4 Riders with Mad Skills On AND Off the Road

Mountain biking and road racing may come from the same DNA, but much like Snooker and Pool, there is no denying both are different sports that require different levels of skill, fitness and technicalities.

However, if you find you have certain talent for one, the likelihood is you will be able to utilise a number of those attributes over to the other code.

That is certainly the case in cycling and Mountain biking as we look at some of the most successful transitions from road to dirt and vice-versa.

Now retired, Dane Michael Rasmussen began his career mountain biking and was quite the dab hand at the sport.

So much so in fact he won the 1999 Cross Country World Mountain Bike Championship defeating runner up Frenchman Miguel Martinez and third place Belgian Filip Meirhaeghe.

In 2001, Rasmussen made the switch to the road after earning a Stagiaire with CSC-Tiscali and would go on to shine in the 2005, 2006 Tour de France winning the mountain classification with aplomb.

He clearly put his mountain biking prowess to good use as all four stage wins came in the mountain classification.

However, Rasmussen’s career was tainted by doping scandals and in 2013 he openly admitted that he had cheated for 12 years and was subsequently banned from the sport for two years.

Australian Evans was a serial silver medallist during his mountain biking years in the 1990’s and early noughties.

In fact, five silver medals followed for Evans at various Mountain Bike World Championships before making the switch to road racing in 2001 after impressing on the 1999 Tour of Tasmania.

Evans was proclaimed as a potential future Tour de France winner and achieved the feat in 2011, although one is where it remained unlike 2019 favourite Chris Froome who can be backed at 11/4 with Betway as of the 10th December to win a fifth Tour de France title.

He did, however, still go on to have a hugely successful road career outside the Tour de France as well which included a Commonwealth gold medal in 2002 as well as a World Championship gold in 2009.

However, Evans returned to his mountain biking roots in 2017 taking part in South Africa’s epic eight-day Absa Cape Epic stage race in the master’s category.

Remarkably, Evans and team mate George Hincapie won their category at the age of 40.

The Slovakian Tourminator has a fine record on the road including eleven stage wins on the Tour de France and four individual stage wins on the Vuelta a España and three World Road Race Championships.

A host of other wins aside from the grand tours have followed for Sagan but there are too many to list here.

But it is Sagan’s off-road exploits for which he has earned a sturdy reputation.

Most notably at the 2016 Rio Olympics in which were it not for a series of mechanical issues, he may well have claimed an extraordinary gold medal in the cross-country race.

At the end of lap one, Sagan was in the top three and out to spring a surprise, however, a front wheel puncture ended his hopes.

Admittedly, Sagan is a former junior World Mountain Bike champion and is well versed in the discipline and at just 28-years of age, what’s the betting on Sagan to reappear for another crack at Cross-Country gold at an Olympics coming soon?

After all, that is what we all want to see, isn’t it?

American Amber Neben got her mountain biking career underway with a two-and-a-half-year spell with the SoBe HeadShok team and achieved a second place at the 1999 collegiate US National Mountain Bike Trials.

A certain Willow Koerber as the winner that day with Kelli Emmet in third which just goes to show how talented a mountain biker Amber Neben is.

Technology has come a long way since 1999 in mountain biking but rather than stick with the progression of the sport, Neben found she has a remarkable talent for road racing after winning the Cascade Classic in 2001.

More success would follow after making the permanent switch to the road including two World Time Trial Championships in 2008 and as recently as 2016.

However, doping reared its ugly head in 2003 with Neben testing positive for banned substance 19-norandrosterone.

Despite receiving a suspension, it was determined the substance was taken unintentionally and Neben soon accepted regular tests to prove she was clean at all times.

15 YR ANNIVERSARY, GRAND REOPENING & PARTNERSHIP

FULLERTON BICYCLES HAS A WHOLE NEW LOOK!!
FULLERTON BICYCLES HAS A WHOLE NEW LOOK!!

