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The Lounge / Re: 15 Years on the forum
« on: April 19, 2018, 02:38:27 PM »
Quote from: gnar_rider
You were a moderator on bmx-forum? did you have a different username?

Nostalgia sent me back to BG this week. I was JWNolte or mack_turtle on BMX-Forum. I checked that recently and most of it was still there, but a ghost town. Some of my old posts on were inspired by that.

Where do all the whippersnappers go to talk shit about bikes now? I had a few "bikeguide live" conversations lately with an old BG member that I know and realized that all the old online bmx haunts are now dead. Are they all facesnapping and instabooking each other about drilling holes in their rims to save weight? I feel old.

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

The Lounge / Re: When's the last time you rode your bike?
« on: April 13, 2018, 03:13:52 PM »
For you aging riders with back issues: strengthen your core!!! Start with planks. See if you can do 30 seconds facing down, left, and the right. If you can, do reps. Increase the time you hold it. That's part of what my chiro made me do and it helped a TON.

The Lounge / Re: When's the last time you rode your bike?
« on: April 13, 2018, 03:06:53 PM »
I rode bmx from the early '90s as a teenager until i was about 30. I lived in San Antonio for most of my 20s where there were endless fun ditches to ride and some good bmx friends. I was really into photography as well, which was half my motivation.

About ten years ago i got the itch to explore moutain bike trails and bought a used steel singlespeed mountain bike with a rigid fork. Those are built like a bmx bike but certainly don't handle like them. I started riding that more and more, started working in a bike shop, and left the bmx bike at home more often.

I moved to Atlanta, where I was surrounded by awesome mtb trails and mtbers to ride with, and surprisingly few bmx spots and riders. I sold my bmx bike and put the money into mtb stuff.

I was in ATL for three years before moving back to Texas. Austin is now my long term home and I thought I would enjoy riding bmx a lot more after moving here. I got a good deal on a used Premium bike and only used it a few times, then sold it. The magic was just gone. When I tried to ride bmx again this time, it was only fun for about an hour. When I am out on the mtb trails, the only things that bring me home are adult responsibilities or utter exhaustion.

At 36 years old, I think my body would have little trouble getting back into bmx, but it's just not as fun for me as ripping around the dirt and rocks on big, bouncy tires (29er, singlespeed,  rigid fork most of the time).

I would consider getting a 26" DJ bike for pump track and skatepark flowin. I will have to borrow one sometime. My office is right around the corner from the Walnut Creek BMX pumptrack.

The Lounge / Re: BMX Bikes of the Future by Taj
« on: October 23, 2017, 07:33:20 AM »
Yesssss! Thank you!

The Lounge / Re: Lower back issues
« on: October 22, 2017, 10:07:48 PM »
I recently went through a bout of lower back pain and mountain biking. long story, but...
a. my spine was fckd. I don't know how to straighten that out other than the skilled hands of a chiropractor, which is what I have been doing.

b. weak abs, over-developed quads, weak hammies= lower back hell. guess what riding a bike as your main form of exercise does! exaggerated lumbar lordosis creeps in and really hurts after a while. my chiro taught me how to strengthen those things, but so could any physical trainer or self-guided training with a lot of self-discipline.

c. don't focus on stretching your hammies -- strengthen them. squats, lunges, etc.

every person's situation is different and there could be a ton of different things going on, like Ruben Alcantara's jaw issue. in my case and probably for many of you, it's a matter of spinal alignment and muscle imbalances.

The Lounge / BMX Bikes of the Future by Taj
« on: October 22, 2017, 09:57:23 PM »

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?

The Lounge / Re: 15 Years on the forum
« on: July 08, 2017, 03:33:21 PM »
my relationship with bikeguide is two years older than my marriage. 15 and 13 years, respectively.

