I hadn’t planned on attending Sea Otter this year, just like I hadn’t planned on attending Coachella due to the $300+ single-day tickets on Craigslist. Although the (2) VIP tickets for $1000 were tempting (kidding). Besides, Al and I weren’t racing the Mandem this year, so what’s the point?
My weekly SmarterTravel email subscription then alerted me to a $95 round-trip special from L.A. to Monterey. How could I pass that up? Bought the ticket, booked a taxi and packed a knapsack.
The rigid singlespeed equivalent of air travel. You feel every bump, get tossed around and are pretty stoked you made it when its over.
Travel Tip #8: A name tag on your clothing that doesn’t match your ID will result in “interest” from the TSA folks. Twice.
I arrived in Monterey without a lift to the venue, so I asked the only guy I saw carrying a bike helmet if he wanted to share a cab to Sea Otter. He replied that he already had a ride lined up, but I was welcome to join. Nice! We waited outside for a minute until a Team GT dually pulled up. Turns out he rides for GT. Turns out Pro Downhill. Turns out my ride is with Eric Carter.
We pulled right in to the GT booth in the pits and I wished him luck and hit the venue. The weather was amazing this year; warm temps, no wind, no flash floods.
Then I spread out a map of the venue, got my camera gear in order, prioritized my list of vendors to see and got down to business. First stop, Bike Mag.
Next stop: MTBR.com
Ran into my friend Cooper aka “flask-hog”.
Porta-Potty Still Life
Oh right – the bike stuff. File these two under “Things I Can’t Do”:
File these under Neat Bike Stuff:
Titanium Salsa La Cruz CX in the pipeline
Serotta partnering with Catlike helmets to bring them to US by summer.
Crank Bros “Candy” pedal cages go alloy. Hot.
More hot from Crank Bros with their solid, clampless stems.
Custom fab’d Di2 shifter on a sub-16 pound Cannondale MTB.
This can’t be good.
Sexy Niner carbon singlespeed.
Continental 2.4″ Trail King, coming soon in 29er. Beefy.
Amazing leather shoes from Dromarti. The “Sportivo” model is SPD compatible!
Martin of Dromarti models the new black “Race” model. Look compatible and badass.
Can’t have nice shoes without nice socks.
In closing –