INTERBIKE 2015

READY TO ROCK AND ROLL INTERBIKE
READY TO ROCK AND ROLL INTERBIKE

Well the door are open and we came for the whole week, so I hope you will find what we saw as cool as we did.

CTS FAT TIRES
CTS FAT TIRES

THE BFT, NO ITS NOT WHAT YOU THINK. IT STANDS FOR "BIG FAT TIRE"
THE BFT, NO ITS NOT WHAT YOU THINK.
IT STANDS FOR “BIG FAT TIRE”

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COOL MOUNT

While walking In the Taiwan area I spotted a company called Juin Tech, they had this cool suspension mount for your phone, GPS, or POV cameras. I just had to get this and they were selling them, so I pick it up.
Stay tuned for a review.

THE JUIN SUSPENSION MOUNT
THE JUIN SUSPENSION MOUNT

A SUSPENSION MOUNT FOR YOUR PHONE, GPS, OR POV CAMERA.
A SUSPENSION MOUNT FOR YOUR PHONE, GPS, OR POV CAMERA.

HYDRATION FOR THE BODY IS ALWAYS IMPORTANT

PICKLE JUICE, fight the cramps of muscle fatigue?

HERE'S A DIFFERENT KIND OF ELECTROLYTE TO BEAT MUSCLE CRAMPS
HERE’S A DIFFERENT KIND OF ELECTROLYTE TO BEAT MUSCLE CPAMPS

IF THIS WORKS, I HAVE TO SAY IT THIS WOULD BE THE BEST TASTING HYDRATION DRINK
IF THIS WORKS, I HAVE TO SAY IT WOULD BE THE BEST TASTING HYDRATION DRINK

QORE PERFORMANCE

Wearable Hydration that will increase hydration by 40%, could this be? QORE PERFORMANCE says it will.
This is a whole different way of hydrating the body by wearing cool packs on the body.

QORE EXPLAINING HOW IT WORKS.
QORE EXPLAINING HOW IT WORKS.

WEARABLE HYDRATION
WEARABLE HYDRATION

THIS IS WHERE THE MAGIC COMES FROM. A COLD PACK INSERTED INTO QORE'S CHOICE AREA POCKETS ON THEIR GARMENTS.
THIS IS WHERE THE MAGIC COMES FROM. A COLD PACK INSERTED INTO QORE’S CHOICE AREA POCKETS ON THEIR GARMENTS.

ISORIDE bars, tabs and hydration drinks for your sport needs.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KEEP YOUR BODY GOING.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KEEP YOUR BODY GOING.

GUTR sweatbands for when you are dehydrating.

If you sweat a lot and your goggles don’t hold the seat back or your on that long XC/trail ride and you hate when the sweat hits your eyes, this could be your ticket.

GUTR SWEATBANDS FOR DEHYDRATION.
GUTR SWEATBANDS FOR DEHYDRATION.

GUTTER FOR YOUR SWEAT KEEPS IT OUT OF THE EYES
GUTTER FOR YOUR SWEAT KEEPS IT OUT OF THE EYES

CAMELBAK GEAR AND HYDRATION DRINKS

CAMELBAK ISN'T ABOUT HYDRATION PACKS ANYMORE
CAMELBAK ISN’T ABOUT HYDRATION PACKS ANYMORE

HYDRAPAK BOTTLES

Some of these may not be practical for ordinary mountain biking, but if you a a trekker with your mountain bike, Fat Tire bike, or you just want to pedal out somewhere for an overnight, HYDRAPAK bottles may have what your looking for.
A super tough collapsible water bottles will fit perfect in your pack or saddlebags.

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GEAR & PROTECTION QUICKIE

LEATT was in the house showing off their new helmet and of course all there gear. From their well known neckbrace to their pads, body armor, hydration pack, and new helmet. Its clear to see LEATT is in the game for the long haul.

