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 mikekazimer's article
Oct 24, 2014 at 8:51
14 hours
Pinkbike Poll: Mountain Biking - What Should it Cost?
Well, when one of my relatives asks,"How much was your bike?" I say,"Well I paid about $2000 for it, I bought it piece by piece online, but if you walked into a bike shop and wanted it, $4200". Always get a "WHAT? Are you crazy?" I might be, but I've never seen a doctor about it.
oldschool43 mikekazimer's article
Oct 24, 2014 at 8:39
14 hours
Pinkbike Poll: Mountain Biking - What Should it Cost?
Should cost $3.50 or so.. But like $5 on the weekend? Seriously though, pricing has gotten into the "Ride my 26 till something breaks" with me at least. A new bike would cost as much as converting a 26 frame/fork/wheels to 27.5, or somewhere around $3000 which is an entry level bike. Not chump change when you have kids and bills. Have my rigid, cheap, steel 29er that won't go out of fashion, but it was never intended to be my everyday ride. I'm an online troller for parts now. Some things I do get from my LBS, but if I can save $75 for 2 tires. Hopefully it will level out, but with electronic parts coming, I don't see it happening..
oldschool43 tomgrundy's article
Oct 24, 2014 at 7:18
15 hours
Video: Pure Darkness - The Roadtrip
Intense. In fact I need a cigarette after that and I don't even smoke..
oldschool43 RichardCunningham's article
Oct 10, 2014 at 7:37
Oct 10, 2014
Now THAT Was a Bike: Sweetheart Cycles Moto Cruiser
No. They would slacken the head tube all the way to 72 degrees. Road bikes where 74 degrees or so. That made them more more stable in the woods. Riding my old 1993 M2 2 years ago, just for memories sake, I can't believe that was relaxed geometry. Had a rigid and put a 65mm fork on it. 71 degrees. Soooo twitchy above 17mph or so. Glad things have changed.
oldschool43 mikekazimer's article
Sep 19, 2014 at 6:58
Sep 19, 2014
Pinkbike Poll: How Often Do You Service Your Suspension Fork?
I do mine once a year. The time split between my 2 bikes adds up to about 50 hours each. The open bath Fox is easy. I have a Marz 55 Micro Ti that's a bit more time consuming, but I can definitely feel a difference in that fork after the change.
oldschool43 thomasfuelex's article
Sep 15, 2014 at 8:43
Sep 15, 2014
Video: Think You Can Wheelie?
I can wheelie like this. All the coasting and limbless stuff too. Took me a whole summer back in the 80's, but I got it one day. I can tell you, the only time I rode in traffic like him was on a bet. Super late at night in a small town, well 2 small towns, on the 4 foot center line. Bet was for one McDonalds cheeseburger that I couldn't ride one from some road to a bar. It was about 5 miles. McDonalds was closed, so I never got my cheeseburger. :) The issue with this guy is all the riding in traffic and that swerving thing he's doing. Sounds heartless, but he's probably gonna be dead soon or end up in a wheelchair for life. Better ways to showcase his talent, that's not the way imo... Oh and whats with the MX bikes and race prep supermoto's on public streets? Does the NYPD ever crack down on that?
oldschool43 mikekazimer's article
Sep 12, 2014 at 6:33
Sep 12, 2014
From Breezer to Bryceland - Interbike 2014
I think Dinotte lights are made in New Hampshire too. Batteries are out sourced, but lights are made in house.
oldschool43 RichardCunningham's article
Sep 2, 2014 at 9:44
Sep 2, 2014
Exclusive: Intense Cycles Re-signs Shaun Palmer
I remember seeing his name in the World Cup results before he was signed to a contract and thinking, "8th place, Shawn Palmer USA. Is that the snowboarder? Can't be. The top american finisher? Has to be another Shawn Palmer". Placed that high on a borrowed bike too, (Randy Lawrence's practice bike?) if I'm not mistaken. Think he even had a stomach virus from drinking out of dirty camelbak or bottle or something. So much raw talent. Agreed, DH has never been the same.
oldschool43 RichardCunningham's article
Sep 2, 2014 at 8:51
Sep 2, 2014
Exclusive: Intense Cycles Re-signs Shaun Palmer
Pretty sweet. All the "What can he bring?" comments, he was a pro racer and travelling athlete for years. Just that guidance on when to eat, sleep, rest, ride, when to party, would help a kid going to Europe for the first time. He's gritty, but if he cares about winning as a manager as much as he wanted to win back in the day and he has the riders that have that same drive, it's gonna be crazy. Wonder if they will wear crowns and suits on the podium? Hey, maybe the US GRT will finally get some attention. I always forget the US has an actual DH series. No ad's, no TV, no streaming, no media coverage.. It's totally weak coverage. Well, pb throws on some video or results (Thanks. Really!). USA Cycling never seemed to care about the offroad group it absorbed back 2003 or so. Ever since NORBA left, it seems the only travelling series is UCI or the Enduro World Series. "Hey USA Cycling, are you listening?"....... See? Nothing....
oldschool43 pinkbikeaudience's article
Jul 30, 2014 at 9:03
Jul 30, 2014
Course Preview Released For the 10 Rider Mass Start Downhill Race
I always thought the Kamikaze downhill should have been a mass start of 20 and have rhythm sections, step ups, step downs, doubles, triples and a quad only a few people would attempt.
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