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Bike Gallery / Re: OG Fly
« on: June 17, 2020, 09:25:46 PM »
Yo hell yeah, I FINALLY tracked down a 2nd red Fly cross lace rim a couple years ago after looking for almost a decade.

should prob go take some better photos for my first bike check in ages

The Bike Shop / Re: Oldest part on your BMX?
« on: June 17, 2020, 09:21:42 PM »
prolly my odsy antigram front hub. before that it was a 4 year old pair of deco forks but the steer tube bent on them this past month
My Marmoset is still fine after over 10 years, probably due for its second bearing replacement. I only replaced it because A. the second newest G-Sport hub had way better aluminum guards available with steel inserts and B. it came in clear anodized polished to match my Clutch hub.

The Lounge / Re: Where is everyone at in life?
« on: June 17, 2020, 09:20:11 PM »
No credit, no future, no savings, fucked up back but I have 3 BMX bikes and still ride whenever I can. Broke as shit but I've been living 100% on my own after my roommate moved out last fall and all my bills are paid so I can't complain too much. 30 is approaching too quick

When's the best time to plant a tree?  20 years ago.  When's the second best time?  Today. 
You got this shit homie.
Kinda hard to plant a tree when the soil is shit and there's no rain. Maybe I should try a cactus instead...

The Lounge / Re: Post your Car/Truck/Motor Vehicle V2.0
« on: June 01, 2020, 09:07:57 PM »
@sokoloka I absolutely love that truck and can't believe I forgot about the creamsicle 2 tone. I really want a 71-73 in either the green/light green or brown/tan 2 tone. My grandfather had one in the green/green and my dad had the 80s Clubwagon in the brown/tan for half of my childhood. I gotta have the round headlights and one of those 2 schemes. 

The Lounge / Re: Post your Car/Truck/Motor Vehicle V2.0
« on: June 01, 2020, 08:37:29 PM »
Did you say you live in an apartment? How the hell so you manage so many vehicles?
They're in 4 different parts of the state. I have 2 driveway spots + a garage I pay extra for at my apartment. I do side work at my buddy's shop to pay for a bay inside there. Then the El Camino spends half the year in a storage unit up north (I split it with my mom and I put in a bunch of shelving so she can stash her shit while I park the truck or whatever vehicle), and the Impala is in my buddy's back yard. Sometimes I stash shit at my work. It's a lot to keep up with hahaha

The Lounge / Re: Post your Car/Truck/Motor Vehicle V2.0
« on: May 27, 2020, 07:25:29 PM »
I'm an absolute fucking disaster when it comes to cars

My late father's 86 El Camino, it's a rust bucket but I drove it halfway across the country last year. Picked up a non-rotted frame that I'm modifying so I can airbag it and lay it out, then replacing floors and quarters

80 Ford Pinto I bought in 2011 when I graduated HS and have since turbo 2.3 swapped but still need to finish up

85 Corolla SR5 my best friend passed to me from Houston when he blew a 2nd motor, getting it ready for a BEAMS 20v swap to be my new drift car

99 Suburban K2500 454 4WD tow rig

64 Impala SS with no motor or floor

The daily driver/bike trip (I have tons of bike racks) 93 Corolla Wagon that has now made it about 100k miles since I found it for an ex-gf on Craigslist like 7 years ago

I traded my 88 Volvo 740 drift car I ran for 2 full years of drift events and daily drove for a while for the Suburban

The Lounge / Re: Where is everyone at in life?
« on: May 27, 2020, 07:03:16 PM »
Had an ex who left like 5 years ago unblock me and want to catch up recently which made me realize I've done nothing with my life since then besides acquire more cars and not finish the project I just barely got running when she left lmao.

Same job and apartment for over 5 years now, really sick of a lot of the bullshit around the job even though I get to make some cool shit. 6 cars - two of which are on the road fully legally and reliably despite being from the 90s in the rust belt, 4 project cars - two of which run and drive yet need more work and two of which don't even have motors. 3 of these cars I plan to keep for the rest of my life.

No credit, no future, no savings, fucked up back but I have 3 BMX bikes and still ride whenever I can. Broke as shit but I've been living 100% on my own after my roommate moved out last fall and all my bills are paid so I can't complain too much. 30 is approaching too quick

The Bike Shop / Re: Oldest part on your BMX?
« on: May 27, 2020, 06:53:38 PM »
Probably either my red Fly cross lace rims or my Macneil OG post

The Bike Shop / Re: did the g-coaster answer everyone's prayers?
« on: May 11, 2020, 09:10:29 PM »
Yeah the Clutch ain't the G-Coaster but man is it miles better than any coaster I've ever run before. Had the v1 for a year and a half and my only issue was it developing some side to side play. Got a v2 and the aluminum guard (I also destroyed the plastic one pretty quick, supposedly they updated the material) and haven't had a single issue. It's weird being able to put a coaster on and just run it for a year and a half, I was used to having to rebuild the old school ones every month. Driver bearings had a max 5 week lifespan, resistance mechanisms wore out and slipped, plus they had weak axles. I also sheared the driver threads in half on my Poverty coaster hahaha. Now I've got a 14mm female axle in a hub I never need to touch. Oh yeah and with the stronger female axle I haven't had my wheel move in the dropouts like I used to with the old male axle hubs.

