Build Update

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As you may have read from my previous POST, my bike broke and I bought a new frame. I found a Marin Palisades 29er on closeout from Ebay for about $130. I pulled the trigger and the frame came in.

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I sat on building the bike up for a while because I had to order parts for it. I had to get bottom bracket spacers since I went from a 73mm shell to a 68mm. I also had to order a new headset since the Marin’s was larger in diameter than the Titus Rockstar. All that took a few weeks to arrive. Once I finally got the parts in, I got sick.

But laying in bed all day sick gets a man all bored and stuff. One can only watch so many hours of Youtube videos before he gets cabin fever. So I decided to get up, go into the garage and start building this bike up. I ran new shifter cables and housing, installed the new parts and got everything dialed in.

Voila! I’d like to introduce you to….MADEA!

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Yes her name is Madea, just like Tyler Perry’s Madea. I named her that because she’s a tall bike! This is a small, but with the big honkin’ fork, I can’t even touch the ground flat footed unless I’m practically off the bike. I’ve yet to ride Madea, still recovering from my cough, but soon…soon.

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Have some fun at Betting Top 10!

Duct tape won’t be able to fix this

Let’s cut to the chase. Here’s my busted frame. This was my Titus Rockstar 29 Alloy. The unique part about this bike was it had a carbon rear triangle. I thought it was sorta cool and stuff, but I’ve always been weary of carbon parts due to them breaking.

As you can see the brake mounts ripped off the seat stay. Fortunately Art and I were finishing up our ride. The oddest thing is that this happened while I was going up a hill…I recall hitting the brake and then I heard a snap.

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I’ve reached out to Planet X, the parent company of Titus Cycles and all they said was “bummer.” Ever since they closed down their US office, they’ve sorta sucked. The frame was out of their warranty period of 2 years and they didn’t have any spare parts to sell. After that I reached out to 2 reputable carbon repair places and both turned down the job because they said this was a high stress area and didn’t feel good about the longevity of the repairs.

So that left me stuck without a bicycle to ride. Funny thing is, I haven’t ridden much at all in the last few months. But on that day I told myself that I should get back to riding again since it was so fun. Well what’s a fella gotta do to get back riding? I didn’t feel like dropping over $1000 on a new bike. I tried looking for frames, but most of them were out of my budget. I settled on a hard tail aluminum Marin Palisades 29er Trail frame from Ebay for a cool low price of $130. I figured I could just transplant my parts over to this new frame and keep riding.

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Maybe in the Spring or Summer season I can hustle up enough money to get a decent bike, one with a better warranty…

HAPPY THANKSGIVING !!!

“HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!”

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What is Thanksgiving? Well according to Wikipedia, this is Thanksgiving.
“Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in Canada, the United States, some of the Caribbean islands, and Liberia. It began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.”

Wow never knew Thanksgiving was celebrated in some of the Caribbean islands or Liberia, who woulda thunk.
For my family and friends, like most, it’s a time of gathering to enjoy each other’s company, reminisce with family and friends, and of course we can’t forget the “BIG MEAL” we so look forward to each year.

THE MEAL

READY FOR THE BIG MEAL??
READY FOR THE BIG MEAL??

Aaahhh, that beautiful bird is what I crave. The smell as it’s cooking throughout the house is what I can’t wait for. That part of the crispy skin the taste soooooo good when you peel it off to eat it up.
If you’re the one that carves the bird up, its mandatory that you have a taste or ten before serving it up.
After we give thanks its time to pile on all the trimmings, have a the second round , oh hell let’s make it three rounds of that stupendous meal.

AFTER THE MEAL

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OH the tryptophan dive into the abyss we have after the meal. There is no avoiding it, how do we beat it.
Forget about it, just let it happen. Enjoy the cascading effect of that feeling of blissful sleep, for the next day you ride. YES RIDE TO WORK IT ALL OFF!!!
This is the part of Thanksgiving where we at MtnBikeRiders.com get together to hit the trails to work off all we ate the day before. Its fun in a group, but one doesn’t need a group to go out and take advantage of the holiday and get some rides in.
So if you can get some friends together or you go out by yourself, go have a great holiday ride, because when you get back you have all those great leftovers to dig into.

From the staff of MtnBikeRiders.com we wish you a, “GREAT THANKSGIVING AND BE SAFE!”

GO OUT AND RIDE THAT TRYPTOPHAN AWAY FOR MORE LEFTOVERS AWAIT YOU. Mmmmm.....
GO OUT AND RIDE THAT TRYPTOPHAN AWAY FOR MORE LEFTOVERS AWAIT YOU. Mmmmm…..

Local 45 year old man says mountain biking is fountain of youth

Meet Brett Chad Michael Smith, or as he likes to be called, “B-Shizzle.” Yes that really is his name and if you don’t call him B-Shizzle, he would prefer you call him by his full name.older-guy Back to the subject, Brett claims that mountain biking is his “fountain of youth.” He likes that he can stay in shape, hang out with younger riding buddies and wear cool mountain bike related clothing. His favorite ensemble would be big-dark sunglasses paired with a flat billed trucker hat where he tucks in his ears inside the cap, a mountain bike brand t-shirt to show his favorite bike brand, Dickies work shorts, riding socks that has some funny saying like “BEER:30” and a pair of Converse All-Stars.

Brett likes to try and meet younger female mountain bikers while riding or when he’s shopping for outdoor gear. He often will use the pick up line, “you got everything you need?” He figures he’ll approach women who broke down so he can have a to get a conversation started. But if that fails, he’ll also say “Good morning” to women who are running by. Each time he does so, his ego grows. Little does Brett know that 90% of the women he says hi to can’t hear him since they have their ear buds on.

Going back to the fountain of youth; even though Brett continues to age each year, he maintains that this sport helps him feel young because of the new words he’s learning from his younger riding buddies. “I learned terms like fleek, on point, sick, the gram, amazeballs, baller, bye Felicia, yolo, fanboi/fangirl, hot mess, humblebrag and kicks!” Said Brett as he sips his double IPA during this interview.

RIDE REVIEW: GIANT’S FULL-E +1, RIDING THE ELECTRIC BAND WAGON!!

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2017 GIANT FULL-E+ 1

So, a few months back when we were having all this rain, yeah SoCal had “RAIN”!! Can you believe it…

With all this rain we had it was hard to get out for one good day? You have to hit it before the rain came.
I was able to do some CX riding (Cyclocross all) with the bros, which lead to a slight trail mishap (injury story soon).
Well one particular Sunday a few months back was the window of opportunity to finally try out something new. I got a call from a friend of mine to come out a demo a new GIANT mountain E-Bike. I jumped at the chance to try this new bike out. The tech of E-Bikes has come a long way, but we still don’t understand the whole thing about E-Bikes. Throttle or pedal assist?

OPENING YOUR EYES TO NEW THINGS

We have never really crossed the gap of the mountain E-Bikes here at MtnBikeRiders.com and before I go into what the bike was like on the trail, I have to say a little something about this new market as well as what you will see in the future of MtnBikeRiders.com.
Not only will we do the standard stories of product reviews on mountain bikes and products, fun stories, and how to’s, you will see us bridging the gap into new niches such as Gravel bikes and mountain E-Bikes, and Cyclocross. Maybe even some Adventure Biking.
If it’s made for the dirt we want to bring it to you because playing on dirt is fun.
We also want you to know that we are not here to change your minds, only inform you as best as we can. Ultimately once you have done your homework, you will make the decision to what best fits your needs on the trail.
I know there are those out there that are fully against any kind of E-bike, no matter what it’s meant for.
After posting some pics and doing a live vid on our Facebook fan page (MtnBikeRider.com Facebook fan page / Please go and like) of the ride on the new Giant Full-E +1, I was kind of taken a back at the comments.
“You’re cheating!” “Its called a motorcycle!” “Really a motor?” “The motor does “ALL” the work and you just sit while it goes.” I was like, ” people relax!!”

That all being said, please keep an open mind and always go demo something new.
Remember, you never know till you try something new you might just end up liking it.
Hell I was never going to trade up my 26” bikes for that new-fangled 27.5 stuff or a 29’er (not for me, I’m height challenged). Now all my bikes are 27.5, see!!

