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 dbaker's article
Feb 15, 2018 at 9:48
Feb 15, 2018
The Bakery: Revelling in the Joy of Our Anarchy
Anytime I've ever told someone I mountain bike, 2 out of 3 ask,"Do you do the stuff on tv (Rampage)". I just kinda laugh and say, "Not really. I could ride a few ridge lines and maybe do a few small drops, but not the 50 footers.. or even the 20 footers." And they lose interest in my experience as an mtber. I don't think they realize there is so much more to it, for everyone. Based on "interest" from the commoners, Rampage is far more interesting than "I have a local trail with 4 trail heads that have a mile loop, 200 feet of climbing with 25 mph rooted flowy singletrack downhills". They never want to try it when I offer a ride. My daughters love those loops and go their own speed. It is nice seeing more women on the trails these days. 20 years ago, it was a rare sight.
oldschool43 vernonfelton's article
Feb 9, 2018 at 12:48
Feb 9, 2018
When Are New Standards Called For? - Pinkbike Poll
I've always thought 27.5 was a heavier 26 and 29er, after weight was dropped, was a far superior size, for trail use at least. I did ride my 29er at Rays Indoor, expert jump lines, with zero issues. Remember when Giant all but phased out 29er's for 27.5? I did not like the first 29er's that came out back when, but now. After 2 or so years, I really like them. Rode my 26er twice last year and will likely bypass 27.5.
oldschool43 vernonfelton's article
Feb 9, 2018 at 12:29
Feb 9, 2018
When Are New Standards Called For? - Pinkbike Poll
I'm still riding steel (new as in, bought one week before boost was released) hardtails with QR rear axles and theaded bb's. I even have a 1 1/8th head tube on 2 of them. I wish I had issues with any thing that would make me curse 90's tech, but I have none. Even my 29er wheels don't give me fits running amuck on skinny flanges. I'm not excited about the day I switch, just hope it levels off, so it's not obsolete in a week....
oldschool43 KeithMusil's article
Feb 2, 2018 at 10:18
Feb 2, 2018
50 Years of Riding a Bicycle – Video
I raced the Chequamegon fat tire festival in the early 90's, I was 22. At registration there was a guy that was standing in front of me. I only noticed him because he was wearing tights and was bouncing around and moving a lot. Totally fit. Like I only wish I was that defined. When he signed in, the lady taking in his paperwork stood up at announced, "Ladies and gentlemen, we have the oldest competitor today, 76 years young!" Yeah, he smoked all of us. Even our age group national track champion. The guy finished around 200th out of 1200. It was pretty cool knowing there's hope for me in 30 years.
oldschool43 mikekazimer's article
Jan 30, 2018 at 12:16
Jan 30, 2018
Now THAT Was a Bike: 1995 GT LTS
@G-A-R-Y: Think Sunrace made something with a 9 tooth. My brother had one. I could be completely wrong about the brand, but he did have one. Required a big jump though, like 11 to 15 or something. That's a big jump in those gears.
oldschool43 RichardCunningham's article
Jan 25, 2018 at 13:51
Jan 25, 2018
The Short, Turbulent Life of URT Suspension
It's nice to have bars, stem, frame, rims, hubs, shifters, deraileurs and seatposts last more than a couple weeks, isn't it? It feels odd not having to go to the bike shop once a week for parts these days. Replacement parts were always given.
oldschool43 RichardCunningham's article
Jan 25, 2018 at 13:40
Jan 25, 2018
The Short, Turbulent Life of URT Suspension
From Zion Cyclery? Cuz that would be ironic. I had the Trek 9000, pretty kooky, but in a scary way. Then had a shock upgrade that had a damper in it. Still kinda kooky, but not worth keeping. Sold it for a hardtail. Little brother bought a Y-22, I rode it one ride, hated it. Worse than the 9000. Seated under hard pedaling, the suspension would compress. My brother hated it too. Way too flexy. Geometry was off. Couldn't ride it hard without being scared to death. Sold in less than a year.
oldschool43 mikelevy's article
Jan 21, 2018 at 14:31
Jan 21, 2018
oldschool43 mikelevy's article
Jan 21, 2018 at 12:18
Jan 21, 2018
Here's My Zerode Taniwha Test Bike - Tell Me What You Want to Know
@WAKIdesigns: Girl!! You know it's more than one time, like 25, 30 times over the years, you've attacked me. You've done it to other people too, hench someone going out their to create a counter profile on you. You're a special type of stupid to confess your only goal in life is to be a troll. And it's never ever sucked to be me. Wish you all the luck ya goofy pos... ;)
oldschool43 mikelevy's article
Jan 21, 2018 at 7:12
Jan 21, 2018
Here's My Zerode Taniwha Test Bike - Tell Me What You Want to Know
@WAKIdesigns: except when you rip on someone years ago for posting a comment about doing manuals or wheelies and my experience riding, hanging out with and being friends with professional riders since 85'. Turned out, you couldn't even do a wheelie. Your comment, "You can't do those, if you did, you would be a pro" and turned into a rant about liars and how people make things up. I've manualled tricycles, big wheels, even shopping carts, anything with wheels, I've tired. Even a tandem. While OUT ON A RIDE yesterday, doing a manual, I remembered the first time I interacted your judgemental self. That my friend, is hypocrisy. You judge people, that is not proper human interaction. Everybody has an experience, a skill, an honest question or an opinion, if it's not to your liking, tough. I never lose it when someone says 29er's suck or 26er's are the best or 1x is the best for everyone and front deraileurs suck. To each their own. You need to get over yourself and eat a couple of humble pies. And if you did hit your wife or try to smoother your daughter with a pillow, like you said in your IM, get some f***in' help bro.
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