Transition Bikes Sea Otter Trip Day 1

Apr 15, 2010 at 23:27
by Transition Bikes  

It’s 4:30 am Wednesday and I am awaken by the sound of my phone ringing with Metzger on the other end. Of course he is 20 minutes early and sounds like he has just had a jug of coffee, 5 hour energy and six Redbulls.

The tone of the trip was being set very early.

We pull a 7 hour shift southbound on 1-5 to arrive in Eugene Oregon at our shop Life Cycles. Gilad, Justin, Levi and the entire shop close it down just for us so they can get a ride in. The weather is promising, but as we approach the mountains things dramatically change. The Life Cycle crew are insisting we hit up one of their most epic trails despite recent snow fall. After being stuck in a van for 7 hours we are up for anything. 3/4 of the way up the mountain the snow gets incredibly deep and a massive thunder and lightning storm only adds to our drama, but we are loving it.


Luckily for us the trail did not disappoint. With mud dripping down the grins on our faces we spent the next hour descending epic singletrack with mother nature breathing down our backs.


Thanks to all the guys at Life Cycles (Justin, Levi, Gilad, Colin, Rich), Cliff Bar for the fuel, Kicker Audio for making our van speaker volume go to 11 and vHoldR for kick ass cameras that can take any kind crap weather you can throw at them.




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28 Comments

  • + 8
 Kinda weaksauce riding that trail when it's snowy, muddy, and wet with such a large group. Local groups work real hard on that trail to keep it nice... oh well.
  • + 4
 very true, but the problem is the trails are open to everyone. Also im guessing those guys are mtb addvicates and help fix trails. but either way trail and video were great and entertained me
  • + 2
 Hey Phil, weren't you suggesting we ride this trail three days after we took Transition there, citing "it drains well"? Well it does. I took the caboose during parts and in no way was it torn up. I think you are jealous you didn't get an invite Wink . We cleared Eula Ridge of all the blow-down trees the weekend before. Lets go ride!
  • + 1
 Sorry, that was your brother who was asking. And he did end up riding it multiple times. Good on him. All these accusations are hilarious. Go ride your bike.
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  • + 4
 So are we to believe that pdirt and muffins have never....ever ridin trails when wet, and have never caused any damage at any time while riding trails?? really??
come on guys! Maybe everyone who gives transition negative comments, never ACT UP or do anything wrong when with friends. and since when is a picture of a group of guys acting silly concidered criminal or a-holes. really folks! is your skin really that thin?
If you are not perfect, please don't judge others or jump to conclusions.
Just my two cents.
  • + 1
 I second this. I have ridden wet trails with pdirt. This negativity started because a bench was stolen which was completely unrelated to our visit.
  • + 1
 Werd. I am just sour because I dislocated my shoulder because I wrapped around a corner and there was a huge rut that shot me down a valley and into a tree. Apologies for the negativity. As long as you guys didn't yank that bench, then it's all good.
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  • + 2
 I am down with having fun and being a jerk - but destroying property and wrecking up trails when they are wet like that is not cool. It really sucks getting jetted off the trail because some dude carved a huge rut into a corner when it was muddy like that.
  • + 1
 No one destroyed any property, no trails were harmed during the filming of this video.
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  • + 1
 Ya, I do occasionally ride a wet trail or two, as I live in Oregon, and that is the case about 65% of the year. I ride a lot of road in the wet season, though. What I choose NOT to do, and have not done, is take a large group down that particular trail when it is wet, muddy, and still has snow... I am not hating on life cycles or Transition for doing this, juts would have preferred that they didn't. The 'other' accusations being made are not my opinion, as I don't really have one regarding that other stuff, but being friends of the shop, I really have a hard time believing they would do any of those things... do I think they were being dicks for taking that many people down the trail in those conditions? ...yep... but given the choices, that is a pretty well draining trail, and I can't really blame them. And, so I am not 'proven' a hypocrite, if those ass hats would have invited me, none of this would have happened. Wink
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  • + 1
 Get over it, wet...dry, ride it. Try to get the righteaous stick out yo ass. I hope they ripped their seats out of the van and used the bench seat to drive home. Go TBC (keep rockin biatches) and Go Beavs!!!. &*^% the Ducks.
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  • + 4
 I saw that on MTBR too.... bad news travels fast.
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  • + 0
 ok so here's a twist: PLEASE, someone tell the guy on the stool in the pic to pull his skivvies up! i am for sure not riding 'behind' anyone whose plumber butt is hanging out! [ yeh yeh, no one else noticed cause it's too gay to mention - whatever, it's hard enough to see your own line without having to watch his 'line' on the trail :-( ] excuse me now, i gotta shake the image, so, i'll go watch UFC, some hockey fights and maybe drop some manly testosterone on a trail called Severed Dick over on the Shore. AAAAARRRRRGGGGHHHHHH!!!
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  • + 4
 Man that really sends peoples opinions of TBC down the shitter Frown Fun bikes, but that sort of behaviour is just not on. I wonder if the link will get removed, it'd be interesting to see if it does...
  • + 4
 Lame. Really Lame.
  • + 3
 Sounds to me like there was a group of people having a good time and some one saw that and got in a tizzy cause they were not having as much fun as the said group.
  • + 2
 (this is regarding the stuff of mtbr)
hey so basically these are all just rumors. the life cycle guys are pretty much the coolest people i know. as far as the bench going missing, that area is full of hicks who like to get drunk. i wouldn't really be surprised if that happened and they decided it'd be funny to steal a bench. that crap happens all the time. the life cycle and transition crew didnt steal that bench. and they weren't acting inappropriate, just goofing around after a good ride.

you have to understand that these accusations of all this bad stuff are being made by a few people who for some childish reason don't get along with some people at life cycle bike shop. this is pretty much an immature way to attack them. i mountain bike to get away from all the high school drama. this pisses me off because that's what this is. high school drama. and as far as the trail conditions go, that trail drains extremely well, and many (including those complaining) ride it in far worse conditions. come on guys, and this is coming from a 17 year old, grow up.
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  • + 4
 the guy at the end has huge guns
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  • + 2
 Oh! There's a deer! Ai Ai Ai! Haha, that's the best, Sick trail too!
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  • + 1
 ok, i dont really hope they took the bench. bad joke, my bad.
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  • + 1
 anyone know the song? sounds like white stripes.
  • + 1
 dunoo sounds like wolfmother...
  • + 2
 Its White Stripes - Icky Thump (Or however Icky is spelt)
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  • + 2
 nice mustache
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