The morning that we shot this Video Log, I put up a YouTube community post with a survey… I asked you which bike I should take to the dirt jumps. The majority of you chose my Trek Remedy over my Ticket DJ or Ticket S because I told you that I didn’t feel like pushing my bike up the hill.. Y’all made a sick decision because this turned into a killer little session. On the trail bike, you take a run through, pop the dropper post up, click through those gears, and next thing you know you’re back to the top of the line keeping the ride alive. John Reynolds joined along to hold “Cam’s Dad Cam” and operate his flying robot camera. Tyler Roemer came along to snap the stills; then halfway through the session, a whole crew showed up… and I mean come on… Everyone knows dirt jumping is all about the big group szechuans. Dirt jumping on the trail bike takes a little getting used to, but once the bike is set up right and you get into the flow of things, its the best. You gotta be a little more aggressive with everything to keep the speed and throw the tricks, and you get to slash the corners if the opportunity arises. Its the best. Shred on amigos, don’t forget to subscribe and leave a comment telling me any ideas you have for video logs. Ok Bye. -Cam Camera // John Reynolds Edit // Taylor Sage Bike: Trek Remedy with Fox Suspension, Shimano drivetrain, Bontrager wheels /tires /bar /stem etc.
We’re a sucker for a good toolbox and Brad Kelly has a very tidy one that has won the 2019 Toolbox Wars competition. Check it out inside. Check out our toolbox tour tag if you’re into pro toolkits. Brad’s Toolbox – Video Brad Kelly (@IG Bee_Kay77) has been a bicycle mechanic since 1993 so he’s spent some time to fine tuning his craft. He has been a mechanic for Jill Kintner for the 2017 and 2018 World Crankworx series. In order to finish first, you first have to finish and Brad certainly helped her bike work well during that time. Kintner did quite well taking wins in many races and the overall Queen of Crankworx title both years. Photo: James Stokoe | Crankworx – Whistler Pump Track 2019 Brad has taken the 2018 toolbox wars world champ and the 2019 toolbox wars toolbox of the year titles. He has raced downhill from 1996 to approximately 2015 where he has taken DH state round wins and titles including many National DH round podiums and wins. His current bike is a 2020 Specialized Enduro comp S4 Canecreek double barrel CS 205 x 65 Fox 36 180mm grip2 damper Magura Raceline brakes 203mm rotors Hand built DT/Stans EX3 wheels 10sp Shimano drivetrain Which brings us to the topic of his latest mobile toolbox. This man is meticulous and enjoys his craft. Many professional bike mechanics have to work at remote venues to support their riders so it’s important they have the right tools for the job. Many of them use Pelican style cases to organize and transport their tools. Brad’s setup uses a customized gun case that he’s clearly spent a lot of time curating and refining. It features pneumatic lifts, trays, and custom foam cut-outs to house each tool he has elected to have in his mobile toolkit. Each tool has a place and he designed the cutouts to allow tools rock inward in lieu of finger holes. Some of the tools on the back board are held with magnets or clips. By layering the EVA foam he is able to get good support for the tools to stay in place but they can rock inward when needed to allow them to be removed easily. The lack of finger holes also lets him get more tools in his layout. It’s a labor of love. As you can see there are a lot of tools here. The top panel is ribbed with aluminum and folds forward to reveal additional tools on the back side like a hole puncher, lockring tools, tire