TIME FOR CELEBRATION

March 31st was full of milestones, new looks, and great business relationships made stronger.
Mike Franze owner of Fullerton Bicycle was celebrating his 15-year anniversary of ownership. Mike purchased the store back in 2003 then shortly after he purchased Buena Park Bicycle in 2005. Family owned, Mike treats his customers just like family. Something that is unique with retail stores, but so needed in today’s E-Commerce environment where brick and mortar is going the way side.

MIKE FRANZE TAKING TIME TO GIVE A LITTLE HISTORY ABOUT FULLERTON BICYCLE WITH GIANT
MIKE FRANZE TAKING TIME TO GIVE A LITTLE HISTORY ABOUT FULLERTON BICYCLE WITH GIANT

Just to give you little history about Fullerton Bicycle, they first opened their doors back in 1967 and have been a big part of the community since. Always providing the absolute best service, in the best environment. This is a store where the staff is not only friendly, but knowledgeable at what they do.
These guys don’t just sell bikes and fix them, they are pure cycling enthusiast through an through, even Mike is an avid rider himself and this is what makes a customer come back to a place like this. They know that a shop that rides is a shop that cares.

FACELIFT

THE NEW LOOK IS GREAT
THE NEW LOOK IS GREAT

After 6 weeks of remodeling both stores, it was time for the celebration of 15 great years hard work.
The minute I walked into Fullerton Bicycle I was blown away by the changes. This was a whole new store with a whole new feel of space. Giant Bicycle gave a helping hand to the remodel and they did an awesome job of it. New paint (my favorite color, Giant Team blue), brighter lighting, new flooring, well-marked Giant kiosk for accessories and gear, plus beautiful counter tops for the sales and service areas.

NEW SERVICE AREA
NEW SERVICE AREA

THE WOMEN'S AREA
THE WOMEN’S AREA

This was truly a remarkable change. When you walk in it feels warm and inviting, a kind of Feng Shui feel to it all.
You could feel the pride in all the staff members as well as Mike Franze himself.

WHEN YOU WALK IN YOU WILL NOTICE HOW OPEN THE WHOLE STORE FEELS
WHEN YOU WALK IN YOU WILL NOTICE HOW OPEN THE WHOLE STORE FEELS
A BIG DAY LOOKING FOR THE NEW BIKE
A BIG DAY LOOKING FOR THE NEW BIKE
WELL LAID OUT KIOSK AND SIGNAGE MAKE IT EASY TO FIND WHAT YOU NEED
WELL LAID OUT KIOSK AND SIGNAGE MAKE IT EASY TO FIND WHAT YOU NEED

LET’S GET THIS PARTY STARTED

DEMO, DEMO ,DEMO!!!
DEMO, DEMO ,DEMO!!!

So how do you do a Grand Reopening party / Anniversary party? I’ll tell you how, you get Giant Bicycle bring out their Demo rigs for Giant and LIV bikes, but you don’t stop there. How about kicking off a morning group ride around the Fullerton Loop with all the customer’s.

GIANT TEAM OFF-ROAD MEMBER CARL DECKER AND LIV AMBASSADOR LEIGH DONOVAN POSE FOR A PIC WITH A CUSTOMER.
GIANT TEAM OFF-ROAD MEMBER CARL DECKER AND LIV AMBASSADOR LEIGH DONOVAN POSE FOR A PIC WITH A CUSTOMER.

Then you lead that ride out with none other than Giant Factory Off-road Team Rider, Carl Decker and LIV Pro Ambassador Leigh Donovan, two legends of mountain biking. Now that’s an awesome start to a long day of fun.
Let’s not forget having some food to go with that ride after you get back. Tacos with all the trimmings, rice, beans, salsa, and soft drinks to wash it all down. “Mmmmmm gooood.”

TACO TIME!!
TACO TIME!!

