Added reply in a thread Experiment, results. long post 4/1/2020 8:32 PM

The leverage of each piece will be different based on the clamp location, but assuming that both assemblies are rigid and the ends are in the same spot, the resulting forces at the ends will be the same. Think of it as a truss or bracket where the shape ... more »

Added reply in a thread Experiment, results. long post 3/31/2020 2:09 PM

If the reach is the same, the clamping point is the same relative to the fork (reach being the horizontal stem measurement, not distance to the grips). The only reasonable difference I see is in the second post, the " 2° forward slant." If the bars are ... more »

Added reply in a thread Coronavirus bmx 3/31/2020 1:36 PM

Here in Illinois, the Governor's order specifically allows outdoor exercise, as long as it's not in large groups or contact sports. Loitering might get you in trouble though, so sessioning a spot might be limited, and "play equipment" like skateparks ... more »

Added reply in a thread Headset problem 3/28/2020 9:29 AM

To phrase it a different way, you can set your stem higher while using fewer spacers. You could see it as part of the taller bars trend.

Added reply in a thread Smaller rear tire...... Likes, dislikes, reasons? Tire questions in general.... 3/27/2020 5:55 AM

Uh... /sarcasm...?

Added reply in a thread Headset problem 3/26/2020 8:41 PM

If the top pinch bolt fully laps onto the fork tube, it's "probably" ok. If the fork is cut below the top pinch bolt, I wouldn't run it.If in doubt, get a new fork.

Added reply in a thread Smaller rear tire...... Likes, dislikes, reasons? Tire questions in general.... 3/26/2020 6:20 PM

If pinch flats are still a thing, I used to cut an old tube along the inside edge and wrap it around the new tube. Even at 40 or 50 psi it pretty much eliminated pinch flats. That was a 40 lb mid school bike though, I wasn't worried about a little extra ... more »

Added reply in a thread Viral BMX 3/26/2020 6:11 PM

Great post, and thanks for sharing your thoughts. I'm itching to hit a skatepark, or ride some streets, after seeing posts of people shredding empty parks and killing it in the empty streets. So far rain has kept me home more so than the local quarantine. ... more »

Added reply in a thread Smaller rear tire...... Likes, dislikes, reasons? Tire questions in general.... 3/26/2020 2:30 PM

I think tire size is like bar height - it happened for a reason and then became a trend. Fatter tires give you more contact area and more flex. Great for gaps and drops, not so great for pivots, whips, or carving a bowl. As for running a bigger front ... more »

Added reply in a thread Chain 3/24/2020 9:39 AM

I have the Shadow Interlock V2, not sure I agree with you though. The links tend to work loose on the pins, I've had to pinch them all down, and it came apart once so far. Might try a different half link after the lock down ends

Added reply in a thread Bunnyhop advice. 3/21/2020 10:00 AM

Watched Rad constantly as a kid. At least a couple times every summer. BMX Union still has a link: Rad The Movie

Added reply in a thread 53 vs 48 stem 3/21/2020 8:22 AM

Longer stem: Slightly more knee clearance to the bars; slightly longer grip reach; weight slightly more forward; similar to a longer TT without the added wheelbase Shorter stem: More direct steering input / less swing in the bars; slightly more direct ... more »

Added reply in a thread The "I went riding today" -thread 3/21/2020 7:57 AM

So many IG clips of riders shredding empty skateparks and streets right now, but it's been raining since last Sunday and there's more to come...

Added reply in a thread BB Height VS HT Angle for stability 3/18/2020 9:06 PM

As a rider, I'd s say you won't notice either, or at least you'll get used to it quick. If I had to guess, I'd say BB because HT angle is overrated. As an engineer though, it's an interesting question... All else being equal: 1 degree HT angle changes ... more »

Added reply in a thread What'd you do to your bike today? 3/16/2020 5:35 PM

We had snow Saturday, 50 degrees Sunday, then snow/rain again today. Got in a few hours of flatland on Sunday though. It's hard to tell color from pictures, especially with the transparent ones. I agree with you on the bars, although those look better ... more »

Added reply in a thread My worst crash in years, got knocked out. 3/15/2020 8:30 AM

That was tough to watch, glad you're ok. Seems to be a theme this week, I had my own scare last weekend but walked away with some minor bruising

Added reply in a thread 41 and need some help deciding on type of bike 3/15/2020 8:08 AM

Matthias and others who ride a longer frame for flatland also happen to be taller. I'm a little jealous of the taller riders that can step across the bike without shifting their center of mass as much. A shorter frame can work for ramps and trails better ... more »

Added reply in a thread What'd you do to your bike today? 3/14/2020 8:12 PM

I thought cages died in the '90s. I tried Shark Bites, Bear Traps, and Triple Traps. I think my worst scars are from the shark bites, but the others weren't much better. In other news, I cut my bars down to 26.5" today. Didn't get to test it much with ... more »

Added reply in a thread Just dawned on me 3/13/2020 11:28 AM

You got me curious. I thought I had tossed my old rags when we moved, but it looks like that was only the high school stuff. Just found this buried with my old college reference books! 6 or 7 issues of Ride per year from 1998 through 2003, with a few

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Added reply in a thread Budget build off 3/12/2020 4:13 PM

When I finally committed to spec'ing out a new custom, even buying literally everything from clearance sales and bargain bins, I couldn't keep it below $1,000. Compared to an $800 complete, some of the parts were just aftermarket budget parts. First ... more »