Liked a comment on the item Martin Maes on Having Fun Instead of Walking Enduro Tracks for Practice and his 29 / 27.5 Wheel Combo 3/29/2019 1:08 PM

It's an enormous waste of time and a great way to get tired before your race. There are races where walking the tracks could mean 12 miles of hiking before your race, after getting off a plane from the other side of the planet. We have...more

Added reply in a thread Mtb Podcasts 3/27/2019 4:58 PM

shameless self-promotion... its not all MTB, but on The Memory Pilot Podcast we cover things that the #athletephilosopher may find interesting.... you can find on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google.... or just listen to embeds on www.memorypilot.com... next one is ... more »

Added reply in a thread EWS Doping Thread Disappearance 3/10/2019 8:39 AM

The problem is that you aren’t looking from the standpoint of the other riders and you are wanting too much to elevate to hero status some riders and minimize the impacts of the actions on the sport. 1) The substances they used are of a certain class ... more »

Added reply in a thread EWS Doping Thread Disappearance 3/9/2019 8:31 AM

thats what it was before- EWS was not going to test you itself, but if you were suspended by anyone, anywhere, you were out of EWS forever... i never thought that was a realistic policy though... and they certainly dodged a bullet by aligning themselves ... more »

Added reply in a thread Maxim Magazine Calls New Harley Davidson Concept E-Moto a Pedal-less Bicycle 2/4/2019 11:07 AM

oh.. they're knuckleheads for sure.. but they aren't talking about mountain bikes because they are stupid...

Added reply in a thread Maxim Magazine Calls New Harley Davidson Concept E-Moto a Pedal-less Bicycle 2/4/2019 10:37 AM

I get that this is maybe not the popular view, but as a person in touch with the supplier side of the industry I am nodding my head acceptingly... bicycles are real... its about to blow up... we are in a new era...

Added reply in a thread EWS Doping Thread Disappearance 11/27/2018 12:22 PM

you are right in the last point... at the same time that YB saw what he saw, and at the same time that there is now doubt about the true level of the field... it doesn't have to be about "believe Richie and Jared", but maybe it is time for riders to ... more »

Added reply in a thread EWS Doping Thread Disappearance 11/27/2018 11:10 AM

i mean no value judgement in the use of the word "naive", only that there ppl inside the sport, and the fans outside the sport, who are almost by definition naive in the most non-judgemental sense to no only what happens inside the sport, but also to ... more »

Added reply in a thread EWS Doping Thread Disappearance 11/27/2018 9:41 AM

there is one important thing to correct here... 3) He duped an entire sport, and the entire Western sporting world. I'm hardly alone in the droves he convinced he was clean. He did not dupe an entire sport.... he duped naive fans.... inside the sport ... more »

Added reply in a thread EWS Doping Thread Disappearance 11/27/2018 9:07 AM

Ews approach is like Chinese bike share, get it going, backfill and fix issues as you go, develop regulation over time as needed, understanding that you won't reach maturation and efficient running of the sport for a while... It's a proven approach, ... more »

Added reply in a thread EWS Doping Thread Disappearance 11/26/2018 3:46 PM

Of all the nails on this board, you hit a good one right on the head... I have been around for long enough to know better than to stick my hand in the fire for anybody... Some of us apparently haven't seen as much in their time...

Liked a comment on the item What Does the EWS and UCI Partnership Mean for Riders? 11/17/2018 7:30 AM

So much hate on the UCI.

I take it you all prefer that everybody just does their own thing, like having a roided up competitor on a non-standard bike with a hidden electric motor competing against you at a track which is not taped up properly and has substandard...more

Added reply in a thread EWS Doping Thread Disappearance 11/16/2018 6:22 PM

An interesting read about a serious master's road racer (known derisively as a fatty master) who was outed through the Usada tip line. See something say something applies... Sheds some light on questions raised here as well... https://cyclingtips.com/2016/04/the-curious-case-of-oscar74-how-usada-nabbed-a-masters-doper/?fbclid=IwAR1Xhc9VFKpHnqntZRdKb-9SEKAeKTeH36Sczy1OMUfMArcKSknijLC2_KQ ... more »

Added reply in a thread EWS Doping Thread Disappearance 11/14/2018 2:58 PM

KB, Adderall is against the rules without a TUE, and neither Stewart nor Clason had one... i sympathize with Clason a bit because the process is long and requires a lot of follow-up thats going to be tough on a privateer... but this is pro sports... ... more »

Added reply in a thread EWS Doping Thread Disappearance 11/14/2018 7:31 AM

there is a thing called due process... just sayin...

