upnsmoke

upnsmoke

Lives in: Fallston, MD USA

Member since: 11/07/18

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Added reply in a thread Garrett Reynolds 10/6/2020 8:10 PM

Good info here. Hadn’t heard of some of these. And I’ll peon whatever I want.

Added reply in a thread Tailwhip Fracture 10/5/2020 11:40 PM

Got any indoor places with a foam pit around you? If so that’d be the ticket for learning with less risk. I’ve never made a serious attempt at a tailwhip, much less landed one so not much specific advice I can offer there. Regarding being 23 and riding ... more »

Added reply in a thread Help choosing frame 10/5/2020 10:49 PM

I’m just about the same as you, Dan. 5-11 here also. All my frames are/ have been 21 except my race frame which is 21.25. The race frame is comfortable on the dirt, but would be just a little long for anything else.

Added reply in a thread Project free bike 10/5/2020 10:31 PM

You cleaned that thing up nice. Came out real cool looking. Should make a fun ride for someone.

Added reply in a thread The "I went riding today" -thread 10/5/2020 9:47 PM

^That’s some cool looking concrete work there. Place looks really fun.

Added reply in a thread Injuries & Tricks 10/5/2020 9:27 PM

Dave, resistance training really helps, and I think is the thing that has ultimately kept me going over the years. I have a knee that tends to swell up any time it gets hit, but luckily is still mobile enough to do squats and the like. I think there ... more »

Added reply in a thread Parts Drought 10/5/2020 7:00 AM

I wouldn't necessarily take it as hostility, nor being specifically aimed toward you. If a bunch of people buy multiples of the same part, then it will impact the availability of it. I wouldn't think there are people doing that, but I also didn't think ... more »

Added reply in a thread Parts Drought 10/5/2020 6:33 AM

I'll go along with you there for the most part, especially on the toilet paper. You have idiots filling entire closets, or whatever they are doing with it. It does seem there is a shortage of a lot of bikes and parts, though. It looks like even the completes ... more »

Added reply in a thread Clicking noise on new bike? 10/4/2020 8:41 PM

I wonder if this might just be part of the deal with aluminum frames. I never owned one until about a month ago. I bought a chase race frame to take some of the work load off my old Gt. It freaks me out a little because for one it doesn’t flex, like ... more »

Added reply in a thread best 9.5-9.75 bars with 4 degrees upsweep 10/4/2020 8:05 PM

I was going to say the bars MJ is referring to sound like race bars. I’ve been spending a good number of hours on my race bike lately and my current bars are 6 back 4 up, 8.5 rise. They feel good, but I’m riding on dirt. Not the same as street and park. ... more »

Added reply in a thread Seasoned Rider Needs a New Bike 10/4/2020 12:30 AM

Got a pic or specs on your champion? That would help us know what specs you are looking for. If by height you are referring to standover, newer bmx’s aren’t really meant for sit down pedaling. That’s not to say you can’t raise the seat when you are just ... more »

Added reply in a thread Massive bars 10/4/2020 12:13 AM

I don’t know how people ride such tall setups. My preference is 9-9.5 inch on front load and 8-8.5 on top load. Just cruising I really don’t notice much difference in comfort on my shorter bars vs tall ones. Tallest I ever rode was 9 inch on a top load ... more »

Added reply in a thread What happened to grumpySteve ? 10/3/2020 11:28 PM

Good to see you back, man. Hate to think you were so bad off. It’s good to hear you are getting better. I don’t use social media for much, but I can say for certain your presence here on the forum was missed.

Added reply in a thread best 9.5-9.75 bars with 4 degrees upsweep 10/3/2020 10:47 PM

I went around with this recently. Got mixed opinions on what feels good and doesn’t. Seems like a preference thing that varies from one person to another. There’s a few with 3° upsweep in the range of height you are looking at S&M credence xl’s, ... more »

Added reply in a thread Got my 2021 Haro Freestyler DMC Legend 24 9/29/2020 11:08 PM

I thought that thing looked good in the stock photos online, but it looks even cooler in the different angles you got there. There’s enough silver and chrome already on the bike I’d think chrome bars would look good if you do decide to change them.

Added reply in a thread Looking for help with handlebar selection 9/29/2020 10:14 PM

Thanks guys. I’ll definitely post up how the bars feel. I left some extra room on my fork to bump the stem up and down with spacers if necessary to find what I ultimately like best. Hopefully I’ll have the VHS all put together and be healed up to do ... more »

Added reply in a thread Opinion on wearing helmets? 9/28/2020 11:56 PM

I have a bad habit of not wearing mine when I think I’m just going for a quick cruise, then get caught up playing around, doing stuff I shouldn’t be doing without one. There’s no good excuse for me not to wear it either. The one I have right now is comfortable ... more »

Added reply in a thread Looking for help with handlebar selection 9/28/2020 11:46 PM

Hey all. Bumping this thread one more time to say thanks for all the advice, and I did finally make a decision. Got Salt city bars from Empire, should be here later in the week. I must have got the last set, too because they aren’t listed on the site ... more »

Added reply in a thread Spray Painting a... Tire?! 9/28/2020 10:15 PM

You might have some luck with tire markers. I used them years ago autocrossing, and the colors weren’t the most vibrant, but they were visible and held up okay. I put a link below. Link

Added reply in a thread ODSY Broc Tires & Bead Problem 9/28/2020 9:57 PM

Some wheels and tires are more of pain than others. I wrecked the bead on a duo tire. They were fine when I was playing in the dirt, but I landed crossed up playing on the asphalt and ripped the bead on the rear. Those tires were a pain to get straight ... more »