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Over The Hump Family Night

by editors on May 16, 2022

On Tuesday, May 17, 2022 Orange County, California’s World Famous Over the Hump MTB race series is having Family night.

If you’ve never been to an Over the Hump Race, Family Night is one not to miss! Unique to Over the Hump is Orange County mountain biking for youth.

  • Lil’ Tikes Trikes and Bikes Race (FREE)– Anyone riding 2, 3, or more wheels (ages up to 5 yrs old).
  • FREE Face painting by Disney Face Painting Artists
  • Bounce house
  • FREE Rides and Games
  • Food trucks will be onsite to fuel families with tacos, snow cones, AÇAI and more.

And not to worry, any kind of kids bike will do, BMX to just an average Garage sale find, or a Walmart “Cheapy.” Don’t let equipment be a deterrent (especially for the kids). It’s all about the Bike Party…if it pedals it is good enough. Some kids ride scooters and striders, etc (ages 2-5). For all the details, please click the link.

[Link: Over The Hump]

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Velocio Sells Out To SRAM

by editors on March 9, 2022

Velocio is not a company we’ve followed closely over the years, other than to say they make our favorite riding vest: one that fits well, packs up small, and has perfectly sized pockets. They also make cool women’s bibs. If you’re unaware, check them out. But today (March 9, 2022) the company announced that they have sold their business to the Chicago-based cycling giant SRAM.

Here’s Velocio’s explanation:

What’s exciting is that we’ll now have SRAM’s backing for more independent product design and development, including a still bigger push towards sustainability in our product offerings and how we deliver them. We’ll also have SRAM’s reach into racing and teams as well as their insights into global distribution and retail support. If the burden of a growing business is to grow ever further, there are few partners more suited for that future in the cycling industry than SRAM.

And they’re right, but for us buyouts are always a big bowl of sweet and sour soup. We’re happy for the founders on a great exit, yet saddened by more consolidation in the cycling business. Founders are always optimistic about their new opportunities under a bigger umbrella, but rarely do they end up with much more than the same corporate decision tree that forces “efficiencies” and increased margins, and reduced costs. And that’s never good for product.

For the rest of the Velocio sale statement, please click the link.

[Link: Velocio]

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Etnies Clipless MTB Shoe Not Super Ugly

by editors on February 25, 2022

Obviously, fashion has it’s place in cycling and things do occasionally need to look a certain way in spite of the functional aspects of the gear. We’ve mentioned before that most MTB shoes are uglier than dog vomit, but sometimes there is a shoe that looks like it was designed with more input than “make it look like a skate shoe, dude!” 

While the new etnies Camber CL MTB is certainly from the ‘sloppy skate shoe’ school of MTB footwear design, it features a bit of tech that makes it a nice option for the baggy shorts crew (who like riding clips) including:

  • Nylon clipless pedal shank optimized for pedaling efficiency and off bike walkability
  • Pro Foam 1 molded PU footbed
  • Exo-Shield upper, lightweight, breathable, and protection where it’s needed

The Camber costs $185.99 and is available on the etnies website. For all the official details click the link.

[Link: etnies]

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Over The Hump Winter Series Kicks Off

by editors on January 6, 2022

Orange County, California’s Over The Hump Mountain Bike racing series is launching their 2022 Winter Series on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at Lakeview Park at Irvine Lake, Santiago Canyon. Gates open at 8 AM for all the detail, please click the link.

[Link: Over The Hump]

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Kick Off 2022 With Quick ‘n Dirty MTB

by editors on December 26, 2021

Kick of 2022 with SoCal mountain bike racing at beautiful Lake Hodges in Escondido, California with the Quick ‘n Dirty Winter Throwdown. Racing goes down January 22, 2022. Kids’ race begins at 8:30 AM, adults at 9:30. Click the link for all the details.

[Link: Quick ‘n Dirty]

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Fillmore: The Best Tubeless Valves EVER!

by editors on November 4, 2021

We were just dealing with messed up old valve stems on our MTB today, thinking what a nightmare it was going to be to replace the valves just so we could get some air into the tire.Then we saw this story on Vital MTB on the Reserve Fillmore valve stems and it was like a divine revelation. We already ordered a pair ($50 for two, ouch). You can, too, Right here. Then maybe we can figure out how to “inject the sealant” through the valve. Haven’t really figured out that part of the equation yet. But we’ll let you know.

