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There was a time when Instagram was an app that could edit your images to look cool and unique. The average by-stander wondered why you chopped the sides off a perfectly good image to make it square with diluted instant film color. Nowadays, Instagram is a social network; every celeb, company and interesting individual (except Gee Atherton) has hordes of followers subscribed to their every movement and publication. If it were up to some of us, we'd still be on steel frames with 26-inch wheels, elastomer-sprung forks, shooting film in our cameras for print magazines while watching Sprung 3 on VHS. The seasons of photography and video have changed just as summer turns to winter and Vital's Instagram super sleuths, Sven Martin, Duncan Philpott and Joe Bowman are monitoring the situation for this week's #vitalgramcentral.

@burgtec_dc going to the darkside? If @samhill13 starts clipping in next, we quit.

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In a world where wheels are getting taller and fatter, this tiny machine shows the merits of agility when you're rolling on #69b. @hugorobenek

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What people think MTB photographers do at the races. @maddogboris

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Reality. @scottserfas

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Dust is now a thing of the past as winter sets in for most of us in the Northern Hemisphere. The months will feel long but in the meantime, embrace the slip and slide. @kylenorbraten

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@sherpascinema - Imagine if loam formed like this on cliffs in the summer? Norbs wouldn't know what to do with himself.

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The plus side to glaciers retreating for us humans may be a longer riding season. @acresupply

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As seasons merge down in Chile, the dirt looks like this. @claudioguinphoto riding and hiding bikes.

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You know another week has gone by when @wynmasters has another #wheeliewednesday video up. What should Wyn wheelie next?

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Not to be outdone by Wyn, @connorahoyhoy approaches 12 o'clock.

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Some member of the Vital crew is always where it's happening. @duncanphilpott shooting #geenoinstagram during #hardline

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Duncan says, "one of my favorite things from all this #hardline hype is this rad doodle from Sam Needham, a man of many talents." @samneedham_photo

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Almost tradition now, three weeks running. Some guys do #whipitwednesday or #throwbackthursday. @jordielunn is more of a #tattootuesday kind of guy.

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@jillkintner may not be running a full World Cup season next year but she sure will be ready for whatever the hell she feels like. Strong work in the gym and with the Pro GRT.

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@leetrumpore - There's more to a lot of places than meets the eye.

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Legends never fade. #ceciljohns by @littermag circa 2003. #norcal

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The real faceplant here is @brendog1's lazy screencap from a Vital slideshow and no photo credit. #mtbbatman

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@mattyhunter ruining us three weeks in a row. Still waiting on that job interview @iamspecialized

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Whistler mountain biking has been drawing crowds for almost 20 years now.  Did slopestyle start right here? #shutthefrontdoor by @formulaphoto

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 Winter is here and for some that means the cloud won't lift for weeks or months. Here's to a time of hybernation, rejuvenation and slippery singletrack sessions in the dark. @samneedham_photo

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drozphoto takes the weekly #vitalgramcentral win with this superman over a freaking boat!

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If you have an Instagram post you'd like Sven, Duncan or Joe to check out, use the hashtag #VitalGramCentral and make their jobs that much easier.

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