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!
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 MtnBikeRiders.com. We have a small group heading out to Snow Summit this weekend. If you’re interested in joining us let us know via Email: email@example.com. Don’t worry we’re not hardcore, we just like to have a good time.