The MCREY Pit
May 21, 2023
How to Apply Graphics to Your Dirt Bike (And Remove Your Old Graphics)
Applying dirt bike graphics can be extremely frustrating. Don't worry, you're not alone! Just remember that you don't want to get them too hot, you don't want to pull on them too much (especially while they're hot), and don't push the air bubbles towards the middle. If you f*$% it up or think it looks bad, just fall a couple times and scrape your graphics up! No one will even notice.
May 15, 2023
Tips for Small Businesses: Why is Networking Important?
It's hard to measure the ROI on networking. It's a big investment of time and effort, that doesn't always have an immediate (and obvious) pay off. However, networking is still an incredibly powerful tool, especially for small businesses, to build relationships, raise awareness, learn from others, access resources, and build a support system.
May 10, 2023
Do I Have to Wear Dirt Bike Boots While Riding?
If you're riding a dirt bike, it's highly recommended that you wear dirt bike boots. These boots are designed specifically for off-road riding and provide a number of important safety features and benefits that other shoes (including your fancy steel-toed work boots) can't offer.
May 6, 2023
I Want to Buy a Used Dirt Bike. What Questions Should I Ask?
If you're uncomfortable or a little unsure about buying a used dirt bike, know that you're not alone. It can be intimidating and scary, especially if you're not super mechanical (like us). To help you, we've provided a list of questions, along with some additional tips, that we recommend asking when buying a used bike. There's no way to guarantee that the bike you're buying won't have any issues or that the person selling it to you isn't lying about the condition of the bike and/or the work that has been done (hate to say it, but it's true); but there are things you can do to help you make the most educated decision.
May 6, 2023
10 Key Things Every Beginner Should Know Before Riding a Dirt Bike
As much as we love dirt biking and off-roading, there is no denying that it's a dangerous sport. There's no way to control the people and environment around you, but there are things you can do to help protect yourself, your passengers (if applicable) and the people around you—and make sure everyone has a fun trip. Here are the 10 key things every beginner should know before riding. This is in addition to—or possibly even before—knowing how to work your bike (clutch, throttle, brakes, etc.) We call these the MCREY Riding Rules.
May 6, 2023
Where Are the Best Places to Learn How to Ride a Dirt Bike in SoCal?
One of the most important parts of learning how to ride a dirt bike is picking the best place to learn how to ride. It may sound silly, but you don't want to find yourself on a trail that's way above your skill level. Not only is that extremely dangerous, but it may deter you from trying to ride again! To help, we've created a list of some of the places we ride, including the pros and cons for a beginner rider.
Apr 9, 2023
Racing Our First Dirt Bike Race: The Biltwell 100
On April 1st, 2023, Kelly and I raced our first-ever dirt bike race! Biltwell hosted its 3rd Annual Biltwell 100 in the California desert just south of Ridgecrest. The course is a fast-paced, wide open 25-mile loop consisting of some whoops, rocks, sand, tunnels, a highway crossing, some fire roads, a couple small hill climbs, and this year: puddles, thanks to all the rain. This course was the buffet of desert riding—you got a taste of a little bit of everything. We've never ridden in a race-type environment... with hundreds of people on the same trail at the same time... and multiple levels of riders and bikes... so it's safe to say there were some nerves.
Apr 6, 2023
What Gear Do I Need to Ride a Dirt Bike?
Riding a dirt bike, whether it be on a trail, flat land, or a track, is exhilarating, challenging and empowering. It can also be very dangerous. We don't want to deter you from learning how to ride a dirt bike, but we're also not going to sugarcoat it: you're getting on a heavy, high-powered vehicle that will throw you for a wild ride if you're not careful. That's why we wear gear—including a lot of protective gear. There's tons of different options when it comes to dirt bike gear and it can be hard to figure out what's right for you, but we're here to help our fellow female riders! We've created a list of the key gear items we wear, why we wear them, and some of our favorites.*
May 3, 2022
How To Be An Independent Woman
Being the youngest of a family with a nurturing mother who works in insurance (so she worries about everything) and a father and older sister who took it upon themselves to plan and take care of everything, I slipped into the role as the “baby” of the family. Not that I was a spoiled brat or couldn’t do anything for myself, but most things were done for me by the people who loved taking care of things. Looking back, I am incredibly grateful for my family and the way they always took such diligent care of me; but, combined with my introverted-ness, I can see now how I missed opportunities to cultivate my own sense of independence and my own voice.
Apr 22, 2022
Still Riding the Emotional Roller Coaster
Every time I get an email or a phone call telling us "no" or explaining that something else went wrong, I can't help but think to myself: "Why am I doing this? Why am I putting myself through this? I can literally just stop all this right now. I can stop spending this money and relieve myself of this stress." But then I think of how far we've come; how much we've accomplished in less than a year; and the possibilities of what we can—will—achieve if we keep going.
Feb 17, 2022
Are You Worthy of Love?
I don’t consider myself a jealous type. I’m relatively confident in who I am; but even I find myself occasionally falling victim to the idea that a guy wouldn’t want to be with me because the blonde on the other side of the restaurant has a “better body,” or bigger lips, or maybe she's funnier (doubt it). But then I think, so what? Even if she also has a killer personality, she’s not me. I’m not her. We’re not competing for anything. If a guy chooses to spend his time getting to know her over me, it’s not personal. There’s nothing wrong with me. I don’t need to change to be like her… because for every guy that would prefer to get to know her, there’s a guy who would prefer to get to know me.
Jan 26, 2022
Throw Your Timeline Out the Window
My timeline would have held my hand as it walked me down the aisle into a very toxic marriage, a big house in the suburbs too close to my neighbors, and an unfulfilling corporate career. You see, the problem with having a timeline is that it restricts your purview. This isn't to say you shouldn't have goals. You should absolutely have goals—very specific goals. Manifest the shit outta your goals until you build the life you've always dreamed of; just be flexible with when those goals can happen.