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.
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
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!”
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 .
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.
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
IF YOUR TIRED OF BICYCLES HOW ABOUT THESE TOYS
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.
SEA OTTER DAYS
All in all from the start to the finish Sea Otter is a cool place to be, fun for all ages.
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.
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.
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.
HYDRATION FOR THE BODY IS ALWAYS IMPORTANT
PICKLE JUICE, fight the cramps of muscle fatigue?
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.
ISORIDE bars, tabs and hydration drinks for your sport needs.
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.
CAMELBAK GEAR AND HYDRATION DRINKS
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.
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.
100% goggles, sunglasses, Aircraft helmet, and gloves are definitely cool as cool.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Renovo had some cool looking wood bike as well. I don’t know how they rode, but they definitely looked good.
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.
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!!!