Don’t trust a fart when you’re over 40

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We’ve all been there…you’re riding and you’ve got an urge to fart. Well if you’re over 40…don’t trust that fart! Why? Well for the simple reason of you being older. Your bung hole ins’t as tight as it was when you were younger. Plus you’re not as regular as you used to be. So that means you could still have some poop left over in your colon and when you fart…BOOM! It’s a SHART!

Nothing worse than having to clean out your riding shorts after trusting a fart…don’t even bother right? Just throw those $100 pair of shorts away. I’m sure you tried to hose off the skid marks..but sometimes those poop particles just stay within the padding.

Anyway, let’s get back to what we were talking about…farts at 40. Ya man, hold it in…or better yet, burp it out! I’m sure you know how to do that, right? What you do is this, when you feel the urge to fart, push it back in by doing a simple keigel exercise. This will allow your sphnicter to bounce the fart back up your intestines and you later burp it out. Try it…practice the keigel…did you burp?

 

Therapy on two wheels

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One of the benefits of riding with close friends is the talk time you get. I’ve called it Therapy on Two Wheels. I’m not sure about you, I tend to ride with some of my best friends. These are the people who know me and my story like the back of their hand. One of my riding partners is The Moe. We’ve been friends for nearly 20 years. Our friendship actually started from mountain biking.

Throughout the years we’ve both gone through some challenging times. The Moe had to deal with a divorce about 10 years ago, and recently I had to deal with divorce. Those two events in our lives were…to say the least tougher than anything we’ve had to deal with.

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The day I was going to sign my divorce papers. I needed to go on a ride just tone down my anxiety.

Fortunately we had mountain biking to help us cope. The Moe and I would often schedule rides and for those two hours, we talk about all sorts of stuff. It starts off with the latest news with each other, new toys or gadgets we just bought. But a few more miles into it, the real stuff gets aired out.

What’s cool about Therapy on Two Wheels is that while you do get angry or frustration comes out about what you’re talking about. You can easly let out that energy to the pedals.  Sometimes I just zone out and let it all go as I roll through the trail

After all that purging, there’s usually a peace that comes over you and allows you to take stock of how good life is. While bombing down the hills, I am usually smiling ear to ear and quenching all that angst as the cool air hits my pretty face.

So the next time you’re feeling stuff, need to vent or get a different perspective, try mountain biking with a good friend. You’ll find that talking through life stuff while riding is definitely helpful.

The problem with XC mountain biking

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One of the beefs I have with XC mountain biking is this constant need to go fast. What I mean is, people can get so caught up with their Personal Record or wanting to be King of the Mountain. Hey, I get it, you want to see how well you’re progressing with your training and riding.

But my main issue is that people just don’t take the time to soak it all in. Enjoy the scenery, smell that fresh air and ride in a casual pace. Years ago we coined the term “Relaxed Vibe.” It basically means we go out there and have fun. We take a bunch of photos, videos and tell jokes.

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Personally I appreciate those types of rides more than the ball busting fast paced rides.  For starters, a relaxed vibe ride means less injuries. When you’re going at 100%, you’re more likely to tear something and the margin for errors are way higher. Crashes, breakdowns, and other problems can be mitagated by going at a slower pace.

So on your next ride, go a little slower. Soak up the experience and have fun.

WHERE WE WERE AND WHERE WE ARE; THE TRAIL HELMET

MY TROY LEE EDGE COMP. IT SERVED ME WELL.
MY TROY LEE EDGE COMP.
IT SERVED ME WELL.

When I look back at all my years of mountain bike riding and racing I have done, then come across something I have kept as a memento from my early days, it makes me think just how far we have progressed with bikes, parts, and riding gear.
While reorganizing my mountain bike area of my garage I came across my first DH helmet. This was one of Troy Lee Designs first helmets that he brought out, sort of, but he did and it was the “Sh_t to have” (read on).
After strolling through memory lane in my mind of those fun DH days, it made me think about what this helmet resembles or more about what it represents today. There’s no way this would be close to a DH helmet by today’s standard. Then it hits me! It’s more like an Enduro or All-Mountain helmet.

THE FUTURE IN THE PAST
It was called the EDGE Comp, but what most of you out there may not know is, the Edge Comp started life with a well-known helmet company. My guess is they thought their name would make the sales in mountain biking, but as we all know this may not be the case and back in the early days of mountain biking this really didn’t work to often by name and reputation alone.

