“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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Trying to get the bug back

A few months ago I posted a little heart to heart article on me saying that I won’t be riding for a while and etc. Well things have gotten better. Not to air out my dirty laundry, but what I mean by getting better is I’ve grown from the whole experience. I remain grateful for my friends and family and I know I’ll be ok. Plus I get to do what ever I want now…within reason.

Part of this crap was me neglecting my bicycles. In fact my Titus Rockstar whom I’ve affectionately called Bon Jovi was a mess. Just think of it this way, a rich guy buys a nice expensive Harley Davidson, rides it for a bit, gets all the HD gear like jackets, boots, t-shirts and mugs. But after riding it a few times, he just lets it sit there…not riding it. Carbs get gunked up, tires get flat, rubber seals deteriorate, gas tank starts to get rusty, battery is dead and it’s covered in dust. Anyhow, it’s like that, so Bon Jovi’s fork seals were blown out, dry chain and constant creaking. Well I’ve addressed one of those items. I purchased a new fork for him. I upgraded the old Marzocchi TST to a fancy Fox fork with Climb Trail Descend (CTD). I got it online for a practically a bro-deal.

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Installation was rather simple because I’ve done this so many times and I can probably execute the job with both hands tied behind my back while I’m drinking a beer. Check out the old Marz fork compared to the Fox. Oooh this pic is boner inducing…

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Once I got it installed I rounded up the fellas to do some riding at Santiago Oaks. Unfortunately I don’t have any action photos of my shredding and getting gnarly, but all I can say is the fork performed like a champ. It’s a world of a difference from the Marz…so plush now. I did get a photo of two of my favorite riding buddies. These guys make mountain biking way more fun. We take our time, BS, joke, harass each other, encourage and take pics. If you’ve ever had the pleasure riding with us, then you know that we’re a ton of fun…slow but fun!

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So there you have it. I’ve been riding more. My investment into my fork forces me…in a good way to get out there and ride again.

 

 

Hey F*CK Face!

screen-shot-2013-07-15-at-10-21-16-amThere you are just riding along when…a douche bag passes you unannounced. For some weird reason this guy thinks he’s in a race and is going as fast as he can. There’s a few things that come to mind, “Hey F*ck face!” and “what a douche” oh and we can’t forget, “damn Strava riders…”

Look, I’m not against training and trying to get your personal record or be the King of the Mountain or whatever thing you’re striving for. But sometimes its really douchey. I’ve yet to get into a physical fight on the trail, but I swear man, I’m pretty close…

So if you’re the f*ck face that does that, calm the f*ck down! It’s mountain biking, we’re here to have fun. If you really want to train hard go fast, do it super early in the morning when there’s no one on the trail.

SEA OTTER CLASSIC 2017

SEA OTTER CLASSIC 2017
SEA OTTER CLASSIC 2017

LET THE FUN BEGIN

Well the Sea Otter Classic has come and gone for another year and we were there again.
What could you say about the SEA OTTER CLASSIC other than it’s one of the greatest bike festivals any avid cyclist could ever attend. Held at the Mazda Raceway [Laguna Seca Raceway] in Monterey, California every May, it’s one to not miss.
Every cycling discipline is just about represented, so what better way to show you Sea Otter 2017 then through the eye of the camera lens and after long hours of going through thousands of photos this is what we have for you in the coming Sea Otter Classic 2017 segments, so sit back and enjoy .

