Good letter unibiker. Dont hold your breath for a reply though…
SO…when I own your slow ass on the way down (and I would) do I pretend that because I hate climbs that I am not a mountain biker? Should I make motorbike noises as I whup your ass? I'm confused Mr. I-Climb-so-I-Rule.
If you hate and dont climb then your not so much a mountianbiker, your more a downhiller. You should try to ride up a technical, steep, rugged slope, it takes a lot of skill and is one of many true components of mountainbiking, i think alot of bikers are just too focussed on DH and hucking. Personally, I pride myself in being an all-around skilled mountainbiker; getting up the hill and down. But I am guilty of shuttling too, not all the time though. I'd like to see the ol' hill climbing comps make a comeback…
agreed… its like argueing that the XC bike cant do freeride…
I think that may be an exaggeration. Stinky is obviously a "freeride" bike. I understand the tiering system, but who else does using near identical frames? Considering the stinky and stinky deelux have identical frames except the link plates I dont see the point in making them different.
I've been considering the same upgrade as well (02 stinky). One major factor that has turned me off is that the BB height will increase an 1nch or so making the 69 degree head angle even steeper. Even when I go to a dual crown the slackest the head angle will be is ~68, which may not be slack enough for my liking. You could run a 24" but thats more $$ spent on the upgrade. Stoopid Kona should have had the forseight to offer more travel on their 2002"out of bounds bike", but then you get 6" on the deelux model of the same year? Dumb.
Yes considering the surgery procedure: literally the surgeon pulls on a tendon giving it X tension, and based on feel and experience, he says, "thats enough tension" and staples it in that position/tension. Violla, instant new "ACL". Its key you get a surgeon who is experienced and specializes in knees. I went with Dr Peter Yao in white rock, my moms a nurse and his rep is pretty good. Ideally youd get one of the canucks surgeons to do it.
My advice: book for a surgery date now, as it will take months to get one and by the time that happens you may have decided to get it done.
if you ever fall, always, always keep your knees well bent.
well, if your big on other sports, ones with running, jumping, turning, it will be a big bummer having to wear that brace all the time, plus they wear out quite quickly you'd probably need a new one every 2 years or so depending….
Try the brace out, dependning on the type of riding you do (shuttling?)it may not be such a nuisance. Even though my knee doesnt feel normal and is bothersome, it feels strong. In fact, they have done tests on kadavers showing that a reconstructed acl (non-graft-type) is stronger than the stock setup.
I tore my ACL on circuis 4 years ago. Initially I chose not to get the reconstructive surgery and built up my legs as storng as I could get em. The brace was a real inconvienece while biking so I tried riding without it. I was OK for a while then while stepping off the bike my knee slipped out and left me immobile (by myself) on seymour. I made it out, got the surgery (ACL reconstruct) but heres my advice:
if you chose not to get the surgery, always wear that gen2 brace, otherwise you'll tear up your miniscus and make things worse
If you get the surgery, your knee will never feel the same again, mine creaks and is painfull for no reason frequently.
Either way its a compromise, but thats the situation your in.
If you ride with your brace you should be OK, just have it done up tight. Just make shure you have enough muscle (especially lower-inner-quad) and dont push it.
How old are you?
Originally posted by bullit_kid
**You are an uneducated prick. Have you ever looked at the results from a BC cup event or Canada cup. She doesnt annahilate all the "sweet, pretty girls" she is normally top 3, but rarely does she win at a provincial level. That is 3 levels off a the world stage. Clair, Deb are right there with her at every race, she beat clair by 2 seconds at nationals, clair had a bad run i think and the course was way more suited to the v10 over the bb7.
Relax pal, that was an an obvious exaggeration. Im not as die hard over the ladies DH circuit as you.**
Regardless of the political correctness of how you decribe this person, she does have a unfair advantage over the rest of the women.
What would your opinion be if some woman who excelled in a competetive sport was busted for taking testosterone injections for performance enhancment? Does she deserve the "gold"?
Is this scenario really that different? Just because she chose not to be this way does not make it fair for her to annihilate the sweet, pretty girls whom she competes against.
So I was installing my bearing race on my steertube yesterday like a dumbass with a big flathead screwdriver and a hammer I thought I'd be carfeful but I wanst and nicked the steertube down by the race. (not too bad of a nick but noticible)
To add to the problem this is an aluminum steertube (a non machined one with a cast type surface finish) on a single crown fork. (5" Z1 bomber)
Any experiene out there with a steertube failing due to this or will my weak link still be the stantions? I ride hard enough that this fork well stressed as it is.
And no, I dont want to run a double crown….:(
Thanks for any input!
Cannondale makes good shoes, nice large sole on the models you would be looking for, good for riding clip pedals
It takes a lot of skill to freeride with clips, I think alot of these flat pedal guys dont have the time invested in learning spd's to overcome their preconceptions about them.
Saturday I was riding a woodlot skinny about 8 feet up and I fell to the right and in one motion I unclipped and jumped clear off the bike/obstacle. Gravy.:o