THE BIKE!!

THE GIANT FULL-E +1 LOOKS LIKE ANY OTHER BIKE, BUT PACKED WITH A LITTLE EXTRA FUN.
THE GIANT FULL-E +1 LOOKS LIKE ANY OTHER BIKE, BUT PACKED WITH A LITTLE EXTRA FUN.

OK, so let’s look into the 2017 Giant Full-E +1. For the most part, I say “MOST” because it is a mountain bike.
It has cranks, pedals, chain, shifters, gears, suspension, wheels, you get the picture.
The Full-E +1 is equipped with top of the line parts you would expect from any high-end bike for trail riding at this price range. Big names like, Shimano, Fox, Schwalbe, and Giant’s own parts to round it all out.

What’s the exception to this bike, well that would be the Giant SyncDrive Sport , 80Nm, 500Watt motor powered by Yamaha.
You could say this is the only thing that would be associated with a motorcycle is the name of the company that made the electric motor.
This as I said is a bicycle, you have to pedal it up hills, on straights, and wherever you would pedal any other bicycle. There is no throttle on it like some E-Bikes. The Giant Full-E +1 is a pedal assist motor. In order to get the benefits of the pedal assist you HAVE TO PEDAL!!! Yes pedal, so if you’re a lazy person wanting to sit and hit a throttle you’re out of luck.
Now the Full-E +1 frame is made with Giant’s ALUXX SL grade aluminum to give it a stiff ride, 140mm rear Maestro suspension with a FOX Float Performance DPS, Trunnion mount shock, front suspension is handled by a FOX 34 Float Performance, 15mm thru-axle, OverDrive fork that is 140mm. Sizes range from Small to XL.

FRONT AND REAR DERAILLERS, STANDARD SHIFTING LIKE A NORMAL BIKE, AND GETTING TO PEDAL YOUR HEART OUT.
FRONT AND REAR DERAILLERS, STANDARD SHIFTING LIKE A NORMAL BIKE, AND GETTING TO PEDAL YOUR HEART OUT.
GIANT'S NEW TRUNNION MOUNT REAR SHOCK.
GIANT’S NEW TRUNNION MOUNT REAR SHOCK.
GIANT MAESTRO REAR SUSPENSION WITH 140mm OF TRAVEL.
GIANT MAESTRO REAR SUSPENSION WITH 140mm OF TRAVEL.

The cockpit is setup with Giant’s own GIANT CONNECT handlebars, stem, seat, and Contact SL Switch Trail dropper seat post.
Wheels are again Giant’s own hoops and hub systems, with Schwalbe putting the rubber on the ground for you. Drivetrain and brakes are all Shimano XT, SLX, and M615 brakes.
Let’s talk about the heart of the dive system, I mean pedal assist system.
Giant as always does their homework and when they decide to bring out a new product, Giant makes sure it works the first time. This system works quite well, now I will admit I don’t have a lot saddle time on E-Bikes and coming from a moto background I do know power. This pedal assist motor feels really great when you’re pedaling your heart out up the hills.
The Full-E +1 is equipped with;
• Motor – Giant SyncDrive Sport, 80Nm, 500w, system powered by Yamaha.
• Sensors – Giant PedalPlus 4-sensor technology
• Display – Giant RideControl EVO, grip launch control with walk assist, mini USB charger
• Battery – Giant EnergyPak500, 36V 13.8Ah rechargeable Lithium-ion

Now what is cool about this system is that you have three modes for the system on the display.
When you turn it on the display has ECO, NORMAL, and POWER. Each mode gives a different feel when you pedal. ECO mode has more resistance when in use, but when using ECO you save battery life.
NORMAL mode has better assistance and will of course use more battery. Hit that POWER mode and pedal the cranks you really feel the Full-E +1 go. This will use the most battery life of course.
One other great feature with the Full-E +1 is the button for the grip launch control with walk assist on the handle bar. This allows you to get off the bike and when you press the button the bike will go at a slow pace to assist you when say you have to go up a very steep hill (perfect when you have to “Hike-A-Bike”).
The Display also has a built-in rider computer to help track your miles and ride info. You also have a USB charge port for your lights, pretty nifty I’d say.
All in all this bike is laid out like any other, but with the pedal assist.

YOU KEEP THE GIANT FULL-E +1 GOING, BUT WHAT HELPS YOU IS THE GIANT EnergyPak500, 36V 13.8Ah RECHARGEABLE LITHIUM BATTERY.
YOU KEEP THE GIANT FULL-E +1 GOING, BUT WHAT HELPS YOU IS THE GIANT EnergyPak500, 36V 13.8Ah RECHARGEABLE LITHIUM BATTERY.
A WELL LITE DIGITAL CONTROL PANELS FEEDS ALL THE INFO YOU NEED.
A WELL LITE DIGITAL CONTROL PANELS FEEDS ALL THE INFO YOU NEED.
EASY TO USE ON THE FLY. GAINT'S RideControl EVO, GRIP LAUNCH CONTROL WITH WALK ASSIST, AND MINI USB CHARGER.
EASY TO USE ON THE FLY.
GAINT’S RideControl EVO, GRIP LAUNCH CONTROL WITH WALK ASSIST, AND MINI USB CHARGER.
IF THE BATTERY IS THE HEART, THE MOTOR IS YOUR TRACTOR. SyncDrive SPORT, 80Nm, 500W MOTOR POWERED BY YAMAHA. THIS WILL DELIVER SMILES FOR HOURS.
IF THE BATTERY IS THE HEART, THE MOTOR IS YOUR TRACTOR.
SyncDrive SPORT, 80Nm, 500W MOTOR POWERED BY YAMAHA.
THIS WILL DELIVER SMILES FOR HOURS.

THE RIDE

CLIMBING
I wanted to go to a place where I could really use the pedal assist motor. I wanted to see if this was really all worth it or not
I was told by the Giant rep to meet out at “The Luge”. Now I hate riding there and if anyone in SoCal has ridden there you would understand. It’s one big fire road climb up, up, and UP some more. Not my cup of tea at all, but what better way to see how Giant’s Full-E +1 works.

Now this is the first time MtnBikeRiders.com has tested a mountain E-Bike on our site and the first time I have ridden a mountain E-Bike, so I really didn’t know what to expect.
After a quick going over the controls with Giant rep Mark Helms, it was really quite simple to operate the three modes, so off we go to start the climb on the paved road to the entrance of the fire road, climbing of course.
The first thing I noticed was how the pedal assist motor really helps on the climb. Mark Helms encouraged me to play with the power modes, Power Mode being the best and most fun and I’m here to say it was. You really got going in a climb.
Normal mode was not to bad either, you could feel the slight resistance in comparison to the Power Mode and it worked great on the climb.
ECO mode was a lot slower in the get up and go department, however pedaling in this mode would save the greatest amount of battery and you feel the burn (man I’m getting a workout here).
OK, “I LIKE THE POWER MODE” … The bike feels fast in helping you climb up the hill and I hate climbing PERIOD!!! The pedal assist motor made climbing fun and as we were able to pass some people riding up the trail I couldn’t help but feel a sense of resentment, or maybe that was guilt on my part. The funny thing I noticed was, when we would stop these riders would catch up to us within a couple of minutes (these were riders that were in obvious shape) and pass us by as we were resting.
We hit some steep hills a couple of times, again fun, fun, fun!! As Giant Rep Mark Helms put it, “Riding uphill on the Full-E +1 is like descending a fun signal track.” You are moving at a rate of speed that’s actually making climbing fun with all the benefits of getting in shape, this is exciting and makes me want one just for that fact.
Bottom line is, I liked climbing on this bike!!

DESCENDING
Going downhill on the Giant Full-E +1 is no different than any other mountain bike, of course it may weigh a bit more than your average Enduro bike, maybe more like a Downhill bike and going downhill at speed was a blast. You really don’t feel the weight at all.

