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 RichardCunningham's article
Sep 30, 2016 at 5:22
Sep 30, 2016
History and Deception - Opinion
I recently had a shop owner ask,"Wanna take this bike for a ride?" It was a full suspension, 5" full knobby tired, carbon fiber fat bike. Weighed well over 50lbs. I thought,"What the hell". After a short spin around the parking lot, he turned the power up to 100% and told me to hit the road. I effortlessly did 20mph going slightly uphill. Asked what I thought of it when I got back from my ride,"This isn't a bike". I say that because even the slightest pressure on the pedals made that thing accelerate. Maybe not with 2 or 4 stroke grunt, but it took off. Doing 20mph on a 50lbs fat bike bike uphill, I hadn't even broke a sweat or started breathing hard! The motor was staying ahead of my pressure on the pedals, think sitting on a trainer with no resistance... That's not a bicycle..
oldschool43 dbaker's article
Sep 29, 2016 at 13:22
Sep 29, 2016
An Unconventional Education: Ryan Leech’s Journey to Online Mountain Bike Coaching
I GOTTA trade in my penny farthing for something "modern" so I can fit in. Dang hand me downs....
oldschool43 vernonfelton's article
Sep 26, 2016 at 7:27
Sep 26, 2016
High Voltage: The Inside Line on Electronic Shifting and Suspension
Some marketing mumbo jumbo in there, but there are points being made. However, reliability! I was a mechanic for many years. Actually, I was a really good mechanic for years, but you can't raise a family on $12 an hour. When I build a new personal bike from the ground up for myself or a family member (or upgrade to the next gear count) here is how it goes. I put it in the rack, do my magic with MY tricks and then I go for a short ride. I force shifts and run thru the gears like I have no clue what I'm doing. Then I turn the barrel adjuster a 1/4 turn, I'm good for 3-4 years so long as nothing gets bent, meets a stick or goes under water. I've ridden 8,000+ miles on the same parts and cable/housing (with new cassettes and chains every 1,500 miles) I literally don't worry. Anyone can jump on any of my bikes and just go. I also successfully run a 2x and a 3x system with no dropped chains or miss shifts. The only hesitation I have with electric, charging, "riding out the ride" and price. You can't fashion a shifter out of a stick for a broken cable or mangled derailleur 7 miles from home with electric. And if you did wrap an E-derailleur, I wouldn't always be able to run out and buy a new. Even online, an XT on sale, $175 maybe? That's not cheap. You can buy 2, 11spd XT rear cable derailleurs at full price and still buy a 12 pack and a frozen pizza with the extra cash for $175. Hope electric is not forced on us... I'm really good with making old stuff work though, so I'll be underground, MadMax style. ;)
oldschool43 RichardCunningham's article
Sep 17, 2016 at 3:26
Sep 17, 2016
Pinkbike Poll: How Many Suspension Adjustments Do You Actually Need?
@HairyLegs: I actually bought a DVO Diamond on Tuesday.
oldschool43 RichardCunningham's article
Sep 16, 2016 at 13:08
Sep 16, 2016
Pinkbike Poll: How Many Suspension Adjustments Do You Actually Need?
So true. I had only ridden rebound/lockout or rigid forks for over 20 yrs, then I bought my 2012 Marz 55 Micro Ti. I wanted it because it was burly. Pro reviews seemed okay, but half of the consumer reviews said,"Can't really fell the Micro setting... just a lock out and rebound fork, mostly..." Rode it for a few weeks in the spring, muddy, wet, never got a head of steam, never once felt the HSC. When it dried out, I got the rebound, sag, air pressure and volume adjust perfect. On mostly flat, bumpy trails. The second I aimed the thing downhill and hit 20mph and hit my first 5" root, (I braced myself for the bottom out) "HELLO!! I'm high speed compression, how can I help you today?". Didn't even completely bottom out. That fork has spoiled the hell out of me. Just wish I could stretch it into a 650b or 29er fork.
oldschool43 RichardCunningham's article
Sep 16, 2016 at 12:21
Sep 16, 2016
Pinkbike Poll: How Many Suspension Adjustments Do You Actually Need?
