Review: O-tus Safe Sounds helmet speakers

O-TUS SAFE SOUND SPEAKERS
O-TUS SAFE SOUND SPEAKERS

“TRAIL JAMMIN”

So, you like to rock out on the trail while you ride your bike with your ear buds in. You like the solitude of not listening to your friend telling you about every piece of flora and fauna as he’s riding along, or maybe telling you about his extraordinary bowel movement he had that looked like Johnny Cash flipping the bird.

Better yet what if he’s yelling at you to tell you that the trail ahead washed out and there is a huge 15-foot gap you can fall into.
Well fear not because O-Tus helmet speakers or what they call “Near Ear Speakers” are a great way to hear your trail jams without fully compromising your ability to hear outside noise and let’s not forget the fact that in most states having earbuds while riding a bike on the street is illegal and at some point, you will be riding on the street someplace.

NEAR EAR SPEAKERS
NEAR EAR SPEAKERS

NEAR EAR SPEAKERS

Now what is a “Near Ear Speaker” one will ask, well it’s quite simple. Instead of having the speakers in your ears the placement is near the ear. This allows you to be able to hear the surrounding noises that one would hear when riding without something in the ear to cut off important noise one may need to be aware of.
This being your friend yelling a warning, hearing a noise on your bike that may not be right, a car coming up behind you, or most important hearing an emergency vehicle.
Now I have never been one to want to have something in my ears to hinder hearing, let alone have music playing while riding, though this is nice at times and I have to say now that I have used these, I take my tunes with me all the time while riding. I love the fact that I am able to hear everything around me, even with the volume cranked up.

WHAT ARE THE FEATURES

The number one key feature to the O-Tus helmet speakers would be they do not sit in your ears like most ear type speakers for MP3, iPods, and Smart phones do.
They put out 15 watts of clear stereo surround sound near your ears. O-Tus also offers a Bluetooth controller that you can sync to your smart phone allowing you to be wireless with your phone too.

Other things to know about the speakers are the;
• Frequency Response: 20Hz-20KHz
• Sensitivity: 108Db
• Impedance: 16ohms

INSTALLATION

This is made very easy, O-Tus provides pre-cut heavy duty Velcro pieces that you apply to the helmet in the proper positions suggested. Now depending on your helmet, you may have to shave a flat spot to have a good flat surface to mount the Velcro for the speakers.

FIND THE PERFECT SPOT FOR YOU SPEAKER PLACEMENT PULL OFF BACKING AND PRESS ON THE VELCRO
FIND THE PERFECT SPOT FOR YOU SPEAKER PLACEMENT PULL OFF BACKING AND PRESS ON THE VELCRO
IF YOU CHOOSE TO PUT YOU SMALL DEVICE ON THE HELMET THE SAME WAY AS YOU DID WITH THE SPEAKERS, PULL OFF THE BACKING AND APPLY TO THE SHELL
IF YOU CHOOSE TO PUT YOU SMALL DEVICE ON THE HELMET THE SAME WAY AS YOU DID WITH THE SPEAKERS, PULL OFF THE BACKING AND APPLY TO THE SHELL

There are some bigger pieces of Velcro in order to mount your MP3, iPod, or the O-Tus Bluetooth system on the back of your helmet. This is your choice.
I was using the small square iPod shuffle on a Giant Rail helmet I was reviewing, along with the Bell Super 2, and my XC helmet.
I mounted Velcro on the back of the helmet’s shell for the iPod and it was perfect in this area.
After routing the speaker wires to the back and into the iPod I was set.
Moving from helmet to helmet was a snap and never an issue.

ROCKING OUT ON THE TRAIL

As mentioned I have or was using these for a while with my XC helmet, then I installed them to a GIANT RAIL Enduro trail helmet till this latest review helmet was stolen last year at Sea Otter, along with the Bell Super 2R I just received for review.
“Hope you are enjoying my helmets and iPod you butthead!!”
The O-Tus speakers are, well AWESOME! I can hear the music at any level, moving the speakers from helmet to helmet is a snap.

WEARING THE BELL SUPER 2 WITH THE O-TUS SPEAKERS AND iPOD SHUFFLE
WEARING THE BELL SUPER 2 WITH THE O-TUS SPEAKERS AND iPOD SHUFFLE

If you need help you can go to the website, o-tus.com, where you will find full instructions on how to boost the sound to your Apple products, work the Bluetooth
I myself found the sound was perfect for me and at times had to turn it down just to hear who I was riding with.

