Seaotter Classic 2014 recap part 2

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I packed up my VW golf and made the trek all 135 miles from san luis obispo to Laguna seca race way in monterey, one quick stop at target in paso robles to get a sleeping bag, because i forgot mine, i was on the road. The Seaotter classic is a 4 day mountain and road event at the laguna seca race track, along with the cat 1-5 racing they also have 2 grand fondo road rides a 50 and 100 mile and a 30 mile mtb fondo. The event also features a vender area with over 350 venders featuring new and prototype products, and a ton of great deals to be had as well!

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With the event being primarily MTB focused most of the venders are showing off the newest and coolest mountain shredders

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Like this santa cruz bronson full carbon 6in travel bike with sram xx1 and enve carbon rims and a price tag of over $10,000 this is a beast of a bike with a price tag to match

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One of the coolest bikes at the show was from Razik with there super innovative “isotruss” technology it literally made me do a double take a build with high quality parts and a nice wheel set came in at around sub 13lbs. they had some guys racing there that weekend showing them off as well

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The rep for Razik had a sample tube to look at and said “throw it on the ground step on it” it was extremely strong and stiff very cool technology from razik

 

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Razik also has plans to release had tail MTB frames and full suspension frames in the next  few months

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I stopped by the Felt tent to see what they had out to look at, Felt had a couple 2015 already on display as well as a cool cruiser in collaboration with the guys from the tv show american pickers. Felt also had a shimano hydraulic disc build to check out along with new ar and F models. And  really cool new cx bike too, i really like felt and miss my old f75

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Stopping by the Kona bikes tent some one forgot to tell them that 2014 is the year of carbon, but they brought titanium instead and thats ok with me! Kona only brought TI bikes to seaotter with them this year and tequila!!! The first time i passed by the kona tent i was “forced” to have a shot of el jimador and i was totally cool with that in fact pretty much every time i passed the kona booth i received a shot of tequila. Those guys love bikes and love tequila straight out of bellingham wa, Kona bikes is the real deal!!!

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Stopping by the seasucker booth i spotted a new member in their line up, still a prototype seasucker calls it the scorpion and rightly so! it looks just like one! Not only will it function as a trunk style rack for convertibles it is also went for use as a work stand on the the car! Very cool idea from them, I’ve been using the mini bomber for over a year and a half and i love it, dp your self a favor and check out seasucker and their awesome products!

I have much more seaotter coverage plus some product review from seaotter so look for those on the not to distant future!

 

 

Till next year seaotter… 2014 recap part 1

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Well the years Seaotter classic is in the bag, but boy was it a hoot! Tons of good riding mtb and road! Ill be doing multiple posts bout the cool stuff i checked out this year but this one is about about me. On Sat i took part for the second year in a row in the half fondo a 50 mile out and back mostly coastal ride along the picturesque monterey peninsula, while having not have a lot of time in the saddle the past 6 months i faired pretty well due to the fact that there was a 2000ft climb at the last 2.5 miles of the ride. the ride was a fully supported with fulling stations and mechanics if you needed a quick tune, the weather was a little chilly in the morning being overcast and in the mid 50’s but as soon as i hit a couple climbs i got my blood flowing and a sweat going. This was the longest ride on my scott addict it rode well and climbed like a goat, me on the other hand….

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On your marks get set go!!! The century riders were up first to the starting line, 96.4 miles through the carmel valley

 

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Strava kept my ride time perfect and even running pandora i still had 30% battery left

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25 miles down and 25 miles to go the aid station was great fully stocked with cliff barf and gels and osmos electrolyte drinks along with bananas and other carb rich delights.

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wish i could of snapped more pics but the was a one i managed to get on a quick break whiled checking my drive train, great weather and awesome riding conditions

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Ill be attending the seaotter classic all weekend fro thurs 4-10 to sun 4-13 if your headed to the event and want to meet up and hang out stop by my camp site for a beer or a gatorade, its going to be an amazing event. Last year was my first time and i had a blast!

 

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company spotlight fairdale bikes part 2

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Part 2 in my Fairdale bikes spotlight will focus on their current line up. Fairdale has a current roster of 10 models,some of which are women’s versions, of complete bikes and 4 frame sets.

