The Mountain Bike Life

Category: Beginner

Since my neck has continued being a pain for the last few years, (compressed vertebrae), I’m riding less rough terrain and shying away from those fun tough rides that cause me trouble between my shoulder blades. More than loosening my grip and staying cool, I’ve had to enter physical rehab this past month to retrain weakened muscles and find proper healing working with a Physical Therapist before I can comfortably find my way back to REAL mountain biker, if ever………

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 her slow and easy on a fire trail first time out. Point out beautiful nature scenes you enjoy. It’s all about the beauty. (I promise you, she’ll be wowed by your sensitive side…

Mountain biking carries with it inherent risk.. The recipe for awesomeness shares many of the same ingredients with injury, disability and death. Gravity, speed, rocks/trees/fixed objects, limited protective gear and the constant desire to test it mean that it’s all fun and games until somebody gets hurt. I have been riding for 23 years and have been a career Paramedic for the latter fifteen. I’ve worked in a variety of systems and in a number of roles including SWAT Medic…

It has taken years and a bunch of money for you to finally end up with your sweet honey of a mountain bike … and then, the worst feeling in the world. You realize that your bike has just been stolen! I would not wish that awful feeling on anyone. So what is the best way to keep your baby safe and secure? I have been an avid bike rider most of my life and I lived in Boston, MA…

You can spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars to improve your bike. However, most often the biggest benefit in your mountain biking is actually to improve your own riding skills. How would you like to be able to get past those troublesome obstacles almost effortlessly? This is the #1 concern that most beginners wish to conquer. Here is a direct quote from a Beginner MTB rider: How do you practice this …and get so good at it that it never becomes…

Tire upgrades are by far one of the biggest upgrade improvements that anyone can do for very little money. Unfortunately, all of the different tire specs can be daunting and confusing. So, how do I pick tires for my mountain bike? So what does everything on the side of this tire mean? …and what should I choose? First of all, I would say that my type of riding would be defined best as “Trail” that is more towards the XC…

Good day riders and enthusiasts! How is your summer in the Northern hemisphere? I hope you’re enjoying the Tour as it is certainly one of the more entertaining ones of the last several years. It’s been dryer than Steven Wright here in central Virginia and that is making for some pretty good trail riding albeit with a mouthful of dirt. Thank dog for my Ryders glasses or else my eyes would be breaded by now! This morning I want to…

You are out on your favorite trail. The one that has all of the features you and your buddies have spent hours mastering. The trail you rely on to get your daily single track fix. You’re pedaling harder than you have ever pedaled before and riding almost perfectly. This very well could be the best ride you have ever had. Then while climbing that most technical and cardio intensive part of the whole trail, some Strav-A-Hole comes blasting down the…

In my previous article I covered all of the big advantages of “Lower Tire Pressures”. In order to do this effectively, it is absolutely critical that you check your tire pressures very often. Believe it or not, I now check my tire pressures around once per week. I regularly set my pressures at 28 psi. I have seen my pressures sometimes drop to 15 – 20 psi in a couple of weeks. That is pinch flat low! In this article…

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