The Mountain Bike Life

Category: Beginner

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…

Slick rock: The rock that begot our dreams, we see it everywhere, slapped all over your latest issue of bike porn (can this be a thing now?), cluttered about the online portals, panoramic views of Moab and Sedona, the gorgeous stones of the Colorado Plateau are made up of this wonderful thing we call slickrock. Before you get too excited, it is best to make sure you know what you are getting yourself into. I know I wish I would…

One of my favorite things to do during the winter off-season is to browse the internet for upgrades, look through magazine and website reviews, and hunt through price listings for bikes and parts that I might want to buy. Sometimes I do also enjoy browsing at high end gear that I will probably never be able to afford. What sometimes bugs me is that for some reason it seems like every magazine and website mostly features high end, glamorous, and…

One of the largest heavyweight showdowns in the mountain bike community, Clips versus Flat pedals. Unfortunately, I don’t deal in absolutes so I will be taking an idealistic approach to the conundrum with the intention to bring an intelligent choice when figuring out how to pedal your rig. So step on- errr, step in… Whatever is necessary and let’s take a look. I had been getting out to South Mountain’s National trail 3-4 times per week. The description “rocky” is…

High quality mountain bikes cost a lot of money and one way to save money on them is buying them used. I’ve typically found that people take good care of their expensive toys, however there are always exceptions. Below is a little guide on getting a great deal on a used bike and ways to avoid a money pit. 1. Hunting Grounds: The three places I typically look for used bikes in Canada are Kijiji.ca, Craiglist.com and Pinkbike.com. To be…

Ever stop to think that what you’re throwing away might be useful? I do…all the time. I just hate throwing stuff out that might be useful. Just think about how much stuff we throw away. And by “we” I mean everyone. My family and I are doing what we can to control what we recycle and what we throw away. I am sure there are uses for most of the glass, plastics and metal things we all throw away everyday…

What we carry in our bags says a lot about us as riders, are you a minimalistic racer, a carry everything boy scout or a throw a few things into your bag you think you may need type of person? I thought it may be interesting to show our readers what the TMTBL contributors carry in our bags, so without any further ado here they are! Jen’s Pack Jen’s pack:   I tend to be a carrier of all things…

Cornering, such a simple part of mountain biking right? But how is it that the cat 1 guys whip through those segments so fast? How is that Strava segment twisting between tree after tree even possible at those speeds? Like any good art form, cornering will take a lifetime to master and you continually learn more, day after day, ride after ride. Small, tiny, hardly noticeable changes in how you approach that corner or the smallest shift in body positioning…

Mountain biking, sure its more addictive than crack and a little more pricey too (hmmm… there has to be a Rob Ford joke in there somewhere). Recently one of my friends, who rode a really long time ago (as in pre disc brakes) decided that he wanted to get back into biking and I wound up being his guide in terms of the whole process of getting into mountain biking. So first most basic piece of kit, the bike.  Wheel…

Over the years I have entered into a million conversations about upgrading my bike, the best, cleverest, shiniest, prettiest, cheapest, most expensive and of course coolest upgrades you can make to your mountain bike. Of course part of the charm of mountain biking generally is the conversation, in fact I think that the chat is one of the most positive elements of following any sport and as such its always important to keep your bucket list of dream upgrades polished…

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