Throw in some great raffles for the customers, a great big sale, plus have a booth to get your drivetrain all nice and spiffy after that morning ride. Boy was this guy ever busy all day too.
The Giant demo crew was busy all day as well with demos going and coming, and the store was busy none stop helping customer with all their needs too boot.

THIS ELDERLY GENTLEMAN CAME IN ON HIS COMMUTER BIKE LOOKING FOR A HELMET . YOU COULD SEE HE WASN'T SURE OF ALL THE HOOPLA GOING ON. IT WAS A PLEASURE TO SEE THE LEVEL OF SERVICE AND PATIENCE THAT WAS GIVEN TO HELP HIM.
THIS ELDERLY GENTLEMAN CAME IN ON HIS COMMUTER BIKE LOOKING FOR A HELMET . YOU COULD SEE HE WASN’T SURE OF ALL THE HOOPLA GOING ON.
IT WAS A PLEASURE TO SEE THE LEVEL OF SERVICE AND PATIENCE THAT WAS GIVEN TO HELP HIM.

It was nice to see happy customers leaving with their newly purchased Giant bikes. From a dad with his young son and his first Giant PRE, to a young teen getting his new Trance, and a father and son both getting new Trance bikes to rip it up together.
Carl Decker and Leigh Donovan were busy chatting and posing for pics with customers also.
This turned out to be quite a day of smiles everywhere.

HAPPY CUSTOMER LOVING HIS NEW TRANCE
HAPPY CUSTOMER LOVING HIS NEW TRANCE

HIS FIRST GIANT, DAD IS STARTING HIM RIGHT
HIS FIRST GIANT, DAD IS STARTING HIM RIGHT

LIV DEMO CREW MEMBER SHARA AND GIANT DEMO CREW MEMBER SAM (NOT PICTURED) WERE THERE TO HELP YOU WITH ANY BIKE YOU WANTED TO TRY OUT.
LIV DEMO CREW MEMBER SHARA AND GIANT DEMO CREW MEMBER SAM (NOT PICTURED) WERE THERE TO HELP YOU WITH ANY BIKE YOU WANTED TO TRY OUT.

You can tell the staff and Mike Franze are very well liked. I spent the better part of all day here and it was evident just how much the customers care for Fullerton Bicycle. To the customers, this is just as much their store too and the well wishes were flowing to all the staff and Mike.
All this because of a philosophy and business practice Mike Franze believes in and shares. He Cares about his customer’s and his community.

PARTNERS

CYCLING CAN CHANGE ONE'S LIFE AND GIANT BELIEVES IN THIS.
CYCLING CAN CHANGE ONE’S LIFE AND GIANT BELIEVES IN THIS.

It was great to see all the Giant members that were there to help celebrate the Grand Reopening and Anniversary with Mike, showing their support. You could tell this wasn’t just shaking hands and saying thanks then goodbye. This was a long-time relationship that has been built into friendships. Something you may not see to often from a company. This shows the importance of partnerships between dealer and company.
Giant Bicycle recognizes this philosophy, Mike Franze has been a Giant dealer for as long time and he is clearly a dedicated and passionate person to cycling.

UNMISTAKABLE PASSION THIS IS THE BEST WAY TO DESCRIBE FULLERTON BICYCLE WITHOUT A DOUBT
UNMISTAKABLE PASSION
THIS IS THE BEST WAY TO DESCRIBE FULLERTON BICYCLE WITHOUT A DOUBT

Mike was none stop all day, I don’t think I saw him take a break at any moment I was there, true hard work pays off and for Mike Franze it does.
The highlight of the day came when they got him to stop long enough for all the Giant crew and customers to gathered briefly for Giant Bicycle General Manager John Thompson and Regional Manager Eric Woods to present Mike with a plaque certifying Fullerton Bicycle as a new Giant Retail Partner.

