Dec 22, 2010

Winter is slow and boring

My schedule is now work, exercise, sleep with some video games thrown in. At least i have a few bike things on my mind.... Vital and PB have been doing a great job keeping content flowing PLUS i bought a new lid for the season. I snagged a TLD Love/Hate carbon lid for a great deal on BikeBling of course i just found an even better deal here. Oh well, missed out on a savings of $20.00. Regardless i got to use their HOLIDAY10 coupon code and it'll arrive tomorrow.

I was thinking about getting the beta blue or the SuperStar Red/Blue TLD D2 helmet but everyone has one now and every time i had either added to my cart.. i just couldn't pull the trigger.

you won't see a lot of love/hates anymore because they are being closed out and according to the TLD site the D2 Carbon = on a hiatus.. maybe permanently... i don't know. Anyway here is the lid that will be on my doorstep tomorrow. I think the name of this helmet is great because you either love it or hate it :)

Anyway other good MTB things to look forward to: 17 questions by Steve Peat will be out on Xmas Eve... be sure to check it on Vital. Life Cycles BluRay has supposedly been shipped by PB That should be in my mailbox soon and I'm going to start stockpiling parts of a new Rune Build.... stay tuned for that as i'm just about done putting together my preliminary build list. Will share when i'm done. Have a Merry Xmas and I hope everyone gets a lot of rad bike related gifts.






Oct 27, 2010

"I Ride for Nick's Eyes" No Pity Party, just rider's wanting to help out a fellow rider and all around good dude.

I don't know Nick but i like to think the mountain bike community (especially the gravity part of it) is pretty tight knit and we're always keen to help out a fellow rider. Well Nick's eyes aren't doing so hot and long story short... health insurance doesn't have his back and no one wants nick to go blind so Demon Dirt, Banshee and others are trying to help Nick foot the bill for his surgery. Simply by purchasing a shirt, stickers or jersey will help Nick out. So reach into your wallet, don't be a pussy and buy something. Go to their store here: DEMON DIRT STORE

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Straight from Nick -

Sep 21, 2010

PG kills it at Pacific.

Not a whole lot has to be said here, the polish legend w/ black links is sweet. Big props to PG, Robs says if you have a banshee, PG probably built it.

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www.bansheebikes.com.
awesome

Sep 1, 2010

Life Cycles

I've watched this about 100 times and i pre-ordered my copy. I knew it would be better than Suspect... but this much better.. i couldn't have predicted.



Listen to what Clay Porter has to say...

Breakfast with Clay Porter: Life Cycles - More Mountain Bike Videos

Aug 18, 2010

So you want your girlfriend or spouse to ride mountain bikes with you....

For all of us that ski, snowboard and ride mountain bikes there comes a time where we think "Man, Riding is soooo great I bet my girlfriend/spouse would love to do this with me!" This is a prime example of Man's optimistic mindset and His ability to overlook the means to get to his ideal end. The following is synonymous with any action sport we decide to share but since i like bikes more than any anything i'll use it as the base for the following scenario and steps.

Lets look at what we'll cover.

I. Why we think its a great idea to ride with our significant other.

II. How we typically go about teaching them.

III. How it turns out.

IV. Why it fails.

V. How to do it correctly.

Why we think its a great idea:
In our minds this is simple 1 + 1 = 2 Math. Take 1 thing we love, put it with another and wham, you have an awesome combo. Its just like adding chili to Mac n Cheese to make Chili-mac. Make sense?
Not only do you want to share the experience of riding but you also want to show all the cool stuff you can do on a bike. Lets face it pictures/video on the computer never do a feature or terrain justice and if your experiences are like mine your lady of the house starts to roll her eyes the more and more you yell "Hey come check this out!!!!" from the computer room right when she sat down to watch TV with some tea in hand. So how do we think we can solve this dilemma? Easy by bringing our girl along with us, thats how.

