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Mountain bikes and Cigars

Posted by RL Policar On September - 14 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

Probably not your most common pairing, but those are two things I enjoy, but not necessarily at the same time. But check this out, here’s a little tip that might come in useful if you like to smoke. One problem I had with a batch of cigars I recently purchased was that they were hand-rolled a bit too tight. So that means the draw on them is somewhat difficult. Rather than spending some cash on a drawpoker from a cigar shop, I used my noggin and a bicycle tool.

What you see here is my handsome hand, one of my favorite cigars, a Dolce Vita and a 2.5mm allen tool by Ice Toolz.

DIY Cigar Drawpoker


So what you want to do is carefully insert your allen tool on the base of the cigar.

You’ll want to get your tool all the way in, then rotate it to make the opening bigger inside.

What this ends up doing is opening up the cigar for a better draw so you can thoroughly enjoy it. If I may add, this works really well and I saved myself at least $15 from having to buy an actual drawpoker tool.

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Interbike 2013: Redline D-800 Full Suspension 29er

Posted by RL Policar On September - 11 - 20131 COMMENT

Yes you read it right, FULL SUSPENSION 29er from REDLINE!!!

Redline D-800 Full Suspension 29er debuting at Interbike 2013

The suspension “binary link” provides:

1) Improved pedaling efficiency by managing to keep the theoretical pivot point moving close to the crank. This proximity minimizes pedal induced bob.

2) Our suspension and geometry places as much weight towards the bottom of the frame as possible – thus providing a low center of gravity and a grounded controlled ride.

3) Our suspension has a closed rear triangle and a shock travel path that minimizes wear, maximizes life of the product. Also, it just feels “there and solid” if that makes sense..

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Interbike 2013 in one week!

Posted by RL Policar On September - 8 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

Once again Interbike is here. Well technically it starts next week. But we’ll be heading out there to provide you some Dirt Demo and Interbike Coverage of the shows. So many companies are coming out with the latest and greatest products and truthfully I just can’t keep up! So here’s what we’re planning on doing, anything we find interesting, that you the consumer (AKA: Joe MtnBiker) could find useful or make riding more fun and easier for you, then we’ll publish articles on it.

Extensive coverage during the shows can also be found on our Facebook Fanpage: So there might be things on Facebook that don’t necessarily make it on here and vice versa.

So this week we’re getting prepared to head over to Vegas. We’ve got our ample supply of beer, energy drinks, beef jerky and sun block…what? You need to protect your skin when you’re out in the desert riding bikes. Oh yea for forgot to mention, our Team for Media Coverage: Art Aguiliar who will mainly be providing coverage for and Jack “Ghost Rider” Sweeney of Jack is our Editor at our sister site, and he’ll be providing media coverage for that site. I’ll be bouncing back and forth between both sites publishing as many articles as I can.

One thing I forgot to mention, Art is currently in Italy. Yep, Mr. World Traveler is at Dainese checking out their factory and hopefully he’ll come back with some photos of then new elbow and knee pads they are offering. Art has been practicing his Italian in hopes he can communicate well enough to at least find the restrooms. He took some lessons from Peter Griffin.

Project Sidecar

Posted by RL Policar On September - 4 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

You may have seen the most recent project we’ve been working on, if you haven’t then you’re in luck. This is a photo-rich article that will show you some of the stuff we did over the Labor Day holiday. So I called up some fellas to see if they’d be interested in hanging out. The Moe and Dial Tone were happy to do so. Actually what happened was the three of us were supposed to check out a motorcycle dealer, but we found out they were closed. So I figured, we’ll go and put the sidecar together instead.

I loaded up the Limo with this “Steel is REAL” sidecar and headed over to a neighboring city to buy a 20″ BMX front wheel for it. We met this guy who had a shop-like set up in his garage. I paid the man $10 for a new BMX front wheel and we were out.

