So, RL and I were riding together the other day when the topic of what I carry on a ride came up. I explained to him that given my fireman/paramedic/search-and-rescue/general outdoorsman/pro bike mechanic/avid rider/all-around-bitchin guy background I carry more than your average mountain biker. It was with awe and amazement that he exclaimed, “The world needs to know this information. You must share via this magnificent site what you carry and some tips on how to use all that great stuff.” I agree. Check back later this week for the first installment of what should be a regular series. I gots alotta stuff crammed in my Camelbak.
We’ve sponsored a very unique contest and it’s happening at the Fullerton Loop. We’ve set aside a bunch of prizes and all you have to do is go on a treasure hunt!
The first item that we’re giving away is a set of handsome tire levers.
We’ve wrapped them up in a baggie to protect them from the elements.
We’ve also hidden it so you’d have to do some work to find it. But check out the markings on the tree, that should give you a clue.
Here’s are the GPS coordinates. You may run into another geo cache treasure, leave that alone. The tire levers are not that far from it.
N 33° 53.663 W 117° 55.395
UTM: 11S E 414633 N 3750829
If the coordinates don’t work for you. Here’s a major hint.
Good luck! Once this treasure is found, we’ll post the next one!
So why am I talking about ear infections on a mountain biking website? The other day I went to the beach with my daughter and her friends. I played in the water and later that day my left ear was aching. I figured something nasty in the beach water got in my ear canal and started to grow…eeew.
I’m about to give you some tips on how I remedied my outer ear ache. If you’re not familiar with what it is, some people actually call it Swimmer’s ear and it’s an infection in the outer ear canal, which goes from your eardrum to the outside of your head.
Ok let’s get down to it. First thing you’ll need is some Hydrogen Peroxide. If you don’t have any, go to your local drug or grocery store and get some. They only cost about a dollar for a bottle. Then what you do is fill up the cap of the bottle about 1/2 full. Place your head on a table so the infected ear is up. Pour the cap of hydrogen peroxide in. It’s going to feel odd because you’re pouring in cold liquid. You’ll feel the peroxide settle in, then if you have some sort of infection in that area, then you’ll feel it fizzle.
When I did this, I let it sit for about 10 minutes or up until the fizzing stopped. When I was done, I took a tissue to catch the peroxide, placed it over my ear, then I sat up. Make sure you get all of it out. In a bit, you’ll start to feel better.
I’ve been doing this remedy for my kids for years. Saves us from having to go to the Doctor’s and get a prescription for antibiotics.
This morning I was graced with the presence Staff Writer, Albacore. Some actually know him by his alias, Adam Spik. So we met up at the Fullerton Loop after his shift where he plays with big hoses and revives dead guys…yes all at the same time.
Here’s Albacore telling me how he holds his hose…you guys, get your mind out of the gutter! The dude is a Fireman!
Oh ya, make sure you have water in your hydration pack…2 days in a row I forgot to fill up. Lucky for me the Fullerton Loop has some drinking fountains along the way.
Let’s talk about the 3 hot chicks. Well here they are!
Here’s the Fireman part of the title.
So what do they have in common? Well duh…they were all on the same trail! Actually this has to be a first for me. I’ve NEVER seen any chickens on any trail before. During our ride, I kept asking Albacore all sorts of questions about being a Fireman, cuz you know, everyone loves a Fireman. Anyhow, we discussed things about fighting fires, dead bodies and fire engines. Check this out, he even invited me to go on a ride along! Ya I didn’t even know that they offered such a thing. I told LadyP about the ride along and she perked up and got all excited then said, “oooh I want to go on a ride along too!”
Those words were said to me the other day as I had a conversation with who I consider to be one of the most highly informed 29er guys I’ve ever met in this whole universe. That person is none other than Jeremy Yang. For as long as I’ve known Jeremy, he’s been riding 29ers and never saw the appeal of 26er bikes. In fact he and I, along with The Moe would go back and forth (in a fun and loving way) about why one is better than the other. But in all honesty, I never really saw a benefit to 29ers until about 6 months ago. That’s when I first got a hold of the Airborne Goblin 29er. Just read the review and you’ll learn why I love it so much.
We fast forward to last Friday where Jeremy mentioned something to me that he’s noticed I’ve been riding 29ers more lately. I had to agree with him and even went on explaining why I suddenly love them. Then he said it in a joking, yet in the tone of “I told you so.” “It took you long enough!”
This photo was taken the day after I spoke with Jeremy.
Yep, he was right, it did take me long enough. But I have to tell you, I’m not quite like (and there’s nothing wrong with it) Jeremy, I still own and love to ride my 26er bikes. In fact Jeremy is so hardcore/sold out(which is cool) for 29ers that I think the only smaller wheeled bikes he has in his stable would be his children’s bikes. Other than that, he doesn’t personally own a 26er, he thinks they have cooties.
So there you have you have it, I’m riding 29ers for XC purposes, but if I really want to get down and dirty, I’ll bust out my 26er AM bikes. I am rather curious to see how an AM and DH 29er would feel.
This package literally just arrived at the World HQ of MtnBikeRiders.com.
What you see is a set of Serfas BURNER tires in 2.35.
The Burner has a directional tread pattern that will handle any terrain you throw at it.
Multi Sport Flat Protection System for Puncture Resistance
Directional Lugs for Lower Rolling Resistance
Aggressice Sholder Lugs that Bites into Corners
Excellent All Mountain Cross Country Tire
Available in Wire Bead and Folding
Average Weight: 700g (26X2.0 wire bead) 800g (26X2.35 wire bead)
65 PSI Capacity
Sizes: STS-26 Burner Wire Bead 26″X2″, STS-2.35 Burner Wire Bead 26″X2.35″, STS-26-2.35F Burner Folding 26″X2.35″, STS-26-2.0F Burner Folding 26″X2″
Colors: Black, Black
A set of matching Serfas Tegu 5 Comp Saddles were in the package.