I found the sound quality to be great where I placed the speakers on the two helmets I used them on.
The way I positioned my Shuffle on the back with the Velcro allowed me to higher or lower the volume or change the song with no problems.
The Velcro held the speakers and my iPod in place super, with no fails. Even on the roughest of rock section I never once lost my iPod or the speakers.
This is top notch in my book when it comes to a product during harsh trail use.

The thing I like the best about the O-Tus speakers is no long ear phone speaker wires hanging down to catch your bars. If you run the Bluetooth system, no having to route the wire in your shirt and out the top of your neck to your ears from your device.
Maybe you have your device in your shorts pocket, having the wires route from the pocket to your ears, from your hydration pack and when you remove your pack the ear phones get ripping out of your ears.
This is just a plain smart way to go and since using them (well sad now because I have noooo music  now) and I am lost without my tunes.
This is a super way to be safe hearing you surrounding and still hear your mojo motivation music to get you going down or up any trail. Even if you commute by bicycle this is great way to rock out on the road.

O-TUS OFFERINGS

The system comes in two colors, black or white. You can get just the speakers only or in a speakers Bluetooth combo, and the Bluetooth remote only

I have to mention that at the time of getting the speakers we only reviewed the speakers.
I do want to mention the features that come with the Bluetooth remote.

The Bluetooth is durable unit with;
• 3.5mm audio jack for Customized Otus Helmet Speakers!
• Remote control feature with Adjustable volume
• Talk on the phone or listen to music hands free.
• clothing clip.
• Working range is up to 10 meters.
• Compatible with all Bluetooth-enabled phones
• Rechargeable life: play time is up to 6 hours & standby time is up to 130 hours
• Dimensions of product: main body is 53.3 x 33.6 x 9.9 mm
• Well designed and easy to use

If you choose the combo it will include with it;

• 1 x Bluetooth Headset
• 1 x USB Cable for charging
• 1 x Clothing Clip
• 1 x User`s Manual
• 1 x Set of Otus Helmet Speakers

COST FOR YOU TRAIL PLEASURE

Speaker – $42.00
Stereo Bluetooth w/ Speaker Combo – $75.00
Bluetooth – $55.00

AT THE END OF THE TRAIL

Is this worth it all, YES!! I was never one to use any device to hear music on my trail rides or when on a road ride (yes, I ride road to train as well was CX).
Especially on the street, I want to hear all thing around me, plus here in California if caught on the street while riding you will be cited, so why chance that.
Since using the O-Tus ear phones I love having music on my rides, I feel safe, and for the price it’s worth it seeing that some earbuds can cost upwards of $100 bucks and that’s just for the earbuds.
That’s seems just plain stupid to buy just a set of earbuds up to or over $100 bucks.
Check out the O-Tus ear phones and Bluetooth systems, I think you will love them.
And when we are able to review the Bluetooth we will let you know about it.

Thanks to O-Tus for a great product to review.

Don’t be a douche: Trail Etiquette

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TRAIL ETIQUETTE, WHY??

Now we have been down this trail before on MtnBikeRiders.com, trail etiquette is important to all users and there are three basic groups you will encounter on any given trail depending where you are at.

You have Hikers, Equestrians, and Mountain Bikers. It’s not uncommon that these three groups will bump into each other on any given trail here in our local area or your local area for that fact.
Multi use trails have simple rules, they are not hard rules to understand and if you can’t heed these rules of the trail, I will be the first to tell you to leave the trail no matter who you think you are.

I have been all three of these users at one time or another and it blows me away that some people think they can do as they please on the trail while not giving a rat’s ass about others.

OK I’m not going to single out any one group yet, but I must say I have encountered bad Hikers, Equestrians and Mountain Bikers. These bad apples all thought they were God’s gift to the trail and we all should bow down to their wills, more like their rules of their road.

“NOOO, SORRY!!” It doesn’t work that way. SHARE means SHARE, MULTI USE you idiots.

We have all seen the simple sign the shows you the “YIELD” to triangle (see sign above). Hiker yields to Horses; Mountain Biker yields to both Hiker and Horses. Simple, right?? Well not for some unfortunately.
We wanted to share with you a story told by Wendy Engelberg from “Girlz Gone Riding” that happened this past holiday while she and her group were out riding on the local trail.

