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Soyater Bicycles

Posted by RL Policar On April - 4 - 2014

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We’re happy to introduce a new bicycle company in the USA. It’s so new that we’ve got the only two of it’s kind. What makes the Soyater so special? Well first of all it’s full carbon and they’re 650b/27.5. So let’s take a look at the two models we have. Soyater MSRP: Braver (red and black) $2000 and the Team (green and black) $1300.

Shimano Deore 2×10 drive train. SR Suntour XCT fork. WTB tubeless wheels and tires. Soyater branded cockpit., Decipher Hydraulic Brakes.

Soyater Braver 650b Carbon Mountain Bike

Soyater Team 650b.Shimano Deore 2×10. SR Suntour XCT forks. Mechanical brakes, Soyater branded cockpit. CST tires and Maverick wheels.

Both models feature:
-Full Carbon 27.5 Soyater Frames with 1.5 Tapered Head tube. Available in 15″,17″ 19 and 21″
-2×10 Speed Shimano Deore Drive Trains
-Soyater Aluminum Bars, Stem and Seat Post
-Suntour XCT Coil Suspension with Lockout
3 Year Manufacture Warranty.
“Braver”Model Feature:
-WTB W500 Tubeless Rims with Novatech hubs &WTB tubeless Tires. Standard QR front and rear. Disc only rims and hubs.
-Techtro Hydraulic Disc Brakes
“Team” Model Feature:
-Cable Actuated Shimano Disc Brakes and Non Tubeless Rims and Tires.



Soyater Geo specs

Like I mentioned, these are the only two of it’s kind in existence. We’ll be putting them through the paces in the next few weeks to see how the do. But if you want more info about the Soyater Bikes, you can go to


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.

Leading by example

Posted by RL Policar On December - 19 - 2013

Not to long ago I published an article on talk about how The Moe and I went out to Santa Ana with our daughters to help fix bicycles for the homeless and less fortunate. We figured that this was a great way to show them that we’re not just about riding bikes for fun and stuffs, but we like to help out our local community.
bicycle repairs
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Double Banger Tandem Build Progress Report

Posted by RL Policar On July - 16 - 2013

Nick D. welding the tubes to the rear triangle of the tandem.

The first order of business was to tack weld the eccentric bottom bracket (EBB), then build the jig.

To make the new tubes used to extend the tandem, Nick D. made fish mouth cuts to the ends so they can fit just right onto the bottom brackets.

After Nick D. built the jig, he mounted the two frames then tack welded the bottom tube. Notice the front, we had installed the EBB. Both bottom and the top extension tubes were measured to 29″. This will give the Stoker ample room in the rear without making the bike too long.

Here’s a shot where the top has been welded on. It’s starting to look like a real tandem!

After the frame cooled down, we wanted to mock it up and see how the frame will look. So we installed the rear suspension linkages, bottom brackets and cranks. The frame still has more work to do, mainly a cross bar that will go from the rear bottom bracket to the captain’s seat tube right underneath the top tube…make sense? We also still need to make shock mounts. Nick D. wants to run a design where we have multiple shock mount positions. That means depending on the type of travel we want, we can adjust it.

Double Banger Tandem Project, 80% done.

Here’s a different angle. Did you notice that the timing chain and drive train is on the same side? Most tandems have the timing chain on the left side. But I didn’t feel like spending a ton of money on tandem specific cranks. So I ended up using 34t chain rings on the front and rear timing, then I’ll have the drive train run on 32t/22t. With this set up, I am able to get enough clearance from both chains and still be able to shift. One thing I’ve learned with tandem riding and racing, you don’t need a big ring. So eliminating the 42t chain ring made sense and using that spot for the timing made even more sense.

Front timing chain with a 34t ring. Yes I know that it’s missing ring bolts, I have those in a box.

Rear drive train with timing gear.

A closer look of the timing and drive train system.

