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Swoofty last won the day on May 9

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About Swoofty

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    Trials Dude
  • Birthday 01/24/75

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    MTB, windsurfing, Lego trains, elecrticity
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    Los Angeles, California

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    Peter Norman
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    2020 Inspired Hex, I9 hubs, Magura MT5s, XT cranks, HT ME03 pedals; TMS Evo6 26R dual disc 26"; Ozonys Curve V8 26"
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  1. I didn't start riding trials until I was 34, but your early 30s are a difficult time. I think subconsciously it's your brain adapting to a 'middle aged' body as opposed to your previous, constantly improving, younger body. You still improve, but not nearly at the rate you could from 15 to 26 years. The real advantage of your mid 30s on is your ability to acquire wisdom more easily. You said it yourself in your initial post, not eating right, not exercising and not enough free time. Focusing on that list will improve your whole life. What it takes is planning. Plan good meals; schedule time to exercise/ride; make some 'me' time. I'm pretty sure I'm addicted to endorphins and my wife has come to the realization that I NEED bike rides to be healthy mentally and physically. My kids are 9 and 12 now so that definitely gives me more free time than when they were younger. I was lucky enough to find a local kid who really wanted to learn trials and now after 2 years riding with him, he really motivates me to keep trying new stuff (he's almost 16 now). Riding with other people is a great motivator, but if you're in the US, you're probably riding alone sadly. I can't compare my current trials self with a mid 20s trials self as I wasn't doing it back then, but I do have the heart rate monitor graphs and boy are those two people different! I raced XC mtb from 1991 through the early 2000s and I know that I will never see 210 bpm again! I had the great pleasure of riding trials with Hans Rey when he was 48 (I was 41 at the time) and I was very keen to see what should be possible for lowly old me even at my age. Now having seen Ot Pi's lockdown backyard riding video I realize I have a hopeless amount of stuff left to learn even by his age. The point is you've still got cycling on your side and you've held onto it. You'll have to temper your expectations with age, but riding a bike will remain an immense amount of fun. You'll have ups and downs; just keep moving forward.
  2. I think you've tried hard enough to make this work that you've earned those stickers.
  3. Wider rims. A wider rim offers fewer points to cause pinches. The available 24" rims don't really give you that option and for street trials would make the tyre profile more 'square'.
  4. Completely off topic, but how's the trials scene in Argentina? I bet you guys have some epic MTB trails.
  5. For trials use it is mostly personal preference. 170 is stiffer and lighter just by way of lever length and your legs travel a shorter distance per revolution. 175 offers greater torque, but might not fit some trials frames or rub under hard kicks. Whenever you find yourself debating 170 vs 175, just remember Charlie Rolls uses 165s.
  6. Chains are a hot topic of late. You said it yourself, you should change the chain at least every 6 months if you actually ride. Every 3 months isn't out of the ordinary. Chains are very reasonably priced for what trials riders need so there's no reason to skimp on this. I cannot stress enough that breaking a chain while riding trials can be a LIFE CHANGING experience. As for chain stretch, I have one of those things too, but I change my chain before it tells me I need to. They're nice for multi geared bikes and people who only ride occasionally because a stretched chain will ruin your drivetrain; multi gear or single speed. If your drivetrain includes one of those expensive Inspired 22t with integrated bash, you'd much rather replace a chain twice a year than one of those every year (plus the chain!)
  7. Joe's No Flats schrader valves have worked for me. https://www.bike24.com/p2272511.html
  8. I heard that the 610 was going away, but there are still plenty of them available here in the States. I tried one of the newer Z1eHX and it's definitely beefier than the 610, but the 610 looks better. I'll stick with the 610 as long as i can find them.
  9. I had them on my Alias 20.1, but ultimately they're just one of many many ways to skin a cat. I'm all vertical drops and through axles now; not by choice, but the way of the market it seems.
  10. How about trendcycles.ch? They're not EU at least. Mostly echo, jitsie and rockman for bare frames.
  11. I've only had to replace one that was bad from the factory. It's probably just slipping in the pinch bolt. Make sure the steel rod that connects the tensioner to the bike is clean and un-greased so the pinch bolt can hold it properly. Check the Inspired link Ben suggested earlier as they explain the whole setup procedure. https://www.inspiredbicycles.com/images/custom/downloads/Inspired Fourplay Tensioner Instructions.pdf
  12. Curious to know how that trip to the chemist would play out... ;-) No put down intended on the pumice. I use one quite often and I also forget to use it quite often.
  13. +1 for the pumice stone, of course, you have to actually use it though! Get one of the ones that's round-ish, not the rectangular ones. Use it at the end of your shower/bath when your hands are nice and warm and use it with the hot/warm water running over your hands and the stone. Keep the whole process warm and wet. Get in the habit of using it and you'll be much happier. I use foam grips and gloves, but there's no real magic bullet there. With summer approaching, you'll be doing more hot and humid rides and that's how your skin will react regardless. It's more important to have good bar feel than minimize calluses.
  14. Same as above. .4 or less, round down, .5 and up, round up. Using the spoke calc programs, you can pretty reliably round up and be fine.
  15. That's pretty much how it's supposed to be.