 

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Their flagship model pictured above it the flyer a single speed split top tube cruzer, the definition of simplicity, fair dale describes the flyer as “It’s a simple bike so there’s nothing to complicate the joy of a nice bike ride. Quality Continental tires, comfy Fairdale seat and Odyssey brakes are some of this bike’s great parts. Just hop on and go… no need to over think this.” and at $459 its a steal, the flyer also come in a  internal 3 speed version for an extra $100 bucks.

 

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The next model fairdale makes is the weekender the being the drop/disc model a 2×9 shimano sora avid bb7 disc brake set up, comes with 37 mm wide continental tires and full chromolly frame, fender and rack mounts makes this a perfect platform for a pretty in expensive touring bike, the weekender retails for $1199. this frame also comes in a version with archer bars and canti brakes for $850 a greal bike for commuting to work or “weekend” getaways

 

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The next bike on their roster is the fairdale coster, the coster is as no nonsense as you can get, they describe it as “You’ll smile if you ride this bike. With the Shimano coaster brake it is a joy to ride. The Fairdale seat and Archer bars somehow add up to make this bike magic. Classic and uncluttered cycling on this bike is a delight!” it has a freaking coaster brake!!! you can do some sweet skid stops like when you were a kid!!!!

 

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Next model up in fairdales line is the parser, billed as there single speed cyclocross style bike its come fixed or with a free hub and with an integrated head set and a chromoly frame make this a great bike for cyclocross. Heres what the guys from fair dale say about itAll butted chromoly frame, integrated headset, Continental tires, Fairdale cranks with a sealed outboard bottom bracket, and TWO cogs on the sealed rear cassette hub. That way you can easily set the bike up for whatever terrain you might come across. Cyclocross style canti-brakes and rack / fender mounts make this a great all around bike” and retailing at $749 its an affordable option for a starter cycloscross bike

 

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next up is the signature series “Taj”, the Taj the a throwback to the 80’s BMX cruiser days, the taj is a 26″ full chromoly beast of a bike. heres what the fairdale guys said about it “It’s all chromoly frame, fork and handlebar were built to last. The Taj’s curb-hopping and wheelie-popping geometry was great for cruising and having fun. The Odyssey parts, Maxxis 26” tires and the sealed chromoly crankset made this one quality package.” with a retail of $599  makes it a perfect sunday funday bike for hit tree root jumps

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Last on the list is the weekender og a combo of the wekender canti/drop disc, its pretty much different bars and levers but same mechanical disc brakes and a single crank set heres what fairdale says about it “The Weekender could be a legitimate replacement for a car, a weekend getaway machine or just a fun bike to ride around. Reliable SRAM powered 1×9 shifting is simple to use, just one thumb shifter takes you through a full range of 9 gears. Front and rear Avid mechanical disc brakes will take care of stopping in any conditions and are easy to maintain. Fender and rack mounts let you customize this bike to be a daily commuter or a light tourer. A high end hubset matched with quality rims and Kevlar belted Continental tires will keep you rolling smoother longer. The Weekender’s frame and fork is built around our double butted chromoly tube set complete with bullet proof integrated headset and a one piece machined steer tube fork. This bike is topped off with Odyssey grips, pedals and comfortable FAIRDALE ARCHER handlebars.” at $849 the weekender is a screaming deal!!! So if you want a really cool steel frame bike from a cool company with a BMX background check out fairdale, they are the real deal when it comes to townies and commuters, steel is real!!!

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company spotlight fairdale bikes! part 1

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Fairdale is the brain child if ex pro BMXer Taj Mihelich, sidelined by injuries but still wanting to stay in the bike industry Taj started fairdale in 2010. After being dropped by Giant BMX after the dissolution of the BMX team, he’s still very involved in BMX hosting the annual texas toast jam. He’s no stranger to running a bike company he along with fellow pro BMXer Joe Rich ran Terrible One from 98′-06′, Terrible one was one of the best BMX companies of the late 90’s to mid 2000’s making the 21″ barcode frame and various T-1 bars which where noted for there extreme strength.

Taj has taken a unique way of marketing and promoting his bikes he’s uses a lot of humor and a lot of his dog monte in his advertisements. Fairdale is a small but quickly growing company with a sold line up of frames and accessories they only stand to grow bigger as times goes on. Part 2 will show case the fairdale models and clever advertisements but for now take a look at the r&d video from them and see what their up to