Friday, September 2, 2016

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Otley Chevin MTB ride - Yorkshire mountain biking

Just started watching JGxMTB. Really enjoying his videos! Worth a view :-)



2017 Norco Torrent 7.1

I'm really digg'in this new bike! The free ride hard tail is coming back big time and I think I'm gonna drink the Kool-Aid HAHAHA!


Saturday, August 27, 2016

The Extreme Geometry Hardtail

I've been looking into getting a "FreeRide" type hard tail bike for some time now. The 27.5+ thing has me on the hook and that looks like the direction I plan to go right now. This video really helps you understand how the geometry of a frame effects your ride. If you're looking for a new bike for some kind of special kind of riding, this video is really worth the watch.



Friday, August 19, 2016

Monday, August 15, 2016

Back on the bike! Riding with my cuz :-)

So after about a month of healing from falling on my back I'm on the bike again! I had a great time being back out in the woods on my mountain bike. What made it even better was my cuz started getting into the sport! At the end of the ride he started talking about which full suspension bike he wanted to look into buying HAHAHAHA! HOOKED BABY HOOK!!!!



Saturday, August 13, 2016

First Off Road Ride - Learning to Unicycle EP5

T-SHIRTS!! 2,500 subscriber update

Help support my friend and fellow rider Brian Kennedy. He's got a new shirt out that is going to be a limited edition. The dude took a leave of absence from his job just to ride mountain bikes and help create some great YouTube content for us all!



Monday, July 18, 2016

While carbon bikes get most of the media attention, lots of people are still riding alloy rigs. For some, it comes down to cost, while others cite apprehension about durability. Whatever your reasoning, it has become more difficult in recent years to source a high-end alloy frame since many small volume manufacturers have dropped alloy models entirely due to increased market demand for carbon — not to mention the better margins. continue...

CamKix Extra Large Carry Case

I was looking for away to carry and protect all my bike lights. Check out this review of the CamKix Large Carry Case and how it helped me out big time!


2016 Intense Tracer 275C Pro Build - Test Ride

Another great bike review from mountain biker Brian Kennedy. This time around he testes out the 2016 Intense Tracer 275C Pro Build


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Amazing Skills!

Insane skills! I only wish he had someone filming this so we could see it from the ground. The dismount would have been great to have been seen from another angle. I can't believe he did this all by himself without anyone making sure he was OK. Way crazier than I'll every be HAHAHA!


Monday, June 27, 2016

West meets East for dinner

I just got back from having dinner with my new bud Brian Kennedy. Brian runs the BK-XC channel on YouTube. I live here in NJ and Brain calls SanFran home so when I found out I had a business trip taking me to Frisco I contacted Brian to meet up. Mountain biking has allowed me to make some great friendships and continues to keeping doing so. Look forward to some fun combined product reviews and pod casts in the very near future! It really was great to hang out and talk shop with a fellow mountain biker and YouTuber. Check out his channel when you get a chance. Hope to see you on the East Coast soon my friend!


CamKix Premium Telescopic Pole and Tripod

Thursday, June 16, 2016

2016 Summer Goals

I really hope I can pull this off! My plan is to learn how to really bunny hop and manual this Summer.


Monday, June 13, 2016

2016 WMBA FAT TIRE FESTIVAL

Talk about a great time! The WMBA Fat Tire Festival was killer! There was lots to do and see at this event. I was able to capture a bunch of great video and plan to put together a full wrap up very soon. In the meantime, check out Frank and Shane hitting one of the MANY great drops at Blue Mountain Reservation. This is a must see park for mountain biking and can't wait to get back there again :-)

Monday, June 6, 2016

Product Review - CamKix Accessory Starter Kit

If you're in the market for a really nice accessory starter kit for your action camera adventures, check out this review on the CamKix Accessory Starter Kit!


Friday, May 27, 2016

Haibike E-Bike Demo Day!

If you're still not sure about how these e-bikes work, why not test one out. Head on over to a demo day hosted by Diamond Cycle. Links below to get all the info. See ya there!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Joby Action Jib Extreme!

Always looking to go the extra mile I decided to see how much functionality I could get out of my Joby Action Jib. As is it's a super cool way to get some sweet shots, but I wanted to be able to really see what I was recording and fine tune my line. Here's what I came up with....

The idea of the setup is to be able to actually see what I'm filming so when I pan along my line I can make sure I have my subject in frame. So far so good, but I hope to do some more detailed testing soon!





Thursday, May 12, 2016

WMBA Fat Tire Festival

Just got a message from a buddy about the WMBA Fat Tire Festival. Date is June 14th and you can learn more about it on their site.....

WMBA

Monday, May 2, 2016

Shimano XT eBike - Article from http://www.bikerumor.com/

Shimano is making the jump to electrify mountain bikes as they have now developed a new trail-specific version of their STePS e-bike drivetrain that they are calling STePS MTB. The all new e-MTB components are designed to deliver XT-level fit and finish to get to riders serious about riding off-road, but who are looking to extend their range to explore farther from the trailhead. The new group is sure to spark some heated debate, especially in the states where trail access could potentially be at risk, but in Europe where e-bikes are seeing steady growth Shimano seems to have needed to get in the game, lest they risk being left behind. Continue reading....