GIANT GENERAL MANAGER JOHN THOMPSON (R) AND GIANT REGIONAL MANAGER ERIC WOODS (L) PRESENTING MIKE FRANZE WITH A PLAQUE CERTIFYING FULLERTON BICYCLE AS THE NEWEST GIANT RETAIL PARTNER.
GIANT GENERAL MANAGER JOHN THOMPSON (R) AND GIANT REGIONAL MANAGER ERIC WOODS (L) PRESENTING MIKE FRANZE WITH A PLAQUE CERTIFYING FULLERTON BICYCLE AS THE NEWEST GIANT RETAIL PARTNER.

This is a big thing to have happen for any store and I’m glad to see it happen to a store that I may not be close to, but have always considered it as my local bike shop.
So that was the first plaque, a second was also given to Mike and as this was pulled out and presented to Mike you could tell he was taken by surprise.
It was a photograph with a personal message from Tony Lo the chief executive of Giant (just retired) with Mike in the photo.
Partnerships have been built, but friendships have come out of this. The massage from Tony Lo was just that.

MIKE FRANZE WAS HAPPY FOR THE PERSONAL  PHOTO AND MESSAGE TO HIM FROM TONY LO OF GIANT WHO RECENTLY RETIRED.
MIKE FRANZE WAS HAPPY FOR THE PERSONAL PHOTO AND MESSAGE TO HIM FROM TONY LO OF GIANT WHO RECENTLY RETIRED.

Yep, Mike Franze has not only built a business relationship with Giant, but a true friendship and it’s worth saying over and over because you don’t see this to often and I like this.
Mike gave a grateful many thanks to Giant for all the support and love throughout the years and mentioned how blessed he was for it all and that he is.

MIKE FRANZE HAS A LOT TO BE PROUD ABOUT
MIKE FRANZE HAS A LOT TO BE PROUD ABOUT

SAYING THANKS

THANKS TO GIANT, THANKS TO MIKE. THIS IS A GREAT PARTNERSHIP THAT WE HOPE TO SEE FOR MANY YEARS TO COME
THANKS TO GIANT, THANKS TO MIKE. THIS IS A GREAT PARTNERSHIP THAT WE HOPE TO SEE FOR MANY YEARS TO COME

Mike, Happy Anniversary and congratulations for 15 years of outstanding service and dedication to our cycling community.
Congratulations becoming the newest Giant Retail Partner. You and all your staff are professional, courteous, and there for the needs of your customer’s. With a Customer First attitude that shines through.
We at MtnBikeRiders.com thank you for being there and wish you many years to come.

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.

SEA OTTER VIBE

What this means is when you attend an event like this you will see some of the most interesting people an well as going on’s here. With this many people that are into cycling I have to say we are a rear group.

GOOD MORNING SEA OTTER

Time for the show to start and the crowds to come
Time for the show to start and the crowds to come

THE BEER CAR IS HERE

Beer is important to cyclist as well as wine. Sierra Nevada knows how to do it up right.
Beer is important to cyclist as well as wine. Sierra Nevada knows how to do it up right.

YOU WON’T SEE THIS EVERYDAY

Sumo cycler
Sumo cycler

 

KIDS COVER YOUR EYES!!!
KIDS COVER YOUR EYES!!!

STUNT SHOWS

THE FUN OF SEA OTTER IS YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND SOMETHING COOL TO SEE
THE FUN OF SEA OTTER IS YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND SOMETHING COOL TO SEE

 

"Did you get that!"
“Did you get that!”

SUNSETS ARE THE WAY TO END A DAY

Day two and so much more.
Day two and so much more.

AIR MOUNTAIN BIKING- “THE LATEST CRAZE TO HIT SOCAL?”