FULL REMOVABLE CHINBAR PROTECTION WITH ONLY FOUR SCREWS
FULL REMOVABLE CHINBAR PROTECTION WITH ONLY FOUR SCREWS

Shoei Helmets brought out their first mountain bike helmet with no chin bar at the time, it was a new cool style XC helmet. Something way different then the traditional XC helmet (which had about as much style as an all foam helmet from KMART).
We go back to 1990, Shoei helmets (big in the moto market) thought to break into the MTB market, calling the new helmet the RC3 it came with no removable chin bar (like the TLD Comp) and looking to capture the XC crowd by storm Shoei was heading in the right direction, or so they thought.
Shoei knowing Troy Lee for being a leading graphics painter in Moto race circles, thought Troy Lee could do something with it, spice it up a bit, make it look COOOOOL.
Troy Lee recognized the potential with the helmet. He tweaked the peak, added a decal graphics package with it so you could make it cool and “BAM” you have a seller.
BIG VENTS KEPT YOU COOL UNDER PRESSURE.
BIG VENTS KEPT YOU COOL UNDER PRESSURE.

Next you have some of the top pro riders at the time wear it, BAM!! Pros loved this helmet, Troy Lee eventually acquired the rights to the RC3 and Troy Lee called it the Edge Comp.
With Downhill becoming more and more popular in the mid 90’s, Troy Lee saw the need for more protection. At this point he added a chinbar that could be removed simply by unscrewing the four screws. suddenly you have the best of both worlds, a DH helmet or an open face XC helmet.
Something we call All-Mountain, Trail, or Enduro helmets today.

THE FUTURE NOW
I started noticing what made this helmet so unique in itself is that when you look at all the features it has, you see what a lot of the newer helmets have in them. The DNA of the Troy Lee EDGE Comp is evident with the new designs out there from Its full rear / side head coverage, removable chinbar, large venting and overall fit, not to mention cool style.

TROY LEE STILL MAKING COOL HELMETS. LOOK AT THE GREAT REAR PROTECTION
TROY LEE STILL MAKING COOL HELMETS.
LOOK AT THE GREAT REAR PROTECTION

I found it funny to look at it and think, “Wow, the new helmets out there today are not that much different in the style and design structure (OK structure is different, but you know what I’m talking about).
FOX ALL MOUNTAIN TRAIL HELMET
FOX ALL MOUNTAIN TRAIL HELMET

GIANT BICYCLES RAIL HELMET MIPS.
GIANT BICYCLES RAIL HELMET MIPS.

THE BELL AND THEIR SUPER 2R CHINBAR REMOVED.
THE BELL AND THEIR SUPER 2R CHINBAR REMOVED.

Just look at the Bell Super 2R, Giro Switchblade, Leatt DBX 3.0., 6D, Fox and so many more. When you compare the look of these helmets in full-face or All-Mountain mode to the older Troy Lee Edge [RC3] they share the same general DNA features. Some may be a full-face helmet with removable chinbar, big venting, or All-Mountain / trail helmets like 6D, FOX, and others. In other words you get great coverage and comfort for long rides all in one.
THE LEATT DBX 3.0 LIKE THE BELL HAS A SIMPLE REMOVAL SYSTEM
THE LEATT DBX 3.0 LIKE THE BELL HAS A SIMPLE REMOVAL SYSTEM

GIRO SWITCHBLADE LOOKS LIKE A DH HELMET, BUT NOT RATED FOR THE HARDCORE STUFF
GIRO SWITCHBLADE LOOKS LIKE A DH HELMET, BUT NOT RATED FOR THE HARDCORE STUFF

QUICK CHINBAR REMOVAL ON THE GIRO.
QUICK CHINBAR REMOVAL ON THE GIRO.

LEATT'S DBX3.0 IS A CLEAN HELMET FROM THE GUYS THAT INVENTED THE SAFETY NECK BRACE. YEAH THEY KNOW THEIR STUFF
LEATT’S DBX3.0 IS A CLEAN HELMET FROM THE GUYS THAT INVENTED THE SAFETY NECK BRACE.
YEAH THEY KNOW THEIR STUFF

LOOKING AT THE NEW
With the advent to new technologies, better materials, and better understandings of head trauma, cycling helmets have become far better safety wise these days.
Style is everything to most of us, I mean really, we have to look good on the trail. From the moment you pull up to the trail and unload your bike the style points are starting with your peers, Lol.
All kidding aside we do care about safety and the manufactures care as well, especially to the head.
You will find many companies out there using the regular old EPS designs still and there is nothing wrong with that at all, but if you have the chance to help save your head with a bit more safety, why not be smart and do this for yourself.