This incident has to do with one mountain biker and a group of hikers, where bad trail etiquette was shown by one Mountain Biker and why we as Mountain Bikers are all lumped in the same group of “ALL MOUNTAIN BIKERS ARE BAD”.

“This morning’s ride was an unfortunate adventure for part of it.
We came up on 4 hikers on Westridge fire road. One of them was sitting on the ground with something obviously very wrong, so we slowed down, pulled over and asked what the problem was to see if we could help.
He said a mountain biker took him out and he went down on his hip, can’t stand up or walk. He said the biker only stopped to yell at him for not having his dog on a leash. (Westridge dogs are actually permitted OFF leash. There is a huge sign at the trail head stating so). The biker did not slow down or call out what side he was going to pass on, so instead he just took the hiker out.
Naturally these 4 people were pissed off, especially the older gentleman Jeffrey who got injured. The 1st thing he did was lump the mountain bikers into being all bad. Lena and I stayed with them proving to him that was not the case and I think he was grateful that we did. He told 911 that Lena and I were going to ride up and meet the fire trucks to let them know where he was located on the trail. (after calling the biker who hit him an asshole many times over to the 911 operator, he let them know that the cyclists that were going to ride up… Lena and myself… to meet them were not). I gave him my card as well just in case.
5 fire trucks and 2 helicopters later he was rescued, so the firemen had to cut the locks on the gates to get through.
THIS is one of the reasons hikers don’t like mountain bikers. This happens more than you think. It only takes a few bikers conducting themselves as tools and feeling they are entitled to the entire trail and not sharing the trails…to shut down the trails.
Yes, dogs off leash are a pain, yes, hikers don’t pay attention a lot, HOWEVER……we must SHARE the trails! SLOW down when you see others, smile and say hello! Let them know we are good people and will ride safely around them and their dogs.
I’m glad Lena and I were there because no other bikers stopped except for the riders in our group, only hikers stopped. Please, please be mindful and respectful to ALL other trail users. Just yesterday on Rogers Joanne and I came within inches of being taken out while we were climbing with another out of control biker. Saw us climbing and still didn’t slow down or pull over on a narrow single track.
Everyone I ride with is absolutely awesome and respectful thank goodness. However, there are those out there that are not and this is what happens. Here is a reminder of some basic trail etiquette. Thank you for listening and please be respectful to all trail users!”

WE’RE NOT ALL BAD SEEDS

Just as if I were riding a Harley in a leather vest with patches on down the highway I am thought of as a member of a biker gang.
Remember this, “1%”, the one percenter. This would be the number that each group has with the bad apples in it. Not all of us are idiots, but each group has them and that 1% sure does make up the whole when a bad taste is left in the mouth of the other groups due to bad judgment.

HOW TO HANDLE YOURSELF

As Wendy put it, if you come around a corner and startle someone, say hi, apologize, make sure they are okay and if someone gets hurt, help them be courteous and exchange information.
Remember if an accident occurs, stop and help, don’t run. This goes both ways for all parties and we all have a responsibility to one another on the trails we love.

Making the trail safe for all of us starts with all of us. We all love the outdoors and we all love being on the trails, so let’s all work together to make it great for all.

Thanks to Wendy Engelberg from “Girlz Gone Riding” for letting us share her story.

Wendy Engelberg  Girls Gone Riding
Wendy Engelberg
Girlz Gone Riding

MERRY CHRISTMAS

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our readers.
Its been a hectic few last months here, but we are still here and will be bringing you lots of new stuff to read, products to review, and places we have gone to.

We want to wish you a great holiday and be safe.

From the staff of MtnBikeRiders.com

HOLIDAY RIDES

Well its that time of the season again, where the holidays are fast approaching. The days are getting shorter, the trees are changing color, and its getting colder outside. Well maybe not so much in Southern California where we have cool 68 to 75 degree days during fall and winter most of the time.
Who am I kidding, anything under 68 can be down right COLD!! I’m talking the tundra here.

So what can one do to spice up that ride around your local area trails. How about dressing up for the occasion and have a little fun on your ride with a group of friends.
I’m not talking about your riding gear your wearing here and I’m not saying go out and buy some all new gear ( well that is always fun to do, right).
No what I’m talking about is getting together with your buddies and dress for the holidays on your group ride. Its always fun to see a group of people dressed in costume for Halloween, fall Thanksgiving, or Christmas.

