The Mountain Bike Life
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He thought, without a doubt, in the old days he would’ve driven right by the brown wooden sign half-hidden by weeds that marked the Dorman Woods State Park’s entrance. But for the help of the Galactic Phone, as he called it, he would’ve sped by, for although…

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Driving through Vantage, Washington doesn’t inspire visions of biking adventures. Interstate 90 slams straight though this shrub infested wasteland, full of wind turbines and cow patties. The Columbia River offers only a momentary break from the monotony of brown, mostly treeless views. Petrified wood and the basalt…

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Since my neck has continued being a pain for the last few years, (compressed vertebrae), I’m riding less rough terrain and shying away from those fun tough rides that cause me trouble between my shoulder blades. More than loosening my grip and staying cool, I’ve had to…

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As ever I have a whole new reason why I’ve not ridden my bike as much as I would have liked lately. And, as ever, I can’t really blame anyone for it other than myself. It seemed so very logical, if not even required, that a family…

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The sun may be far away but when the sun has storms it sends charged particles hurling off in all directions. Sometimes those charged particles make their way to our atmosphere and the earth’s magnetic field reacts with these particles, and the result is the aurora borealis…

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Every year, thousands of bike enthusiasts look forward to the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California. The bike festival boasts a huge expo area for companies to show off their new products and racing for nearly every discipline you can think of. Not only limited to mountain…

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“Everyone has a breaking point, and anyone that hits that point, pushes through it and keeps themselves moving will be a better person afterwards.” Those were the strongest words Dylan had ever read to describe a mountain bike trail. It wasn’t like he sought out killer climbs…

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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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