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25233 Anza Drive
Valencia, CA 91355
Trailgrams tip of the month: You
need four things before you set out on
an all-day mountain bike ride: an
above-average level of fitness, the proper equipment, the right team and a
can-do attitude. If you lack one of the
four, you are sure to end up in a world
WE’LL MISS YOU
You just lost a subscriber! All your
ignorant talk of Strava! I use Strava
and have never made or used a shortcut!
You use a lot of exclamation points too.
NO BLAME AT ALL
You can’t blame Strava and can’t
blame the rider for burning in alternative lines. It’s just the flow of the trail,
and all trail-building books teach you
to listen to the trail users. If you don’t
like the shortcut, block it off with
rocks or fallen trees.
Robin Glyn Bowerman
Vancouver Island, British Columbia
STRAVA, AN INNOCENT
Strava has nothing to do with off-trail shortcuts, and I do not believe
MBA is saying that either. The point
is, the rider who chooses an easier or
faster line with little regard to the
damage being done is to blame. Long
before Strava came along, riders and
racers were taking shortcuts.
Sometimes they are valid because of
some type of trail condition that is
unavoidable, but if the “new” line is
for speed or laziness, what is the
point? Isn’t mountain biking supposed
to be challenging? Hit the hard stuff—
even if it means you slow down—and
eventually you will become a faster
and better rider.
TECH MINUTE RUNS LONG
Just watched the “Tech Minute”
video on the website that shares a tire-changing tip. Your tip was so simple,
but it works great. I won’t even complain that the “minute” was a bit
Want to watch what Dean is talking
about? Scan the QR code with your
WHERE IS THAT TRAIL?
Where was the photo taken that
was on page 76 of the October 2012
issue in the Ibis Mojo review? Is this
gorgeous trail in British Columbia?
That was shot where we do a lot of
testing in the summer months:
Mammoth Lakes, California.
NOT SO FAST, JACK
I have a 2010 S-Works Epic that I love.
I lost a bolt and a nut off the rear triangle. I was informed that they no longer
make that part and I was just out of
luck. So now I have an $8000 bike that I
can’t ride. If Specialized is not going to
support their products, then I will be
going to another brand in the future.
CAN I TAKE THAT BACK?
I just sent you a complaint about
Specialized product support. I would
like to retract that complaint. I called
Specialized, and they apologized all
over the place. The guy I talked to
found the hardware and is sending it
to me free of charge. It completely
restored my confidence in Specialized,
and I am once again a very satisfied
customer of Specialized products.
20-year-old trail 2-month-old trail