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 mikekazimer's article
Nov 30, 2016 at 13:56
Nov 30, 2016
Alutech Unveil the Sennes DH 29
@barbaricht: I replied to your comment that was neg propped off of here. Go ride a new one! They are a lot of fun.
oldschool43 mikekazimer's article
Nov 30, 2016 at 13:51
Nov 30, 2016
Alutech Unveil the Sennes DH 29
I rode my 29er hardtail at Ray's Indoor, jumped the same stuff as my 26er DJ bike, including the expert box jumps. I'm well over 200lbs and had zero issues over 10 days. Zero issues turning and hauled but on the pump track. I actually preferred the 29er to the 26er, it floated over the jumps and let me get sloppy.
oldschool43 mikekazimer's article
Nov 30, 2016 at 13:43
Nov 30, 2016
Alutech Unveil the Sennes DH 29
@mikekazimer: After riding a few 29er's, that are a blast to ride I might add, it would be interesting. If my dabbling with my 130mm hardtail 29er with a 2.5/2.35 tires on a 28mm inner rim are any indication of all out speed, matching my 150mm FS 26er in speed, I'd think a 29er DH would be faster in all but the tightest turns. Someone was racing an Evil Wreckoning this year in the Pro GRT tour I believe. Be interesting to get his thoughts on it..
oldschool43 Arbr's article
Nov 30, 2016 at 13:25
Nov 30, 2016
The Arbr Saker - UK-Made Carbon Enduro Bike
Ha... Wonder if it's a "quiet" as a San Andreas or better yet, a carbon Y... Hahaha.. oh jeez, my hip...
oldschool43 pinkbikeaudience's article
Nov 30, 2016 at 13:11
Nov 30, 2016
Senate Passes Outdoor REC Act - One Step Closer to Cycling's Inclusion in the GDP
After riding the road to cross train, I know exactly why they take the lane. Because motorists are scary as hell. They take the lane to have a chance to survive the ride! I rode in the bike lane. A 4 foot wide lane. As far to the right as you can get, had people about a foot away from me. Cars driving in the bike lane! That was outside of downtown. In down town areas, with shared lanes, "Bicycle can take full lane" signage. Riding a foot off the curb in a 10-11 foot wide lane. In a 2 mile stretch, had cars "share the lane" with me. Again, maybe a foot away. Cutting me off by speeding up and turning right. Try to ride 100 miles in the same areas you run into the roadies. 10 miles a day for 10 days. I will bet you get brushed and cut off. I would never be a roadie and only ride paved or limestone trails for the most part now. As for bike lanes, there is an act of some sort, in our state at least. New road builds (very little new roads around us) and resurfacing require the addition of a bike lane. The roads aren't any wider, but the car lanes a bit smaller and shoulders are considered for bike lanes. Our roads in our area are pretty wide, so it only adds 5% to a resurfacing budget if a shoulder needs to be extended. Honestly, most of our new bike lanes are on existing 30 feet wide or wider streets, a basic 2 lane street mind you. Just had to pay to paint extra lines for bike lanes. For us, it's not millions extra, but I'm not billing it, so maybe it is... It is the government.
oldschool43 pinkbikeaudience's article
Nov 30, 2016 at 9:02
Nov 30, 2016
Senate Passes Outdoor REC Act - One Step Closer to Cycling's Inclusion in the GDP
I think it's that whole "Cars are driven on the road. So roads are for cars only" thought process many people have in the US. Once you turn 16, you can go anywhere, in a car. I don't get it, but I have ridden bikes for, well, since I was 2. 44 years.. I bought a car, so I could ride new places, first BMX, then MTB's. Biking is still something silly that people do on their free time. I get that weird eyebrow lift about every 3rd stranger I tell I ride my bike for fun. Think horses fall into this category too. Because not everyone is doing it, it's "just a thing" or a hobby. Like playing with toys? Ironically, the 2 things that cars replaced, the bicycle ($6.2 Billion annual revenue, bike/parts sales only, not including park/trail fees, vacations, racing, tours, etc) and the horse industry ($10-$12 billion as a whole) are never taken into account for much (Horses will also be added to this I believe). I know horses take status over most everything out west, but that's where the politics start. "Horses" "bikes" "hikers" How much is in your lobby? But, bike might not be behind the 8-ball, as funding for purpose built trails could come from both groups, no more multi use trails. I own horses, mine love bikes.. I would say this bill is good for the 16% of Americans that ride bikes for purpose (actual riders, not recreation or the once a year bike rider) in the US. It will open doors to projects that might bring in more riders, and piss off the driver that owns the road... Now, the possible bad. Because it is such a big dollar amount and will be in the GDP, there is a chance that bicycles could be subject to a special tax. Like the entertainment tax. Nothing happens without reason and funding for trails/paths comes from so many non-bike outlets. Kinda like VAT in the UK maybe?