Nick D. was able to take some video footage of the build work. You can see them below:

High Speed GoPro footage of the build

Another angle of the high speed GoPro footage of the tandem build

The Double Banger Tandem Project has been sponsored by the following companies:

Serfas. Bringing Cycling to Life.


Mobile Bicycle Repair does it again.

Posted by RL Policar On July - 8 - 2013

We assembled another team of volunteers to help fix bicycles for the homeless. If you are interested in volunteering or donating goods, simply reach out to us: The next outing will be on August 4th, 2013 at 3:30pm.

Read more about the Mobile Bicycle Repair Unit.

On Saturday a few of us set out for a ride through Aliso Woods. Normally it’s pretty cool there because it’s within walking distance from the ocean. Walking distance would mean like a few miles. I’m sure you could walk it, but I wouldn’t want to. Anyhow here’s a view from Lady P’s perspective as we’re trying to figure out where we were headed. at aliso woods

At a certain point the heat just made things worse for all of us. Personally I had already bonked after the first climb, while Doc Thunda and our friend Josh had mentioned they were out late drinking and partying as it was 1999. Here we are at another junction on the trail, not really sure where to go, the heat had clouded out judgement.
aliso woods

Eventually we figured out what we were going to do. Here’s my vantage point after the ride…I was beat!

Heat is one thing that I consider such a buzz kill. I can handle the cold, but the heat is something else. It’s not like I can dress down any further when it’s hot. Besides I really doubt that anyone would want to see me riding in my birthday suit and if I fell, can you imagine how much road rash I’d get! Yikes!

Burt ReynoldSS get’s a little upgrade

Posted by RL Policar On December - 27 - 2012

Here’s the most recent upgrade on Burt, it’s a red chain. In my previous article, I mentioned that I’d go with a gold theme. But I realized, I had plenty of red on the components that it made more sense to go with that color. My previous chain broke, so here’s what I got to replace it with.
red kmc chain

It’s a bright color that should pop.
red single speed chain

Looks great don’t it!
redline d600 single speed

As handsome as Burt looks, I’m still having some chain skipping issues. I’m going to try a few more things and see if that helps it. I really doubt that it’s the rear cog, but I’m suspecting the culprit might be the tensioner…aye, we’ll find out.

Beads and Bikes?

Posted by RL Policar On June - 5 - 2012

Do you guys remember Spoke Beads? For the most part kids would be the ones sporting these beads on their bikes. But it got me thinking, this might be a great idea in helping people hear you on the trail. Just think about it, when you are on the trail, and you come up behind another rider, usually you’ll say “on your left” or ring your bell right? What if you installed beads on your bike to help generate noise while riding? Not only will this allow people to hear you, but shoot, it could even scare away some big animals that may be lurking near by.
Another thing to consider with beads is that you can customize the colors to match your bike. For example, if you have a red and black bike with black wheels, then adding red beads would put some flare to it. You can even string the beads onto your saddle or zippers to ad that extra customized look.

Check out this photo below of the “Bead Bike.” I can’t even imagine how many beads he used. My favorite part about this bike is the detail he put into it. Just look at the center, “The Bead Bike.” Heck I’m not even sure how he did all that and how long it must have taken him. All I know is, beads can certainly make your bike look unique. I know it’s not for everyone, but it sure is different, and if being different is your thing…then try beads!

Who is Adam Spik?

Posted by RL Policar On May - 24 - 2012

As you may have read before, we’ve asked Adam Spik to join the ranks of Global Internet Stardom of the crew. But I know what you’re wondering, “Who is this fella named ADAM SPIK and why is he so good looking?” You’ll get a chance to read all about him below. I do have to mention that one of our requirements to be on the Staff of is that you have to be very handsome and you’re not allowed to have an ugly wife and or kids.

Hello from out east in southwest Riverside county; specifically Sun City, north of Temecula. Now that I have covered the entire compass let me tell you about myself.
I started on the back of my dad’s bike buzzing through the neighborhood. From there it was a 20″ BMX bike while doing my best Cru Jones impression. I then moved on to jockdom in H.S. It was my freshman year in college that I had my awakening. I don’t mean a drug-induced-sexual-experimentation phase. No, that is when I bought my first mountain bike. I railed the singletrack with all 1.5″ of elastomer suspended fury. Soon I was faster than all my friends. I fancied myself a Ned Overend/Shaun Palmer hybrid.

