The Mountain Bike Life
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The rainy season saw us on the run recently. Away from the damp, grey box of our mountain-lined city towards sunny, wide open spaces. Weather forecasts pointed us southeast of the Cascade Range to the rolling land between Yakima and Walla Walla. In this sage-filled desert, there…

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As I understand it, this is the end of the season for you riders that observe seasons. As I also understand it, some of you like to escape the snow from time to time. Actually, I am absolutely sure of this since our streets are packed with…

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“October is a transformative month,” Dylan explained from his perch upon the riding lawnmower. “How’s that?” Denise asked. “Well, things hit a wall fast. Kids go back to school, parents have to drive them around to soccor and ballet classes, parents stop riding. The fair weather riders…

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I admit it. I am a gear snob. I like everything I have to be a very particular way, perform exactly as I expect, and to be everything it is advertised to be. This is my standard. Anything but this standard will drive me insane. It will…

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With the temperatures now around zero on most days. And out comes the first phase of winter riding…knee warmers, wool socks, and of course the old school Roach Indy vest for winter riding. Knowing how winter was last year other questions come to mind. Do I keep…

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We have all heard about the odd Tough Mudder race, and everybody has a crazy friend who has done one, but it’s a much bigger thing than I had thought. There a whole genre of racing called obstacle racing, and these races are running races with different…

The Wasatch Forever copy

As the end of bike season rolls around many riders gather to share tales of adventures, races won and lost, and general mountain bike debauchery. Looking at photos of the grand rides and the transcontinental journeys, soaking in the post race reports of truly epic events like…

Mormon Trail Dusk

The air cools. A welcome breeze to my salty arms, singed from the sweltering heat of summer. My body aches from the painstaking standstill of cubicle quandaries. The sun exits view, tucked behind the rock formations beyond the trailhead. My eyes fight to adjust, the sun bright…

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The Work Bench….the place where I solve problems. The spot where some times a part will sit for a long time while I wait for a creative solution is found. The place where I fabricate true solutions not just throw it out. It smells of glue, oil…

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I don’t blame that Ebola nurse in Maine for violating her “quarantine” and heading out for a ride. In fact, I’m considering a little trip to Liberia and back just for the passport stamp. What a gift to be labelled in such a way that entire major…

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He opened the toolbox and pulled out a pile of rags. Spread one out on the floor. Then took a few more and strategically placed them under the first spin bike in places he knew would get messy once he took the cover off. The idea of…

One Way up One way down

I have noticed a trend recently around many trail centers that I frequently ride. There seem to be more and more one way trails that keep popping up. It is not too uncommon to find a downhill trail that is loaded with drops and jumps that does…

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