oldschool43 RichardCunningham's article
Nov 29, 2016 at 13:23
Nov 29, 2016
Single-Sock Paralysis - Opinion
Uh, my wife has reminded me I have a collection of tires. Like, more than once. Mostly 26 inch and maybe 12 29er tires. I my defense, each one serves a job. Like, I still have some gum wall Panaracer Spikes, only ridden in the mud or snow. Because you couldn't lean into a turn on pavement or hard soil without the front end stepping out. Some are my go to tires for everyday use, some for street use, some for the dry, some for the tacky. Some were bought because I wanted to buy something. Some because I needed a new tire. In fact, some are still so new and were so bad for riding with, they still have the flashing nubs on them. In all I have 45, 26 inch tires. And I only have one 26er I ride these days... Once a month maybe... 57 tires, for 3 bikes, not including the ones on the bikes.. Looking at it that way, seems like I may have a problem..
oldschool43 VorsprungSuspension's article
Nov 28, 2016 at 6:06
Nov 28, 2016
The Tuesday Tune Ep 5: Low- and High-Speed Damping - Video
@Jack-McLovin: (Nice profile name!) I've only had the Diamond about 3 months, but have 20 rides or so on it. I know how most things work when it comes to forks. I've added volume to my air (and coil) forks for 20+ years, can feel when I need an oil change based on performance, etc, but this fork is a whole new adventure. I set the rebound first on every fork so I went with the base tune and set up the rebound first. So my first ride on it, I rode a short, rocky, rooted, 1 mile loop with some fast descents and stopped at the truck to make adjustments each lap, adding and subtracting. I had it setup to my liking, except for the mid stroke thing. I thought it needed volume, so I pulled the air valve out and inserted a syringe with fluid. Did a lap, added more, and so on. It changed it some, it still wasn't perfect, but plenty rideable. Then I went to a trail with jumps, that's where the mid stroke issue reared it's ugly head. I turned up the HSC a bit and the LSC and I was still bottoming the fork on the face of the jumps hard. I could feel the compression working, but that was the only thing working. Once it hit so hard the tire collapsed (35psi) and it sent me over for a visit with a tree. With the jumping setup, set to 20% sag and on a regular trail, way too firm. Started over on the settings and haven't strayed too much since. I actually just got around to re-installing my 15' Fox 32 Factory Fit 4 on my other bike this weekend, after 3 months. I had it set it up rigid and kind of liked the challenge and after the rebuild, I didn't want to get my hands dirty.. Okay, was just being lazy.. So I have only ridden the DVO for 3 months. Anyway with the Fox, even in descend mode, or technically no compression damping, I still don't bottom harshly or have any volume added to it hitting the same jumps. I didn't even use full travel (had 10mm or so unused), also set to 20% sag but with 30psi in the tires. Currently, the Fox blows the DVO out of the water as far as the spring curve goes. I want to figure out that spring curve. Maybe I just need more oil (volume) in it..
oldschool43 VorsprungSuspension's article
Nov 24, 2016 at 8:35
Nov 24, 2016
The Tuesday Tune Ep 5: Low- and High-Speed Damping - Video
@foxinsocks: Yes, after riding a small bump sensitive fork like this one, I really like OTT. I could feel the difference in my wrists and hands after one ride. It turn up the LSC for climbing sometimes, but usually keep it open 1, or if there is a lot of pedaling 2. Just need to figure out the middle stroke.
oldschool43 VorsprungSuspension's article
Nov 24, 2016 at 8:29
Nov 24, 2016
The Tuesday Tune Ep 5: Low- and High-Speed Damping - Video
@VorsprungSuspension: I only added 25cc or so. Around 13mm of height, still has plenty of room fully compressed, maybe 50mm of space? It does get full travel with the OTT cranked up without it being noticed or a harsh top out. Sorry, when I backed OTT out, it didn't reach full travel. I'm a heavy guy (250lbs) and ride rough stuff. It just feels "soft" mid stroke to full compression. I've only ridden Fox and they feel like they have a bit more ramp up toward the last 40mm. It feels flat with the DVO, it's not packing up, it's the spring rate. I will try the pressure settings. I'm running the minimum, 140psi with 20% sag on a hard tail in attack mode, or standing on the pedals. It's close, was just thinking maybe it needs some volume.
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