Friday, April 29, 2016

Piper and Daddy

Riding like a made man is not the only way to have fun on your bike ;-)

Thank you Piper for a great time!



Rap Battle: Mountain Biker vs. Road Biker

Thanks Frank for finding this, OMG it's to funny! Almost feel off my seat when the dude said carbon... well just watch it :-)



Wednesday, April 27, 2016

661 Wants to keep you safe!!

With the crazy popularity of downhill mountain biking, people are all looking to grab some of the excitement! It's hard to compare the thrill of screaming down a ski resort's mountain on a bike that looks like a motorcycle (ahh big grin on my face right now). Thing is, this is not your common "ride at the park" kind of bike riding. If you're going to join in on the fun you really need to have the proper gear. So what does "the proper gear" actually mean if you're a beginner just trying this out?

This is where 661 has stepped up and come to your rescue! I contacted the company and asked them to help me put together this segment on RGMTB regarding entry to mid level body protection for someone getting into downhill biking. Though 661 has gear the saves the bodies of the most extreme riders, they also support us "Regular Guys" with a perfect line of gear at a budget that won't break your bank account.

Below are a few pics of the gear and links to all the items. I'll be following this article up with a complete YouTube video on the RGMTB Channel getting into more details.

Thanks so much 661 for helping RGMTB put this segment together and support all us "Regular Guys!"

COMP FULL FACE HELMET
COMP VORTEX GLOVE
RAGE HARD KNEE PADS
FLITER SHOE
VAPOR JERSEY
ATOM SHORT







Monday, April 25, 2016

GoPro Silver 4 - Morning Sky - Timelapse

First Looks - ViewPoint BP 250 AW

Just got this sweet action cam bag #viewpoint in the mail over the weekend. So far things are looking quite promising and I'll have a complete review placed up on the RGMTB YouTube Channel shortly after some testing has been done. Thanks #LowePro!!!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Wear your drone? Nixie

Holy crap this is so freak'in cool!!!! How many times have you just wanted to take a cool picture or video from a drone like prospective. Sure, I'd love to have one of those fancy expensive drones, but half the time I just want to mess around with a cool shot. This thing is killer!!




Sorry to keep talking about the weather....

ANOTHER RAINY DAY!!! Holy cow, it's either raining or snowing around here. Mother nature just can't make up her mind :-( Looks like some better weather is coming up soon and I'm looking forward to it cuz this stuff is just bringing me down. Hope things are better where you live.


Monday, April 11, 2016

Common Jumping Mistakes | Mountain Bike Skills

Wow, it's like this video was made just for me HAHAHAHA! Anything in here have your name on it?



Thursday, April 7, 2016

Product Review - Joby GripTight Bike Mount Pro

If you're looking for a way to securely mount your smart phone to your handlebars of your bike, check out the Joby GripTight Bike Mount Pro. Full product view below!


Monday, April 4, 2016

OneUp Components - 50T + 18T SHARK SPROCKET AND CAGE [ 1X11 ]

So I really found this interesting. These larger sized cassettes seem to be gaining traction. OneUp has a 50t mod for you bike. Anyone try this out yet? Thoughts?





Product Review - Wolf Tooth Components

Finally got this product review done! If you're looking to change over to a 1x gear solution, check out this video!


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

How Your GPS Lies to You

So you ever wonder why your GPS data varies all the time? Or why your buddy seemed to ride a greater distance then you on the same exact ride!!!! Fellow #RGMTB rider Shane Rieger found this article that really sheds some light on the topic. It's worth the read!



Thursday, March 24, 2016

360fly test drive

Just got my hands on a 360fly for review. OMG this is SICK!!!! My buddy Craig over at DiamondCycle was kind enough to lend me the shop's demo model. They are a dealer if you're in the market for one. I'll have a full review up soon, but I could only wait so long before I NEEDED to play HAHAHA. So cool and so easy to use! #rgmtb #360fly #diamondcycle


Sunday, March 20, 2016

Ka$shima or no Ka$shima



When I purchased my 2014 Trek Fuel EX7 two and a half years ago, it was my jump back into mountain biking after a 10+ year hiatus.  The Fuel came with both fork and shock Fox suspension with the standard anodizing.  Coming from a Cannondale Super V 1000 that had a spring for suspension this was a huge step up in technology.  Over the next year as I began to ride harder I became distressed at the constant excessive sucking sound on rebound that came from the fork.  The fork was pulled and sent back to Fox.  When it returned with no issues found but still made the sucking noise on the rebound I started thinking about making the jump to Rockshok.  The problem I had was spending $500+ on a new suspension fork and not being able to test drive it. After thinking about the purchase for a while I found that Fox offered a Kashima coated stanchion upgrade for my fork for $255.  Do I spend $500 on a fork that I have no idea how it will handle or spend roughly half and upgrade what I have and be stuck with the suction sound but have better response to bumps?   I decided to go the Kashima coat stanchion upgrade.  I had my LBS perform the install and when I got my bike back there was a significant difference in the responsiveness of the fork and the sucking sound was all but gone.  There is just a slight sucking sound now, which is to be expected with the oils flowing through the valves, but again significantly quieter.  This experience helped me decide to upgrade the shock to a Kashima version Fox shock.  I installed the shock along with a RWC needle bearing upgrade to replace the TPU bushing on the lower part of the shock. (http://www.enduroforkseals.com/id374.html) I adjusted the pressure for sag while sitting on the bike and the next day took the bike out for a ride.  The bike takes small and big hits buttery smooth and is so nice to ride now that it is much quieter.  I love when my bikes run smooth and quiet.