YOU NEED A PAD LEATT HAS IT
YOU NEED A PAD LEATT HAS IT
NEW LEATT DBX V12 HLEMET HAS COOL STYLING
NEW LEATT DBX V12 HLEMET HAS COOL STYLING
LEATT'S BLUE CUSHIONS ARE PART OF THE SAFETY FOR YOU HEAD
LEATT’S BLUE CUSHIONS ARE PART OF THE SAFETY FOR YOU HEAD
LARGE VENTING BRING IN THE AIR
LARGE VENTING BRING IN THE AIR
CHOOSE YOUR COLOR AND LOOK BADASS
CHOOSE YOUR COLOR AND LOOK BADASS
LEATT BODY ARMOR ALLOWS GREAT PROTECTION FRONT AND BACK AS WELL AS ACCEPTING THEIR NECKBRACE
LEATT BODY ARMOR ALLOWS GREAT PROTECTION FRONT AND BACK AS WELL AS ACCEPTING THEIR NECKBRACE

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ALPINESTARS

NEW ENDURO GEAR
NEW ENDURO GEAR
ASTARS ENDURO TYPE SHORTS LOOK LIKE A GREAT SHORT
ASTARS ENDURO TYPE SHORTS LOOK LIKE A GREAT SHORT
COOL GLOVES HAVE A SMOOTH LOOK ON THE HAND
COOL GLOVES HAVE A SMOOTH LOOK ON THE HAND
ASTARS DH GEAR WILL DISTRACT THE OTHER RACERS
ASTARS DH GEAR WILL DISTRACT THE OTHER RACERS
THE WOMEN ARE NOT FORGOTTEN
THE WOMEN ARE NOT FORGOTTEN
ALPINESTARS MEMORY FOAM ELBOW LOOK TO HAVE GREAT COVERAGE
ALPINESTARS MEMORY FOAM ELBOW LOOK TO HAVE GREAT COVERAGE
KNEE USES SAME FOAM AS ELBOW, BUT THE KNEE LOOKS A LITTLE SMALL IN THE COVERAGE
KNEE USES SAME FOAM AS ELBOW, BUT THE KNEE LOOKS A LITTLE SMALL IN THE COVERAGE

100% “AWESOME”!!!

100% goggles, sunglasses, Aircraft helmet, and gloves are definitely cool as cool.

New color coming out for 2016 and I have to say chrome is cool.
New color coming out for 2016 and I have to say chrome is cool.
The other new chrome helmet coming out is this cool red, black, and chrome. Now I wanr one with blue chrome and I'm in.
The other new chrome helmet coming out is this cool red, black, and chrome.
Now I wanr one with blue chrome and I’m in.
The old red, white, and blue baby.
The old red, white, and blue baby.
100% sunglasses are made for the rider, they are also ultra cool too.
100% sunglasses are made for the rider, they are also ultra cool too.
100% has thrown a lot of time into design and function in mind when it comes to the rider and racer. If they don't have a color or style to meet your needs, well you my be to cool to wear them.  I'm sure you can find one in the bunch though.
100% has thrown a lot of time into design and function in mind when it comes to the rider and racer. If they don’t have a color or style to meet your needs, well you my be to cool to wear them.
I’m sure you can find one in the bunch though.
100% has your hand covered for your riding.
100% has your hand covered for your riding.

G-FORM PROTECTION

G-FORM had a great booth at INTERBIKE this year. With their pads being one of the lightest pads out there they have become one of the popular elbow and knee pads on the market.

G-FORM had a big booth this year and they were hopping.
G-FORM had a big booth this year and they were hopping.

G-FORM full shirt and shorts with protection
G-FORM full shirt and shorts with protection

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Well here is just some of the products we saw at INTERBIKE 2015. There was so much to see and do, it was and hard to put it all on here for you to see.
Next we will be posting those products that deserve a little more time and explanation.

Stay Hydrated!

Team Racer, Art Aguilar was recently up in Big Bear, Ca. doing some riding. Everyone knows that when you’re in higher altitude, you need to make sure you hydrate often.

Here’s with his preferred beverage.

Miller High Life tastes way better in 7,000 feet elevation.

Sea Otter 20 Ten, Camelbak, Indubitably

Indubitably Sea Otter 20 Ten didn’t fail to deliver; beautiful weather, bikes, people and products. Last year Jer and I visited as many booths as possible looking for new and innovative products. Sometimes though the coolest new products can be found from the old guard companies; one such company is Camelbak. Camelbak has been around for a long time and they tout themselves as “the originator and world leader in hands-free hydration systems”. Indubitably we all love their products and indubitably their competition has began taking a piece of their market share. We stopped by to see what was new and indubitably, Camelbak delivered again. Here is a sampling of what Camelbak 2010 looks like, indubitably!