RL HITTING IT BIG AIR STYLE
RL HITTING IT BIG AIR STYLE

So Friday night I’m sitting in the living room brain dead, contemplating all of life’s interesting paradoxes, enjoying a nice piece of beef jerky, while having a bowl of Tamalitos, chasing it down with a Lavern (that’s a Pepsi with milk all), trying to think of a way to get out of helping the wife clean the house when I’m saved by the bell or phone ringing. “Hello!” “Yes RL I would love to meet you at Aliso for a ride. Should I bring my Enduro bike are we going to go for it? No! The XC bike, are we going for a long ride then, I need that. What no bike, really?”
So He begins to tell me about this new Mountain bike discipline that’s all the rage and that the discipline is very precise in how you do it, plus you’ll get in great shape. RL begins to tell me that the other riders out there may not approve of us and look down at us. Well I’m in for losing a few pounds, besides I like going against the grain.

ART AGUILAR DOING THE CLASSIC "FLYING W"
ART AGUILAR DOING THE CLASSIC “FLYING W”

SATURDAY MORNING COMES
We meet up and this Saturday morning is like no other. The crowds are out in abundance, more so then usual. Large groups of hikers, Mountain bikers, and runners. I’m dressed to the Teee’s as RL is. Lady P looking at us thinking, they think they are so pro (always in our minds, lol).
RL goes over everything with me; I’m cool with it, so let’s do this thing. I know it will be the greatest thing ever. It makes me feel like I have new blood in me. We set up our rides, dial in our gear, go over our riding styles and how we will hit the jumps and ride the rough.

RL WHIPPING IT OUT SIDEWAYS ON HIS SECOND RUN
RL WHIPPING IT OUT SIDEWAYS ON HIS SECOND RUN

HITTING THE TRAIL
As one may expect, it came to know surprise that the main stream riders gave us looks of discuss, crazy, stupid, and even wonderment ( yeah Lady P did think we were crazy, but she went with it).
RL and I hit the trails “MTN AIR BIKING”, that’s right, you heard me, “MTN AIR BIKING”!
And why not Air Bike, the cost is low (only gear, and chances are you have that already) .If you plan on AIR BIKING good safety gear if monument. If you go down hard you can break a leg, twist an ankle, or worse hit your head on the ground.
We were having fun catching big air, riding rough rock sections, and hitting fast switchbacks. What an awesome feeling!!

ART PULLING OFF ANOTHER CLASSIC "DEAD MAN HANG"
ART PULLING OFF ANOTHER CLASSIC “DEAD MAN HANG”

At the end of the ride I was invigorated, though a little wiped out, as was RL.
This made me think of the guy who invented the wheel. I bet all his buddies thought he was a nut, next thing you know you have the Flintstones.
One must embrace change with vigor; after all we may owe Air Mountain biking to the great legends of the Air Guitar and let me tell you this, it’s big now, competitions, videos, the works
Just think what could be next, Air Mountain Bike racing Big Bear perhaps???

Ibex Wear: First Impressions

Brown Santa (aka RL) stopped by my office last week to drop off a nice little package from Ibex Wear.

I have always appreciated simple jerseys. When I first started off mountain biking I liked simple synthetic mountain biking jerseys but now I have also come to appreciate wool and the roadie-jersey with back pockets. Ibex Wear has always been one of those companies I drool at from afar. Just looking at the pictures, I could see the craftsmanship and attention to detail.

Back to Brown Santa’s nice little pacakge: What did I receive?

Indie Full Zip Short Sleeve Jersey in Asphalt / Sea Grass


Giro Mountain Jersey in Soil / Limon


Giro Neo FZ Long Sleeve Jersey in Soil / Deep Lake


Duo Wool Bike Short

What I instantly noticed about all the clothing is the attention to detail. The little extra bits of color, the flat seams or the flap that covers the zippered pockets are all nice touches that really set apart Ibex Wear. Each zipper has a bit of rubber with the company logo! This is not even mentioning the fact that all these clothing pieces are made out of very soft merino.


Indie Full Zip S/S Jersey features contrasting color flatlock stitching. I dig ’em.

I found that the Ibex Wear’s sizes run pretty true. If you look at their size chart at 6’`” and just over 200lbs, my measurements are on the high side of Large. Because I prefer slightly larger jerseys and all wool tends to shrink in the wash, I asked for XL sized clothing.


