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In a recent study done by Brown and Stone Research Group, they found that the mountain bikers who brag about “climbing is my favorite” don’t actually like it as much as they let on.  Dr. Brown stated, “Mountain bikers who say that climbing is their favorite is just an attempt to throw people off from their lack of downhill skills. In fact, they don’t like climbing at all. If anything they see climbing as a necessary evil to mountain biking.”

climbing sucks

In addition, Dr. Brown noted that the word “climb” irritates most mountain bikers in general. In fact 86% of mountain bikers agreed on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the most), that when they hear “climb” during a conversation about a ride, they are more prone to irritability. “We even had 10 individuals that stated the word bugs them because it uses a silent B in the word. They all agreed that if the word is going to use a silent letter, it should just be eliminated. Their suggestion would spell; “CLIM” with a long I.”

All done…almost!

Posted by RL Policar On March - 25 - 20142 COMMENTS

Ok kids, I now present to you the world famous…BURT REYNOLDS…again!

Here he is in all his glorified glorehh! You like his new bars? Those are the On-One Midge bar. I think I bought the last one since I checked this morning, they were out of stock.
redline d600 burt reynolds

This bar tape you see, it’s the On-One Micro Fiber Bar Tape. Easy to install, comfy on the hands, legit on the looks. The tape it self makes the bike look uber-fierce.
on one bar tape

I say that it’s almost done because I’m having chain skipping issues. Could be the chain I’m using because the line is perfect. Basically what happens is when its on the stand, it works fine. But as soon as I put pressure on the pedals, it skips.

Want a peak?

Posted by RL Policar On March - 20 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

Don’t worry I won’t call you a peeping tom….Anyhow, do you remember the other day I posted some sort of Surly Singulator and a cog? Well here’s a sneak peak on what I’ve got going on. Here is Burt Reynolds in all his awkwardly gloriness!

Behold! A very confusing looking 29er mtb that sorta looks like a cross bike but not really.
burt reynolds redline d600

Before I go on with the build progress, let me fill you in on some history about this build. You see, the other day, our very own Adam Spik and I were working on LadyP’s new Titus Rockstar. I mentioned that I wanted to sell my 10speed shifters, derailleur and cog since I just wasn’t a fan of it. He said he’d take them. I told him that we should just do a trade. My 10speed Saint stuff for any single speed parts he has. You’re probably thinking that he made out in this trade, ya probably, but he’s a homie and homies help homies. Anyhow with this trade I received a Surly Single Speed kit, Tektro Mechanical Disc Brakes and rotors as well as a couple of cogs. Well now that I think about it, I may have gotten the better end of the deal.

Ok, let’s go back to the main reason why we’re here. We’re you wondering why it’s missing a front tire? Well the other day I was watching that show Hoarders Buried Alive and that got me motivated to do some spring cleaning in my garage. I’m actually what you call a Bike Hoarder. I’ve got well over 15 bicycles in my garage and shelves of bike parts. So I make myself watch Hoarders to keep me in check. Apparently I may have inadvertently thrown out my front tire and tube during my TV-Inspired surge of cleaning since I didn’t want to be a hoarder. So now I’m sourcing a new tire…

Right, now that you see what I’ve got going on, there’s already a few changes that I’ve made to this configuration. First up, I ordered me some Midge Bars and a luxurious set of micro fiber bar tape from Planet X.Why the Midge? Well just look at it! It’s bad ass. Besides the shallow/flared out drops allow for better control and leverage.
midge bar planet x
I’ve also swapped out the stem for something shorter, I’ve got short arms so it doesn’t make sense for me to be all stretched out on the bike.

I do have to thank Jack “Ghost Rider” Sweeney for donating the set of Tektro drop brake levers to this build. He did have a concern that they wouldn’t have enough leverage to work with the mechanical brakes I had. Fortunately, they were a matching brand and actually provided all the reach that I need to ensure proper stopping power.

So for now that’s where this project is at. I’ve bee subjected to waiting for parts once again. However, once I get those things in, I’m hoping to get Burt Reynolds back on the trail in no time!

Why oh why do I like to torture myself…

Posted by RL Policar On March - 14 - 20141 COMMENT

So there I was in my garage looking at the bare frame of a machine that I once belovedly(not sure if that’s a word) called…(say it with a deep voice) BURT REYNOLDS. I was saddened that it just hung there on a hook, not being used. I started having flash backs of the fun filled rides we had together. How we rode some of the toughest hills and how he never broke down on me and how he simply would make me smile every time I rode him…wait…that sounds too much of a bromance. Well if that’s what it’s called, then call me guilty!

Anyhow, I got this idea to reinvent Burt Reynolds once again with parts laying around. So here’s the first clue on what I plan on doing with him….
burt reynolds

Ok by now you should have guessed he’ll be a single speed once again. But not just a single speed…a different type! Yep. If my plans fall into place, I should have a very unique Burt Reynolds by next week!