Sweet Color Combo! USA USA

Ahhhh, airflow...

Examples of how Camelbak has solved the sweaty back issue…
Being organized is the key to success...

Here are some random shots of the different bags that Camelbak is offering this year. They make hydration solutions for just about every activity including the military; in fact, I’ve heard that some MTB’rs are opting for the military pack due to their storage capicity and the fact that it automatically turns you into an Army of one…no military bags were at S.O. though, bummer.


Flow Meter for those who need positive afirmation while riding their MTB...

Here we have a cool flow meter that guages your flow rate when descending sweet Single Track like at our friend the San Juan trail in Capistrano. Jer was lucky enough to be gifted one by the folks at Camelbak, I can’t wait to read his review.

First Impression: ZER0GOO Hydration Bladder Dryer

Have you ever taken a sip of your water as you are riding and it just tasted NASTY?!?!?!  Many of us have.  This is a result of not completely drying your hydration bladder after use and the build up of “gunk” in the bladder and hose.  The most conventional way of drying is using a specific hanger where it opens up the bladder to air dry.  However for many who ride frequently, the bladder never really has a chance to fully dry.  Now there is a solution…

New from ZER0GOO is the Hydration Bladder Dryer.  It is a compact fan built to fit in the mouth/opening of your bladder.  It is made from plastic and requires an electric power source (included).  The dryers do not emit heat, just the air with the room temperature to dry.

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Here are simple steps:

    –       Remove the mouthpiece from your tube/hose so the air can have a clear path.
    –       For faster drying, drain the excess water/liquid from the bladder before attaching the unit
    –       Insert the fan into the opening of the bladder
    –       Attached/plug the power source

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Drying time can vary.  Depending on your location geographically, humidity can be a factor. For example in Denver it takes approximately 40 minutes while in Miami it can take upto 2 1/2 hours.  Drying time is also dependant on the size of your bladder.  Since receiving the unit for review, I’ve only used my small Camelbak bladder, 45oz., made to fit the fanny type bags.  Although I haven’t timed it yet, I am confident that it was dry with in an hour’s time.

I’ll be putting this unit to the test.  I have several bladders that I use, different in size.  Look for a complete review in the next few months.  Drying and having the taste of fresh water during your ride has never been made easier! 

For more information log onto www.zerogoo.com

The First Annual, Quarterly Lift Assisted Ride Report, Part IV


Exposure also allows for some sweet views! In the middle of the valley, you can see the fireroad we climbed. The day before, we were on the other side of the mountain riding the slopes

Just a few lessons learned from this past weekend of riding, plus some more random pictures that didn’t make it into the previous posts. By the way, thank Khoa for all the sweet pictures. He lugged around his camera when I was too lazy to carry mine. Thanks Khoa.


Bikes parked in the kitchen

Guys who ride your style
It’s better to ride with guys who ride your style than ride with guys who don’t. It’s as simple as that. It takes a little while but if you’re honest with yourself, you’ll easily define what style it is that you like to ride. I, for instance, enjoy fast, continuous singletrack with technical sections that don’t require me to drop my seatpost. Exposure doesn’t bother me too much nor do jumps under one-foot tall. I would like to get better at riding fun stuff like teeter totters and logs, but that isn’t particularly important to me. I don’t like climbing but it’s a necessary evil in my book.


Redline Mono 9 taking the lift

I do not liking riding gnarly terrain that is optimized for bikes with more than 5 inches of suspension. I don’t mind occasionally doing the ”point and shoot” through small rock gardens or other ugly stuff but I want a bit of a run out afterwards to get things back under control. Riding with those that enjoy downhill stuff is not only frustrating to me but is also frustrating to the DH rider waiting for me to walk a ridiculously steep or traction-less slope. Riding with guys that have the same tastes in riding as you do makes it easy to have fun for everyone. Just find stuff that you like to ride and they’ll like it too.


Not busy on the slopes today. You can see Big Bear Lake too

Ask for Guidance
The riding on Saturday morning was not our style and since the trails were not marked, we knew the afternoon was probably going to be hit and miss to find trails we like. So we did what any desperate mountain biker does when their back is up against the wall. We asked for guidance. But you can’t just ask anybody. You have to watch for tell tale clues as to the rider’s ability and familiarity lever before asking for help.


