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    What is a Bandolero?

    I keep seeing references to Bandolero's, but not exactly sure what they are about. I am guessing the name comes from the movie, but what are Bandolero's doing on mountain bikes? Is it a riding club for those who like to carry six shooters? Perhaps, renegade trail builders or bandits who prey on mountain bikers by surrounding them in a ravine and stealing Shot Blocks and water bottles. If this is indeed a club then maybe an opposing protaganist club is in order. "Long Rangers", to protect trails and unspecting riders from two wheeled self propelled bandits. Seriously, somebody give me the dirt.

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    Its a group of riders that likes free riding and beer drinking. if you start a lone ranger group I get to be "tonto"

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    what he said.

    not six shooters, but six packs. And if there is looting it is for shots, not shot blocks.
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    If you see our trucks in the PL, you might just want to go some where else. Because if you ride with us, you might just have way to much fun. Were just a bunch of guys that love to ride and have a blast doing it. And BEER!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Calhoun View Post
    what he said.

    not six shooters, but six packs. And if there is looting it is for shots, not shot blocks.
    Actually, there is a six shooter in one guy's set up, well, more like 16 in the clip & 1 in the hole.
    It's only used for crazed mountain lions & goats, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calhoun View Post
    what he said.

    not six shooters, but six packs. And if there is looting it is for shots, not shot blocks.
    "Someone must have put alcohol in my beer last night." ~ Mr. Richard Baty, Esq.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Curtarama View Post
    I keep seeing references to Bandolero's, but not exactly sure what they are about. I am guessing the name comes from the movie, but what are Bandolero's doing on mountain bikes? Is it a riding club for those who like to carry six shooters? Perhaps, renegade trail builders or bandits who prey on mountain bikers by surrounding them in a ravine and stealing Shot Blocks and water bottles. If this is indeed a club then maybe an opposing protaganist club is in order. "Long Rangers", to protect trails and unspecting riders from two wheeled self propelled bandits. Seriously, somebody give me the dirt.
    1. Must not have a "dirt roadie" mentality.
    2. Must carry at least one beer (and one to share) on all rides (bonus pts for a flask).
    3. Must like making trails fun and challenging.
    4. Must enjoy riding for 3+ hours on just about every ride - just because it's so much fun.
    5. Must know how to get every drop of fun & excitement out of a ride.
    6. Usually carry at least one odd repair item such as a spare shifter cable (cuz you never know).
    7. Generally have mad mtb skills and be willing to pedal a 35 lb bike up mountians all day just so they can "hit that sh!t" on the way down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBNate View Post
    1. Must not have a "dirt roadie" mentality.
    2. Must carry at least one beer (and one to share) on all rides (bonus pts for a flask).
    3. Must like making trails fun and challenging.
    4. Must enjoy riding for 3+ hours on just about every ride - just because it's so much fun.
    5. Must know how to get every drop of fun & excitement out of a ride.
    6. Usually carry at least one odd repair item such as a spare shifter cable (cuz you never know).
    7. Generally have mad mtb skills and be willing to pedal a 35 lb bike up mountians all day just so they can "hit that sh!t" on the way down.

    etc
    pretty accurate synopsis there Nate, except note 7. not sure of any 35lb Bando bike, sounds flexy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Calhoun View Post
    pretty accurate synopsis there Nate, except note 7. not sure of any 35lb Bando bike, sounds flexy.
    I was thinking of Nota's munchkin sized bike, but yeah, you are right. It must be his wheelset that is 35lbs.
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    Hi Curtarama, thanks for your question. It's good to know that you're aware of your surroundings and those that frequent them.

    The Bandolero (genus Bandoerlo Havegoodtimes MountainBikers) was first observed in November 2005 and is most often seen gathered in parking lots, shooting the breeze pre/post ride and less frequently "hittin that shiat" in the local forests in Northern New Mexico. They are a fast moving band but can often be seen stopped alongside the trail, plotting their next move. They are quite intelligent and have a vast knowledge of trails and the proper tires for almost any terrain. Sightings in the forest are infrequent due to their roving nature and there is ample evidence that they spend much of their time riding bikes. Their known area is New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado. There have been reported sightings of Bandoleros in Canada and Mexico but these are unverified due to fuzzy pictures and a known lack of their favorite beverage which comes packaged in little red cans. Favorable locations to spot a Bandolero are Otero Canyon, Rio En Medio, Angel Fire, local emergency rooms/trauma centers and to a lesser degree (due to reduced territory and lifts running) Pajarito near Los Alamos. There are many recorded images and videos of the Bandoleros available on the internet. Use caution when reviewing these items as many people have been known to immediately go mountain biking as a result.