How we typically go about teaching:
We have a conflict of interest right away. We want to show off but we need to teach. So what usually happens is we drag our girlfriends/spouses on an "easy" trail that still has some cool stuff for us to ride. Things usually start off well by us giving a few pointers then its time to ride! We start riding until we come to the first corner, decent or whatever where our girlfriend is scared to do it. We try and reassure her that it is really easy but she won't try it. We get a bit frustrated because we "know" she can do it but we still move on down the trail. That is when we encounter the next section of the trail that is a bit over her head. The whole process happens over and over until you get frustrated to the point where she is pissed at you and you're ready to get home.

How it typically turns out:
Bad, she hates riding and thinks its even stupider than before.

Why it fails:
This fails because all we want to do is share the ride. We forget that we need to actually teach how to ride. We're lucky that with Mountain Biking your girlfriend may actually know how to ride a bike.. So this should be easy right? Nope... because mountain biking involves a lot more for just riding the bike. This leads me into my next point though....

How to do it correctly:
The first step is to get to the dirt but don't show up at the trails you like to ride, even many of the "skills areas" at your local trails may be too much. You need to find some dirt that is really really mellow.. so mellow that your student may find it silly. If she does, run her through it and then move on.. otherwise just keep riding in that area and then going on to more dirt that is incrementally more difficult as she gets comfortable. Here is the key that will make this a lot of fun for her, let her ride around without you giving crazy amounts of tips.

It may take a long time for her to get up to the skill level where you guys can go out for an actual ride

BONUS TIPS:

1: If you know someone else that is just learning to ride too have them come along with your girlfriend.. she may really like that.. but make sure you ask her if she is cool with it.

2: Buy her some new Sombrio shorts, socks and gloves. After her 2nd or 3rd time out.

Follow these steps and your chance of having fun riding with your girlfriend will increase.


Aug 15, 2010

best SS contest in years..

Good work to all the riders that came out and heal up to everyone that got hurt.

Rad.

Rad!

Aug 9, 2010

I want to say something about buying bike related stuff

Now more than ever we have amazing choices for cycling products. Awesome frames, forks, cranks, shocks and so much more... the problem is.. where do begin to decide what to get?

well you can jump on mtbr.com or god forbid pinkbike.com and ask the "experts" but you'll soon find out the only answers you'll get are a bunch of crap biased answers.. even from me. More recently i've been buying from shops and company's directly that have treated like their business depends on my $. I'll name 2 real quick... 1 shop and 1 company.

Shop:
Universal Cycles... this name probably rings a bell even if you don't live in Portland. Universal Cycles has a big online shop w/ multiple warehouses. They carry a shit ton of goods at reasonable prices. I've bought many of the finishing touches for my Legend at the shop and Aaron at universal even put the whole thing together for me. Sure the work they do there on my bikes is great and they get me products real quick.. but whats best is that they take the time to answer my questions, they call me by name and they help me out with problems i have w/ certain components *cough..el *cough*..ixers.. uh* even though i didn't buy it from them.

I know they might not do this for everyone .. but i was in a bind and needed some work done on a Friday so i could ride on Saturday morning... i can't remember what i needed done but it was probably something time consuming and.. well long story short.. i explained that i needed to ride on Saturday and they had the bike ready Friday afternoon when i dropped it off that morning. These guys do a great job of treating everyone great and staying approachable... if you're in portland .. drop by their shop at 1820 NW 18th Ave. If you're not in Portland go to www.universalcycles.com to check out the massive amounts of inventory they have.

So that leaves us with the company..

Company: Deity - Holy crap, what can i say. Super fast, very personalized experience to say the least. I met Sadie and Eric at Sea Otter in 2010. Ever since i've bought, bars, 2 sets of pedals, 2 sets of grips, a stem, t-shirt and Sadie sent a t-shit out for my girlfriend. Its funny that i've bought all this (and plan to my exponentially more from them) when the first experience i had with their product wasn't the best. I bought some grips from an unnamed retailer and for some reason i only got a couple of screws for the clamps. It was a bitch getting the replacement screws from the retailer.. and they said they weren't accusing me of trying to get free shit but it sure felt like it. .. Well I just about gave up then i ran into Sadie and them at Sea Otter.. i told her about it in more about it and when i got home from the trip she called me at work and got my info to send everything out. In like 2 days i got my grips on and ready to roll. What a great experience (or as we say in my industry.. service recovery). Every purchase since has been rad... did i mention they are fast at sending stuff out... if they have it in stock it'll get to you quick. Beyond their service.. their product is amazing... i saw a guy w/ a mid-20lbs Ibis Mojo at blackrock recently.. and it was equipped with the new Decoy LT pedals.. nice choice if you ask me.

