another thing.....ever seen these peoples bikes in the bikecheck? like 45% dont have one ding on their bikes.
One of the things that I learned when I was younger was to not even look at my bike when I fall off doing a trick and it is bouncing away on the pavement.
Believe it or not, it looked cool.. And still does..
Recently I have been riding.. and I have messed up doing tricks, which sent my bike flying and bouncing around.. and people just stopped and looked as i casually walked over.. picked it up without even looking at it, and got back on and started to ride it..
I got worried for a second. I was in the off-topic section and everyone was talking about how they have drugs dealers in their middle school but they will never smoke weed, and how they are making bank because they get $8 an hour working in the back room of their local grocery store..
I am 28..
I back in about 1998 I was about to drop $600 on a Haro Dave Mirra Pro bike.. Everyone talked me out of it.. Its funny, because it has all of the stuff I still want now. U-brakes, threadless headset, 3-piece cranks, etc..
but they talked me out of it because I had just gotten a drivers license.. and wouldn't care about my bike anymore.
well.. they were right.. i kept my mongoose rogue freestyle bike... i moved it several times.. i in the back of my mind, i knew i didn't want to give it up.
i went to college and got my bike out once.. rode it for an hour and blew out the rear tube..
apparently i fixed it.. i don't even remember.. i vaguely remember going to a bike store in town.. but apparently the rest of the story, where i bought a tube, and fixed it, has been blurred from my memory due to all of my alcohol and drug abuse.. or studying hard, to get a piece of paper..
so.. i finally got my bike out after letting it rot away in a shed for several more years.. i pumped the tires up and the held air. i was amazed... the chain is rusted.. the bike is rusty.. i don't care.. i think people look at me funny because i am 260 lbs and 6 feet tall riding a "kids bike"...
everyone around here rides serious road bikes with carbon forks, and they have all the gear to match.. spandex shorts, flashing led lights on their bikes, etc..
or they are pulling their kid in a trailer behind their bike..
i haven't even looked at bike components though..
i see that dia-comp 990 U brakes are not used anymore, its all tektro.. (i am guessing they weighed less).
actually though, it looks many people are running brakeless..
the seat is all the way down.
they usually have no pegs..
it looks like there was a war between freestyle and bmx... and bmx won..
i do see however flatland has become more distinct however..
my friend started riding bikes with me recently.. and he decided to ditch his mountain bike and get a freestyle.. we scoped out craiglist, and he got a DK Opsis.. I was going to buy it, but decided not to because I have too much stuff.. my stuff owns me as much as I own it.. I need to downsize drastically.. in more ways than one..
i am really looking forward to hitting up this DK flatland bike though..
there is a huge push toward simplicity.. and saving weight..
DC is full of "hipsters" who ride fixies.. but they are using their bikes as a fashion accessory.. i don't think they get the caloric intake from PBR and Parliaments to even ride those bikes more than a mile...
The preceding sentence was just reinforcing negative stereotypes.. honestly, most of those "fixie" bikes are actually single speeds.. and only few them are used as just fashion accessories..
single speed.. no brakes... simplicity is a trend right now..
this might actually be a good thing.. in more a mindset way too, other than just with bikes..
but, i am still old school.. i want to put a gyro on my dirtjumper bike...
i also am looking into integrated rear hubs that have multiple speeds in the hub..
and, i want to replace the rear disk brake on my DJ bike..
if i do this, i am going try to put the front disk brake on my old school mongoose freestyle..
i already found a bike store that sells 20 inch wheels, pre built with front disk brake mounts.. (they are for those bikes where you sit in a beach chair with wheels on it and pedal.. no idea how to describe it.)
but they are single wall and 36 spoke... i am 260 lbs and not afraid to take my bike off a jump that is a few feet high..