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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Road2Recovery fund has been set up for Paul Basagoitia. For those readers of MtnBikeRiders.com that would like to help out Paul Basagoitia by making any amount of a donation to help his recovery please click on the link below.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
THE MAN BEHIND THE PASSION
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.
If you would like to contact MILESWIDE INDUSTRIES you can go to their website at miles-wide.com
Thanks for the time Miles.
Well the door are open and we came for the whole week, so I hope you will find what we saw as cool as we did.
While walking In the Taiwan area I spotted a company called Juin Tech, they had this cool suspension mount for your phone, GPS, or POV cameras. I just had to get this and they were selling them, so I pick it up.
Stay tuned for a review.
HYDRATION FOR THE BODY IS ALWAYS IMPORTANT
PICKLE JUICE, fight the cramps of muscle fatigue?
Wearable Hydration that will increase hydration by 40%, could this be? QORE PERFORMANCE says it will.
This is a whole different way of hydrating the body by wearing cool packs on the body.
ISORIDE bars, tabs and hydration drinks for your sport needs.
GUTR sweatbands for when you are dehydrating.
If you sweat a lot and your goggles don’t hold the seat back or your on that long XC/trail ride and you hate when the sweat hits your eyes, this could be your ticket.
CAMELBAK GEAR AND HYDRATION DRINKS
Some of these may not be practical for ordinary mountain biking, but if you a a trekker with your mountain bike, Fat Tire bike, or you just want to pedal out somewhere for an overnight, HYDRAPAK bottles may have what your looking for.
A super tough collapsible water bottles will fit perfect in your pack or saddlebags.
GEAR & PROTECTION QUICKIE
LEATT was in the house showing off their new helmet and of course all there gear. From their well known neckbrace to their pads, body armor, hydration pack, and new helmet. Its clear to see LEATT is in the game for the long haul.
100% goggles, sunglasses, Aircraft helmet, and gloves are definitely cool as cool.
G-FORM had a great booth at INTERBIKE this year. With their pads being one of the lightest pads out there they have become one of the popular elbow and knee pads on the market.
Well here is just some of the products we saw at INTERBIKE 2015. There was so much to see and do, it was and hard to put it all on here for you to see.
Next we will be posting those products that deserve a little more time and explanation.
Well as I descend upon Las Vegas and make my way to the 2015 Inter bike Dirtdemo, I saw fat tire bikes, cool bikes from the past, Mountain E-Bikes, and products galore.
The weather was windy, sunny, and just enough rain to make it just right, so here are some pics of the 2015 DirtDemo.
Fat tire bikes seemed to be the cool thing again this year.
Best way to travel goes to this guy.
OLD SCHOOL BIKES IN THE DEMO
DAINESE DEMOING THEIR GEAR
You won’t see to many safety companies doing a demo of their protection and I have to say it was great to see them out there. From what I gathered it was a hit and you can tell with most of their popular sizes checked out for most of the day.
MISHAPS & ODD BALLS
When at a DirtDemo you will have injury and that one guy that will reinvent the wheel.
HARD WORKING CREWS
When at a Interbike DirtDemo there is a no harder working staff then that of the bike companies. They are constantly moving bike in and out of there tents, adjusting bikes to fit their customers and hopefully potential new customers. For two days in any weather condition they are cranking.
A quick look at the hardest working people. Thanks guys.
Well there can be so much more, but we have Interbike to go see next. Hope you enjoyed.
Well here I am again having spent a long amount of test time with some new gear and this time MtnBikeRider.com is putting some of Dainese new 2015 gear through the ringer.
Now we all know Dainese as the innovators of protection and in the last few years Dainese is trying to make a come back in the mountain bike arena. They’ve been upping their game with new pad designs, innovative Enduro packs and clothing designs.
When it comes to the protection side of things they have in my opinion done it better than anyone out there. After all they are the one’s who started it all and others fallowed, so when it comes to say jerseys, shorts, or gloves, can they stack up to the others who have been making the advancements in new innovative wicking materials or tough Ripstop nylons, will have to see.
I have always loved any gear I have received to test or even purchased for myself from Dainese.
For 2015 they pulled out the stops and really brought their game, so much so that in 2014 the Lapierre Gravity World Cup team was fully outfitted for DH battle as well as the Enduro team by Dainese.
I have to tell you it was great to see Dainese out there in a big way on the World Cup circuit like it used to be.
So what are we going to review, well why not review what the Lapierre team used.
Dan Walczewski of Dainese USA heads the Multi-Sport division and after a few conversations we were off to test.
Dan set us up with the BASANITE S/S JERSEY, HACKER SHORTS, and ROCK SOLID-D GLOVES.
The first thing you will notice is the color I chose, the neon yellow pops. All the colors in the three items stick out good, besides I figure why not look ultra-cool and go a little Valentino Rossi (for those who don’t fallow Moto GP road racing, he is the MAN on the track for Dainese and AGV).
BASANITE SHORT SLEEVE JERSEY
The BASANITE Jersey comes in short sleeve as well as long. There are four colors, red/black, neon yellow/black, white/black, and white/green, with sizing of XS – XXL.
The jersey is made of light weight polyester that is a technical fit. The BASANITE jersey has such a light feel that you wonder if you are wearing a jersey at all. I love the fit, not super baggy and not too tight. Great air flow due in part from the micro-mesh area panels on the sides of the jersey which really allow for maximum heat dissipation from the body which is a super plus on hot days.
