The Mountain Bike Life
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In Canada we have our Thanksgiving long weekend the 2nd Monday in October, and this year instead of gobbling down huge amounts of food I decided to hit the road in my new (to me) Honda Element. The plan was to hit three of the best riding…

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If you’ve done this sport/lifestyle/modus operandi long enough, you begin to collect pieces of cycling. Mud on your tires, bits of random bike skeletons in the parts bin, god-awful bike-event t-shirts, and if you’re doing it right, you also gather Bike Friends. Your Bike Friends are not…

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For those of us in the northern regions of the world, we are into our last few snow-free weeks of mountain biking. The days are getting shorter and the temperatures are dropping. I had to cut tonight’s ride short due to the darkness. I think I will…

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These last past 5 months I have had the pleasure of traveling throughout the state of California competing in the California Enduro Series. The 5 race series has taken us the the Nevada desert, high into the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, and deep into the loamy trail…

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One of the newest additions to the Ontario Cup (and Canada Cup) race series is the course at Naughton, just to the West of Sudbury. This course is home to the Walden Mountain Bike Club, and of the Wolfpak Racing team. The trails are volunteer operated and…

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Earlier this year while cleaning up my Chromag Stylus frame which as we know had been stripped for the mistress build. It was put aside for a future rebuild as there is just something special about it. It can do DH, ride xc, hit the pump tracks…

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We’ve all seen it, and most of us envy it. The perfect four legged friend that follows right behind their pack leader (also known as human/master/mom/dad). Never straying from the designated trail, except to let other traffic pass, no time to concentrate on squirrels or interesting smells…

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The echoes of summer rides have dimmed. Autumn clouds jostle the sun for room in the sky. The daily grind has taken over where road trips ruled the week. Spare time has become family time. One week after another our bikes sit, waiting for a rare moment…

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Where do you lock up your bike? This is very important, and usually even more important than the bike lock itself. Any good lock-up is only as good as where and what you lock it up to. Never lock a bike to a small street sign pole…

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He snapped the press into place, lined up the cups, and began slowly twisting it all together. “That epoxy smells,” Ted said. “You know,” he replied, “twenty years ago I never thought I would be gluing plastic cups into what is essentially a plastic frame, with tiny…

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The Nomad was a lot to adjust to for me. In my deranged push for this bike I prematurely sold my Ibis HD leaving me with but a single horse in the barn. My Independent Fabrication Deluxe singlespeed is a very capable machine and it rides great…

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My dog Fern is better than any of my other riding partners. She is always up to hit the trails, she never has another appointment or commitment, and she is always in a good mood. She rarely wants to quit before I do and always keeps up…

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