Attack of the Tramline

Having grown up in Croydon I’ve done this a few times myself so I felt this guy’s pain:

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Watch the Best Jumps, Flips, and Drops from the 2017 Red Bull Rampage

Eighteen of the world’s best freeride mountain bikers and hundreds of fans convened in Virgin, Utah, on Friday for the sport’s annual blue-ribbon event, the Red Bull Rampage.

The riders, and their teams of “diggers,” had spent the previous week on the mountainside crafting their own lines into the dirt of Utah’s Red Rock Country. With the course completed, each rider took two runs that were judged based on the difficulty of the line, air amplitude, control and fluidity, tricks, and style.

No two competitors took the same route down, and the crowd was treated to a succession of gap jumps, huge drops, and flips that seemed to defy gravity.

Check out our short highlight reel below:

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Watch Martyn Ashton’s Whistler dream come true

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Martyn Ashton travels to Whistler, Canada, to ride the most famous MTB trails in the world on an adapted Canyon bike, courtesy of GMBN.

Martyn Ashton is a household name for anyone who has even ridden a mountain bike. He’s a British and World MTB trials champion and credited by many as one of the pioneers of the sport, who brought trials into the mainstream mountain biking community. It would take a very, very long time to list all of his achievements and projects, but you get the jist… he’s a legend!

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Despite being a world champion and team manager, Martyn never had the honour of riding Whistler Bike Park in British Colombia, Canada. In an accident in 2013, Martyn broke his back, leaving him paralysed from the waist down. But being the absolute baller he is, he hasn’t let that stop him from continuing in the sport he has done so much to progress.

Earlier in the year, Martyn went to Whistler with the Global Mountain Bike Network (GMBN) and his adapted Canyon Sender to take part in the Crankworx Air DH – one of the most famous downhill races in the world – a dream Martyn has always had. Who doesn’t want to ride the MTB mecca?

Follow his journey in the player below.

 

Chemical warfare against bike thieves

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If you’ve ever had a bike stolen, your compassion for bike thieves probably went right down to zero percent. After losing a few bicycles, Daniel Idzkowski spent time thinking how to deter thefts, and he’s come up with a nasty surprise for thieves- the Skunk Lock.

When a thief breaks or grinds into the Skunk Lock, it releases a potent (but non-toxic and legally compliant) formula which makes breathing difficult, may compromise eyesight, and induces vomiting in the victim! It’s pretty hard to pedal off on a bike when you’re suddenly choking and puking instead, and this scene would likely draw enough attention for the thief to abandon the attempt…

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The Skunk Lock’s creators say any bike lock can be cut in less than a minute with the right tools on hand. With their clever design even well-equipped bike thieves can still be deterred, and just when they think they’ve almost got your bike they’ll get a face full of skunky chemicals instead!

The Skunk Lock is made from hi-tensile and hardened medium-carbon steel like a typical U-Lock, but its unique feature is the pressurized noxious chemicals hidden inside. Once the chemical chamber is compromised the formula escapes into the air, choking out the thief and making them sick to their stomach. Not only that, but the chemical spray will also ruin any clothing it touches, which actually costs the thief money.

While the Skunk Lock should effectively deter a thief at close range, the chemicals don’t expand enough that innocent bystanders would be impacted any more than noticing the smell. If the chemicals get sprayed on your bike the company provides instructions on how to remove the formula, but by design it should project towards the thief.

The lock does not rely on any electronic components, and it’s guaranteed to be safe for normal use without accidentally deploying its chemical weaponry. The chemicals are contained within a sealed chamber inside the U part of the lock, so nothing short of power tools or prying it apart will release the substance.

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Each lock comes with a unique code which customers can use to get extra keys if needed. Skunk Lock plans to provide overnight delivery for replacement keys.

The Skunk Lock’s Indiegogo campaign has just begun, so they still need some funding to go to production. Early bird buyers can currently pre-order a Skunk Lock for $109 USD, and delivery is expected for June 2017.

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