The Mountain Bike Life

Redbull Rampage is insanity.  It’s riders hucking themselves off some of nature’s most jagged and unforgiving terrain. They travel to Virgin, Utah to design and sculpt their lines a week before competition starts, where they’re judged on every aspect of their descent. It’s a poetic fusion of rider and topography. The visuals are stunning and the feats of daring are so unbelievable that even those foreign to the life of mountain biking can’t look away.   Until last year I had never heard of Redbull Rampage, but I’ve always been an avid viewer of any extreme sports event.  I watch the X Games, Winter X Games, Dew Tours, surf comps, halfpipes, slope-styles, etc., but never have I had the pleasure…

With so many different types of mountain bikes, it can get pretty overwhelming for a beginner to choose the right bike. This guide is for the rider who has decided to purchase a downhill mountain bike that wont break the bank, but needs some quick tips. I am very satisfied with my 2012 Specialized Status 2 If you are considering getting into the downhill game, the first question you should ask yourself is “What do I want to do with my mountain bike?”. If you want to pedal your bike up a hill, a downhill bike is not for you. With your downhill bike, you will reach the top of the mountain a few ways: Chairlift at a mountain resort…

Think about the last time you were out on the trail head, and looked over at a more equipped bike. What thoughts went thru your head? What lust or jealousy came over you? Better yet, how long did it take you to look up that accessory when you got home? These are just a few of the questions and positions I’ve been finding myself in for years. It’s something that is going to plague you for years to come if you aren’t content. Lately after the birth of my first child, I’ve been focusing more on being content and being thankful for my blessings. Although I’ve shifted my focus a bit, allow me to take you through the hottest items…

I have a confession to make.  I am a bike part shopaholic.  Something about getting a great deal on last years part at 70% off is one of life’s thrills for me.  Why pay full price for anything when you can get it cheaper right?  My angel and devil are constantly fighting about what I should be spending money on,  the only time they can come to a truce is on a good deal. It isn’t like I have a stock pile of parts laying everywhere.  If I am not using it anymore or don’t like it or I will send it to the classifieds or Ebay.  So at most I only keep one set of spares on hand for…

What is this? A new widget to hold a tube and flat tire kit under one’s saddle. A improvement on the old toe strap, pump strap, or whatever bodge as the Brits call it to hold the tube in place. No longer fighting to open the seat bag and then watch everything fall all over the ground just to pick it all up and an hour later discover something small and vital to keeping you riding is missing. Please note, I paid for his out of my own pocket. My love of Guinness was sacrificed to acquire the Race. About the cost of four cans.  While the Race is originally designed for racing I picked mine up in the beginning…

Our first guest post comes from Shawn Mcafee over at Texas Mountain Bike Trails. Check out his blog where he not only has great information about Texas trails but also tons of awesome tips for any mountain biker. _________________________________________________ How are you currently storing your bikes? Are they just laid up against the side of a wall or in your garage? Or have you been searching for a bike rack to help store them only to be devastated by looking at the price tag on it. Nothing to fear, today I want to show you how to create 2 DIY bike racks. DIY means “do it yourself” and these are also cheap! Check out the video below and you’ll see…

Racing is one of those things that you have to experience for yourself in order to understand why week after week the participants keep coming back for more. Depending on how you look at it, racing may not sound very appealing. Driving for hours to wind up at a mountain in the middle of nowhere, paying to ride the same trail over and over, and waking up early to go wait in a long lift line doesn’t appeal to many. And that’s not to mention those competitive jerks who take riding too seriously. If you share these feelings, let me explain why those of us who race downhill keep coming back for more.  Photo Credit: Mattew Delorme The race environment…

It’s quite a common question for those of us that, unfortunately, aren’t surrounded by bikers all day every day. I’ve been hearing it for years, and I expect I will continue to hear it for pretty much the rest of my life. Regardless of the cliché, however, it is a good question.Why do I ride? I ride for fun. Regardless of how frequently you ride, there’s no arguing that mountain biking is just plain old fun. Some people go skydiving, some people ride rollercoasters, and some people ride mountain bikes. Off-hand, I can think of maybe four things that are more exciting than riding (only two if we aren’t counting riding uphill), but I can’t think of anything that has more “fun”…

If you ride your bike on a regular basis over the course of several years of ownership, it is almost inevitable that your favorite ride is not going to stay in the pristine condition that you bought it in. Scratches seem to naturally accumulate, even if you try as hard as you might to stand your bike up out of harm’s way, clean it after every ride, and you ride within your limits enough to avoid crashing. Half the scuffs that my bikes earn are honestly from putting them on bike racks, even nice racks, alongside other bikes. Horrible scratches on my XC bike incurred in shipping So what can be done to prevent the usual scuffs, scratches, dings, and…

Earlier last week (January 8th), I received a few messages from some of my friends telling me I needed to take a look at a photograph circulating around mountain bike social media. The photograph was of a downhill rider in a rather odd predicament. The rider, in mid-air, is looking down at his his front wheel where the tire is flailing around no longer on the rim. That image was shared by a few different pages on Facebook, Tumblr, and Google +. A rough estimation is that the photograph received close to 10k likes* and 4k shares on Facebook alone. To my surprise, I was the rider in the photograph that was gathering so much attention.*6,000  alone  from Chain Reaction…

I have been using the EVOC Freeride Trail pack for just over 7 months and in that time I have taken it on everything from long XC rides to lift assisted riding at Mt. Washington and Whistler. I have ridden with it in all conditions, gotten it wet and muddy the last few months,  covered it in dust and dirt of late summer, and everything in between. Not only has it served on my sweaty back on rides but it has also carried laptops (I put two in it a few times, full sized Lenovo laptops, no netbooks here) and lunch to and from work during the week. It’s gone on hikes, road trips and to the beach. I have…

As most of us are removing our bikes from our December 21 apocalypse shelters, I think we can revel in the fact that considering the world didn’t end, we all will live to see another model year of machines from our favorite industry. In 2013, we can expect to see companies spend heaps of cash to develop even more reliable dropper posts, lighter carbon downhill frames that can stand up to the rigors of the world cup circuit, and wheel-sets that weigh less than some of the tires I own. Transition’s 2013 Klunker, shown in “Party in the woods matte black” Awesome, but where did all this come from? Think of just how crazy the concept of a pneumatic seatpost…

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