one think downhill segments on open courses is a recipe for catastrophe and I can't believe there hasn't been a law suit yet!!!

I have been using Strava for a bit more than two years, and have stopped trying to ride faster every ride - it kills the funk and flow.

What is weird, I live in an area where, apart from sanctioned bike parks or illegal trails for those in the know, all trails are mult-use, and no accident between users has occurred yet, this would go viral and would be all over the news, I think. Most riders I know use it as a sort of tool as some of you pointed out already and it is highly used by the roadies.

Jan. 7, 2019, 10 a.m.
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Re: Own a Road Bike?

Posted by: Hepcat

Posted by: craw

The city is full of unexpected surprise adventures that I wouldn't have found without the CX bike. I just look on Google Maps, find some spot I've never been to and find a circuitous route to and from and see something new.

Awesome

That is true of any place, I guess. I do big rides of about 70 to 120 km pretty regularly and try to stay off the main roads and use small country roads or old train tracks turned bike path. 

I have started sketching and drawing again, and sometimes I end up in pretty nice areas.

Jan. 7, 2019, 9:56 a.m.
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Re: Because...maybe...possibly...highly probable.. Aliens?

Posted by: chupacabra

I love stuff like this, but you never get any real answers so it can be less than satisfying.  I don't think a hollow object is out of the question in nature, so there is probably a simple explanation, but still, it would be cool if we could actually check it out.

True, at this level it is all based on physics and maths. It would have been so cool.

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