The Mountain Bike Life

I’m excited to say that this season I am part of the 2013 Evil Vengeance Tour. It’s the kind of opportunity that I’ve dreamed about since I was a little kid, and almost seems too good to be true now that it’s actually happening. This photo was taken in 1995 Slater Dirt jumps Huntington Beach CA I will be receiving support from Evil Bikes, IXS Sports Division, Kore USA, Fox Racing, Mavic, Shimano, WTB, e*thirteen, Kabuto Helmets, and Outdoor Technology. This kind of race support is a huge help, and not easy to come by. With the amount of races and events I attend, it’s not uncommon for things to go wrong. This has made racing at a high level…

Biking with your dog is great! It’s exercise for you, exercise for you dog, and bonding for the both of you. Sometimes, though, you need to haul a bit of extra stuff, more stuff than you can stuff into your pack. That’s where dog packs come in: quit letting that little bugger get away with carrying nothing, strap a pack on and let him haul his own food and water! Below, I’ve reviewed Canine Equipment’s answer to the dog pack, their “Ultimate Trail Pack”. Equally usable as a pack or just as a harness, this thing has a lot to offer for bikers and hikers alike. Check it out! The Good: Very adjustable; highly visible; Lots of storage space; Strong; Detachable…

Camp Mountain Lookout It’s less than six kilometres from the middle of the third largest city in Australia to one of the most spectacular national parks in the country. D’Aguilar National Park stretches north-west from Brisbane’s doorstep in a seemingly endless network of trails that can keep the most avid Mountain Biker pedaling for weeks. Cabbage Tree Range Road This 360 square kilometre environmental park covers the rolling hills of the D’Aguilar and Taylor Mountain Ranges with peaks rising as high as 770 metres (2,500 feet). While not high by international standards, this still means that many rides through this area involve long steep climbs and exhilarating descents. Before it was a national park, much of this area was used…

This past weekend was my 40th birthday, and what a great time it was. Shannon surprised me big time with great friends and family in a beautiful Chalet up at Mt. Washington. She posted about that part of the weekend yesterday, so I want to talk about another surprise I had. I really didn’t know what I was in for, Shannon was amazing at keeping this weekend a surprise so when we got up to Mt. Washington I tweeted where we were and how awesome it was. Lucky for me Teresa and Colin tweeted back welcoming us to their awesome part of the Island and agreed to show us around the kickass Cumberland trails…YESSSS! After a great breakfast with friends…

This past weekend our fearless leader Rivers, the founder and head of awesome things on this blog and the man whose passion has engaged nine other blog contributors, over 1,000 followers on google plus, and many more on Facebook and Twitter, celebrated a milestone birthday. He’s also my sweetheart. So what do you do when someone who loves mountain biking as much as Rivers does has a significant birthday? Well, you plan a surprise birthday weekend that includes friends, family, great food and a get-away mountain bike ride, of course. Pie cake – strawberry rhubarb pie baked in a golden cake. Technical issues not-with-standing, this will happen again.  Rivers has known for a while that something was up, but did…

And without further ado, my submission to last year’s DirtRag Literature Contest: View from the bridge at “Swamp-ass”  (No Photoshop) As my housemates fumble out of bed on a lazy Sunday morning, I stand clad in bike shorts, filling my CamelBak in the sink. I’m leading a planned mountain bike trip to some local trails for my school’s outing club. With the excursion conveniently scheduled the morning after a campus wide “Fun day” (Booze-fest), my hopes for strong attendance are few. Setting my doubts aside, I throw my pack over my shoulders, gather my gear, and leave the smell of day old party behind. Sitting on the brick bench ten minutes early, I dream of students on mountain bikes riding…

“You guys should put on a mountain bike race”. This simple phrase was the genesis for the original Sea Otter Classic. Hosted at Laguna Seca Recreation Area in Monterey County, California, the Sea Otter Classic is one of the largest cycling events in North America. Sea Otter has been running annually since 1991. The original event was composed of 350 athletes and 150 spectators. Today the event hosts 9,000 athletes and 55,000 fans, including myself. Pro Dual Slalom is one of the best spectator events. In 2011 I would never have thought that I would compete in a mountain bike race, let alone the world’s premiere cycling festival. Lucky for me I live only about an hour away from the…

Lets start with a thankfully brief history lesson. I’ll keep it brief for several reasons. A – History is not my strongest subject. B – A great deal of our readership at The Mountain Bike Life, is American and as such think history is stuff that happened in the eighties. C – The Canadian readers are more than likely busy tending their Moose herds and drinking Labbatts. (which is definitely not as nice as it used to be) A long time ago (after Mordor, but before the Rubik’s Cube) Queen Britannia or King George the (8th ?) assembled his/her knights and told them to go forth and conquer new lands, far and wide. Off they went to show the World…

OK so my plan was to use my GT Carbon Force Pro to do a 650b conversion this year and then review a 29er/650b/26er.  Well that isn’t going to happen.  I have been honest and upfront with my conflicting obsessions of bike and cars right?  Sometimes they collide in ways you wouldn’t expect.  So in my morning cruising for sales on bike parts I may also cruise for certain car parts and cars.  Luck would have it I stumbled on my greatest weakness a few weeks ago.  It was a car I have owned 3 times before and I guess was destined to own again.  Anyway, one of the bikes had to go to justify another toy laying around and…

I know that some are either expecting some elaborate bicycle industry hoax or some UCI convulated conspiracy. But alas I shall avoid all that. So instead I dug into my archives for a few pic’s instead to share.                                     Me circa 1998  Brodie Libido the old URT design. Don Rats post Don ride BBQ circa 2007                                           . Waterloo Hydrocut Trails in 2012.                                        …

In a little less than a month all the mountain bike companies, and magazines are all going to be flocking to one event. This event, The Sea Otter Classic, is the biggest cycling festival in the world.. It is held in Monterey, California at the world renowned Mazda Raceway. Every year, it draws close to ten thousand racers, and nearly five times that number in fans. The Sea Otter classic is both a racing event, and a bike expo. Photo Credit: Flickr user Richard Masoner  Practically every bike company will be there trying to make an impression. It’s not just bike companies, from nutrition, to electronics, to magazines, to outdoor lifestyle companies will all be there in full force. On the…

One of the most important things to be able to do properly is brake. It’s a safety thing, sure, but it’s also a fun thing. If you know how to brake properly, you’ll actually be able to go faster for the majority of the trail, because you’ll cut down the amount of space it takes to get to your desired speed. So, let’s review: safer, faster, more fun. Do you need any more reasons? To go fast, you gotta learn how to slow down. 8-inch discs certainly help, but they also make it quite easy to test the efficacy of your helmet. One of the most common problems newer riders have is improper braking distribution. More than likely, you’ve had…

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