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 ChrisJohannes's article
Feb 24, 2015 at 9:33
3 days
Randoms - QBP Frostbike 2015
ONLY 2 broken pedals? My brother has broken 4. Dude, I have a set of Shimano 535's I bought new in 1993, with about 20,000 miles on them, you can borrow them whenever. If you don't like those, I have some 535's with about 10,000 miles on them. They still work and spin freely. I only took them off in 2012, cuz.. they aren't new I guess? My brother constantly has his cb pedals apart (all 3 pairs!), fixing something. Spring, bushing, spindle. I've never weighed less than 200lbs and have jumped clipped in. a lot.. I mean, it's the riders choice of pedal to use, but I have 3000 miles on the new versions of the shimano trail pedals, I've never even looked at them. Cuz they just do their job.. I've never quite understood you CB guys.. :)
oldschool43 mmatthews's article
Feb 18, 2015 at 13:38
Feb 18, 2015
Are You Covered? Travel Insurance Tips
I thought that's what Obamacare was going to be, but turned out not to be. People were more freaked out about the thought of a national insurance, before he announced what it was. But having riding friends from England and Canada telling me they were heading home for a few months to have surgery or other medical treatments they would say "It's free. Why pay thousands here?" They also had free ER visits here. When you're 25 years old, not a pro, living alone and paying $200 a month, with a $2000 deductible (19 years ago) making $27k a year at a full time job, I thought,"I'm living in the wrong country". The US would screw this up though and mass hysteria would set in. Besides, nearly every government elect in DC is sitting on a pharm or healthcare board, how are they gonna line their pockets if its government controlled?
oldschool43 mikekazimer's article
Feb 9, 2015 at 5:43
Feb 9, 2015
Norco Range C 7.2 - Review
I was/am in the same boat. I bought a steel hardtail that can take a 160mm fork (I run it at 140mm), it's a whole lot of fun. Having a nice, highly rated, full suspension bike a few years ago, then moving to that hardtail setup, I really haven't missed FS. I pieced it with new and my used parts, less than $1600. And zero frame maintenance! And it's a 26er. I don't feel I'm missing anything with 27.5, cuz I have no complaints or "wish it was more (insert issue).." and I can still keep up with my friends. But if I had the cash for top-of-the-line, I still think I'd be jealous if I saw a cheap, dirty, long travel hardtail out at the trail, cuz I know how fun it is..
oldschool43 raysmtb1's article
Feb 4, 2015 at 12:16
Feb 4, 2015
Get Inspired: Sign up for Ray's Women's Weekend 2015
Ohhhhh man!!! Had I known about this May 6th 2014, I would not have bought front row Supercross tickets for Indianapolis. My mid teenage daughters would love this, cuz you know, a girl will tell them once what I've said 1,000 times and they will hear listen to her and it'll all work out and be fun and "OMG!! Daddy, guess what I did?" and I'll be like "See!" and they will want passes (we're 45 minutes south of MKE) and new bikes and they'll be inspired and we'll ride together all the time... or not, they're still teenagers with other ideas... One does want to learn to flip, in the pit at least... Never falls on a weekend without plans. I'm bummed, cuz they'd enjoy it.
oldschool43 SramMedia's article
Feb 3, 2015 at 11:57
Feb 3, 2015
Video: New Found Speed - BlackBox and JC Study the Wheel
That's true, I have seen slow-mo's of that. Most of the time it looks like twist in the swing arms, with a deflection here and there, which I though it was at first. But JC is about 145-150lbs, that's a lot of movement in the wheel for someone his size. Put a 200+ pounder on there and I would imagine the steering would get dull and the bike would have a loose feel. I remember Sram saying something about count, cross and spoke design before. They built a super stiff rim to go down on counts and cross, but that flex is exactly what you get when us go that low with traditional straight pull spokes. A j bend would have been better for side loads, but with so few spokes, straight pull are stronger. Building a 1000 or so wheelsets for every discipline, these wheels even before the video were not my choice because of the count and traditional spoke design.
oldschool43 SramMedia's article
Feb 3, 2015 at 10:11
Feb 3, 2015
Video: New Found Speed - BlackBox and JC Study the Wheel
I don't a have a camera at work, weak. But how is this.. Oh, I thought it was shot nicely. The trails looked nice. The :26 mark took me all the way back to early November as I have a corner at my trails that looks just like that. I would have made motorcycle noises there. Oh, he's discussing wheels. Oh they're changing tires, I do that too! I bet that's what it looks like when I work on my daughter's bikes. Oh that kid can still ride. Nice! He's got a pretty cool job. A shuttle driver? Sweet! OH MY, that wheel flex at 4:56, he should have his dad check his spokes. Oh, that's it? I would have liked more explosions, dragons or the Dudes of Hazard messing about with him. I give it a 4.62 out of 5. Not too long. Informative. Good use of camera shots. I could tell they might want to sell wheels...
oldschool43 SramMedia's article
Feb 3, 2015 at 9:25
Feb 3, 2015
Video: New Found Speed - BlackBox and JC Study the Wheel
I saw that too. Thought it was frame deflection or swingarm twist (rewound it, paused, played, pause), it's the wheel! That's a lot of flex. Good thing it's built tough with 24 spokes in a cross 2 pattern with regular straight pull spokes. I laced up a set of 24 spoke by 2x road wheels for a racer once. She was 5'5" and 120lbs. The first time I heard about the Roams, thought it is was going to be a Mavic or iNine type of spoke. There is not enough strength in normal spokes for that cross and count after a certain weight/crank power. If you build a strong rim, you can get by, but just look at that flex, that's frame rub flex. I'll pass, even if they were free.
oldschool43 diamondbackbikes's article
Jan 29, 2015 at 12:30
Jan 29, 2015
Has the Bike Changed Your Life?
I was a professional snipe hunter. I hunted for years. Then I found a lawn gnome that told be to follow him to the trail head. Oh wait, that was a dream. Sorry...
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.
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