The Mountain Bike Life

Category: DIY

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…

The days are short, and your daily window to ride is growing shorter. A night ride may be the only option to get you out on the trails. If you are like me, the thought of trudging through the darkness, aided by light, cool fall air surrounding your swift direction is enough to get you through the week, but you may run into a problem when shopping for the necessary luminary aids- they can be incredibly pricey. This was definitely…

In the quest to keep costs down I have asked over the years what others used to keep their bike chains running smoothly. Heard of everything from Olive Oil to Chainsaw Bar oil. After years of trying various types of lube, I have been using this formulation for a number of years. And will share the formula for my dirtbag chain lube with the readers of The Mountain Bike Life. 1 Part Mineral Spirits 3 Parts Motor Oil 1 Large Plastic…

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…

Companies make money by the dump truck load selling us drinks that are supposed to help us ride better. Especially during the hotter times of year or for those long 4 plus hour sessions. Sounds good in theory till you think of a couple of things. First that really most of what these are made from is not natural or we have no clue where it actually came from. The second thing is stuff like HEED and PowerAde costs lots…

When it comes to all things maintenance I tend to learn things the hard way. Clean your suspension fork after every ride, dust off the drivetrain, lubricate those bolts. I know it all like the neighbourhood mechanic, but how often to I actually heed the advice? Almost never. The subject of this blog entry will be my lovely SIDI trail shoes and the cleat that has been stuck in there for over a year. At this point I don’t remember…

I Needed to build a new front wheel and re-inspired by The Serial Driller aka Dr Jon. Set out to keep it simple as I haven’t done it in a while the whole wheel building thing. So the first goal was to simply lace it up on the is first one without expert supervision.            

As I mentioned before I am a bit of a Dirt Bag….well maybe a full bore one is a better description. Before the weekend ran into a small problem with my Time pedals. That problem was a missing pin to hold the spring that the cleat clips into in place found on Thursday. And with a road trip to the  Waterloo Hydrocut trails and wanting to be able to use the pedals if I wanted. There was no time to find…

For most of us the Mountain Bike Life is about more than throwing our leg over our favorite steed and shredding the local single track. The ride itself is the climax of the whole experience but there is plenty of foreplay and afterglow worth writing about.  Mapping out your next adventure, packing the right tools, purchasing the right gear, picking the right post ride dive to eat at and the best post ride beverages to drink all are part of…

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