The Mountain Bike Life
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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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“Is he awake yet?” Ted asked. He straightened his tie in his reflection on the microwave door. “Not yet,” Andy replied, “at least I haven’t heard him.” “Or the printer, you mean.” Andy poured a bowl of scrambled egg batter into a pan. It hissed at him…

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What is Faster and why must we find it? What is the compulsion that opposes our mortal fears and drives us further beyond whatever we’ve done before? Competition can push us, but this is different from a desire to win or to not be beaten. It is…

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This winter was supposed to be all about riding our new fat bikes in the snow. Wool socks, boots, pogies, insulated camelback bladders: we were ready to spend our weekends pedaling in the cold, white world. But a little South American by the name of El Nino…

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Being a mountain biker at forty offers rather more challenges than just terrain and skills. For me the sheer complexity of managing a corporate job, frequent and unavoidable travel, a tribe of children (seriously seems like they’re everywhere!), a busy working wife and a very energetic puppy…

Leo riding down Dripping cave

Nephew Leo’s text came through at 10:30pm Saturday night. If I hadn’t been out later than usual, I’d surely have slept right through it and missed out on one of the best rides in a very long time. I was just crawling in to bed when my…

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With winter hitting the Canadian prairies pretty hard I was finding it tough to stay motivated to ride. I’d been making my way out on the bike a night or two a week. Sunday night rides on the indoor track and the odd night on the studded…

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