The Full-E +1 has great handling skills. You can carve the turns with ease, it handles the jumps great.
Giant put together a great bike with geometry that feels like a cross between their Trance and Reign, add the full active Maestro suspension with its Trunnion mount and you have one stable bike on the descend. 140mm of travel front and rear make for one plush ride.
The Shimano XT drivetrain worked perfect as always and the Shimano M165 hydraulic brakes took care of business in the stopping department. The Schwalbe tires did a great job of holding you on the ground and Giant’s cockpit made the ride solid with their own Connect stem and bars, Contact seat, and Contact SL Switch Trail dropping seat post.

THE WRAP

OVERALL I HAD FUN RIDING THE GIANT FULL-E +1. THE PEDAL ASSIST WORKED GREAT  IN ALL MODES AND THE BEST PART WAS THAT i GOT A HELL OF A WORKOUT. IF YOU HATE TO CLIMB, BUT LOVE TO DESCEND, AND WANT TO LOVE BOTH AT THE SAME TIME THAN THIS IS A WAY TO GO.
OVERALL I HAD FUN RIDING THE GIANT FULL-E +1. THE PEDAL ASSIST WORKED GREAT IN ALL MODES AND THE BEST PART WAS THAT i GOT A HELL OF A WORKOUT. IF YOU HATE TO CLIMB, BUT LOVE TO DESCEND, AND WANT TO LOVE BOTH AT THE SAME TIME THAN THIS IS A WAY TO GO.

OK, so I finally got to try out a top of the line mountain E-Bike and I have to say I’m very impressed with the overall ride, feel of handling, and performance of the system.
Now this was only a two-hour test ride and not a full “run it through the ringer” test review that we would normally do, I just had to see what it was like and see if its worth all the hoopla. We at MtnBikeRiders.com have not bridged the gap of the mountain E-Bike and with the advent of more E-Bikes being made and the prices coming down we want to keep you the readers up to speed on the newest anything made for the dirt.

So, what is my assessment of Giant’s Full-E +1. “FUN!!!” This is a bike plain and simple, you have to pedal it where ever you are going. The pedal assist helps to make the climb easier, but not really.
OK I may sound as if I am contradicting myself a little by saying an E-Mountain bike makes things easier. “SEE I knew it!!” Well no, it helps to climb faster, yes, go quicker on the flat trail, yes, however you are doing this by having to “PEDAL” and I mean “PEDAL” everywhere. So what’s the advantage of all this, well You’re now training or riding harder.
I found myself overlooking the speed and started seeing the benefit of an E-Mountain bike.
I got one hell of a workout just at the point of going anaerobic, yet was able to continue on. If we hadn’t stated our ride late I would have gone on longer to till I ran the battery out.
When asked how long the battery last, Giant Rep Mark Helms made mention with a full charge on his FULL-E, he took it out on a full days ride with a combination of a 6000 feet of elevation gain in total with a 37 mile ride with no problem. So depending on your mode your in you can have a great day of riding.

The next question is, do I need an E-Bike or can I do without. Let’s face the truth, when you’re ready to spend your hard-earned clams on a new ride and you’re looking at about the same price as you would spend on any high-end mountain bike without pedal assist, with bells and whistles ($5,300), you want to make sure this is what you want.
I can say from my short ride on the Giant FULL-E +1, I would for sure add this to my quiver of bikes.
If you are going to be purchasing your first bike and not sure what you may want go and try one out, you might just be surprised that you may like it.
Giant has two models, the FULL-E 0 SX ($7,700) and the FULL-E +1. ($5,300). Again as I said, these are priced at the same level as any high end mountain bike today and you are getting a lot for it in my opinion.

Thank you, GIANT BICYCLES and Mark Helms, for the great time on letting MtnBikeRiders.com see what your E-Mountain bike was all about.

MtnBikeRider.com readers, if you are interested in trying one of Giant Bicycles New E-Mountain bikes out, you can visit your local Giant dealer to find out if they have a demo on hand or go to GIANT Bicycles website at
giant-bicycles.com to see when they have a demo day come near you.

INTERBIKE 2017: DAY1

Well this will be the last year in Vegas and day 1 was great, big crowds, great products to see, and it looks like the E-Bike crazy is still big here.
So sit back and check out INTERBIKE 2017 at a glimpse.

ROTEC CYCLES IN THE HOUSE

John Sullivan is one guy who has kept a dream alive in my opinion. ROTEC Cycles came into play in the late 90’s early 2000’s. With the likes of Eric Carter and Geoff Scofield (ex BMX pros and legends) at the helm racing a bike that was unique to the norm.
I’m not sure of the story of how John Sullivan took the ROTEC name and went from there ( a story for another time).
He made changes from the original adding the Mert Lawwill’s famous rear end design that was on Yeti and Schwinn at one time, which brought gold to both companies I might add.
Refined, tweaked and made to conquer the meanest World Cup courses the new ROTEC 29’er and 27.5 will do just that.
Sitting on this new ride one can only feel it has the soul to grab gold.

29'ER ANYONE?? LEAN AND MEAN JOHN SULLIVAN HAS A WORLD CUP BIKE ON HIS HANDS.  ANY TAKERS??
29’ER ANYONE?? LEAN AND MEAN JOHN SULLIVAN HAS A WORLD CUP BIKE ON HIS HANDS.
ANY TAKERS??

MERT LAWWILL IS ALIVE HERE,BUT WITH REFINEMENT.
MERT LAWWILL IS ALIVE HERE,BUT WITH REFINEMENT.

A TRUE FULL FLOATING MOVEMENT UNDER BRAKING KEEPS THE REAR ACTIVE ALL THE TIME.
A TRUE FULL FLOATING MOVEMENT UNDER BRAKING KEEPS THE REAR ACTIVE ALL THE TIME.

THIS MAY LOOK LIKE THE OLD YETI OR SCHWINN DH BIKES, BUT NOT SO.
THIS MAY LOOK LIKE THE OLD YETI OR SCHWINN DH BIKES, BUT NOT SO.
DVO SUSPENSION, TPR COMPONENTS MAKE IT A SOLID RACER ON ANY DH COURSE.
DVO SUSPENSION, TPR COMPONENTS MAKE IT A SOLID RACER ON ANY DH COURSE.

ROTEC’S OTHER BIKES

ROTEC has also has their PARK bike. You want to have fun hitting the slopes, jumping, and all around fun this is your ride.

REVERT PARK BIKE, SIMPLE FUN, SIMPLY PUT.
REVERT PARK BIKE, SIMPLE FUN, SIMPLY PUT.

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DVO HANDLES ALL THE HITS.
DVO HANDLES ALL THE HITS.
REVERT 5.0
REVERT 5.0

On the horizon John introduced his new Carbon XC frame. Clean looks, we can’t wait to see this built up.

NEW CARBON XC FRAME.
NEW CARBON XC FRAME.

REAR TRIANGLE LOOKS SMOOTH AND CLEAN.
REAR TRIANGLE LOOKS SMOOTH AND CLEAN.


ALPINESTARS IS AN “A”

ALPINESTARS HAS A GREAT SELECTION OF GEAR FOR MEN AND WOMEN. FROM DH TO XC, ENDURO AND MORE, THEIR TECH GEAR WILL MAKE YOU LOOK GOOD AS WELL AS PROTECT YOU.
ALPINESTARS HAS A GREAT SELECTION OF GEAR FOR MEN AND WOMEN.
FROM DH TO XC, ENDURO AND MORE, THEIR TECH GEAR WILL MAKE YOU LOOK GOOD AS WELL AS PROTECT YOU.
TECH WEAR SEEMS TO BE THE THING WITH MOUNTAIN BIKE WEARS FOR ANY WEATHER CONDITION.
TECH WEAR SEEMS TO BE THE THING WITH MOUNTAIN BIKE WEARS FOR ANY WEATHER CONDITION.
THIS IS THE SHORT SLEEVE ENDURO PROTECTION FROM ASTARS.
THIS IS THE SHORT SLEEVE ENDURO PROTECTION FROM ASTARS.
REAR HOUSES YOUR HYDRATION PACK.
REAR HOUSES YOUR HYDRATION PACK.
FULL DH PROTECTION COVERAGE IN ALL THE RIGHT SPOTS.
FULL DH PROTECTION COVERAGE IN ALL THE RIGHT SPOTS.
PROTECTION YOUR BACK IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS THE HEAD.
PROTECTION YOUR BACK IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS THE HEAD.
SAME AS THE SHORT SLEEVE YOU HAVE THE LONG SLEEVE VERSION, WHICH THE SLEEVE CAN BE REMOVED ON A HOT DAY.
SAME AS THE SHORT SLEEVE YOU HAVE THE LONG SLEEVE VERSION, WHICH THE SLEEVE CAN BE REMOVED ON A HOT DAY.

