The Mountain Bike Life

This weekend was a fairly important race for to me. While I didn’t make it out to the US National Champs, and due my injuries didn’t have the UCI points to compete at Mount Saint Anne, this race marked my first Eastern States Cup race in a year. It was hard for me to believe because in years past I had done 14 of them in one season. Poaching the Snowboard wall ride. – Photo Credit: John Renaud This ESC race was held at Killington resort, on one of the more commonly used racecourses. The top part of the course involved a lot of traversing, and even a slight uphill pedal through a mild rock garden. Not exactly my favorite…

Every single one of you will find, or perhaps have already found, yourself in a bit over your head on the trail. Maybe you find yourself ¾ of the way down a *much* too steep section of lava rock with no conceivable way to go other than sideways. Maybe you’ve decided that gravity riding is the discipline for you, only to immediately change your mind the instant your wheels leave the ground. Perhaps you’re just having a terrible first day in your new clipless pedals. Regardless of what the reason is, pretty close to everyone will wind up thinking to themselves, “oh shit I wish I hadn’t ridden this part!” Usually, that thought is followed by quite a few more…

Riding my Mountain Bike has changed my life.  It has changed how I see the world, it has changed my body for the better, and it has changed what I do with my time from day to day. But how is all that affected when you suffer injury and are unable to ride for six months? Dianas Bath – D’Aguilar National Park, Qld Hidden Vale Adventure Park – Grandchester, Qld Why do we like riding our bikes so much?  How do we get hooked?  What keeps us coming back to the trail? Some of my happiest times have been while spending a long day with friends on our bikes.  There’s something magical about following a trail to see where it…

Banshee Rune Review

I have had my Banshee Prime for a few months now, but because of an injury I have only had a month of riding time on it. To give you a little history about my past bikes check out this Google+ album. I have ridden everything from XC racer bikes to Freeride bikes as my everyday steed so when it was time to choose the replacement for my trusty Banshee Rune….well it was not an easy choice. Long story short I ended up getting my hands on this super bright yellow 29er. Now, in the recent past I have been leaning towards stealth black bikes, so this is a bit of a departure for me. I may be on record…

Rivers and I have just wrapped up week one of our two week summer holiday. We spent most of this week in Jasper National Park, which just happens to be one of my happy places. It’s where I took my sons on our first family holiday and the place I occasionally escaped to when I was in graduate school. I hadn’t been in 15 years and Rivers had never been, so I was pretty happy to be sharing it’s impressive beauty with him, and staying just on the edge of the town of Jasper in a sweet wee heritage cabin on the banks of the Athabasca River. Pay no attention to the creeper in the window. 😉  Jasper National Park…

Another one of my exciting summer riding locations this year comes from tagging along with my girlfriend’s family, yet again. The destination was Smuggler’s Notch, Vermont, for a few days of rest and relaxation; projected activities included getting up early to read and some leisurely hikes. Naturally, I asked if I could throw my bike in her car. It was a classic “Oh, I’ll bring my bike and if by some chance I have a large block of alone time (unlikely), I’ll get to bike” kind of situation, until I walked in the condo door and saw two mountain bikes parked within feet of the entrance. Not only did her cousin and wife bring their bikes, but I was able…

Last summer we went to Southern Utah for our big family vacation. What attracted us to this sun baked region of the United States? The main attraction was Zion National Park. The park is home to some awesome hikes with spectacular landscapes and views. After doing some research, I found out that Southern Utah has dozens of trail networks to check out. Virgin, Utah, the home of Red Bull Rampage, is also about 30 minutes away from Zion! In my excitment, I took my GoPro Hero 2 on every ride we went on that trip. I got some awesome footage, but never shared it with anyone. So I have decided to do a little series here on The Mountain Bike…

Update on the 650b conversion. I got a decent night where I could ride both wheel sizes 26 and 650b on the same bike on the same trail back to back. It was quite interesting for sure and I learned a lot of things while doing it. First let me note that this summer has been miserable for biking in the Milwaukee/Chicago area. We haven’t gone 2 days all summer without substantial rain. There is standing water on almost all of the trails around here and if you stop on the trail too long you run the risk of losing a pint of blood to mosquitoes. That being said I still try to get out and ride as much as…

Sunday, the morning of August 4th and it is once again another edition of the East Cup Series. This time in the Limerick Forest near Brockville. Had to wake up way too early, at least it seemed that way after the last week and a half.  Barely rode hard a week ago as I helped course set and run the XC Marathon Champs in Kingston. So..lack of training, bit run down, and not as much trail time as I needed before hand. What could possibly go wrong? After RD Dan giving the usual pre start brief…pay attention, look for the arrows, and have fun. It was go. Let the usual lycra suit racer types hammer off while I aimed to…

If you live on the northeast of the continental United States and ride bikes, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Highland Mountain before. Highland Mountain Bike Park was built out of an abandoned ski area known as the Highlands and has since been completely overhauled. The newly renovated lodge features a full service bike shop, lockers, first aid facility, modern bathrooms, food court, flat screen tv showing MTB movies, and a full bar. It may sound silly, but all those amenities are important to the overall experience. A few other nice touches are the addition of free Wifi, booths, and view of the hill,  which parents of young riders will appreciate. Opening weekend at Highland Mountain – Photo credit: Disasterous…

So you’re riding with your dog, awesome! But, before you hit the trails, make sure you’re both ready for anything that might happen. Most trails will involve other bikers and hikers, and you may also run into horses. Not to mention, of course, other dogs and whatever wildlife is prevalent wherever you’re riding. Below, I’ve given a list of the most important commands to have (in my opinion, at least) before you take your dog out on the trails. When I take Ziggy with me, I’m usually in (relatively) remote areas of wilderness, so I’ve been working under the assumption that if anything goes wrong it will be better for both of us if he’s not on a leash. As…

I’ve been looking for the perfect cycling jersey for a couple of years. After a lot of trial and error, I think I’ve found it. Before I tell you what it is, I need to explain the journey I took to discover the perfect jersey.. Cressbrook Dam In Australia it’s hot and humid in summer, sometimes it’s rainy, and in winter it can get cold. We have the highest rate of sun-related skin cancer in the world. Where I live has the highest rate of skin cancer in the country. In fact skin cancer is such a problem here that the government has funded skin clinics where most people go once or twice a year to get free check-ups, and…

1 43 44 45 46 47 59