The Mountain Bike Life

Category: Tips

PhilKmetzPumtrack

A little over a year ago, one of my close friends approached me about turning part of his yard into a pump track. The piece of land was a heavily wooded, the idea of fitting a pump track there seemed completely absurd, and almost impossible. Without much hesitation I decided to take on the challenge anyway. One of the things we could not do, was dig for dirt, like you might for a set of dirt jumps. The only good…

grease_or_threadlock3

I have heard many different people give different answers for this question so I decided to ask around and see what people said worked for each specific bolt on your bike. Don’t use red loctite on your bike…but I just finished my blue.. To make sure I was giving out the correct information I had to go to a few sources. The first person to come to my mind was Lorien out at Sooke Mountain Cycles as he is one…

SnapShotLooking+Up

A few weeks ago, I posted my very first trail video to Reddit. Very exciting, right? Admittedly, I asked everyone to give me tips to get better, but I was pretty comfortable on that trail so I didn’t think there would be too many suggestions. Well, actually, no! As it turns out, one of my biggest flaws showed up, and working on it has actually had quite a large impact on how I ride. The advice I got from a…

flowride%2B060

I Was thinking of this a bit in December just before the snow came. How we mountain bikers will discuss endlessly about building a ladder bridge to cross a creek. Or whether or not the trail is being excessively groomed but we hardly ever talk about the necessity of trail grooming and how to do it right. Trail grooming is often ignored but in reality can cause serious damage to a rider. I know of a few riders who have…

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…

James+2

Sweet, you finally made it out on your first ride! But, you realize that something just doesn’t feel exactly like you wanted it to. What now – time to take it back to the shop and get another one? Not quite! Below, you’ll find a few easy tips to make your bike significantly more comfortable to ride — as long as you buy a small multi-tool (~$20), you should be able to do all of this stuff yourself. It may…

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