The Mountain Bike Life

Category: Tips

Back on the bike this week after 4 weeks of P.T. {physical therapy} AND a big move back to him ownership. Oh, typo there; or was that a Freudian slip? I had HOME ownership on my mind but, there’s some truth therein in him ownership. (smiling.) Al and I are engaged and planning on a wedding later this year. Hurray! The past six months of selling the old home and buying a new home was so much more effort than…

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………

In January of this year, I had an attack of the freaked out hiker. It was a beautiful Sunday morning in my fave wilderness bike/hike park and I was heading in on a back trail to spend nature time with my daughter Leah. She does not ride, so when we go native, it’s in hiking shoes and hiking hats together. ( It feels so S-L-O-W compared to biking!) But at the same time, when I hike in, I get to…

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…

When the summer riding season ends and days just as dark as they are cold, sometimes it is just not practical to ride your bike outside. The occasional venture into frightful weather can be fun, but motivation to ride for long periods of time vanishes and it sure is tough to get in quality training. Even here in sunny California there have been a few rainy days where I was trapped inside. Here are a few tips to get you…

Many of us in the colder climates get bummed out about the end of the bike season, and truthfully sometimes it feels like I myself spend 6 months of the year trying to keep busy doing other things. In my last post I spoke about the fun that I have cross country skiing in the winter, and the great people you can meet on the same trails, just with a different perspective. I know that most people think of camping…

Mountain biking is an interesting sport, a unique sport, and a multi-dimensional hobby. With a great deal of mechanical strategy, physical training, mental fortitude, and technique it is easy to get caught up in these intricacies, allowing them to consume you. Add some sunglasses, a set of ear buds, a heavily trafficked trail and it is easy to forget we are in nature, we are on a journey, and we are creating an experience. Without focus and attention to our…

I just love the Urban Dictionary definitions for “Lock it down”. There are 3 basic kinds of good bike locks: * Cable Locks * U-Locks * Chain Locks In this write-up I am going to go over some information and my thoughts on Cable Locks. Cable Locks Pros: Not bulky, inexpensive, not heavy, heavy duty 1/2″ or thicker cable can slow down thieves. Cons: Not the best lock for securing your expensive bike. The best bike locks are heavy duty…

These last past 5 months I have had the pleasure of traveling throughout the state of California competing in the California Enduro Series. The 5 race series has taken us the the Nevada desert, high into the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, and deep into the loamy trail system of Soquel Demonstration Forest above Santa Cruz. Traveling to and racing in these amazing locations has taught me a lot about racing, as well as inspired me to keep going. Three of…

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