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Underneath the robe you find a man. Underneath the man you find his nucleus.

Hard as in hard tail. Rigid to be exact! Check out the Soma Juice 29er.

Soma Juice 29er

Pretty water bottle mounts. I like added touches like that, brings a level of class to a frame.

Did I mention that it’s steel? Yep!

Beefy steel fork.

Soma provided the frame, seat collar, fork, headset and stem.

Dang forks looks so burly!

Slider dropouts give me the option to go single speed at a later date. I may just take them up on that offer.

The build plan basically has a budget in mind. I don’t plan on spending any money on it. I’ve got some newish 1×10 drive train parts that I’m planning on using as well as an WTB i9 wheel set.  The build itself shouldn’t take long. We’re planning on having it done by next week.

Happy Birthday to the Semi-Famous RL

Posted by Moe Ramirez On January - 25 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

Another year goes by and his fame increases by just a smudge… Still, he is the semi-famous, legend in his own mind and my very best friend RL Policar

From all the MtnBikeriders.com writers and racers: HAPPY BIRTHDAY RL!!!!

Want a MtnBikeRiders.com Sticker?

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

If so you’re in luck! We’re giving away 10 stickers! These measure 12″x1″ made with white vinyl. Can be placed on your body, bicycle, vehicle and on children. All you have to do is send us an email with your mailing address and we’ll send one out to you! The first 10 emails we get will automatically receive one sticker. For the rest of you suckers, sorry! Thanks!

Stickers!

Check out the 2014 MtnBikeRiders.com Team Jerseys

Posted by RL Policar On January - 15 - 20142 COMMENTS

Check out our 2014 Team Jerseys. The MtnBikeRiders.com Race Team had some changes this year and with that in mind, I decided to go completely away from the colors we’ve used in the passed. This year we’re proud to say that The Dainese D-Store in Costa Mesa Ca. has sponsored our team. A bit of a back story on our new kit. When we were working with Dainese to secure our sponsorship, I went ahead and picked out the shorts you see me wearing and worked on a design that closely match the colors and style of the shorts.

3/4 jersey with oval collar

Dainese logos on the sleeves and back.

This is me riding my invisible bike.

This is me riding my real bike during my first Super D race.

The jerseys were a big hit with the team. In fact when I set out to create the design, I waited until the last minute before sending a mock up to the the guys. Actually, the jerseys were already being made when they saw what it was going to look like. The fit is pretty nice, it allows you to wear elbow pads and of the DH guys, the can wear their body armor underneath without it being too constrictive.

At the KMC Chains Winter Series, we received a ton of compliments from other riders as well as other teams. By the way, we didn’t just buy some jerseys off the shelf and had iron-on logos made. No way, we went all out and had these custom designed and manufactured right here in Los Angeles Ca. That’s right, our jerseys sublimated and handmade by beautiful women who are the best in their craft.

Why Super D Racing might be better than Downhill

Posted by RL Policar On January - 14 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

This past weekend I participated in my very first Super D race at Southridge at the KMC Chains Winter Series. I’ve been racing bikes on and off for a few years now, some XC and mostly downhill. When I did race downhill, I found that I really enjoyed it.

But after this weekend, I think I’m going to focus more on Super D racing instead. I thought about this during my drive home after the race. There were a few things that clicked in my head that made sense to me on why and how Super D is better than downhill racing. I’ve got some bullet points for you, ready?

  • No need to buy a downhill specific bike
  • Race the bike you ride with during the week
  • No need for full face helmet and body armor
  • Bike is way lighter
  • Pedal up the instead of pushing your bike up
  • Super D Races are typically twice as long as downhill races at Southridge.
  • Practice and Race on the same day

So those are my bullet points on why I think Super D is better than racing downhill. But I probably should note that I’m speaking in terms of it being held at Fontana, Ca. If you’re a SoCal regular or you’ve raced in Southridge, then you know that the venue really doesn’t compare to any world cup destinations, but it’s still downhill. In fact you’ll often find super big name pros racing at Southridge like Arron Gwin, Gee Atherton, Kyle Strait and many more. Basically Southridge DH is good enough for pros, so it’s definitely challenging enough for guys like me.

But I digress to my bullet points. Here’s the thing, if you want to race downhill, try giving Super D a chance first. You can use the same bike you normally ride because it doesn’t really require a bike that has more than 6″  of travel. The bike I used was the Titus Rockstar with 5″ in the front and 4″ in the back. While the other guys on our race team rode 5-6″ trail bikes. Actually Art Aguilar raced with his carbon fiber XC bike. That was enough bike to handle the course.

 

Super D might be better than DH

Another point that I wanted to make about Super D is that you can use your current gear. Most DH racers will ride with a full face helmet as well as some sort of body armor. There were a few Super D racers that used a full face and armor during the race. But I find that a full face can be very constricting when you’ve got a long pedal section.

One last thing that makes Super D great is that when you do race, you’re riding a bike that you’re familiar with. Often times in DH you’re riding a completely different bike. That means you spend less time on it, not as familiar with all the handling quirks.

In conclusion, racing Super D opened my eyes to a whole new opportunity to enjoy my bike and racing

 

New pricing on Pearly’s Possum Socks

Posted by RL Policar On January - 7 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

Do you all remember that review on those Pearly’s Possum socks? As great as they are, some were turned off by the price of them. We just got word from Big DUKE of Pearly’s that their company is doing really well and for the first time eva, for eva, eva, that the prices have gone down to $38 a pair. Well if that ain’t no miracle that lil’ baby Jesus ever did, then I don’t know what is.