Being creative with your costume is great to see when your on the trail, its always a pleasure to see a group of riders dressed up on a ride having fun, I just don’t suggest the crazy clown suits this year if you know what I mean. Man those things freak me out.

So get out there and have a great time dong the Halloween ride this weekend, Christmas get out that Santa hat, or elf cap, maybe some antlers for your helmet perhaps. Have fun and be safe, unless you decide to go with the crazy clown thing, I say good luck on that one.

Halloween Fun
Halloween Fun
Skulls OK, Crazy Clowns maybe not
Skulls OK, Crazy Clowns maybe not
Christmas Ride
Christmas Ride

Have fun and dress up that ride this weekend or during the next couple of months.

MtnBikeRiders.com Staff wishes you a safe fun Halloween.

STILL HERE !!!!

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Hello all you MtnBikeRiders.com folks. We’re glad to see you are still out there and we wish to say sorry if we have not had any new content up in a while. Life has gotten in the way of our busy lives and we apologize for not having any new articles up.
We want to tell you that we will be going strong with some new, great stuff coming soon. From product reviews, fun stories, to our “How to”stories, and what better way to start this off by letting you know what we saw while at Interbike 2016.
Yes we went, saw, and have some great photos of all the cool stuff that was there. In the meantime go and check out our (I know you die hard fans did, thumbs up) Facebook fan page to see all the live feed we did while we were there.
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Thank you to our fans that are out there and thank you to all our new fans to come.

DAINESE USA WAREHOUSE SALE!!!!!!

“ALERT!!” “ALERT!!”
This just in!! Dainese USA is going to be having HUGE sale this week starting September 9/8 Thursday and Friday 9/9 11AM -7PM Friday, Saturday 9/10 9AM to 4PM.

If your a Downhill racer, shuttle rider, Freerider, into Enduro racing, a hardcore trail rider, heck even a Cross Country rider that want’s to protect themselves from a crash. Look no further for some of the best mountain bike gear out there at what could be some of the best prices ever.

MtnBikeRiders.com just got wind of this and we want to pass this on to our readership. As you know we have tested Dainese gear as well as AGV in the past and even been sponsored by them with our DH team a few years ago and this gear still holds true today with great quality and protection.

We don’t know what will be on sale and if your looking to get some new gear for what ever your discipline may be this may be something to check out, because it’s not everyday Dainese USA opens up their doors for a warehouse sale.

If you have a motorcycle or ski Dainese will be having some moto wear and winter ski wear for sale also.
So come out, tell your friends and get some deals on the best stuff out there.
All info details are in the posted flyer.
Wareshouse sale flyer

“SERENITY NOW, SERENITY NOW!!” STRESS GOTCHA DOWN

NO MATTER WHERE YOU GO, CLOSE TO HOME OR SOMEWHERE FAR, GOING FOR A RIDE IS THE BEST MEDICINE.
NO MATTER WHERE YOU GO, CLOSE TO HOME OR SOMEWHERE FAR, GOING FOR A RIDE IS THE BEST MEDICINE.

A RIDE TO MAKE THE MIND RIGHT

It’s been that long work week or a long day of work and the pressures of that boss, your bills, family matters, whatever it may be that’s weighing down on your shoulders to the point that you feel like you will never get that monkey off your back.
What do you do to get rid of that stress, drink? Eat? Maybe a little of both, but that may help for a minute (NOT) and it won’t give you clarity of the mind and body. What about getting on the bike you have in the garage or on the other side of your bed? That is if you sleep with her /him (“wink”).
Getting out on your bike and going on a long, heck even a short ride will do wonders for getting your prospective back. It makes you feel good about yourself, plus you know you’re getting some benefit from it too.
I myself like to go on a ride just by myself, no chit chat with others, just you, your bike, and the outdoors. Don’t get me wrong riding with a buddy or two is great too, but when you want to just get out and be in your thoughts of the world around you it’s kind of nice to be out there with just you.

WHEN YOU STOP, TAKE IT ALL IN, DON'T PASS WHAT'S ALL AROUND YOU BY.
WHEN YOU STOP, TAKE IT ALL IN, DON’T PASS WHAT’S ALL AROUND YOU BY.