We may all know someone that may have had a head injury from mountain biking, I know I have and with what’s out there now makes me wonder if it would have made a difference had my friend been wearing one of these new helmets today.

THE NEW MOUSE TRAP
These new designs come in many acronyms. The most well-known of them all and I believe one of the first was MIPS. You have 360Deg Turbine Technology by Leatt, and 6D has ODS.
These new technologies have been the big game changer for off-road cycling helmets today. Manufactures are making helmets that will help the rider to better survive a nasty shot to the old noddle. Even if you may not have a whole lot up in that area, let’s keep what you do have intact, shell we.
What do these safety features do? There are two things that are being achieved here, one is the reduction of rotational acceleration to the head and brain and number two is the absorption of energy during impact at concussion level.
So, let me give a brief explanation of what these do for you, told by the companies that make them.

MIPS

GIANT SHOWS HOW THE MIPS SYSTEM WORKS WITHIN THEIR HELMETS
GIANT SHOWS HOW THE MIPS SYSTEM WORKS WITHIN THEIR HELMETS

Most of you out there may know or have heard of what MIPS is. The MIPS system is used widely by many companies.
Some will simply add this to their helmets EPS liners, while other companies will design it into their helmets for better fit with your head.
Bell uses it in their Super 2R, Giro in the new Switchblade, and many bicycle manufactures like GIANT use the MIPS systems with their MTB helmets.
MIPS PLACEMENT WITHIN THE BELL SUPER 2R HELMET
MIPS PLACEMENT WITHIN THE BELL SUPER 2R HELMET

BELL SUPER 2R WITH MIPS INCORPORATED. YOU CAN SEE IT WITHIN THE HELMET
BELL SUPER 2R WITH MIPS
INCORPORATED. YOU CAN SEE IT WITHIN THE HELMET

MIPS stands for Multi-Directional Impact Protection System, this is a leading slip-plane system placed within the helmet to help reduce the rotational forces that result from impact.
Kind of like having a floating layer the will move when hit.

360Deg Turbine Technology

LEATT TURBINE 360 WITHIN THE EPS.
LEATT TURBINE 360 WITHIN THE EPS.

LEATT, a leading safety company known for the development of neck brace protection has developed their own system called 360Deg Turbine Technology. Turbines made of 3D molded energy absorbing material.
The best way to describe this is they look like small rubber disc that are placed within the EPS liner around the helmet.
The two advantages to this are the reduction of rotational acceleration to the head and brain and the absorption of energy upon impact at concussion level.

ODS

THE 6D ODS IN THE EPS
THE 6D ODS IN THE EPS

6D helmets is another company that takes their helmet safety seriously. They have developed their system called Omni-Directional Suspension technology (ODS for short).
What make their helmet safety unique is how it works. You will notice the word Suspension in their description of the technology.
That’s right, suspension in a nut shell or brain bucket in this case. 6D has dual EPS liners with Elastomeric Isolation Dampers in between. What this does is allow for downward and upward, rotational, and side to side impact safety.

UP CLOSE AT 6D SUSPENSION FOR YOUR HEAD
UP CLOSE AT 6D SUSPENSION FOR YOUR HEAD

SAFETY AT ITS BEST FOR THE HEAD
SAFETY AT ITS BEST FOR THE HEAD

If you look at one of their cut-away, it seems like it would be free floating within the two EPS liners with little rubber shocks so to speak. Very cool.

PICK YOU POISON
This is just the tip of what is out there when it come to new helmet safety. It blows me away to look at my old Troy Lee and see what we have today versus what we have now. It makes me think, “WOW, I rode in that thing and took a killer hit to my head in it while racing a Big Bear AM-CUP. I rang my bell for sure and it saved my head, but how would that hit have differed to my head while using one of the new helmets with this new safety technology in.
With all research in head trauma, new technology and materials, it has made one thing clear.
Companies care about their customers well-being, not just making a buck off of us.
So, when you are out there and you are ready to make that next helmet purchase give a little thanks to guys like Troy Lee and Shoei for seeing the future, pushing the envelope and making us safe.
And give thanks to all the new guys that are pushing forward on how to keep us riding everyday.

GIANT RAIL MIPS IN ACTION
GIANT RAIL MIPS IN ACTION

Ride safe and ride on….

