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
Nov 18, 2017 at 5:52
Nov 18, 2017
Do You Know How to Build a Wheel? - Pinkbike Poll
The shop owner that trained me swore by linseed. I built over a 1000 sets of wheels. It's a fun skill to have and very cost effective. When I raced bmx, had a friend trash a rim in practice. We drove a shop, bought a new rim. I laced it in the back seat of the car on the way back to the track. Had it done by the second moto and he won a state qualifier.
oldschool43 mikelevy's article
Nov 17, 2017 at 18:15
Nov 17, 2017
Ridden and Rated: 5 Four-Piston Brakes
@choppertank3e: Most times I can one finger brake. In super steep stuff I just use one finger, 2 fingers at speed. I have better feel in my fingers with 2. I too had a set that got better and better on one bike, the next set I bought I didn't bed and couldn't understand why they didn't work. Didn't like the full metallic pads. I have my contact point at around half pull. Never wished for more power.
oldschool43 mikekazimer's article
Nov 17, 2017 at 17:59
Nov 17, 2017
Do You Know How to Build a Wheel? - Pinkbike Poll
I've built a 1000 or so sets of wheels. Think I know a thing or 2..
oldschool43 mikelevy's article
Nov 17, 2017 at 11:28
Nov 17, 2017
Ridden and Rated: 5 Four-Piston Brakes
@bman33: I have a set of Tech X2's (2 piston) from 2011. They still work and I have had zero issues. Running an 8 inch rotor, they worked rediculusly well. Have the Tech EVO's, Tech3 X2 and E4's also. I think they are some of the best modulating brakes around. Problem is, I don't think people have taken the time to bed them. If anyone jumped on my bikes, the brakes just work. Really good. I am well over 200lbs, so they have to work even better for the pencil thin, average joes out there.. ;)
oldschool43 mikelevy's article
Nov 17, 2017 at 11:16
Nov 17, 2017
Ridden and Rated: 5 Four-Piston Brakes
@WAKIdesigns: You have to actually bed the pads and rotors. Takes 15 minutes of pedalling around on flat ground. I bedded the first 2 sets I bought. When I bought the 3rd set, I just slapped them on and went riding, huge mistake. It was like having greased rotors. Once bedded, you can swap wheels with no issues. I have had zero issues with pump or fade.
oldschool43 paulaston's article
Nov 12, 2017 at 15:40
Nov 12, 2017
Pinkbike Poll: Do You Care About Sustainability?
I ride steel hardtails and a steel rigid. Other then the tires, grips, seat and outer cable housing, the rest can be recycled. I have saved nearly every tire I have ever owned because I don't know where they should go.
oldschool43 mikelevy's article
Nov 9, 2017 at 7:44
Nov 9, 2017
Northwave Outcross Plus Shoes - Review
I have the older version of these from 2 years ago. I forgot a change of shoes after a ride and ended up in them for 8 hours. Met my wife and kids at a museum/historic district/lake that was close to a trail. I walked several miles in them. Only time I noticed is when I was walking on sidewalks or parking lots and stepped on a small rock with the cleat. Nice shoe on the bike. I use a trail pedal, no issues. They do flex/cause pain on a non-trail pedal.
oldschool43 AJBarlas's article
Oct 27, 2017 at 11:23
Oct 27, 2017
e*thirteen's LG1r Wheels - Review
I find it odd when I read the psi people run in their tires. I'm a good 250 lbs. on any given day. I have 2 29er's. I run 26psi on the front with a Halo Vapour 35 (30mm inner) and a RF Arc 30 and a set of alloy trsr e*13's at 28mm inner with a DHF 2.5 non-wt version and several different Maxxis rear 2.2 or 2.35 tires at 28psi and have yet to pinch flat or burp a tire. I have a berm at the bottom of a downhill I can hit at 20mph and blow it out when it's loose, and have yet to burp it. Even when it's tacky and full of traction, it will cut lines in it with the tread, no burping. I can't go lower in psi, the front wants to collapse on jumps. If I ride rocky/rooty stuff, I go 28psi/30psi, but it feels too hard and I bounce around. I run that just to be safe from a pinch flat. Just an observation is all.
oldschool43 vernonfelton's article
Oct 19, 2017 at 18:02
Oct 19, 2017
Riding Rigid is Ridiculous - Opinion
I have a fully rigid 29er with 2.5's and 30 gears. A 68-ish HA and it's made of steel. It's a fun bike. Pushing where I shouldn't gets pretty crazy, but it's a lot of fun. It's light, almost zero maintenance, which makes it reliable. And I built it up for pennies on the dollar, compared to a FS build, $275 for the frame and fork. My only complaint, my wrists get pissed after 2 hours. I do have "real" bikes, but having that rigid is... my throw back to the old days. But with a wide bar, short stem, dropper post, clipless pedals, tubeless setup, 12 more gears, a fork that is compliant and also strong enough to last several seasons... oh wait... at the end of the day, it makes me feel like a hero, until I ride my long travel HT or the sus..
oldschool43 vernonfelton's article
Oct 5, 2017 at 15:48
Oct 5, 2017
Have Your Say on the Ever-Changing Bike Standards
Question for Chris King: Have you tested the boost width and do you think it truly makes a difference? I have two 29er's and other than one crash in 4 seasons, I have yet to destroy an aluminum rim or even break a spoke. I did test ride the company responsible for boost and they were not solid wheels. Just a guess, but I think they tried to fix an issue..
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