THERAPY FOR THE MIND AND BODY

I will typically take my XC bike or my Enduro if I want to have a little bit of fun on the descents. Going on your DH bike would be a little much unless you like pushing the big beast for your therapy.
When you’re out there, wherever it may be its worth all the time in the world no matter the length of time you’re riding. I have friends that have their little trailer or their campers and they travel from spot to spot. I see their pics on Facebook and you just know it’s a daily dose of prospective and well being for the mind and body.
For most we may not have that luxury to get out like that, but maybe once in a great vacation. Just going to your local hills is always a great thing to do. My training backyard when I raced heavily in the day was Turnbull Canyon, just 10 minutes away (even closer when I lived down the street) was my go to therapy center to ride my problems away or just think things through.

"I CAN FIND ALL MY ANSWERS ON THE TRAIL, THERE THEY WILL ALL BE, ON THE TRAIL."
“I CAN FIND ALL MY ANSWERS ON THE TRAIL, THERE THEY WILL ALL BE, ON THE TRAIL.”

Now one may think, why ride those same old trails I know it like the back of my hand. Not true at all.
When I’m on my rides I will stop and find a place that might connect to me for some reason, something to look at or even feel at the time of the ride. You have to open yourself up to your surroundings and let it all permeate to your soul. Get off your bike and soak it all in to the core. Take off your gloves, helmet, and sunglasses. Quiet your mind and breath in deeply and feel, hear, and see everything around you.
For myself I will close my eyes because I want to feel things without my eyes, heightening my other senses.
Doing these exercises brings calm to my mind and soul. My body feels alive and awake. This will take time to master as we generally tune into only what we see and when we see more with our eyes it send those feeling to the other senses, clouding them. That’s why I say use all the senses you have first to find the calm, as you progress then close your eyes and only use your hearing touch and smell.
The clam you will feel will let you relax and feel better about yourself. You will feel that those pressures you have will feel less stressful and let you deal with them better.
You know like “SERENITY NOW, SERENITY NOW…”
As your riding, look at all your surroundings you will be surprised at what you miss by just riding a trail and not seeing where you ride. From animals, to the sounds around you, smells that carry from a distance that could give you a lunch or dinner idea for the day. You would be surprised.

THE RIDE BACK

Once you have found that center and you feel relaxed there is the ride back to the car or home, don’t start to dwell on the pressures you had going into the ride, stay focused on what you experienced on your ride and keep it close to your thoughts for as long as you can, why because it was what made you feel good about being there, made you realize that yes there are things to deal with on a daily basis.
You have given yourself the time needed to bring “YOU” time to yourself to see mentally you needed that time to refresh your mind and in doing so your body as well. Breathe in deeply and let it flow through you.
One last thing to do to keep the feeling alive in you during this time is to stop at say your favorite spot for a bite and your favorite libation. It’s that last me time as you tackle the next day with a fresh mind.
I love to do this as my last thing to do when I can.

GO AND HAVE A BIT E OR DRINK AT YOU FAVORITE PLACE. THIS JUST PUTS A NICE CAP ON A GREAT RIDE, ESPECIALLY AFTER ALL THE STRESS IS GONE.
GO AND HAVE A BIT E OR DRINK AT YOU FAVORITE PLACE. THIS JUST PUTS A NICE CAP ON A GREAT RIDE, ESPECIALLY AFTER ALL THE STRESS IS GONE.

YOU!! YOU!! YOU!!

Remember to go out and get that me time for yourself, this is what its all about when things might hit the wall for you. You’re not only exercising your senses, but freeing your minds soul and in the process not only exercising the body, but bringing in all that’s around you to help relax you in a whole.

Well if you try this I hope you feel better the next time you go out and need that prospective and relief from the everyday things that may weigh on our shoulders. Breath, feel, and open up you to the world around and relax.

“Time to ride!”

ITS A GREAT FEELING TO KNOW THAT AT THE END OF A RIDE YOU FEEL LESS STRESSFUL.
ITS A GREAT FEELING TO KNOW THAT AT THE END OF A RIDE YOU FEEL LESS STRESSFUL.

FINDING DEALS OF THE CENTURY

SUPER SHOE DEAL!!!
SUPER SHOE DEAL!!!

