Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Outdoor Resource

Pinkbike is a great website for anyone that’s into mountain biking. It has everything from the latest product news, to race results, to adventure blogs, to product reviews. It’s one of the most popular, if not the most popular mountain bike website in the world, with over 78 million page views per month and over 10 million photos have been uploaded by users. Its data output is 1.5 gigabytes/second. Enough of the boring stats, the main reason people flock to this website is because of its huge user base. There’s always something new on the front-page which you won’t find anywhere else. The main reason I usually go on Pinkbike is to watch biking videos. They have everything- insane downhill in the mountains of BC, XC riding with amazing scenery in remote European locations, enduro racing, and so much more.

They also have a very active forum so more experienced bikers can help out people that are getting into the sport. The largest category, Dirt Jumping and Street, has around 650,000 posts alone! Lastly, they have a buy/sell part of the website which is a bit like kijijij except for its only mountain bikes and mountain bike parts. It’s way easier to filter the results for what you’re looking for, and I actually browse these a lot because parts are much cheaper than buying a new bike. Just a couple days ago I bought a frame and fork that would have set me back 3 times as much had I bought them new. (Hence why I only had a couple hours to build a bike to bring to Outdoor Ed.)

The only negative I have is that there isn’t a specific place for how-tos, like how to rebuild a fork or how to adjust brakes etc. for people that like doing things themselves. Other than that I think it’s a great resource and worth checking out for anyone that’s into mountain biking. 

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