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 mikelevy's article
Jun 26, 2015 at 8:12
Jun 26, 2015
Pinkbike Poll: Do You Share Your Rides On Social Media?
Sadly, you gotta make some changes. I found a girl that had horses before we got married... I don't get any grief saying,"Going for a ride" 3-4 days a week or "I broke this, need a new one now". No issues spending money on parts. Wish more girls had outdoor hobbies, but they don't seem to.
oldschool43 mikelevy's article
Jun 26, 2015 at 7:57
Jun 26, 2015
Pinkbike Poll: Do You Share Your Rides On Social Media?
Occasionally if I'm with my daughters and remember to take a pic. Or of a new bike/parts pre or post ride. That's once a month maybe. Nobody seems to care other than they get to see I'm still riding bikes after 30 years... Never of me riding. One day I'll post a wheelie video or a manual video. Only to represent 44 year olds everywhere though ;)
oldschool43 mikekazimer's article
Jun 25, 2015 at 8:33
Jun 25, 2015
GT Bicycles 2016 - First Look
That is a nice bike. Why all the 29er hate? I rode a 29er when they first came out. Was a pig in every way. Fast forward 8 years.. Got a steel On-One Inbred last year, was planning on using it as a commuter/road bike (spare mtb parts laying around). Out of curiosity, put some big knobbies on it and was blown away with it. Light rims, tires, new geometry, it's a very capable bike. Has a ton of traction. Surprisingly, I'd take a 29er over a 27.5 if given a choice. Still ride my 150mm 26" Cotic BFe hardtail. Check out the Cotic Solaris video, you can ride a 29er just as hard as a 26er..
oldschool43 mikekazimer's article
Jun 23, 2015 at 9:07
Jun 23, 2015
First Look: Pivot Cycles Mach 429 Trail
I've never had issues with mud. I did get a kink in the continuous shifter housing after hitting something. That sucked because it was between the 2nd and 3rd largest cog in the rear. It would ghost shift till the cable and housing matched up the kink. Total pain. I never had issues with the split downtube cables, just the top tube split cables (water/mud would run down into the housing) and full length housing, kinks in the middle somewhere.
oldschool43 mikekazimer's article
Jun 23, 2015 at 8:53
Jun 23, 2015
First Look: Pivot Cycles Mach 429 Trail
And a 5 foot stack height??? Gonna need a XXXXS to even consider riding it.. I'm guessing that was huge marketing error. You know, by web designs and catalog people that don't ride. 42cm is more like it.
oldschool43 deityusa's article
Jun 17, 2015 at 13:12
Jun 17, 2015
The New Line of Deity Blacklabel Handlebars and a Massive Giveaway
Easton Havoc 35 are 9x5 and 800mm and come in aluminum. I like mine.
oldschool43 RichardCunningham's article
Jun 11, 2015 at 9:57
Jun 11, 2015
Opinion: Numerology and the Demise of Eleven Speed
Must of missed the memo that 9 speed sucked.. I know my 7 speed was kinda cool. 8 was better. 9 is like, everyone in my family is running 9. We can swap everything, which is nice.. I do have a 10 and to me, it's got less feel than my 9, again, might have missed that memo.. I want to make a ridiculously geared 33 speed with the new shimano 11. Like a fat bike with a 6 inch wide rear tire and a 22f-40r gear so I can hook up a tow chain to pull cars out of a ditch and like a 46 front ring so I can hit 40mph.. on a really steep hill, of course.. But you might say "Oh, but the capacity..." I don't cross shift, I have a working brain.. midcage derailleur, 11-36 x 22-44 triple.. Not once.. Definitely not a loaner bike.. I've thought of 1x, just to lazy to buy a front sprocket... haha
oldschool43 SramMedia's article
Jun 11, 2015 at 9:28
Jun 11, 2015
SRAM Announces New XO DH Hubs
I rode SRAM hubs for a while. They get totally pissed off if you ride them hard every day. Bit of slop and skipping.. that was even with sealed bearings and freehub servicing often. Actually, anything sram I've ridden hard has had issues, but that's... So are these bearings even accessible? Sounds like a loose ball that are matched, you know, like XTR/Dura Ace have been for years, but they might have a childproof seal on it??? "..only adjustment... back at the factory.." Dude, no, don't trust that. Especially a loose ball on a DH bike. You know, for around $350 you can buy a set of Hope's. Totally rebuildable, bit heavy, but they come in the prettiest of colors!
oldschool43 mikelevy's article
Apr 23, 2015 at 13:04
Apr 23, 2015
Opinion: The Message and the Medium
Long long ago, in a Target far far away, I was in a foggy drunken stupor, walking through the store at 2am. I was on an mtb camping/race weekend. Had a great time racing that day. My brother had just come back from the BMX Worlds and stopped over in Canada and brought back real beer. He brought 2 12's to the races and let me tell ya, 6 Canadians are a whole hell of a lot more fun than 6 Americans. Anyway, we needed some zip ties so we rode down to the Target.. at 2am.. slightly tipsy.. but we wore our full face helmets the whole time, sooo... Anyway, I stumbled upon Issue No 1 of BIKE Magazine. Never heard of it, so I bought it. Monday am at lunch I open it. It had writing I never knew bike magazines could have. The Grimy Handshake! I was working at a shop and it said EXACTLY what I always wanted to say. I still love it. The reviews are.. good. But I still take any review with a grain of salt.
oldschool43 mikelevy's article
Apr 23, 2015 at 12:58
Apr 23, 2015
Opinion: The Message and the Medium
I would see the print edition in B&N in the states and go a little crazy. I didn't have a problem spending $17 on it either...
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