The Mountain Bike Life

Author: Jeff Quihuis-Bell

It is time to pay. The Phoenix Arizona Desert has been a gorgeous treat all year, but with the summer comes the heat, and unfortunately, this heat could very well kill you. With extreme temperatures over 120 degrees and little shade on the trails, it is imperative the heat be avoided or approached with extreme precaution. Since it is impossible for me to neglect the trails, I choose the latter. Even though you may not have extreme heat like Phoenix…

A recent trip to some pedal heavy trails got me back on my clipless setup. I had almost forgotten the benefits. Pedaling strength and precise control make for a strong argument. But then, there is that one huge downside to my low profile cleats. They suck when off the bike. So I took a look into the market to see if there was a way to have my cake and eat it too, and apparently there is a work around…

When the trail gets ugly, chunky, techy, rocky, rooty, slippery, nasty, muddy, sketchy, whatever you want to call it, there are two types of mountain bikers in that moment; those who commit, and those who don’t. You know the feeling and most likely have been on both sides of commitment. Committing is the difference between success and failure, the difference between a doodle and art. Here we will dive into what it takes to commit to a line and how…

I just entered and exited my first race. Man and bike vs. other men and their bikes. More than that, it is mind vs. body, and preparation vs. sheer determination. It was a new experience and one that has changed the way I view mountain biking. The race wasn’t about winning, it wasn’t about placing but instead a cap to a yearlong set of goals. The cherry at the top of an ambitious ice cream Sunday. I can still remember…

Next Sunday will be my first race. It is a Super-D race a few hours north of Phoenix in Flagstaff, Arizona. The mountain bike race will have two un-timed climbs followed by two rounds of 3.7 mile timed downhills. I have been tightening down on my training for the last few months now and I have to admit, it hurts, but there is no better feeling than improvement. The Push: The most important part of any training is pushing yourself…

I have to admit this whole Enduro thing has been beaten down pretty hard. Enduro this and Enduro that, but frankly, I love it. Call it what you want, but the premise of Enduro is perfect and fits my personality well. I am one of those, struggle to the top, bomb to the bottom type riders and I prefer to ride a bike that shares my personality. Here are my big five for descending hard on my trail bike. As…

After a recent purchase of discounted tires from a “big name” online store, and an incredible customer service experience, plus a free overnight shipping upgrade, I found myself asking, why does everyone seem to hate these online businesses so much? Why do I feel guilty about buying anywhere other than a Local Bike Shop? Then I realized, I shouldn’t, Online Stores aren’t the bad guys, they are simply businesses, just like the Local Bike Shop, they are simply producing a…

The last couple of months have been filled with drama. Drama from every angle. An uphill battle of uncertainty and bombing descents of irrational decision, followed by lulls of research, then back to the top again. No, I have not been doing some curious riding, instead I have been shopping for a new rig. Thus I have been tormenting myself by reading the technical jargon written in bicycle reviews and speculating on what bike is best for me. It was…

Slick rock: The rock that begot our dreams, we see it everywhere, slapped all over your latest issue of bike porn (can this be a thing now?), cluttered about the online portals, panoramic views of Moab and Sedona, the gorgeous stones of the Colorado Plateau are made up of this wonderful thing we call slickrock. Before you get too excited, it is best to make sure you know what you are getting yourself into. I know I wish I would…

One of the largest heavyweight showdowns in the mountain bike community, Clips versus Flat pedals. Unfortunately, I don’t deal in absolutes so I will be taking an idealistic approach to the conundrum with the intention to bring an intelligent choice when figuring out how to pedal your rig. So step on- errr, step in… Whatever is necessary and let’s take a look. I had been getting out to South Mountain’s National trail 3-4 times per week. The description “rocky” is…

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