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Sea Otter

Sea Otter Stories: Hans No Way Rey

I’m standing in the shade near the GT Bicycles booth at the 2017 Sea Otter Classic when I turn around and see an old guy performing crazy flatland tricks on a 90s GT Zasker mountain bike with 3 spoke nylon wheels. A beat after he says something in German-accented English, I suddenly realize I’m standing read more » Continue reading »

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Sea Otter 2017 Stories: The Legend of Joe Breeze

I arrived early for the 2017 Sea Otter Classic with vendors still setting up at Laguna Seca Raceway. I’m getting the lay of the land in the morning chill when I see a grandfatherly gentleman by himself unloading boxes and adjusting bikes at the Breezer Bikes tent and, whoa! It’s the legendary Joe Breeze himself! read more » Continue reading »

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Crazy eBike race at Sea Otter, 2nd Edition

Bosch eBike Systems invites racers to participate in the 2017 Haibike eMTB Race epowered by Bosch, which will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 21st at the Sea Otter Classic. This year’s eMTB race looks to be bigger and better than ever, with a new race course that will test even the best read more » Continue reading »

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Secure bike storage in the garage or shed

Bike theft from a garage, shed, or the back porch inside of a fenced yard is a fairly common problem around these parts. One solution is to install a floor anchor to which you can cable your bike. Later this week at the Sea Otter Classic, Hiplok will introduce another option: the “Airlok,” a secure read more » Continue reading »

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2016 Sea Otter Classic photos

I’m exhausted, so here’s a quickie link to my photos from the 2016 Sea Otter Classic taking place now through the weekend at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, CA. View the slideshow here, or click through for larger views and captions (such as they are). Watch for updates through the day at my social media read more » Continue reading »

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Sea Otter Classic 2016 begins in 10 days

The Sea Otter Classic and Festival 2016 begins Thursday, April 14, 2016 at the Laguna Seca Raceway outside of Monterey, CA. This is mostly a mountain biking event, but there’s a good amount of road action and even a tiny bit of utility cycling in the consumer show area. Here’s what I’ll look for this read more » Continue reading »

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Leaf spring fork for fat bikes

A couple of young Scandinavian bros with cute Icelandic accents showed their leaf spring suspension fork to me at the Sea Otter Classic last week. They call their company “Lauf,” which is Icelandic for “leaf” and also references a well-known Viking motif involving a heroic stabbing death for a favored henchman at the end of read more » Continue reading »

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Sea Otter Classic 2015 photos

See more photos from the Sea Otter Classic featuring: New Jamis gravel bikes I demo the Trek Stache 29er Yuba Spicy Curry longtail with midmount motor A quick meetup with Momentum Mag​ Joe Breeze and his Beltway commuter bike Brand Ambassadors Men and women road racing Shinola Masi Sock Guy Brooks Bell Kask Focus CX read more » Continue reading »

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Give Me Three at the Sea Otter Classic

I love to visit the Sea Otter Festival, a huge, four day bike show at Laguna Seca raceway in Monterey, California. I also love to rant about the mountain bikers driving their bikes up the road who fail to give roadies like me any room as they whiz pass. The environment this year, however, was read more » Continue reading »

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Are you going to the Sea Otter Festival?

The Sea Otter Festival — a huge four-day celebration of cycling begins tomorrow, Thursday, April 16. I’ll be there, will you? There’s racing, fondos, expos, events, demos, and more exhibitors promoting their wares than you can shake a kickstand airpump at. Ryan Leech returns for his annual trials riding demo at Sea Otter, and he’ll read more » Continue reading »

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