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Respect the Mountain standard

I want to address trail etiquette, ethics and our collective responsibility as mountain bikers to The Mountain. I’ve ridden my fair share of single track over the years and and the more I frequent specific systems, the more I start to notice wear and tear. Some of it’s just what goes along with the territory as trail systems grow and more riders find their way to the trailhead. But other types of wear and tear is careless. I’m talking about trail widening. Cutting corners. B-lines. Etc. This kind of stuff is not acceptable. As mountain bikers we owe respect to the mountain we enjoy and we must take it upon ourselves to play steward to those trails. It all starts ...

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Just Ride standard

Over the years I’ve heard stories, read comments or caught a whiff of something to do with what kind of gear or bike people are riding. This vs that. You “need” this. You “can’t” have that… Luckily I’ve some how dodged this proverbial bullet on any of my own rides. I do get questioned or rather grilled at trade shows about my own bikes and how they’re put together along with what components I’m spec’ing and why. But of late, the frequency of these tall tales and commentary seems to be intensifying. I’m not sure what the cause is. Perhaps it’s because we do enjoy a lot of technological advances in the cycling industry just within the past decade let ...

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Community standard

It’s taken me a bit of time to digest this one. I caught a whiff of this as it was unfolding. This article is a really good short from my pal Selene Yeager at my old Alma Mater of Internshippery Bicycling Mag. Give it a read and take pause. If I may expand a bit, let’s take this quote as a spring board: “We’re just an irreverent group of dudes who thought it was funny and we wanted to get some traffic.” And there in lies the biggest problem. Let me break it down for anyone who just doesn’t get what all the “to-do” is about: If you own a business, you represent not only yourself, but an ethos and ...

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Huntsman Ti standard

Late this summer and into early fall, I completed my first pair of Titanium prototypes. One Marauder SS and one Huntsman 1×11. I actually finished the Huntsman first but forged on as my excitement built around my first titanium mountain bike… After all, I am a mountain biker at heart. Well, that left the Huntsman to be faced and chased at a later date. I had some time on my hands between some builds these past few weeks so I chased the bottom bracket one week along with a pair of client builds and then reamed the head tube on a separate weekend morning when I had some time. Then came the job of reaming the seat tube, which I ...

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Procedure standard

PROCEDURE: A series of steps followed in a regular definite order. Synonyms include: Course of action, plan of action, action plan, policy, series of steps, method, system, strategy, way, approach, formula, mechanism, methodology, modus operandi, MO, technique; routine, drill, practice, operation. Editors Note: I particularly like “Plan of Action” as it implies that, in this case a fabricator, must set out a path towards an end goal which requires trial and error, all executed by definitive action. There is no idleness in procedure; only one of industriousness, critical thought, and creativity to achieve improved result to solve a problem.

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Weather standard

I know a lot of you have been experiencing the same odd weather as we have here in New England. This winter has been exceptional in the sense that temperature swings have been quite dramatic. So much so I could wear shorts one afternoon and then be ensconced with goretex and layers of insulation the next. I’m talking 65° and sunny on a Monday and 5° and bone chilling on Tuesday. Needless to say it’s been tough riding this past winter. We’ll get really great snow but followed by rain or freezing rain the next which essentially throws that days enjoyment out the window. We did get a streak there in January and into early February where it was consistent ...

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Oranged 27 Plus standard

So it appears that Plus sized bikes have finally worked their way east into the collective conscience of my client base. A good majority of my clients call home here on the east coast. A good majority also hail from the mid-west too and if I were to take a guess, that’s where the majority of Huntsman builds have accumulated. But with Plus comes the advantage of traction, control, improved cornering capabilities, and ride quality all packed into a wheel size that’s just a bit under the diameter of a 29″ wheel. So that also makes it a really interesting wheel size that fits a lot of different rider heights. A lot of my clients here on the east coast ...

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What I See standard

Occasionally, I take a picture of what I see. Not what it is that I happen to be working on, but what I “see”. A lot of what I see is often looking past the surface. And that gets at the type of work I do. It’s the type of work that requires you to listen with all of your senses. It’s the type of work where reliance on intuitive motion is essential. But it’s also one which requires a foundation of skills and a foundation of movement achieved through patience of time and dedication. It’s an immersion of your faculties. That type of motion where tool and muscle mate as one to an end purpose. A union of coexistence ...

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Set the Example. Lead by Example. standard

Although I have lived a life so far of relative comfort, I haven’t lead a life of so called “success” in the most traditional sense of the word. I’ve had my share of steps forward only to be met by steps backward. Narrow victories followed by immediate and devastating losses. Improvements made while then faced with a tough road forward. And on occasion no way forward but to start anew. But no matter what the challenge, I’ve taken it head on, head up with a clear mind and emboldened resolve not to be beaten by the machinations pending or imposing. My shield: My determination. My weapon: My intellect. My way forward: My talent. Questioning; listening. Reflection; acceptance. Then, stepping forward ...

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In Short // On all things Curved standard

I hear this word a lot: “Curvalicious”… However, when I see what’s cited or given as an example? All I see, for the most part, is disjointed, haphazard connections with no respect to functional application and literally no eye for negative space. Me? I like to push and pull the eye in and through both positive and negative space in search of functional balance. I like my curves simple. I like my curves functional. Good design is as little design as possible. Everything has a purpose. Everything must be considered. I have to admit. I’m an Industrial Designer. Don’t get me started. For the pedantic types: haphazard adjective Shelley’s haphazard piles of laundry: random, unplanned, unsystematic, unmethodical, disorganized, disorderly, irregular, ...

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