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THE BASIC VEST ALLOWS MAXIMUM AIR TO THE FRONT.
THE BASIC VEST ALLOWS MAXIMUM AIR TO THE FRONT.
HOWEVER YOU CAN STILL PUT IN YOUR HYDRATION PACK OR INSERT THE BACK PROTECTION. THIS CAN BE DONE WITH ANY OF THE LIGHTWEIGHT ENDURO STYLE PROTECTION.
HOWEVER YOU CAN STILL PUT IN YOUR HYDRATION PACK OR INSERT THE BACK PROTECTION. THIS CAN BE DONE WITH ANY OF THE LIGHTWEIGHT ENDURO STYLE PROTECTION.

Alpinestars knee and elbow protection is top notch.

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Alpinestars has the gear and they have the gold from champions like Gwin, with the dedication they carry over from the racing heritage, Alpinestars is here to protect you.

GREEN GURU GEAR

Look as mountain bikers we have a need to be able to carry our beer, well Green Guru Gear has solved this problem for our need to bring our favorite suds with us. Insulated or none insulated, made from reusable materials these guys got it going on and made in AMERICA in Colorado.

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KALI HELMET TECH AND SOME NEW PADS

Talking the tech on KALI helmets was one thing we have always wanted to hear and it was great to have a minute or two to hear it.
We also got to see and feel the new knee pads that KALI introduced as well.(yes they look like someone’s out there, but with a touch different)

KALI HELMETS HAS ALWAYS MADE A NICE LID, GREAT GRAPHICS AND SAFETY IN MIND.
KALI HELMETS HAS ALWAYS MADE A NICE LID, GREAT GRAPHICS AND SAFETY IN MIND.
TRAIL OR ENDURO, KALI MAKES SAFETY NUMBER ONE.
TRAIL OR ENDURO, KALI MAKES SAFETY NUMBER ONE.
THE INTERNAL CORE OF THEIR FULLFACE HELMET DOES NOT SKIMP ON SAFETY.
THE INTERNAL CORE OF THEIR FULLFACE HELMET DOES NOT SKIMP ON SAFETY.
WITH EVERYONE FOCUSING ON ROTATIONAL FORCE AND BETTER WAYS TO BUILD THE MOUSE TRAP, KALI TAKES HELMET SAFETY TO THE HIGHEST LEVELS, WITH NO COMPROMISE.
WITH EVERYONE FOCUSING ON ROTATIONAL FORCE AND BETTER WAYS TO BUILD THE MOUSE TRAP, KALI TAKES HELMET SAFETY TO THE HIGHEST LEVELS, WITH NO COMPROMISE.
THE CUT-AWAY OF KALI'S TRAIL / ALL-MOUNTAIN HELMETS. YOU GET THE SAME FEATURES AS THE FULLFACE.
THE CUT-AWAY OF KALI’S TRAIL / ALL-MOUNTAIN HELMETS.
YOU GET THE SAME FEATURES AS THE FULLFACE.
A CLOSE LOOK AT THE INGREDIENTS OF WHAT IT TAKES TO PROTECTING THE OLD BEAN.
A CLOSE LOOK AT THE INGREDIENTS OF WHAT IT TAKES TO PROTECTING THE OLD BEAN.

NEW KALI KNEE PADS

You may think these look like someone else pads, but they are made different and have added protection.

THE OUTER LAYER GIVE AN ABSORBING EFFECT ON THE HIT, AIR FLOW WHEN ON A HOT RIDE, PULL ON TO THE LEG FOR A SOLID FIT AND FEEL.
THE OUTER LAYER GIVE AN ABSORBING EFFECT ON THE HIT, AIR FLOW WHEN ON A HOT RIDE, PULL ON TO THE LEG FOR A SOLID FIT AND FEEL.
KALI ADDED AN EXTRA LAYER OF PADDING ON THE INSIDE OF THE PAD TO HELP WITH IMPACT AND COMFORT.
KALI ADDED AN EXTRA LAYER OF PADDING ON THE INSIDE OF THE PAD TO HELP WITH IMPACT AND COMFORT.
ONE OF KALI'S OTHER KNEE PADS HAS A DIFFERENT INTERNAL MATERIAL, THOUGH TOUGH, THIS ONE IS A MORE BASIC PROTECTION THEN THE NEW KNEE PAD WE JUST TALKED ABOUT. KALI PUTS IN A LOT OF EFFORT IN TO ALL THEIR PROTECTION. THIS HAS TO MADE THE CONSUMER FEEL GOOD WHEN THEY GO DOWN AND GET UP.
ONE OF KALI’S OTHER KNEE PADS HAS A DIFFERENT INTERNAL MATERIAL, THOUGH TOUGH, THIS ONE IS A MORE BASIC PROTECTION THEN THE NEW KNEE PAD WE JUST TALKED ABOUT.
KALI PUTS IN A LOT OF EFFORT IN TO ALL THEIR PROTECTION. THIS HAS TO MADE THE CONSUMER FEEL GOOD WHEN THEY GO DOWN AND GET UP.

Well more to come from DAY 1.

Art Aguilar

INTERBIKE: MEDIA PREVIEW DINNER

Last night Interbike had the Media Product Preview Dinner. This is where you get invited to see some new stuff and vote on the thing you like the most.
New innovative things from electric bike products, protective gear, security locks, just about anything.

Dinner was great, beer with a good meal, in all this was nice. It’s funny we never bothered to go to this in the past.

Here is a look at what we saw.

