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TomWood last won the day on August 13

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  1. Speaking of, I had another crash yesterday practicing up-to-fronts and bent the lever again. Bent it back and it's good to go. Eventually it's going to snap on me, but I'd glad it's held up so far. I bought a complete bike instead of building up the bike. So it's BB5s with the Avid Clean Sweep G3s in 180. I want to try a 203 rear because I think it will feel more precise. My wish-list rear brake at the moment is a Saint. I'm familiar with Shimano from my mountain bikes. I like the way the levers feels. I know how to bleed them. And they seem to have a few pad options. Would be cool to try Hopes or the higher end Magura MTs, but it's a lot of money gone if you don't like them. I've ridden trail bikes with the MT5s on them and the performance felt great. The flex in the lever wasn't my favorite though. The tire are the Kenda K-Rads. I honestly don't have anything to compare the tires to from a street trials point of view, but they seem to slip a lot when given the slightest hint of moisture. I've tried a few tires on my mountain bike and know that compounds make a huge difference. It looks like the only real options are Holy Rollers or the Danny Macs unless you go 2.1 or narrower which I'm unsure of. 24" options are frustratingly limited.
  2. Ah yeah. BMX cranks... Don’t have any real experience with those. Glad you two could offer more useful advice.
  3. I'm in the same beginner boat and have BB5s with FR5 levers. Seriously impressed by the stopping power of these brakes when set up correctly. They haven't slipped at all over 6 foot gaps or 4 foot drops. Tires have though. I'll want to upgrade them at some point, but it's my skill and not the brakes that are the limiting factor in my riding at this time. I've also had a few crashes or dropped bikes that I'm positive would have broken the lever if they were one of the plastic (composite?) Magura levers. I've had one of my brake levers bend pretty far already, just bent it back and it's been good to go. Very happy with my choice to go cheap for my first set up. Upgrades will come when my riding can justify it.
  4. I'm not familiar with the Arcade crank-set specifically, but I've built up quite a few bikes. Cranks and BBs are the sloppiest excuse for a "standard" I've ever seen. The washers that come with the BB are spacers because they know that the BB and BB shell widths have a large margin of error. What I would do if I didn't get any further guidance is install the BB, then install the crank-set without any washers. Check for axial play in the cranks. If there is play, add a spacer; check for play again. Rise. Repeat till there is no play. Check again, if the crank is binding, then you've used too many or too thick of a spacer and need to reducing the spacing. Usually they get added to the non-drive side, as the drive side should remain in position for best chain line. The tube that comes with the BB is usually a sleeve just to keep any crap that falls into the frame out of the way. The crank spindle is narrower than the internal diameter of the sleeve, correct? Hopefully someone that's actually installed the Arcade crank can verify this. Just saying again that I've never see the Arcade crank in person. But washers and sleeves are pretty common on the MTB/road side of things.
  5. Looks like an early generation BB7-Road from the mid-2000's. Looking for confirmation.
  6. It's looking like another beautiful and dry weekend. Anyone interested in going to Morecambe to ride? I'd go anywhere else that's within a 90 minute drive of Betham too if someone has a spot they'd rather ride. I'd prefer to start earlier in the morning to beat the crowds if we can. I'm not on Facebook, but if anyone wants to direct someone to this post through other social media, that would be greatly appreciated.
  7. Bit off-topic, but that chain looks a bit long.
  8. It actually opened back up again a few weeks ago and I've been a couple times. It's pretty well built in the sense that the berms are confidence inspiring and the rollers are easy to pump. They've put pretty big spaces between the track so there aren't any available options for transfers or ways to spice it up. I'm assuming that was intentional to keep it more family friendly. Safety for the kiddos is important. All the doubles are easy to clear. So there just isn't much to actually progress on other than one triple and manual practice. Good way to kill an hour at the end of a work day though. I should go back more often. My manuals definitely need work.
  9. @CC12345678910 This was perfect. Thank you! I finally went riding there yesterday after a few busy weeks mixed with wet weather. It was 32C, so I only rode for a couple hours before the heat wore me out. So many awesome short lines for my ability level and so many more that I have my eyes on for once I improve. I found out that I'm far worse at skinnies than I thought I was, and that I really need to practice natural rocks more. Now I just need to find some people to ride with.
  10. That's awesome. Thank you! I'll definitely go check that spot out. Hopefully the weather cooperates this weekend.
  11. Was actually pretty interesting watching the little guy from 2:20-3:15. He's got some moves and kids that age are going to be absolute beasts in 5-10 years being surrounded by top talent.
  12. Now that restrictions on travel have lifted quite a bit, anyone interested in organizing a weekend ride? I'm willing to drive a couple hours if there's a small group meeting at a location that still offers some beginner features.
  13. This. A good physical therapist will give you good exercises to properly help your issue. It may not ever go away completely, but you strengthen the body enough to offer support.
  14. Acupuncture, dry needling, and massage can help to loosen seized muscles and/or reduce inflammation to give you a kick start on mobility. They can offer a lot of relief in terms of pain and discomfort. But the only way to really improve your shoulder, knee, and hip health is to do your physical therapy exercises. There are so many small muscles and attachments in those joints that need attention. Work on the mobility. Work on the range of motion. Work on the stabilization. And work on the strength. Shortcuts are rarely long term fixes.
  15. Up to a certain limit (tipping point is might be somewhere around 2k for hardtails, 5k for full sus), it's almost always worth spending as much as you possibly can on the initial purchase. You tend to get a lot more for what you pay for in a lot of cases. And buying a cheaper bike and upgrading is a very expensive way to get a better bike. Of course, it always depends on your intended usage, level of riding, and budget.