Trek Fuel EX 9.0 resting on the porch

What made Tim ask Deb for help beats me, but what I gathered from some hindsight is that Deb exhibited characteristics of one able to help. She had a good bike (a Specialized Safire), proper riding attire (plain woman’s no sleeve jersey and lycra shorts), proper sunglasses (not aviators which we saw a lot of, but riding glasses with interchange-able lenses) and two strap riding shoes. She also, I noticed much later, did not have a hydration pack. Combine this with the other characteristics and this is obvious a knowledgeable rider who is familiar with local trails and her own riding limits. You don’t want to find the poseur or waste time asking the newb.


Not really a “river”… more of a Santa Ana Stream. Pretty though.

Hydration
If you don’t know what to do in regards to hydration, do as much as you can and then add another bottle. The long day of riding got me at the end when I started to cramp a little. The lesson here is to keep drinking. I decided not to fill up my water pack when we went out after lunch… a calculating decision that came back to haunt me at around 3:30pm. The cramping began in my legs and quickly spread, even hitting my triceps which have never cramped before. I ended up taking Khoa’s Accelerade filled bottle and drinking it all. Afterwards, I was ready for another run… maybe two if the lifts hadn’t stopped for the day. Drink, not just water, but stuff to replenish what your body loses and it’s always better to have a little extra than to not have enough. Thanks Khoa.


Jeremy cramping under a tree

HT vs. FS
If you can go with a full suspension bike, rock it. At the end of the first day, 7+ hours of riding mind you, my butt was feeling good. I was thinking “no problem” for tomorrow’s ride. But, I was wrong. My worst fear from the past two weeks sprang up and when I got on my saddle the next morning I could feel my sit bones aching. After riding up the fireroad I knew I’d appreciate a full suspension bike. For a guy not accustomed to spending so many hours on the saddle a little love from some full suspension would have gone a long way.


Tim at the SART trailhead

Not to say anything negative about my bike, though. The Redline Mono 9 with 29-inch wheels hung in there with the other full suspension bikes. The steel was great and I swapped back the White Brothers Magic 80mm 29er fork which worked excellently after I dialed it in. The Redline was never the limiting factor during the rides. The rider and his desire to live another day was.


A picture of the valley that the fireroad was in


SART Singletrack


Jeremy eavesdropping on Tim’s cell phone conversation


Khoa proudly finishes negotiating a switchback


Jeremy & Tim on SART

Thanks for all the comments & I hope you enjoyed our pictures and commentary.

Drink Plenty of Water

Last night’s ride left me all cramped up in my calves and parts of my quads. During the day I didn’t drink enough water, basically I drank a few cans of diet soda (free sodas at work) and 2 cups of coffee. So the common denominator for the cause of my cramps would be the caffeine. The jittery juice works as a diuretic, which means it pulls water away from my muscles and body.

I think I fooled myself thinking that I was hydrating my body during the day because I was drinking something, but in reality I was setting myself up for failure.

Luckily I had my hydration pack, when the cramps started, I guzzled as much water as my belly could handle. Cramps subsided, but my muscles were sore because of them.

What’s the moral of the story? Drink plenty of water BEFORE, DURING and AFTER a ride.

Sports Drinks or Plain Water

SPORTS DRINKS OR PLAIN WATER: Every now and then I’ll bring a water bottle full of some sort of sports drink like Gatorade. Usually I’ll drink it if I need the extra sugar boost to help me deal with a tougher ride. However, my drink of choice has always been water. I’ve met a few people that will include Gatorade or Redbull in their hydration pack. In fact I once rode with a guy that had two bladders in his his back pack, one was filled with water and the other Gatorade.

The only problem I have with drinking Gatorade is that the sugar does make me more thirsty and it leaves an after taste. I guess if I’m drinking more of it, my body does get more hydrated. Besides they have so many different colors and flavors to choose from!

Now if I really want to pull out my secret weapon for the trail, I’ll drink one of those Monster Energy Drinks that I sometimes keep tucked away in my back pack.

But since caffeine is a diuretic, it will work against me later on. So I’ll drink this puppy towards the last leg of the ride just to give me that extra umph.