I always consider it a poor sign when I am sitting at my computer on Sunday morning. But that is the nature of what I do. Moto stuff happens on Sunday, so I can either be out doing, or sitting here talking about it.
-Today the Big Sky XC is just getting ready to start. I wish I was there, but it is pretty hard to justify a 2,000 mile trip with gas at $4 a gallon. Besides, I would probably just get my butt kicked if I was up North racing. With the change in altitude, from almost zero here at home, to over 7,500 feet, it makes that race very challenging. I got a few moments of glory from the inaugural race because I cleared the big rock hill climb and it was captured on video. The part that was not on video, was me crashing hard on a downhill trail and breaking my clutch lever clear off. But I wish everyone luck, my dad is there and says it is looking like a dusty one.
– I did more work behind the camera this week, shooting two models for our Trophy Girl feature. Both were pretty fantastic to work with, Sunni Somber and Jeneva Jones, real professionals. They help make my work look better. Look for each of them in upcoming months. Right now we are working on the idea of doing a 2013 Trophy Girls calendar, so shoot me some feedback on that idea. One of the concepts we are talking about is whether to have it just be girls, or to combine girls and bikes.
– I am working furiously to get my hands on a 2013 KTM, anything. Bikes are in short supply at the moment, but I hope to have some first ride reviews soon. Keep an eye out for the 2012 Gas Gas 300 wrap up and a Baja test of FMF/Best Dual Sport Bikes modified 350exc. I should also have a 2013 KTM 990 Adventure R showing up for the trip to Bend for the ADV rally.
– Sometimes I have to marvel at the way the pieces fall, things I have no control over. Our 2010 KTM 250xcw project bike story has done very well. We got a nice little boost in viewers when KTM USA posted the link on their Facebook page. Yesterday I opened up the new Dirt Rider Magazine and see that they did the exact same story. They even used a 2010 250xcw as the test bike! I would be SO disappointed if that story had made it to print before ours, but it is kind of cool that it is the other way around.
– I love the magazines. For me, just like you I assume, they are a part of the culture that we have shared our entire lives. I acknowledge that in many ways they produce a higher quality product than I do, certainly a wider range of content. But on the other hand, when I look at the actual volume of editorial content, I probably produce as much each month, if not more, than the entire staff at many magazines.
– Random stuff, I have picked up a PDS7 progressive spring that I am going to start testing on the old RFS bikes. I still wonder if there is life in the progressive concept. I have a PDS 1 that I am going to try on a 2103 bike when I get it also. There are still a number of suspension tuners using these, so I want to revisit the idea.
– Because of the heat it has been hard to get motivated about riding. But I have spent the time pedaling more on my mountain bike. It is the best way to stay in shape that I can think of. Particularly for me, because it is fun. I hate things like going to the gym and I can’t imagine being a road biker having to fight with cars. I have a nice 2 hour loop that I can ride from my house that has about 1,500 feet of elevation change, so it is a good ride. It is not too technical, just a solid workout.
– Mini Product Review – Cycle Gear has a new line of base layer called “Heat Out”, supposed to be good at cooling. I bought a pair of the bottoms, they ripped when I put them on. But I still rode with them and the material really does work, very comfy and does seem to have a cooling effect. So I exchanged the bottoms, second paired ripped at the seam on each calf during the first ride also. The material is so stretchy that the stitched seams can not handle the movement.
I was looking at the information on the Cycle Gear website, they allow customer comments and feedback, including photos. I wrote my own feedback and included pics. Apparently, the comments have to go through an approval process, mine has never been posted. I cannot help but wonder how many other negative comments go straight to the trash bin. Accordingly, the rating for this product is “100% of respondents would recommend this to a friend”, so take the Cycle Gear customer review section with a grain of salt.