Now you may be asking why the $ in the title?  A Kashima coat fork/shock will add $200-$400 to the price tag.  This is one of the reasons you don’t see many bikes come stock with the Kashima coated suspension.  The Kashima coat is also Fox’s answer to increasing the longevity of their components.  It is safe to say that Fox bike suspension is more susceptible to wear than some of their competitors and their answer is the Kashima Coat.  It is very durable and significantly slicker than standard anodizing which gives it that butter smooth feel.  I have been hearing in the grape vine that we might be seeing Fox suspension come in black anodizing next year.  I have not heard what the change is meant for and will be interesting to see if anything else has changed.

So to Kashima or not to Kashima?  This question seems to be up there with Coke or Pepsi?  In my scenario, it was one of the best upgrades I made to my bike and have no problems recommending it to others.  Incase you are wondering, I am a Coke guy ;)

Ride on!

Shane

RGMTB

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Great Navigation Skills

http://www.mbr.co.uk/news/five-ways-to-improve-your-navigation-skills-339402?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social&xid=mbr-magazine_socialflow_twitter

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Elasty video software

Shaky video is so hard to avoid when recording on the trail. Chest mounts, helmet mounts and any other idea still seem to produce shake. At some point I hope to test out a gimbal that helps stabilize the camera, but until the funds show up to get such a device I think I have found an alternative! Elasty is an application that can be used to enhance video. It has many features, but the one I'm most interested in is the stabilization effect. It analyzes your video and produces a piece that takes a HUGE amount of the shake out. I'm very impressed with this tool and think I'll be adding it to the workflow for creating videos. Check out this clip I put together last night that compares video that has been altered and left raw.


Monday, March 14, 2016

Soulcraft Option B+

This is really cool to watch! Amazing to see how the frame is built from nothing more than stock tubing into a work of art.



One more reason to fat bike!

Now this might REALLY get me out on my bike in the winter HAHAHA! LINK


Sunday, March 13, 2016

Trials and tribulations of the RGMTB husband and dad!

Getting ready for DH Season

With the warmer weather upon us I turn my attention from Winter Fatbiking to Cross Country and Downhill/Gravity riding.  After 2 solid seasons on the factory tires, it was time to swap them out.  I decided to swap out the Bontrager XR4 Team Issue tires for a set of Bontrager G5’s. 

            I received the text that the tires were in at my LBS on a Thursday, which for me is the busiest day of the week with kid activities.  I swing by the LBS and pick up the tires and talk to the owner for a few as we are not sure the 27.5x2.5 tires will fit my Slash that came with 27.5x2.35 tires.  It is understood that one can usually go up 1 size, like 2.35 -2.45 or 2.1 to a 2.2.  So in my case what can an .005”s mean, right?
After 3 hours of activities I am on my way home wondering if I am going to swap out the tires even though the kids have to get to bed, the dogs walked and my wife is on the way home.  I take the chance that the evening will run smoothly and throw the bike up in the stand and pull the rear tire.  I pull the valve core to let the air out and then start taking the tire with the tire levers, pull the tube and take the tire off fully.  I wipe down the rim and start the install of the G5.  I get one side of the tire on, put the presta valve through the valve hole, put the retaining ring on and start working on getting the rest of the tire on.  I get about half way until the other half of the tire keeps slipping off.  I kung-fu grip one side and start slipping on the bead with a tire lever.  Inflate the tire up to 60 PSI to seat the bead.  Now it is the moment of truth.  I slip the cassette into the chain, screw the axel in and was in my glory to find I had plenty of clearance.  I check the time and see I have 15 minutes before my wife gets home and make a snap decision to do the front tire.  The process goes smoothly up to the point of getting the last half of the tire back on. I am thinking I have to lay this thing down and get on top of it.  My wife is going to be home any second, I am sweating bullets, the kids have to get to bed and now that I am down on the floor the dogs are poking around, licking my face.  I am trying to get the tire leaver in between the tire and tube and I start to bring the lever up and I loose grip and the leaver goes flying across the room and the dogs think I a playing and go after the lever and I have to wrestle it away from them and get back to getting the tire back on.  I finally get the tie on the rim, air up to 60psi to seat the bead and get the tire back on and the bike out of the rack right before my better half gets home.

My local gravity park opens in late May, I will do a review on the tires once I get a bunch of runs in with them.

Shane
RGMTB


Brand new Bontrager G5's


Soft Grippy knobs

Mounted and installed with plenty of clearance!