[Link: Vital MTB]

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Specialized Is Out at Mike’s Bikes

by editors on September 7, 2021

When Mike’s Bikes the “small chain” of 12 bicycling stores in Northern California was sold to the Pon Group in August many wondered what would happen to their deal with Specialized, seeing as the Pon Group is the parent company of Santa Cruz, Cervelo, Gazelle, and Focus, among others. Well, wonder no more. In an letter to Northern California cyclists, Specialized announced today (September 7, 2021) that their product will no longer be sold at Mike’s Bikes, saying:

. . . Mike’s Bikes has provided first-rate service to Specialized riders for the past 23 years. They’ve been a great partner, but our relationship with them has ended as they undergo new ownership by a European Cycling company. . . We’re working quickly to ensure that Specialized riders in Northern California not only remain supported but that their experience is better than it’s ever been before. We’re continuing to improve on online experience so you can shop with us how you’d like.

It couldn’t have happened to a nicer brand. Kind of fun to see Specialized getting the sharp end of the business stick every once in a while. But hey, now that Specialized has done everything they can to squeeze small bike retailers out of business, they’re kinda left with selling direct online. All we can say is, welcome to Canyon country, Specialized! Hope it all goes well for you, because, like most, we absolutely love your shoes!

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SoCal’s Quick n’ Dirty Filthy 50 Is Back

by editors on August 4, 2021

The best costume party mountain bike race in the west is coming back to Southern California this October as the Quick n’ Dirty Filthy 50 returns on October 30, 2021 for its seventh race at the San Dieguito River Park and Black Mountain Park. Here’s the word from the crew:

We’re bringing back everything you love in an MTB race all wrapped up in a Halloween theme that’s fun for the whole family. . . Fun, challenging endurance course – yep! We’ve even got 2 distances! . . Kids race – you bet! Bring the groms and we have a special course for all abilities. . . Big time party in our expo area all day? You know it! Prizes, give aways and all kinds of stoke from the biggest names in the industry. . . Great food, groovy tunes all day and Sierra Nevada will be on hand as the sponsor of the costume contest to honor those that are most into the Halloween vibe. Race in it or party in it after, either way we want to see your fun self in costume at the ride! . . . Oh yeah, and there’s a big fat $5K cash purse with equal pay for the men and women expert categories thanks to TEAM BOOMBABY!

If you want to ride it or race it you better sign up now because it will sell out.

[Link: Quick n’ Dirty]

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Outside Adds Pinkbike To Media Quiver

by editors on July 16, 2021

It seems the BLOAT just can’t keep his hands off more cycling media brands as Outside buys mountain bike community Pinkbike (along with Cyclingtips and Trailforks). In a letter from the editor on July 16, 2021, Pinkbike’s “head of editorial” Brian Park explained exactly why selling out to Outside (formerly known as Pocket Outdoor Media) was such a great thing.

Pinkbike’s mission to be the pulse of mountain biking and to share the ride with the global mountain bike community doesn’t change, only now we have more resources and capabilities to take on even bigger and better projects. . . Our head office remains in Squamish, BC, and we’re about to move into a brand new office space with way more room to grow. We’ll also have access to new equipment and improved test facilities for more scientific, objective product evaluations.

Newly acquired media properties always seem optimistic about how “everything will stay the same, but we’ll have more opportunities to do all kinds of cool stuff” and rarely is this the case in reality. Big brands buy small brands so they can kill off competition and streamline efficiencies. But hey, let’s hope it goes well for Pinkbike et. al. Maybe the new Outside is better than all the media conglomerates that have come before. It could happen.

[Link: Pinkbike]

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Blazing Saddles: Rumble at the Ranch

by editors on May 4, 2021

Registration opened today, May 4, 2021, for a unique, new, cycling, music, and food festival from the people who bring you the Belgian Waffle Ride. It’s called Blazing Saddles: Rumble at the Ranch. And it will be held October 15-17, 2021 in Escondido, California.

“The festival was conceived during the downtime of Covid, when the riddle was posed: In 2000, if Coachella and Sea Otter Bike Festival had a lovechild, what would it be like today?” says Monuments of Cycling CEO, Michael Marckx. “It will be a festival to showcase Southern California’s thriving cycling, culinary, beer and music scenes and will be presented with an appreciation for bringing the world together again in a beautiful, idyllic and rustic oasis. In addition to 6-, 12- and 24-hour racing for both mountain bikers and gravel riders (for individuals and teams), BLAZING SADDLES, not unlike Coachella, will incorporate camping options with a seamless, interactive experience for all guests and be the first festival of its kind. We love festivals, but no one has ever brought all these complementary things together in one three-day extravaganza!”

Registration is open today. Click here for all the details, of follow the jump for more of the official word from Monuments of Cycling.

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