The Mountain Bike Life

Author: Jay Miklovic

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Have you ever desired to be sponsored? Be honest. In my adolescent years I was a ‘fruit-booter’. If you are unfamiliar with the term likely you didn’t spend the late 90’s hanging out at your local skate park. ‘Fruit-booter’ was a derogatory term used for aggressive inline skaters. To this day I maintain that aggressive inline skating never got the cred it deserved. I’m in the minority about the respectability of inline skating.  In those skating years I also began…

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Rain causes erosion. Erosion over time causes deep ruts. Deep ruts over lots of time become ravines. For those of us in the plains this simple fact is great news. While we do not have mountains, slick rock, or ski lifts, we still have local ravines. With a little bit of imagination and no small amount of work mountain biking is never further away than your local ravine. The local ravine prior to doing any work. The picture doesn’t do…

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For most of us the Mountain Bike Life is about more than throwing our leg over our favorite steed and shredding the local single track. The ride itself is the climax of the whole experience but there is plenty of foreplay and afterglow worth writing about.  Mapping out your next adventure, packing the right tools, purchasing the right gear, picking the right post ride dive to eat at and the best post ride beverages to drink all are part of…

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Today might be the day that changes life as a mountain biker forever. I’m not certain this is a good thing. Unfortunately as I write this ‘today’ has not yet happened so I can’t tell you whether or not this anticipated watershed moment has actually shed any water. For all I know I could be ruined already. By the time our west coast readers wake up I will have finished, I hope, The 18th Annual Hare Racer at Heritage Park in Adrian…

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As a bearded guy in a Carhart hat and a flannel shirt whipped a styled 360 my mindset whipped clunky 180. His garage sale skis probably cost him $35. I on the other hand was picking my way through the same moguls with zero flair at half the rate speed while donning $2k worth of gear. Twelve years have passed since that ski run but I haven’t forgotten the lesson. The start of my de-beautification project Fast forward 6 years…

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You remember it don’t you? It was a defining moment, for some of you it was THE defining moment. It changed everything.  Since then you have spent thousands of dollars on kit, yet one piece of kit was the ultimate game changer. You spent thousands of dollars in gas and day passes and for great rides, yet there was one ride changed everything. No mountain biking dollars have ever been better spent than those that bought your first real mountain…

An LED panel flashes the number 5 and chimes. Sliding steel doors open inviting me into a sterile unknown. 3:00am wide awake. Moments ago I was following an ambulance up Interstate 475, a different sterile unknown with my six month boy struggling to breathe inside. Now on the fifth floor of Toledo Children’s Hospital I look for room 1514.Follow below the break to see how the Mountain Bike Life kept my mind in one piece. The picture is half as…

My obsession with bike porn nearly ruined my love of our dear sport. I remember the first time I spent money on bike porn, it was the moment I knew I had a problem. We all get free bike-porn over at pinkbike.com, and we watch the soft-core stuff on youtube from our phones, and behind our desks, but I actually spent money on it. I crossed that threshold that everyone starts off saying they will never cross. I bought the…

I’m no moralist when it comes to shopping for bike parts, and frankly I tire of forced moralism on consumers in general.  There is always someone who wants us to eat organic, drink fair trade, ‘support your LBS [local bike shop]’, boycott Wal-Mart and so on. We are set up for buyer’s remorse before we ever get to the check-out. Now to be fair, there are times we are right to feel guilty. If you go to the local shop…