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All done…almost!

Posted by RL Policar On March - 25 - 2014

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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.

Did the 26er jump the shark?

Posted by RL Policar On February - 26 - 2014

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
(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.

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

Posted by RL Policar On January - 4 - 2014

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.

Burt Reynolds…Retires

Posted by RL Policar On November - 21 - 2013

It is with a heavy heart to announce that our very own Burt Reynolds is retiring. He’s gone from a regular Redline D600 to a rigid single speed, then to a formidable XC riding machine with X9 parts and all that jazz.

On his latest rendition he donned a whole new look with blue plastidip. But unfortunately, this is goodbye for Burt Reynolds. It’s been a great 11 months since all the changes. I’ve had hundreds of miles of fun with Burt and I will miss him. This is how he looked this morning. Still spry, but a bit tired. Thanks for the fun times Burt!
burt reynolds

Update: Wolf Tooth Components

Posted by RL Policar On November - 12 - 2013

I wanted to give you an update on the Wolf Tooth Components chain ring. As you can see I went with a 32t chain ring in hopes that this will be enough for climbing and for speed.
wolf tooth components

As far as climbing goes, it’s a bit tougher since I don’t have a granny gear to go on. I haven’t had to walk up a hill and I’m expecting to get more accustomed to it and get stronger at the same time. But one of my favorite things so far with the Wolf Tooth is that it hasn’t dropped yet. Yes it’s absolutely true. I’ve taken it through some technical terrain where it was pretty bumpy all the way down. Just to mix things up, I’d pedal and shift at the same time to see if I can get the chain to jump off the ring. To my surprise, it hasn’t fallen off. I’ve had close to 80 miles on this chain ring and in all those miles, it continues to stay put. I’ll post a final review after I put in a few hundred more miles on it.

26″ Tube in a 29er wheel

Posted by RL Policar On August - 9 - 2013

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.


It took you long enough…

Posted by RL Policar On April - 9 - 2013

Those words were said to me the other day as I had a conversation with who I consider to be one of the most highly informed 29er guys I’ve ever met in this whole universe. That person is none other than Jeremy Yang. For as long as I’ve known Jeremy, he’s been riding 29ers and never saw the appeal of 26er bikes. In fact he and I, along with The Moe would go back and forth (in a fun and loving way) about why one is better than the other. But in all honesty, I never really saw a benefit to 29ers until about 6 months ago. That’s when I first got a hold of the Airborne Goblin 29er. Just read the review and you’ll learn why I love it so much.

We fast forward to last Friday where Jeremy mentioned something to me that he’s noticed I’ve been riding 29ers more lately. I had to agree with him and even went on explaining why I suddenly love them. Then he said it in a joking, yet in the tone of “I told you so.” “It took you long enough!”

This photo was taken the day after I spoke with Jeremy.
29er mountain bikes

Yep, he was right, it did take me long enough. But I have to tell you, I’m not quite like (and there’s nothing wrong with it) Jeremy, I still own and love to ride my 26er bikes. In fact Jeremy is so hardcore/sold out(which is cool) for 29ers that I think the only smaller wheeled bikes he has in his stable would be his children’s bikes. Other than that, he doesn’t personally own a 26er, he thinks they have cooties. :)

So there you have you have it, I’m riding 29ers for XC purposes, but if I really want to get down and dirty, I’ll bust out my 26er AM bikes. I am rather curious to see how an AM and DH 29er would feel.

Airborne Goblin Update

Posted by RL Policar On November - 8 - 2012

We’ve had the Airborne Goblin for a few weeks now and I wanted to provide our handsome as well as the ugly readers an update on how this bike is holding up. Mind you, our formal review will be up soon, and this update is to give you taste on what’s been going on with the bike.

