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The Lounge / Re: I'm going to Oregon for work
« on: August 02, 2015, 03:59:06 PM »
Where at in OR? There is a huge difference between the different cities...

Bike Gallery / Re: S̶l̶o̶w̶ Fast and Steady Wins the Race
« on: July 17, 2015, 01:39:06 PM »
Manly as hell

The Lounge / Re: Gay Marriage
« on: June 27, 2015, 03:18:57 PM »
What does that mean for people who don't know what the amendments are?

I'm sure that you know that the US Constitution is the highest law, so everything we do must be in line with the intent of the text (not the interpretation of the text, as some politicians like to think).

The 10th Amendment reads: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people."

This means that if the Constitution doesn't specifically give power to the Federal government on an issue, the States are responsible for that issue. All 50 states have the authority to handle these issues as they see fit, and can handle them in 50 different ways if each state so chooses.

The 14th Amendment is a long one, but the passage of Section 1 applied in this case states: "... No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States... nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

The Supreme Court ruled that this passage of the 14th trumped the 10th in this case. This logic, now written as Case Law, can be legally applied in future cases where any person feels that a State's law denies them equal protection and can override State law.

It will be interesting to see how this case law is applied in the future.

The Lounge / Re: New Random Thoughts Thread
« on: June 27, 2015, 03:05:41 PM »
Question for those of you who have been reproducing lately: do you worry that your wife is going to get fat and unappealing after childbirth and you won't be attracted to her anymore?

No, I chose a woman who loves being active and healthy. She won't stop running, hiking, karate, dog walks, swimming, etc until she is physically unable to do them.

Women who get fat and lazy after kids are just fat and lazy women who use kids as an excuse.

The Lounge / Re: Gay Marriage
« on: June 27, 2015, 12:50:12 PM »
I'm glad it happened, but the route that was taken is a slippery slope. Using the 14th Amendment to go around the 10th Amendment will make for some interesting case law in the future as it is applied to other unintended situations.

The Lounge / Re: New Random Thoughts Thread
« on: June 27, 2015, 12:46:23 PM »
Has the internet gotten slower? seems like nowadays web pages take ages to load compared to 2 or 3 years ago. Not BG though.

Pages keep getting heavier and heavier so there's just so much more to load, it's BS IMO. I am surprised when I run across a page that's just text and HTML formatting because it loads so damn fast.

The Lounge / Re: New Random Thoughts Thread
« on: June 27, 2015, 12:45:18 PM »
Also, it's FUCKING HOT in the PNW right now.

The Lounge / Re: New Random Thoughts Thread
« on: June 27, 2015, 12:42:54 PM »
I'm so fucking busy.

Our baby girl is due on Sep 1st, so we're getting the house ready. Installing bamboo floors, switching rooms around, then making a bedroom into the nursery. Also painting two rooms. Then all the baby shopping, planning, classes, etc.

I need to get some small to medium sized jobs done on my Golf, XR400, and the 4runner. I really hope to have it all done this summer but the house takes priority.

Bike riding has turned into a weekly occurrence at best.

On the upside, we CANNOT WAIT to see our baby girl and hold her. Call me a pussy/softie/whatever you want, we're already in love with this tiny human. The new job this year is going well, 8 hours goes by quickly when we design/fab/sell an awesome product and the company is great.

The Bike Shop / Re: Fairdale Taj or SS mtb
« on: June 08, 2015, 02:12:06 PM »
Bigger dirt jumps and pump tracks? SS 26" DJ bike

Off road use only? SS rigid 29er.

For ramping, jumping and cruising? Taj all day long.

The Bike Shop / Re: Keychain woes?
« on: May 31, 2015, 03:59:35 PM »
I tried to break mine with a Pedros pro chain tool but it wouldn't fit, so I used a vice with a small socket. Worked great.

The Lounge / Re: Anyone heard from couch/Zodiac?
« on: May 29, 2015, 02:09:46 PM »
I like how couch gets a pass for being a shit businessman to the bmx world.

I still like his products tho.. :0

I don't think "shit businessman" is an accurate description. Dude is never not working. Shit falls through the cracks with everyone, especially smaller stuff when you have a ton of big projects you're working on. People cut him slack because they know he is accountable for the products he sells and isn't going to up and disappear after taking your loot like another infamous BMX machinist...

I have to agree with Billy here, there are multiple instances of Ken dragging his feet for up to a year on relatively simple bmx jobs. He does great work and he's a cool guy... but that doesn't mean that a paying customer should get the shaft and then just be happy about it.

The Lounge / Re: Motorcycle Thread V2.0
« on: May 20, 2015, 07:40:32 PM »
That whole bike is just badass.

The Bike Shop / Re: Keychain woes?
« on: May 06, 2015, 08:55:52 AM »
I have a similar situation with a Keychain, MDS and Thunderbolts and all items are within one or two rides of being new.

After a trial and error process of swapping parts around onto my older drive train I found the Thunderbolts are responsible for the tight and loose spots. The old drive train was a standard chain, beaten MDS and Twombolts and the chain tension was always equal with no questionable spots and the MDS straight.

Turns out the Thunderbolts sprocket bolt hole is a fraction below being level with the sprocket recess and after tensioning the sprocket bolt down then spinning the cranks the disk was pulled out of alignment TOWARDS the sprocket bolt. Backing off the sprocket bolts tension the disk was again nice and straight.

Did all the same again with the Twombolts and they do not cause the disk to be pulled over and never had an issue.

Changed gearing on my spare bike which has Thunderbolts and guess what? Exactly the same issue of chain tension being tight and loose with the disk pulled over to the sprocket bolt.

After looking at the wear pattern on your sprocket it appears you might have a similar situation?

I've ran into the same issue on other cranks in the past, a thin washer or shim solved the problem.

Sell and Swap / Re: FBM Kick Ass Forks
« on: April 30, 2015, 06:01:21 PM »
Still an awesome (dare I say... Kick ass) classic fork that's well worth the money.

Sell and Swap / Re: FBM Kick Ass Forks
« on: April 30, 2015, 02:49:59 PM »
I don't think FBM was making hardgoods in '93...

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