SO YOU WANT A DEAL

We all look for that ultimate deal; you know the one that’s too good to be true, hard to pass up, if you don’t get it the next guy will and you know that will just kill you.
Yeah you just have to get it, even if you know you have three more just like it you haven’t even touched yet that are brand new.
Being into cycling you just know when you see a good deal you just have to get it. No matter what it is, like a frame, parts, tires, clothing, the list could go on.
Where do you find this “deal of the century” one might ask? You could maybe find it online (may not be the best deal place), Craig’s List (now that’s always fun to deal with at times), a friend (which could be the best deal), or the best place is one of the big sporting goods stores that will have super clearance sales. Even your local bike shop could be the place of deals.
The big corporate bike shops could be a great place also to find that super deal.
Why the store you might ask, well stores will want to blow out goods to make room for new products coming in, so if you hit them at the right time like say end of the year you will find some super deals, especially from the big sporting goods stores and corporate bike shops.

When merchandise sits for too long this is lost profit when it’s old, the longer it sits the more it has to be marked down. Watch for these sale items. The other thing that’s important is styles of items. Riding clothing with bright colors, flashy bike parts, crazy colored bike frames. Some of these all kinds of items have a shelf life and if they don’t move fast a store has no choice but to get rid of thing by mark downs, then if they have them too long things go to the clearance racks, shelves, or online for cheap . The closer to the end of the year you get the better for you as the consumer.

SPOTTING THE DEAL

"$24.95, HECK YEAH I WANT THEM!!"
“$24.95, HECK YEAH I WANT THEM!!”

This can be an art in itself. How do you think good old mom was able to buy a whole year of school clothes for you and only spend $200 bucks or go to the market and get 10 baskets of groceries for only $60 buck, so who cares if you will never be able to eat 50 cans of Spotted Dick she saw on sale in the international aisle (this is kind of good by the way).

Let’s take these really cool Shimano MT33L SPD shoes. These were the ultimate deal when I found these on the clearance rack at a highly reputable sporting goods store that sells mountain bikes and some accessories. Now this wouldn’t be the prime place to go and get your next carbon XC, All Mountain, or DH rig, but when it comes to accessories you can score.
So here I am looking for some hiking boots when I come across these nice Shimano SPD shoes.
These are a normal kind of shoe that is good for trail riding or commuting. They are a great set of shoes from Shimano with that Shimano quality.

WHAT’S THE PRICE ALREADY!!!

OK, OK what did I pay for these little gems? How’s like $24.95 sound, yeah you heard me,
$24.95.
I was blown away, so much so I must have looked funny from a distance when you saw me poke my head up over the clearance rack to see if this wasn’t a set up or that I felt like I was ripping off the store or something. Not being satisfied that this was real I immediately set out to look for more to see if this was not a mistake. These particular shoes retail for $60.00 normally and $24.95 seemed just a little too good to be true.
While looking I did find another pair, “BUT WAIT”, the price on the other set was much higher, $48.99 dollars higher as a matter of fact.
Could it be someone made a huge mistake that I should bring to a staff members attention. Will I feel guilty if I buy them at this low price because of a mistake?
Naaaaahhh, it’s the clearance rack, there’s no mistake, it’s priced to move, old product that needs to be out of the system, gone for good!! SCORE! I need them for casual trail/commuting rides, yeah.

SEIZE THE MOMENT, NEVER LOOK BACK

SUPER DEALS MEAN MORE MONEY FOR AFTER RIDE TACOS!!
SUPER DEALS MEAN MORE MONEY FOR AFTER RIDE TACOS!!

See there you go, if you’re in the right place at the right time and you know when to hunt for bargains and deals, one should never hesitate.
End of the year sales, holiday sales, store anniversary sale, and just plain clearance sales are always the times to look.
Places like Craigslist, Pinkbike or other social media that offer a sales section could be a great place too. I got a great pair of Shimano M162 SPD (Msrp $150) for $40 and yes I needed them. If you recognize that the item that’s on sale is being sold at half off or lower, GET IT!!
Look at your friends that want to clear out that multitude of bike goodies they never used. This is a good place to look to (racer buddy’s that are sponsored, wink, wink).

You may not need another set of shoes, or part for your bike, heck even another bike for that fact, but if you know it’s too good a deal to pass up you can sure bet your butt the next guy will know and snatch it up fast.
Well good luck finding your deal and happy shopping.