THE PEOPLE

SMILES WERE EVERYWHERE AT SEA OTTER
SMILES WERE EVERYWHERE AT SEA OTTER
THE BIKE VALET WAS SUPER BUSY ALL WEEK
THE BIKE VALET WAS SUPER BUSY ALL WEEK
THIS IS A GREAT WAY TO ENJOY SEA OTTER, DROP YOUR BIKE AT THE BIKE VALET AND DON'T WORRY
THIS IS A GREAT WAY TO ENJOY SEA OTTER, DROP YOUR BIKE AT THE BIKE VALET AND DON’T WORRY
ALPINESTARS GALS WERE BRINGING IN THE CROWDS TO THE BOOTH
ALPINESTARS GALS WERE BRINGING IN THE CROWDS TO THE BOOTH
CRUISING SEA OTTER IS ALWAYS BEST WITH AN OLD SCHOOL SCHWINN STING-RAY
CRUISING SEA OTTER IS ALWAYS BEST WITH AN OLD SCHOOL SCHWINN STING-RAY
THE DAINESE GUYS WANTED TO KNOW IF THEIR MAN ROSSI MADE POLE AT THE AUSTIN GP.
THE DAINESE GUYS WANTED TO KNOW IF THEIR MAN ROSSI MADE POLE AT THE AUSTIN GP.
KONA BICYCLES WAS SERVING UP THE BEERTITAS, OH SO GOOD
KONA BICYCLES WAS SERVING UP THE BEERTITAS, OH SO GOOD
WHEN THE GATE OPEN THEY WILL COME, BY THE BUNCHES FRIDAY THRU SUNDAY THERE WERE RECORD CROWDS TO KEEP THE VENDORS BUSY
WHEN THE GATE OPEN THEY WILL COME, BY THE BUNCHES
FRIDAY THRU SUNDAY THERE WERE RECORD CROWDS TO KEEP THE VENDORS BUSY
YOU WANT SOME SWAG, HOW ABOUT A SET OF FORKS. FOX WAS GIVEN IT UP FOR THE CROWD
YOU WANT SOME SWAG, HOW ABOUT A SET OF FORKS. FOX WAS GIVEN IT UP FOR THE CROWD

SHOWING THE LOVE

CANYON Bikes is new to the US market, so what better way to show the love then to give away a free bike a day.
CANYON gave out a DH bike, enduro bike, trail bike, and road bike. There was some happy people at Sea Otter.

THE CROWD WAS WAITING WITH ANTICIPTION
THE CROWD WAS WAITING WITH ANTICIPTION
IF YOU DIDN'T WIN A BIKE YOU COULD HAVE WALKED AWAY WITH A CANYON BIKES TSHIRT
IF YOU DIDN’T WIN A BIKE YOU COULD HAVE WALKED AWAY WITH A CANYON BIKES TSHIRT

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

NEED A NEW BIKE, THERE WERE PLENTY OF USED BIKES TO CHOOSE FROM
NEED A NEW BIKE, THERE WERE PLENTY OF USED BIKES TO CHOOSE FROM
NOTHING LIKE SOME COOL BIKE ART TO HANG IN THE OFFICE OR HOUSE
NOTHING LIKE SOME COOL BIKE ART TO HANG IN THE OFFICE OR HOUSE

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HOW ABOUT A DEAL FOR SOME NEW SHADES. THERE ARE DEALS TO BE HAD WHILE AT SEA OTTER FROM THE VENDORS
HOW ABOUT A DEAL FOR SOME NEW SHADES. THERE ARE DEALS TO BE HAD WHILE AT SEA OTTER FROM THE VENDORS
IS YOU WORKOUT WATER BOTTLE JUST TO SMALL, HOW ABOUT THESE BIG BOYS BY WATER TANKS
IS YOU WORKOUT WATER BOTTLE JUST TO SMALL, HOW ABOUT THESE BIG BOYS BY WATER TANKS

IF YOUR TIRED OF BICYCLES HOW ABOUT THESE TOYS

ALTA ELECTRIC MX BIKE WAS COOL
ALTA ELECTRIC MX BIKE WAS COOL
NO GAS NEEDED ON THIS BADBOY
NO GAS NEEDED ON THIS BADBOY
HUSQVARNA WAS OUT SHOWING OFF THERE DIRT AND DUAL LINE
HUSQVARNA WAS OUT SHOWING OFF THERE DIRT AND DUAL LINE

GRUB TIME

Getting you grub on is always a choice when your here and you have quite the selection when it comes to food. From Chinese, Mexican, BBQ, Indian, and good old Bratwurst, you have it all.
Let’s not forget the beer garden’s. Sierra Nevada has you covered along with a few other micro brews to choose like 805.

