Liked a comment on the item RESULTS: Timed Training from Losinj, Croatia, World Cup DH 4/20/2018 11:48 AM

if he's not listed, he didn't finish a timed run. i'm pretty sure i remember him dripping in for a run or two when i watched live timing. i guess if a rider had an issue it was easier to skip the bottom of the course and take the road back to the pits, skipping the finish line,...more

Added reply in a thread Does Having Junior Categories in World Cup DH Make a Difference? 11/27/2017 12:48 PM

Sure, there's going to be outliers like Illes, but that's almost certainly the exception, not the rule. How did Hart or Gwin do in their first Juniors race? We can't expect all junior racers to kill it from the beginning. The only advantage I see of ... more »

Added reply in a thread Does Having Junior Categories in World Cup DH Make a Difference? 11/27/2017 12:17 PM

Am I missing the point, or is everyone else? The World Junior races are meant to be a path to full WC racing. It seems obvious that the best in the jnr category would be good enough to start qualifying for the next level. It's like that in every sport. ... more »

Added reply in a thread Which Bike Do You Regret Selling? 7/8/2016 8:31 PM

Without question, the DHR. I bought a new carbon bike with all the new standards just to catch up, but I don't think it's any faster. If there was a carbon 650b DHR, I'd buy it in a second.
Added a comment about photo Transition Ripcord Kid's Bike 9/15/2014 2:18 PM

Doesn't look like it converts to 26, but check out the Norco Fluid 4.3:
http://grompatrol.com/coming-down-the-pipe-for-grom-bikers-in-2015/

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Added a comment about feature How Much Money Does a Bike Mechanic Make? The Answer May Surprise You 2/10/2014 7:00 PM

The presentation complains that the average salary is only about $11 an hour, but they says that bike tunes are priced low at $80. Considering that an $80 tune doesn't take more than an hour or two, maybe the discrepancy is between the money coming in and money trickling down to the mechanic.

Then again, the cold hard fact is that it's a simple job in a desirable industry that takes little to no training beyond what most serious riders have. How much are housekeepers paid? How much are grocery cashiers paid?

This doesn't seem to be a problem that's at all unique to the bike industry. The system itself is flawed, and thinking that bike mechanics are above it is foolish.

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Added a comment about video Electric Santa Cruz V10c DH Bike? KRANKED E-RIDES 9/17/2013 12:33 PM

Electric bikes are lame, but they make a pretty sweet kid's bike though: http://grompatrol.com/kranked-ripper-hard-tail/

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