The Mountain Bike Life

Author: Alija Bos

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. A few weeks ago the northern hemisphere experienced a few nights of heavy activity from the sun. Reading the reports, I called up my buddy Jeff Currie from Outtabounds – bike and board…

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 month nd my fingers are crossed that it’s not a full ACL reconstruction and only a scope. While cycling is great exercise my physiotherapist and girlfriend would frown upon me doing any aggressive…

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 tibia bone. My day job tasks typically include traveling to really remote areas, snowmobiling and lots of heavy lifting. I’m now chained to a desk at the office and spend my days staring…

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 tire steel beater bike to tour around the park with the dog in chase. Thankfully with winter comes my other favorite sport, snowboarding. This season I wanted to get into it a bit…

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 stop on my way home tomorrow and pick up a decent head lamp to prolong the inevitable. Perhaps your x-country season has transitioned into cyclocross season or you are eager to get out…

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. I started riding with her when she was just a puppy to get her used to bikes and trail running. I threw together this quick edit to show how awesome she is at…

The other weekend my girlfriend and I loaded up the truck with bikes and dogs and headed to the mountains. The 6 hour drive from Saskatoon to Calgary was well worth it for the change in scenery. We stayed with family in Bowness and checked out the awesome local bike shop (Bow Cycle). The next morning we packed up lunches and headed to Kananaskis, Alberta. Kananaskis is a small tourist area about 40 minutes from Calgary and just south of…

Well I apologize for the neglect and not being able to contribute lately. August has arrived and sadly for me, August has always meant the end of the summer is near. That disheartening feeling that the plans and adventures for summer weekends may go unrealized if I don’t get it together in the next few weeks. I’ve been crazy busy traveling for work, building and riding bikes in my free time. Hopefully you’ve all been able to get out there…

If your region has finally seen some sun after all this rain, chances are your trails have started to look very green. This week my local mountain bike club (Northern Bush Rastas) got together to do some trail maintenance on the green scourge. If you aren’t already part of your local mountain bike club, join! The club had their own sets of hand tools and volunteers brought lawn mowers, and weed wackers. I’ve ripped a few shirts on branches hanging…

Chris Fruetel, 24 years old, I have a Bachelor of Sciences in Environmental Sciences from the University of Gueph, and I’m working on my Masters in Civil Engineering at Queen’s University in Kingston. I’ve been mountain bike racing since I was 17 (with the exception of 1 year I was out for a brain injury (unrelated to cycling). My cycling career highlights are always just the good times I have with my buddies at races, as far as results go…

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