Mountain Biking Toothaker and Rainbow Valley| Estrella Mountains, Arizona

Highlights from my mountain bike ride on Toothaker and Rainbow Valley trails at the Estrella Mountains. This little loop is usually one of my favorites, but it was a little different this time.  Due to the recent monsoons, the trail was really loose and a lot more  chunky than usual.

With that said, I find it best if you start at the trailhead and work your way up Toothaker and back down Rainbow Valley. The route provides a nice long descent which makes the climb well worth it! As always, if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below.

 

Ride information:

Gear:

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2017 Pivot Firebird | Test Ride Day 2

I have been ogling Pivot’s 2017 Firebird ever since I saw a review of it on MTBYUMYUM’s channel. On paper, this bike is a force to be reckoned with. While watching the test rides performed by the experts, there is no doubt that the Firebird is capable of handling just about anything you can throw at it.

 

But how would the Firebird perform in the hands of an average…..dare I say novice mountain biker? Could a bike with this much suspension travel handle climbing trails? Or is it strictly a bike park rig, destined for lift access only trails? All of these were questions that I had and honestly while searching the internet, I could not find the answers too. So I decided to find them myself.

I contacted Sonoran Cycles out of Surprise Arizona (Link Below) to find out if a demo of Pivot’s 2017 Firebird was even an option. Thankfully, Terry was more than willing to help me out. He even contacted Pivot himself to get the bike in the shop just in time for the weekend.

Day 2 of the test ride brought us back to Fantasy Island North Singletrack (FINS). I felt that it was only fair to the bike to ride the trail systems that I know best in order to establish an honest opinion of it. With that all said, who doesn’t like a ridding at FINS?

 

Also, don’t for get to check out Day 1’s Ride at the White Tanks.

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2017 Pivot Firebird | Test Ride Day 1

I have been ogling Pivot’s 2017 Firebird ever since I saw a review of it on MTBYUMYUM’s channel. On paper, this bike is a force to be reckoned with. While watching the test rides performed by the experts, there is no doubt that the Firebird is capable of handling just about anything you can throw at it.

 

But how would the Firebird perform in the hands of an average…..dare I say novice mountain biker? Could a bike with this much suspension travel handle climbing trails? Or is it strictly a bike park rig, destined for lift access only trails? All of these were questions that I had and honestly while searching the internet, I could not find the answers too. So I decided to find them myself.

I contacted Sonoran Cycles out of Surprise Arizona (Link Below) to find out if a demo of Pivot’s 2017 Firebird was even an option. Thankfully, Terry was more than willing to help me out. He even contacted Pivot himself to get the bike in the shop just in time for the weekend.

Day 1 of the test ride brought us back to The White Tank Mountains. I felt that it was only fair to the bike to ride the trail systems that I know best in order to establish an honest opinion of it. However, weather was not cooperating with me that day. Being that this was filmed in the heart of monsoon season, I actually lucked out a bit I guess. Even so, the humidity was way up and the temperature peaked at about 110°F. Please keep this in mind while you are watching. There were a lot of rest stops while on this ride, but I promise you the bike was not at fault.

 

Ride information:

Gear: Find It Here

 

Video: Mountain Biking Mule Deer | White Tank Mountains, Arizona

 

The gimbal has arrived! Highlights from my mountain bike ride on Mule Deer at the White Tanks in Arizona. This was my first ride with the Evo SS Gimbal. The footage came out great. However, I need to work on my gear setup a bit to ensure nothing interferes with the gimbal. When I got to the trailhead at 6:00AM, the temperature was reading 93˚F. Not that I am a speed demon, but needless to say, this ride did have its slow sections! As always, if you have any questions or feedback, please leave them in the comments below. Don’t forget to subscribe!

Ride information:

Trail= Mule Deer, White Tank Mountains Regional Park, Arizona

TrailForks: https://www.trailforks.com/trails/mule-deer-15223/

Strava Link= https://www.strava.com/activities/1053569978

MTB Project Link= https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7026150/mule-deer-trail

Gear:

EVO SS Wearable Gimbal: http://amzn.to/2t0pH7V

Camera = GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition @1080P 60FPS with ProTune on.      Buy it here: http://amzn.to/2pSt4hw or….get the Hero 4+ Black Edition 😉

Helmet= Bell Super 2R Buy it here: http://amzn.to/2p8luAa

GoPro Chestie Mount, buy it here: http://amzn.to/2qL77li

#WanderCam

Desktop Superheroes

While at work, I spend a majority of my time behind a keyboard staring at a computer screen. Hours go by as I comb through lines of machine code to develop new enhancements or troubleshoot current problems. At times, the mood can shift and become quite intense. A common problem in manufacturing is the fact that when machines are not running, money is being lost. Depending on the extent and what is actually influenced by the machine being down, minutes mean hundreds of thousands of dollars or more.

