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 mattwragg's article
Jan 26, 2016 at 21:49
Jan 26, 2016
From the Top: Marcus Puerner of Cube Bikes
Over 20 years, that's 2000 miles a year. Not including road miles, that's another 1000 or so a year. So maybe 60,000 over the last 20 years. Biggest year was 5,200 miles. Half off road, half road. Not sure how many BMX street miles or BMX racing miles I had that year, but it was a lot of nights and a lot of weekends doing that when there were no mtb races. I still ride. A lot. So yeah, I'm sure about how much I ride.
oldschool43 mattwragg's article
Jan 26, 2016 at 15:32
Jan 26, 2016
From the Top: Marcus Puerner of Cube Bikes
I did look at those too. Kinda cool. I worry I'd some how crush my nuts in that upward motion swing link. It's karma, I thought it, so it'll likely happen.
oldschool43 mattwragg's article
Jan 26, 2016 at 15:27
Jan 26, 2016
From the Top: Marcus Puerner of Cube Bikes
I have been looking at Transition and Evil. And I am someone who rides. 40,000 miles or so off-road, so I do know what I'm doing. Just sayin. ;)
oldschool43 mattwragg's article
Jan 26, 2016 at 13:45
Jan 26, 2016
From the Top: Marcus Puerner of Cube Bikes
I'm from the US and I'd buy a Cube. I know the numbers would not be over the top for them. I ride Cotic and On One at the moment. Very rare, in my area, but capable bikes. Was looking at YT, Ghost or Orbea as my next bike because I want something different. Nearly every bike in my area is a Trek, Specialized or Santa Cruz. They are nice bikes and I have owned one or more of each, but I want something different. Just to see what's out there, because the small brands I own now are super fun bikes. More fun than the big bike brands I've owned.
oldschool43 paulaston's article
Dec 22, 2015 at 7:20
Dec 22, 2015
Chris Porter Talks: GeoMetron 29" Prototype
I built up a rigid 29er as a commuter/road bike and used it for 6 months or so just for that. It's a small sized frame so it had around a 67/68 degree head angle with the fork I was using, Surly Krampus. I got curious how it'd be offroad and put a 2.4 front 2.2 rear rear on it and took it off road one day. Blown away by it. I was a 26er for life kinda guy before that. Put a 120mm fork on it and it is amazing. I can blow out corners and it jumps nice. I can do it everything on it that I could with the 26ers. I'm eyeballing an Evil The Following. My next bike will be a 29er for sure...
oldschool43 GTBicycles's article
Dec 16, 2015 at 14:16
Dec 16, 2015
The Relationship With Your Bicycle - Video
Bmx 1981-1991, 26er's from 1991-2011, 29er AND 26er's 2011-now.. I still love my 26er..
oldschool43 GTBicycles's article
Dec 16, 2015 at 9:21
Dec 16, 2015
The Relationship With Your Bicycle - Video
My bike is an extension of me. There is no me without my bike. It started 35 years ago. When I jumped my first real jump. The full days spent there trying to learn a tabletop. It took an entire summer to pull it. I felt like my bike had a part in it. It showed me how, when it thought I was ready. I connected to my bike that day. From deep inside my soul. It's part of me. It gives me my style. It looks after me and pushes me when I get lazy. It keeps me humble when I think I'm great. It lets me fly through the air. Play in the mud. Kick up some dust. Allows me to do things I wouldn't think I could do or should do. Still gives me a smile ear to ear. It's been with me in my darkest days and my happiest moments. Relationships have come and gone. Different jobs. Different garages. Has watched my kids grow and rode with my kids. It's hung from different cars and countless racks. One thing has remained true after all these years though. Unlike my human relationships, my bike has always been there for me. No questions asked. Good ride or bad, it always takes me back to that feeling. Back to that late, warm, summer afternoon in 1981. The sun just minutes from setting. When a 10 year old boy, with his whole life ahead of him, found a friend for life. In his bike.
oldschool43 Psf1's article
Dec 14, 2015 at 19:30
Dec 14, 2015
Fatbike for Fun - Video
Pretty cool riding. I think I've seen him ride his motorcycle trials bike locally before. Lot's of skill going on there.
oldschool43 pinkbikeaudience's article
Dec 8, 2015 at 5:11
Dec 8, 2015
Win a Devinci Minus - Pinkbike's Advent Calendar Giveaway
I'm in the upper midwest in the states and there is a group of fatbikers that ride the Lake Michigan lake shore for several miles as part of a weekly group bike ride in the summer. In the winter, we have a winter fatbike racing series. We have not had snow this year yet, but once there is a base, a groomer hits the trails. Some people ride them year round. I don't own one, but rode one once, rigid. It was different. It was actually a pretty fun bike, but the wheel/tire/tube combo I rode weighed a ton and even though it had great traction, I could feel the weight. Wheel weight was my only complaint really. I know there is lighter wheel options, but the cost and the fact that I wouldn't ride it year round, it doesn't appeal to mean. But a free one, I'd use it.
oldschool43 ChargeBikes's article
Oct 31, 2015 at 5:51
Oct 31, 2015
CLOSED: Win a Charge Cooker 0 - Contest
If you want trails, take the Metra to the Zion station and head over to Beulah Park. It's got jumps and stunts and tight single track. It's a CAMBA maintained trail system. Only a mile from the station. Hit Zion Cyclery for one of the biggest mtb shops in the Chicago/Milwaukee area. Seriously, the best shop around! I'm an old mechanic and have yet to find a better shop, with in house selection, in a 50 mile radius of them. That includes Chicago and Milwaukee. If you want hills (200 feet.. It is the midwest) with 3 different 30mph downhills, single track and enough trails to make it worth it. If you ride every trail, it's about 9 miles and around 1100 feet of climbing, with actual rooted fast downhills. Take the Metra to the Kenosha station and head over to Petrifying Springs Park. It's about 2 miles from the station. No real bike shops, but their are 2 Micro Breweries walking distance from the station and a Chicago style hot dog shop, run by a guy from Chicago. If you need a guide, message me.
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