Added reply in a thread Foot slipping off the pedal 7/5/2020 12:00 PM

If you run longer cranks, you could try something shorter. I've hardly slipped a pedal since going to 160 mm. Karate teacher always said my stance was too deep, guess he was right.

Added reply in a thread Free community skate parks question 6/22/2020 5:38 PM

Some of our local parks have prefab ramps, and staff told me they're insurance / warranties won't cover BMX. After a few years, they stopped caring. Ride it till they kick you out, then come back for more.

Added reply in a thread bar rise for height 6/14/2020 4:45 PM

My short answer would be that 1/2" in bar height makes little difference, you'll get used to either height quickly. More important for bar selection is the upsweep and backsweep, as that affects wrist comfort or strain, so look at that before you buy.

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Added reply in a thread Pulled upper back 6/14/2020 2:50 PM

I do pull ups when my back starts acting up. Starting with dead hangs to loosen up, it helps to change the grip width and hand facing to find the right hold for a problem area. Just hang out for a bit and try to relax while the muscles stretch, then ... more »

Added reply in a thread I rode around on my 20" standing up for the first time. 6/6/2020 9:57 AM

Good to hear, but also take it easy. What kind of rehab they got you doing?

Added reply in a thread covid19 --- are skateparks safe 5/30/2020 5:00 PM

Eskimojay, you've said a lot of ignorant shit in this thread, but every time I come back you've outdone yourself. Good luck with that. Props to Spongeworthy and others for staying civil in the face of this nonsense.

Added reply in a thread Those Kind of Days... 5/30/2020 12:44 PM

I always sleep like shit, but the older get the more I depend on a good diet, regular workouts, and like boozer said, water. This is after surviving college on ramen, skittles, and beer.

Added reply in a thread covid19 --- are skateparks safe 5/22/2020 4:15 PM

I haven't seen anything about Covid from Greta, but I did watch a few of those "doctors". I'm not a fan of censoring the debate, but they deserve all the ridicule they've gotten,and most should have their licenses revoked (those that still have licenses). ... more »

Added reply in a thread Sprockets 5/22/2020 3:06 PM

This threw me a bit when I upgraded too, but most drivers are 9 tooth now instead of the old 16 tooth so the ratios are different. There's also more crank sizes and tire diameters if you get into gear-inches, but the gear ratios should be enough. 45:16 ... more »

Added reply in a thread Ankle protection and more 5/20/2020 7:52 AM

I'm with BSG on the ankle stuff. I can't stand wearing clunky high tops or ankle guards. I'd rather have the freedom of movement and suffer the occasional bruise, even after riding 40 years and getting older. I am in the market for a helmet, maybe some ... more »

Added reply in a thread covid19 --- are skateparks safe 5/17/2020 2:49 PM

I don't want to debate the stupidity of our response to Covid vs the stupidity of no response here. I'll just say that with reasonable distancing, anything outdoors is way safer than anything indoors from a virus standpoint. Having roommates might change ... more »

Added reply in a thread Looking for a realistic perspective on my wethepeople arcade 2020 21" 5/17/2020 12:13 PM

In order to get the same strength top / down tubes, a hi-ten tube would need thicker walls and add a lot of weight, like the mid school 40 lb bikes. They are trading a tiny bit of weld strength at the dissimilar materials for a much more rideable bike. ... more »

Added reply in a thread GF is 5ft tall, I need help. 5/17/2020 11:54 AM

I'll third the flatland bike. You'll get better geometry and components, 18" wheeled bikes are mostly for kids. Good luck finding one at a local shop though...

Added reply in a thread Could you make a frame that's too long shorter by running a shorter stem? 5/16/2020 3:49 PM

Shorter stem would shift your weight further back on the bike, but won't really change your posture or back strain much. If your weight is too much on the front wheel and you want to shift it, go for it. If your back hurts, hit the gym. Also, moving ... more »

Added reply in a thread Go back to Cassette for Learning? 5/10/2020 2:19 PM

People shit on brakes. They shit on brakeless. They shit on freecoasters and cassettes. They shit on taller or longer or shorter bars, backends, and top tubes. They shit on raw frames and pink bikes. They shit on anything they can find to throw shit ... more »

Added reply in a thread What does everyone think the next major change in bmx will be? 5/10/2020 2:02 PM

Flatland *competition* riding has gotten stale with all the spinning, kind of a consequence of the small stage format. But it's no more stale than the smith-feeble-180 on every ledge, or another 360 stair drop. Like the "real BMX" category for street, ... more »

Added reply in a thread Need some upgrade suggestions. 5/9/2020 1:16 PM

If the bike is still comfortable for you, you don't really need to change anything for street or park riding - just go ride. That said, here's what I would consider... I'd seat the rear wheel as far back in the dropout as I could. I like a short backend, ... more »

Added reply in a thread Spokes squeeze noises 5/7/2020 10:20 AM

Like others have said, spokes will squeak when the wheel is new and they are bedding in, or when they are loose. Sounds to me like you've got them pretty loose. If you can flex them easily with your fingers, hit 'em all with a spoke wrench, quarter turn ... more »

Added reply in a thread Filming an edit 5/7/2020 10:13 AM

Get lots of b-roll, in high def and slow motion. Running up stairs is good, get it from multiple angles, especially if you aren't doing stairs. Or rails. If you accidentally shoot something in portrait, use it anyway - soccer moms love that stuff. If ... more »

Added reply in a thread What does everyone think the next major change in bmx will be? 5/6/2020 5:37 PM

I thought the same when I saw "carbon fiber seat post"