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Everything posted by PeterH

  1. Are you sometimes on a 19" and sometimes a 20" rear? If so why? Just curious
  2. That switch static hook thing was pretty awesome. Pretty stupid, but pretty awesome too.
  3. They wont, but the trails will be more full of people that in my humble opinion have not earned their way down the descents. I imagine the level of dumbassery will increase if anyone can power their way into difficult terrain that used to take a lot more effort. I certainly have not, but I fail to see how the "innovation" of doing something difficult up a crappy chute of rocks is more amazing than watching him dice apart other areas that normal folks could at least try. Watching him "wheel switch" to pedal on a bike that is heavier because it has a motor and battery is certainly not part of the everything that needs changing.
  4. This made me sad. I have been told by folks in the industry e-bikes are the future no matter what you think of them and its unavoidable, but it pisses me off. One of the great things about Akrigg is he was already an e-bike in a way, the way he managed to keep pedaling and applying power on any bike was mind blowing. I'll admit the e-bike seems to amplify that which is wild, but he did it so well on his own. Riding up those stream bed/boulder chutes was impressive because it happened, but I would much rather see him on just super tech trails powering his own way up/through things. The guy will always be someone I look up to and I know you gotta make a buck and its where the industry is going, but I died a little when I saw this.
  5. Having a weird problem and wondering if others have dealt with it and come up with solutions. I have a Monty Pro Race V1 (no orange graphics) rear tire on my mod (Clean rim) and on my last two rides the bead has come off mid ride shutting me down. Thankfully the tube didn't pop, but its not much fun to have to deflate the thing quickly and then re-inflate (especially the spot I rode to and didn't have a pump). The tire is a couple years old and has a wire bead and there looks to be a little kink in it, I'm guessing that is the main problem. I had a similar problem with an OG monty tire way back in the day on my GT mod for anyone that knows what that was, and the wire broke and eventually was coming out of the tire, in that case I had to just get a new tire as I couldn't make it work at all. This time I seem to be able to get a short ride out of it before it goes again. Anyone else dealt with this and have suggestions? I know small batch trials companies are not known for quality control and tolerances and might just be too mush slop, but given I can't get another pro race right now I'm looking for something to help. I've considered other tire seating tricks like soapy water and 80 psi, but am worried that will blow the thing apart. Thought about putting some tape on the rim and then removing it so not to build bulk, but just leave a sticky residue. Or putting some glue on the bead to build up a little more of a ledge to hook into the rim. Thoughts or suggestions?
  6. This feels like a no brainer, Tarty should float you one of the trialtech levers (which have been great for me) and they should do one of those "worlds most interesting man" adds: Flipp doesn't often ride brakes, but when he does its Trialtech from Tarty. And then everyone gets rich.
  7. Thanks Cap, that's pretty much where I'm at, it held for a short ride yesterday with a little higher pressure, so that was a plus.
  8. Are we talking mod or stock here? Ali has the big wheels covered, I'll say what I know about the little. I bought a new mod and it came with koalas, the front is just fine, a little rounder of a profile that I was used to, but seems very good all in all. I was not at all satisfied with the koala on the rear, just too flimsy of a sidewall for me. Background I ride both stock and mod and just came back to mod after a good stint of primarily stock with a Der kaiser on there, so a stable tire is very important to me. The koala had really good bounce, but I found at the pressure I wanted for the bounce and grip it would fold rather abruptly on angled stuff. So I tried a Jitsie next and found it to be better. Not groundbreaking, but just a little more stable. I still had to run more pressure than I liked. I ended up going back to a fairly worn Monty because it is the most stable of the modern mod tires I have found and wish Tarty could get there hands on more. When it finally starts being too slick (when fall and wetness returns) I'll go back to the Jitsie for traction and just run a lot of pressure. The koala is for emergency use only in my opinion, but it depends on your riding style, like everything else.
  9. Certainly not the UK, but here's a quick edit I made over the weekend in the Pacific Northwest. I was short on time to get clips so they are a lot less polished than I would like, but I think you get the idea of what a wild area it is for trials.
  10. What part of western NC? I love it there and if the world cooperates hope to visit a cousin in Boone next summer.
  11. I am doing well Tonkery, and riding about as well as I have in a long time. That is indeed my daughter in the background, what a far cry from OTN this is in that I can put this pic up of her and not fear horrible responses. I think she was just a year or two old the last time we hung out.
  12. The old Montys had silly little notches cut in them that were stress risers and lead to lots of cracking, eventually the try-alls would do similar things. That said looks like pad contact is a little high, is that a 200 and it should be a 203 or something?
  13. Different setup up but there are enough bar to hangfives in here to keep one busy. The fakie, 360, and skinny version are pretty interesting:
  14. I've definitely lost a couple before and still ran it. Didn't mess things up too much, but in theory there could be a little more slop which would cause slightly faster wear and skipping/failure sooner. It might be too late, but tips I have learned are do freewheel work in a box (shoebox works great) and have a magnet there to catch them. If you have another freewheel that is dead you can steal from it, or the balls should be cheap at a hardware store (if you can go to one these days).
  15. First the on topic part. Grips and pedals are the only rider contact points on a trials bike so they really matter (along with shoes and gloves if you use them). That said grips are a personal preference, some folks like big squishy grips, some like thin hard, some foam, some grip tape, some lock on some regular rubber. What you need to do is try some out. As far as things to change go they are pretty cheap. Try one kind for a bit, then try another. My preferences have changed over time and probably will continue to do so. Now to the less on topic part which aener was getting at. In today's day and age it seems to me lots of newer folks think they need the EXACT right part to be able to ride. I would like to thank the mountain bike marketing world for this philosophy, but it is also human nature. We are gear dorks. So someone posts a thread about "which chain is best for their stem length for 1/4 pedal ups starting on mild uphill approaches?" and get some answers. And then some old timer like myself grouchily says "back in my day we rode bmx motorcycles with seized engines and tires made from old bricks and did just fine thank you very much" which doesn't help either. One thing will help progression more than anything else. Ride your bike. Ride it with the wrong parts, ride it with the right parts. Ride it with a fox, ride it in a box. Just put the time in. Yes you can get all the right stuff and that will help, but not as much as just riding and trying different things and then doing it again.
  16. Mark is right, don't meet your heros/dream frames. I finally got a Crescent and it was perfect, but couldn't hold a candle to a modern bike. Sold it for a loss not that long ago. That said the Bianchi colorway always blew me away And I was fortunate to own one of these (but with real tires) and it rode as good as it looked:
  17. This thread struck a chord with me, but not in the right way. I know this is going to be my first post on here other than a for sale, but here goes. Who cares! We ride trials, the least popular form of cycling ever invented (yes I know its bigger on that side of the Atlantic), non of us will ever live up to the standard set by Danny (or the many greats that came before that I grew up on), but to me at its heart trials is about you doing your thing. Go out and fail over and over again, it is the most basic prerequisite for this silly sport. If others laugh offer them a go on your bike. It takes forever to get good at this stuff and you have to earn it. I actually love having a few spectacular crashes in front of folks, gets the conversations going. Lots of times I will do a pretty big move in front of people and in todays world no one looks up from their phone and doesn't even hear stupid loud brakes with their ear things in, but let me tell you when you explode on the ground in front of someone they might talk to you a little. I know Ali has done a good job talking about mental health and there is more to think about, but I find the opposite as I age, closing on 40 I couldn't care less what some teen on some new app I have never heard of thinks of my riding, I'm out there for me and thats it. Blocking out distractions and focusing are a big part of trials, get after it. If your concern is your ability, guess what, not riding or riding sheepishly sure isn't going to help.