Sunday, June 14, 2009

Turnbull Canyon ride with RC for a Dred Tread Test

Yesterday my long-time friend Vic Armjio and Richard Cunningham from MTB Action stopped by for a ride and to test out the Kenda Dred Tread tires. We headed up to Turnbull Canyon in Whittier and even though it was gloomy and overcast, we had a great ride. Richard got to ride my Cannondale Taurine and my wife's carbon Scalpel. The canyon has all kinds of technical fun singletrack, pleanty of climbing and stunning views of the Los Angeles basin. If it were clear, you can sometimes see all the way to Catalina island.



We had barely been on the bikes for a few minutes and almost rode over a local snake. RC grabbed it and we all had a look at the docile beauty.



Next, we focused on the Dreds. If you haven't tried the Dred Treads, you should! And I am not just saying this because they are my signature tires (seriously). The Dreds are probably the best all-purpose tires I ever tried. Maybe by looking at them you wouldn't think they would impress you much, but every time I ride them I am completely blown away by how fast they perform, how well they grip in the loose stufff, how well they climb and corner. The Dreds perform as well or better than my other favorites.


I hope RC likes them as much as I do!

We ended the day with a snack of fresh fruit, hummus on whole wheat pita bread, roasted turkey sandwhiches with avacado and swiss cheese, and talked about fishing. My wife feeds me too much and I keep on eating whatever she gives me. I guess I need to complain about something!

Now get out and ride.

Tinker

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Norwalk Bikers - Old School BMX


I got an email recently from an old friend I used to race BMX with. He sent this photo from 1973 of the Norwalk Bikers and asked me if I remembered...I can't remember what I did 2 hours ago but this was an awesome photo. Try and guess which one I am here.... I think I was 12. This is one of the very first photos and the beginning of my career. Damn I am old. That was 36 years ago!!!
Curtis "Lightning" Rendich is 2A. The Norwalk Bikers were a traveling team made up of the best riders in each division that had the most points. Curtis said the other riders were Eric Pyles, Regan Pyles, Jeff B., and Allen Underwood. I love thinking back to these old times. You grow up doing something you love and you flash back to the old days and wonder what everyone is doing. Then you find out a few of them (like me) never grew up and are still doing what they love the most.
I really really appreciate keeping in touch with the past and meeting up with Curtis some day will be awesome.
Peace and ride one,
Tinker

New Crocs!

Have you tried Crocs shoes lately? If you haven't then you are missing out on one of the best most comfortable, versatile shoes ever invented. I just don't recommend getting your feet too close to the campfire with them or you risk melting your most favorite pair of shoes!


Check out the Crocs I got yesterday... I have two new favorite pair of shoes ever!