trimmer, du bushing tool, zip tie tool, and more. Many of these tools aren’t cheap but many are available through your local bike store or Amazon. The Powerbuilt T-handle Hex wrench set at $59 is one of many items we’ve seen in many recent mechanics box builds. Full tool list TOP LAYER Abbey “Toolbox wars world champion 2019” custom titanium hammer Abbey pedal wrench Abbey H.A.G (hanger alignment guage) Abbey crombie dual sided cassette lockring tool Abbey whip-it chain whip Effetto Mariposa 2-16nm torque wrench Park tools grease gun Park tools CT-3.2 chain breaker Park tools piston press Topeak Smart Guage digital tyre pressure gauge Rigid mini pipe cutter PB Swiss scribe tool Cane Creek digital shock pump Knipex side cutter pliers 70 02 160 Knipex bull nose pliers 03 02 180 Knipex cable cutters 95 62 190 Knipex needle nose pliers 26 12 200 Knipex 180mm plier wrench 86 05 180 Knipex 250mm plier wrench 86 05 250 Park tools utility knife razor blade Park tools digital vernier calipers Park tools heavy duty tyre levers x 2 Wera Zyklop 3/8 ratchet handle BOTTOM LAYER Abbey 16 notch BB socket (Hollowtech2/GXP) Abbey 12 notch BB socket (Sram DUB) Mini Maglite torch Enduro bearing press with full set of drifts Stanley hacksaw blade handle with metal and Park tools carbon blades PB Swiss 90mm file handle with Nicholson 2nd cut half round file Park tools BBT-9 16 notch hollowtech2/GXP and locking spanner (mainly for centerlock rotors) PB Swiss pin punches 4,6 and 8mm Abbey suspension socket set 24, 26, 28, 30 and 32mm 54mm 2 metre measuring tape Park tools spoke tension gauge Park tools hydraulic hose barb press Park tools hydraulic hose cutter Syringe with light grease (mainly for gear cables) Syringe with carbon paste Stainless steel oiler pen Park tools IR 1.2 internal cable routing kit Marvis black tooth brush Round and flat needle files Scalpel Wera 3/8″ bit holder Bleeding syringes and fittings Park tools BBT-10.2 adjusting cap tool (hollowtech2) Assortment of spare bolts, washers, shims, valves/stems, brake hose fittings, headset spacers, star nuts, saftey pins, razor blades, batteries, cable ties ect Bic lighter Wurth super fast glue Loctite 242 Smoove chain lube cable ferrules, crimps, bleed blocks TOOLBOARD TOOL LIST Knipex scissors Blue Point mini needle nose pliers Blue Point mini flush cut snips Custom made rotor tool for adjusting brake contact point Hex Pro swivel hex keys 3,4,5,6mm Wera torx key set 8,9,10,15,20,25,27,30,40 Park tools SPANNERS 6,7,8,9,10mm PB Swiss picks straight, 90° and hook PB Swiss spinning bit T handle Powerbuilt torx Sliding T handles 10,25,30 Powerbuilt hex sliding T handles 2,2.5,3,4,5,6mm Wera hex key set 1.5,2,2.5,3,4,5,6,8mm PB Swiss 50mm bits 2,2.5,3,4,5,6 and T25 DT Swiss spoke wrench Stans no tubes valve core tool PB Swiss replaceable screwdriver handle PB Swiss #2 small flat head screwdriver blade PB Swiss PH2 Phillips blade for screwdriver PB Swiss #4 large flat head blade for screwdriver PB Swiss bit holder blade for screwdriver PB Swiss mini replaceable blade screwdriver PB Swiss small flat and phillips blade for mini screwdriver PB Swiss 1.5 and 2mm hex blade for mini screwdriver PB Swiss 2.5 and 3mm hex blade for mini screwdriver Wera Zyklop mini 1/4″ bit ratchet Wera 50mm 1/4″ bit extension Park tool Flare nut wrench 8,10mm Topeak preset 4,5,6nm 1/4″ bi torque fittings You’ve made it this far.. you’re clearly a fan of a solid tool setup. Give a follow to Bee_Kay77 and toolboxwars. Abbey Bike Tools is also running a toolbox contest as well! Check back daily throughout the month of December as we post more content in our 25 days of Sickness!
Cam McCaul takes his Trek Remedy for a session at the dirt jumps.
