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
Mar 23, 2017 at 14:50
2 hours
Carbon Wheels That Cost Less - Taipei Cycle Show
@Sebastes: was that the old style? White graphics that kind of looked like the Enve logo that were painted or etched? I cracked one of those. The new one they sent had nipple washers, no issue. The new E13's have stickers and came with washers. I steered away from the rear hub, the old ones had issues. I hear the new ones are better, but I run Hopes.
oldschool43 mikelevy's article
Mar 23, 2017 at 6:29
11 hours
Carbon Wheels That Cost Less - Taipei Cycle Show
Why did they use 12mm nipples? Why not 14mm or 16mm? Again, they are just showing the carbon wheels, but come on. You'd likely scratch the rims or round the nipples if you went at them with a spoke wrench.
oldschool43 mikelevy's article
Mar 23, 2017 at 6:21
11 hours
Carbon Wheels That Cost Less - Taipei Cycle Show
Have had the new E13 TRS+ aluminum 29er rims for about a year. 28mm inner, 530 grams. Zero issues! They have plenty of rock hit scars. I ran a huge stick through the back wheel, bent a couple spokes, wheel still "true". It was only off by 2mm, I think that's true in my book. At $79 a rim and a complete Hope hub and DT double butted spoke build for $500, seems silly to buy carbon. I get the concept, but even the affordable price, if I do the math, I could buy 80 fancy 6-packs of beer with the money I've saved. That's a no brainer..
oldschool43 mikelevy's article
Mar 22, 2017 at 9:50
1 days
Is Innova's ITT System The Next Step For Tubeless Tires? - Taipei Cycle Show
After my stubborn refusal to go tubeless for years, then converting one bike last year to tubeless and having ZERO flats for 12 months, compared to my 4 flats on my tubed bike (the rims aren't tubeless, at all. Think it was a manufacturing/marketing error. No inner lip, tire pops itself off the bead when deflated) I can't see a reason to go back to a tube type tire of any design.
oldschool43 RichardCunningham's article
Mar 20, 2017 at 21:00
3 days
Opinion: The Table
@properp: I like the TW. Yeah, I only got one ticket on mine. On the way to work. 6:30am, not a car in sight, coming up to a red light. Had that,"I wonder..." and proceeded to do about a 200 foot stoppie. The longest one I'd ever done to that point. At around 150 feet, out of the corner of my eye, I see a black and white pulling up from the right... Some super young cop. I was hoping i was old enough, like, "Oh, he's old" and would let me off. We work on points. You start with 12 points. 10 over, 2 points. 20 over, 3 points. Dui, 5 points. Doing the nicest stoppie ever, priceless.. oh and 6 points and $257.. It was worth it, but I have to wait 3 years to get another 6 point ticket. I think the anniversary is this June... Nice..
oldschool43 RichardCunningham's article
Mar 20, 2017 at 13:52
Mar 20, 2017
Opinion: The Table
@properp: Nice!! Yeah, I know the last Rotax they were using was about the same as the one in the Aprilla, could never get that rim brake to work right though. And it wasn't an american engine. It was cool rooting for the local under dog. I would pass the shop if I headed out west. Buehl and Jordon Motorsports were a couple buildings down from each other. Moto ST. I always wanted to race a TM 660 Supermoto at a small track against a twin in the ST class. 75hp, 250lbs. My supermoto is a blast to ride, but being a DRZ 400 SM, it's not very fast. But after riding my wife's old R6 on and off for 5 years, that's a good thing. Ha.. Oh the tickets I'm glad I didn't rack up. My latest dream bike, Husqvarna 701. I just want something I can play with and still ride on the highway from time to time without screaming at me the whole time. "SLOW DOWN!!" even with a 16x39 (can't do 17 because of the clutch rod) 75mph is way too much. Basically pinned in 5th.. Doesn't do 90 though.. sadly, or 140...
oldschool43 RichardCunningham's article
Mar 20, 2017 at 7:24
Mar 20, 2017
Opinion: The Table
@properp: And we had Buehl Motorcycles down the road too. Harley killed those, because they had 3% growth, not 6%. The whole factory was for sale. Tools, tables, machines.. I walked through there at the auction, sad... They still had posters of the first Buehl win hanging on the wall!! Like 20 employees making american made sport motorcycles. I was mad, not sad.. It was 8% of Harley's business..
oldschool43 RichardCunningham's article
Mar 20, 2017 at 7:15
Mar 20, 2017
Opinion: The Table
@properp: Yeah, the town I live in, Kenosha, WI was home to AMC. The whole town was pretty much a giant factory at one time. Maybe 7 factories, 22 buildings scattered throughout the town. 15,000 employees. Until 1987, when Chrysler took over. Tore most of it down and shifted production to Canada and few US locations. Kept the motor plant... Until.. it was torn down about a year ago. Think it was 3.2 million square feet. 4x5 large city blocks. Just a slab of concrete now. It was the original building (added on of course), which was the Sterling Bicycle company before it was bought by the car maker. Even kept the original bike company entrance as they added on. Almost every straight 6 in the Jeep was made there. So was the 5.7 Hemi in the Ram. All gone. The guys and girls that worked there, loved it! Other than that slab of concrete and few fenced in grass fields and large empty mowed lots near the railroad tracks and the motor plant (2 of 3 staging areas for 10,000 finished cars) there is nothing left of AMC. No signs. No markers. Unless you grew up around here, it's just a fenced in area or an oddly placed field to a visitor. It's sad.
oldschool43 RichardCunningham's article
Mar 18, 2017 at 11:05
Mar 18, 2017
Opinion: The Table
@properp: I've gone thru 2 jobs like that. A lot of pride with one of them. We weren't making the "15% growth", only 7%, still $1.9 Billion in sales with $400,000,000 in profit... So we got the ax. Pretty messed up. Thanks Motorola! I was going to post a rant about it, but didn't. ;)
oldschool43 RichardCunningham's article
Mar 17, 2017 at 8:29
Mar 17, 2017
Opinion: The Table
Well that was depressing...
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