The Mountain Bike Life

Category: Tips

Funbikespano

The mountain biking world is full of people with strong opinions. The optimist in me would like to believe that this is because people find passion in the sport, that the physical challenges, the immersion in nature, the intersection of skill and difficulty, and the clarity of thought mountain biking brings to the rider produce such a profound experience that it cannot be helped but to proselytize a little. The pessimist in me believes that sometimes people have nothing more…

Santa Cruze Nomad

Having recently dropped huge sums (for me) of money on a Shiny New Bicycle, and subsequently having that shiny new frame crack, I participated firsthand in my bicycle company’s Warranty and Crash Replacement Program. In my case I was lucky. I bought a frame from a reputable company with a 20 year history, known for quality and customer service, with a clearly defined warranty and the added bonus of a Crash Replacement Program. These things happen, and for the record…

slant1

Tire upgrades are by far one of the biggest upgrade improvements that anyone can do for very little money. Unfortunately, all of the different tire specs can be daunting and confusing. So, how do I pick tires for my mountain bike? So what does everything on the side of this tire mean? …and what should I choose? First of all, I would say that my type of riding would be defined best as “Trail” that is more towards the XC…

Photo: Martina Platte

You don’t hate that trail, but you do not like it. You still ride it, but almost begrudgingly so. It is old faithful. The first to thaw in the spring, the last to freeze in the winter. It is always there. It is unchanging. There are never new expansions. There are no new features. No new jumps. No alternate lines. It is constant. The views have long become mundane and uninteresting. What few alterations happen to the trail only seem…

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When it comes to all things maintenance I tend to learn things the hard way. Clean your suspension fork after every ride, dust off the drivetrain, lubricate those bolts. I know it all like the neighbourhood mechanic, but how often to I actually heed the advice? Almost never. The subject of this blog entry will be my lovely SIDI trail shoes and the cleat that has been stuck in there for over a year. At this point I don’t remember…

mtbpedals

Good day riders and enthusiasts! How is your summer in the Northern hemisphere? I hope you’re enjoying the Tour as it is certainly one of the more entertaining ones of the last several years. It’s been dryer than Steven Wright here in central Virginia and that is making for some pretty good trail riding albeit with a mouthful of dirt. Thank dog for my Ryders glasses or else my eyes would be breaded by now! This morning I want to…

gettingready

I Needed to build a new front wheel and re-inspired by The Serial Driller aka Dr Jon. Set out to keep it simple as I haven’t done it in a while the whole wheel building thing. So the first goal was to simply lace it up on the is first one without expert supervision.            

Blown out dusty trails

You are out on your favorite trail. The one that has all of the features you and your buddies have spent hours mastering. The trail you rely on to get your daily single track fix. You’re pedaling harder than you have ever pedaled before and riding almost perfectly. This very well could be the best ride you have ever had. Then while climbing that most technical and cardio intensive part of the whole trail, some Strav-A-Hole comes blasting down the…

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In my previous article I covered all of the big advantages of “Lower Tire Pressures”. In order to do this effectively, it is absolutely critical that you check your tire pressures very often. Believe it or not, I now check my tire pressures around once per week. I regularly set my pressures at 28 psi. I have seen my pressures sometimes drop to 15 – 20 psi in a couple of weeks. That is pinch flat low! In this article…

wtb bronson

What is the most important part of equipment on your mountain bike? Suspension forks and shocks? Nope! Rigid bikes don’t need those. 30 speed derailleur drive trains? Nope! Single speeders only need one set of sprockets. Carbon fiber frame? Nope! Steel, aluminum, and titanium frames are still very popular and work perfectly well. Hydraulic disk brakes? Nope! Mountain bikes had cantilever brakes for many years and they were still very usable. It is true that almost all of those components…

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