TIME TO EAT? YOUR CHOICES ARE JUST ABOUT ENDLESS. MY FAVORITE WAS THE TRI-TIP SANDWICH
TIME TO EAT? YOUR CHOICES ARE JUST ABOUT ENDLESS. MY FAVORITE WAS THE TRI-TIP SANDWICH
THE BEST BRATS IN TOWN BABY!!
THE BEST BRATS IN TOWN BABY!!
YOU NEED A COLD ADULT DRINK, THE SIERRA NEVADA BEER GARDENS WERE THE PLACE TO BE
YOU NEED A COLD ADULT DRINK, THE SIERRA NEVADA BEER GARDENS WERE THE PLACE TO BE
THIS GUY HAD THE RIGHT IDEA OF GOING TWO FISTED. BE CAREFUL, DON'T SPILL THAT LIQUID GOLD!!
THIS GUY HAD THE RIGHT IDEA OF GOING TWO FISTED. BE CAREFUL, DON’T SPILL THAT LIQUID GOLD!!

THE BOOTHS

WHEN IT COMES TO THE VENDOR BOOTHS THEY ARE NONE STOP BUSY
WHEN IT COMES TO THE VENDOR BOOTHS THEY ARE NONE STOP BUSY
THE SERVICE BOOTHS LIKE SRAM ARE ALIVE WITH NONE STOP SERVICE. THESE GUYS ARE ON TOP OF IT TO KEEP THE RACERS GOING.
THE SERVICE BOOTHS LIKE SRAM ARE ALIVE WITH NONE STOP SERVICE. THESE GUYS ARE ON TOP OF IT TO KEEP THE RACERS GOING.
THE SEA OTTER MERCHANDISE BOOTHS WERE HOPPING WITH VISITORS GETTING THEIR COOL SEA OTTER SOUVENIRS
THE SEA OTTER MERCHANDISE BOOTHS WERE HOPPING WITH VISITORS GETTING THEIR COOL SEA OTTER SOUVENIRS
YOU COULD NEVER GO WRONG WITH A HAT.
YOU COULD NEVER GO WRONG WITH A HAT.
OK THE SEA OTTER IS MY PERSONAL FAVORITE
OK THE SEA OTTER IS MY PERSONAL FAVORITE
YOU WILL LOOK GOOD ANY WHERE IN A COOL SEA OTTER BIKE JERSEY
YOU WILL LOOK GOOD ANY WHERE IN A COOL SEA OTTER BIKE JERSEY

SEA OTTER DAYS

All in all from the start to the finish Sea Otter is a cool place to be, fun for all ages.

THIS GUY HAD THE BEST STASH THAT I SAW ALL WEEK.  HIP
THIS GUY HAD THE BEST STASH THAT I SAW ALL WEEK. HIP
WHEN I SAID ALL FAMILIES ENJOY SEA OTTER I MEANT IT
WHEN I SAID ALL FAMILIES ENJOY SEA OTTER I MEANT IT
OF COURSE SEA OTTER WOULD NOT BE COMPLETE WITHOUT SEEING THIS FURRY GUY.
OF COURSE SEA OTTER WOULD NOT BE COMPLETE WITHOUT SEEING THIS FURRY GUY.

Well hope you enjoyed pics from the day to day at Sea Otter Classic 2017. Next the cool, the bikes, the funny, and the Kids Corner.

The Bike Geek: Let’s get social!

Hello Mountain bikers and fellow Facebook Addicts! The weather has been sucking in “not-so-sunny” Southern California lately but that has not stopped Art and myself from going to different cycling related events. Not sure if you know, but Facebook has this cool feature that allows us to go “live” at different events; watch out for those F-bombs!

