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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.
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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.
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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
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.
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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.

Kyle Knight Race Super D Race Report

Posted by RL Policar On February - 1 - 2014

One of our newest members of the MtnBikeRiders.com Race team is a fella named Kyle Knight. Ya I know what you’re thinking, “what a cool name!” Trust me, all I want to do is call him “Michael” or “Knight Rider.” Anyhow Mr.K has been involved with Enduro racing for quite some time. He’s won a handful of Enduro races and we were pretty excited to have him on the team. He’s got some sort of moto (dirt bike) background so his riding style is chock-full of finesse or as some say it, STEEZE.

Read up on Mr. K’s Super D race experience below…

Mr.K.

Race # 1 Southridge winter series at Fontana 1/11/14.
Were back to racing. This past weekend was the first round of the Southridge winter series. Weather was nice cool light breeze on race day lead to some good racing and good times. For this weeks race nothing was over the top but it was sandy and had some long pedaling spots that put everyone to their test and showed how out of shape the holidays made me.

I felt good all day but right off the bat I missed the first corner and push too hard in the next corner trying to make up time and my front tire washed out. Had to clear my head for a sec then I put in a good ride the rest of the way down. Didn’t expect much after that this class is stacked with some fast guys but I went home with a smile on my face and looking forward to my next ride. I’d like to thank my sponsors for the support. D-Store in OC (Dainese) and MtnBikeRiders.com

Mr. K’s Super D Race Run

 

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

Three Ways to keep Mountain Biking Safe

Posted by RL Policar On October - 3 - 2013

For the thrill seeking and adventurous, mountain biking is one of the greatest and most fun activities that allows you to achieve that exhilarating adrenaline rush, while also managing to keep up your fitness. Although the narrow and rocky mountain paths, with their twists, turns and inclines, makes mountain biking inherently dangerous, especially to those who are new to the biking scene. It is human nature to want to push the limit, although when these routes take you over unforgiving terrains and jagged cliff edges, there is a fine line between pushing the limit safely and pushing the limit hazardously.

Although these tips may seem rather obvious, most accidents take place when people ignore or forget the simplest of guidelines, turning their adventure into a nightmare. You shouldn’t have to gamble with your safety like you’re at some mobile slots uk casino, so make sure you adhere to these safety guidelines.

Correct Gear, No Fear

The first thing any person will tell you about mountain biking, is that you must wear always wear a helmet. No matter how hot, sweaty or itchy the helmet might make you feel, and even if you can’t stand the idea of “helmet hair”, make sure that it stays on. Protecting your brain is a rather important job, after all. With gear, as exciting as each brand makes their gear seem, make sure that you choose gear that fits well and actually does its job of protecting you.

Know your Abilities

Pushing yourself is great, although you need to make sure that you don’t push yourself too far. Feeling the burn the day after your ride is perfect, although being unable to move or get back onto your bike for the next week, is a sign that you need to dial it back a notch (for now at least). The most dangerous aspect is letting pride cloud your judgement. Make sure you let your fellow riders know when you are suffering, or whether the fall was more hardcore than you first thought. For newer riders, there is no shame in walking sections of the train that you do not yet feel comfortable with, instead of thinking of it as something negative, rather see it as goals you can ultimately achieve.

First Aid comes First

No one is expecting you to pull out some crazy Doctor House procedures, although making sure you know basic first aid is a massive asset to yourself and your riding team. Learning basic first aid doesn’t take long, and can literally save lives!

 

Happy MALentine’s Day

Posted by Albacore On February - 19 - 2013

So, Valentine weekend has now come to an end. Valentine’s Day was this past Thursday. Some of you may have chosen to make a long weekend out of it. You obviously do not have kids, are not married, or, if you are sentenced to life, you have served less than 10 years of that marital sentence. You blew hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars on a created holiday to get you to do just that. You should have spent that money on something that will give you more pleasure — bike shit. Thankfully, my wife hates roses, hates ‘em. I don’t have to buy her chocolates either because she, like most women, wants to lose that last 5 pounds before beach weather hits. I got the kids to create a card out of construction paper, white glue, macaroni, rainbow flakes, pixie dust, phoenix feathers, kraken scales, and unicorn. . . corns. Voila! Valentine’s Day handled. Unlike my friend, poor Captain Cranium, I get sexytime with the missus more than just my birthday and Christmas. So who needs this made-up holiday?

