Climb With A Cause: Full Recap!


You have seen the sprinkles of hints and previews into my yearly Climb With A Cause event from various social media; and as incredible of an experience as it was it’s something I truly wish could be shared by many more cyclist and friends’ of cyclist over the years to come.

I began my trek up Highway 38 to end in Big Bear Lake. Parking at the Mill Creek Ranger Station located at the base of the mountain and riding the 40 – ish miles to Onyx Summit and then cruising down into the city.

I couldn’t have asked for a more encouraging group of guys to join me on the ride and to tag along in the support vehicles, because at the end of the day, and after all the questions regarding logistics, ratios used, training required, weather, etc. what it really amounted to was the old clichés: Mind Over Matter and Slow and Steady.

What I love most about hosting this event is the joy it brings to other cyclist who put their passion to work for the aid of others. And, the inspiration it brings to everyone else in proving you can do some good with the craft that defines you, and a little bit of hard work! 🙂


Click the photo above to view the full gallery!

Thank you to:

Media Team

– Sam Arechiga
– Eli Ayala
– Martin Fuerte

Support Vehicle Drivers and Personnel

– Seth Wallace
– Pablo Diaz
– Manuel Peralta
– Daniel Cervantes

This Year’s Attendees

– Beto Serafin
– Peter Reyna
– Oscar Ochoa
– Luis Perez

This Year’s Sponsors

– Jarritos
– Kufe Studios
– Knog
– Upness
– GU
– The Alley Rats
– Opprime Cycling
– Aventon
– TakeoverLA
– Quad Lock
– Jakroo
– Eli Ayala Photography
– Soon Media
– SPF Films


Review: Empire Giro ACC

The “Not So Pro” review of:

The Giro Empire ACC, for the cyclist looking to upgrade yet another, and very vital, point of contact. Expect ZERO hotspots, ultimate shock absorption from the Easton® EC90™ ACC full carbon sole, as well as maximum stability felt both in pushing and in pulling on your pedals.

Out on my first ride and the shoe felt incredibly stiff. I was amazed by the power transfer I felt and didn’t mind the slight cramped toes as I was expecting the shoe to give and stretch a bit as it broke in. After my second ride in the Empires I felt the shoe conform to my feet better while not sacrificing security and stiffness in my pedal strokes whether, climbing, cruising, or powering through a sprint.





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Price Point:
Retailing at $275 plus tax and shipping, this shoe is not for the novice rider. Unless you’re a loaded novice well then help yourself!

Pluses – Maximum Support, Reliability and Performance, Comfort, and Styling to make Non – Podium Placers (Me!) look pro!
Minuses – Now I am broke…

– For the Gear Head’s Notes on this review continue on below!


One-piece upper design; Premium Evofiberâ„¢ breathable microfiber; Laced closure
Easton® EC90 ACC carbon fiber; Replaceable heel pads
SuperNatural Fit Kit with adjustable arch support; X-Static® anti-microbial fiber
215 grams (size 42.5)


Ivan – @diseno__

Knog Video Contest: Vote For Sammpy!

Help a brotha out and vote for Sam’s “It Was One Night In Vegas, And No Night In Vegas Ever” Video!

(The one with Sean Martin and Lucas Brunelle in the thumbnail)

Sick edit as always Sam, and may I say your choice on the backing track was exquisite 😉

Hope you win this!

Crossiebro Scouting

Scouting for some Crossiebro Race courses and celebrating Daniel Olmedo‘s New Bike Day made for some rad times!

Dirt, Cokes, and Crossiebro!

#crossiebro #wedoitwrongbutwedoitright

What’s In The Stable?

Over the last 4 years of me having dedicated myself to cycling and my accumulation of bikes I figured it necessary to begin documenting the process my bikes go through; from acquisition, through upgrades, and maybe answer some questions you have along the way.

I have a lot of friends ask me, “Where do I buy an affordable bike? How can I learn simple maintenance? Where can I get a bike to just get me to work? …school? …run errands on? I want to get in shape! I want to go on those cool camp/bike trips you do!”

and the list goes on…

So, below you’ll see what I am starting with; a Budget Cruiser/Commuter, a Tour Specific Bicycle, a Road Bicycle, and the ever popular (and incorrectly labeled as “Fixie”) Track Bike.

Continue reading, I hope these series of posts (that will be ongoing as long as I am upgrading my stable) will inspire you to make that first purchase you’ve been itching for, try your hand at building a bike, and clarify some of those questions you have had for some time. And, in any case always feel free to message me!

My Diamondback Mountain Bike-Cruiser
I asked my good friend Daniel Olmedo if he could help me out with building a daily commuter for those short local trips. So he literaly pieced this little beauty together from all the spare parts he’s collected over time. We will visit this build more in detail for all of you looking to build something in an extremely affordable manner.

My Peugeot Tourer
This incredible bicycle was purchased as just a frame and pair of wheels. It’ll take some time to go over every item purchased to restore it and bring it to all it’s touring glory, but it’ll definitely be educational and inspiring!

My Aventon Track
This gorgeous frame was donated to me by the great people at Aventon Bikes for me to complete Climb For A Cause on. A simple build, but I will still go into detail on this one. You’d be surprised how easy it is to do it wrong when building a Track Bike.

My Diamondback Podium Road
Building and riding Track Bikes was what hooked onto cycling from the beginning. After some time of saving for my first road (and searching for the best deal around as usual) I decided to make a Diamondback Podium the first Road Bike I’d own. I’ve done very few upgrades to this one, but I will also explain the process of purchasing a great entry level bicycle and what upgrades to go for and why.