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Shimano GR5 Flat Pedal Shoes Reviewed - Nov. 9, 2020, 12:26 p.m.

Thanks!

Shimano GR5 Flat Pedal Shoes Reviewed - Nov. 6, 2020, 8:44 a.m.

Oh, are those the new Patagonia pants in the picture? I'm really interested in these. Any early feedback?

Fit Before Fashion - ProTaper’s 76mm Riser Bar - Sept. 19, 2020, 5:09 p.m.

This conversation grabbed me, and I found myself thinking it about it while I was riding today. In this case, isn't everyone right to a degree? It seems like, by removing stem spacers and installing a high rise bar, Andrew was both increasing reach AND increasing effective stem length (or, at least the horizontal distance between grips and steering axis).

From what I can see, if you add or remove stem spacers without changing the bar or stem, then you are modifying the effective reach and stack. That is, if you remove stem spacers, the horizontal distance between grips and bottom bracket will increase (and the vertical decrease) but the relationship between the grips and the steering axis will remain the same. So the increase in horizontal distance is in the reach.

Similarly, if you add higher rise bars to a bike, but keep all other variables the same, you are increasing the effective stem length by moving the grips further away, horizontally, from the steering axis.

Every time I start thinking about this stuff I realize how incredibly complex bike geometry really is! There's just so many variables here I'm not taking into account (and not at all equipped to) I'm not sure that I really know anything about how to make a bike ride well.

The Problem with "Tribe" - July 23, 2020, 12:10 p.m.

Context really matters here. The Picts are long gone social group, with no real reverberations that can be said to be felt in the lives of people today. Indigenous peoples in the US and Canada are still very much here today, and still suffering under colonialism. Yeti are based in the US, their main market is the US, and in the US tribe is a term both legally and socially connected to Indigenous peoples.

The Problem with "Tribe" - July 21, 2020, 9:12 a.m.

There is a difference between something being offensive in the sense that "I am offended" and offensive in the sense of "an army going on the offensive". When we're talking about words that operate to re-inforce structural power dynamics that are literally killing people and erasing cultures we are saying something closer to the latter definition, when you don't like the word "fuck" because it upsets your delicate sensibilities you are talking about something closer to the former.

Brakes *IN* Your Handlebars? Magura Launches the MCi System - June 22, 2019, 1:32 p.m.

I'll probably be proved wrong, but doesn't seem that likely (or at least desirable) to me. Unlike seatposts and shifters when we just want to hit a button and have something happen, with braking the feedback through the lever is really important to balancing traction. Replicating that with electronics makes things way more complex, and is still unlikely to ever produce close to the same feeling.

I'm thinking here about cars and fly by wire stuff, that even at it's best never feels even close to as good as well engineered mechanical solutions. For instance, any car I've driven with power steering has given significantly less information through the wheel than good unpowered steering, and I've never driven a car with electric power steering that didn't feel like a (bad) computer game.

Is a MIPS Equipped Helmet Really Necessary? - March 20, 2019, 10:32 a.m.

I think this is also the first peer reviewed data available on MIPS? And in what appears to be a relatively well regarded journal in the field (I'm a total outsider to the field though, so unsure about this).

Better Living Through Carbon Fibre - Jan. 28, 2019, 1:37 p.m.

Have you experimented with thermal insoles at all? I've been looking around, and they seem like a potentially really cheap option that might well mean we can chose pedals based on what we want to ride, rather than how cold our feet get.

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B005ZUI7N2/?tag=insolesclarity-20

What The Hell is Loam? - Aug. 3, 2018, 11:32 a.m.

No thankfully not! I use HN as the example of about the only sort of trail surface that I don't see described as "loam" online.

What The Hell is Loam? - Aug. 2, 2018, 5:10 p.m.

I think "loam" is so overused as a hype word by anyone describing any trail that isn't packed down like Half Nelson that it's long since ceased to have any really specific meaning beyond "this trail was good".

OneUp Jumps Into Pedals - June 6, 2017, 2:30 p.m.

"I don't think we'll see chains out of them"

https://can.oneupcomponents.com/collections/chains

2017 Specialized S-Works Enduro 29 - May 4, 2017, 4:37 p.m.

$10,500 and the it comes with own brand cockpit, doesn't get top spec brakes, etc. Pretty big compromises for such a boutique price!

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