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Sleaze Otter

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sleazeotter.jpgSea Otter, the traditional beginning of the mountain bike racing and product season, is upon us April 17-20. More importantly the Sleaze Otter Town and Country Cat, since “Monterey is too highbrow for alleycats,” is happening on April 19th. Once you’ve had enough of the carbon and full suspension money-fest, roll on down to Wharf #2 parking area at 8pm with $6, a bike, a bag and whatever you interpret a “Zombie Plan” to be.


  1. Joe RiderApril 15, 2008 at 8:59 am

    Probably the most ridiculous article I’ve read on the internet in quite some time. You are kidding yourself if you don’t think the cycling industry is making money off the current “I want to be a bike messenger” fad. And yes it’s a fad, but what the end result will be are 20 somethings that eventually grow into thirtysomethings and will get jobs because their parents won’t be supporting them any longer. Many might actually become prosperous in their dreaded fields of work and this will result in an excess of disposable income which they might actually spend on , gasp , a carbon or titanium road bike.

    Trust me it’s a much better sensation to bomb down Hwy 1, or any other mountain pass at 45mph on a 5000.00 road bike than it is on my 300.00 fixed gear commuter.

    Why advocate being poor?

  2. kjohnnytarrApril 15, 2008 at 9:54 am

    Wow Joe. Most ridiculous article? Really? I’d hate to cook your eggs wrong.

    My guess is, it’s not so much about messengers and fashion as it is about people wanting to have a good time without the norm of conspicuous consumption. It’s hard to find anything wrong with that.

  3. Monsignor BlairApril 15, 2008 at 11:11 am

    I just might have to find a middle ground here. I will race Sea Otter, which is not cheap to race at, then race Sleaze Otter on my $2500 Single Speed MTB. I will advocate the Middle Class.

  4. Chip HaynesApril 15, 2008 at 11:55 am

    I rode to work today on a fixie I built up from a frame I found in a ditch. I can’t imagine spending $5000 on a bicycle. Well, ok, I can- but I won’t. I’m not poor but I’m not stupid, either.

    And I’m happy with my fixie.

  5. reverend dickApril 16, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Sleaze Otters don’t give a shit what you jackasses ride….so long as it has pedals, and you’re in search of braaaains. Just ride yer bike, man.

  6. Badger SauceApril 16, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    Wow, “Joe Rider,” did you crash your $5000 road bike and get some gravel in your vagina? Or are you upset that people are having just as much fun on their thrift store specials as you are on your expensive fancy bike? If people want to have fun on cheap bikes why not let them? Maybe because your stuck in your cubicle working to pay off that expensive bike of yours?

  7. ThumperApril 20, 2008 at 9:43 am

    Well, hell, struck a raw nerve on the $5,000. bike Sea Otter fans? Sorry, I missed the part where you advocated being poor and insisted that people ride their $300. fixed gear machines.
    I feel it is just ride your bike, whatever you have to enjoy. The point is the the Sea Otter has turned into a 3-ring, expensive ride, expensive rig, trade show-bike race social event with so many companies spending $10′s of thousands of dollars to attend. A fossil fuel expense extravaganza. And if you dig it, go for it. And if you don’t, instead of just staying home, the is this ride with none of the pretense or hoopla. Some of us work damn hard (in a cubicle) and don’t want to encounter the ellitest

  8. ecordApril 24, 2008 at 8:39 am

    Sea Otter is the early season Interbike.

  9. kgApril 19, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    The Sleaze Otter was a blast. I saw road bikes, mountain bikes, single speeds, one or two fixed gears, bmx bikes, touring bikes, some cheap some expensive. We drank, we raced we had a good time rolling through the night.

  10. jordanApril 18, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    the 2010 event was a BLAST! Thanks to Katie for showing me how to get around Monterey. And to the guys who “won”, you should either start drinking again or not compete in alleycats that require boozin’ it up.

    – j

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