“Never let ’em see you sweat” -Mr. Jerry Haupt.

Those are words I live by. When the pressure is high, always remain calm and collected. Often times reacting hysterically in these types of situations only makes matters worse. Although my job is not constantly surrounded by this level of intensity, I often enjoy and thrive when the stakes are high. Hopefully that does not come off in an arrogant tone, because it is not intended that way. But, truth be told, I find that I function better when the pressure is on.

With that said, there are times in those moments when I feel like I have exhausted all of my resources and still cannot find a solution to the problem. When this happens, I need a pick me up. Something that lets me know that there are far more important things in life.

That is when my Superheroes come to the rescue. The picture above is the background of my desktop at work. When I close down or minimize all of my applications, I cannot help but smile at those two goof balls. The way they are looking at each other makes it appear they are discussing their next big mission to save the world. Little do they know, they save mine every day.   

Mountain Biking Competitive Track-Sonoran (Long) Loop | White Tank Mountains, Arizona

After fighting the flu and then a cold, it was time for a mountain bike ride at the White Tanks to get the system working again. Being short on energy and the high heat, the distance was kept to a minimum. This ride did not include the “technical loop”. That will be published at a later date. As always, feedback is always greatly appreciated. Let me know what you think in the comments!

I’m hoping a gimbal is in my future. But for now I only, have the helmet and Chestie mounts.

Ride information:

Trail Info:

Sonoran Loop (Comp Track)=   https://www.trailforks.com/trails/sonoran-loop-comp-track/

 

Strava Link= https://www.strava.com/activities/1031612832

 

MTB Project Link= https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7001277

Camera Gear= GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition @1080P Wide 60FPS with ProTune on. Buy it here: http://amzn.to/2pSt4hw or….get the Hero 4+ Black Edition 😉

Helmet= Bell Super 2R Buy it here: http://amzn.to/2p8luAa

GoPro Chestie Mount, buy it here: http://amzn.to/2qL77li

 

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Mountain Biking South Mountain|Phoenix, Arizona

Highlights from a mountain bike ride at South Mountain in Phoenix Arizona. A few friends from work decided it was time for me to put my big boy pants on and go on a ride with them. Man am I glad I took them up on the offer. This ride definitely challenged my skillset and also my physical ability. Our route consisted of 2 intermediate blue squares and 3 black diamond trails. With that said, it was a blast!  I could not have asked for a better riding crew to help encourage me and push me along the way. Following them and watching how the handle different sections helped me improve my riding ability.

I’m hoping a gimbal is in my future. But for now I only have the helmet and Chestie mounts.

 

Ride information:

Trail Info:

Javelina Trail= https://www.trailforks.com/trails/javalina-south-mountains/

Mormon Loop=https://www.trailforks.com/trails/mormon-loop/

National Trail= https://www.trailforks.com/trails/national-14939/

Ridgeline=https://www.trailforks.com/trails/ridgeline-14965/

Beverly Canyon= https://www.trailforks.com/trails/beverly-canyon/

 

Strava Link=https://www.strava.com/activities/1008239910

TrailForks= https://www.trailforks.com/region/south-mountain/

MTB Project Link= https://www.mtbproject.com/directory/8006943/south-mountain-parkpreserve

Camera Gear= GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition @1080P Wide 60FPS with ProTune on. Buy it here: http://amzn.to/2pSt4hw or….get the Hero 4+ Black Edition 😉

Helmet= Bell Super 2R Buy it here: http://amzn.to/2p8luAa

GoPro Chestie Mount, buy it here: http://amzn.to/2qL77li

#WanderCam

 

 

Mountain Biking Toothaker and Rainbow Valley| Estrella Mountains Regional Park, Arizona

Highlights from my mountain bike ride on Toothaker and Rainbow Valley trails at the Estrella Mountains. This little loop has quickly become one of my favorites in the West Valley. I find it best if you start at the trailhead and work your way up Toothaker and back down Rainbow Valley. The route provides a nice long descent which makes the climb well worth it! As always, if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below.

I’m hoping a gimbal is in my future. But for now I only have the helmet and Chestie mounts.

 

Ride information:

Trail= Toothaker and Rainbow Valley, Estrella Mountains Regional Park, Goodyear Arizona

Trail Map= //www.maricopacountyparks.net/assets/1/6/estrella-8×113.pdf

Strava Link= https://www.strava.com/activities/998778930

TrailForks= https://www.trailforks.com/region/estrella/

MTB Project Link= https://www.mtbproject.com/directory/8011926/estrella-mountain-park

Camera Gear= GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition @1080P SuperView 30FPS with ProTune on. Buy it here: http://amzn.to/2pSt4hw or….get the Hero 4+ Black Edition 😉

Helmet= Bell Super 2R Buy it here: http://amzn.to/2p8luAa

GoPro Chestie Mount, buy it here: http://amzn.to/2qL77li

#WanderCam