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 mikelevy's article
Apr 23, 2015 at 13:04
Apr 23, 2015
Opinion: The Message and the Medium
Long long ago, in a Target far far away, I was in a foggy drunken stupor, walking through the store at 2am. I was on an mtb camping/race weekend. Had a great time racing that day. My brother had just come back from the BMX Worlds and stopped over in Canada and brought back real beer. He brought 2 12's to the races and let me tell ya, 6 Canadians are a whole hell of a lot more fun than 6 Americans. Anyway, we needed some zip ties so we rode down to the Target.. at 2am.. slightly tipsy.. but we wore our full face helmets the whole time, sooo... Anyway, I stumbled upon Issue No 1 of BIKE Magazine. Never heard of it, so I bought it. Monday am at lunch I open it. It had writing I never knew bike magazines could have. The Grimy Handshake! I was working at a shop and it said EXACTLY what I always wanted to say. I still love it. The reviews are.. good. But I still take any review with a grain of salt.
oldschool43 mikelevy's article
Apr 23, 2015 at 12:58
Apr 23, 2015
Opinion: The Message and the Medium
I would see the print edition in B&N in the states and go a little crazy. I didn't have a problem spending $17 on it either...
oldschool43 mikelevy's article
Apr 23, 2015 at 12:32
Apr 23, 2015
Opinion: The Message and the Medium
I use it like Playboy, for the pictures. They have the fanciest parts and possibly the most expensive bikes reviewed on a regular basis. Like Playboy, I can't score any of that... Unless it's the college, er uh, I mean the Budget issue...
oldschool43 brule's article
Apr 20, 2015 at 11:07
Apr 20, 2015
Day 4 Randoms - Sea Otter 2015
Thank you. I'll be here all week, try the veal.. My kids (2 girls) started with small used 20" bikes at age 4, then used large 20", then new 24" mtb's, then new 14.5" framed 26" bikes and I thought that would be the size that would work for a while, but that lasted for 2 seasons with stem changes. I knew they'd out grow them. They were easy to sell or trade in. But those 4 new bikes would be the price of one Supreme 20. They've been on a 16.5" and a 17" 26er now for 4 years and one might be done growing at 15 years old, but the 16 year old is close to out growing her 17" inch frame.. They got my hand-me-down parts on new frames and Fox forks, that I custom painted for them (I work at a hot rod shop in paint) for their current bikes. One is full XT, the other full XTR so they don't have anything to complain about. But when they ask for a new bike at a shop (cuz it's pretty) I guilt them about their bikes not being good enough. ;) Could be worse, I could have boys that break stuff..
oldschool43 brule's article
Apr 20, 2015 at 7:01
Apr 20, 2015
Day 4 Randoms - Sea Otter 2015
My parents would have told me I was nuts if I wanted an $1800 bike when I was 10 (not sure what age this is geared towards). They thought I was crazy asking for a top of the line Mongoose and those were $300. I love my kids, but not that much. Even if I did buy it, who would buy it from me used for $1000? They out grow them after all and I'm not making more kids..
oldschool43 RyanLeech's article
Apr 20, 2015 at 6:47
Apr 20, 2015
Ryan Leech's 30 Day Wheelie Challenge
I did a lot of racing, dirt jumping, street riding, jumping off stairs in the late 80's on my bmx bike. Did the same in the 90's, but on my mountain bike, which was your "one bike". Raced DS on friday, DH on saturday and XC on sunday. You had to learn how to land short with your seat way up in the air. I started dropping the seat before it was cool because if I missed getting the seat out of the way, it sucked and it got old. I guess there is more technique to landing short. I do know that any dual suspension bike I've owned had a weird "buck" if I came up short. I ride hardtails with long travel forks now, so I have 10" of travel in the rear? I do know though, I hated coming up short on a double. Also over shot doubles a lot too. They always scared me a bit. I hit a redneck 35' footer on the "one bike" once. Decked in light weight xc parts. All I could think was what if.. My wife has said she wants to visit Ireland, I told her only if I can go to Wales too. That trail looks like so much fun.
oldschool43 RyanLeech's article
Apr 15, 2015 at 12:53
Apr 15, 2015
Ryan Leech's 30 Day Wheelie Challenge
That's cool you're learning them. I'm 44 years old now. I learned wheelies 32 years ago. It's odd, but I still enjoy them. Ride a mile or so once a month. Clipped in, seat in XC mode, which I think is harder. I can still smoke the kids I run into with wheelie variations and manuals.. Actually the only time I feel young on a bike these days, is on one wheel. It's a very useful tool. I use a wheelie technique of sort several times out on the trails. It'll come to you. As far as jumping goes, I crashed so many times as a kid, it's best to only jump what you feel comfortable with. Only have to prove it to yourself. I do jump some big stuff now, but I also have to hold a job. So if I have think if I can make, I don't do it. I saw a video of a bike park in Wales that is full of tabletop jumps, that's the type of jumps to ride because you can land short without a crash involved.
oldschool43 RyanLeech's article
Apr 15, 2015 at 12:18
Apr 15, 2015
Ryan Leech's 30 Day Wheelie Challenge
It's all about having time to ride in most cases. I learned to wheelie one summer between 6th and 7th grade. Spent 2 months, nearly everyday, trying to ride up a tiny hill with my friends. One day I made it. 4 driveways. I thought it was far back then, it was maybe 50 yards. 3 years later, 4 miles. That was 32 years ago. I wish there was an easy way to teach someone to learn them, but all I can say is "pull up on the bars and pedal"... Yeah, I might be that really old guy that you see pulling up one handed or pulling up into a wheelie seated and chainless and coasting for a while. After you learn how, it's easy, like clipping in.. which I also do.. never went over backwards clipped in either..
oldschool43 urteam's article
Mar 24, 2015 at 12:42
Mar 24, 2015
Video: Polygon UR Train Charging Queenstown
Of all the bike porn videos I've seen the past 4 months, waiting for the trails to thaw and dry, this one makes me wanna ride the most for some reason. Must be a hidden sound track because I kept thinking over and over while watching it, "Quit your job and go ride your bike" Actually sounds like a really good idea..
oldschool43 mikelevy's article
Mar 23, 2015 at 8:23
Mar 23, 2015
Yeti SB6C - Review
I actually read the whole thing to see if they too had a swingarm issue... They did! Over at BIKE Mag, the bible issue, they had 2 broken swingarms... 2!! So 2 reviews and 3 broken swingarms.. I almost bought this bike.. glad I didn't. I don't crash very often, but I have some serious scuff marks on my chainstays from rocks, logs and branches. Maybe they fixed it, but come on, to give a bike to people that are going to ride it to the limit with a pretty serious issue? What if it cracked and let go in a 30mph g-out downhill section? btw, back in the 90's, nearly every broken frame I saw was a Yeti. Even now if I owned new one, I would always think about it breaking. Kinda sad..
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