Ask Ping!Friday, December 4, 2009 | 8:16 PM
ODI dates back to the 1980’s as the leader in grip manufacturing. Focusing primarily on the bmx and mountain bike industries through the 90’s and early 2000’s, ODI re-entered the motocross scene when they developed the patented lock-on grip system that eliminates wire and glue. Continuing to advance the way riders hold on to their bikes, ODI has worked closely with the teams they support such as Troy Lee Designs to create the product that is now being used by some of the top teams in the industry.Tweet
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I stumbled across this strange blog/website this week – http://www.fupenguin.com/. As I was reading these rants and laughing hysterically, I knew this guy’s style sounded familiar. Later that day, the light bulb lit up above my head when I realized those colorful ramblings reminded me of your weekly column. I thought to myself, could this possibly be the Ping himself? Perhaps he’s unleashing all the repressed frustration of answering those mundane questions from the grammatically challenged motocross public on these unsuspecting animals? SAY IT ISN’T SO!? But in case it is…
I can assure you that I did not write that blog. I can also tell you that I will add it to my new favorites list and be checking up on any new species on a regular basis. I love that guy. He’s angry about something and it is absolutely wonderful to watch him exact his fury on those defenseless creatures. Of course someone won’t get it and will probably email the postmaster telling him that the comments are inappropriate. They can call him an angry little man all they want… I’m a fan.
There’s only five weeks until A1! That’s great news for all the fans of the sport that are anxiously awaiting the start of a new season but it has to be a stressful time for teams. How busy are these last few weeks before the opener? Are you on a steady diet of Alka Seltzer and aspirin? Good luck with the TLD team next year.
The month of December is always pretty intense for riders and their teams. The riders have to start increasing their sprint work and trying to go faster. That can be frustrating at times and a little scary at others. The teams have it even worse and I didn’t really realize this until last year. The problem is Christmas and New Year’s. Now, I love Christmas as much as the next guy. Hey, there’s cookies, hot chocolate and free crap… what’s not to love. But it tricks you into thinking that we have “five” weeks left to get ready when we really only have three. The simply fact is that those two weeks are swallowed up by those holidays. If you need to get products ordered or have something made or need someone’s help with testing or development you are screwed. People just don’t work during that time. We’re doing our best to be ready ahead of time but the fact that everything got started late isn’t helping. I’m not going to wash my mouth out with a revolver or anything but if I seem a little frazzled when we get to the Big A you’ll know why.
I saw that you posted on Vital’s site last week. That was the second time in the last month or so that you’ve joined in on the online fun. What’s up with that? I was surprised but happy to see that you are posting now. See you in the forums!
Don’t get all excited there, Nerdy McKeyboard. I made a couple specific posts because I was informed that someone had written something stupid. I know… big shocker, right? Except the stupid things that were written had something to do with my riders or me specifically and they were wrong. I’ve made a personal agreement with myself to avoid those forums for a couple of reasons. First, they are a huge time suck. I’ll lose a couple hours in there reading over crap that I don’t even care about. Second, I always end up in an argument with someone because many of the comments are posted by people who are completely uninformed or just plain stupid. And stupid people frustrate me. So don’t expect to see me anywhere on a regular basis except right here in this column…and maybe over at Weight Watchers.com right around Christmas looking for ways to shed unwanted holiday pounds.