Nice burst of blue on the Giro Neo FZ L/S Jersey

My only thought after putting everything on (not all at once!) was that the shirts end a little lower than expected (inches below the waste) and the shorts are quite a bit longer than what I am used to. Again, with a little shrinkage in the wash I think they will be fine but I will definitely keep you posted on how these clothes fit after a few washes.


Mountain Jersey has a rear zippered pocket on the bottom right. Perfect for keys and a small cell.

Overall, my first impressions are that the the wool is quite comfortable, the clothing has excellent stitching and I really dig the small touches and functionality. We will see how the Ibex Wear clothing fits over time and how they do under normal usage I will put them through over the next few months. Keep checking back for a full review.

Ibex Wear can be found here.

Product Review : Bellwether Jerseys

WHO: Bellwether

PRODUCTS TESTED: Bellwether Jerseys

ABOUT ME: 5’5, 32 year old female. I love all kinds of riding but Mountain Biking is by far my favorite!

TESTING GROUNDS: Trails all over Orange, San Bernadino and LA County

The good people over at Bellwether sent over some jerseys for me to test out here at headquarters. The first is the :

Tempo Jersey 9188

»8 inch locking front zipper
»Ventilated underarm and back panel
»Elastic-free sleeve design
»Two large rear pockets
»Partial Silicon gripper at bottom hem

and they sent over the:

Vision Jersey 9194

»Sporty design is flattering and functional
»3 inch hidden front zipper
»6 inch inconspicuous zippered rear pocket
»Excellent moisture transfer
»Elastic-free waist and cuff

I won’t sugar coat – I’ve had these jerseys for a long time! Work and school have kept me busy for some time now but I didn’t want anyone to miss out on some good stuff here. So after a thorough review of these jerseys – if these were going to fall apart or tear, it would have happened by now. These have been washed and worn countless times, and these look as good as the day I got them. I think I even took a bad spill when racing, while wearing the Tempo Jersey, and it survived with no rips or tears.

One of my favorite features is the silicone gripper on the bottom hem. For those of us that don’t care for an elastic bottom this is a brilliant alternative! Love, love, love it! Keeps the jersey in place without too much restriction.

The cuts on these are feminine and these are well ventilated jerseys. I never felt too warm in these and they breathe great! The length on these is just right as well. Not too short or long. I never felt the need to pull down on these jerseys as I have with others. The Tempo is definitely my favorite between the two jerseys for its breath-ability and fit. I also appreciated the 8′ locking front zipper on this jersey. You won’t be disappointed with this purchase!

Price point is decent too. You won’t break your budget with these jerseys. MSRP Priced at 39.99 for the Vision Jersey and 59.99 for the Tempo Jersey. The holidays are around the corner! You will want to add one of these jerseys to your wish list!

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Racing in the Bellweather Tempo Jersey.

My knee is waaay better thanks to..

This bottle right here.

My sister told me that her husband started taking this stuff. She couldn’t remember the name at the time, but she knew it worked for him. All she really said was “Liquid Glucosamine.” and that it was sold at Sam’s Club.

Since I’ve had this knee pain for over a year and a half, I’ve tried all sorts of joint supplements, knee braces and such, but nothing seemed to have really helped. I figured I had nothing to lose other than the pain. So I picked up a bottle and boy I tell you what this stuff is amazing. It’s made by a company called Drinkables.

Here’s some of the ingredients:

Liquid Joint Care works to support healthy joints by providing the maximum effective levels of glucosamine HCL (2000 mg), chondroitin (1200 mg), collagen (50 mg) and MSM (500 mg). The liquid form is easier to swallow, requires fewer doses and offers superior bioavailability than many pills and capsules.

So I started taking this thing a few days ago and within the first day my pain was substantially minimized. I’m no doctor nor some sort of scientist, but all I know this stuff is working. I feel my knee getting better as each day that I take it. The bottle I got was about $18.00, that should last me about a month.