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My Mythic Wildcard: A Photo Bike Check

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I’ve had my Mythic Wildcard project bike up and running for a month or 2 now :D. I love it. 32.something pounds and pretty epic on the trails. Having such a light, balanced and poised ride totally transforms the riding experience. People may hate on weight weenies and bike techies, but seriously, it’s soooooooooooo much more fun riding a light bike. I’ve been meaning to prove the benefit of a light bike for a while now – ya know, using maths, physics and all that shiz. Maybe one day I’ll rummage up the effort to blog about it. Maybe I won’t. Who knows.

Anyways, I was planning on posting a detailed bike check/review about the wildcard, however, – as is common on this weblog (yes, “blog” is a derivative term) – I’ve taken the lazy man’s approach, and decided to simply post a Photo Bike Check. The photos are pretty decent, so I can kiiiiiiiiiiind of justify it ๐Ÿ˜› … hehe.

If you have any questions or comments or whatever regarding the build, feel free to post a comment or email me or whatever :). I’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Peace

Written by Adam Pollard

September 21, 2009 at 4:33 pm

Video: Small Jam at My Trails

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A few clips from the small jam we had down my trails. Most of the flips coming from Tom Reynolds :P.

Enjoy

Written by Adam Pollard

September 21, 2009 at 2:50 pm

Posted in Mountain Biking

Video: My Trails

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Me and Ollie (Lamdawg) riding My Trails/Monster Trails ๐Ÿ™‚

Enjoy…

Written by Adam Pollard

September 10, 2009 at 6:43 pm

Posted in Mountain Biking

My Trails: Another day, lots more jumps

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So yeah trail dawgs, another update here. It’s been awhile since I posted any pictures or updates surrounding my trails. Holes have been dug, people have come, 360s went down, and LOTS and LOTS of Monster Energy was consumed.

Development. That sums up the change at the trails since the last update. Not many more actual features have been built, but just about everything there has since seen a rebuild .. for the better, I add. The lack of rain has left the site battered. I know it’s summer, and everyone luuuuurves the sunshine, but jumps NEED water; my trails especially. The grey soil sucks. Ollie “lamdawg” (who’s now a regular builder :D) and I have started to sand/clay everything (yellow/gold colour). It’s a proper bitch to do properly, but it’s the only way the trails will survive any stretch of sunshine.

So yeah, until the rain and sand/clay goes down, they won’t look (or ride) their best, but regardless, it’s always good for a session :). I’ve got a bit of an end-of-summer trail jam planned too, so that’ll motive us to buff everything out. Most of the hard work is done, just gotta dial ‘er in buddaaaaaaaay!!

The captions will elaborate:

The in-run: main line on the left, small line on the right.

The in-run: main line on the left, small line on the right.

An overview: you can see how the jumps are starting to look a bit battered. NEED MORE RAIN. NEED MORE SAND/CLAY.

An overview: you can see how the jumps are starting to look a bit battered. NEED MORE RAIN. NEED MORE SAND/CLAY.

The latest main line jump on the left. The trick stepup on the right. The bigger jump isnt finished yet - Itll be shorter, steeper and taller once finished :D.

The latest main line jump on the left. The trick stepup on the right. The bigger jump isn't finished yet - It'll be shorter, steeper and taller once finished :D.

Same again. As you can see more easily now, the main line jump isnt finished.

Same again. As you can see more easily now, the main line jump isn't finished.

The 180 berm. Not finished yet, will be taller and steeper once finished. But still rides well ;).

The 180 berm. Not finished yet, will be taller and steeper once finished. But still rides well ;).

Same again, another perspective.

Same again, another perspective.

A good view of the trick step-up landing. Its like a resi landing :P.

A good view of the trick step-up landing. It's like a resi landing :P.

A bit of a close-up.

A bit of a close-up.

A good angle to show the transfer lines between the main line and small line ;). Fun fun fun.

A good angle to show the transfer lines between the main line and small line ;). Fun fun fun.

Lamdawg carving Man Jump into the new jump.

"Lamdawg" carving "Man Jump" into the new jump.

Side-on of the trick step-up.

Side-on of the trick step-up.

Exit to the 180 berm. Rollers following from it.

Exit to the 180 berm. Rollers following from it.

Another view of the trick step-up and new jump.

Another view of the trick step-up and new jump.

Although the new jump isnt finished, me and Lamdawg decided the hit it anyway. This would be me riding it.

Although the new jump isn't finished, me and "Lamdawg" decided the hit it anyway. This would be me riding it.

Lamdawg

"Lamdawg"

Lamdawg again

"Lamdawg" again

Feel free to post any comments :).

Take it easy,

Happy trails!

Written by Adam Pollard

September 1, 2009 at 9:07 pm

Esher Shore Jam ’09: Photos

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Ok, so ONCE again, I procrastinate… Just like most of the media I create, by the time I publish it, it’s out of date :). Regardless, I thought I might as well post.

So these are shots from the Esher Shore Jam 2009. The jam was super sick, loved it. Wasn’t too gnarly, wasn’t too hyped, just nice and chilled, got to see lots of people I knew and didn’t knew – it was a good day out :). I was riding half the time, and shooting the other half, so naturally, I wasn’t expecting any properly decent photos to come out. And just as predicted, I got a whole bunch of very average ones. But still, they document the event, so it’s all good in the hood, as I say. Props gotta go to Ryan Nangle and Tim Peckham for sure. They were the two riders who really threw down. Tim especially. O yeah, and Monster Energy sponsored the event :D. I should probably plug them, given that I had like 5 free cans during the day :P, hehe.

Anyways, here are the photos from the day. Some of the photo credit has to go to Andrew Fletcher too, who took hold my D70 when I was riding. Got some pretty nice shots considering it was his first go with it.

