The Mountain Bike Life

Author: Rivers Mitchell

I am not what you would call a gifted rider, you know the type that seems to always be at the lead of the pack. No two ways about it, I am slow…and as I get older I seem to be getting slower. So far that old man endurance I keep on hearing about has not shown up. I am usually okay with my spot at the back of the group, but for some reason the last few group rides…

I have been thinking about purpose lately. Over the past year or so I have been struggling with the purpose of The Mountain Bike Life. Why do we exist and where are we going in the future? I wanted TMTBL to be a place where content creators could share their stories and love of this sport with our readers. To give them a place for their writing and help them have a voice in the industry. I got caught up in wanting…

I would like to thank all of our awesome readers and contributors for another awesome year of good rides, adventures and fun. As you may have noticed we have not been posting much the last week or two, releasing new content every day can get a bit taxing after a few years and the contributors deserve a break to spend time with their friends, family and bikes. We will be taking a break from posting till the new year. Look…

In Canada we have our Thanksgiving long weekend the 2nd Monday in October, and this year instead of gobbling down huge amounts of food I decided to hit the road in my new (to me) Honda Element. The plan was to hit three of the best riding spots on Vancouver Island one each day , while sleeping in the back of my new ride. I didn’t even know I was going to actually go through with it as the weather…

I have been riding the Trace for over a year now, in that time I have ridden this fork on everything from long XC rides to DH runs at bike parks and everything in between. It’s been a while since I wrote up the product preview and I thought it was time to spill the beans and let our readers know how the X-Fusion Trace RL2 held up under a year and a half of my abuse, find out after…

Huffing and puffing, sweaty and spent, my legs spin the cranks the last few revolutions as I crest the peak of the mountain. While my body may be weary from the pedal up the trail, my eyes are excited as they take in the world that lays around me. My heart beating in my chest as I lean the bike on the nearest tree and then stand in awe of the land below me. This is worth all of the…

You have decided it’s time to buy a mountain bike. It’s an amazing time to get into the sport just about every manufacturer has a great product and the bikes all work really well. The great thing about this is that you have a ton of choices, but some people almost drown in the sea of awesomeness…but fear not it’s really quite easy to navigate if you go into the process with a little knowledge. photo credit: Pierce Martin via…

Hey there loyal readers, sorry for the lack of post today but I think this picture might help explain why. The good news is nothing is broken, but I am out of commission for a bit, I know Shannon has a great post planned about the experience from the side of the receiver of the phone call, and then I am writing a post on what to eat to help heal faster…so far it seems to be working! I hope…

If you are like me you sit at your desk all day wishing your were out on your bike. While we can’t help you get away from your desk, we can try and bring some of that fun to your desk. Below you will find some photos from our contributors that we liked enough to make into wallpapers and we hope you enjoy them too! Photo: Chad Christian  For Windows computers right click on the image and click on “Save…

As much as I love to hang bling bits off my bike, it comes at a high cost that most times I just can’t justify. I feel that we often get caught up in upgraditis, most of the MTB media that we see are pushing a sexy new carbon piece of this or a shiny anodized hunk of that. Are these things needed to have fun on your bike? Absolutely not. We can have just as much fun on cheaper…

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