- taken from IMBA.com article 'Take Action to Increase Opportunities for Bicycling in National Parks'
Full IMBA Article
The Nutcracker Suite
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
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
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).
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
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!
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
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.
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
Dawn to Dust Website
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.