MEDIA MAKING THE ROUNDS TO VOTE ON THEIR FAVORITE  PRODUCT.
MEDIA MAKING THE ROUNDS TO VOTE ON THEIR FAVORITE PRODUCT.
THE COROS CREW SMILING WITH PRIDE SHOWING THEIR BLUETOOTH ROAD HELMET
THE COROS CREW SMILING WITH PRIDE SHOWING THEIR BLUETOOTH ROAD HELMET
BLUETOOTH CAPABLE, REAR FLASHING RED LIGHTS, ALL A NICE TOUCH.
BLUETOOTH CAPABLE, REAR FLASHING RED LIGHTS, ALL A NICE TOUCH.
ITS NEVER TO EARLY TO START YOU TODDLER OUT ON BIKES. JEFF GIESLER FROM FROG BIKES HOLDING THEIR SMALLEST BIKE FOR YOUR FUTURE MTB CHAMP.
ITS NEVER TO EARLY TO START YOU TODDLER OUT ON BIKES. JEFF GIESLER FROM FROG BIKES HOLDING THEIR SMALLEST BIKE FOR YOUR FUTURE MTB CHAMP.
ITS GREAT TO SEE A BIKE COMPANY FOCUS ON THE KIDS WITH GREAT PRODUCT. THEY ALSO BACK THEM UP WITH GREAT WARRANTY.
ITS GREAT TO SEE A BIKE COMPANY FOCUS ON THE KIDS WITH GREAT PRODUCT. THEY ALSO BACK THEM UP WITH GREAT WARRANTY.
HERE IS A DIFFERENT TAKE ON E-BIKES.  WHY BUY A WHOLE BIKE WHEN ALL YOU NEED IS A WHEEL TO DRIVE YOUR BIKE. HHMMM, DO THEY MAKE A MOUNTAIN BIKE SETUP?
HERE IS A DIFFERENT TAKE ON E-BIKES.
WHY BUY A WHOLE BIKE WHEN ALL YOU NEED IS A WHEEL TO DRIVE YOUR BIKE. HHMMM, DO THEY MAKE A MOUNTAIN BIKE SETUP?
WE ALL NEED TO SEE WHAT'S BEHIND US AT TIMES. EVT MAKES AN ADJUSTABLE REAR VIEW MIRROR THAT IS PRETTY GOOD.
WE ALL NEED TO SEE WHAT’S BEHIND US AT TIMES. EVT MAKES AN ADJUSTABLE REAR VIEW MIRROR THAT IS PRETTY GOOD.
NO YOUR NOT LOOKING AT A HELMET WITH AN OAKLEY STICKER ON IT. OAKLEY IS NOW ENTERING THE HELMET BIZ, THAT'S RIGHT HELMETS!! AND THEY HAVE A GREAT HELMET HERE. HUGE AIR PORTS ALL AROUND WILL KEEP YOU COOL.
NO YOUR NOT LOOKING AT A HELMET WITH AN OAKLEY STICKER ON IT. OAKLEY IS NOW ENTERING THE HELMET BIZ, THAT’S RIGHT HELMETS!!
AND THEY HAVE A GREAT HELMET HERE.
HUGE AIR PORTS ALL AROUND WILL KEEP YOU COOL.
SURE IT LOOKS LIKE AN ORDINARY TWIST ADJUSTER, BUT THIS ONE IS FAR FROM IT. OAKLEY IS THE FIRST TO USE THE BOA SYSTEM WITHIN THE HELMET ITSELF.
SURE IT LOOKS LIKE AN ORDINARY TWIST ADJUSTER, BUT THIS ONE IS FAR FROM IT.
OAKLEY IS THE FIRST TO USE THE BOA SYSTEM WITHIN THE HELMET ITSELF.
YOU CAN SEE THE BOA CORD SYSTEM HOW IT LIES ON THE SIDE OF YOUR HEAD. FROM WHAT I WAS TOLD THIS IS LESS PRESSURE AROUND THE SIDES OF YOUR HEAD GIVING A BETTER FEEL AND FIT. OAKLEY HAS MADE THE HELMETS TO FIT THEIR EYE-WEAR IN UNISON WITH THE HELMET.
YOU CAN SEE THE BOA CORD SYSTEM HOW IT LIES ON THE SIDE OF YOUR HEAD. FROM WHAT I WAS TOLD THIS IS LESS PRESSURE AROUND THE SIDES OF YOUR HEAD GIVING A BETTER FEEL AND FIT.
OAKLEY HAS MADE THE HELMETS TO FIT THEIR EYE-WEAR IN UNISON WITH THE HELMET.
OAKLEY DIDN'T MAKE A HELMET THEN ADD MIPS TO IT, THEY DESIGNED THE HELMET WITH THE MIPS SYSTEM AS A WHOLE PART OF THE HELMET. WILL MTB HELMETS BE NEXT??  LET'S JUST SAY A WINK AND A NOD WAS OUT THERE.
OAKLEY DIDN’T MAKE A HELMET THEN ADD MIPS TO IT, THEY DESIGNED THE HELMET WITH THE MIPS SYSTEM AS A WHOLE PART OF THE HELMET.
WILL MTB HELMETS BE NEXT??
LET’S JUST SAY A WINK AND A NOD WAS OUT THERE.
MAGICSHINE HAD SOME NEW STUFF ON THERE TABLE.
MAGICSHINE HAD SOME NEW STUFF ON THERE TABLE.
DUAL BLINKING LIGHT WAS COOL.  IT WAS BRIGHT BOTH FRONT AND BACK AND WITH FLASHING FEATURES THIS IS A GOOD THING NO MATTER WHAT YOU RIDE.
DUAL BLINKING LIGHT WAS COOL.
IT WAS BRIGHT BOTH FRONT AND BACK AND WITH FLASHING FEATURES THIS IS A GOOD THING NO MATTER WHAT YOU RIDE.
POC HAS MADE SOME CHANGES TO THEIR HELMETS.  A NEW SAFETY FEATURE CALLED "SPIN". SPIN IS A SILICONE THAT IS INCORPORATED INTO THE HELMET'S PADS.  THIS ALLOWS ROTATIONAL MOVEMENT IN THE EVENT OF A HIT ON YOUR HEAD DURING A CRASH.
POC HAS MADE SOME CHANGES TO THEIR HELMETS.
A NEW SAFETY FEATURE CALLED “SPIN”. SPIN IS A SILICONE THAT IS INCORPORATED INTO THE HELMET’S PADS.
THIS ALLOWS ROTATIONAL MOVEMENT IN THE EVENT OF A HIT ON YOUR HEAD DURING A CRASH.
LOOKING AT THE SPIN SYSTEM WAS IMPRESSIVE. WITH ALL THE HELMET COMPANIES MAKING SOME TYPE OF ROTATIONAL SAFETY, THIS SEEMS LIKE A SIMPLE WAY TO DO THE JOB WITHOUT A WHOLE MAJOR REDESIGN.
LOOKING AT THE SPIN SYSTEM WAS IMPRESSIVE.
WITH ALL THE HELMET COMPANIES MAKING SOME TYPE OF ROTATIONAL SAFETY, THIS SEEMS LIKE A SIMPLE WAY TO DO THE JOB WITHOUT A WHOLE MAJOR REDESIGN.
THE SPIN SYSTEM WILL BE AVAILABLE IN A ROAD BIKE VERSION AS WELL AS IN THEIR ALL- MOUNTAIN AND DH HELMETS.
THE SPIN SYSTEM WILL BE AVAILABLE IN A ROAD BIKE VERSION AS WELL AS IN THEIR ALL- MOUNTAIN AND DH HELMETS.
A NEW HELMET COMPANY ON THE MARKET IS "NOW" HELMETS. THEY HAVE A COOL LOOK WITH GOOD AIR FLOW FROM THE LOOK OF IT.
A NEW HELMET COMPANY ON THE MARKET IS “NOW” HELMETS. THEY HAVE A COOL LOOK WITH GOOD AIR FLOW FROM THE LOOK OF IT.
YOU LIKE TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR LID, WELL WHO DOESN'T.  NOW OFFERS COOL DECAL SET TO MAKE YOUR HELMET AND YOU LOOK LIKE A PRO. CAPTAIN AMERICA WOULD LOVE THIS ONE.
YOU LIKE TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR LID, WELL WHO DOESN’T.
NOW OFFERS COOL DECAL SET TO MAKE YOUR HELMET AND YOU LOOK LIKE A PRO.
CAPTAIN AMERICA WOULD LOVE THIS ONE.
YOU WANT TO KEEP YOUR BIKE SAFE FROM THE BAD GUYS, WELL TiGr LOCKS CAN KEEP YOU FEELING GOOD YOUR BIKE IS SAFE. MADE WITH TITANIUM AND A LOCKING MECHANISM THAT CAN'T BE MANIPULATED SEEMS GOOD TO ME.
YOU WANT TO KEEP YOUR BIKE SAFE FROM THE BAD GUYS, WELL TiGr LOCKS CAN KEEP YOU FEELING GOOD YOUR BIKE IS SAFE.
MADE WITH TITANIUM AND A LOCKING MECHANISM THAT CAN’T BE MANIPULATED SEEMS GOOD TO ME.
IF YOU RIDE MOTORCYCLES ON THE STREET, THEN CHANCES ARE YOU HAVE HEARD OF SENA. SENA HAS BEEN MAKING COMMUNICATION SYSTEM FOR THE MOTORCYCLE INDUSTRY FOR AWHILE NOW, THEY ARE CONSIDERED ONE OF THE TOP SYSTEMS.  WE DIDN'T KNOW THIS, BUT THEY ARE NOW ENTERING INTO THE CYCLING INDUSTRY. LIKE A FEW OUT THERE SENA IS MAKING THEIR SYSTEM BLUETOOTH CAPABLE WITH YOUR SMART PHONE. TAKE A CALL, MAKE A CALL, HEAR SOME MUSIC, OR GET TURN BY TURN INSTRUCTIONS. WOW SOUNDS KIND OD GOOD TO ME.
IF YOU RIDE MOTORCYCLES ON THE STREET, THEN CHANCES ARE YOU HAVE HEARD OF SENA.
SENA HAS BEEN MAKING COMMUNICATION SYSTEM FOR THE MOTORCYCLE INDUSTRY FOR AWHILE NOW, THEY ARE CONSIDERED ONE OF THE TOP SYSTEMS.
WE DIDN’T KNOW THIS, BUT THEY ARE NOW ENTERING INTO THE CYCLING INDUSTRY.
LIKE A FEW OUT THERE SENA IS MAKING THEIR SYSTEM BLUETOOTH CAPABLE WITH YOUR SMART PHONE.
TAKE A CALL, MAKE A CALL, HEAR SOME MUSIC, OR GET TURN BY TURN INSTRUCTIONS.
WOW SOUNDS KIND OD GOOD TO ME.
YOU CAN ALSO HAVE BUILT IN CAMERA SYSTEM IN YOUR HELMET. I LIKE THIS THE BEST BECAUSE YOU HAVE NOTHING HANGING ON THE SIDE OR TOP OF YOUR HELMET.
YOU CAN ALSO HAVE BUILT IN CAMERA SYSTEM IN YOUR HELMET. I LIKE THIS THE BEST BECAUSE YOU HAVE NOTHING HANGING ON THE SIDE OR TOP OF YOUR HELMET.
SENA ALSO HAD AN ACTION CAMERA TOO.
SENA ALSO HAD A ACTION CAMERA TOO.
LOOKS SIMPLE TO OPERATE TO ME.
LOOKS SIMPLE TO OPERATE TO ME.
HERE IS THE COOL THING, BUILT IN SPEAKERS AND MIC IN THE HELMET. NICE AND CLEAN.
HERE IS THE COOL THING, BUILT IN SPEAKERS AND MIC IN THE HELMET. NICE AND CLEAN.
SENA HAS NOT FORGOTTEN THE MTB MARKET. THEY HAD ON DISPLAY THEIR CONCEPT MTB HELMETS. THEY WILL OF COARSE WILL HAVE THEIR BLUETOOTH SYSTEM.
SENA HAS NOT FORGOTTEN THE MTB MARKET. THEY HAD ON DISPLAY THEIR CONCEPT MTB HELMETS. THEY WILL OF COARSE WILL HAVE THEIR BLUETOOTH SYSTEM.