As we were driving, The Moe said he was dehydrated and needed fluids in his body STAT! So we stopped off at a Messican Food place for lunch. Notice how happy The Moe looks, yep he’s fully hydrated. That look he has on his face is of him saying a quick prayer thanking the Lord for sustenance he provided that day.

After lunch we headed back to the World HQ of to mate an old GT Dyno BMX bike that DialTone donated for the project. We found that due to the down tube of the bike, the sidecar mount wasn’t going to work. But we tried it just in case it would. Those sexy pair of legs belong to DialTone.

The Moe and I went for a test ride.

This was our celebratory pose in completing the mount job. The Moe enjoying a Cohiba while I puffed on a Dolce Vita. This was short lived because the set up flexed way too much. So that mean we couldn’t use the Dyno as a donor bike.

We were about to go back to the workshop to see if we can try a different bike. The Moe was a bit buzzed and tried to see if he can be his own designated driver, but he just kept going around in circles.

After about another hour or so we came back out with this. I mounted a Manhattan Hot Rod to the sidecar. Fit was perfect!

Another angle

In this photo you can see how it mounts to the bike.

I actually have a backrest the the sidecar, but it broke during shipping. So I’ll have to fix that first. Another idea I did have was to get orange vinyl and redo the sidecar upholstery. The project is far from complete, there’s still so much to do to it. But for now it’s totally ride-able and I may add that it’s a blast!


Un dia divertido en Oso Grande

Posted by RL Policar On August - 26 - 2013ADD COMMENTS impressed with my Mexican talk? I did take 3 years…or should I say “tres anos” of it in high school. But that’s about the extent of my Spanish.  But I still remember how to say, “La entrada esta alli, no aqui.” When I was 18, I was a security guard at a grocery store and I had to tell people that the exit, where I was stationed at, was not the entrance. Anyhow, let’s get back to what we did this weekend. So we rounded up some of the amigos de to join Lady, The Moe and myself at Snow Summit in Big Bear, Ca. We loaded up the Team Limo and hit the road. You’d think with all the KHS Bicycles we have, that we were sponsored by them…

KHS DH200 and KHS Lucky 7. The KHS XCT556 was inside the limo.

LadyP, The Moe and RL.

Safety first! Goggles are a must!

During our first run, we ran into Cuz’n Joe who happen to get a flat. Here we are helping him, that’s what family is for, we help.

It was right after this run I started to have issues with my bike. I noticed that there was some play on the headset. Kinda odd if you ask me. So I tightened things down and went for another run down the mountain. Half way through I notice the play go worse and worse! Now there was major play in it and no matter how much I tightened the top cap down, it would still move. I make down the mountain and I decided to check out my headset. I pulled off the bar/stem removed the upper crown race and bearings I noticed that the FSA Pig Heaseat pretty much blew up. I noticed that the lower bearings wore out so much that the piece that holds them all together was pretty much a goner. During that inspection, I noticed I was missing 3 bearings. Not sure if they fell off while I was up on the trail or they fell out while I was working on the bike at that same spot.

I called a show down the street called Chains Required. I asked them if they had that same model headset available for purchase. They didn’t but invited me to come in and see if they can help me out. I get there and one of the mechanics took me to the workshop and gave me some bearings that closely matched what I needed, at no charge! I hurry back to where I left my bike and tried to reassemble the headset, but there was still some play. I’m only guessing that the bearing cups and race wore out so much that it was the cause of my problems. After 2 runs down Snow Summit, I had to call it a day. Bummer. That’s ok, I knew that LadyP and the rest of the group was having a great time on the trails. Check out this photo of her.
LadyP Gettin' Gnarly

All in all, everyone seemed to have a great time. No one got hurt and we got to see Cuz’n Joe! Not sure why I posed like this…oh wait, now I remember! Look where my left hand is…haha.

Before I go, I wanted to leave you all with this piece of magic. This is Doc Thunda, after a few beers, he can cuss in any language.

