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 RichardCunningham's article
Jan 20, 2017 at 7:03
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Pinkbike Poll: Which Major Component is the Least Evolved Part of a Mountain Bike?
The stem! I have a RF Diabolus stem that would likely still be useful, but there are few bars to choose from. Next, I think chains have devolved over the past 10 years. Never had chains break during the 7-9 speed era, but have had a few 10's break.
oldschool43 AJBarlas's article
Jan 13, 2017 at 8:22
Jan 13, 2017
SUNringlé Charger Expert AL Wheelset - Review
The thought with straight pull is they don't have a bend, meaning a more robust wheel. The down side, if you do catch a stick, you don't have that extra play (from the J-bend) to take up some of the hit. People can buy extra spokes ahead of time to keep as spares. I'm surprised people with SP spokes don't do that more often. As for spoke cutter/threaders, they are awesome! I've built around 1000 wheels with them, just mine alone I've built 15 sets of wheels or so. So nice. The machine, if you can find one, is very expensive. But you can order one length spoke and cut it down. You can also do DB spokes, but you need a few different sizes to keep enough material on the spoke. I've never been disappointed with a custom cut wheel and never received any negative feed back from anyone I built a wheel for. As for my opinion if SP are better... I really couldn't say. I've seen both fail and both go 1000's of miles. I've only used J'bends and have yet to break a spoke, have had popped eyelets, but not needed to replace a spoke in almost 10,000 miles. That spoke broke because I sucked a chain into the wheel.
oldschool43 mikelevy's article
Jan 10, 2017 at 11:17
Jan 10, 2017
Ridden and Rated - 5 Trail Bikes
@DARKSTAR63: Uhhhhh... But I'm trying to avoid all the hate.. Haha... Remedy 9.8. I really tried to like it if that matters at all. It was really nice, just wasn't for me.
oldschool43 mikelevy's article
Jan 10, 2017 at 10:23
Jan 10, 2017
Ridden and Rated - 5 Trail Bikes
@DARKSTAR63: Started with T... Had an R in the name... Looked like a session, but wasn't.. It was white with black stickers.. People love them..
oldschool43 mikelevy's article
Jan 10, 2017 at 9:48
Jan 10, 2017
Ridden and Rated - 5 Trail Bikes
Here's an example of "a winner" review being off. I had an experience with a bike that won a shootout about 4 years ago. The magazine said it was,"stable, fast, capable..our testers always turned to that bike..". I was going to buy that bike, without riding it offroad first. The shop owner invited me on a ride and he had just picked up one for himself. I rode it first! A 12 mile loop. It was all of that that the magazine said it was, but it wasn't fun, for me. It was a $6000+ carbon beauty and had every bell and whistle, but I could not wait to get back on my bike. Had super long chainstays, like way out there. I manual thru stuff, a lot. I could barely loft the front end. The steering was so neutral, it felt numb. Like driving a dump truck, only giving you feedback if you jerked on the bars. I wasn't blown away or like,"Oh yeah, I get it". I was like,"Oh yeah, I rode one of those once". It was just a bike. Not the bike for me. But I have friends who love theirs, so different strokes. And it is nice not being envious of a $6000+ bike ;)
oldschool43 ellsworthbikes's article
Jan 9, 2017 at 11:13
Jan 9, 2017
Ellsworth Announces Brian Lopes As Team Rider - Press Release
Take him down, like the rebel flag? I mean, the flag is gone, but the pride seems to still be there. I'm a yankee, so I'm not sure how the south lives these days, but they seemed to have survived. Maybe a public shamming handle for 60 days. Like "douchenator" or "Mensies 4 life"? (PS, He hasn't posted... kind of exciting.. Like the teacher has stepped out of the classroom ;) )
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Jan 9, 2017
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oldschool43 ellsworthbikes's article
Jan 9, 2017 at 10:04
Jan 9, 2017
Ellsworth Announces Brian Lopes As Team Rider - Press Release
@samfr1000: @Garpur44: Thanks guys! But really, he's always slinging shit. At everyone. Newbies, normal guys, guys that are fat and old but can still manual a 1/4 mile on a 29er 3x at 36 miles per hour, I was just pointing out the fact that he may have a phallic disorder. ;)
oldschool43 ellsworthbikes's article
Jan 9, 2017 at 6:55