So all in all when you're buying bike gear.. go somewhere that is going to treat you with respect and not make you feel like a you're inconveniencing them. You're spending a lot of money on something you're going to break.. your business is important.

Jul 25, 2010

video from the blackrock Shuttle day.

Here is my video from the BR shuttle day... keep in mind my battery died 1/2 way through the day.

Black Rock Shuttle Day 2010 - More Mountain Bike Videos

Jul 24, 2010

why you don't buy Wal*Mart bikes.



and this is why you wear a helmet and neck brace for that matter.


Fat Kid Bounces Down Steps On His Head - Watch more Funny Videos

Jul 22, 2010

Blackrock Shuttle

Shuttle day this Sunday! We'll get plenty of video and evan told me his buddy Jason will be there to take pictures!

Sictar Gnar - More Mountain Bike Videos

Jul 20, 2010

Jul 15, 2010

Deity goods came in and the Legend is finally finished.

Holy crap - Sadie sent out the new deity decoy lt's for the my legend to finish the build off... These pedals are super light, very thin and polished off. I could tell the moment i pulled the box the pedals came in out of the brown UPS box that these things were going to be rad. Here is outcome... plus i got the some of the Decoy 2's for the wildcard ... also very awesome.


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Jul 2, 2010

Trail = Rad

Jun 29, 2010

Shellburg Falls Trails

The main trail we rode was called bullit. It wasn't tough but it was a a lot of fun.

Shellburg Falls OR, Bullit etc - More Mountain Bike Videos



Bryan getting a feel for a small drop, he'll get it next time.

small drop at shellburg - More Mountain Bike Videos

Jun 26, 2010

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May 26, 2010

Details of the Legend -

Here are some up close shots - Only had the bike on the dirt once but it got dirty..
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thats the bike for now... i'll get out on it this memorial weekend, hopefully some legit dh.

May 20, 2010

great work mike and justin

I met Justin at Sea Otter - he is a pretty cool dude and very talented in capturing visuals. He put this piece that premiered on Vital MTB earlier today about Banshee Rider, Mike Montgomery. This guy kills and he does a great job about representing the brand.

Spotlight: Mike Montgomery - More Mountain Bike Videos

May 15, 2010

Got out on a ride today at Blackrock with my Dad.

Got out on a nice sunny day to ride with my Dad at Blackrock. Dirt was great and the bugs were out. I'll definitely bring my deet with me next time.



on a side note, i found out the Blackrock Flow Cup is in 15 DAYS.. I'm hoping to have the rest of my bike here so i can ride the Legend in it.


speaking of the Legend .. i've been wanting to wait until it was fully built to put it on the blog, but it looks too good not to share.


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The icing on the cake today though was dad brought down my Raceface Atlas FR cranks that were sent down from Canada last week. Not only are they rad but they came with a pint glass... i totally didn't expect that.

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More to come...


Apr 20, 2010

Man these are wide bars.

Yes they are. . . . pink too.
Atlas FR

Julian from Race Face hooked me up with the pink bars for my Legend build.

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Originally i had decided on the red ones, then I thought i'd go with black. The problem with black is... I already have black for my Wildcard. Well i dropped into the Race Face tent and was super stoked on the pink bars for sure.

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Heres Julian talking about all the goods.

Apr 19, 2010

Back from Sea Otter

Great trip down to California for Sea Otter. It started off with an early flight out to San Jose where i picked up a classic American-Made Ford Focus. Drove down to Monterey from there and met Rob, Dalen, Keith from Banshee and the rest of the folks for a few days of fun. We went to the Follow Me premier, hung out with a lot of industry players, went to the Race Face & Pinkbike dinner (tons of fun) and spent some time on the beach. I went to a couple races too. Here are a few pictures from the festivities.


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