    The Bandolero's are mainly a docile group and most of them have been partially domesticated but records show that several are on the loose and may have reverted to their natural feral state. Even these are no threat and even when provoked, avoid conflict. Their lifestyle is infectious and in the last few years their way of life has been observed in previously sedentary, non-fun loving people due to repeated contact. Symptoms of infection are a tendency to carry 2-3 beers on a ride, go fast, ride hard, hit shiat, euphoria, 8" rotors on a XC bike, tendency to shuttle to the top of a trail, ibuprofen in the pack, 2-3 mountain bikes and a disdain for road bikes or any bike with tires with a width less than 2.5"

    Bandoleros use their easy-going friendly nature to seduce other mountain bikers into joining them "for a short ride." Their speech patterns are littered with phrases like:
    • "hit that shiat"
    • "it's a roller"
    • "it's only a 45-50 minute climb"
    • "I've only got 3 beers, it'll be a short ride"
    • "who's got a flask?"
    • "who else has a flask?"
    • "shuttles?"
    • "pass the beer salt"
    • "it's all downhill from here"
    • "huck it"
    • "yeah I cleaned it"
    • "that's not thunder"
    • "damn!"
    • "I'm out of water but have two beers"
    • "you're shuttle biatch"
    • "who put this rock in my pack?"


    Curtarama, I hope that you are lucky enough to spot a Bandolero in the wild and if you do don't be afraid to interact with them. They are a friendly group and known internationally for their generosity and good demeanor. If you ride with them, you will not regret it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by delnorte View Post
    1 in the hole.
    ???
    Barrel?

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    A pack of bando!ero$ saved me a couple months ago in the South Foothills and for that I thank them

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    People who:
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    And if you mention the king of the Bando's name here, and I quote from some flick I've watched a thousand times, "The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee"
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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBNate View Post
    1. Must not have a "dirt roadie" mentality.
    2. Must carry at least one beer (and one to share) on all rides (bonus pts for a flask).
    3. Must like making trails fun and challenging.
    4. Must enjoy riding for 3+ hours on just about every ride - just because it's so much fun.
    5. Must know how to get every drop of fun & excitement out of a ride.
    6. Usually carry at least one odd repair item such as a spare shifter cable (cuz you never know).
    7. Generally have mad mtb skills and be willing to pedal a 35 lb bike up mountians all day just so they can "hit that sh!t" on the way down.

    etc
    Nice - would be a cool T-shirt
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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBNate View Post
    6. Usually carry at least one odd repair item such as a spare shifter cable (cuz you never know).
    HA! Calhoun hooked up my buddy with a spare shifter cable in the AF p-lot a few weeks back!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rpinata View Post
    And if you mention the king of the Bando's name here, and I quote from some flick I've watched a thousand times, "The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee"

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbike52 View Post
    If you see our trucks in the PL, you might just want to go some where else. Because if you ride with us, you might just have way to much fun. Were just a bunch of guys that love to ride and have a blast doing it. And BEER!
    Wow! Neg reps for answering a question about the Bandoleros. To bad they are not man enough to leave their name. What a joke.
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    yeah, I got the same.

    oh well.
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    Riding with this crew on Saturday was the most fun I have had on the trails in a long time...thanks!

    And yeah, Notaknob's description is spot on.

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    yup

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    Wow, you guys are quite the group. I can't say I have ever brought beer on a ride, but I certainly put plenty down afterward. From the sounds of it you do group rides fairly often. There is no better way to learn new trails then to ride with those who know the territory. How would one (Curtis Gillen) go about tagging along with you guys sometime?

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    By the way I love the photos of your group adventures! Keep them rolling if you have more.