So far we’re convinced that if you want to mainly ride XC, which entails staying on ground, no jumping and going fast, that the Airborne Goblin is a great choice. It’s fast, reliable, fun and did I mention how fast it was?
airborne goblin 29er
With the Goblin, yours truly has been able to do some remarkable XC riding. You see, I have this reputation of being the designated sweeper of the ride since I’m pretty darn slow. I usually will be the first to recommend rest breaks and short cuts. But it wasn’t until I got on the Goblin that things started to change. One day it dawned on me that when I’m on the Goblin, I ride way faster!
airborne goblin

During one of my lunch time rides, I tried doing the whole trail without stopping. To my surprise I was considerably faster, by about 15 minutes. Then I started trying to beat Lady P’s best time of 1hour 5mins on the Fullerton Loop. I did. Then I wanted to go after Khoala’s best time of 59mins. I did. Since I didn’t have GPS or a fancy app that timed me, both Lady P and Khoala didn’t believe me at all. They said something about having proof. So last Friday, Khoala equipped me with his Garmin GPS and we all rode together. Between Lady P and Khoala, they couldn’t keep up! To my surprise I yielded a 56min lap, that’s crazy fast for me! In all the years I’ve been riding the Fullerton Loop, I’ve never broken the 1 hour mark. But just a few rides with the Airborne Goblin, I’ve been able to smash my previous times!
Some still don’t believe that I can ride that fast now. I don’t believe it myself, in fact I really think that it’s the bike that makes me ride faster!

Product Review: WTB Freedom Cruz 29er tires

Posted by Matt D On October - 18 - 2012

A few months ago, I turned one of my mountain bikes into a commuter.

Yeah, I know. It’s kinda embarrassing. But I had a bike available, and WTB sent over their Freedom Cruz 29er tires for review, so I felt obligated.

For the full review, head on over to – but in short, these did the job and more, and I actually got to appreciate an old bike in a different context (and fixed a couple of nagging issues along the way, since I had lots of time to appreciate the problems!). If you’ve got a bike gathering dust in your basement, garage, or storage area, the Freedom Cruz tires are worth the investment!

The New Airborne Goblin

Posted by RL Policar On October - 15 - 2012

Just recently we took delivery of the brand spankin’ new Airborne Goblin 29er.
Right out of the box.
So what makes this Goblin different from the previous model? Here’s what they have to say:

FRAME: Tapered HT with increased rear wheel mud clearance, increased standover clearance on the 16″ frame-size.

Tapered Reba RL fork with increased 100mm travel

Larger 180mm rotor up front for increased stopping power and fade resistance

New 38/24 gearing on the all new SRAM X7 crankset that offers a better gear range for climbing paired to an 11-36 cassette.

Geax AKA 2.2 tires that roll fast on hardpack and offer outstanding grip on loose and rocky terrain

New Selle San Marco Ponza Power Saddle

Finally, the most important thing: we managed to do this all for a price of $1199. That’s only $50 more than the past Goblin in spite of rising industry costs!

First time out.

If you need more info, here’s the specs:

Frame 6061 Hydroformed Aluminum Hardtail 29″
Fork RockShox Reba RL 29 Dual Air w/Lock-Out, tapered steer, 100mm
Headset Ahead Sealed Cartridge 1 1/8″ to 1.5″ tapered
Brake Levers Avid Elixir 7
Brakes Avid Elixir 7 Hydraulic Disc
Rotors Avid 180mm front, 160mm rear
Shifters SRAM X-7 2×10
F Derailleur SRAM X-7 2×10
R Derailleur SRAM X-7 2×10 Mid-Cage
Cassette SRAM PG-1050 11-36T 10-Speed
Chain SRAM Powerchain 1051
Crank SRAM X-7 2×10, 38/24 rings
Bottom Bracket SRAM XR GXP Sealed BB
Pedals NONE
Rims WTB SpeedDisc XC Alloy Double-Walled with eyelets
Hubs KT HiFlange Sealed Bearing 32H
Spokes Black 14g Stainless
Tires GEAX AKA 2.2″
Handlebar AIRBORNE Alloy Flat, 640mm width
Stem AIRBORNE Alloy +/- 7 Degree Rise, size specific
Saddle Selle San Marco Ponza Power
Seat Post AIRBORNE Alloy 31.6mm Diameter, 350mm Length
Extras Owner’s Manual, Clear Coat, H20 Bottle Mounts

The Goblin’s handling is superb! I was impressed on how nimble the bike is.
hoppin goblin

It has a 24/36t granny gear which makes climbing easy, even for out of shape people like me!
goblin straight

I’ve shortened the stem to a 60mm, this is more of a personal preference since I have short arms and all.
goblin dust

We’ll be testing out the Airborne Goblin out. In fact we’re doing something a bit different, this will be a panel review that will consist of 3 different riders testing it. So stick around!


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