Well, if you look at the knobs on my custom suspension, they go to 11. Most people only have 10...
oldschool43 mikekazimer's article
Sep 2, 2016 at 10:04
Sep 2, 2016
Pinkbike Poll: Loud Hubs - Yes or No?
She actually came with them. Works out good because the the price of horses per year is about 3 times my mtb budget, which isn't a whole lot, but spending $650 from time to time is never an issue. You actually just have to announce yourself and see if the horse is acting weird, ie, turning, backing up, acting riled. Then follow the riders instruction. You know, I think we may be in the minority when it comes to bikes. Our half draft (he has the 30lbs piles of poop on the trail) his first trail ride, I rode my mtb on the trail while my wife rode him (illegally btw). I rode in front, rode behind, touched him with my hand. He's fine with it. Our quarter horse mare (she has the 15lbs piles of poop) she was super sketchy of bikes, but I rode with her too and did all the trail stuff. Now she's fine. I could take them to the mtb trails and never have an issue. As for the poop, it's actually the cleanest of all the farm animals. However, in my area of the country, the horse lobbies and bike lobbies worked it out so we don't share mtb/horse trails. The one trail we do share, 30 miles or so of limestone, gravel bike type stuff, we pay around $50 per horse to ride them because there is a clean crew to take care of it. If the bike rider comes storming up and does not give the right of way or does not follow instruction (there are IMBA rules for horses) and there is a wreck, it becomes the bike riders fault. If you are just sitting there, completely different issue. As for your wife and a horse... They are kinda cool. I mean it's a 1500lbs (or 2000lbs, he's mine) animal that is afraid of everything and getting them to trust you is pretty cool. And if you ever need a leverage tool for buying a fork or new bike...
oldschool43 mikekazimer's article
Sep 2, 2016 at 6:57
Sep 2, 2016
Pinkbike Poll: Loud Hubs - Yes or No?
No kidding? Takes a lot to get horses use to bikes. But once they are, it's all good. My wife has a few horses, technically I have one too. Took a couple weeks, but they are fine with bikes. Just remember, if you scare a horse and the rider comes off, you can become liable for the incident, including medical bills, injury bills to the horse, property damage, etc.. Some horse people are sue happy and a little nuts. Some don't take the time to desensitize them to things they are afraid of and those people really piss me off. Actually, the more you interact with riders, the better the horses will get. You won't be a big scary animal running down the trail coming to eat them anymore. Hell, pack a carrot or give them a treat out on the trail. They will be looking for YOU.. It's literally that easy to live with horses.
oldschool43 mikekazimer's article
Sep 2, 2016 at 6:35
Sep 2, 2016
Pinkbike Poll: Loud Hubs - Yes or No?
Yes, loud. Basically because they work as a horn to hikers, like from as far back as 30 or more feet. I don't notice the sound so much, but other people do. I run Hopes, all 3 of the Pro II versions and the Pro 4. Each one, depending on how much grease is still being used in the pawls, is louder or quieter. The louder it gets, I know it's time to wipe it out and re-pack. My bikes are are dead silent when I pedal and make no sound over bumps. The new Pro 4, at around 15mph, sounds like a bee hive. To me at least...
oldschool43 mikelevy's article
Aug 26, 2016 at 16:37
Aug 26, 2016
Trek's Prototype DH Bike - Crankworx Whistler 2016
I really like my new modern 29er. Running a 2.5 Minion, I can run over anything and the geometry let's me ride it hard. Totally an eye opener compared to the 1st Gen 29er's. I think the people that hate 29er's have never ridden a new one. They are amazing. And I hated the 2 29er's I rode 10 years ago... like "Well buying this would be a waste of money" kinda hate.
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