Anyhow, here are a few or our live videos:

The Giant rep visited my LBS to showcase the new Giant road bikes and mountain bikes:

Art went to the electric bicycle expo:

So make sure you follow us on Facebook for upcoming live videos!

The Bike Geek: What went wrong?

Howdy mountain bikers! I hope you are enjoying our new content and live videos from MtnBikeRiders.com, as you can see, some of our posts are tongue-in-cheek and if some of you are offended, oh well.

Last week I posted about a buddy’s having a close and personal encounter with a fence. Well guess what? WE HAVE THE VIDEO!!!! Yeah, our buddy was wearing a helmet cam so here it is for our amusement analysis:

As you can see in the video, our buddy lets go of the brakes, gathers speed quickly, sees the ruts, panics and goes for the fence. Before we start hurling insults at him, please note that this was his first time riding a Cyclocross bike on this type of terrain, in fact, it was his first time riding this particular bike and it was also the first time he was clipping in.

So with that said, how could he avoided this mishap? Yeah, don’t let go of the brakes is the logical response but we all been there, we get a little courage and let go of the brakes and we get in trouble. Here are other suggestions:

1. Look ahead and scan the trail. Easier said than done as our instinct is to look at what is right in front of us but if you look ahead, you will be able to analyze what path to take and how fast you should be going.

2. Target Fixation. If you ride a motorcycle, you are probably aware of this. Target fixation is an attentional phenomenon observed in humans in which an individual becomes so focused on an observed object (be it a target or hazard) that they inadvertently increase their risk of colliding with the object. But target fixation could have also helped our buddy here, simply focus on the clear path instead of the rut or the fence.

4. Learn to bunny hop. Cx bikes are really light so jumping over the rut was very doable.

Any other suggestions?

Area man says mountain biking has made his vagina shrink

Meet Rusty Bergold, he’s a guy that got into mountain biking for health reasons. But mainly he got into it because his friends kept calling him a “pussy.” Bergold didn’t want to be associated with that nickname so he decided to take up mountain biking. At first his vagina was so big that it would get in the way while riding. But the more he kept at it, the more his vag shrank. “Each time I do something gnarly, I can feel my vag shrinking and my balls getting bigger!” said Bergold during an interview at a local trail head.

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Bergold has tried other activities such as Merengue and spin classes to reduce the size of his vag, but nothing has been better for his condition than an hour of mountain biking. Dr. Tito Boyd stated “The saddle helps push the vag back in and each time he gets off the saddle to tackle the gnar, his balls drop a mm at a time.”

The Bike Geek: The art of crashing

Hello fellow Mountain Bikers! Sorry I have not posted my “weekly” post but a system issue prevented me from posting my awesome articles.

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Anyhow, we all know that crashing is part of mountain biking, it is not a question of if but when is it that you will crash. Now, some crashes are totally unavoidable, some “just happen” and the rest are “what the fuck was he thinking”.

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A couple of weekends ago, we all decided to grab our Cyclocross bikes and headed to the world famous Fullerton Loop and we took a buddy who kicked our ass on the Cyclocross race but had never ridden the loop on a Cx bike. We figured he should be fine, Cyclocross bikes are just skinny rigid 29rs, right?

The loop was a little rutted from all the rain, but with careful line selection, it was totally doable on a Cx bike. So we thought… So lets get into the art of crashing, if you know you are going to beef it, we usually try to do the “roll” and have our shoulders take the brunt of the impact:

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We definitely do not recommend using a tree to slow down or clinging to a fence going 20 mph…. What the fuck was he thinking, right? The aftermath of this stunt was a fat lip, a lacerated finger, a fractured pinky and a very pissed off wife and did I mention that we missed Lady Gaga’s Superbowl performance? WTF.

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We were also ill prepared to deal with this type of injuries on the trail, luckily Art carries a first aid kit with him in his car. We will make sure that we carry a Brave Soldier Crash Pack next time.

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Anyhow, our buddy will be fine but unfortunately his bike was not OK. 🙁