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My FIRST e-bike ride review!

See the Intense Tazer at Jenson USA Before I received this bike in the mail, I had only ridden one other ebike- a prototype Pivot Shuttle. I only had one ride on the Pivot, but the bike worked pretty gosh dang well.  It was set up a bit differently than I’d set up my personal bike,…

IT’S NEW BIKE DAY!!! The Ibis RIPMO 2

Back in carbon-to-carbon comparisons, the geometry of the Ripmo 2 feels better than the old Ripmo Carbon. It feels better in just about every situation to me and if I had to be more precise, I would say the slacker head angle and more progressive rear suspension provided a more balanced feel than the original Ripmo. The most noticeable trait to me is that the bike is easier to change direction on the trail.

No longer an Ibis-only rider?!?!

My history with Ibis Cycles, a high end MTB brand from California, runs deep. I credit them with opening the door to the many professional opportunities I received while working the business end of the mountain bike industry. Even after I was no longer professionally working for Ibis, they continued to sponsor my riding, and…

Can Santi De Avila teach an old [BMX] dog new tricks???

I had the chance to learn a trick with Santi De Avila while in Mexico riding at the De Avila Bike Park. Santi is a total shredder and has a complete airbag set up at his park. We decided that a “No-Footed-Can-Can” tutorial would be great for an aging ex-bmxer like myself! I was DEFINITELY…

PIZZA BEER BIKES: This is Local Loam Pittsburgh

WELCOME TO STEEL CITY Maybe Pittsburgh, P.A. seems like a random spot for a Local Loam episode. To put it in perspective, the series has primarily visited mountainous locations including Tucson, AZ; Puerto Rico; Costa Rica, Kamloops, BC; and Missoula MT.  Good ‘ol Austin, TX, might not classify as “mountainous,” but it’s still a well…

CLIP VS FLAT PEDALS: Which are safer???

Flat (platform) pedals versus clipless (clip) pedals are a crazy hot button topic in mountain biking. Recently, I’ve switched over to riding exclusively flat pedals. A bunch of you have asked why, so we’ll get into it in this video! FYI, I am sponsored by Shimano and Jenson USA. I LOVE my Shimano GR9 flat…

MASTERING SWITCHBACKS: The proven methods

Switchbacks! Switch back turns are a whole different reality than berms. Or are they? The main two differences are lean angle and speed. Switchbacks are just tighter corners that will require a slower entry speed and a bit less lean angle. That’s it. I generally use three techniques for switchbacks: 1.Pumping the turn like a…

To the trailhead and beyond: my Promaster buildout

My 2015 Ram ProMaster 136” conversion van is more of a family camper van, built for mountain biking and camp trips, than the original moto van conversion I first showed on the channel. My daughter and I have recently done a couple of camp outs in the van, and for what’s also my daily driver,…

PURA VIDA: The incredible riding scene in Costa Rica

THIS IS LOCAL LOAM Community. The Central American community. The enduro community. While a few days is nowhere near enough time to really understand a new culture, that one theme kept coming up during our trip to Costa Rica. Just how did this overriding sense of community grab me, you ask? I had never been…

YEEHAW: This is Local Loam AUSTIN, TX

Texas, the second largest US state, has less than 4% publicly accessible land. This creates a substantial challenge for mountain bikers. But we’re nothing if not a determined and crafty group and we’ve found a few unique ways to shred Texas on two knobby tires.