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    It's pretty easy to find us any Tuesday/ Thursday in either Tunnel or Otero parking lots around 330. Send me a message when you want to ride and I can tell you where to meet up.
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    forgot to mention that you have a great portfolio. keep adding to the bike pics
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    Quote Originally Posted by SSweetleaf View Post
    A pack of bando!ero$ saved me a couple months ago in the South Foothills and for that I thank them
    No problema Tim I'm glad we can help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by s h a r i View Post
    Riding with this crew on Saturday was the most fun I have had on the trails in a long time...thanks!

    And yeah, Notaknob's description is spot on.
    It was awesome riding w/you Shari..don't be a stranger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Curtarama View Post
    How would one (Curtis Gillen) go about tagging along with you guys sometime?
    Quote Originally Posted by Calhoun View Post
    It's pretty easy to find us any Tuesday/ Thursday in either Tunnel or Otero parking lots around 330. Send me a message when you want to ride and I can tell you where to meet up.
    Or doing shuttle runs down the green side of the Sandia's on a weekend.
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    That last pic is crazy, how'd that end???
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    A little more action.
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    Took a couple freinds up the Winsor (and back down) yesterday. Can't say we took beer on the ride, but we certainly had some cold ones waiting for us in the car at the end. That trail rocks and there was pretty much nobody on it. We passed maybe three or four riders and that was it. I decided to take my wifes 29er hardtail on this ride, which was certainly nice climbing up, but I wished I was on my Intense coming back down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calhoun View Post
    It's pretty easy to find us any Tuesday/ Thursday in either Tunnel or Otero parking lots around 330. Send me a message when you want to ride and I can tell you where to meet up.
    Thursdays huh? My schedule at home recently changed and I need to ride on Thursdays now. Been getting bored of riding alone lately. Would be nice to hit it with others. Isn't it pretty damn hot at that time of the day?
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    Hopefully the monsoons will help with the heat thing. A shower up here this afternoon cooled it down pretty nice. Your welcome to join us any time. Just be ready to hit that sh!t.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Curtarama View Post
    Took a couple freinds up the Winsor (and back down) yesterday. Can't say we took beer on the ride, but we certainly had some cold ones waiting for us in the car at the end. That trail rocks and there was pretty much nobody on it. We passed maybe three or four riders and that was it. I decided to take my wifes 29er hardtail on this ride, which was certainly nice climbing up, but I wished I was on my Intense coming back down.
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    One thing about riding with Bandos, they are always open to ride with new people. But if you break your arm or bike, they will pilfer your beer before you walk out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the_owl View Post
    One thing about riding with Bandos, they are always open to ride with new people. But if you break your arm or bike, they will pilfer your beer before you walk out.
    That's the day we discovered the shelf line in the rock wall at Red Mesa. Good day of riding, for sure!

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    Bandos are super thoughful and just want to help "lighten your load" for your trek back to the trailhead.
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    I spy some SoMo Waterfall action, but nothing in Las Cruces. Does the Bandoleros' natural habitat not extend south of I-40?

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    As a follow up: Once you get sucked into the bando lifestyle, nothing else will suffice. I once thought 1.9 tires, v-brakes and 3 inches of travel was enough. Now I've got a 2.5 DH tire on a 160 fork with an 8 inch rotor on a "cross country" bike. Spinning thru flowy singletrack is good only as a means to get to or from the log rides or rock walls. Bike parks begin to become an addiction. And then there's the beer. My god, the beer...

    Bottom line: don't move out of town. You'll never find another group like the bandos.
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    Here's a Bandolero in Angel Fire, dropping 2000 ft. to his cooler of beer at the bottom.


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    This is an awesome review of the "Bando's". Good bunch of guys! They are always welcome over here in AZ. Thankfull for the good times & trails they took me on in the thier neck of the woods! ! Es todo vato !
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    NICE Bryan .
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    Bandos are always willing to take n00bs out for a "short easy ride."

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    Quote Originally Posted by helimech View Post
    This is an awesome review of the "Bando's". Good bunch of guys! They are always welcome over here in AZ. Thankfull for the good times & trails they took me on in the thier neck of the woods! ! Es todo vato !
    Your a good guy Mike and a kick a$$ rider.Hope to ride with soon.
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