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 pinkbikeaudience's article
Sep 10, 2017 at 19:18
Sep 10, 2017
Results - Cairns DH World Champs 2017
@metaam: And bring back those classic one liners!!
oldschool43 pinkbikeaudience's article
Sep 10, 2017 at 4:46
Sep 10, 2017
Results - Cairns DH World Champs 2017
Finally, the coverage was not produced or filmed by Redbull TV! I noticed something different the second I started streaming it. After 20 or so riders, I thought it was strange because it was Full HD, no buffering, no "Oops, something went wrong", no drop from full HD to 240 and then back to HD, nearly the full runs. With about 15 riders left, Rob said, "The local promoter has control of the broadcast". Redbull just carried it, nothing more. It reminded me of the Freecaster days, but without the alcohol and swearing.. Redbull TV needs to get their act together.
oldschool43 pinkbikeaudience's article
Aug 28, 2017 at 20:00
Aug 28, 2017
Final Results - Val di Sole XC World Cup 2017
@PHeller: I stepped back out of racing in 2004 because I had 2 kids. Had half the time and 1/4 of the money. Also the local race scene folded, if I wanted to race, I had to travel. I did a few out of state. With kids and a wife and no sponsor, it was expensive. As far as insurance goes,"I was riding my bike and hit a dog". That always works.
oldschool43 mikelevy's article
Aug 28, 2017 at 10:06
Aug 28, 2017
Niner Rip 9 RDO Push Edition - Review
It's been said before, but bike companies send the best of the best for reviews. Why? Because, "lightest, best performing, reliable" parts make for a better experience. If it had base parts, it would easily add 2-3 pounds. Less expensive shifters, wheels or droppers, though perfectly fine, break down quicker and have so-so performance once you ride the top shelf stuff. It's to put an experience into the reviewer. Oddly, when you do find a "base price" review, you find the reviewer says, "The bike is a solid bike, but I would upgrade (insert part/parts) to make it better". If you look at the ride qualities, not including custom shock/fork parts, you can see past the fluff and decide if it has a decent ride to buy the lower priced models. The shock/fork can make a difference in overall ride, but can be upgraded later.
oldschool43 pinkbikeaudience's article
Aug 28, 2017 at 9:28
Aug 28, 2017
Final Results - Val di Sole XC World Cup 2017
It's time off, but it always came down the money. I raced BMX, XC, DS (before 4X) and DH. My brother raced with me at those events and he also raced track, we have the nations oldest running velodrome in town. We worked full time and trained/rode 3-5 days a week. I had a 2nd shift job where I got off work at midnight and would ride 18 miles after work, mostly interval training. The roads were mostly empty. Tried to fall asleep by 2 and wake up at 10am and go ride mtb (rode to the trails, 25-35 miles). Put on 5000+ miles a year and 15+ hours a week. I always made the top 8 of DS and was top 10 in XC. My legs were too big to race anything above sport(intermediate) XC. My brother made the mains at BMX nationals. We had friends in the expert classes and pro classes that hauled butt. If they went to Sea Otter or a NORBA event, they placed high or won. But travelling out of state was a $600-1500 "trip" in the late 90's. With a mortgage or rent, car payment, bills, kids, it was hard to do 7 rounds around the US paying out of pocket or without a sponsor floating the bill. We don't have a national union or scholarship program, like some countries, that help junior or higher riders race around the country or world. Our top state pros (WI) can't afford to race the national events, so they stay home or travel to nearby states. I've seen it in motocross too. We had fast friends that beat the top guys and could do it on a regular basis, but without a sponsor, we were just local legends...
oldschool43 RichardCunningham's article
Aug 18, 2017 at 6:25
Aug 18, 2017
Canyon Bicycles Now Available Direct in the USA - Crankworx Whistler 2017
@cb7: Well Capt Orange hasn't killed NAFTA yet, so I'm thinking maybe they are not NAFTA partners? So it's likely shipping costs. I worked for a UK company and we shipped to Canada and any goods from the UK (not USA made) had duties based on msrp. I always put "$5 value" so you guys didn't have to pay, eh! For shipping insurance, which you want for a complete bike, you need the value. Sometimes those duties are a flat percent, paid by the shipper or receiver. I don't know what that percentage is, but 5% on a $4000 bike is $200. They would have to add that to the price to avoid hassle.
oldschool43 mikelevy's article
Aug 4, 2017 at 9:15
Aug 4, 2017
Cube's Prototype 29er DH Bike - Mont-Sainte-Anne DH World Cup 2017
Not using a 110 boost front hub? But didn't the giant heads that be claim a stiffer 29er wheel with boost? Won't the rim collapse in a fiery mess? Those guys are so brave to run it that way. ;)
oldschool43 COMMENCALbicycles's article
Jul 19, 2017 at 19:39
Jul 19, 2017
Commencal Supreme SX - 180mm All-Mountain Bike With HPP Suspension System
Might be a misprint. The exchange rate at the EUR price would be around $4500 or so. Could be wrong, but I mean, I like it and I have s*** luck.
oldschool43 mikekazimer's article
Jun 29, 2017 at 15:56
Jun 29, 2017
Transition's New Speed Balanced Geometry
@cunning-linguist: I have 2 29ers, one with a 69 degree head angle, one with a 67-ish head angle. The 69 degree bike, I went from a 48mm offset (which was super balanced) to a 44mm offset. It made the front wheel want to tuck bad. I had to change my style and lean off the back to compensate. The bike handled like crap with the 44mm, so I went back to the 48mm. The 67 degree head angle, is balanced with a 44mm, 48mm and 51mm offset, I think 67 degrees is the cut off for these offsets. It handled best with a 44mm, but it was a Fox 32 and wasn't stiff enough for my riding. The 48mm was good, but no longer an option. I'm using a 51mm DVO Diamond now because it's a nice (expensive is the word, I can't part with it just yet) fork, that's the only reason I'm using it. The DVO, from time to time, does a weird "I want to go straight" thing in fast, smooth sections. And it "flops" at anything slower than 6mph. So I have 2 bikes, one with "old" geometry, one with "new" and I can really feel the difference just by swapping 3 brands of forks, and the less offset forks feel better on the slacker bike, more offset completely makes a difference on the steep bike, for 29er's at least.
oldschool43 calledtocreation's article
Jun 26, 2017 at 7:09
Jun 26, 2017
Pro XCT and Pro GRT Return to Angel Fire
I raced a NORBA race years ago, during the glory days. That was called the "National series". We had one event towards the end of NORBA in Wisconsin in 2002. We had DS, 4X, DH, Short track and XC. It was packed all 3 days. Spectators lined the entire DH course (it was very short, I mean it is Wisconsin) and most of the XC course. It was a who's who of riders that raced it too. The registration for XC, if I recall, was the largest in norba history for a national. I had over 110 people in my non-pro DS class (finished 5th, washed out 2 gates from the finish with a 2 gate lead over the guy that won the final. Yeah, that sucked). It was a national, that's why it had such a big turn out. Actual TV coverage, a week after, of course. It's amazing to me that USA Cycling doesn't call anything a national series, because there is not one or is there? You have Eastern, Western, GRT, they aren't the national series or are they? Norba Nationals were just that. USA Cycling could give a rat's... about the gravity side of mtb and XC is only a hair more important. Racing back then and what it is now, it makes me kinda sad with what has happened to mtb racing in the US.
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