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…..

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.

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.

Sea Otter Highlights

Here are a few of the cool, new and otherwise blingy things that caught my attention at Sea Otter this year.

Purely custom had their take on a bashguard. The bashgaurd is covered in a with a rubber/silicone type edge. Not only it this piece support to protect your chain-ring from hits, but also as demonstrated in the picture it is designed to give a little grip or traction on your way over the big rocks.

New Bashguard Design
New Bashguard Design

For those of you out there who are interested in or already using a belt drive from Gates, there is a new system coming down the pipeline. This new belt is a center-track system. According to their rep, the system is supposed to stay in alignment better and at a lower tension on the hub. As you can see in the pic, the cog has a center ridge to keep the belt aligned and the belt has a matching groove.

New centerline belt-drive from Gates
New centerline belt-drive from Gates

Center track helps to keep belt aligned.
Center track helps to keep belt aligned.

DT has release new internals for their hubs to increase the engagement from 20% to 30%. As a fan of high engagement hubs, I found this to be of interest. Art already mentioned in his post about their release of the Tricon wheels in the 29″ variety.

DT Swiss high engagment replacement parts.
DT Swiss high engagment replacement parts.

On Saturday Master Yoda (Art) and I went over to the DH course to watch Joe race and got to watch some of the other racers as well.

Got to watch a little DH racing!
Got to watch a little DH racing!

Project 321 had some really blingy parts on display. They had their own hubs with Industry9 internals, and can custom finish parts in a large variety of colors. The they had gold finished set of stan’s rim with matching gold hubs on display.

Massive bling from Project 321!
Massive bling from Project 321!

Renovo had some cool looking wood bike as well. I don’t know how they rode, but they definitely looked good.

Wood frames!
Wood frames!

Serfas Krest 9r MTB Tires First impression

I’ve used Serfas saddlebags and racks in the past, but I didn’t know that they also sell tires. The good folks from Serfas sent us a pair of their Krest 9r MTB tires for me to test on my KHS Solo One 29er. My Solo One comes with Kenda Nevegals, a tire that really performs well on the terrain that I ride.


Krest 9er on left, Nevegal on right.

The Krest 9r have a similar pattern as the Nevegals, except for smaller knobs. The big difference is their weight:


Weight of 1 Kenda Nevegal 29er tire.


Weight of 1 Serfas Krest 9r tire.

That’s right folks, almost a pound lighter PER tire! The Serfas Krest 9r weighs almost as much as a 26er, that impressed me quite a bit.

Last Sunday, RL and I hit the Loop early in the morning for a quick training ride. I was eager to see how the Serfas Krest 9r were going to perform. The dirt was nice and packed, it looks like last week’s rain did the trail some good. The tires offered great grip and rolled rather fast.

The bike cornered well and when we rode through some loose stuff, the bike wiggled minimally. My first impression of these tires is very positive, I will put on some more miles and write full review on durability and how the tires handle on other type of terrain.

Ultimate AM Spotlight: Vuelta Wheels

Vuelta USA provided the wheels for our Ultimate All-Mountain Project. These wheels have made more than a few heads turn. Check out the bladed spokes and their pattern, quite unique for an All-Mountain setup.

The wheels have proven to be quite durable so far, they have endured 1 crash and a few jumps. I’m also happy to report that I have not experienced one flat.

Here are the specs on the wheels:
Rims: Vuelta Alloy 25mm Profile
Front Hub: Shimano M495 Deore
Rear Hub: Shimano M495 Deore
Cassette Body: Shimano
Spokes: Alpina Alloy CNC Black
Spoke Count: Front: 20 Rear: 20
Tires: Michelin X Comp
Weight: Front: 750g Rear: 980g

Yeah, you read it right, 750g for the front and 980g for the rear. Not your lightest wheelset, but definitely not heavy at all for an all-mountain setup.

I’ve seen these wheels sell from $179 – $259, not a bad price considering that you get Wheels, tubes and tires. Do I recommend them? Hell ya, in fact, I liked these wheels so much that I bought me a set for my XC Racing machine!!!