Monthly Archives: November 2012

The Hairy Rider’s Best Products of 2012…

WITH the 3 days of near constant snowfall in this part of the Alps, our season passes arriving in the post and local resorts opening all over the place – I wanted to post a nice little snowboarding movie that’s just been released – but apparently I have to wait 7 days for the temporary copyright to be removed before it can be posted on blogs and whatnot…obviously that’ll have to wait til next week…nay bother

So instead I thought I’d do a little list of The Hairy Rider’s best products of 2012…now these aren’t necessarily new products that have been released in 2012 – just stuff that’s been purchased this year.  And the list is in no particular order…it’s just sh1t I dig?

tHR – La Liste de 2012

2013 Shimano M675 SLX Brakes

2013 Shimano M675 SLX Brakes

THESE are some serious stoppers – especially at not too much over £100 delivered (from Rose Bikes).  Amazing amounts of power and modulation.  These are marketed as a budget to mid-range brake with the Deores coming below and the XT and XTR above but I would have absolutely no hesitation to install a set of these on the Downhill Bike…los perros cojones!

Boku Super Food Drink Powder

Boku Super Food Nutrient Dense Organic Drink Powder

HERE you have an amazing way to start the day…the list of ingredients in this stuff is seriously impressive;  14 different types of mushroom (Boku Super Tákes™),  7 different types of sprouts (Boku Super Sprouts™),  15 different types of fruit (Boku Super Fruit™) – to name but a few.  Just add a scoop or two to your breakfast smoothie, shake, protien drink or whatever and you are getting  some serious additional goodness in your body.  Everything is freeze-dried so all the active enzymes and whatnot are still live and kicking.  Cannot recommend this stuff highly enough!

Continental Rubber Queen and Mountain King II – Black Chilli Tyres

THIS tyre combo is amazing!…the Black Chilli Compound gives a ridiculous amount of grip, even on loose, dusty Alpine trails and the Mountain King’s Protection reinforcement seems (so far) to be able to take the rigours of razor sharp flint and rock strikes without making a mark on the sidewalls.  Rolling resistance is pretty good for such a grippy, chunky tread.  The Rubber Queen (dodgy, dodgy name that) has a pretty high side profile with a high capacity and tough feeling carcass – I’ve been running the front one well under 30psi with no ill effects so far…except a sh1t load of grip!  German engineering at it’s MTBing best

Gore Bike Wear Contest 2.0 AS WindStopper

Gore Bike Wear Contest 2.0 AS WindStopper

I don’t reckon you can get a better autumn/spring mountain bike jacket for this part of The Alps.  This thing does exactly what it says on the tin and weighs next to nothing.  November rides over here means climbing in maybe 10-20°C which will always keep you very, very warm but when you get to up over 2,000m covered in sweat it can get decidedly chilly, and if there’s even a light breeze it can be damn right cold all the way down…this little baby keeps the wind off, the warmth in but lets a lot of moisture out.  It will also keep off the rare light shower of rain or prolonged drizzle that very occasionally rears its head ’round these parts.  It’s also shaped for riding with long back, high collar, snug fit and pre-shaped arms…perfect

Linwoods Milled Flaxseed, Walnuts, Brazil Nuts, Almonds & Q10

Linwoods Milled Flaxseed, Walnuts, Brazil Nuts, Almonds & Q10

NUTTY goodness.  This stuff is packed with the right gear.  For example – a daily 30g serving provides;
4.9g of Omega 3,  13% Daily Value of Zinc and 10% Iron,  Low Glycemic Index (GI) for weight management and 5.4g of Dietary Fibre  as well as being an excellent source of Selenium and Magnesium with 36% and 25% respectively of your RDA in just one serving.  Add that to the obvious benefits of Flaxseed and all those ground nuts you’ve gotta great mix to add to porridge, cereal, smoothies, protein or milk shakes..whatever really…the good sh1t

Will add to this list through December but these are just a few of this years top buys…

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Trans-Provence 2012 : The Journey…

As the season draws to and end (although there’s definitely still a couple of weeks of good riding left here) thought I’d whack up this little edit ad 😉 of what has got to be the best timed, staged enduro event on the calendar…bring on TP 2014!


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