Enjoy…

Rory riding the pumptrack, ripping round pretty quick I must say

Rory riding the pumptrack, ripping round pretty quick I must say

Some guy throwing a heelclicker off a super hard-to-trick gap

Some guy throwing a heelclicker off a super hard-to-trick gap

Tim Peckham: If any of you have seen Pinkbike recently, youll know this guy can throw super extended supermans off anything ;). Mega props bro

Tim Peckham: If any of you have seen Pinkbike recently, you'll know this guy can throw super extended supermans off anything ;). Mega props bro

Me ripping round the pumptrack

Me ripping round the pumptrack

Rory styling out the big kicker with a table

Rory styling out the big kicker with a table

Me again :P

Me again ๐Ÿ˜›

Rory again :P

Rory again ๐Ÿ˜›

Tim Peckham again: casually taking the feet off for a no footed can (off the big kicker of course)

Tim Peckham again: casually taking the feet off for a no footed can (off the big kicker of course)

And finally, me sending the big kicker :)

And finally, me sending the big kicker ๐Ÿ™‚

Feel free to comment on any of the photos, or even the jam itself :).

Take it easy

Written by Adam Pollard

August 24, 2009 at 8:38 pm

Whistler Bike Park Video

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Ok, so I have some explaining to do. I was a bit late on editing this video. Me and Mike went to Whistler 12 months ago, and I’ve literally only just got round to editing and uploading the footage :P. This isn’t even all the footage we got either –ย I just felt a bit guilty not editing it all year, so I knocked this thing together in a few hours. I’ll edit up a few more videos with the rest of the footage later :).

p.s. yes, that is me in the pink panther suit ๐Ÿ˜€

Enjoy

Written by Adam Pollard

July 4, 2009 at 12:11 am

Posted in Mountain Biking

7 Things I want in Mountain Bikes:

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1. Internal Gears

Derailleurs are just a hassle. It seems logical to me that gearing should be isolated from the elements. External gearing like derailleurs would make sense if us mountain bikers didn’t ride in the mud … but we do. Internalizing the gearing system would reduce the need for maintenance by a factor bazillion. It could be totally be isolated from rain, mud, grit and grime. The components would just keep on going. If you think about how reliable industrial machinery is, you can start to see how internal gearing would offer a big advantage. By eliminating the problem of mud, etc… the gears wouldn’t need replacing for hundreds of thousands of miles, and they wouldn’t need maintaining for ย tens of thousands of miles either. Sure, it’ll be comparatively heavier, but not necessarily significantly heavier, and I would MUCH rather the hassle free nature of internal gears.

2. Solid Disc Wheels

Spoked wheels are a dated technology. They are easier to manufacture, yes, but I’m pretty sure that engineering is capable now of producing decent solid disc wheels. Spokes mean that small buckles can be corrected, but solid disc wheels can be engineered to a greater strength to weight ratio, so you could just simply build a stronger wheel, a wheel that wouldn’t break as easily. Moreover, most of the mass of the mass of spoked wheels is around the rim of the wheel, which gives a very undesirable moment of inertia. The greater the moment of inertia, the greater the “rotating weight”, and thus because disc wheels could be built to a lower moment of inertia, they would “pedal better”.

3. More choice!

I know that it’s unlikely to happen, but I wish that components came in a wider variety of colors and styles. Awesome anodized colors are just awesome. They also sell better too, just look at the latest Spank stuff or the new DMR parts. But not just colors, many components have to settle on a generic “property trade-off”. Usually this is strength-weight, or durability-grip, and I wish that more components came in more varieties. Every rider has their own optimum compromise of strength-weight, etc… and the closer the rider can get to this, the better. I think it just comes down to business at the end of the day – the more varieties, the higher marginal cost. However, I still believe there is a market for very custom parts, and I think it’s something companies should really look into.

4. Less marketing BS

The level of marketing bollocks present in the mountain bike industry today is ridiculous. It’s beyond a joke. I’m fully aware that companies need to sell products and make money, but it’s going well beyond what I think are acceptable levels of marketing crap. How is anyone supposed to make an informed decision when choosing bike parts? Surfing the web doesn’t help. Every website brags about its own special technology, yet doesn’t compare this to its competitors’ technology, or even correctly explain why their respective piece of tech is the best. Magazines don’t help either. Although less subjective than forum reviews, they are still usually just the opinion of one person, and never really of much value. Is there any independent (and reliable!) bike part reviewer?

5. Mud-resistant frame finishing coat

I’m pretty sure something like this must exist. Some kind of final paint coat that helps prevent mud sticking to the frame surface. I don’t mind paying more for this special paint coat, but in muddy conditions I think this could make a big difference. What is the point in shelling out on lightweight components if the first time it rains, you end upย with a few pounds of mud on your bike? Racers (especially XCers!) would benefit the most here, but even your average weekend warrior would appreciate it I think too. Think “Bigger Picture”.

6. Even larger pedal platforms

I’ve always loved big bodied pedals. It just feels easier on the foot, hurts less on big landings, and provides greater grip too. It’s one of the reasons I now run Twenty6 Rallye pedals on my big bike. I just can’t stand small, puny pedals. DMR V12s are pretty much the lightest, most reliable, and fairly priced pedal on the market – but they are too small for my feet. After a few big landings my feet hurt… I think pedal platforms could go at least 150% the size of Easton Flatboys. I at least want the choice.

7. Grippier Tyres

Ok, so I don’t quite know how one would produce grippier tyres, but I want them. The grippier the better. There must be a way. Sort it out.

Written by Adam Pollard

June 29, 2009 at 12:02 am