Added reply in a thread Cush Core technique. Why the complaints? 10/30/2018 7:03 AM

with WTB tires i can do it without tire levers... with other brands is needed levers, but the install instructions were easy to follow and made the job painless.... havent installed with Maxxis....the new 2.6 Vigilantes are great by the way...

Added a comment about news blog Trump Approves Tariffs on Chinese Goods Including $1 Billion in Bike Products 9/21/2018 12:16 PM

@chrisingrassia of course i am being a little provocative in saying this, but its nonetheless true, and this is the real threat that westerners perceive from china... both the global capitalists who understand that they are competing with chinese capital now which is not constrained by things like human rights (nor the will of the people in its own country) and normal people who see a future in which they will less and less be able to set the basic coordinates of their own lives in the face of the global machine... in china and vietnam and south korea and singapore we see the evidence that capitalism does not any longer need to have democracy to function and be successful... i think in american society we are now really starting to grapple with what global capitalism really is and what the repercussions are for our society when capitalism reaches its fullest extent... Americans and westerners are still really good and competitive capitalists, but we are lacking in the kind of efficiency and strength that less democratic nations are building... i mean shit- they are now clearing away manufacturing in the south of china to re-make it as a place where china will build its financial industry!... can you imagine any state agency in the 70s would have said: "ok... no more steel in rust-belt.. now we make integrated circuits because this will be the highest and best use of the resources there!".... no way... brutal efficiency unconstrained by the idea of you and your free-will... its scary, but i think its a possible future for the west as well... ppl feel it but cant yet articulate the fear in a detailed way...i am not making a subjective value judgement, just observing the situation and trying to see it for what it is...

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Added a comment about news blog Trump Approves Tariffs on Chinese Goods Including $1 Billion in Bike Products 9/21/2018 11:20 AM

maybe, but considering what absolutely brutal and ruthless capitalists the chinese are becoming i doubt that this ever happens... because above all capitalism demands efficiency... if an automatic process can be better and produce more efficiently (creating surplus) why waste human resources that could be used someplace else more efficiently where automation cant yet be used?

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Added a comment about news blog Trump Approves Tariffs on Chinese Goods Including $1 Billion in Bike Products 9/20/2018 8:34 PM

you ask a good question- as i said above, the cotton gin actually increased the need for slave labor in the american south... cotton was so labor intensive as to be barely profitable... the cotton gin changed that and lead to an explosion in the ag industry at the time... so the cotton pickers just became gin operators... so in this example, an inefficient job was replaced by a more efficient job, but was that job "better?"...did the cotton gin improve the lives of the slaves operating them and the other slaves in the cotton industry?.. it certainly brought wealth to land and slave owners... ok, thats not the example that it was meant to be by the dude who brought it up, but its illustrative of a point no matter how unintended... for a more modern and equitable example imagine the semiconductor industry where manufacturing efficiencies have lead to increased outputs and massive employment growth... due to the demand created... this growth is not specifically going to countries with lowest labor costs, its going to countries with the best educated workforce and its creating high-paying jobs.... so in some cases, automation is making jobs, some is eliminating jobs, some its just transferring a job to another place/sector.... but here is the thing- when ppl talk about automation taking over and eliminating jobs, its real... which is creating anxiety in ppl...we have to ask ourselves what it looks like when capitalism reaches is logical conclusion... its a big deal... but in this specific example in the bike industry i dont expect to see much if any increase in production in the USA to replace bikes from China in the short term... this will go to other asian countries like Vietnam and Cambodia... Chinese bike racks included...there is a possibility that automation creates an incentive to make more bike things in the USA but this is more long term and i think its going to have less to do with a reaction to tariffs if it develops...

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