Rider Hook-ups / New Hampshire/Boston
« on: March 19, 2020, 05:50:10 PM »
Just gonna leave here that I'm in Manchester, NH and I'm an hour's drive from Boston. If you're visiting the area I've usually got space for a few people to crash.

The Bike Shop / Re: RNC Manufacturing returns to bmx!
« on: March 19, 2020, 04:57:18 PM »
Holy fuck I need to get my hands on one of those guard sprockets.

Sell and Swap / Wanted: Macneil OG pivotal post
« on: November 17, 2019, 11:24:46 AM »
Looking for one at least long enough to run a fist worth of seat post. You know that old tapered post that couldn't be run slammed.

The Lounge / Re: Post your Car/Truck/Motor Vehicle V2.0
« on: June 16, 2019, 08:37:32 PM »

1988 Volvo 740 n/a 2.3

1986 El Camino with a 305 my dad left me when he passed away a couple years ago. I just drove it from New Hampshire to Texas and back a couple months 14mpg. The one in the back doing a burnout, I got a trophy for that haha

I've now had my 1980 Ford Pinto for 8 years and it's turbo 2.3 EFI swapped.

Then of course the 93 Corolla Death Wagon which can carry 5 people and 5 bikes...

The Bike Shop / Re: Odyssey clutch v2 opinions
« on: February 12, 2019, 08:26:28 PM »
and even those broke all the time and required a decent amount of work to extract the outside races.
Headset star nut with the prongs bent a bit. You can also order a slightly smaller one for office furniture legs, since I used the headset one for 6902s. Hammer it in, flip the driver over, hammer the bearing race out, then flip that over in a vice and hammer the star nut out to reuse.

The Bike Shop / Re: Odyssey clutch v2 opinions
« on: February 12, 2019, 08:23:17 PM »
I had a v1 Clutch (well Sunday Cyclone since it was way cheaper, just without external slack adjustment) for a year and a half. Never had any issues or had to do any maintenance during that whole time. Ended up developing a little side to side play in the wheel. Asked Odyssey if I was right in my assumption that it needed a new non-drive shell bearing. They suggested a couple fixes and gave me a list of improvements they made on the v2 hub and offered to sell me one at a very good discount. I took them up on that and have been running it for 6 months without a single issue. Replaced my 10 year old Marmoset with a new G-Sport Simian to match the polished Clutch v2 I bought (and get better guards than the trashed Knight and BSD ones I had for the Marmoset).

Been running coasters for 10 years down and I'm super impressed with both versions of the Clutch. Saw everyone else blow up KHE, Federal, and Alienation coasters. I ran a Poverty 10t coaster for a few years before I sheared the driver in half. Replaced it with an Odyssey Reloader and out of the box I had to make custom springs to replace the stock butterfly springs. Put in the thrust bearing from the Poverty. Both of those I had to rip apart for maintenance once a month. Clutch would start sticking and not disengaging smoothly, and the driver bearings blew up after 5-6 weeks. Also had periodic issues with the resistance mechanisms resulting in slipping.

The Cyclone and the Clutch v2 have never once slipped on me, stuck, or blew a bearing up. It's a game changer not having to work on a freecoaster more often than a cassette. The v1 didn't have quite enough slack so I bought the non-adjustable max slack spacer and it was perfect. The v2 with the adjustable spacer had just a hair less slack than the v1 with the max slack spacer, and ended up being the perfect amount of slack. About the same amount of slack as my modded Reloader had. Almost never engages by accident, and there's still the option of more slack if 3/16" of a crank isn't enough for you with 28-9. Plus the dual 14mm bolts into a 20mm female axle means I no longer have to worry about damaging an axle. Both the Poverty and Reloader were discontinued when I had them, I had previously bent axles on 14mm male cassette hubs, and replacement axles were not available for my coasters. Now I don't have to worry about peg chinks or a drive side peg turning my rear hub into a paperweight.

I also ride more often now than I ever used to with the older hubs. I even go on 20-30 mile road bike rides with a freecoaster on a 20"...

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