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 GUNJM's article
Jul 29, 2015 at 7:23
Jul 29, 2015
Oakley Radar EV Path Sunglasses - Review
I have an old pair of M-Frames that I use. I only run a clear lens and added vents with a Dremel tool. It looks like the vented lens that was $20 more. They are 100% UV, so I don't squint. They work great. Best part, I bought them 15 years ago for $75. I replaced the lens 9 years ago for $35. I think they've more than paid for themselves, but not sure if forking out $190 for new Oakley's is really worth it if something happens to my M-Frame...
oldschool43 pinkbikeaudience's article
Jul 24, 2015 at 6:38
Jul 24, 2015
NICA and Pinkbike Announce Media Partnership
My daughter is racing NICA this year. Very proud of her for trying it out. But now, after riding my 29er, she wants a new bike or wants to "borrow" mine, because it's faster than her 26er.. Pfft, kids...
oldschool43 pinkbikeaudience's article
Jul 23, 2015 at 7:54
Jul 23, 2015
Breaking News: Marzocchi to Close its Doors
I have a 55 Ti too and when I jump from Fox bike to Marz bike or vice versa, I'm like, "Oh 55, you're the best. Don't tell the Fox fork you're my favorite"... The Fox knows it can hold a stick to the Marz. The damper, spring rate, stiffness. Not sure why they aren't everyone's favorite... The 29er Marz 44 Micro Switch is probably a better fork than the Fox. Small stanchions and all...
oldschool43 pinkbikeaudience's article
Jul 23, 2015 at 7:40
Jul 23, 2015
Breaking News: Marzocchi to Close its Doors
Dude, the CEO takes home $1.6 million dollars MORE than it costs to operate Marz for an entire year!!! (It's a traded company so they have disclosure laws) It's all about the Benjamin's... And they are based in Lake Forest. It's like the Beverly Hills of Chicago... I'm assuming they don't ride mtb's, but golf and have expensive horses (the fancy kind, not like ours) I would also guess they own a "summer home" in Lake Geneva, WI, which ironically is 15 minutes from the biggest mtb trail system in Wisconsin. Okay, that is extreme stereotyping, but it's 75% true of the population of Lake Forest. Seriously...
oldschool43 pinkbikeaudience's article
Jul 23, 2015 at 7:26
Jul 23, 2015
Breaking News: Marzocchi to Close its Doors
Hey, me too! I'm in Kenosha now, but ran the streets of Lake County for 27 odd years... Anyway, the CEO takes home $1.6 million dollars MORE than it costs to operate Marz for an entire year!!! (It's a traded company so it has disclosure laws) It's all about money, not about the brand or the 1,000's of people that get a twinkle in their eye when you ask if they ever owned a Bomber... It's probably the same group of d-bags at buzz roadies and park in bike lanes, lord knows they golf, not mountain bike..
oldschool43 pinkbikeaudience's article
Jul 23, 2015 at 7:11
Jul 23, 2015
Breaking News: Marzocchi to Close its Doors
It's all about the MONEY... Get this, they'd save $7m a year in operating costs. So approximately $7m to operate Marz... THE CEO TAKES HOME 1.6 MILLION DOLLARS MORE THAN IT COSTS TO OPERATE MARZOCCHI FOR A YEAR!!!!!!!!!! Yep, the CEO makes $8.6m a year... That's America for ya..
oldschool43 pinkbikeaudience's article
Jul 23, 2015 at 6:31
Jul 23, 2015
Breaking News: Marzocchi to Close its Doors
Tenneco is based in Lake Forest IL? It all makes sense now. It's one of the most affluent cities in the Chicago area. Think: "$1,000,000 is for a run down house with yearly property taxes of $20,000" kinda city. It's about pure profit forecasts. Like 10% growth is not growth if the forecast was 12% for profits. They've had no PR, no fork or shock reviews in the past year. It doesn't buy the owners a Bentley, so it is not worth the time to make it work. It's a corporate thing through and through. Happens to businesses in the Chicago area all the time.. It's a shame, because they CAN produce something if anyone cared enough to try. Wish I had $15m burning a hole in my pocket, I have some ideas and I'd be happy buying a used truck. Their dampers are better than Fox if the stars are aligned, just need the right person to make one that works on a daily basis and for people that just ride and don't know how to bring it out.. I'd go back to bolt on crowns too, no more press fit issues..
oldschool43 pinkbikeaudience's article
Jul 19, 2015 at 7:57
Jul 19, 2015
USA MTB National Championships Update
This is pretty sad. Not for the winners, but for USA Cycling and mountain biking in particular in the USA as a whole. No production company wanted to step in to have coverage? Was there even a bid offered to anyone to offer coverage? Thanks to Pinkbike for updating us. I miss having a proper national series and the lack of live streaming or television coverage is pretty jacked up. Sad sad sad...
oldschool43 pinkbikeaudience's article
Jul 15, 2015 at 8:28
Jul 15, 2015
Ask Pinkbike: More Travel, Locking Out, and Switching to Clipless
I ride both ways. I can ride everything both ways. HT, FS and rigid. My technique is stylish (to the old, fat guy brain I have and what the kids I don't pay have to say) I could ride Rays clipped in with no issues (it's on my bucket list to ride there clipped in). It's all in the mind. It rounds out your skill riding both ways. There is nothing I can do because of the pedal interface and nothing I can't do because of it. BTW, I don't notice the pedals, I see the rider. Stop the hate and just ride..
oldschool43 pinkbikeaudience's article
Jul 15, 2015 at 8:09
Jul 15, 2015
Ask Pinkbike: More Travel, Locking Out, and Switching to Clipless
I've been clipped in for 22 years or so. I switched to flats with Five Tens and a wide pin Answer Rove (no slipping and get less shoe damage compared to sharp/skinny pins) last year to see if there was a difference. I've ridden bridges, skinnies (40 foot long, 4"-6" wide) jumped, dropped, bunny hopped logs/obstacles, manuals, wheelies and bump jumped, both ways, clipped in and with flats, on the same trail 50 or so times with each set up. I actually have slightly faster total times (only a minute or so over an hour) and don't feel as worn out after a ride being clipped in. There is nothing I can't do with or without clips. I get flack from guys I ride with for riding clipped in and am not sure why. I do the same stuff they do in flats while I'm clipped in. Or maybe that's why.. ;)
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