SHIMANO MT33L IN ACTION
SHIMANO MT33L IN ACTION

SKILLS, RISK, AND FAITH

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Just this last week we had one of our own go down hard while at the RedBull Rampage, Paul Basagoitia. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Paul when he became sponsored through Dainese and he is a genuine great guy. Though we don’t typically do any pro race coverage of any sort on MtnBikeRiders.com, I felt it important to say a few things about what it is we love to do as riders and racers, no matter if we are beginners or pros, just plain trail riders, racer or stunt riders. Risk is in our sport every time we go for a ride our mountain bikes anywhere. We don all our protection needed prior to our adventures that will keep us safe and off we go.
Now this article is not about what happened, was it the fault of the promoters, or as spectators want carnage, making riders push for the crazy stunts in an impossible place of riding.
“NO!” This is about what we love to do, the skills it takes, the risks we face, and the faith we have in ourselves to push the envelope every time we ride.

SKILLS
When we find a sport or hobby we love to pursue, we will go to great lengths to excel in what it is we love. It’s in our human nature to push beyond what we know for our personal satisfaction or the desire to be recognized at times by our peers. For some of us it comes naturally, while others have to work at it just a little more.
In time we can become razor sharp as we become better at what we do. Your skills will become better the more time you spend with anything, whether you train or just get out there to have fun at your comfort level, you will get better.
Much in the way a pianist plays expertly or a Kung Fu master continues to learn far past achieving their black belt. We set goals for ourselves all the time as we get better at what we do.
The skills of the pros at Rampage show us just that. Doing impossible things on a mountain bike never thought possible by most and it keeps getting better and bigger as we cheer on our favorite riders. These are true skills of the 1% masters in their realm and there are no others like them.

RISKS
There is risk in all things we do. Even the most mundane things can have risk; sure it may not kill you or leave you without movement for the rest of your being, risk is a part of life.
When you enter a sport that guarantees an element of high risk one knows what they are getting into.
If any one individual were to go into any dangerous sports not knowing the consequences, I would have to call them idiots on their part.
I as a racer I know the risks I take whether I’m riding or on a race course. Do I have the skills it take to do what I do, yes I do because I have honed those skills over time to get me to the level of riding I’m at.
Now as an individual you have to know your limitations as to how far one can go. Riding over your head above your skill level will be a formula for disaster on your part. Learning this is a key factor to success as you excel to the next level to have fun.
I get asked often, “Aren’t you afraid of what may happen to you if you hurt yourself real bad”. All I can say is the day I start thinking that way is the day I get out of my sport or sports.
Some could say this is the day you lose your nerve, maybe it is or the time come that the risk is to great. We’ll all face this question in time of “When do I stop”.
Yet the old saying goes, “Shit happens” and when that rug gets yanked out from under you. No level of skills may help you at this moment in time, so we ride it out and wait to see what happens next.
This is where faith steps in.

FAITH
One could say there are different levels that you could apply faith to. Like having faith in your skills, maybe the faith to believe in one’s self, or having the faith to not let doubt creep in at the moment of truth.
You could be assured having it is important to your strength as a person. It makes us strong inside when adversity takes hold. This will be the hardest part one will face. All your family and friends will be with you at your side, you will have time to reflect, faith may waver, but one’s strength in faith to push beyond where you are is what drives us no matter what.

IN THE END
We take risks everyday, but we mustn’t dwell on these risks, for each day is always new. Athletes that compete will always share a greater risk in what they do, you have the skills and faith to do what you love, otherwise you just wouldn’t do it.
I’m reminded of a saying, a matto that the US Navy SEALS have when going through BUDS training and beyond when you become a SEAL, “The only easy day was yesterday.”
This is what pushes me every day because it’s true. No matter how hard things may get in life you got past yesterday and it was easy. Push on Paul for we are all with you in mind and body keeping the faith for your fast recovery.

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http://www.road2recovery.com/cause-view/irideforpaul/

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MILES WIDE INDUSTRIES

ROAMING THE AISLE WAYS OF INTERBIKE

When you are at Interbike there is so much to see you just can’t help but look at or try to look at everything.
You will see some cool stuff and some stuff that makes you wonder what one was thinking when they came up with it in the first place.
You’ll see old friends and make new ones. One of the best experiences I like when going to Interbike is meeting some of the small guys that are driven by their passion and belief in what they are doing for and in the industry.
One of those such people is Miles Schwartz, founder and owner of MilesWide Industries. Just talking to Miles for the first ten minutes you feel his love for the sport of mountain biking when he explains all his products he sells, designs and manufactures.