More to come.

Art Aguilar MtnBikeRiders.com

“INTERBIKE TIME”

DIRTDEMO

DIRTDEMO HERE WE COME!!
DIRTDEMO HERE WE COME!!

Well we are here again and we kick it off with the Dirtdemo in Boulder City NV.
So take a look at what was around from all the vendor’s that were outside on this nice 80’s sunny day.

HERE'S ONE BADASS RIG. FULL SUSPENSION, DISC, HAND CRANK, AND E-BIKE CAPABLE.
HERE’S ONE BADASS RIG. FULL SUSPENSION, DISC, HAND CRANK, AND E-BIKE CAPABLE.
THE OWNER OF THIS COOL MACHINE IS JEREMY MCGHEE.  HE WAS THE FEATURE OF THE "DROP IN" FILM PROJECT BACK IN 2014 AND HIS NEXT CHALLENGE IS "THE UNPAVED TOUR".
THE OWNER OF THIS COOL MACHINE IS JEREMY MCGHEE.
HE WAS THE FEATURE OF THE “DROP IN” FILM PROJECT BACK IN 2014 AND HIS NEXT CHALLENGE IS “THE UNPAVED TOUR”.
HAND CRANK, THE ELECTRIC PART IS PEDAL ASSIST, YOU STEER WITH YOUR CHEST VIA THE CHEST PAD, HOWEVER IF YOU WANT TO A THROTTLE LEVER CAN HELP WITH THE FUN.
HAND CRANK, THE ELECTRIC PART IS PEDAL ASSIST, YOU STEER WITH YOUR CHEST VIA THE CHEST PAD, HOWEVER IF YOU WANT TO A THROTTLE LEVER CAN HELP WITH THE FUN.
PATROL MOUNTAIN BIKES DEMOING THEIR RIDES.  LOOKED A BIT EMPTY, THAT'S A GOOD THING.
PATROL MOUNTAIN BIKES DEMOING THEIR RIDES.
LOOKED A BIT EMPTY, THAT’S A GOOD THING.
PATROL'S ENDURO RIG
PATROL’S ENDURO RIG
G-FORM ONE OF OUR OLD REVIEW HAS ALWAYS BEEN IN THE FOR FRONT. THEY WERE BUSY DEMOING PADS.
G-FORM ONE OF OUR OLD REVIEW HAS ALWAYS BEEN IN THE FOR FRONT. THEY WERE BUSY DEMOING PADS.
A NEW PRODUCT FROM G-FORM IS GLOVES. USING THE SAME PROTECTION AS ON THE KNEE AND ELBOW.
A NEW PRODUCT FROM G-FORM IS GLOVES. USING THE SAME PROTECTION AS ON THE KNEE AND ELBOW.
$5 DOLLAR DONATION TO I.M.B.A. , A COLD BEER AND A COOL PINT GLASS FROM G-FORM. WHY NOT!!
$5 DOLLAR DONATION TO I.M.B.A. , A COLD BEER AND A COOL PINT GLASS FROM G-FORM.
WHY NOT!!
NOTING LIKE TEAMING UP FOR A GOOD CAUSE.
NOTING LIKE TEAMING UP FOR A GOOD CAUSE.
DAINESE SHOWED UP WITH A NEW RIG. THEIR OWN MOBILE SHOWROOM LOOKED LIKE THEY MEAN BUSINESS.
DAINESE SHOWED UP WITH A NEW RIG. THEIR OWN MOBILE SHOWROOM LOOKED LIKE THEY MEAN BUSINESS.
LIKE I SAID THIS SET UP WAS AWESOME, IT EVEN HAS ITS OWN TOP DECK ON THE ROOF OF THE TRAILER.
LIKE I SAID THIS SET UP WAS AWESOME, IT EVEN HAS ITS OWN TOP DECK ON THE ROOF OF THE TRAILER.
VERY CLASSY SET UP.
VERY CLASSY SET UP.

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DAINESE ALWAYS HAS SOMETHING NEW TO SHOW AND THIS YEAR WAS NO EXCEPTION.  DAINESE IS NOW OFFERING KIDS PROTECTION BASED FROM THE THEIR OWN PROPRIETARY SOFT IMPACT PROTECTION. THIS WILL COME IN A SHORT AND A SEPARATE TOP.
DAINESE ALWAYS HAS SOMETHING NEW TO SHOW AND THIS YEAR WAS NO EXCEPTION.
DAINESE IS NOW OFFERING KIDS PROTECTION BASED FROM THE THEIR OWN PROPRIETARY SOFT IMPACT PROTECTION.
THIS WILL COME IN A SHORT AND A SEPARATE TOP.
ALL THE IMPACT POINTS ARE COVERED WHERE NEEDED JUST LIKE THEIR BIG BROTHERS. SHOULDERS AND ELBOWS BOTH USE A DERIVATIVE OF DAINESE PRO ARMOR.
ALL THE IMPACT POINTS ARE COVERED WHERE NEEDED JUST LIKE THEIR BIG BROTHERS.
SHOULDERS AND ELBOWS BOTH USE A DERIVATIVE OF DAINESE PRO ARMOR.
THE KIDS BACK PROTECTION USES THE SAME TYPE OF MEMORY IMPACT MATERIALS AND THEIR BIG BROTHERS.  CRASH ABSORB AS THEY CALL IT, ALSO PROTECTS THE CHEST AND SIDES. YOU WILL NOTICE THAT THE CUTS YOU SEE IN THE BACK PROTECTION ALLOWS FOR MORE MOVEMENT AND BREATH ABILITY.  OH AND HERE IS ONE THING THAT DAINESE WILL ALWAYS SEE AS IMPORTANT. THIS BACK PROTECTION IS LEVER CE1 RATED.
THE KIDS BACK PROTECTION USES THE SAME TYPE OF MEMORY IMPACT MATERIALS AND THEIR BIG BROTHERS.
CRASH ABSORB AS THEY CALL IT, ALSO PROTECTS THE CHEST AND SIDES.
YOU WILL NOTICE THAT THE CUTS YOU SEE IN THE BACK PROTECTION ALLOWS FOR MORE MOVEMENT AND BREATH ABILITY.
OH AND HERE IS ONE THING THAT DAINESE WILL ALWAYS SEE AS IMPORTANT. THIS BACK PROTECTION IS LEVER CE1 RATED.
SIDE IMPACT ON THE SHORTS IS A PLUS AND ALWAYS WORKS WELL. THIS I CAN SAY FOR SURE.
SIDE IMPACT ON THE SHORTS IS A PLUS AND ALWAYS WORKS WELL. THIS I CAN SAY FOR SURE.
FULL CHEST PROTECTION IS IMPORTANT AND NOT FORGOTTEN HERE.
FULL CHEST PROTECTION IS IMPORTANT AND NOT FORGOTTEN HERE.
HERE IS THE BIG BROTHER TO THE NEW KIDS SAFETY JACKET. YOU CAN SEE HOW THE PROTECTION FEATURES FOR THE ADULT VERSION HAS CARRIED OVER FOR THE KIDS VERSION.
HERE IS THE BIG BROTHER TO THE NEW KIDS SAFETY JACKET.
YOU CAN SEE HOW THE PROTECTION FEATURES FOR THE ADULT VERSION HAS CARRIED OVER FOR THE KIDS VERSION.
NOTHING HAS CHANGED FOR THE NEWEST TRAILSKINS. HOPE TO TEST THESE SOON.
NOTHING HAS CHANGED FOR THE NEWEST TRAILSKINS. HOPE TO TEST THESE SOON.
ALL DAY LONG DEMO DAINESE LATEST KNEE AND ELBOW.
ALL DAY LONG DEMO DAINESE LATEST KNEE AND ELBOW.

