April is here and what better way to start the month than with Bike Check Wednesday with Mikey Babbel. We caught up with Mikey to ask him a few questions about his move, his bike and how his back injury is doing. Enjoy!
What is the one part you find yourself having to replace on a regular basis? And why?
Usually it’s either my pedals or peg sleeves but I tend to go through phases of blowing out my rear hubs.
What part do you spend the most time on to make sure it’s dialed in?
My back wheel for sure. I can’t stand having a crooked wheel and a loose chain, haha.
Last year you moved away from California. Where did you move to?
To the beautiful state of Ohio
What has been the best part of the move?
There’s been ton of awesome things that came from the move, but for me the best part was the change of scenery. I love being out in the woods so being 5 minutes from a national forest has been pretty awesome.
Last year you also had to deal with some back problems that keep you off your bike for a long time. What did you do to keep yourself busy since you could not ride?
Man that sucked, haha. Yeah, last year I herniated a disk in my lower back which caused my L5/ S1 vertebrate to bash into each other and pinch my spinal cord. For the first few months I wasn’t able to walk much with out my back and sciatica causing a ton of pain, but after a few months I was able to start going out and film the crew. It really gave me the chance work on bettering my filming.
You have posted up several video clips from Rays Mountain bike park. How is it riding Ray’s?
Its pretty damn awesome! I always wanted to ride Rays when I was living in California so it’s awesome to live 30 min from it.
Frame: Hoffman Bikes Bama Custom
Forks: Hoffman Bikes Bama
Bars: Hoffman Bikes Bama
Grips: Hoffman Bikes Razz Grips
Sprocket: Cult 25t
Pedals: Odyssey twisted PC
Bottom Bracket: Odyssey
Seat: BSD Tony Malouf
Seat: Post BSD
Front Hub: Primo
Front Rim: Primo
Rear Hub: Primo Mix 9t
Rear Rim: Primo
Front Hub: Guard Primo
Rear Hub: Guard Primo
Front Tire: BSD
Rear Tire: BSD
Pegs: Animal Plastics x 4