HAPPY THANKSGIVING !!!

“HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!”

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

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

THE MEAL

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

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

AFTER THE MEAL

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

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

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

“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!!!

Going from 24 to 27speeds, its easier than you think!

One of our readers, Randall had recently bought some goods to upgrade his Specialized Rockhopper from 8spd to 9spd. He was able to purchase most of his parts from Pricepoint.com.

His current set up and new parts.

SRAM X-9 Front Derailleur (bottom pull)

SRAM X-9 Rear Derailleur

SRAM X-9 Trigger shifters

SRAM 990 9spd cassette (for MTB Wheelset)

SRAM 970 9spd cassette (for Road Wheelset – commuting purposes).

His old set up was around 28lbs.

First thing I did was remove his wheels, then his old parts like this Alivio rear derailleur. I also removed all his chain, cables and housing.

He bought some new SRAM X9 shifter pods and an older XTR brake lever, so that meant the old stuff came off.

Looks pretty bare. While the bike was stripped, I went ahead and cleaned it up. Degreased the chain rings, wiped down the frame and removed any dirt from the bike.

Then I started to install the new stuff along with the cables and housing.

Here’s the drive train looking sexy with its new SRAM goodness!

I then installed the rest of the cables, the new wheels and tuned up the bike. That included adjusting the derailleurs, the brakes as well as the angle of the levers and shifters on the bars. Here’s the final product.

Oooh its still nice and clean…

Like my cable job? I wanted to make sure that it was visually appealing by trying to get it as symmetrical as I could.

I installed new brake cables and housing on the bike, so basically this old rig felt like it was right out of the box.

Check out how much weight his bike lost…it now weighs 25.5lbs…not bad!

I’d like to thank Randall Robinson for letting us the project with his bike. And last time I checked with him and his bike, they are a happy couple!

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.