seaotter Classic 2014 part 3

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So its been a hectic few weeks but i want to wrap up my coverage of this years seaotter, above is my newest addition my wheel holder for my seasucker rack, makes traveling distances so much nicer to put the front wheels on top of the car.

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Giant had one of the biggest booths at the event this year showcasing all of their MTB and Road bikes, they are one of the best bangs for your buck when it comes to complete bikes, their all mtn trance was quite a nice looking bike i was pretty impressed!

 

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I was really close to buying a tcr advanced 3 and you can see why giant makes some really nice road bikes, the tcr being the race frame, the defy being the more relaxed endurance frame and  the propel the super aero frame thats been turning heads! Giant is one the top bike companies in the world for a reason they make amazing bikes!

 

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Another amazing bike that caught my eye was this DH rig from pivot that weighed in at just over 33 lbs for a dual crown down hill bike that pretty freakin light, they use a lot of carbon on this big for a down hill bike but the guys a pivot say it can take a beating

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Next on my list was to check out the scott booth, being a new addict owner i had to go and show some brand loyalty and check out what they bought with them this year to seaotter

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Full carbon xx1 drive train, ill take 2 please! scott prides them selves on being bike weight and their MTB  line is no exception these thing are like feathers but can take a beating!Image

 

The foil just looks fast standing still and those dura ace wheels would sue look nice on my addict!

 

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Give me all the wheels you have please! the zipp booth did not disappoint showing off all its carbon goodness, id love to have a set of zipp wheels on my bike

 

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My last pic for tonight will be from fezzari, if you don’t know who fezzari is you are missing out they are an online direct to consumer bike company the sells bikes from $500-$6500 MTB road and every thing in between, this happens to be an ultegra 11 speed hydraulic disc set up that wasn’t available to the public yet but the had the hook up from shimano and i had to snap a pic and put my tongue back in my mouth because this build was way cool! by being direct to consumer these guys and save you some big money too, all bike are custom fitted to you my a process of measurements they ask you and if the bike dosent fit well return it in like new condition and they will send another. i still have a bunch more pics to post so stay tuned i promise ill won’t make you wait so long this time!!

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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

Hello!

Hello and welcome to my blog! This blog is mainly going to focus on cycling and all thing bike related, but from time to time be invaded by other interests as well, I’m going to be doing some product review as well as keeping you all updated on my riding adventures.

So a bit about my self my name is Mike I’m 31 and live on the central coast of California, I’m by no means a professional cyclist, I’m fairly new to the sport but have been riding bike most of my life, I was really in to BMX from the ages of 17-25 and decided to call it quits after the injuries caught up with me.

How I got in to road cycling was a fluke, My friend jake who I went to nursing school with got in to getting fit and healthy and I was also on the same health kick, I’ve dropped over 120lbs since I decided to change my life style and eating habits but that story is for a different time, when I ran in to Jake after graduating nursing school he told me he was getting in to cycling and triathlons and said he needed a training partner. Since I’m not a great swimmer and hate running I said I’d start biking with him.

So my search for a bike started, and where I start most of my searches for pretty much anything I went straight to Craigslist. I did go to some local bike shops and get a general idea of what size I was and what parts are good since I had no clue about any of that stuff. The guys at my LBS were more than helpful but most were bent o selling me a bike rather than getting me in to the sport.

So I used my new found knowledge and searched Craigslist for a few weeks until something caught my eye, I texted a kid about an older specialized allez epic this bike was nearly 20 years old but was in good shape it was a carbon frame bonded to aluminum lugg joints, it had full shimano 105 parts and decent wheels, so after taking it around the block a few time thinking I knew what I was doing I handed over 350 to this dirty hippy for my first road bike.

So after purchasing this bike I headed out on my first ride, I did about 3 miles which I was surprised about how fast it took me to do it, but in the way back I got a flat and being as experienced as I was didnt know I was riding on the rim, so after grinding up the rim for a bit I realized I had a flat and did the walk of shame home.

So I had extra tubes or a pump so I took my bike to the shop up the street from my house, they looked it over and told me I needed a new chain cassette and a tuneup, so much for getting a good deal that stupid hippy ripped me off, so after 120$ I was back on the road again.

So my first real ride was with my buddy jake we did a 13 mile loop around the town we live in, I was stoked i felt like a real cyclist we rode hard and had a blast and I knew after that I was hooked, so wanting to become a more legit cyclist I looked for some clipless pedals and shoes, so I checked a couple LBS and decided on the shimano a 530 it was a combo platform and spd pedals, so being on a pretty tight budget I looked on eBay and found them for about 40% off retail so I picked those op and a pair of pearl Izumi shoes for about 80$ for that pair.

I was nervous as hell about riding clipped in, i had never done it before and I was pretty intimidated by it, so I was given a few pointers by some more experienced cyclists, first pointer was you will fall riding clipped in, in most cases it’s not unclipping before you get to your stop and you just fall over to one side, which did happen to me more than once, the second tip was to plan your stops and unclip before you get to your stop. Those are my 2 most valuable tips to pass along.

So now being pretty set to go ride I was riding a bit further each time, still on the look out for good used gear I browsed Craigslist daily for cool stuff, my first score was a seat bag with 2 tubes and a multi bike tool tire levers and a co2 inflater for 20$ now I was able to handle most any road side break down, I highly suggest always carrying at least 1 tube a way to inflate it pump or co2 inflater, tire levers and a muliti tool with Allen key and Phillips and flat head screwdrivers. Some guys will carry extra spokes and what not but this is what I carry. One other thing I suggest is a good floor pump with a pressure gauge, it a must before every ride to atleast check it before every ride.

So after riding this bike for a few months I decided it was time to upgrade to something a bit more modern and awesome, I had become pretty attached to this bike but it was starting to show it’s age, my main issue with it was that it had down tube shifters or suicide shifters being that you had to take your hands off the bars to shift, and it wasnt reall cost effective to upgrade it. So I set out on a new quest to look for a new bike!

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