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New Product: KMX K-CLASS

Posted by RL Policar On February - 9 - 2007ADD COMMENTS

Today we received the KMX K-CLASS. I suppose the “K” stands for KIDS, since this recumbent trike is made for kids.

Here’s the specs:

The K Class Features

* Self energizing front hub brakes
* Powerful V Brake on the rear
* Balanced front brakes from a
single brake lever
* Park brake on rear wheel which
also allows for easy upright storage
* Compatible with standard BMX parts
for easy upgrades
* Stylish Nylon Mag Wheels
* Ackerman and Center point Steering
* Frame is Powder coated Hi Carbon
Steel Box with Chromed front boom
* Tires are KMX’s own brand heavy
duty compound
* Wheels 20″ Rear Mag Wheel,
12″ Front Mag wheels
* Chainset is a 7-speed Shimano
derailleur, with full chain tube set

What’s cool is the K-CLASS can fit each of my kids without a problem. My children are from ages 5-11 and if you adjust the front boom (cranks) and move the seat around the K-CLASS can accommodate the littlest riders to the the taller ones.

Aleah, the smallest rider, can fit right in.

Breanna, the middle sized one out of my kids fits just right.

Alyssa, the tallest of them, sits in there just fine.

Just to show you how cool the KMX K-CLASS is, I made a video from today’s fun with the kids.

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Review: Fezzari Alta Peak UPDATE

Posted by Jeremy Yang On February - 9 - 2007ADD COMMENTS

Earlier this week, RL & I spent some time tweaking the Alta Peak to fit my dimensions. We initially tried to install a longer stem, but we were missing a headset spacer, so we scrapped that idea.

We then spent some time tweaking the air pressure in the rear shock to minimize pedal bob & adjust the front fork to better fit my weight. These minor adjustment paid off nicely.

Where once I felt minimal pedal bob I now find virtually no pedal bob. When I climb, no bob. When I hammer, no bob. Pedal bob has disappeared to the point that I didn’t lock out the shock on any of my climbs.

Ario 2.2
This simple fix was completed rather quickly with the use of RL’s shock pump. You just find the cap on the shock, unscrew it, put the pump on and pump or release air until desired air pressure is achieved.

We also spent some time fiddling with the front fork. This change was less dramatic but helpful as well. Because RL previously rode this bike, the fork was a bit soft for my tastes. I noticed this when I was climbing on a previous ride. During the climbs, I had the feeling that the front end wanted to lift up. I originally attributed this phemomenon to bike geometry and the fact that the bike was a little too small for me. But after fiddling with the fork, the front end of the bike felt much more planted, even during my climbs. It might not hae been just a size issue afterall.

I guess the moral of this post is that getting your bike fit to you will help you to maximize the abilities of the bike as well as your comfort on the bike. Not doing so can leave you feeling unsure and uncomfortable.

Automatic Transmission Fluid is OK in my Book!

Posted by RL Policar On February - 9 - 2007ADD COMMENTS

A while back I posted a How To about using ATF as chain lube or to be used as cable lube. One of the concerns a few tree-huggers had about using ATF is that it wouldn’t be safe for the environment. I checked my buddy at Benzwerks of Costa Mesa Ca.(where I got the idea from) about this concern. He stated that ATF is SYNTHETIC, it’s not petroleum based which means that using it on your bike should be OK and Tree-Hugger Approved.

So go on with your bad self and try this out. I’ve tested it on a chain and it’s actually been running smoother than my other chain that has White Lightning.

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Well, atleast I tried…

Posted by RL Policar On February - 9 - 20072 COMMENTS

I got this wild hair the other day and thought to myself, “I want to make my own shirts!” Being jealous of how cool Evomo and Velotees‘ stuff were, I figured I’d give it a try.

So I followed the instructions on how to do a poorman’s screen print job from this SITE.

And here’s what I came up with….Man It looks like something my 5 year old could make! Man I ain’t got skillz like Evomo and VeloTees….

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We Have A Winner!

Posted by RL Policar On February - 9 - 20072 COMMENTS

Congrats to Desmond Au of Cerritos Ca. for winning the Cat Eye Micro Wireless, courtesy of RPM Cyclery.

Desmond provided me with a correct answer to the question, “Where did RPM go for its annual MTN Bike Trip this year and how many miles was the trail?

The answer was: “White Rim Trail(104mile), Moab, Utah.”

We are still giving away an i-Ride by Active Tunes and a VideoBikeRepair.com DVD. All you have to do is click on the Contest Tab up on top to get the details on how to enter.

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New Kid On The Block

Posted by RL Policar On February - 9 - 2007ADD COMMENTS

Last night MtnBikeRiders.com paid a visit to a new shop in Fullerton, Ca., called Banning’s Bikes. First Priscilla and I came into to check out the new diggs since they were having a grand opening. Then we went off to go for our night ride. Later on I came back and met up with Jeremy and Moe to try our luck at the raffle. Well, we didn’t win anything, but we sure did manage to get a few things when Banning was throwing free stuff out to the crowd.