I have worn this jersey on long hot rides climbing and descending, if it wasn’t for my hydration pack on my back cutting the air flow around to my back I would no doubt have been very cool all the way around.
I have to give the BASANITE Jersey high marks for its ultra-light feel, air flow, and great looks.
This is a great jersey to use for DH racing as well as an all-day Enduro race.
The retail price is $69.99
The HUCKER is the new DH short for 2015. The first thing I notice was the light weight feel to them, lighter then past Dainese DH shorts we have tested.
Now I don’t mind a heavy short because it makes me feel safer in the event of going down, but will they hold up to a fall in the rocks or gravel, read on.
So what makes these DH- FR (Freeride) shorts tough and light, well Dainese uses a tear-resistant Duratex Fabric that’s for comfort and ergonomics, elasticated inserts on the crotch and lumbar allow for greater movement of freedom while riding DH, Enduro, or your favorite trail.
The HUCKER doesn’t come with any padded liner as these are a DH racing type shorts which allows you to tailor the under short to your ride, for example DH I run the Dainese Performance Short that has hard shell protection on the thigh and tail bone and a soft protection Dainese short for light protection.
The best part about the new HUCKER Shorts is their breathability; four large panels bring in the air to cool off those privates. This is a super comfort when beating the heat and I give Dainese top notch marks for that.
Finish off the great attention to detail with the clean colors and logos, nice waste adjustment straps and a nifty little zip pocket for keys, beer money, or whatever tickles your fancy.
These are a great DH short or Enduro race short, Light weight to beat the heat and tough enough to save the tushy.
Sizes range from XS –XXL at a retail price of $109.99
ROCK SOLID-D GLOVES
Gloves have changed quite a bit from when I started racing DH and I’m a firm believer in knuckle, finger, and palm protection. Dainese has always made a superb glove of this type in the past, but even Dainese has gone the way of the thin racing glove. Riders seen to want that connection from the bike to the ground, sorry but I’m not buying it. Having some sort of protection is important if you’re doing a DH race or tackle a killer Enduro race and that being said Dainese delivered by adding PRO SHAPE to the ROCK SOLID –D, along with tech materials for breathability and toughness .
First let’s start with the obvious; Dainese is using their new proprietary protection that’s found on their new TRAIL SKINS knee and elbow guards called PRO SHAPE.
This is a unique honeycomb flexible structure that is made of Polynorbornene, a polymer that has remarkable shock-absorbing qualities for only being 6mm thick. The perforated structure allows it to breathe and ventilate heat and sweating.
You have roughly a 1” x 4” patch set across the knuckle area of the glove that will bend with the hand and offer that knuckle protection. It’s so good it has satisfied the EN 1621 standards.
A high strength synthetic fabric on the palm, an Airprene upper cuff that’s light and breathable, silicone printing on the palm for added grip contact, and the last great touch is that the finger tips are touch screen compatible to stop and take that great selfie of yourself on the trail or after the race.
Sizes range from XXS-XXL and the retail is $54.99.
While wearing the BASANITE S/S jersey and HUCKER shorts I really didn’t find any fault at all, I have to say they seemed rather perfect. All the technical features of both work great. Air flow, light weight fabrics, and great quality make these two products shine, however the one hurdle Dainese has to overcome is to be competitive with their pricing, especially with their jersey price. Other companies range start at $40.00 up to $50.00 bucks.
I have no complaints with the HUCKER shorts as the pricing is close to other competitors.
I did get to ground test these babies, though it was a small spill the fabric held up well, I just love the air panels as they really let the air flow in great.
With gloves I wear a medium, but after a previous test from another company I went to a small size for the ROCK SOLID –D, now for the most part they fit better when I dropped a size. My fingers were all the way to the tips of the gloves. This is a good thing; it offers a snug feel with no loose material on the hand.
Now the one issue I found was that the PRO SHAPE padding was positioned just a hair behind my knuckles and this could be due to the smaller size glove.
The PRO SHAPE molded well on my knuckle area, bending and moving on my hand well under riding conditions, however I did notice that my right gloves feel put a strain on the top of my knuckles after some time, but as I said this could be due to the size gloves I was wearing. I didn’t experience this on my left hand so much.
I would have like to have seen the protection moved closer to the fingers and run over the knuckles down each finger say ½” to 1” stopping before the first knuckle of each finger for that added protection.
The rest of the gloves materials were spot on in the comfort department and breathability.
Price wise I’m a firm believer in protection and if I have to pay a little more I’m OK with that.
Overall I would recommend the BASANITE jersey, HUCKER shorts, and ROCK SOLID-D gloves (check your sizing with them first). They look great, breath great, and wick the heat away great.
The other thing that puts Dainese on high marks is the “One Year Warranty” they have against material and manufacturing defects on all their products (of course barring crash damage). You can’t beat that.
If you’re looking for Dainese products ask your local bicycle retailer, visit one of three D-Store in the US, or go to Dainese.com to shop.
Thanks to Dan Walczewski , Multi-Sports Manager and Dainese USA.
The last month or so we’ve been working with a lab to help us develop our newest product…Energy Bears! That’s right, ENERGY BEARS(tm). These Energy Bears were the brain-child of RL Policar (that’s Me! and The Moe). We wanted to develop a new energy chew that we are all familiar with. Jelly Belly came out with their energy beans so we figured that we should do something just as fun!
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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.