Let’s celebrate Malentine’s day. Malentine, the patron saint of pet peeves. Mal, from the Latin meaning bad, ill, or wrong. The following list of irritants are all bad, wrong, and make me ill:

1. Wearing bike clothes to the trailhead. Perhaps this came from my years of organized team sports. We would wear a shirt and tie, get on a bus, travel to the den of our opponent, then get dressed for battle. Now I’m not suggesting you wear your Sunday best prior to riding your bike, but for comfort’s sake, don’t wear your entire riding kit in the car. Nevermind looking like a dork-on-wheels (that’s what you are) sitting at the 241 toll plaza with your neon sublimated cycling jersey on. You’re then going to wear that sweat crusted, stinky, muddy, bloodied, Cytomax sticky, wet rag home. How hard is it to put on a clean t-shirt? Don’t tell me you are afraid of forgetting something so you get dressed at home knowing you have everything. You are an adult aren’t you? Why not just put on your helmet, gloves, and clipless shoes on at home too? I’ll grant you a tiny bit of leeway and allow you to wear your cycling shorts. Afterall, I wouldn’t want you fumbling next to your car with a towel around your waist, trying to pull down your tightie-whities, all the while terrified that said towel with catch a gust and expose your little cheeto.

2. Pre-ride bike repair. Now that you are dressed and ready to go, the rest of us begin to pedal off when you yell out to us, “Any of you guys have a pump, chain lube, Park T-handle wrench set, bearing press, or fitness I can borrow?” You knew you were riding today, right? Too busy last night catching up on this season’s The Bachelor to make sure your bike was ready to go? So you had the forethought to bring your own pump, lube, and tool set with you so as not to ask us. Use that forethought to take care of any maintenance at home. Don’t lube your chain right there before we set off either. You should know how I feel about that.

3. Dumping grounds. Okay, done dumping on you, let’s ride. WTF! Great Odin’s Raven (been watching Anchorman) look at all the trash strewn about. I hate those lazy mofos who use any bit of open land just off the road for their own dumping grounds. Sure, this looks like a great spot to dump all your shit that is too large or awkward to just leave at the curb. Even Jules and Vincent took their trash with them to dispose of properly. Or, the savages who, when on their “nature hike,” just toss their Red Bull can or Starbucks cup into the sagebrush. The only positive I can find — on a recent exploratory ride I was unsure which way would lead me back to the main road. How did I find my way out? I saw a discarded mattress, sofa, 2 t.v.s, fridge, and decomposing body. I followed the trash. The piles grew bigger and bigger then bam, civilization. Even pot farmers and coke producers pick up after themselves.

trailside trash

4. Mix and don’t match. Pick a component, any component, and stick with it. Shimano begets Shimano, Sram begets Sram, Thomson begets Thomson, so on. Your bike is so bitchin with its Shimano cranks, Sram shifters and derailleurs, Thomson seatpost, FSA stem, Easton bars, etc. Buy your bike, ride the crap out of it. When you know better, spend more, and become enlightened, stick with a manufacturer.

5. Sitting backwards. So you’re all high on yourself now because you just installed a Thomson seatpost and Thomson stem. One thing smartguy, your post is backwards. Is that why you don’t change at the trailhead? Afraid when you put on your pants the fly will be in the back?

The Right Way

The Right Way

Don’t worry, I’m not one to make fun of you behind your back. If you fit into any of the above bonehead categories I’ll call you out to your face (then make fun of you behind your back). Happy Valentine’s Day.

THE LAST WORD: LANCE ARMSTRONG

Posted by Art Aguilar On October - 18 - 2012

FORMER 7 TIME TOUR WINNER LANCE ARMSTRONG

A GREAT RACER
OK so we all know that the truth of the evidence has come out about the Lance Armstrong doping allegations and Lance Armstrong was released by Nike and he stepped down as chairman of his LIVESTRONG foundation. Something I believe he should not have done seeing that his cancer recovery had nothing to do with his cycling, but rather his ability to fight against all the odds is the true strength of what makes Lance who he is and why so many have fought against illness’s they have. He has given strength to so many that were ready to give up. Believe in his strength, this is just one of the things that helped him to win his Tour titles.

