baillie2Granny Gear

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To make sense of a lot of valid personal opinion, were need frameworks. The first is tech difficulty: we need trails of ALL tech difficulty......so that riders can progress safely but still get a challenge. A beginner's "gnar" is an expert's "blah".......and both are OK. Another is simple mechanics: iron-shod hooves scraping down steep dirt…
It would be useful to get ebike opinions into perspective: 1) One's personal preferences about ebikes should not affect the rights of people to ride them. Whatever you feel about Strava or "cheating" is irrelevant in the Big Picture. 2) There are many folks who can ONLY enjoy mountain biking on an ebike. The only…
Looked like The Berg........nothing quite like it! And........was that a budza: the ultimate trail tool...... Good work man. You are right..... baia danke!
Good comments..... Yes: "Natural" trail features depend on the terrain. Where you get rocky sections it seems good sense to build technical rock features. To get an advanced challenge out of a flatter, smoother area, you have to build timber features........with maintenance issues. But.....You shouldn't have to walk a section because of difficulty: if you…
Yes. And hot...... But all this new lightweight armor will help. I wish there was a jersey with armored sleeves. That lower arm can get shredded too.
The best advice I've seen is from Lee McCormack (Lee Likes Bikes): -- "Learn everything in a progression -- and do not progress until you can do the easy version 1001 times out of 1000" The key is not to find it boring, but to really enjoy feeling good on those !001 shots........
YES. Maybe a good idea to spend some time in a dojo and learn some ukemi. Practicing falls in Judo or Aikido, on a nice mat, will give you an invaluable soft-fall technique.
OK......thats a Most Memorable story! Maybe a good reason to perfect the "Bunny" Hop. Guess that viper must have connected solidly, for you to have needed that antivenin? What did you do for First Aid at the time? (I hope you hadn't read any of the old textbooks about hacking and sucking.........)
Thanks for putting your head in the lion's mouth! You've explained some useful legal basic principles in clear language. But (those damned "buts") one then has to go on to local systems. In the US there's a lot less government health care so the courts have to find SOMEONE to pay for that disability. But....there's…
The USFS are certainly capable of some autocratic, unreasonable, rule-making, but with this issue they have some valid points. As a trail builder and recreational tech rider, I hate to see races, and racers, tearing up the trail. Brake bumps, blown-out corners with undercut berms and dislodged rockwork severely disrupt the general fun factor. And........from…
 
OK. Guilty as charged. I've had some bad injuries mountain biking. BUT........I think I'm guilty of poor technique and impatience, mainly. I actually don't like to go fast and take unreasonable chances.........I'd rather ace something with good style. AND......I see that there actually exists a "counter method" of careful, skillful technique that will allow me…
baillie2   on Aug 5, 2017
commented on Over a Beer: Slowing Down to Live Better
 
Good thoughts. Speed certainly seems to dominate modern mountain biking........including those rooster tails of dirt flying into the air in just about every MTB video. But I have never liked speed. Never raced. Never felt the need to Go Faster. In fact -- I have made a riding style out of this. I try to…
Good comments. We need to listen carefully for local criticism of mountain biking. Take even the mildest criticism seriously and try to satisfy the critic that we will try to meet them half way. Be sympathetic, even if it seems a frivolous complaint --it may fester away, unbeknown to us. If we are vigilant, sensitive…
baillie2   on Jun 10, 2016
commented on Yeti SB5.5c Test Ride Review
 
Sounds like a Specialized Enduro? What was it like lifting the front wheel on slow drops? That seems a bit of a challenge with these LT 29ers..........
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