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 TheProsCloset's article
Jan 23, 2015 at 8:32
Jan 23, 2015
Video: Juli Furtado's 1990 Yeti FRO
John Tomac actually quit road racing and started mountain biking full time because he didn't want to dope. Think the best way to put an end to it, Supermodified classification. Full UCI testing has been done for a good 15 years and to date, the total number of mtbers that have tested positive is still less than a single year of road failed tests.
oldschool43 TheProsCloset's article
Jan 23, 2015 at 7:12
Jan 23, 2015
Video: Juli Furtado's 1990 Yeti FRO
I used mine all the time, you could get some crazy leverage standing and pedaling. I ran mine in line with the top tube. When bars hit 24-25 inches/625mm or so, I found that I didn't really need them for seated climbing. I don't know if I've ever been able to match the leverage when standing with a wide bar on my modern bikes, doesn't feel like it at least. Of course my bar/stem are a bit taller. On long days in the saddle, I do still rest my hands on the end of the bar, like I did when I ran bar ends.
oldschool43 TheProsCloset's article
Jan 23, 2015 at 6:50
Jan 23, 2015
Video: Juli Furtado's 1990 Yeti FRO
@freeride-forever, She'd still win today.. Dude, I have my original 93' M2 Stumpjumper frame hanging in my garage. I have the original rigid fork, carbon bar ends, 110mm stem, new un-used handlebar and LX cantis in a box somewhere. I'm sure I can find some non v-brake levers to slap on there. Even have the original grey 1.95 tires in a box. I can slap it together and have you ride it. That 72 degree head angle, long stem and narrow bars will be fun. Oh and I'll even spray some water on the wheels, just to make it interesting, I mean, it does have "all weather" brake pads. I have some toe clip pedals too. You know, the ones you strap into. I won't ride it again. I don't miss any of it except for that feeling of being completely on the edge, because you actually were. No suspension to save you or reliable working brakes for that matter. Then I can have you jump on my modern, rigid 29er. Slack geometry, killer brakes, roll over, etc etc. Then ride the same trail on a modern full carbon FS, 100mm of travel, 23lbs XC bike. Then tell us again how XC bikes aren't any better. Today's XC bikes are far better, faster, more reliable and have more travel then the 92' GT she rode to score her downhill world championship title.
oldschool43 paulaston's article
Jan 16, 2015 at 11:16
Jan 16, 2015
First Look - Hope Technology Cranks
I have blue reservoir caps, levers and bore caps on mine. All blue would be a bit much.
oldschool43 paulaston's article
Jan 16, 2015 at 11:08
Jan 16, 2015
First Look - Hope Technology Cranks
Old guys that don't want to be seen on a road bike? Haha.. I use the bottom two on my 29er for off road and the upper two when I slap street tires on and do all that road biking junk. I can't see myself on a road bike. Baggies, flapping jersey, full fingered gloves, muddy clipless shoes, a Bell Super and a Camelback? Liable to get jumped by roadies and asked where I stole the road bike from.
oldschool43 paulaston's article
Jan 16, 2015 at 10:57
Jan 16, 2015
First Look - Hope Technology Cranks
You can get a 30mm bb in euro 68/73, 83 or 100mm. Raceface has the BSA30, that should work with the Hope's. Hope probably has their own in the works.
oldschool43 paulaston's article
Jan 16, 2015 at 10:47
Jan 16, 2015
First Look - Hope Technology Cranks
Kind of hard to tell, but they might be closer in weight. The Hope has what looks like a 2 or 3 speed spider, not a one piece. Might be a single w/bash option spider? There is a single ring in the works. The Cinch weight on the website has 715g with a chainring spider (a 22 granny and a 36t) and a 89g BB, that brings it to 804g. The granny and bolts would take some weight off, but not much. The Hopes are pretty pricey though and look to be of the same concept and materials, but I've never had issues with Raceface either... and I just picked up my 2 new sets of Turbines today. (I don't see anything new or different on this page. I don't see anything new or different on this page)
oldschool43 mikelevy's article
Jan 7, 2015 at 7:45
Jan 7, 2015
Marzocchi 380 C2R2 Titanium - Review
For 2015, Fox looked to have picked up an arch similar to the M-arch with the Float 36. I have a friend with a new blacked out 36 and when he was riding up to me, from 20 feet away, I thought it was an Marz 55 CR. I've never had issues with my silly man sized M-arch.
oldschool43 RockyMountainBicycles's article
Dec 23, 2014 at 11:54
Dec 23, 2014
Can You Freeride a Fat Bike?
What? No. Seems like a good average weight for stock parts. Even my 29er, if I switched to a tube, it would be a difference of 60 grams or 2 ounces or so. I've never had issues running single ply and standard tubes in MY area. However, if you spent a ton of money, you'd still be dragging along more weight compared to a regular wheel sized bike. I have what I'm running below and links to fat bike weights. 1300 grams for a tire, http://fat-bike.com/2012/01/tire-weights-for-fat-bikes/ 450 grams for your average FB tube. Even Surly lights are 390. http://fat-bike.com/2012/03/lighter-fat-bike-tube-alternatives/ 860 grams for a Surly daryl WITH holes http://www.universalcycles.com/shopping/product_details.php?id=38387&category=855 I'm not adding hub weights, this was for rotational weight. My 29er, Halo Vapour 465g, Maxxis crossmark UST 730g, Valve stem and sealant 220g... 1415g That's a 1135g difference or 2.5 pounds lighter. My 26er in AM settings, (can't run tubeless) Syncros DS28 545g, Maxxis Minion DHR single 2.35 folding 700g, 26x2.5 tube 210g.. That's 1095g difference or 2.4 pounds lighter. That's for the rears, the fronts you can add 70 grams or so, they are 2.4 and 2.5 respectively. See, all true. Again, that's just for me and what my thoughts are on this.
oldschool43 RockyMountainBicycles's article
Dec 23, 2014 at 7:13
Dec 23, 2014
Can You Freeride a Fat Bike?
I would only ride one in the winter. People do say they are fast in the summer, but I'm not sure turning almost 11 pounds or 1300 gram tire, 450 gram tube, 800 gram rim, 2550 grams or 5.6 pounds per wheel, of tire, tube and rim is more efficient or faster than a tubeless 27.5 or 29er setup. Sure, you can go tubeless and get lighter rims and tires, even carbon, but at some point money wise a 29er will be lighter and have better roll over. And a fat bike will never be as agile as a 27.5 with 2.5 tires. I'm not against them and have considered it for snow, we do have snow 3-4 months of the year, but riding them a few times in the snow, doesn't seem like a summer go to bike. On an un-related note, the first fat biker I've this year, full face helmet, knee/shin pads, skin tight baggies, elbow pads over a jacket and an extra large Camelbak pack. No colors matched. I mean it looked like he was having fun, which is the whole point of it and he might even be a rookie, but please, if you know this man or have friends like them, don't let them leave the house dressed like that. They are dangerous dressed like that, I almost crashed laughing...
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