A built with love

Posted by RL Policar On March - 10 - 20143 COMMENTS

Not sure what I did on the title…It was supposed to read “A Bike Built with LOVE.” Eh anyway, let’s continue with our regularly scheduled program…As you may have previously read. I bought a Titus Rockstar Carbon 29er for LadyP as her Un-Valentines present. Much like any other person who would like to buy a Titus Rockstar, I went to the Planet X website to order one. I picked the size she needed (small) and hit Add to Cart and bought it. But before I checked out of their shopping cart, I had left a memo to have “El Guapo” draw me a unicorn…

I get the frame a few days later and here’s what I got.


More on the other side.
rockstar titus
This was inside the box.
titus carbon rockstar

Ok so after some time waiting for parts to arrive and issues with having to bleed brakes, I finally finished it! Check it out kids!
carbon titus rockstar

I love how it came out. The color scheme worked out great. Black and white is so classy.
carbon titus

custom carbon rockstar build

Here’s LadyP with her new bike on it’s maiden voyage.
Ladyp mtnbikeriders.com titus rockstar carbon

So if you’re wondering what’s so special about this build. Well, let me get started! For about a year LadyP rode the Airborne Hobgoblin 29er. Great bike but one of her complaints about it was the 2×10 drive train. She just couldn’t get used to the gearing on it. About later on in the year she spoke to a friend of ours who bought a carbon Rocky Mountain. He could talk for hours on the benefits of carbon and by that time she had drank enough Kool Aid to be convinced that she NEEDED one.

That spawned a hunt for a great deal for a new frame. I figured we’d harvest the parts from the Airborne Hobgoblin that we bought a year ago to build up a new bike. After some time window shopping, I finally had the funds to decide on the Titus Rockstar Carbon. I spoke to El Guapo at Planet X and he gave me industry pricing and in about 3 days, the frame arrived at the World HQ of MtnBikeRiders.com.

Right away I started building the frame up. One thing with the Rockstar is that it has internally routed cables. That meant that the hydraulic hose for the rear brake had to be cut and reinstalled. It should have been an easy process, but somehow I botched that job and Adam Spik helped me fix it.

Rather than going back to a 2×10, I sourced some used but in great condition parts. I went with a SRAM 3×10 drive train.I figured LadyP would love the fact she has a granny gear now. For the most part, the groupo from the Hobgoblin was transferable with the exception of few small parts like the bottom bracket, seat post and front derailleur. For those parts, I ended up buying them new. The total build took me about a few weeks to complete, simply because I was waiting for parts to arrive.

At the end of the build, the bike weighed in at 27lbs. Not bad considering it’s a FS 29er. But I’m sure weight weenies would balk at the idea of a 27lbs carbon bike. For that reason, I have considered upgrading parts as they break or depending on how much of a good deal I can get. But I told LadyP that breaking parts intentionally won’t count…

Here’s a photo from our most recent ride, Titus Twins!
aluminum and carbon titus rockstars

Male Model and Mountain Biker

Posted by RL Policar On March - 4 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

We can now officially add that to our resume of bad-assery. Yes it’s possilutely true, Art Aguilar and myself were asked to be “models” for a recent Maxpedition photo shoot. With that in mind I had asked Nep of Black Tiger Beef Jerky and Dustin Roe from The Derek Zoolander Center for Kids Who Can’t Read Good and Wanna Learn to Do Other Stuff Good Too to join us in our debut in the world of male modeling.

Our day started pretty early, here we are for the “prep” scene. Yep, that’s my Limo being used as part of the shoot.
maxpedition photo shoot mtnbikeriders.com

The Maxpedition crew were top notch and super classy. Not only were they great guys to work with, but they’re super cool and their bags are pretty legit! The photographer was none other than the world famous Ming Wu. Mr. Wu had done quite a bit of work for Maxpedition as well as other clients in various industries.

In this photo, Art was given directions by Mr. Wu on how fast and where to ride down the trail. This was taken at Stair Steps in Aliso Woods. One thing with doing these shoots, you end up doing the same shot over and over again. Each time we went down the trail, they’d have us do it again with new adjustments made to the bags or our own gear.
maxpedition

Though we’ve only seen just a few photos from the shoot, they did provide us with some that we could use for the site. They plan on using the other photos for various campaigns, catalog pages and other marketing collateral.
maxepedition with mtnbikeriders
Here’s some of the shots of Art that was recently used for a Maxpedition Facebook contest. Art is wearing the Maxpedition Sitka Gearslinger.
Art with Maxpedition
Art and Maxpedtion
We’re hoping to see more of the photos in the near future. Once they’re available, we’ll make sure we share then with you all. Oh and yes we will gladly give you our autographs.

