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Mountain Bike Bill, Get the Dirt on the Dirt

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question that you do not see answered here please feel free to email me with it.

Q. What is best viewing setup for the site?
A. The site is cross-browser compatible and is tested to the both older and new versions of Firefox, Netscape Navigator, and Internet Explorer. I do use Javascript features on the site you will need to have that enabled for things to look there best. The preferred browser from viewing is Firefox. In the past I recommended Internet Explorer, but once I started designing to standards I found the Internet Explorer has a lot of quirks and bugs that are pretty much a pain in the butt. I have made plenty of effort to have a consistent look across all platforms, but you may see a quirk or to when using Internet Explorer.

Q. When I print a trail review I do not see any images. What is wrong?
A. Nothing is wrong. Printer unfriendly pages where a compliant with the old site, so I have the current site setup to scrub out pretty much everything but the text. I may provide multiple print options in future versions of the site.

Q. What do you use to create the site?
A. I used to use Microsoft Frontpage , but I have migrated to combination of Dreamweaver, and JEdit (Text Editor), and Adobe Photoshop. I mostly use Dreamweaver to manage site-wide changes through the use of a custom template. I program my pages to XHTML 1.0 Standards with the use of Cascading Style Sheets and Javascript. The blog portion of the site runs off of the Wordpress engine, with a highly modified version of the “Hope” theme.

Q. Who do you use for a web host and what should I be looking for?
A. As the website has grown, so has my hosting requirements and as such I have changed host no less than three times. The three biggest things you need to look for, particularly if you are going to host videos, are storage space, bandwidth, and connection speed or throughput. Bandwidth is measured in GB and it is the amount of data that is transferred from your site. Most Web hosting services give you a monthly allocation as part of your service package. Go over your allocation and you can pay some nasty overages. A bunch of storage and bandwidth will do you know good if the data connection from the server to the Internet is tiny. There is only so much water you can get through a garden hose compared to fire hose. Storage and Bandwidth have gotten so cheap now you can get some great deals if you pay for web hosting a year at a pop. I currently have my content spread over two servers but I will eventually move everything to my server which I have been extremely happy with. I have 300GB of storage and a monthly allocation of 1,500GB of bandwidth. If you would like to see what see what their current offers are click the icon to the right.

Q. Why not use You-Tube or Vimeo for videos?
A. Ok, so my old answer used to be that while You-Tube is free, the video quality pretty much blows. My new answer is that I'm thinking about it and will probably do a test run of it here in the future. I have a fairly long to-do list for the site and shifting my videos over to an external hosting site is not the top priority.

Q. What kind of Helmet Camera do you use?
A. This has change a whole much of times as technology has changed. Currently I have a GoPro Hero3 and Hero3+. I have yet to publish a video with them yet. I just have not had the time or creative spirit to put something together. The most recent gear used to publish something was a Canon HV10, High Definition Video (HDV) camcorder that was held in a carbon fiber enclosure that is attached to my helmet. The video quality is superb and it even has image stabilization, some the GoPros are lacking. Check out my Video How-To Guide for more information.

Q. What type of GPS do you use?
A. I started out with a Garmin eTrex (The basic yellow one), then an eTrex Vista Cx, and now I'm currently using a Garmin Oregon 450. I considered the cycling specific Garmin Edge 305 but decided against it. The main reason is that I do more than cycling and I wanted the ability to upload and display topographic maps in the GPS. The current Edge series have all the capabilites I would want now but until my current GPS dies, I'm not looking at upgrading. Check out my GPS and TOPOs page for more information.

Q. Why have you added advertising to your site after not having ads for years?
A. Short answer, I like good beer, great bikes and killer road trips. Not Much Longer Answer – I have had some mixed emotions about putting ads on the site, but the reality is all the stuff involved with getting the stuff on the site cost and I would like to defray some of those costs. I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing regardless, but covering some of the cost of the gear with leave more cash for trips.

Q. Do you offer prints of the pictures for sale?
A. Sort of. I have licensed photos in the past for commercial use as well as high-grade commercial prints. If you want to use one of my photos contact me and we can work something out. At some point I will offer high resolution prints directly from the site but I’m not there yet.

Q. What digital camera do you use?
A. I currently use a Canon 7D Digital SLR camera. For lenses, I have the standard 18-55mm, a Canon 70-300mm, Tamron 10-24 and a Tamron 16-300mm lens. The 16-300mm lens is my standard trail lens as it is extremely versatile and I do not like changing lens on the trail. I used to carry the camera in an old single camera bag that I have cut the top out of and then placed inside of a Camelbak Havoc. I now use a camera specific sports pack that I find a must better setup. Its a LowePro 200AW. While the camera is bulky and a bit heavy, I love that features, speed and quality enough to make it worth it to carry it along. According to the age of the page you are looking at, you will find pictures from a Nikon 2300 and a Fujiflm 1200 as well.

Q. I saw a video of some guy riding his bike on the edge of a cliff and then falling way down into a canyon. Was that for real, and if so, did he ?
A. Yes it was for real. His name is Miles Todd and he is by far the luckiest person I know. Here is the story.

Also make sure to check out my BLOG entries tagged with the FAQ flag.