The Tegu features a high back sit area for better leverage on the climbs
MTB Specific Design
Dual Density Base
Weighs 355 grams
280mm X 148mm
Waterproof Microfiber Cover
Last but not least, 2 sets of the Serfas Connector Lock-On Grips.
We took our best selling grip and turned into a lock on…
Dual Lock on Design
Dual Density with Hard Inner Shell
Anodized Black Aluminum Collars
Safe for use with Carbon Bars
Colors: Black, White
Oh boy oh boy, I can’t to start installing this awesome gear from Serfas! We wanted to thank the great folks at Serfas for their generosity!
Hey! Don’t think this soft thing means that Burt is a wuss, NO! It just means he got a new-2-him fork! Scheck it out kids, this is my latest acquisition for Burt Reynolds, it’s a Rockshox Reba RL (that part is my favorite, you know, that fact that it says my name, RL).
So take a look at this. My steel Redline Rigid Fork weighs around 2.5lbs. Which is awesome compared to the stock/OEM fork that weighed over 7lbs!
Now look at the Rockshox Reba RL, it weighs a tad bit over 3.0lbs! I was pretty surprised on how light it was.
Here’s Burt with his new fork looking all fancy and stuff with his matching white bits.
Looks sharp don’t it? Rides pretty nice too. It sure will be fun to see how it will do on the trails.
Wow, I’m loving how Burt Reynolds is turning out. He looks pretty good!
Last week I headed over to the JensonUSA headquarters in Riverside, Ca. for 2 reasons. 1) was to try out the Rocky Mountain Altitude 770. 2) to meet with my buddy Wilt K.
Rocky Mountain was onsite allowing people to demo their high end 29ers and 650b mountain bikes.
The first thing Wilt and I did was hit Sycamore Canyon, which is right behind their massive building. This was my weapon of choice, the Altitude 770. This thing is super sweet with a carbon frame, all the highest level components.
Equipped with a seat dropper, and rear lock out. This 6″ travel All Mountain bike would be a great Super D or Mini-DH bike.
2×10 drive train by Shimano.
As I mentioned earlier, this bike would make for a great Mini-DH. What do I mean by that? In places where you need more travel, but a big downhill bike is overkill, this is where the Rocky Mountain Altitude 770 would come in. 6″ of travel, a slack headtube angle of 66.6, this thing has a near enough geometry of my downhill bike. So how did it handle? Exceptionally well! Climbs much like my 5″ travel 26er AM bike, but bombs like my 7″ Free Ride bike.
So here’s what’s great about the whole 650b thing. I had the sensation of riding a 29er because of the speed I was able to achieve with it. However, it handles much like a 26er. Ya, it’s really weird. One thing I don’t really like about 29ers is that they’re slow at switch backs and the handling, in my opinion, isn’t as swift and crisp as in a 26er. The Rocky Mountain Altitude, with it’s 650b platform is pretty much the closest thing you can get to PERFECT BIKE. But then again, everyone has their own definition of what a PERFECT BIKE would be. For me, this bike was it. If I had the $5400 in my pocket to spend, I would have bought that bike that same day.
Ok now let’s move on to my buddy Wilt. He’s the handsome one of the group at JensonUSA. After our ride, he showed me around, introduced me to some super cool folks who love bikes and have tattoos. This photo shows Wilt leaving me behind as he’s out pedaling on his Rocky Mountain carbon 29er, I forgot the model name. But Wilt kept saying how much he LOVES this bike.
Yours truly on that awesome Altitude.
So back to JensonUSA. As I was saying, Wilt showed me around. WOW! JensonUSA is ginormous!!! It’s like a Costco building! Here’s a cool little area that they have designated for their employees.
Bike parts all over the place! It’s as if this is heaven for bike lovers.
When you order from the JensonUSA website, the guys in the warehouse are assigned your order. Then they go all over the place and pick the parts to be shipped.
One thing that surprised me, JensonUSA takes all their own photos.They hardly use the stock photos the manufactures provide. This is their photo studio. They actually have at least 3 different photographers there.
That’s about it for my photos from my visit. JensonUSA is a great place to shop bike parts from. I’ve been known to shop there myself! I’d like to thank Wilt K and JensonUSA for their hospitality as well as Rocky Mountain for letting me demo their sweet bike! By the way, if the carbon version of the Altitude is a bit spendy for you, they do have the aluminum version of the Rocky Mountain Altitude 650b at JensonUSA
Back in 07 I published an article showing how I stripped the paint off a bicycle frame.
Fast forward a few years, I have another project that requires me to remove the paint off the frame.
I took the the Airborne Skyhawk frame that we are using for the tandem project. Notice the beautiful burnt orange paint job. Well, say goodbye to it.
Just like that famous Boys II Men song…I say to this paint job, “It’s so hard to say goodbye.”
I took a can of Klean Strip and a pair of gloves then went to town on the frame.
I sprayed the stripper all over the frame. I did a few coats of it to ensure that the paint comes off easily.
Here’s how it looks after I scraped off the stripper.
To finish off the job, it’s a good idea that you first wash off all that stripper chemicals. Be careful when you do this because if you get it on your skin, it’s going to burn…trust me I know! After you’ve cleaned everything then take a wire wheeled brush that’s attached to a drill and remove any remnant paint/primer. This process will take some elbow grease. Then your frame will be ready for what ever you chose to do with it.