Genuine Innovations Tubeless Ready Kit

Posted by RL Policar On March - 3 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

So the package says you can convert tubeless ready rim to tubeless. The kit comes with Gorilla Tape, Slime Tubeless Sealant and a CO2 pump with 2, 20g cartridges as well as valve stems.
Genuine Innovations Tubeless ready kit on mtnbikeriders.com

From the way it looks, it’s a basically a Ghetto Tubeless kit that’s been neatly packaged. So I asked the rep I’m dealing with if this can be used with non-UST wheels and tires. He said to stick with UST since he wasn’t quite sure. Unfortunately, I don’t run UST gear, so I may just see how well it works for “ghetto” applications. Stay tuned for the review.

Did the 26er jump the shark?

Posted by RL Policar On February - 26 - 20141 COMMENT

For all you youngins’ if you don’t know what Jump the Shark means. Well, let me edumacate you a bit.

The definition:

jump the shark
phrase of jump
1.
informal
(of a television series or movie) reach a point at which far-fetched events are included merely for the sake of novelty, indicative of a decline in quality.

This dates back to a TV show called Happy Days. It was set back in the 50s and you had this ultra cool character named The Fonz jumps…a shark. So the thought is, there’s a certain point in which things start going down hill. Basically in the show Happy Days, when Fonzie jumped the shark, that was the mark of when the show started to go downhill.
Here’s a video clip of the actual attempt.

Ok let’s get back to talking about bikes. So if you’ve been in touch with the world of Social Media, then you may have seen a video floating around where manufacturers are talking about how 26ers are being replaced by 27.5 and 29ers. In fact some of these manufacturers are even talking about how they’ve even done away with 29ers. Apparently they’ve got some science and proof that 27.5 is better than 26 and 29er.
wheel comparo
But what I found interesting is that this science they have talks about how 27.5 benefits shorter riders or bikes with 140mm of travel or more. For taller riders, 29er would be a better choice. You can watch it all here. Be careful, these guys speaking are the Marketing Geniuses of the bike industry, they might just convince you to ride something other than what you currently have.

As for me and my house, we’ve gone 29er. Both LadyP and myself ride 29ers. Last time I counted, I only have 2, 26ers left in my stable and I’ve recently added added another 29er and a 650b. So do I believe the hype about 29ers? Ya I kinda do, sorta, not really, sure, maybe not, absolutely.

A tool that every home mechanic needs

Posted by RL Policar On February - 20 - 20143 COMMENTS

This was one of those tools that I for years I avoided getting because for the most part, quick links on a chain is fairly easy to undo. For some odd reason and perhaps it’s just me, but 10 speed chains with quick links seem to be harder to undo. So after trying for 30 minutes to try and remove the links, I decided to head over the LBS and get me the Park MLP-1.2. It’s also known as the Master Link Pliers.

Definitely worth the money

Depending on where you buy it, this tool will range from $15-$19+tax. Get one of these tools, I really doubt anything else in your tool box can  match the same function as the MLP-1.2 .

Happy Valentines Day. For get the flowers, get her Carbon!

Posted by RL Policar On February - 14 - 20141 COMMENT

If you’re lucky like me you’ve got a wife who is into riding. For the most part Lady P nerds out on bikes just as much as I do. But for about the last 6 months, she’s been wanting carbon bike. Why? Well she likes how they look. She loves the carbon weaving and how pretty the frames are. So this year I surprised her with a new Titus Rockstar Carbon frame. Don’t think I got this thing for free, I actually paid for this bike. The fact that I paid for it with my own money and not tapping into our regular finances, makes this gift more thoughtful in her eyes.

I had actually been checking out this frame for quite some time for her and I was talking to El Guapo of Titus Cycles in Portland to get some advice. He answered all my questions, even on the weekend and when it was 10 o’clock in the evening. Now that’s customer service! After mulling it over, I finally bit the bullet and placed the order online.

The process was pretty painless. I placed the order Wednesday and by lunch time on Monday, UPS dropped off the frame. At this time I hadn’t told Lady P what I got her, but since both don’t really like Valentines Day, I went ahead and gave her the frame later that evening. She was pretty surprised to see the frame and when I told her that it was Carbon, she got even more excited.

I took some glamour shots of the frame to show you how sexy this bike is going to be. Check it out!

Titus Rockstar Carbon

I simply love the lines on this frame. Shapely+Curvy=Sexy Bike

Now that’s one sexy frame!

 

I can’t get over how pretty this frame his…that gloss. Superb!

I forgot to mention that this frame has internally routed cables. In fact the rear brake and front derailleur cable goes into the same routing. So that means I’ll have to cut her brake line, feed it, then re-install it. I love the idea of internal cables, makes for a cleaner looking bike.

I’m really looking forward to this build. I’m still waiting on a few parts to come in before I start working on it. But I figured once I have everything, it should only take about 1-2 to get all the parts on and have it dialed in.

 

 

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