Jan 9, 2017
Ellsworth Announces Brian Lopes As Team Rider - Press Release
@WAKIdesigns: you were the first person on here to slam me in 2011 for an opinion about what I LIKED IN MY SET UP! I didn't call wide bars gay or people that use them dicks or idiots. But YOU called me an idiot for questioning if wide bars were actually "better". I had just picked up my bikes again after a 6 year hiatus and only had what I had run in 2004. Which were 26" inch wide bars. In 04', that was considered wide. Once I bought a new bike with a longer TT and slacker HT, that whole bar questioning made sense. But you still called me an idiot. You've slammed me for talking in favor of 29er's, which I enjoy riding. I don't race anymore or have an account showing my ball size or bragging about how much money I have or don't have. I have NOTHING to prove anymore, just stating my experiences. Believe it or not, I PREFER my hardtail 29er these days. My 3x10 29er at that! That bike is my every bike, a set of road wheels for the road, 2 off road sets of wheels for work or play. It jumps and manuals and corners just fine and has survived Ray's expert jump line 50+ times with zero issue. I can also ride a wheelie on it for miles on end (and have been able to ride miles long wheelies for 30+ years). All true statements, but you have slammed me on ALL of them! Any comment about a 29er, 3x.. Yeah, 3x.. I was a mechanic for 12 years, you called me stupid not to go 1x, even though I can make a front derailleur work, you know, I don't care if my bike is 4.5 ounces heavier, that's what I'm using now. I could go on and on. Hell, you even had some comment about me riding a wheelie. Again, calling me an idiot. As for Lopes... In the 80's, I raced BMX for a few years. I freestyled for way more than that. I raced nationals, been to the grands plenty of times. Raced NORBA in the early 90's. I have brushed elbow's with nearly everyone in MTB and BMX from the 80's and 90's. I have had friends inside both industries, very inside. Not a guy at a bike shop, but the guy that interviews the guy, that takes the pics and writes it up and has it printed in a magazine that is sold in the bike shop. The guy that helped design the first OEM mtb disc brake... Sorry... Focus.. Lopes was my friends travel partner a few times for BMX events. I got to know him through my friend. We ate dinner together, rode bikes together, stayed at the same hotels and sometimes drove together... he was a dick... He talked crap about nearly everyone.. I told my friend he was a dick... He said,"Yeah, but what are you gonna do? He's cool like 10% of the time". About a year later, he was glad Lopes switched to mtb only. I don't know if Lopes is a dick today, age, marriage, reflection.. Maybe he's been Ebeneezer Scrooged and loves "every one".. idk... But when I hear Lopes, I still think, "What a dick"... As for you WAKI, when I see your profile name, I think... "OMG, What does he have to say now?". Out of 100 comments you've made to me, I'd say 10% may have been nice. I haven't posted comments because of you. I haven't responded to comments, because you carry on. I was floored when I saw they allowed you to post a story on here. I actually hate this site because of the attacks, but like the content. Can't have everything I guess. You know something? I don't think you ride. Because you do comment on EVERYTHING, EVERYDAY! At any hour! I'm on here about 2 times a day early am and late afternoon, just to check for a new posts. You comment at 5-7am and 3-4pm, that's according to my time, in the US. I get off work, I go ride from 4:30pm till 7pm. If I check the site, at 9pm, you've commented ALL DAY!! If you're in Europe or the America's, you're not riding, at all.. Maybe it's time you take a step back WAKI. You might actually be a dick..
oldschool43 ellsworthbikes's article
Jan 7, 2017 at 12:51
Jan 7, 2017
Ellsworth Announces Brian Lopes As Team Rider - Press Release
I agree. I officially rolled over that mid 40's hump and can say that someone I raced with or looked up to would not make me buy a bike they ride. Even if he is getting paid 1/4 of his 90's salary, it would pay for 100 kids entry fees. If I had only won the lottery (or played it) I would love to run a team, bring up new riders, help them in any way I could. That is what sells me on a bike company. There are still a few out there that do that.. just a few..
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