THE SPORT
Lets take a look at this sport of road cycling. I have often heard it said just about all the riders dope. “Hmm”. Let me think about that, these are the top one percent of the best racers in the world doing the impossible over weeks of riding.
He didn’t win these titles all by himself and not by leaps and bounds. He won it with teamwork with a dedicated team of racer that all had a job. This is what got him 7 Tour titles.
So you want to look at the Tour racers, lets do that, Were the racers not all hanging in their with Lance and at times even beating him, yes they were. A lot of my friends and people I know in this industry as well as myself always had an idea that the doping went on, but we kind of turned a blind eye and watched as we cheered them all on, so are we just as guilty for watching and thinking that some were doping and we pushed that thought aside to say cheating is okay just as long as they don’t get caught and hoping our favorite rider wins.
The Tour De France is one of the toughest races on a bicycle to do. You don’t just go there and race you get invited, so if all the teams that go are more or less doping I guess its pretty safe to say the racers are on an even keel right.
THE LAST WORDS
Okay doping is not the right thing to do in any sport. It’s cheating plain and simple. We at MtnBikeRiders.com do not condone drug use in any sport, as well as cheating.
Lance was the most sought after competitor in the world to prove that he cheated. Why I just don’t know, did others gain from it, maybe.
I said from the start that we can’t convict someone based on hearsay, I want to see the evidence, the smoking gun. What happen when George Hincapie went behind closed doors and spoke to the USADA, was their a deal struck between them or was Hincapie just plain tired of it all. We may never know. What about the others that came forward, what evidence was given by them, was it all the countless blood test Lance has given. “I know, I know”, I’m trying to give it some kind of justification that one of cycling’s greatest racers is not a cheater. Am I somehow let down now and I think he is the wost guy in the world of cycling and he made the sport of cycling bad and cycling will never recover from it, no it will go on and so will Lance, and so will I.
In the end we all have to remember, when we were all out there praising Lance Armstrong for every win at every Tour we put him on that podium of greatness and in doing so we forgot one fundamental thing he is only human and humans make mistakes.
I will always think of Lance as a great racer that won 7 Tour de France races not all by himself, but with a team that got him there and they were all winners to. He’s apart of a foundation that he started that has given hope to countless people and I don’t think they would look down on him one bit. Sure his cycling celebrity has helped LIVESTRONG, but that’s not the driving force behind it.
So,It’s time to put this one to bed, It’s come to an end and some of us can now have closure.

LIVESTRONG, be strong, and ride strong.

Interbike 2012: Loeka

Posted by RL Policar On September - 19 - 2012

Loeka of Canada was out at Interbike with fresh duds.
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Their new jacket has fancy sleeves that can go over the hands for extra warmth while riding.
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New jerseys in various colors.
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Shorts come in new colors too.
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Check out their jersey, it has a zippered side pocket for your sandwich or phone.
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Back in the Saddle!

Posted by Matt D On September - 6 - 2012

A confession: until this past weekend, I hadn’t ridden a mountain bike since sometime in July (even though I have a new bike!). Ouch!

For the most part, my riding is done on weekends… I work a chained-to-the-desk office job, and I have two young kids at home, so for the sake of household harmony I don’t often get out during the week (also, I don’t have a light good enough to do night rides – so it’s impossible a large part of the year!). I do bike commute to work and back… but that doesn’t really give me my bike fix… it just eases the pain of not being out riding in the woods!

So… the last few weekends I’ve had 2 specifically planned rides rained out (and trails closed several other times), 1 ride cancelled by a ride buddy (though for a good reason), been hacking-up-my-lungs sick, had my wife and kids sick all at once, and just plain fallen victim to life getting in the way.

But! Saturday morning, I met a coworker at the trail closest to my house and rode for a couple hours. It wasn’t epic, I didn’t have any major firsts or any major crashes. It was just solid riding on a reasonably nice day – and at the end of it, life was better than it had been before the ride. And that’s why I ride… and why I keep riding, and why I get back out there again even after not riding for a while and feeling a little extra-clumsy. Because if you start the day out riding singletrack, you can’t help but have a better day.

ACKNOWLEDGE ME!!!

Posted by RL Policar On August - 16 - 2012

To follow up on my frame shopping, I ran in to something else that really bugs me. I hate it when I walk into a shop and none of the sales people acknowledge me. I know that I previously said that I’m getting hooked up with a frame, but I still wanted to shop around to see what I kind of deal on a different frame I could find. Anyhow, I went to shop A. yesterday, walked in and start looking at frames, and not one employee greeted me! So I drive down to shop B…AGAIN, shop employees didn’t acknowledge me! In fact, when I walked in, I had to say “excuse me” so I could get through the door way because one of the employees was talking to another guy about how the new Shimano shifters are so nice and yada yada yada. I spend about 10-15 minutes looking at frames that they had on the wall. After a while I just shook my head and walked out.
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Ya I know that if I really wanted the help, I could have asked. But dude, what happened to “Customer Service?” I’ve been to other businesses where I’ve been treated better. In fact when I bought a refrigerator at Sears the lady made the sale based on her willingness to help. I was genuinely impressed with how well she treated us that when I was ready to buy the fridge, we made an appointment to see her and not just go with any other sales person on the floor.

Look man, I’m all about “supporting local businesses” especially bicycle shops, but if the customer service is lacking, then I’m taking money else where. If you work at a shop and you are reading this, think about what I’m saying. Would you keep going to a business if the customer service is poor? No! It’s the same thing with the sushi restaurant across the street from my home. Good food, but horrible customer service, so that means I won’t be coming back. Here’s an idea, for shop owners/managers, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE train your employees proper customer service. Teach them to greet and acknowledge potential customers. Teach them to be helpful as well as courteous. If there’s a shop that has great customer service, I’m more likely to shop there and I’m sure that goes for other people.

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