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USWE Airborne 9 Hydration Pack - Jan. 18, 2018, 11:59 a.m.

That's a nearly identical strap system as the Kriega motorcycle packs.  After trying countless bags, all of which flopped around in the corners, slid up during hard braking, and yet, somehow managed to still restrict movement at the same time, I finally found Kriega.  Ever since then, all that I could think is that I wish they made bike packs.  

I will definitely be adding a USWE bag to my kit for the new season.

Do We Need Man-Specific Bikes? - Jan. 20, 2017, 12:09 p.m.

Don't take the comments too harshly. Like I noted, part of the responsibility of understanding lays with the reader, and I may just be having a stupid day…or week.

I greatly commend NSMB for the articles that have your teams have been publishing, trying to highlight the inherent discrimination, assumptions, pandering, and patronizing that exists in our industry. It's hard to point the finger at ourselves, and it rarely wins friends, but it's important to do. This isn't to say that everything is bad, far from it, but, there are a lot of areas that we can improve on.

Do We Need Man-Specific Bikes? - Jan. 19, 2017, 1:06 p.m.

To be honest, it's hard to see where portions of this are going. There's some pretty scathing stuff up there, and there are moments where it feels rather brilliant, but then the article seems to trip over its own feet, as it loses the point. Or at least, what I'm guessing is its point, as I may be too dumb to understand the message.

That said, I think that it does a good job of highlighting just how absurd some of assumptions that are made by our industry and many of us in it are, in regards to women who ride, and the bikes that they want to ride.
I can only imagine the uproar that would occur if the males in the industry were approached in the same manner. It's unfortunate that, even when the industry starts to recognize their existence, many of the women who I know who ride, feel that they're being approached in a condescending or patronizing way, rather than as an equal participant.

Criticism out of the way, I wanted to thank you for the comment, "Is that dude sponsored because he can shred on a bike or for how stunningly handsome he looks for the catalogue shoot? It’s 2016, how is it I’m still asking that questions?!", because this is pure gold.

Has the Coastal Crew Sold Out? - Dec. 19, 2016, 4:02 p.m.

I imagine that thing at full output will get about…1km of range. I may be exaggerating though, as it'll likely get 500m.

Has the Coastal Crew Sold Out? - Dec. 19, 2016, 3:56 p.m.

Yeah…no.

Look man, you're clearly passionate about this, but you have to look past yourself and at the many many people for whom this will be a huge help, and who would never be able to ride the trails that we enjoy, because they just don't have the capability.

I know a guy who used to be a complete shredder when he was young, who no longer has the fitness to ride what he loves, simply because he can't make the climb. With his CUBE e-bike, he can.

You also need to understand how we get these trails in the first place. It's not because we are all fucking sexy people and the whole world wants to watch our steezy moves on YouTube. It's by having users support the local trail association, and by having people with money and votes demand that they have access to trails.

Most of the e-bike riders I know are older people with money, connections, and a desire to be on the trail. Our local city council and planning committee listen to these kinds of people. I don't know about you, but I want these people on my side when it comes time to vote whether this trail should allow bikes or not.

Has the Coastal Crew Sold Out? - Dec. 19, 2016, 3:51 p.m.

Wanted to mention this in a separate comment, but, because you brought it up, I'm going to state it here.

With all of these articles with well-informed opinions, which look at as much evidence as possible, and the nuance that informs a person's stance, you guys are doing better journalism than some…actually most, of the actual journalists out there.

Good on you and the NSMB, especially considering that our sport/industry seems to cater to a group of reactionary keyboard warriors, rather than individuals who take a minute to consider anyone outside of themselves.

Has the Coastal Crew Sold Out? - Dec. 19, 2016, 1:33 p.m.

I disagree, and I'm surprised to keep hearing this comment.

Even a casual high-level understanding of the two shows significant differences, which place an e-bike in a "bike" category, and not the "motorcycle" one.

E-bikes are significantly lighter than nearly every motorcycle/dirt bike on sale. Yes, some trials bikes are in the e-bike weight range, but we're talking a handful of bikes with almost 0 market presence.
While an e-bike does have a motor, its power delivery is minuscule in comparison to even a 50cc 2-stroke. More importantly, e-bike motors are designed to assist the pedaling of the bike, and not to replace it.
Furthermore, e-bike handling characteristics are very similar to an average mountain bike, and much different than a dirt bike.

Lastly, your argument is that these bikes do not belong on public trails, however, from what I can see, the public are pushing for use on local trails…

Has the Coastal Crew Sold Out? - Dec. 19, 2016, 1:20 p.m.

I can't help but feel like so much of the hate-on against e-bikes is from the butt hurt that riders have about people, who they think are "unworthy" of the trails, coming out and enjoying the ride. This crowd carries on as if, by having muscles strong enough to make the climbs, some riders deserve to be on the trails, and others don't.

Personally, I can't stand it when there are riders on the trail, who are slower than I am. I have actively wished terrible things on other riders, simply because they're slowing me down, especially when I'm descending. Then I remember that I'm not the fastest rider in the world. Hell, I'm not even the fastest rider in my neighborhood. More importantly, if I'm focusing on how much better I think that I am than another rider, then I'm missing the whole point of the ride!

E-bikes give people like my dad the option of riding trails that he could never rider otherwise. He's no where near the shape he needs to be to actually enjoy a lot of trails in our area, but, with an e-bike, he can. A climb will no longer exhaust him so badly that he now needs a 20-minute break, and then to walk down the other side of the hill, because he's still too gassed. Now, he can make it up the hill, enjoy the view, and speed down the descent, hollering like a teenager, In time, I'm sure that his fitness will improve, and maybe, one day, he will cast his e-bike away in scorn, and shake his fist of superiority at the other e-bike riders…but more than likely, he will just keep adding miles and altitude to his rides.

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