The Mountain Bike Life

Author: Neil Ennis

Mountain bikers are diverse. We come in all shapes, sizes and ages.  We ride a wide variety of bikes, and we leave our tracks on some of the most beautiful places on the planet. Here are some of the extra-ordinary things that some ordinary mountain bikers have been doing over the last month… Coeg Llangdela Forest Trail Centre, North Wales (Adi Smith) 1. Coed Llangdela Forest Trail Centre, North Wales, UK.  By Adi Smith. Coeg Llangdela Forest Trail Centre, North…

“Where have you been riding over the last month?” That’s what I’ve been continually asking my friends recently. Here’s what you’ve been telling me. You are showing me that Mountain Bikers have amazing lives! “Pedal and Paddle” by Tom Stone 1. Santa Marta, Columbia. (Daniel Rangel Aguilar) “Santa Marta” by Daniel Rangel Aguilar Every Sunday, Daniel and his friends pick a route to ride and explore.  Today they decided to visit a farm called “Tequendama” in Córdoba, Colombia.  He writes……

“Where have you been riding over the last couple of weeks?” Our authors come from all over the world.  When I posed that question to them, the variety of the answers amazed me. On this diverse planet, at any given time, mountain bikers are leaving tracks in myriads of different places.  Over the coming weeks, we’d like you to submit a photo, a short paragraph, and (optionally) a link or track-log with more info about the ride. We’ll share your…

I’ve always wanted to ride a Fat Bike up the beach, and just keep going as far as I could. Last week I got my chance. If you’ve never tried it before, here’s a few tips that might make that “first time” more fun. Main Beach – Bribie Island The Bike On-One Fatty by the North Pine River A generous friend recently let me borrow me his On-One Fatty Fat Bike. The On-One is a low cost Fat Bike with…

It takes a tough Tour de France cyclist to get to the top of the Col du Tourmalet – one of highest roads in France. But it takes an even tougher Mountain Biker to then ascend over 1,000 metres up a rough dirt track to the “Pic du Midi” on the “Rooftop of France” in the Pyrenees. How do you do it? Pic du Midi Summit (Jeremey Brook) The World by MTB I recently spoke with Eric (affectionately known as…

Six years ago, Rebecca Stone was over-weight and got sore knees whenever she tried to run. Two weeks ago she stood atop the podium to receive the Gold Medal at the “Epic” cross-country mountain bike race. How did this 33 year old endurance rider get to where she is today? Last Woman Standing. Gold Medalist – “The Epic”. ESI Sports Photography How did you get into mountain biking? I started running, and lost a lot of weight.  I did a…

Mountain bikers are tough. We smash the toughest terrain, the steepest climbs, the gnarliest descents, and yet we keep coming back for more. When injuries occur, we naturally want to get rolling again as quickly as possible. Luckily, there is a wonderful little device that can help us do just that. Mountain bike crashes are a fact of life  What is it? Ankle Cryo Cuff Knee Cryo Cuff Elbow Cryo Cuff Cryo Cuff IC Cooler The Aircast Cryo Cuff is…

Often when I’m riding the MTB far from home, I encounter friendly 4×4’s.  My standard greeting these days is “If you need a tow, just let me know”.  They usually laugh – although some of them take me seriously and ask how a cyclist could tow a heavy motor vehicle. So when you have to cover tough terrain, which one comes out on top? The Mountain Bike or the 4X4? Hike-a-Bike Recent injuries have made it impossible for me to…

Tony “Darb” Ryan was once an out-of-shape smoker with knee problems. Five years ago, when he bought an el-cheapo K-Mart bike to get fit, he had no idea how much it would turn his life upside down. Goodes Road, D’Aguilar National Park I recently had a few beers with Darb at home, and we talked about mountain biking and what it means to him. Darb loves recording videos of his adventures on the bike, and I’ve included snippets from some…

Riding my Mountain Bike has changed my life.  It has changed how I see the world, it has changed my body for the better, and it has changed what I do with my time from day to day. But how is all that affected when you suffer injury and are unable to ride for six months? Dianas Bath – D’Aguilar National Park, Qld Hidden Vale Adventure Park – Grandchester, Qld Why do we like riding our bikes so much?  How…

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