MilesWide is located in Asheville NC where Miles himself can test his product designs first hand. MilesWide manufactures six items. Below I will talk about each one and their function.

BOTTLE POD & STICKY POD

The first up are this really great organizers for our bottle cage, hydration pack, or jersey pocket.
The pods are made to be water resistant and carry the essentials you need when on the trail. Made to be light weight they look to be perfect to fit in your pack. the Bottle Pod is a made to fit snug in the water bottle cage.

THE STICKY POD ORGANIZER FOR YOUR STUFF
THE STICKY POD ORGANIZER FOR YOUR STUFF

BOTTLE POD WATER BOTTLE CAGE ORGANIZER
BOTTLE POD WATER BOTTLE CAGE ORGANIZER

STICKY FINGERS-BRAKE GRIPS

If you have ever slipped a finger off your brake levers at that crucial moment of truth, maybe you were riding in the rain and couldn’t keep your fingers on the levers if your life depended on it, well worry no more. The STICKY FINGERS will make you worry no more. Designed from a durable soft rubber that slips over your brake levers, they will do the trick for you when you grip the binders.

STICKY FINGERS BRAKE GRIPS
STICKY FINGERS BRAKE GRIPS

DUCK FLAP-MUD FLAPS

I’m sure you have seen these before and they are a life saver when in the mud. Specifically designed to fit the fork or the rear area of your bike, you simply zip tie them on and go. The perfect item to have in the wet or that Enduro race these should be a part of any ride gear.

EASY ON AND OFF WITH ZIP TIES
EASY ON AND OFF WITH ZIP TIES

THE DUCK FLAP MUD GUARD, JUST PICK YOUR COLOR
THE DUCK FLAP MUD GUARD, JUST PICK YOUR COLOR

PANOWRAPS BIKE GOGGLES

These unique goggles are made to be super light weight and durable. Miles was so excited to show us these, that when he did I was blown away by them, yes they don’t look like the main stream goggle, but who says you have to wear what everyone else is.
I had mentioned they look like the old World War II goggles you would see the German tankers wear, they were super light and they did feel comfortable on the face. You could roll them up and literally put them into your pocket.
They come in clear, amber, and smoke tint.

PANOWRAPS BIKE GOGGLES, SUPER LIGHT AND DURABLE
PANOWRAPS BIKE GOGGLES, SUPER LIGHT AND DURABLE

NORTHERN LIGHTS LED BIKE LIGHT

Miles even make a cool bike light that produces 1200 lumens with a range of 1950 feet. The body is finned to keep the aluminum body cool, powered by 4 Cell Lithium Ion rechargeable batteries, and pack with holder you can either mount the NORTHERN LIGHT on your handle bars or your helmet, mounts are provided for both.

NORTHERN LIGHT, A SMALL PACKAGE EQUALS ONE LIGHT WEIGHT HEADLAMP
NORTHERN LIGHT,
A SMALL PACKAGE EQUALS ONE LIGHT WEIGHT HEADLAMP

THE NORTHERN LIGHT HANDLE BAR MOUNT
THE NORTHERN LIGHT HANDLE BAR MOUNT

THE MAN BEHIND THE PASSION

FOUNDER OF MILESWIDE INDUSTRIES, MILES SCHWARTZ ONE COOL GUY
FOUNDER OF MILESWIDE INDUSTRIES,
MILES SCHWARTZ
ONE COOL GUY

Here he is Miles Schwartz a super nice guy that I see putting out some great gear for mountain bikes. Another great thing about Miles’ products is they won’t break the bank. MilesWide product start at $10.99 for the STICKY FINGERS and go up to $80.00 range for the NORTHERN LIGHTS. Not bad for being the little guy on the block.

HERE IS THE MILESWIDE INDUSTRIES TEST CENTER
HERE IS THE MILESWIDE INDUSTRIES TEST CENTER

If you would like to contact MILESWIDE INDUSTRIES you can go to their website at miles-wide.com
Thanks for the time Miles.