All projects have been put on hold…

Posted by RL Policar On August - 23 - 20134 COMMENTS

Well technically not all of them have been put on hold. Just the ones that will cost us to dip into our beer money. So for now I wanted to share with you what we’ve got going on at at the World HQ of Check it out! It’s a custom-made sidecar from the Philippines! If you grew up there or have visited the Philippines, you may have ridden on one or your own family might have had one at some point. My family and I did! I recall doing really stupid things on the sidecar with my brother. So in the 80′s when my family immigrated from the Philippines to America, I was jonesing to have a sidecar. Seemed like no one made those here, but in the Philippines, you could normally find a “Latero” or fabricator who can build you one in a matter of hours.

Fast forward nearly 30 years later and just by chance my mom was going back to the Philippines to visit some family. I had asked her to look into the cost of getting a sidecar built and shipped to the US. As she was enjoying her trip I get a message from my mom asking about my bike and wondered which one would I be using with the sidecar. You have to understand, up until this point, the sidecar was more of an idea rather than an actual reality. About a few days later my uncle sends me this photo…I said to myself…”hmm…could it be?!”
philippines Sidecar

A few more days later I get messages from my other relatives stating that when we pick up my mom from the airport,we’ll need a big vehicle like my van since my mom was bringing home a sidecar for me…whoa whoa whoa! For me! WOW! My mom came through! She really came through and boy was I excited!

Here’s how she brought it back with her on the airplane.

After I got it home, it took me nearly 40 minutes to remove all that wrapping.

So in order for me to complete this project, I will need a 20″ wheel for the sidecar then a BMX bike to mate it with. I tried mocking it up to my daughter’s Manhattan Hot Rod to see if it would work. It’s possible, but it’s a bit too short and the person pedaling might feel a bit cramped.

Just for pretend. I’ll need a 20″ wheel and a BMX bike.

So this is the reason why our projects have been put on hold. Then again, now that I think about it, the tandem project hasn’t been put on hold. In fact NickD and I are going to work on it next week.

But I do want to thank my mom for getting this sidecar hand-built for me and bringing it all the way back from the Philippines. Just the excess baggage fees alone were astronomical , but my mom said that this was my birthday and anniversary present all rolled into one. Thanks mom!

Interbike 2013: Almost here!

Posted by RL Policar On August - 20 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

So the fellas are heading back out again for our yearly pilgrimage to the best industry show in the US. Interbike 2013 should be fun and we’re looking forward to providing you media coverage during the show. I forgot to mentioned that we’ll also be at Day 2 of the Dirt Demo to test out various bikes that tickles our fancy. But before we do all that, we’re actually sending Art over to Italy to check out some of the new protective gear that Dainese is coming out with. Ya, serious, he’s going to Italy! I would have gone, but the last time I was on a plane, there were too damn many snakes!

What the heck is going on around here?

Posted by RL Policar On August - 19 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

You may have noticed that we haven’t been doing much on the site lately. Well there’s a few reasons. We’ll blame Art. Why? No reason really, just thought it would be fun to do so. But seriously, I’ve personally been busier than normal. I’ve been doing some freelance work that has me writing 200 articles per week. Yes, I said 200 per week. So by the end of the day, my fingers hurt and I’m mentally gone. But I did want to update you on a few things that’s been going on. I’m still riding, but probably not as much as I would like. So below will be a summary of two-wheeled goodness from the last few weeks. I promise it won’t be boring.

Let’s start of by speaking in my native tongue.  That language would be called Tagalog, from the Philippines. Don’t worry, I won’t make you eat Balut or dog,  I’m just going to teach you a few words that you might find useful when riding with your friends. It’s a good way to tease them and sound somewhat intelligent because you know some words from a different language. So as you read them on your screen, begin to say them out loud. One suggestion is to make sure you say the words with short vowels. For example, if there’s an A, you say it as a short A, like “Ah” and a not like how Fonzi used to say it, “AAAYE.” Get it? Ok, here we go!

