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Machina Bikes First Ride - Dec. 7, 2022, 9:05 a.m.

What drove me to Gripshift was the biannual snapping off/destruction of the delicate, more-complex than-a-swiss-watch-dangly-bit hanging off the handlebar of my far-too-short-of-a-cockpit / far-too-heavy-of-a-freeride-machine of the day. Now that bikes are longer, bars are wider, I can't remember the last time I whacked my knee on my trigger shifter.

Machina Bikes First Ride - Dec. 6, 2022, 9:15 a.m.

Bikes like this make me sad. I am on the edge of aging out of being able to ride it as it is intended for. This is the bike I've been yearning for over the last 15 years. Far few broken bones and 35+ lbs lighter back in those days. Grip shift, bring it on. I still ride X.O 9 speed grip shift on one of my regular bikes.

In Pursuit Of Simplicity - Nov. 23, 2022, 7:56 a.m.

Shock as a structural member of the frame? It's never going to work, says the guy who's been riding a Maverick Durance since 2011. This thing looks awesome.

The Ergonomic Grip Shootout - Sept. 20, 2022, 3:38 p.m.

Is it the demographic of the readers? I too am of the age to have accumulated several injuries over the years that contribute to numb hands/feet. I have the SQ Lab 16 deg bars and the Ergon GA3 on my mtb bike. They worked well until the most recent injury of sprained/jammed wrists and fractured radial head on my right arm 2 years ago. Flat bars with any grips gave me such pain during recovery, I bought a gravel bike so I could continue riding. Curvy bars with slanted hoods, drops and flats provided enough variety to keep the numbness and pain away. The change of seasons is going to get me away from riding 1.7" tires on my favorite trails back to my regular mountain bike. No doubt in my mind I wouldn't be able to handle the stock 9 deg sweep, lock on grip setup.

The Wide Gravel Future - June 8, 2022, 10:51 a.m.

I bought a gravel bike to recover from elbow/wrists injury a couple years ago. Flat bars were rather painful for the better part of a year. Riding on the hoods was much more neutral. At least I was out riding, right?

Since then all my riding buddies went electric, which I'm not all that interested in. I solo gravel ride more now than ever. Usually gravel roads connecting up some of the older singletrack, sometimes the same old trails I used to rail on the mountain bike. Just maybe not as fast as I used to. Which is sort of the point to maybe avoid future injury. The wider drop bar thing is certainly on my radar, and with an endorsement like that, may be my next purchase.

A Chris King RingDrive Hub Experience, Part II (2 Yrs Later) - Feb. 9, 2022, 8:04 a.m.

Great question. It's an older hubset, but I believe it is the 3 piece jobber as I recall. They are currently laced up on my old Maverick Durance hanging in my storage unit. Figured I may as well get some use out of them. I'll attempt to preorder for sure. Thanks Andrew.

A Chris King RingDrive Hub Experience, Part II (2 Yrs Later) - Feb. 8, 2022, 10:41 a.m.

I've been on the fence with using my old ISO hubset on my gravel bike. Rear is 135/9mm qr and needs to be switched to 142/12mm. Doesn't seem they are available through CK anymore. Any pointers on where to track one down? I am in BC, so it would be nice if we kept things in Canada. Might be too much to ask these days.

When, Not If. - Jan. 25, 2022, 10:51 a.m.

Heal up Andrew.

I'd take your injury over any of mine. I've recovered from most of my various fractures over time; femur, spine, wrists, elbow. Each of those have been trying to tell me to maybe slow down a little and that I'm not young anymore. The last event was a year and a half ago and made me simply appreciate to be on a bike and that's something I'd like to be able to do with some reasonable comfort for years to come. I've overcome the individual injuries, but the cumulative effect is catching up.

Fishing Reels & Four-Bar Linkages - Jan. 20, 2022, 8:58 a.m.

I ran into a guy midway between Penticton and Princeton on the Kettle Valley Railway that was touring from somewhere in Alberta on his way to Tofino last summer. He had been dodging fires for almost 2 months and he figured he had another month or so to go. He was loaded down considerably, but all he had for a water source was a Lifestraw that he sucked water directly out of the stream with. No bladder, no bottle. He was very appreciative of a semi-cold beer we offered. I loved that guys style for sure.

Lessons from the Trek Sustainability Report - Oct. 12, 2021, 2:18 p.m.

Ever driven the highway between Vancouver and Whistler?

Lessons from the Trek Sustainability Report - Oct. 12, 2021, 1:12 p.m.

In comparison, how much carbon is emitted to shoot people like Shatner up into space for 10 minutes simply for shits and giggles? Bet its a bit more than what my 2003 TDI Jetta burped out for the 11 and a half years of ownership.

The Beauty of Stupid Looking Grips - July 19, 2021, 2:45 p.m.

Give it a try. I went all in on these for my gravel bike and appreciate them every ride. The install is a bit of a process, but mine haven't moved since I put them on. The top grips are fantastic. The drop grips are nice and comfy, but I use them maybe 5% of every ride. They are too far back to be able to have a finger on the brake. I sprained both wrists and fractured a radial head last August and have been having nothing but wrist pain whichever bike I ride. Flat bars were out of the question till around February. How I got a gravel bike purchase approved by the CFO was due to the fact the drop bars have so much variety for hand positions.

POC Axion Spin and Tectal Race Spin - Long Term Follow-Up - Nov. 19, 2020, 11:26 a.m.

POC was great with me. I had a little tear in the MIPs liner of my Trabec back in the day. They sent me a whole new helmet because they revised the design. Granted that was before their last buy out, but it sounds like their customer service is still stellar. Moves like that get customers for life.

My Battle with Elbows (5 Elbow Pads Back to Back) - Oct. 22, 2020, 9:43 a.m.

A timely article.

I bailed fuckign around in town on pavement back in August. Went to the ER, where after giving me the pat down/joint squeeze assessment, the doctor sent me on my way with the prescribed 'you'll be wanting to take a high dose of anti-inflamatories for the next few weeks' and 'if it hurts, don't do it'. Easy enough. After 3 weeks, swelling and colors subsiding, I couldn't quite straighten my right arm. Turns out, if he had done x-rays, they could have fixed a fractured  radial head. I couldn't imagine what the outcome would have been if I had not been wearing pads. They are older Race Face jobbers with the D30 in them, but they certainly did the job. That injury, and the accompanying 2 sprained wrists have kept me off the bike since.

I got a gravel bike on its way. I'm thinking I may be able to find a comfy hand position on drop bars since anything remotely flat is just too sore at this point. At least I'll be spinning wheels again.

Some thoughts on the recent purchase of MEC from Uncle Dave - Sept. 29, 2020, 8:54 a.m.

I totally understand the creation of the Broadway store years ago. It was the flagship. It used to be the only store. I visited there whenever I went through town over the years. I haven't lived in the lower mainland for 25+ years. It was an event. Once satellite stores opened up, it was exactly as stated above, you would never find what you were looking for. It made mail order far more favorable. I never liked dropping $500 on a jacket that I never tried on, but for bike shit, you knew what you were getting for the $$. I'm pretty sure I paid my $5 in to MEC in 1987 when I got my drivers license. As a member for 33 years, I would have had no problem shelling out $25 as a bail out. $25 x 5 million members aint no chump change. The members were never even asked. Options like this were never even mentioned. Once you look at that untimely opening of the new downtown store, it puts things into a little more perspective, too little too late. RIP MEC, the good ol' days are just that.

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