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Added reply in a thread Post Office Jumps to Finally Close, February 2015 11/26/2014 10:33 AM

SO. GOOD. i remember this gem!

Added reply in a thread Post Office Jumps to Finally Close, February 2015 11/25/2014 5:35 PM

i hope you're right, but it seems like the bigger wheels are in motion this time w/ that letter coming directly from the land owner. gabe and cam from clappin' yo dome, one of the first times i ever visited that magic land. the "non-post office" trails ... more »

Started new thread Post Office Jumps to Finally Close, February 2015 11/25/2014 9:43 AM

It was a matter of time, but development in the town of Aptos has finally caught up with the Post Office jumps. Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz have posted a letter from the landowner stating that the Post Office jumps and Epicenter Cycling pumptrack will be closed February

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Added a new video Clappin' Yo Dome Aptos Section 11/25/2014 8:28 AM
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Long live Post Office and that other spot we won't name in this video. Filmed in 2003 featuring Cameron McCaul and Gabe Randall.

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Added reply in a thread 2015 Racing Rumours - MTB Musical Chairs 11/24/2014 6:24 PM

awesome zerode thread hijacking to distract until moar teem newz comes about. #drool

Liked a comment on the item Moab Bans Electric Bikes on Mountain Bike Trails 11/24/2014 5:00 PM

It took many years just to prove that mountain bikes weren't more damaging to trails than horseback riders or hikers. IF you want electric motorized bikes on human powered, non-motorized trails (and they are clearly marked as trails for non-motorized vehicles), then its the electric bike...more

Added reply in a thread 2015 Racing Rumours - MTB Musical Chairs 11/24/2014 1:32 PM

Official news about Bryn Atkinson and Jill Kintner. They're sticking with Norco, but looks like a scaled-back program consisting mostly of North American events. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FOR IMMEDIATE ... more »

Added reply in a thread 2014 Lonestar Granite Enduro Highlight Video 11/23/2014 6:58 PM

embedded for everyone's pleasure : ) good stuff!

Added a comment about news blog Moab Bans Electric Bikes on Mountain Bike Trails 11/23/2014 4:11 PM
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yeah, outdoor demo for interbike. i feel if people who work in the bike industry (whether they ride well or not) don't understand that a helmet is necessary on a trail ride, that's a solid representation of the general public, whether they want an ebike or not. my point is that the unequipped rider who tries out MTB on a pedal bike will not have the ability to get as far/deep/exposed as quickly as a rider on an ebike. does this matter for all trails? no, but in moab, i think it's important. i think about slickrock trail (which i havent' ridden for a good 10+ years and i thought motos were allowed on it). take the same unequipped rider on a pedal bike vs an ebike on slickrock trail. the rider could get way out there pretty easily on an ebike w/o realizing how far they've gone. i think blowing past the paint dots/trail markers on an ebike is more easier too. on a pedal bike you're going to be blown out on the steep, quick climbs as a noob and won't get nearly as far out. it seems less likely to miss the trail markers on a pedal bike too. it's not a blanket statement about one being better/worse than another, but i think the restriction is worth thinking about, especially in an exposed wilderness area like moab that draws a lot of first-time or unexperienced riders.

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Added a comment about news blog Moab Bans Electric Bikes on Mountain Bike Trails 11/23/2014 9:25 AM
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i think your points about capable riders using the ebike to an advantage are fair. the fat/lazy thing isn't a factor to me, it's the ability/prepartion of a rider getting into a place a lot further out than they normally could get. the comments about ill-prepared riders on lifts at bike parks is fair too, they make me cringe and i always hope they make it down in one piece. w/ a bike park, they're (usually) in a patrolled in environment, and if they're on the lifts, they're probably not going too far. i think ebikes have their place on and off road, but i don't fault moab's decision at all. moab is a gnarly, harsh, desolate place, where getting lost is way too easy if you're not careful.

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Added a comment about news blog Moab Bans Electric Bikes on Mountain Bike Trails 11/22/2014 1:16 PM
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at outdoor demo this year (bootleg canyon) i sat trailside for about 45-minutes watching at least 100 riders pass through a buff and easier-than-intermediate piece of trail. what i remembered most from that observation was how many riders on ebikes seemed ill-equipped for the mountain bike ride they were going on and how (seemingly) over their heads they were in terms of riding skill. the electric assist got these riders further into a trail than they would have ever been under their own power. there are plenty of people who pedal into trails that get over their heads too, but ebikes are opening up a lot of terrain that beginning-level riders may have never been able to experience. is that good or bad? probably both.

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Liked a comment on the item Moab Bans Electric Bikes on Mountain Bike Trails 11/22/2014 1:04 PM

Uh oh, watch out its the Vital MTB 'Joke' Police. Not funny enough I guess.

Added a comment about news blog Moab Bans Electric Bikes on Mountain Bike Trails 11/21/2014 3:01 PM
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Liked a comment on the item Moab Bans Electric Bikes on Mountain Bike Trails 11/21/2014 12:54 PM

man... next they're going to make it illegal to drive my electric car down the sidewalk.

Added a news story Big Mountain Enduro Announces 2015 Schedule & Equal Pro Payout 11/21/2014 9:36 AM

Crested Butte, Colo.— Big Mountain Enduro, now in it’s third year of producing the premier enduro series in the country, is excited to release its 2015 schedule, including a stop on the Enduro World Series (EWS) and North American Enduro Tour (NAET), as well as...more

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sspomer added a feature story Vital MTB Gram Central, November 20, 2014 11/20/2014 8:06 AM

Sven Martin, Joe Bowman and Duncan Philpott have combed the depths of the social serengeti to bring you another weekly installment of #vitalgramcentral. Dig on in for your double-tapping fix.

Social media as a whole has become one of the most deployed and demanded means of marketing in the MTB...more

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Added reply in a thread Police Use High-Tech Lures to Reel in Bike Thieves 11/18/2014 10:17 AM

interesting concept to alert if someone is messing w/ your bike (or if it gets rained on : ) https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/fyi-devices-it-moved-it-s-wet-it-s-hot-or-cold

Liked a comment on the item Vital RAW - Specialized Enduro Shredding with Mitch Ropelato and Curtis Robinson 11/18/2014 9:55 AM

They are both Spec sponsored athletes. Even if it is, I don't care. Companies can inject as many products as they like into videos as long as they are executed like this.