The Mountain Bike Life

When I first downloaded the Strava iPhone app I didn’t know that it would become such a vital part of my daily ride. I have now upgraded to a Garmin Edge 500 GPS and record every ride I go on. To start off I should probably explain what on earth “Strava” is. Well, Strava is an online service which tracks your rides via GPS and compares it to those of other athletes. The service puts a major emphasis on  what they call segments. Anybody with a Strava account can create a segment for their favorite trail or road. When you go on a ride, Strava keeps track of all the segments that you ride and times you. When you upload…

I have been riding with Shimano shoes for years but when my DX shoes started falling apart (after 4 years of beating on them) I started looking at some of the newer, sexier shoes in the shops. There is a lot of great competition in the shoe market right now, with Five Ten leading the way in the flat shoe market and Teva making some really nice looking shoes. Then I found someone who was selling a brand new set of Shimano AM-41 shoes on the NSMB Buy and Sell for a great deal and they were in my size, so I jumped on it. More about these shoes after the jump. As I said, I have been running the…

I picked this little guy up last year when I took my bike to the shop and my “awesome” home made inner tube fender mysteriously disappeared between the time I dropped it off and when I picked it up. Being the cheap guy that I am I thought about just making another inner tube fender but I am also lazy and love to try new gear … so I did some research and really liked what I saw in the Mucky Nutz Bender Fender and ordered one off their site. I found this fender works great on the muddy/rainy trails of Vancouver Island. Just like the inner tube fender, this will not block the mud/water/poop/debris from flying straight up so you will need…

I have been riding WTB saddles as long as I can remember … and loving them, except that lately I have been bending the rails – I have had to buy two new saddles this year. Since most good saddles are not cheap, I started looking at alternatives. One that really caught my attention was the Chromag Moon. I really don’t know what about the saddle caught my eye … but whatever it was I just kept on ending up on the Chromag site checking it out. When I go to buy a product I usually do months of “research”. The process goes something like this: I start feeling the need to change something or something wears out/breaks so I…

I have had the KS i950-r in my possession for quite some time now. Notice that I did not say I have been using this post for quite some time now, and there is a reason for that. In the one and a half years I have had this post I have probably been able to ride it for less than half of that time. Now, this is not all Kind Shocks’ fault; it has been in my closet for a few months now, ever since my Whistler trip where it shat the bed while I was riding the awesome Whistler XC trails. I sent an email to Rick at KS after I got back and he told me to…

I gotta start this off by saying that it’s a stem. It does its job. It holds my bars to my steerer. There are tons of options out there so, why should anyone look at the Renthal Duo stem over something like the old guard of Thomson? First off, I really like having something a little different on my bike and when I find something different that is also lighter and has all the features that I am looking for, well … I just gotta have it. So what did Renthal do different than everyone else? The good folks over at VitalMTB put up this slideshow that goes over Renthal’s design process – this is one of the reasons I picked…

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