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Added a comment about video VITAL RAW - Bike vs. Rocks - Arizona Gnar with Jonathon Simonetti 1/24/2020 9:50 AM

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As we head into 2020, my mind drifts to thoughts of riding; what it means to people and the joy it brings to individuals. When I think of trail riding and the unique style it brings to the many facets of bicycling, I naturally think of music. The feeling we all have when riding a trail and finding the flow in the multitude of decisions for line choices reminds me of reading music. We all read the same music, yet are able to express our individuality, creating our own style within the sheet music. With so many different trails and riding styles the end goal is to find our own individual style while riding. Music and trail riding are two of the few things having the ability to be so free while remaining inside a set of controlled parameters. There are few things that can bring people together as well as music and trail riding. From bluegrass to symphonies, from raw loam single track to machine built flow, from the Dentist to the Dirtbag – the end results are enjoyed the same. This is a wonderful reminder that we have a deep connection to one another through our passion for riding. Some of the greatest music ever created has been collaborations between different genre of musicians. Trail riding can be the same. I hope you consider this and keep an open mind with all those you meet on the trails in 2020. This year rip that inside line rather than taking the wide line on a corner, try a nose bonk rather than hucking that rock on the trail. Tie another's line you've watched into a section of a line you already ride. Be willing to collaborate, consider others styles and still be true to yourself.

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Liked a comment on the item Canfield Bikes Relocates to Colorado 1/11/2020 5:02 PM

Woah. Bike company moves AWAY from Bellingham?!?!?! Are we sure that is not a sign of the pending apocalypse?

Liked a comment on the item Canfield Bikes Relocates to Colorado 1/11/2020 5:02 PM

Good riding and a couple hundo grand (?) of free $! Yes, it sure does have a lot to offer. Wasn't really commenting on that...but rather on B-ham being the hot spot de jour.

Added a comment about video Milton McConville – Build Yourself 1/7/2020 12:51 PM

Great video, good luck in 2020!

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Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Face Off: The Best Flat Pedals 1/6/2020 6:32 AM

Thanks for taking the time to comment, that's why the comments section is valuable, for people to share their experiences. A few points about your input: we specifically stated that longevity was not something we scored the pedals on, although we've included longevity observations where we had...more

Added a comment about feature Vital MTB Face Off: The Best Flat Pedals 1/6/2020 6:26 AM

I do understand and appreciate this kind of testing does have limits.
It's a big test to undertake for sure.
I still think a pedals ability to deal with pedal strikes (on rock, dirt, roots, stumps, etc.) must be considered in a flat pedal review/shootout.

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Added a comment about feature Vital MTB Face Off: The Best Flat Pedals 1/5/2020 1:13 PM

As a 43 year old Native wet weather PNW rider I have to say the 2 most surprising was Tmac getting 2nd, and the Crankbros. Stamp scoring so low. Having tried at least a 3rd of these pedals over the years I can say the perimeters for testing are off. Bearings become my personal #1 concern because pins can be replaced with longer or shorter depending on what you like to get a good grip out of most pedals. I've blown up many a Tmac because they don't ricochet off rocks well on pedal strikes because of size and square edge, this ultimately leads to breaking crank arms and prematurely destroying bearings. The Cranks and many others in test have a better shape to manage pedal strikes without hanging up on rocks. Also the Stamp having a wide bushing on outside helps keep pedal thin while also having good reliability and ease of repair. Pins are also pretty replaceable to any persons preference and shouldn't be a big factor in test. Alas, Gamut Podiums can't handle 3 months of PNW winter, and the aluminium pins are a joke, if you care that much about weight you should be riding ti eggbeaters not flats anyway. Flats should be built strong, with healthy bearings or wide bushings and with angle for ricochet off rock strikes and easy to replace pins with options for placement.

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Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Face Off: The Best Flat Pedals 1/5/2020 12:58 PM

I started riding BMX in '79, then racing in '84, and raced DH starting in '98, racing Pro from '02 to '12. I've obviously spent a large portion of my life riding flats. I definitely disagree with the DMR Vault, as there's no pins in the middle, where the ball of your foot and the most pressure...more

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Face Off: The Best Flat Pedals 1/5/2020 12:58 PM

Pedals sure have come a long way since the days of Crupi Bear Traps and Vans

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Face Off: The Best Flat Pedals 1/5/2020 12:57 PM

Alternately, one can just file off the damaged portion and unthread without damage. Where as if you break a set screw off flush yer "Screwed."

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Added a comment about feature What Do Riders Think? Five Flat Pedal Shoes Reviewed by Vital MTB Members 11/21/2019 9:51 PM

Is it because Jenson doesn't carry Etnies that there are no Jameson (Semenuk Sig shoe) or the Marana Crank as test options? Marana Crank is an amazing MTB Enduro/DH shoe, and Semenuk's is a great DJ/Trail shoe.

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Added a comment about press release TASCO Fresh Produce Giveaway 11/21/2019 9:08 PM

I'm not sure what I'll do with 1 glove, but tell me more about this sock kit!!

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Added a comment about press release Motocross Brand TAG Metals Launches a Range of MX Inspired Mountain Bike Components 11/6/2019 4:00 PM

Same here, great pedal. I like the grips too..

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Liked a comment on the item Motocross Brand TAG Metals Launches a Range of MX Inspired Mountain Bike Components 11/6/2019 4:00 PM

I've had a pair on one of my bikes for three months now, I share your opinion.