The Mountain Bike Life

Category: Beginner

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When it comes to riding through the woods with rocks, trees, and other natural things that can shred light weight fabric. Some have this confusion about what they should wear while flying through the woods. This is where we meet with Rule 18: Know What To Wear. Avoid Kit Confusion. No baggy shorts and jerseys while riding the road bike. No lycra when riding the mountain bike (unless racing XC). Skin suits only for cyclocross. This has become a wee…

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Bbbbrraaaaapppp! Screeeeeeeaaaachchchch! Squeaaaaaal! Those brakes sometimes just drive you nuts. So what do I do to fix this problem? Good brake service is very important. Why are my brakes so noisy!! I first check that all the rotor bolts are properly torqued. Done. Check that all of the caliper mounting bolts are tight. Done. Re-center the pads so there is no brake rub. Done. Check to make sure the discs are not warped. Done. make sure that both of the…

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When the trail gets ugly, chunky, techy, rocky, rooty, slippery, nasty, muddy, sketchy, whatever you want to call it, there are two types of mountain bikers in that moment; those who commit, and those who don’t. You know the feeling and most likely have been on both sides of commitment. Committing is the difference between success and failure, the difference between a doodle and art. Here we will dive into what it takes to commit to a line and how…

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“Knowledge is power!” It definitely can save you a ton of money and time too. The internet is such an outstanding resource for almost every kind of information on mountain bikes. On top of that, in the MTB community there just doesn’t seem to be a shortage of great folks that are willing to help you out. Using this kind of knowledge certainly is one of the most powerful tools available for frugal DIY’ers (Do-it-yourself ’ers). RockShox RT3 upgrade! Oh…

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You have decided it’s time to buy a mountain bike. It’s an amazing time to get into the sport just about every manufacturer has a great product and the bikes all work really well. The great thing about this is that you have a ton of choices, but some people almost drown in the sea of awesomeness…but fear not it’s really quite easy to navigate if you go into the process with a little knowledge. photo credit: Pierce Martin via…

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Saying that someone is frugal often carries a negative connotation of being a cheapskate. In the case of mountain biking, many think that being a frugal mountain bike rider means always riding around with a piece of junk bike that is always falling apart, that has inferior components, and that is always old and worn out. This is so very far from the truth! Merriam-Webster defines “Frugal” as follows:fru·gal, – adjective ‘frü-gel: careful about spending money or using things when…

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As much as I love to hang bling bits off my bike, it comes at a high cost that most times I just can’t justify. I feel that we often get caught up in upgraditis, most of the MTB media that we see are pushing a sexy new carbon piece of this or a shiny anodized hunk of that. Are these things needed to have fun on your bike? Absolutely not. We can have just as much fun on cheaper…

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While many bike upgrades are often just for cosmetic reasons and others offer some added comfort; some upgrades can genuinely make a huge difference of how well you ride. Most bike components have a wealth of information available online like this schematic. When I started looking around for ways to improve my bike, one of the first things that I looked up were air forks. I was not however crazy about spending $400+ for a fork upgrade. Being frugal is…

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There is something I have noticed on a lot of bikes that is often overlooked. You can see it on random bikes at the trail head, your buddies bikes, or even your own. It can even be seen on brand new bikes sitting on the show room floor. I am talking about cable routing. A lot of the time how and where you route your cables and housing sounds as if it is such a simple and inconsequential thing. I…

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We often focus on the big things, wheels, frames, drivetrains…but I think it’s the small things that really make the difference. I have compiled a list of a few things that I have found to make my Mountain Bike Life better, I hope that you will find these items to be as useful as I do. Chromag Seat QR Not all seat QR’s are created equal, you would think that there is not much you could do to improve the…

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