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    An Alternative take on Edinburgh

    i've always despised the whole stunts skateboard/bmx thing, even though i can fully appreciate the mad skills that are needed to do it well.

    that said, i do like, on a conceptual level, the way that boarders and bikers claim their own territory in the city.

    so, now that i've written all that, i suggest you watch this pretty cool video (despite the music).

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    wonder how many bones he broke before mastering those tricks....dude's got some skills, that's for sure.

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    I saw that the other day. That guy is freakin' crazy.

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    I won't be trying any of those things on the Trek.

    One small slip on several of those stunts would lead to a big-time ouch.

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    what i like best about the video, is that i know all of the places/things he's jumping off of.

    hell, i'm pretty sure he jumped off of the veranda of my ol' LBS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post
    wonder how many bones he broke before mastering those tricks....dude's got some skills, that's for sure.
    One of the guys I used to ride with had a huge talent for this (not as good as this guy though!), and while I witnessed some spectacular feats - I also saw MANY of his falls - OUCH! Especially one where he went up a little too high from another concrete wall - and smashed his face into a concrete overhang and fell like a swatted fly next to me. Broke pretty much everything on his face (eyes sockets, nose, jaw, etc) - was in a coma for a few weeks, rehab place for a month - and he said he was out riding two weeks after that. Crazy people!

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    Quote Originally Posted by botto View Post
    what i lie best about the video, is that i know all of the places/things he's jumping off of.

    hell, i'm pretty sure he jumped off of the veranda of my ol' LBS.
    My Brother who is a pilot for Continental and seen the world more than a few times
    over, says taking lots of different things into consideration, Edinburgh is his favorite
    place on earth, overall.

    The bike guy is NUTZ !! Wow

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    Incredible talent.

    Thanks for sharing that Botto.
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    Yeah, saw that. Someone in mountain biking made the apt comparison that his skills were like he was doing parkour with his rig. Sick skills, for sure. Wonder how much hardware he goes through?

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    Quote Originally Posted by -=(8)=- View Post
    My Brother who is a pilot for Continental and seen the world more than a few times
    over, says taking lots of different things into consideration, Edinburgh is his favorite
    place on earth, overall.

    The bike guy is NUTZ !! Wow :eek
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    having lived there for two years, i guess i can understand (if you can get over bad food, and even worse weather).

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    Quote Originally Posted by botto View Post
    having lived there for two years, i guess i can understand (if you can get over bad food, and even worse weather).
    worse than england? food and weatherwise.

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    very entertaining stunts. very impressive skills. huge death wish.

    as for edinburgh, if it wasn't for the weather, i would say it is my favourite uk city.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post
    worse than england? food and weatherwise.
    nope.

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    auch aye the noo.

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    The flip off the tree is my fav. Rad!

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    it's a gorgeous summer day today. superbe. warm but not uncomfortablly hot, no wind, not humid. for the last 2 years a great spring was followed by constant rain through summer, so i'm not happy with this great weather this week.

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    I spent a week in Edinburgh in July 2000, attending my graduation from Heriot-Watt University. I was in a distance-learning program. The weather there is very similar to Seattle. I had some excellent beer in the many fine pubs, again similar to Seattle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by botto View Post
    i suggest you watch this pretty cool video (despite the music).
    Cripes. Trials riding is pretty amazing, and even more so in an urban setting like that. Very impressive.

    I wish I had a tenth of a percent of that kind of skill. I couldn't bunnyhop over anything to save my life, and riding off of square curbs scares the hell out of me.

    Quote Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post
    wonder how many bones he broke before mastering those tricks...
    I'm sure he has plenty of entries for the "scars" thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post
    Cripes. Trials riding is pretty amazing, and even more so in an urban setting like that. Very impressive.

    I wish I had a tenth of a percent of that kind of skill. I couldn't bunnyhop over anything to save my life, and riding off of square curbs scares the hell out of me.

    I'm sure he has plenty of entries for the "scars" thread.
    finally....someone, or something, I can out bunny hop.

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    meh trials.

    Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuzzbox View Post
    meh trials.
    all of that toy bike shiznit is "meh."

    this video is different, because it's on/in/around an amazing city.

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    hey botto, when you were in edinburgh, what % of what people said was unintelligeable? i reckon i lip read 40%

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    Quote Originally Posted by coasting View Post
    hey botto, when you were in edinburgh, what % of what people said was unintelligeable? i reckon i lip read 40%
    Sassenach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by botto View Post
    this video is different, because it's on/in/around an amazing city.
    So it's all in the local context?

    Let me see if I'm catching your drift here. If this video was shot in/around, say, Topeka, KS, it wouldn't have the same impact. If the video was shot in/around, say, midtown in Memphis it would have a similar impact to that of the Edinburgh video?

    Not trying to trap you here, as for me it's usually a thrill to see a place I know well pop up in a video. Often the background is more interesting than the foreground when that happens.

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    more or less.

    like i wrote, while i can appreciate the skills, ultimately i find the endeavor completely boring.

    the stunts fill a space that is already occupied with meaning. what makes them interesting, is that they are filling the public space with a new/alternative meaning.
    Last edited by botto; 04-23-09 at 07:14 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by botto View Post
    like i wrote, while i can appreciate the skills, ultimately i find the endeavor completely boring.
    This can be said by anyone about pretty much any activity requiring skill that a person finds boring.

    Skill does not automatically equal soul-stirring.

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