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About Swoofty

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  • Birthday 01/24/75

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    MTB, windsurfing, Lego trains, elecrticity
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    Peter Norman
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    2018 Czar Neuron 26", I9 hubs, Magura MT5s, SLX cranks, HT ME03 pedals
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  1. It's also possible to put gears on a hex too. The hex is about as close to a one bike solution as you're likely to get.
  2. You should go ahead and change your bearings too while you have it open, because those will be trash in less than 6 months. Next time try an Industry 9 torch single speed; the best of the best.
  3. The Czar 26 is a damn fine bike too, but maybe not as easy to come by as a Hex in the UK. Who on Earth has said that the Hex was too compy!?! Certainly not a comp in the last 12 years! EDIT: Ooops, didn't see the Seattle part. I see mail order in your future. I got my Czar 26 from HBTrials in Canada. There's a pretty good crew in Seattle, you should find some mates soon enough. Post on OTN (observedtrials.net) for a bit more local (Seattle) info. If you road trip down to Los Angeles, hit me up.
  4. It is a worthwhile endeavor to learn 'both ways,' but ultimately it will slow your progress and frustrate and confuse you at numerous times. Most people will say they have a 'good' side, but it's more appropriate to think of it as your 'natural' side. It's really akin to trying to be proficient with your left hand if you're naturally right handed; of course you can do it, but you came pre-wired right handed. Years ago I was a snowboard instructor and the 'official' training was to determine someones 'natural spin' and use that to determine which foot should be forward for that person and go from there. There was no mention of encouraging people to try going the other way just for the fun of it. I was a freestyler at heart and had taught myself to be proficient in both directions so I would encourage some students to try going 'backwards' because in the beginning it all feels awkward so why not give it a go. I have no idea how these students fared in the long run, but at least they could see that being able to go both ways would eventually be a good goal. As a counter-point, my dad was a professional tennis player and did his fair share of coaching and it was basically unthinkable to him that someone should have two forehands. Everyone has a dominant hand that should be developed and the other is your backhand and should be developed as such. It would seem that having two forehands or another way, as having no backhand, would be an advantage, but his belief was that you will still have a dominant hand and nurturing the other arm would only take time away from furthering that natural dominance. Like I said in the beginning, it is definitely a worthwhile undertaking, but probably better to wait until you hit a plateau in your dominant side trials training before going back and trying things the other way round. I've taught myself to sidehop either way and I can pedal kick either way, but I still definitely have a dominant foot. I don't know how much the pros put into minimizing there 'weak' foot to be more well rounded, but they'll still have one side that's more proficient than the other. Good luck!
  5. If you find the right saddle with rails you can zip tie or hose clamp it to your frame. Also if you 'need' a seatpost, you can cut a long slot in the bottom of a seatpost and pound out the two new 'legs' to go around the top tube and beside your seat tube. Then hose clamp that in place. There are no good options for adding a seat to a seatless bike.
  6. I only ever had this happen on my old Schwinn Stingray and I figured it was from hard braking and the whole tire shifting on the rim. An inflated tube won't move independently of the tire will it?
  7. Riding trials requires nursing brake issues a large percentage of the time it seems. Don't be afraid of brake issues, just get to know your brakes inside and out and learn to nurse them appropriately. And there's always new brakes. Good luck!
  8. Wrong forum :-(
  9. Also make sure your brake pads are set up square to the rim. My Echo Mk4 had quite a bit of precession in the freewheel, but your chain should still have very little slack when set up correctly. Once your chain tension is right, then check to make sure those brake pads are square.
  10. I know this post is a bit old now so hopefully you're tooling around on a sweet Zebdi. They're fun bikes, but honestly pretty heavy. The biggest thing to watch out for is the rear disc mount. That was the area most prone to failure and these frames are all pretty old now. They work wonderfully with Vbrakes.
  11. It's definitely not big drops to flat. It's the bash landings for sure. Always break the drive side and usually have 2 spacers on that side too, but my setup is different now.
  12. It's the same as the Hope retaining pin. 3mm sounds right, I'm not gonna run out to the garage and check right now, sorry.
  13. Yeah I've cracked all the shimano BBs I've ever trialsed on. My euro BB bikes I run Hope BBs and no problems for years. The other SLX setup is on an Echo so Spanish Eclat BMX bearings with 24mm BMX spacers. Worked out better than I thought it would.
  14. I could never get my Trial Zones set up properly either. I even got the Tech3 levers, but not much changed. 2 different shops tried to set it up, but it always felt horrible. I finally gave up and got an MT5; I've never looked back. Good luck!
  15. I don't know why the MT7s get all the press; I've had so much better luck with MT5s. The MT5 lever is metal and the caliper is identical to the 7. I've got one MT5 that hasn't even been bled in about 3 years now and still feels perfect. The MT5 can be found for pretty cheap if you look around too.