Bicicleta: Bicycle
Coche: Car
Anak ng pusa!: Son of a cat
Ano ba yan?: It’s like say, “What the heck?!”

Ok those are a few good words/phrases. But if you want to get PG-13 and learn some cuss words, you can go HERE and practice.

So about 2 weeks ago I headed up to Snow Summit for a mid-week DH ride. Going up there during the week is awesome, the lifts and trails are practically empty and you have the whole park to yourself. This was the photo I used to upload to Facebook to make all my friends jealous who were stuck at work.

“It’s only Tuesday, and he’s riding his bike already?”

This was the scene at lift #1. Place was empty!

As I was on my 4th run of the day, I was coming down a trail called Westridge. I’m in a berm but I ended up overshooting it. My front wheel goes over the lip and down I went! I hit the ground so fast that I didn’t even have time to put my foot out. I hit my head hard. I slowly get up, dust my self off and felt that my head was hurting. I was a bit dazed from the hit, right after that, I decided to call it a day. I couldn’t think straight. Here’s how my helmet looked after the crash. I still need to clean out all the pebbles and dirt that got left behind.

Oh and this past Saturday, I had a donut. You’re probably wondering what this photo has to do with mountain biking? Well the shirt I wore says “AVID” on it. Got it as a birthday present from one of my buddies who now works at Shimano. Apparently when he got the job, he wasn’t allowed to own anything that wasn’t Shimano, that included clothing.

A small donut…

In addition to all that, check out what my mom had custom-made when she went to the Philippines. It’s a Side Car! As a kid growing up near Manila, my family had one of these. We used it as our main mode of transportation. This sidecar isn’t for sidehack racing, no! It’s for leisure bike rides to the grocery store, parks , around town and anywhere we want to go in style. I’m planning on picking it up this week from my mom’s place. You may have noticed that the sidecar is attached to a BMX bike. Yep, it means I’m going to have to go BMX shopping soon, unless I can figure out how to mount it on one of my other bikes.

Hand-made sidecar from the Philippines

I’m actually not sure what the finished product looks like. I don’t know if it was painted or if a seat was installed. I guess I’ll find out when I go pick it up.

So that’s about all the goings ons here at the World HQ for We have a small group heading out to Snow Summit this weekend. If you’re interested in joining us let us know via Email: Don’t worry we’re not hardcore, we just like to have a good time.


26″ Tube in a 29er wheel

Posted by RL Policar On August - 9 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

If your 29er gets a flat and all you have a is a 26″ tube go ahead and use it! Check this out.

26″ tube in a 29er tire.

The trick is to hold down one side of your wheel while you work in the tire onto the rim. Make sure the tube is deflated while you’re doing this, it makes it easier to mount. After you have it mounted, you’re ready to air it up and get back on the trail. I own a handful of 26er and 29er bikes, and all I buy are 26″ tubes because they’ll work for both.

Voila! 26″ tube in the 29er wheel.


Why you should check your helmet after a crash

Posted by RL Policar On August - 8 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

Not too long ago one of my friends asked if I could let one of his cow0rkers borrow a helmet since he didn’t have one. I obliged and handed him one of my better helmets. We go riding then this friend ends up crashing pretty bad. He quickly got up and said he was ok and we kept going.  Mind you this incident was about 2 months ago.

Helmet looks great from the outside…

Fast forward to last week, I wanted to wear this same helmet he borrowed because it was a warm day and the vents would be a great thing to have during the ride. So I grab the said helmet to go wash it and noticed a crack.

First crack. This is the side where he hit his head.

I also kept looking and found other cracks to the helmet.

Another crack.

Fortunately this guy WAS wearing the helmet, I can’t even begin to imagine how bad that crash could have been if he decided to ride without one. So the moral to this story is pretty much wear a helmet, but when you do crash, make sure you check it out thoroughly because once it’s cracked its no longer any good to you.



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