The Mountain Bike Life
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For years, mountain bike shoes have fallen into the ends of the mtb spectrum. Either the bastard children of road bike shoes and figure skates or the clunky progeny of skate shoes. There hasn’t been much in the middle. Either plastic tap-shoes or wimpy lace-ups with gummy…

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Since tearing my ACL, I have been having to make compromises with what I want to do and what I should do. I’ve been having to look for other activities to keep me active but not overdo it. I have surgery scheduled for the end of the…

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The benefit of being a mountain biker doesn’t stop when you put the bike down. If you measure the quality of a relationship by how well it’s going when you’re not out having an adventure, your mountain bike is ‘the One.’ A bike is a kindred spirit…

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In January of this year, I had an attack of the freaked out hiker. It was a beautiful Sunday morning in my fave wilderness bike/hike park and I was heading in on a back trail to spend nature time with my daughter Leah. She does not ride…

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After strenuously denying the need or value of a drop post for the last couple of years with an argument based entirely on a long history of not ever dropping my seat post my views recently took a change in direction. In isolation I still don’t see…

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Somewhere in Pennsylvania he felt something cool on his cheeks. He took his hand off the steering wheel and touched his face. Wetness. He was crying. Not sobbing or blubbering or talking things out with himself. He was just staring, stone-faced, straight ahead, tears running down his…

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PUSH industries have been specializing in making other companies gear better for the greater part of two decades. Shocks from the factory are made for the masses. Averages are accepted to manufacture the fewest number of production units that will work for the greatest number of applications…

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When someone tells you that there’s a stellar, flowy trail worth exploring on a mountain you’ve never heard of and near a town you’ve never been to, you might be skeptical. Even more so when the trail in question is in another country and the locals there…

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After a decade of glorious mountain biking, a time chocked with memories of rides so sweet they paid for the bike a hundred times over, the unthinkable happened – I backed over it with my truck in a parking lot. It had been an expensive purchase, much…

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Guys who want to introduce their girlfriends to the awesome world of nature loving on a mountain bike take heed. If you freak her out with tough climbs, tight switchbacks and rock gardens on her first ride, chances are she won’t come back for seconds. #1 Take…

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These days emotionally I am feeling pretty down. The simplest tasks around the house are no accompanied by the uncomfortable pain of a torn ACL. A torn ACL is the tearing of the anterior cruciate ligament, the piece of tissue that connects your femur bone to the…

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I am standing on the start line of the first big race of the season. I look down and see that my heart rate is already at 140 beats per minute. The announcer starts counting down from five…four, three, two, one, GO! My heart rate jumps again…

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