I started racing and my career of mediocrity began. I first did a few XC races and had my butt handed to me. I bought a road bike, trained a little and won a few beginner races. Now’s the perfect time to break into DH. Again, my race resume ran the gamut of firsts, lasts, and everything in between. Racing takes money so. . . as any young punk living off parents’ “sponsorship” thinks, “What better way to support my habit than by working at a shop?”
R&C 5-9-5 fix
An old family friend who happened to be a former state champion road racer and shop owner hired me. I became a sponge of bike culture, racing lore, and wrenching know-how. I soon became a pro-level mechanic. If only Park made a tool to adjust my waistband as now I was getting too big for my britches (or was was it my head too big for my hat?). I left to become manager of another bike shop. I expanded the shop’s business, made a bunch of money, maintained my mediocre racing status, got married, and on the eve of owning my own shop, decided to change direction and help people in a more emergent fashion.
I race off-and-on, everything from XC, to SS, to endurance, to triathlons, to the toilet after too much tequila. I keep saying next year will be the year I get serious about training and racing. In the meantime I ride as much as possible, do all my own work as I don’t trust anyone to meet my standards, spoil my wife and my kids more, shoot sickies full of normal saline and drugs, and occasionally slay the fiery beast. R.L. has threatened with letting me contribute my opinions on a regular basis. They will always be right, maybe not entertaining, but right. Or is it the other way around?

Ibex Asta Expert 16” Review

Posted by RL Policar On May - 14 - 2012

When we received the Ibex Asta Expert to review, I assigned one of our Team Racers, Nick DiBlasi to test it for Read his review below.


The Ibex Asta Expert is an all 6069 Aluminum cross country bike that everyone will love. It comes with virtually ever feature you would want or need. Ibex spared no expense on getting the right components for this $1319.99 price point.

I have taken it on several rides now switching it up to see how it reacts to each different environment. I must say that this thing brings a smile to my face every time I hop on it. The feel of this bike is so agile and light that I keep forgetting its a Mountina bike. I would attribute the smooth shifting and pedal feel to the Sram components matched perfectly with the Avid Elixir braking system.


The good:

The Ibex Asta Expert 16” has amazing handling and is extremely agile. It feels as if you have total control at all times and a very positive feel for the terrain. The moderately lightweight feel and control makes this perfect for light trail use and in tight cornering conditions. It brings me back to the BMX riding days where I can pretty much put the bike anywhere I want it. Once clipped in you feel like you are one with the bike. When it comes to braking, they sized everything perfectly. The Avid Exlir R’s could not have been a better choice for Ibex. The brakes are effortless and complimentary to the quick handling of the bike. Overall I would categorize this as an extremely FUN bike.


The not so good:

The design of the rear link causes the bike to do more of a sharp rebound than actual absorbing energy into the suspension. After several many setting adjustments I got it fairly comfortable. Not 100% ideal, but to the point where I can feel confident on any trail. This can be a little harsh on your body on long rides where the trail has constant bumps instead of long smooth dirt paths. The second gripe I have is the cable routing on the top tube. For shorter people like me (5’-8”) my stand over height is always within 1” of the top tube. The routing of the cable often comes in contact with my legs or shorts when coming off and on the bike. The welded tabs have scratched my legs up a few times causing some discomfort. This would not be a problem for taller rides, however if you are near my height or under you WILL definitely notice.


Would I buy it?:

If you are looking for a fun and full featured cross country bike for around $1319.99 this is a pretty decent deal. If fits right in the middle of the price point for non major brand bikes and comes fully loaded. Almost anyone can pick this bike up and have a good time virtually anywhere. It might not be the best bike for serious terrain, but it will definitely get you around and out the trails.

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