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The Lounge / Mountain bikes
« on: November 07, 2018, 02:16:17 PM »
I’ve been away from BMX for a long time. It seems like a lot of aging BMX guys like myself have gotten into mountain biking. I have been mountain biking for over a decade now and I am finding that the industry is pushing trends that don’t work well with my riding style, which is heavily influenced by my background in BMX.

I ride a steel singlespeed, often with a rigid fork, on the same rocky trails in Austin where most people “need” a full-suspension, dropper-post, 500% gear range bike. I am not that strong of a rider, I just get bored with a bike that you sit “in” instead of “on.” It feels like the industry is pushing bikes that practically steer for you (and sometimes pedal for you in the case of e-bikes).

In some cases, these long, low slack bikes are helpful and even a safety issue, but mostly for trails where there’s a lot of steep downhill, which I don’t find very often and don’t care to ride. I like flat, twisty, rocky trails and climbing. It feels like the newer mountain bikes are stable to a fault, they stick to the ground like Velcro, which is great at high speed and going downhill, but not so much for riding like the trail is a 30 mile-long skateboard park. My riding style and the terrain I seek out is analogous to riding bmx bike at a skatepark that’s all little kickers and ledges instead of big dirt jumps or a vert ramp.

For those of you who have started mountain biking from a BMX background, what kind of bike suits you? Do you find that low BB drop, long reaches, long wheelbases feel natural to you? If not, can/ did you adapt? what do you look for in a mountain bike that handles somewhat like a BMX bike that you can toss around and not a tank?

Anything specific that works or doesn't regarding reach, BB drop, wheelbase, angles?


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Sell and Swap / Lots of rad stuff cheap
« on: April 18, 2018, 08:22:58 AM »
Macniel pivotal seat
Gsport Homer axles- UK made
Primo drive-side hub guard, a bit chewed up
Two complete Solid headsets, one with a Pig wedge mod
BSD Jersey Barrier #1
Tree sprockets- 36t and 33t
Tree sprocket guards- one for 29-31t, one for 33-36t
Gspport Marmoset hub with guard(s) (rumored to be Chase Hawk’s old hub)
Jtec freecoaster shell
Odyssey Pre-Loader shell
FSA Orbit headset
Araya Super 7x rim, 48h, chrome
KHE freecoaster laced to a black rim, probably a G-sport Ribcage
Gsport rear hub, RHD, laced to a black Haz lite rim. 48h. With 13t Odyssey freewheel
Gsport Homer shell, LHD for 13t freewheels, 48h, drive side bearing installed. Never used

I can try to post photos but it would be easier if you email me. Make a reasonable offer that includes shipping from Austin, TX
Jwnolte82 at g mail dot com

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The Lounge / BMX Bikes of the Future by Taj
« on: October 22, 2017, 09:57:23 PM »
http://taj.transworld.net/2009/02/02/the-bmx-bike-of-the-future/

the article I am looking for used to be at the link above. I can't find it now. I was hoping to write something similar on another topic and use this as a reference, but it won't be of much use if the article is no longer around. anyone know where I can find it? and use it with permission?

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The Lounge / Ninth Street Trails under water again
« on: May 25, 2015, 07:16:59 PM »
Got out of work early today to witness this:


Just on the other side of Shoal Creek is Duncan Park on the left and Ninth street trails on the right. I am sure it will be rebuilt.

House park is apparently under water too.

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The Bike Shop / hardtail mountain bikes
« on: November 26, 2014, 08:37:41 AM »
I don't ride BMX anymore. sorry. I have been doing everything else that's possible with a bicycle lately though.

I ride a "small" custom built Surly Karate Monkey 29er (1x9 gearing, 80mm squish fork, giant tires) even though most would say I should be on a size up for my height. maybe I prefer the smaller frame from years of riding little bikes. I find that I avoid a lot of the really "interesting" trails around here. the terrain has lots of gnarly exposed rock with some steep descents and drops and I hesitate to even go near that stuff. I have taken some of it a few times, but usually because someone led me out there and I could not find my way back home by myself.

so I want a bike that's more confidence-inspiring and I think all the marketing hype around 650B wheels is getting in my head. FS bike is not in the budget, so if I wanted a more capable HT, what have you bmx-gone-mtb guys experienced on 29"/27.5" tire-ed bikes?

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