I took some pics of the place, man its super nice!

This is me and Banning, check out my Evomo Gear!

Check out this Full Suspension Maverick…schweet!

Banning is actually a Salsa Cycles Dealer.

Check out this “vintage” Ritchey Comp Mountain Bike.

They even had a lounge area to watch videos on their plasma screen.

Raffle Time!

Here’s Jeremy and Moe drooling over the Salsa Bikes

Jeremy fell in love with this Panaracer Rampage 29….its a big tire at 29×2.35!

Oh yeah, they’re a Tifosi Optics Dealer too!

We wish Banning’s Bikes the very best. I know for a fact owning a bike shop is very tough, but its also rewarding.
To learn more about Banning’s Bikes, check out their site HERE.

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Chillin!

Posted by Randy Policar On February - 8 - 20071 COMMENT

For the past few days the temperature has been in the single digits. With the wind chill factor it fell as low as 16 below zero. Pretty darn cold if you ask me. Today it warmed up to about 27 degrees. The wind was still blowing but not as hard so I decided to go out for a ride.

Randy Chillin

Behind me is the mighty Susquehanna River. It’s amazing to see a river this size frozen. In the picture above, I am standing about 3 feet from shore. There were chunks of ice about 4 inches thick. I was told that it was sufficient to hold a person’s weight. But knowing my luck and my fat arse, I’d fall right through. To stay warm, I wore a pair of gloves with liner, Gaiter neck, cotton shirt, sweat shirt, sweat pants, wind breaker bottom, two wind breaker tops, and steel toe shoes. I found that steel toe shoes keep the heat in and prevent the cold air from freezing your toes.

Ice cold

Check out how think that ice is.

Besides my fingers being cold, this was a very enjoyable ride. I guess I’m need of a better pair of gloves. Any suggestions?

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KHS Bicycles Is Hiring!

Posted by RL Policar On February - 8 - 20071 COMMENT

Check this out! My buddy Vince Rodarte of KHS Bicycles told me about this great opportunity. KHS Bicycles is based in SoCal. If you want to get your foot in the door of a major bicycle company, then here’s your chance.

When you go for your interview, tell Vince that he is “SUPER COOL” and that will guarantee you the job! Jk!

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Evomo DH Descent

Posted by Jeremy Yang On February - 8 - 20072 COMMENTS

I got an Evomo t-shirt today. The DH Descent fits me quite nicely. Some shots for your viewing (I’d add “viewing pleasure” but my mug isn’t a “pleasure” for most people, the t-shirt is though).

Evomo DH Descent on Jeremy

Graphics are understated & nice

DH Descent Graphic

Cool sleeve Action

DH Descent Sleeve

Good quality stuff. Check out more at Evomo.

First Impressions: Woodstock 707

Posted by RL Policar On February - 8 - 2007ADD COMMENTS

I rode out with Jeremy this morning to get a feel for the Woodstock 707. The test bike we have is a 16″ frame and was actually perfect for my stout body and stubby little arms and legs. I set up the rear shock according to the manufacturer and installed some SPD pedals (cuz that’s how I roll).

I took the 707 through some single track and on a few short but sweet climbs in which I was able to engage the front lockout. The 707 and I also just took some time to just cruise and enjoy the morning ride.

The bike handles pretty well. The geometry for my height was just right. Dialing in the Manitou Radium rear shock was very important in making sure that I didn’t experience any pedal bob. The Manitou Axel fork was spring loaded, but was just as smooth as having an air fork and its less hassle. The front lock outs on forks are always great, I hate forks without them. That came in handy when we did some climbing.

The 707 is laced with SRAM X7 components such as rear dérailleurs and shifters. The front dérailleurs is a reliable Shimano Deore which worked just fine. One of the things I like about the SRAM shifters is they fire on contact. Meaning, just one click and the dérailleurs shifts right away and never missing a beat. Since I’ve ridden Shimano shifters in the past, I had to get used to the dual thumb action the X7 possessed. For the first few miles I kept looking for a trigger to shift down on the gears but would quickly realize that the thumb action is what was needed.

The Avid BB5′s were great in stopping my chunky self on the trails. In fact, I felt that they worked too well. If I wasn’t careful and hit my front brakes, the Avid’s work so well that I’d probably fly over the bars! So make sure you’re mindful of that when using disc brakes.

One thing you don’t really hear get mentioned allot about bikes is the saddle performance. The 707 comes with a WTB Lazer V Team saddle. This saddle was very comfortable. I actually have this same seat on a few of my bikes! Needless to say I love that saddle!

I’ll be testing the Woodstock 707 further and keep everyone posted on the progress of the review. But so far so good!

For more information about the Woodstock 707, click HERE.

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