Pearly’s volume has grown significantly over the last 12 months and we are now getting far better prices on our raw materials…which allows us to lower the list price. So…I am really excited to share that Pearly’s now have a much lower list price of only $38 bucks a pair!! We are so stoked to be able to do this price reduction, I think it is going to open up the awesomeness of Pearly’s up to a much larger group of people.

Pearly’s are more affordable now!

But if our review isn’t enough to convince you, read the review that Jack Sweeney did on BikeCommuters.com

 

Hurt my back, no ride, got bored and built up a bike

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

Yep that’s how my Saturday turned out. So without boring you with some lame details, here’s some pictures. But first, let me tell you about my Bro-Date with Art Aguilar. He’s so dreamy! We had some tacos by the beach.
Art McDreamy Aguilar

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk about what I did. So ya, I hurt my back moving stuff the night before and I woke up with my back still aching. Oh sorry, I forgot that I said I’d spare the details, oh well. So let’s get to it. Since I wasn’t riding, I decided to spend some time in the garage. Pulled out the Retired Burt Reynolds. I had some parts laying around I figured, I’d build him back up again.

First thing to deal with was to remove the Plasti Dip that I put on a few months ago.
burt reynolds
That whole process took me about an hour. Crazy how long it took. Actually I’m so A.D.D or ADHD…not quite sure which, but one of those, that I decided to leave some of it on the hard to reach places like the drop outs, and other nooks and crannies that the plastidip got into.
plastidip bicycle
One of the things I like to do while working on my bikes is to smoke cigars. I didn’t feel like using up one of my premium ones, so I opted for a “daily smoke” cigar. I realized that a bike frame makes for a great cigar tender.
cigar and bicycles
The Plasti Dip did a great job in preserving the paint on the frame.

Yep this is the same 1×10 drive train that came off the the Titus Rockstar. I didn’t want it to just sit there and gather dust.

Here’s how it looks now with the 1×10 and honestly, it looks like how it did before I dipped the bike.

For the kids that like to weigh everything, here’s the weight of Burt Reynolds. 25ish pounds.

Build your own bike rack

Posted by RL Policar On January - 2 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

Check out our sister site for this really great DIY on how to build your own bike rack with old pallets.
bike racks

Find out how you can do this by reading the rest of the article.

Merry Christmas!

Posted by RL Policar On December - 23 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

From all of us at MtnBikeRiders.com, Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas

Beer Review: Samuel Adams Winter Favorites

Posted by Moe Ramirez On December - 23 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

We used to do beer reviews a while back by beer connoisseurs, well they are gone now so you are stuck with me. Every year around the holiday season I look forward to Sam Adam’s winter favorites; a collection of seasonal beers that vary from ales to porters to IPAs.

Since I’m no beer expert, I’m going to tell you which beer I liked and then I’m going to try my best to describe each beer at a “high level” (New term I learned in management meetings).

The first beer I had was the Winter Lager. Nice crisp beer with a little bitter aftertaste. I wasn’t really impressed with the flavor nor the aroma so I would rate this one a 6 out of 10 on the Buzz meter.

Second beer I tried was the White Christmas. This beer I liked since I’m a fan of wheat beers, the flavor reminded me a lot of Blue Moon, but it didn’t have that weird bitter aftertaste of Blue Moon. Definitely a beer that I would buy in 12 packs; 9 out of 10 on the Buzz Meter.

“Cinnamon, ginger and orange peel”, that is what the Old Fezziwig Ale bottle read at the bottom. I thought that this beer was going to smell a lot like cinnamon, but one whiff of this beer and I picked up the orange peel smell. This beer tasted quite good, a little on the exotic side and the orange peel aftertaste was quite palatable. 9 out of 10 on the Buzz meter.

Stouts, bocks and porters are my favorite beers of this season, I was quite disappointed that this sampler did not include any porters but the inclusion of a Cherry Chocolate Bock really caught my attention. I’ve tasted cherry beers from Sam Adams before and they were not my style, so I proceeded with caution. One quick smell of this beer and I was able to smell the cherry, the chocolate and hints of coffee… I had a drink of this beer and I was very pleasantly surprised that the cherry flavor was not over powering. If you are a fan of cherry fountain drinks, this beer is for you. I really enjoyed the chocolate taste of this Bock, not as bitter as a stout and the bitter-sweet aftertaste left me yearning for more. 10 out 10 on the buzz meter!

The last beer of the winter pack was the Juniper IPA. I’m not an IPA person, I just don’t like their bitterness but I approached this IPA with an open mind. First thing I did was do the smell test, eh.. not bad, then I took a swig out of the glass; great “fizzy” and refreshing taste… until the bitter aftertaste hit my taste buds and annihilated them and I was quickly reminded why I don’t like IPAs. So what did I do with the rest of the beer? I chugged it of course! I wasn’t going to let it go to waste! Kind of hard to rate this beer on the buzz meter since I don’t like IPAs but since I had worse, I would rate it a 6 out of 10 on the buzz meter.

So what happened to the Boston Lager review? Well, the Boston Lager is not really a select “Winter beer”, it is readily available and I think it is a great beer on tap.

If you happen to be the type of person who enjoys most types of beer, you should give this winter pack a try, you won’t be disappointed.

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