oldschool43

Freestyled in the mid to late 80's, raced BMX 2 years in 90-91, bought my first MTB in 91.

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oldschool43 RyanLeech's article
Apr 15, 2015 at 12:53
Apr 15, 2015
Ryan Leech's 30 Day Wheelie Challenge
That's cool you're learning them. I'm 44 years old now. I learned wheelies 32 years ago. It's odd, but I still enjoy them. Ride a mile or so once a month. Clipped in, seat in XC mode, which I think is harder. I can still smoke the kids I run into with wheelie variations and manuals.. Actually the only time I feel young on a bike these days, is on one wheel. It's a very useful tool. I use a wheelie technique of sort several times out on the trails. It'll come to you. As far as jumping goes, I crashed so many times as a kid, it's best to only jump what you feel comfortable with. Only have to prove it to yourself. I do jump some big stuff now, but I also have to hold a job. So if I have think if I can make, I don't do it. I saw a video of a bike park in Wales that is full of tabletop jumps, that's the type of jumps to ride because you can land short without a crash involved.
oldschool43 RyanLeech's article
Apr 15, 2015 at 12:18
Apr 15, 2015
Ryan Leech's 30 Day Wheelie Challenge
It's all about having time to ride in most cases. I learned to wheelie one summer between 6th and 7th grade. Spent 2 months, nearly everyday, trying to ride up a tiny hill with my friends. One day I made it. 4 driveways. I thought it was far back then, it was maybe 50 yards. 3 years later, 4 miles. That was 32 years ago. I wish there was an easy way to teach someone to learn them, but all I can say is "pull up on the bars and pedal"... Yeah, I might be that really old guy that you see pulling up one handed or pulling up into a wheelie seated and chainless and coasting for a while. After you learn how, it's easy, like clipping in.. which I also do.. never went over backwards clipped in either..
oldschool43 urteam's article
Mar 24, 2015 at 12:42
Mar 24, 2015
Video: Polygon UR Train Charging Queenstown
Of all the bike porn videos I've seen the past 4 months, waiting for the trails to thaw and dry, this one makes me wanna ride the most for some reason. Must be a hidden sound track because I kept thinking over and over while watching it, "Quit your job and go ride your bike" Actually sounds like a really good idea..
oldschool43 mikelevy's article
Mar 23, 2015 at 8:23
Mar 23, 2015
Yeti SB6C - Review
I actually read the whole thing to see if they too had a swingarm issue... They did! Over at BIKE Mag, the bible issue, they had 2 broken swingarms... 2!! So 2 reviews and 3 broken swingarms.. I almost bought this bike.. glad I didn't. I don't crash very often, but I have some serious scuff marks on my chainstays from rocks, logs and branches. Maybe they fixed it, but come on, to give a bike to people that are going to ride it to the limit with a pretty serious issue? What if it cracked and let go in a 30mph g-out downhill section? btw, back in the 90's, nearly every broken frame I saw was a Yeti. Even now if I owned new one, I would always think about it breaking. Kinda sad..
oldschool43 paulaston's article
Mar 20, 2015 at 9:26
Mar 20, 2015
27.5+ Tires - Taipei Show 2015
Here! Here! Well said..
oldschool43 paulaston's article
Mar 20, 2015 at 9:25
Mar 20, 2015
oldschool43 paulaston's article
Mar 20, 2015 at 9:23
Mar 20, 2015
27.5+ Tires - Taipei Show 2015
I have 2 26er's too (and a 29er I keep in my closet. Shhh!) and keep waiting for the day when I think,"There has to be something better than this 26 inch wheel".
oldschool43 mikekazimer's article
Mar 19, 2015 at 9:13
Mar 19, 2015
SRAM Announces New Hub Standards - Boost 148 and 110
I don't know. Doesn't seem much "better". You'd gain some weight. I would think there would be slightly more flex in the new fork (remember the 15 and 20 were designed was to fix the flex) By pushing out the width of the fork it would allow more degrees of twist, that would off set some of the strength gained by the flange and hub body. I could be wrong. I've built 1000 or so sets of wheels. For me, I always go 32 hole by 3 cross, but I've never been under 200lbs. From time to time I ride different wheels to see if they are good or not. More for customers or friends, if they can stand a few days of my rough housing.. My thinking before I rode the SRAM wheels, 29er 24 hole 2 cross with traditional straightpull spokes is not going to be very stiff. You can have a stiff rim, but it will move around. I've ridden Easton (24 hole 3x) Mavic (not a good comparo) and those designs held up fine and no noticeable issues. But even in a few corners I could get the tire on the SRAM wheel to just buzz the chainstay. It moved 7mm to touch it! Again, I'm a true heavy weight, I'm sure there is mathematical equation that like 240lbs x 15mph x 10 foot radius x pump down with legs x 35 degree lean angle. A 350 lbs side load? I still think it's to fix their floppy wheels. I tried to get the same stuff with my 32h 3x Hope/Halo Vapour Aluminum wheels, nothing. Same tires, pressures. They flex, I can feel that, but not what the SRAM's did.. Also, this new flange design, might reek some havoc on a J-bend spoke when it's dished.
oldschool43 mikekazimer's article
Mar 18, 2015 at 13:50
Mar 18, 2015
SRAM Announces New Hub Standards - Boost 148 and 110
Wider flanges making a super stiff conventional 3x by 32h hub-spoke-rim stiffer. That's not really a benefit. Maybe for dirt jumping. Not on a trail. I have a different theory why they did this. I've ridden the NEW 24 hole SRAM wheels (29er's) and had the tire rub the rear chainstay while seated and hammering on a climb at an angle. Big old quads help this.. The rims looked like they were almost floating back and forth in the wheel when I hit stuff at an angle. I tightened the already tight spokes and I still got it to rub again. I could feel the flex in corners. Put my old wheels back on, nothing. I think they are trying to fix something (the new wheels) and make money in the process. Or have to order their hubs to use their forks. Like the RS fork. I could be completely wrong and a bit drunk.. Nobody knows..
oldschool43 mikekazimer's article
Mar 18, 2015 at 7:51
Mar 18, 2015
SRAM Announces New Hub Standards - Boost 148 and 110
It's to fix its wheels. Never had much luck with anything SRAM. I've tried to like them. For me it's been, use a SRAM part for a season or until it breaks or never really works after several attempts to make it work, then replace it with something non SRAM and use it until it becomes outdated, multi seasoned and old. Brakes, forks, hubs, rims, shifters and derailleurs. Never used SRAM branded cranks because of the failure rate of the other stuff. I see the thinking and logic behind the spacing, but I have also seen how flexy their new 24 spoke wheels are, those extra mm's should bring their wheels up to normal wheel stiffness. I tried a set and it flexed 7mm and the tire rubbed the chainstay powering up a hill going across a rain rut section, even after a spoke tightening, did it again. My normal wheelset, not even close. I tried to repeat it. I bought something else. Shame they can't come out and say they're trying to fix something..
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