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Liked a comment about video Pointers: Hippie Bike Wash 1/12/2016 1:53 PM

I don't really understand the theory of not washing your bike, even if you use a high pressure sprayer your not getting as much water where it ought not be as a few runs in the rain or driving back from that race in a rainstorm with your bike on your roof. I think it's best for the bike to get corrosive grit out of bearings ASAP and do regular maintenance (greasing) to handle the residual water issue (shouldn't be spraying around these areas anyways)

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Liked a comment about feature What's Out and What's In - Mountain Biking in 2016 1/3/2016 1:22 AM
Liked a comment about feature First Look/First Ride: 2016 Nukeproof Mega 27.5 and 29 11/10/2015 1:05 PM

Sam Hill may have been one of the first to start going wider with his bars back in the day, but he stopped well short of today's 780/800 "standard". He usually runs 750 or so, which probably makes his bars among the shortest of all the pros today.

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Liked a comment about video Rampage Riders Battle Over Limited Land for Lines 10/12/2015 9:58 AM

Agreed with @sspomer - there is limited space to build, and I've judged similar competition formats once upon a time in the big mountain freeskiing realm... My thoughts:
If you built it, you should know every inch of it better than someone 'poaching' it, thus you have no excuse not to ride it better and score better.
If a few people ride the same exact line, the one who rode it better should score better, this is a judged competition. Of course there are politics involved, but this is the basis of a judged event. If you can't handle it, go race where the clock doesn't politic, discriminate, or lie.
Overall, with limited space this is a ridiculous pissing contest. If I was one of these guys getting yelled at for 'poaching', I'd want to ride it out of spite and say "ok here's the deal, I'm going to ride it with your permission or not, so I can either bring my crew to help dig, or I'll sit back and watch you dig, save my efforts, and still ride it."

You know what a real champion would do?? Be a cool calm professional & gentleman; happily let anyone ride it / help if they can, and then go out and throw down the best run without bitching about 'poaching.' Arrive on the top step of the podium with all the riders happy for you, no questions about politics or lines, just knowing you won the day.

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