The Sonoran Pirates (aka Son-Rats) is a team of mountain bikers from AZ, MI, CA, CO, MD, PA, UT, TX, ID & The U.K. The team was established in 2004.
Across the ranks they try and hold true to their fundamental belief that... "the only thing that matters is that you ride... not how fast you ride... nor the gear upon which you ride."
Chiva Falls... on a Monday Afternoon
Magellan, El Hefe, Mr. 188, & The Mountain Goat rode Chiva Falls this afternoon. The weather was excellent and the falls were killer. To the riders we ran into at the falls you can find your pics here.
Help! Open More Nat'l Parks to Bikes
- taken from IMBA.com article 'Take Action to Increase Opportunities for Bicycling in National Parks'
Full IMBA Article
Specialized presents... The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker Suite
I turned the corner and saw this...
Neo, The Wolf, The Mexi-Can, El Hefe, & Magellan road The Chutes, Middle Gate, & Catalina State Park. The Wolf sat in a cactus (hence the picture above). El Hefe pulled an old school B-Rad move, forgot the shuttle car keys, and added an unplanned 7 mile climb to the ride.
tres videos y una imagen
Look out for La Migra...
IMBA has classified Kentucky Camp (outside of Patagonia, AZ) as 1 of the 44 "Epic Trails" in the United States. The Wolf, El Hefe, & Magellan drove down to ride a short out and back on this Epic trail. The threesome evaded a rancher, scared fourteen cows, dodged some bullets, fought crazy winds, and realized that you can't fire a pistol when the safety is on. All in all. A good ride.
IMBA Epic Trails
NO TIE to Somali Pirates
The Sonoran Pirate Mountain Bike Team would like to make it very clear that there is NO TIE between the Somali Pirates who are reaping havoc off coast of East Africa and our bicycle team.
However, our lawyers have advised us that we still cannot comment on whether or not we have ties to Mad Max -or- Tupac Shakur (from the California Love video).
All Souls Procession - Tucson
On Sun, Nov 2nd McLovin & I witnessed the All Souls Procession downtown. It is based on the Christian/Latin holiday Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Everyone, sans us, had faces painted as skeletons. 10,000+ people & a tripped out Vegas rivaling performance. Check it out next year.
Dia De Los Muertos
History - All Souls in Tucson
I want one!
Operation Wet Frog Tour of The White Mtns 2008
JnL's shop is operational
Derek and I will be heading out Monday for Idaho. Missing the west too much, and we fell in love with Boise and the area. Mountain biking there seems like it will be plentiful. We'll let you know and post pictures from our rides when we can!
24 Hr. ITOP
Sonoran Pirates Jersy
Let's Ride Colorado
La Más Reciente Pirata
C&O Canal Ride
Little Ray Visiting
Now, here's a picture of us from our ride yesterday.
Second, is it me, or is there a guy wearing a desert flightsuit in this picture, and how random is that?
New rider info added...
New England Mountain Biking
FS: XT Shadow Rear Der and XT Rapid Fire Shifters
Hey guys, both of these came off my bike, both in excellent shape. Ill make a pirate a good deal, let me know.
FS: Sportworks Rack and 3rd bike add on.
Another rack for sale, its on craigslist now, but will sell it to a Pirate for cheaper. Fits 2" receiver, carries 2 or 3 bikes. Contact The Brad
Riding Kingdom Trails in Vermont
Last minute trip to have some fun, planning on coming back in two weeks if any one else wants to join us! Kingdom Trails, over 100+ miles of mountain biking trails. All kinds of terrain, amazing single track, some incredible single direction trails that you can bomb down!
Brad Has A New Job
Cruisers, Cardboard, and Bubble Wrap
Wed Night Ride Cancelled...
The Return of Chino
big sorry to justin & dave...
"Naked bike ride" participants warned by Tucson authorities
Check this out... and check out the riders in other areas around the globe...
Don't Shoot the Bed!
Warren Riding in Tour De Cure
Warren (my dad) is not deterred by his recent over-the-handlebars mountain biking incident. (aka a trip to the ER + a strained shoulder ligament). He is riding in Brighton, Michigan this Sunday (June 8th) in support of the American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure. Good luck!
Tour de Cure Website
Good Bye - Ray & Family
Well... Ray, Diane, Alexis, & Athena head off to Costa Rica in route to Maryland this week (odd route I have to admit). We are all very sad to see them leave Tucson. We love you guys! Keep your heads up pirates... we are planning to reconvene with Ray & his girls in New York City next May for the 5 Boro Bike tour (link added to the Upcoming Events below) I'll release details as soon as they are available.
Brad racing in 70mile Tucson Mtn Tour
Looking to upgrade
I've got the build kit for the Jamis Darkar XC Pro 06 now, and I can't wait to ride. Think I can swap any of these parts?
Lube Test: Results
Okay, I've used this stuff for about 2 months now. I've used just on my bike, on one chain. I used at the 24 HIOP, and just around Tucson, so it's seen mostly dry use with a little bit of mud at the race.
My opinion of this stuff, is that it does work as advertised; if you use it the way you're supposed to. It lubes well and keeps your chain really clean. On the plus side, you can use it right before you ride, as opposed to Purple, which prefers to have had the chance to dry between application and riding. Another plus, is that there's nothing left to mystery as to how much you should wipe it off after you apply it. The instructions say "There's no such thing as wiping too much".
The downside, is that because the fluid (this stuff is made of fluid and small particles of solid lube) is a degreaser, you have to apply a crap load of it every time...and it's $10 a bottle. Also, it doesn't seem to last near as long as Purple.
So, Bottum line: If you like your chain to stay really clean all the time, never bother lubing your chain after riding, but do it 5 minutes before you ride, and don't mind spending extra money. It's a good lube.
But, I think I'll go back to Purple
Got $25? Free on April 19th?
Dawn to Dust Website
Before you ship another bike
These are basically a G-limit indicator. They come in 5 different G ratings (this one is 50G). There's a little tube of liquid in the middle that has dye released into it if the package to which it's attached gets dropped hard enough; turning the tube red. They are made by www.shockwatch.com, and can be purchased for about $2.00 each from a variety of web sites. I discovered these while watching Mythbusters. They use them as cheap excellerometers all the time.