Todd's Blog

Downhill mountain biking, crit racing and surfing are spiritually connected. Act like you can make it and you will. Single-track on the side of the cliff. Shooting the gap in a sprint finish. Making a huge drop. Hesitate… And you die.  
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My daughter’s friends tracked us down at 9pm Saturday night. We were just starting dinner, she had just finished a poorly executed trampoline-powered back flip. “We don’t want to alert you, but Shelby might have a broken arm.” It’s a brave call to make, especially when I know if it wasn’t broken she would be..
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Amazon has the top corporate reputation. Yep … Among consumers. I know a few businesses who feel and think otherwise. These folks cover the bar codes on products in their stores because their customers try product, then buy at amazon. What is the D-factor for all parties in this equation? Amazon for winning on price..
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My first real bike was a Schwinn Sting Ray. On a Saturday ride to the jumps in La Habra, a rumor spread about the two-speed Kick Back. What?! Two speeds on a bike, and no shifters. Mythical. When I “got mine”, the thrill of kicking it back and nearly doubling my speed was like spiked..
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Lots of solo dirt miles have left me peaceful, skilled, and totally lacking snap. The road, specifically the group ride, has always been the method of choice for bringing back snap, power, and will. Getting left behind hurts, and the fear of it allows me to suffer like I never would by myself. On the..
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