E-BIKES

Still they seem to be the big thing this year. HAIBKIE had the biggest wait to try anything. this was incredible to see.

HAIBIKE'S DH RIG LOOKED MEAN AND FAST.
HAIBIKE’S DH RIG LOOKED MEAN AND FAST.

LONG LINES AT HAIBIKE DIDN'T DISCOURAGE ANYONE FROM WAITING.
LONG LINES AT HAIBIKE DIDN’T DISCOURAGE ANYONE FROM WAITING.
THESE ENDURO MODELS LOOKED FUN. THEY WON'T LAST LONG WITH THE LINES.
THESE ENDURO MODELS LOOKED FUN. THEY WON’T LAST LONG WITH THE LINES.
HAIBIKE'S PEOPLE WERE BUSY ALL DAY.
HAIBIKE’S PEOPLE WERE BUSY ALL DAY.
TIME TO HIT A TRAIL, I THINK THIS GUYS FRIENDS SHOULD GET A LITTLE HEAD START.
TIME TO HIT A TRAIL, I THINK THIS GUYS FRIENDS SHOULD GET A LITTLE HEAD START.
SHIMANO'S OWN E-BIKE MOTOR.
SHIMANO’S OWN E-BIKE MOTOR.

THE PEEP’S

YOU HUNGRY AFTER ALL THOSE DEMOS?? NO PROBLEM.
YOU HUNGRY AFTER ALL THOSE DEMOS?? NO PROBLEM.

DEMO SOME SHADES, AFTER ALL YOU HAVE TO LOOK COOL ON THE TRAIL.
DEMO SOME SHADES, AFTER ALL YOU HAVE TO LOOK COOL ON THE TRAIL.
THE MIGHTY "Q"!! KHS GUY KEEPING THE RIDES MOVING.
THE MIGHTY “Q”!!
KHS GUY KEEPING THE RIDES MOVING.
"OK THIS LITTLE BUTTON WILL HELP YOU PEDAL, THIS ONE IS FOR WHEELIES, THIS ONE IS FOR THE ROCKETS." "YES IT'S AN E-BIKE."
“OK THIS LITTLE BUTTON WILL HELP YOU PEDAL, THIS ONE IS FOR WHEELIES, THIS ONE IS FOR THE ROCKETS.”
“YES IT’S AN E-BIKE.”
MET SOME GUYS FROM A NEW PACK COMPANY OUT OF AUSTRALIA.  HENTY BACKPACKS CHANGES THE WAY TO CARRY YOUR HYDRATION PACK AND GEAR.
MET SOME GUYS FROM A NEW PACK COMPANY OUT OF AUSTRALIA.
HENTY BACKPACKS CHANGES THE WAY TO CARRY YOUR HYDRATION PACK AND GEAR.
HENTY BELIEVES BRINGING THE HYDRATION BLADDER LOWER TO THE CENTER OF GRAVITY HELPS PROTECT THE LOWER LUMBAR, GIVING YOU FREEDOM AND MORE AGILITY WHILE RIDING. PLENTY OF SPACE FOR ALL THE ESSENTIALS NEEDED ON A RIDE.
HENTY BELIEVES BRINGING THE HYDRATION BLADDER LOWER TO THE CENTER OF GRAVITY HELPS PROTECT THE LOWER LUMBAR, GIVING YOU FREEDOM AND MORE AGILITY WHILE RIDING.
PLENTY OF SPACE FOR ALL THE ESSENTIALS NEEDED ON A RIDE.
THIS LOOKS TO BE A GREAT IDEA FROM THE TRADITIONAL WAY WE LOOK AT PACKS.
THIS LOOKS TO BE A GREAT IDEA FROM THE TRADITIONAL WAY WE LOOK AT PACKS.
ZOIC WAS PASSING ON SOME DEALES TO THE MASSES. WAY TO GO ZOIC!!
ZOIC WAS PASSING ON SOME DEALES TO THE MASSES. WAY TO GO ZOIC!!
OTSO BIKES AND COMPONENTS HAD SOME NICE RIDES.
OTSO BIKES AND COMPONENTS HAD SOME NICE RIDES.
THE BUSIEST BIKE COMPANY OUT HERE WAS PIVOT. THEY HAD A LINE GOING MOST OF THE DAY.  NOW THAT ISA GOOD THING.
THE BUSIEST BIKE COMPANY OUT HERE WAS PIVOT. THEY HAD A LINE GOING MOST OF THE DAY.
NOW THAT ISA GOOD THING.

Well this is Dirtdemo in a nut shell. hope you liked it. You can go to our Facebook page to see our live feeds of Dirtdemo.
See you the next few days inside Interbike 2017.

From your roving reporter ART AGUILAR!!!

REVIEW WEDNESDAY: TIMBER MOUNTAIN BIKE BELLS

THE BEST LITTLE TRAIL BELL EVER
THE BEST LITTLE TRAIL BELL EVER

TRAIL AWARENESS

Have you ever been on your local trails and you’re coming around a blind turn and suddenly you have hikers or horseback riders.
Both hikers, horseback rider, and you have your eyes bugging out of your heads like Large Marge from “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure”.
Hopefully yelling doesn’t start from the hikers, horse riders. You’re fast on your feet with the apologies for the surprise you may have caused.

Being heard on the trail can be a hard thing when on a multi-purpose trail. You have to take into consideration that others are so into nature, enjoying the outdoors like yourself they could not be paying attention. We all share a responsibility while being on the trial.
So, don’t believe that because you’re on your bike and you can hear the noise you produce that it could be heard down trial as well.

With so many enjoying the local outdoors these days, the trails are getting a little more crowded.

Being heard before being seen is important and what mountain bike riders have done in the past was to get mini cow bells or small fishing bells from your local Big 5, then attaching them to their hydration packs or bikes. You may find that one rider that wants to be heard so much that they sound like Santa Claus and his sleigh.
Whistles are another good way to be heard, but trying to put one in your mouth as your riding is not an option when bouncing all over, I once saw a company that made water bottle air horns. Now these were cool, but talk about loud and scaring the crap out of someone, got to say they were pretty cool, but wouldn’t last long.
So, you have some quick choices out there, from the little fishing line bells you get from the local tackle store, to the small to medium Velcro mini cow bells you can order online, however there is a better choice.

THE BELL

In comes TIMBER Mountain bike bells and they have taken mountain bike bells a step above the rest.
I met Chris an Liz Lacy at Interbike one year just prior to releasing the BOLT ON bell. I saw this thing and right away had to talk to Chris from TIMBER about it.
So, I wondered how a bell could be better, it’s a bell! Big deal! WRONG!!

