@CG - or anyone who knows him and watched this great bike check video
Please have an experienced bike fitter visit with you and sort out your "duck
feet" (perfect normal - we all show interesting asymmetries, whereas a bicycle
for all intents is symmetrical.
When riding clipped-in, its important to have a great fit, especially for
professional riders needing to develop maximum sustainable power and
prevention of long term injury due to constant training and minimal rest days.
I have LLD (leg length difference) which is corrected on the left shoe (LLD
shims under cleat) for my road bike with great comfort and performance
increase. I got this so dialled that the SPD's on my 29'er then felt horrible
- I ended up going back to flat pedals and Five Ten shoes where the body
automatically makes corrections on foot placement as its not locked with a
cleat, and generally more standing pedalling allows the pelvis to float like
I went through so much trouble over the years with the LLD issue and other
sport injuries, that it lead me to train with Tony Corke in Bath, UK as a
Bikefit Professional bike fitter where I've started applying my experiences to
assist others in getting the most from their two-wheeled fun!
here in the EU the E-bikes are limited (by law) to 25km/h (15.5mph) and 250w
anything over this, its classed as an electric motorcycle which requires
motorcycle license, helmet, mot, insurance, etc.
You will see people riding illegal imports (or modded with dongles), you are
going along at 45km,h on your road bike and someone on a heavy hybrid sat bolt
upright overtakes you 😉
I've ridden some top end, legal, hybrid and road models on tests including a
30km city commute. Found them very limited, couple of hard crank pushes and
you over 15,5mph and pushing a very heavy dead weight.
Could see the benefit of the MTB electric with its lower speed / high torque
setup for non-lift /shuttle assisted riding in remoter areas, and for injured
/ disabled / elderly participants.
a great tip for ensuring sealed bearings get fully coated when applying thick
once you have packed suitable grease into the bearing, before replacing the
bearing shield. Take an electric (or cordless) drill/driver, remove any bits
from the chuck, wind the chuck close, gently push the chuck face against the
inner bearing race and spin the bearing with the tool running at low speed.
this distributes the grease throughout the bearing package.
you might want to apply a little more grease on the outside before replacing
bearing shield. For full suspension pivot bearings, you can do this with axle
removed and the bearing still embedded in the frame 😉
Excellent article, and fascinating reading. Great work by the diggers!
I've often wondered (whilst out digging) how many trail builders actually get
paid, per country? It can't be that many? I know here in the UK there were
good opportunities when all the publicly funded trail centres were being
built, but this is all dependent on funding and now we are in times of
"austerity"; ironically the trails become more interesting for skilled riders
as the trail fall apart.
I was lucky enough to be involved with a freeride bike park here in the UK for
8 years, first as a volunteer and the final 4 years working in a bike shop
attached to the park. During the off-season, with phone diversion to our cell,
the business owner was forward thinking enough to let us go into the bike park
We'd easily catch any occasional customers needing help at the store, and huge
amounts of work could be done, often backed up by some great volunteers who we
kept fed/watered and got cost price on any bike stuff they needed from the
By the time we pulled down the bike park after a change in direction (by the
corporate land owner) we'd put in nearly 5 kilometres of timber / dirt trails
on our 4.5 acre woodland site.
I've visited B.C. in Canada for 3 vacations and ridden many of the legendary
trails and various bike parks - truly enjoyable and privileged to meet Digger
when he was working the new bike park just outside of Vancouver.
Being out in the woods digging is awesome. Being paid to do it is even more
awesome. Great to see the guys in this article doing some great work out
there, and with all the volunteer help which is essential.
These days? Just some off-radar singletrack building and maintenance for my
own benefit (and any runners/hikers coming through)