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    What do you call an alligator wearing a vest? An investigator!
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    "More likely than not" looks to be 34. If you wanted to be very likely, you're looking at around 65. X axis is number of packages, Y axis is probability.
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    I partially agree with you guys. I think trials gives bad habits too. I have also problems at jumping, this is my weakness on a MTB for sure. I really noticed that riding pumptrack. I used the wrong motion. And I can't remove my hands from the bar too! But on the other hand, I think trials helps me on technical jumps, that require one to be really active (you can either use speed or an impulse). Here is why: The motion differs from the bunny hop slightly: the steps stay the same, just the execution periods change. I understood this recently. The first steps of the bunny hop are to lower your chest/body (1) and then to push against the ground (2). Then you move your upper body backwards to lift the front wheel (3). But if you want to go really high, somehow you have to "push against the ground". As you do during some static hops too. When jumping a kicker, you will do the same. But the pushing (2) is more relevant in this case than pulling from the bar (3), due to the kicker and the angle of your body with the bike/ground.I understood this while trying to bunny hop higher. So trials helps me a lot there. As soon as I understood this, I did some progress in DJ. I am still not good, but at least I think I understood the correct motion and it works well on some doubles on the pumptrack . One other relevant aspect: in DJ, you have to move your hips forward, to land front wheel first and to fly a nice curve in the air. This is similar to a bunny to front. You have to drive the motion of your bike. Trials helped me to get a better impulse with my legs on the jumps. I noticed this on jumps where the impulse has to be really quick (for example on a jump directly at the end of a berm) This is based on my experience and as I said, I am not a good jumper. So please feel free to correct me!
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    So this is pretty interesting: https://www.pinkbike.com/news/how-much-do-professional-mountain-bikers-get-paid-pinkbikes-state-of-the-sport-survey.html Some random facts from it - 21% of the top 40 riders in the UCI DH and XC World Cups, EWS and Slopestyle events don't get paid a wage from their sponsors (they may be paid expenses, but that wasn't covered in that survey). Nearly half of the top 40 downhill riders in the world are paid between $0-5,000 per year (again, not incl. expenses). It's pretty nuts that most of the riders in those disciplines are paid so little that they couldn't afford to buy the bikes they ride at retail price on their salaries. I assume there might be (must be?) some non-endemic sponsors helping them out, but still, they can't really be making much of a living with that. As a slight contrast, there's a stipulation for teams taking part in the UCI World Tour road cycling events that they have to pay each of their team riders a minimum wage of €40,045...
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    /continued. Herein lies the problem: It may have hauled shopping around like a right ol' bus but it also weighed as much as one. When I got her to go for a bod through the lanes the limitations of the 3spd showed through quickly - I persisted because of the simplicity of only having one twistshift and the fact you can't f**k up shifts on a hub gear - they're made for people as mechanically numb as she was (still kinda is). As she grew in confidence her fitness/ability grew somewhat linearly and I impressed upon her that she was rapidly out growing the bike's capability to the point she was doing herself a dis-service. "I can't do gears - I like what I've got" she cried, but I just ignored that stubborn nonsense and told her she was more or less going to have to lump it. (or put the brakes on her progression) "Oh It has to be a step though" Mam said. "Yeh but you've a step through now and the downtube is made of gas pipe but is still somehow flexy wexy - I watch you hit a bump and it pretzel's so bad I think you're gonna tank slapper yourself into 3rd degree gravel rash - f**k no!" "Then what do you suggest?" [many errmms later] "What about a Mixte? Would you ride a Mixte?" Many discussions later, after a demonstrative image search or 3, I got a lukewarm OK and went shopping. Insert a 1980 something townsend frame with fork combined with choice bits from the probike and a good rummage in my take off bins and something was cobbled together. Originally set up with some really rather awful twist shifts, the probike mudguards and pedals it quickly went through a couple if iterations before I got the combo right. What you see here is iteration no.3. Should have been like this from day one really. Introducing the world's first (and bloody only!) Sram X9/shimano TY15 hybrid rear mech - the spring side of the TY15 has had the post lopped off and drilled; so that is now the spoke side of the mech cage - remarkably it lines right up with the x9, and the mech bolt is hollow from factory so has been tapped M5 and fabricobbled to the hanger from another TY15/18. eBay jockey wheels finish it off. The only shit bit is there isn't that part of the cage between the jockeys to circumvent chain whip. It's sketchy/grubby/works like a charm in equal parts and there's a dirty part o' me that luvvs it At this point It's set up 8 speed shifter on a 7 speed 14-28 freewheel with the 14t locked out as the chain contacts the frame. It indexs out like a charm, you just set the cable to have two dead gears, 7 & 8, shift from 6 to 5, lock the H stop off and tension the cable like every other gear setup ever. Backing off the stop 3/8turn pretensions the cable and away you go. Being a downtube shifted bike originally posed some headache when attempting bar shifters - there are no cable stops; one; and two, the cable run is bottom pull: Yes there are clamp on cable stop - I fitted two on the downtube if you look close, but the only bottom pull mech I had spare is goddawfull and the 1st time out she man handled the front shifter and mangled the b*****d clamp on - pulled the cable reet though. The back gears are fine as they are lighter to the touch but this took more than one binky-esk brew and biccy headscratching session for the solution to present itself. The brake cable is meant to run down the centre there anyway so some boreing out with a stepdrill on a 90deg adapter later the brake adjuster provides a cable stop, and using the V-brake guide pipe/noodle was fluke. One top pull mech conversion complete. Some surreptitious use of another brake adjuster fixed the bollocks'd thread in the X5 shifter (from someone not me winding the barrel to infinitum and shredding the placcy threads). I half tapped it with an m8 taper tap then rammed the adjuster home screwing it in with water pump pliers - not pretty but it works solid!
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    Electric planer lasted about 20 blocks before death, and the hand planer was pretty much 1 and belt sander is almost 1 tbf the tool that broke did the whole first batch of around 1500 a load of work over the years then 600 of these blocks - it’s just I had not intended to ever get a new one as all the major jobs in the house are near enough done! It just all seems to be going wrong and costing time and dollar at just the wrong moment.
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    Thanks, man, I'll have a go tomorrow morning and see how I feel, I tend to feel much better after a stretch session, but I have no idea what I'm doing then tend to resort to swinging my arms around and calling it a day there