This is a big deal, why? TIMBER Mountain Bike Bells mount to your handle bars in one of two ways.
MtnBikeRider.com tested both bells with countless hours of riding in all conditions and areas to see trail users’ response and the response in a high public use area. The results were unbelievably great.

The first is the TIMBER Quick Release bell that comes with two rubber straps that allow you to mount to the narrow part of your bars or the wide part of your bars.
The second is the newest addition Bolt-On model that allows you to bolt-on to bars 31.8 to 22.2.

THE QUICK RELEASE BELL IS A SMALL PACKAGE WITH GREAT CONSTRUCTION.
THE QUICK RELEASE BELL IS A SMALL PACKAGE WITH GREAT CONSTRUCTION.
PULL TAB O-RING ALLOWS YOU TO ATTACH TO YOU HANDLE BAR WITH NO PROBLEM AND THE RUBBER SHIM KEEPS YOUR QUICK RELEASE FROM UNWANTED SLIPPING.
PULL TAB O-RING ALLOWS YOU TO ATTACH TO YOU HANDLE BAR WITH NO PROBLEM AND THE RUBBER SHIM KEEPS YOUR QUICK RELEASE FROM UNWANTED SLIPPING.

Rubber shims included.
The Quick Release model has a partial nylon body and comes with two sized rubber rings for mounting.
Each ring has a tab to help you pull it onto the body’s hook. When you find the right spot the Quick Release bell holds great. Mounting is really super simple and what is great about this particular bell is it allows you to remove it and mount it on any of your bikes.
Let’s face it we never know which bike we want to take out for a ride in our quiver and being able to put this bell in your Hydro bag and pull it out at the ready is awesome.

THE BOLT ON TIMBER BELL AS YOU CAN SEE IS NICELY MADE. NYLON TOUGH BODY AND LEVER, BEAUTIFUL BELL, AND INCLUDED SHIMS FOR A GREAT FIT.
THE BOLT ON TIMBER BELL AS YOU CAN SEE IS NICELY MADE. NYLON TOUGH BODY AND LEVER, BEAUTIFUL BELL, AND INCLUDED SHIMS FOR A GREAT FIT.
MOUNTING IS EASY, YOU DON'T HAVE TO REMOVE ANY GRIPS, OR CONTROL SYSTEMS ON THE BARS. PULL IT OPEN A TAD AND SLIP IT ON.
MOUNTING IS EASY, YOU DON’T HAVE TO REMOVE ANY GRIPS, OR CONTROL SYSTEMS ON THE BARS. PULL IT OPEN A TAD AND SLIP IT ON.

The Bolt-On TIMBER Bell has a full body made with tough flexible nylon that tightens with a 5mm bolt. Use the proper shim, tighten it up on the handle bar and forget about it. You also don’t have to worry about the TIMBER Bell moving. Once it’s on, it’s on.
Now I do like this setup a tad better because I know it won’t be liberated by someone who thinks he deserves it more than me. It sucks while you’re in line ordering your Big Bear Yogi burger with Boo Boo fries after some hard riding only to come out and get your ride on and you see someone swiped something off your bike. Just not cool.

HOW IT WORKS

Now what has this beat over other bells, horns, and baby rattles is the fact that you can turn it on and off. Yes, this is the only mountain bike trail bell that allows you to use it when you want.
You don’t have to take you thumb off the handle bar to ring it or push a button to make it ring.
Sure using your thumb to flick a ringer or push a button may not sound like a big deal, but think of it this way. You flick the lever downward and the bell starts to ring.

This is what’s so ingeniously simple about the TIMBER Bell. You push the lever down and it will lower what TIMBER call the “internal Clapper Cable”, the ball will ring as you are moving.
After you pass those you wish to alert on the trail, simply use your thumb to move it to the up position and the bell is then turned off. EZZY PEEZZY!!

NOISE TIME!!!!

This is the other great thing about the TIMBER Bell. The noise it emits is very pleasing to the ear.
If you have ever used say one of the mini cow bells on your bike or on your hydro pack, you know this constant ringing is load and you will be heard a mile away, yes good and all, and I know this is what you want. At some point, I know you hate hearing this bell during your whole ride. It just kills your ride to the point of taking it off and tossing it in the pack to never be heard again, plus the noise has pretty much scared of all wild life within a 10 mile radius, and pissed off anyone around you.

SIMPLE TO USE AND A PASSIVE BELL SOUND WHEN YOU WANT IT.
SIMPLE TO USE AND A PASSIVE BELL SOUND WHEN YOU WANT IT.

TIMBER’s Bell sends out a nice (in their words) passive sound. It can be heard in a
200 + meter radius, which is great for all on the trail without waking the dead.

RIDE TEST

Using both the Quick Release and BLOT ON TIMBER Bells proved to never be any kind of issue when you needed to turn it on or off.
Of course, the Quick Release is easier to take on and off, this could be a plus to those with multiple rides.
Left or right side it worked well. I never experienced any movement when I used it. It didn’t slip when I pushed the lever up or down, thumb up there.
The Bolt On TIMBER Bell I like as you know due to not having to ever worry about it ever disappearing.
After you find the place where you want it on your bar (like the Quick Release close within thumb reach is best if you could) it was always a snap to operate.

ONCE YOU HAVE THAT GREAT SPOT, YOU'RE READY TO GO.
ONCE YOU HAVE THAT GREAT SPOT, YOU’RE READY TO GO.

I found that any time I would turn it on when I saw someone down trail, they had no problem hearing me coming. I even had one hiker thank me for not having an obnoxious sounding bell.
I don’t mind using it when I’m riding. I feel good about using it because it isn’t loud.
I wanted to see what kind of response I would have when riding the crowded boardwalk path at my local beach. Any time I turned it on, people would not be startled and move with no problem.

Just another plus using the TIMBER MOUNTAIN BIKE Bells. You can say this isn’t just for the trail.
No movement, super easy to install, fast to use on the trail without loss of control, and great construction.
Oh and one more thing, the Bolt On models threaded insert is made in the USA with a lifetime quality solid brass that won’t strip or wear out. Sounds good to me.
I have to tell you what the best part about the TIMBER Bell is, that’s the price.
These little babies will only set you back a whole whopping $20.00 bucks, yeah just $20.00 smack-A-Roos!!!

This is a super value if you ask me and I will be getting a few more for my other bikes as well.
Our hats off to TIMBER MOUNTAIN BIKE BELLS. Thank you for letting us review your products.

You can get one of these nifty bells by going to their website at mtbbell.com.

Evan Williams Bourbon Review

This past year I’ve gotten into whiskey. In fact for my 40th birthday I hosted a Cigar and Whiskey Social at a nearby cigar lounge. I don’t drink much, but when I want to relax I typically will bust out one of my favorite cigars and pour some whiskey in a small glass. I first discovered Evan Williams through some facebook post that I saw where it was rated high for a whiskey priced under $15. I later found it at my local grocery store for only $13.99.

Took it home, got myself a ice ball, poured it into a glass, lit my cigar and leaned relaxed on my patio. Alright so here’s the thing with Bourbons, I love the oakey taste. The oakier the better. I know that oakey isn’t a word, but if you drink this stuff you’ll get that woodsy flavor that comes through on your palette. That’s exactly what I look for. Then I look for how smooth it is going down. The last thing I need is to make a face when drinking this stuff.

So what I like to do is to let the bourbon sit in the glass and let the ice melt a bit. I find that a little bit of water, to me it enhances the flavor of the bourbon and leaves a cleaner mouth feel. Sipping on the Evan Williams a good experience. As much as I enjoy it, I think this would be best served as a mixing bourbon. One of my go to drinks is to enjoy it with some Coca Cola and about 1-2 shots of Evan Williams. But if I don’t have any soda, I’ll just sip on a little bit of it while I’m smoking a cigar.

Truthfully, this bourbon isn’t bad for less than $15. It’s a value bourbon and its the type that you’d serve to company and save the better stuff for yourself for later. Another thing I like to do with Evan Williams is I pour a shot glass full and place that in my humidor to help flavor my cigars.

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