I always thought you were newer, based on when you popped up on BMX-Forum trying to talk mechanical sense into ingrateful 13 year olds

I remember that well. I would like to think I wrote some good stuff on there and helped a few kids, but some of them were quite dense.

moderating bmx-forum inspired me to condense my knowledge into a blog, which has changed names and is now more focused on mountain bike stuff. too bad I don't work in a bike shop any more, I am running out of inspiration! what should I write next?

The Lounge / Re: 15 Years on the forum
« on: July 03, 2017, 03:03:10 PM »
my relationship with bikeguide is two years older than my marriage. 15 and 13 years, respectively.

Bike Gallery / Re: Fixed gear bikes/ Post your big bikes V2
« on: June 14, 2017, 01:28:15 PM »
^hot!!! now are you going to build me one? I have some measurements in mind. what kind of geometry did you use for that? I have ridden a Karate Monkey, Vassago Jabberwocky, Soma Juice, and currently a ROS 9 and I think I have an idea what I liked and didn't like about all of those frames.

The Bike Shop / Re: hardtail mountain bikes
« on: April 12, 2017, 11:15:47 PM »
I ended up buying a used Niner ROS 9. I like it so far. It has an eccentric BB, so the center of the cranks can be mover aroud quite a bit. I started with the BB up/back for pedal clearance with rocks but I am trying it down/back now as well. It a singlespeed drivetrain, you only have a few options for BB positioning.

Bike Gallery / Re: Fixed gear bikes/ Post your big bikes V2
« on: April 03, 2017, 09:18:58 PM »
yeah boi!

The Bike Shop / Re: hardtail mountain bikes
« on: March 06, 2017, 02:37:50 PM »
I ended up getting a "large" (aka medium) 17.5" Soma Juice. it's about the same size as a 18" Karate Monkey of the same vintage. I wanted to get a sized-up KM but I was working at REI at the time and something had soured between REI and Surly, so we could no longer pro-deal Surly frames or bikes. (oddly enough, REI is now a Salsa dealer, which is owned by the same company.) anyhow, I was able to get Soma stuff through BTI. I have ridden it on places you probably know: BCGB, Walnut, SATN, and recently rode the Texas Chainring Massacre on it. it's single-speed most of the time, but I have a 1x10 setup that goes on it occasionally. I have ridden it with a Reba at 120mm, 100mm, and a Salsa rigid fork. I might enjoy something different, but I had very limited choices at the time. I don't think it's holding me back.

29" tires definitely do very well for me on Austin terrain. Glad I did not get a 650b. chucky trails and smaller wheels seems like a bad idea to me, especially on a singlespeed where every little inch of momentum you can save is crucial. I only wish the chainstays on the Juice were shorter. the shortest setting on the dropouts is 17.5", which is quite long by today's standards. I think getting up ledges and maintaining rear traction while climbing would be easier if I could take a link out of my chain, but that would mean just buying a whole new frame. I don't work in a bike shop anymore, so it's harder to justify paying full price for anything. I have written a bit about it on my blog, but i need to write more about this bike's trail capabilities-

Update- the long chainstays on the Juice have always bugged me. Shopping for a new frame now.

Bike Gallery / Re: Fixed gear bikes/ Post your big bikes V2
« on: December 14, 2016, 09:52:55 PM »
on that note, here's the Juice in gravel mode. I can ride this in a lot of the places I would normally ride trails, but if I stick to gravel paths and non-technical trails, I can move pretty darn fast on this. I plan on riding the Texas  Chainring Massacre 100K and Castell Grind on this next year. Salsa rigid fork, Ergon bar ends, 38/18 gearing, brand new 20x2.1 Schwalbe Thunder Burt tubeless tires.

Bike Gallery / Re: Disc brake rig
« on: December 03, 2016, 09:41:54 AM »
stoked on this, need more info!

I have used TRP Spyres, Avid BB7, Avid BB5, and now Shimano SLX brakes on mountain and CX-type bikes and worked on tons of brakes over the years. Shimano all the way! Hope hydros are nice too. I think you could make this work with a 140mm rotor to keep it compact. no need for a bigger rotor than that on a BMX bike.

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