Riding your bike in the winter months is hard. It can be cold, wet, windy — often all three at once — and that’s before you factor in having to occasionally ride in the dark. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth it. Training throughout the winter is a great way to keep your base fitness ticking over, while also preparing you for next spring and summer and any exciting goals you’re looking to achieve on two wheels. What’s more, getting outdoors and stay active through winter is good for the soul. Here are ten ways to stay motivated through the winter, to help you through those moments when it can seem easier to stay in bed… Have a goal “The main thing for anyone is having a goal,” explains Matt Bottrill of Matt Bottrill Performance Coaching. “You’ve got to have a motivation. It could be something that’s happened to your family, your health, lose weight. Whatever that is, you need that goal. “If you’ve got that in place, every time you do a training session you’ve got a reason for doing it – you’re not just going through the motions. You then feel good about it because that stepping stone is working towards your big goal.” How to create a winter training plan Have the right kit Heading out into the cold is made a lot easier if you’ve got the right winter gear in your wardrobe. It can be hard to get motivated if you’re imagining the next few hours to be as cold as sitting in a fridge, and staying in bed is going to be a lot more attractive. Investing in foul-weather kit, whether that’s a good winter jacket or a pair of overshoes, will turn a training ride from unbearable into enjoyable, and will have you jumping out of bed and onto your bike Best winter cycling clothing: a buyer’s guide Buddy up to stay motivated through winter. Immediate Media Buddy up Struggling to get motivated to head out on your own? Find another rider who is keen to get some winter training in and buddy up instead of trying to tackle the elements solo. Not only will it make the miles whizz by as you chat away between cafe stops, but it’s a lot harder to not go for a ride when you’ve got someone stood on your doorstep all kitted up and ready to go. 10 winter training mistakes (and how to avoid them) Join the club run If you don’t have any local friends who are up for a bit of winter training or your cycling mates are now in hibernation until the spring, then it might be an idea to join a club run. Many cycling clubs run a range of rides at the weekend that vary in pace, while some offer early morning pre-work sessions in the week for the extra keen. How riding in a group improves your performance Try something new Even if you consider yourself a road cyclist, that doesn’t mean you have to live and die by the sword of tarmac. Winter is a great time to try off-road pursuits that will not only help with your training, but could also be beneficial to your overall riding technique, too. For those who want to stay on a drop bar bike, the high intensity and technical nature of cyclocross will keep your fitness up while improving your bike handling skills, while mountain biking is a fun way of sharpening up your riding. Equally, if you’re a mountain biker looking to improve your endurance, could you be tempted out onto the road this winter? Maybe even the turbo trainer could be your friend… Five reasons roadies need to try mountain biking Mix things up by trying a new discipline this winter. Mick Kirkman Join the Rapha Festive 500 Is your winter training just not, well, challenging enough? Try your hand at the Rapha Festive 500. The Strava challenge has become a legendary way for road cyclists to up the endurance (and test the patience of family members) over the festive period, with participants set the task of riding 500km between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Strava tips: 20 of the best Train inside Whisper it, but it is possible to train over the winter period without subjecting yourself to the harsh conditions that come with it. Even swapping one outdoor ride per week for an indoor one can revitalise your training plan and help keep you motivated. Plus, the likes of HIIT or sweetspot sessions are actually more time-efficient when done on an indoor bike, so there’s one more reason to train inside this winter. Indoor cycling benefits | 8 reasons why you should train indoors Book a training camp If you need a carrot to work towards when slogging it out through winter, there’s nothing better than a few days in the sun. There’s a reason why professional cyclists head to southern Europe in winter and spring — superb roads and (fingers crossed) great weather. Why not book a training camp or riding holiday in Mallorca, Andalucia or Tenerife? You’ll have something to train for, then. How to prepare for a training camp What better way to motivate yourself than the prospect of a few days riding in the sun? Russell Burton/Immediate Media Listen to music If you do opt to train inside this winter, there are things that can soon start to irritate you during a session – most notably the lack of visual stimulation that you get when out on the road. But there are ways of overcoming this. “I always listen to music,” says Bottrill. “I listen to dance music and I love the rhythm of it. I match my pedal stroke to the beat of the music. You can break it down to phases, so ‘this song is four minutes, I’ll listen to two songs and then I’ll look at the time’. It’s a great way of zoning out.” How to build a pain cave | 8 tips for creating the perfect indoor training space Give Zwift a go Another way of livening up your indoor workout is to use a virtual training platform, such as Zwift. It can turn your training ride into the closest thing to heading out on the road, without leaving the house. You’ll have the virtual world to keep you occupied, while it’s also possible to join a group ride, complete structured workouts or embark on a fully-fledged training plan. Zwift: everything you need to know Remember to reward yourself It’s all very well having goals and motivating yourself to train throughout the winter months, but you need to enjoy the rewards, too. “You need to reward yourself,” he says. “It will make you want to achieve it more.” So whether that’s an extra slice of cake at the cafe stop, or a new bit of kit in the new year, don’t forget to treat yourself along the way. 6 delicious flapjack and breakfast bar recipes to boost your riding energy
Fred Austruy goes freeriding on an enduro bike.( Photos: 15 )