Betting for Beers

If you ever raced downhill or XC with your buddies then you may want to start a wager. Here’s what I mean. Let’s say your group of riding friends are participating in a race, then why not bet each other a 6 pack of beer? Sure the event will rank riders based on their finish times, but to add some fun to it, do the beer thing.

Let’s say you all are doing a DH race; everyone is timed to see who gets to the finish line the fastest. So the premise is this, each of you has to bring a 6 pack of beer. Make sure you all keep it in a cooler so you can enjoy it after. Go race and once they post the results, see which one of you came in the fastest. Back in my racing days, there were a few of us who were in the same age group as well as same riding level. It was pretty fun to compete with each other to see who came in the fastest. Sometimes the times would differ by thousands of a second, while other times we knew that the fast guy in our group would win. However, there were times we’d see an upset. The fastest guys in our group wouldn’t always be fast. Often times they’d come in too hot during the race and crash, thus causing them to lose.

SHIMANO MT33L IN ACTION
SHIMANO MT33L IN ACTION

One of the things we figured out during our time DH racing was “slow means fast.” This mean that sometimes you have to go slow so you can go fast later. I’ll give you an example; there was a deep rutted turn that I was having a hard time on during practice. I talked to one of the Vet Pro riders to get some advice on how to handle it. He told me to just go slow. At first it didn’t make sense because you’d think I would have to go fast…I mean it’s a race isn’t it? He explained to me that if I go slowly on that section, I won’t risk crashing or making a mistake, and I could make up the time somewhere else in the course. Makes perfect sense right?

Alright, back to our bet for beers. Another game you can play is BettingTop 10 with your buddies. So all of you puts in $10 in a pot. If you or your friends make it on the top 10 of the top finishers, then you pay accordingly. But the higher you are on the list, the more money you get. So out of your group, let’s say one person gets 10th, another 7th, and another 2nd, then the person who got 2nd would get the whole pot. Doing this just ads some additional fun to your race experience. Besides, it’s a great incentive to do well for the next event.

Clickity click…click…slip click

So you’re out riding, and you put some force down on the pedals and clickity slip! Ugh. You try again, but click…clickity slip! From my experience that usually means my drive train is worn out. If you’re anything like me, I usually look for the best value in parts. I tend to shy away from anything super high end because all this crap wears out anyway. So I might as well save money when I’m replacing parts.

Personally I like to go on Amazon or Ebay to shop for my parts. I’ve been doing this for years. Ya I know that we should all support our LBS, but I’ve got to support myself first. Anyhow, I ordered some value parts and it came in within a few short days.

What you see is the following:
KMC X10.93 10-Speed 116L Stretch-Proof Bike Chain fits SRAM Campagnolo & Shimano

Sunrace CSMS1 11-36 10-Speed MTB Bicycle Cassette 11-36T fits SRAM/Shimano Black

Red Derailleur Pulley Set Upgrade for Shimano & Sram 9/10 Speed Derailleurs

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I went with the KMC because I’ve used this brand before and I’ve never had issues of them snapping. This is my first run with Sunrace. I honestly bought it because it was black. Then I needed some new pulleys since mine are cracked in half. I bought these, not because they have ceramic bearings, but because they were cheaper than the SRAM brand and they were red. My total spend was $66.35 with free shipping. If I had spent the money on SRAM branded stuff it would have been over $90, so going with the value parts I was able to save $23.99.

Once I get these bits on Madea, I’ll post a quick assesment on how they did. In the mean time, here’s a video to keep you entertained.

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 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!!!

Ok…I’m trying.

Two weeks ago I was feeling down. Rather than drinking my way to happiness, I decided to get on the bike and do a short ride. 6 miles to be exact. Mind you it’s been months since I’ve ridden so that meant my pace was slower than usual. What’s difficult for me is when I was riding, all sorts of emotions started coming up and at one point I wanted to cry. Eh…this sucks.

Then part of a trail had a little jump, I took it and while in mid-air, I quickly remembered why I love to ride. My heart jumped and all my sorrows went away and it produced a big smile on my face. Don’t get me wrong, the whole ride was just tough on my body. I took everything slow and wanted to enjoy the moment, you know, be present.

I stopped at a local lake to just take it all in. I was grateful for the beauty that surrounds me. Maybe if I just approach riding as a way to enjoy what’s around me and not focus on what was and focus on what is, that might help me get back into it a bit more.

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