Taking Advantage Of The Last Few Days Of Fall

Taking Advantage Of The Last Days Of Fall

A great ride through some of my favorite trails on a beautiful fall day

After a very long (for me anyways) lay off from riding, due to a new job, I finally got my bike out for a ride. With winter just around the corner any day I can get my bike out is a pretty great day. This ride was an especially good one too.

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The Butcher Paper: Creature Of Habit

The Butcher Paper Creature Of Habit Kristin Butcher Bike Magazine

The Butcher Paper Creature Of Habit Bike Magazine Kristin Butcher

Kristin Butcher Is Back With Another Stellar Piece

Most hobbies have their own rituals and mountain biking is no exception. My own ritual is to stop for a hot cup of coffee on the way home. The time it takes to finish the drink is a great time to reflect on the ride, giving me the chance to lock away the memories I just made.

“Even though the ritual of warming up has been intertwined with winding threads of uphill singletrack for more than a decade, each time still results in a moment (or several) when I genuinely wonder if my legs will ever feel like anything more than lactic acid and bags of suck.”

Head over to Bike Magazine and read the latest article. Check out more articles from Kristin here and here.

BC Trail Riding In The Heart Of The Okanagan

BC Trail Riding In The Heart Of The Okanagan Pinterest Summerland Penticton

BC Trail Riding Okanagan Summerland Penticton

Riding Trails In Penticton And Summerland B.C.

Finally! A new post. It has been a while since I have had some time to sit at my desk and write about mountain biking. I got back from a week and a half long trip to the interior of B.C., specifically the Summerland and Penticton area. The trails I rode there are not the forested, soft dirt trails of the west coast, but they had their own charm and fun to them.

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Riding The Ridge At Bowmont Park Photos

Riding The Ridge At Bowmont Park Photos Mountain Biking Trail Riding Singletrack

Take a look at the gallery below for some great photos from my latest ride. It was a hot and smoky day, but the scenery in the valley was spectacular. The singletrack riding was pretty great too!

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How To Shift Your Bike Gears The Right Way

How To Shift Your Bike Gears The Right Way Mountain Biking Guide Technique

Bike Drivetrain

As I have quickly learned there is definitely a right way and a wrong way to shift your gears. Proper shifting can lead to a more efficient and enjoyable ride, and can also greatly help to lengthen the lifespan of your drive train.

Proper shifting is an essential skill to any bike riding discipline. Read on to learn the ups and downs of shifting your bikes gears.

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How To Change A Bike Inner Tube

Change a bike tube unseat the beadAfter getting two flats in two rides, I wanted to learn how to change my own inner tubes. It will be a very handy skill for trail side repairs, as well as home repairs. Overall this was a fairly simple process, and only required minimal tools. I will be using a very handy video from Park Tool for reference material, as well as adding tips I found useful while doing it myself.

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A Quick Blast In The Park

North Glenmore Park WeaselheadI had been having a super rough day. The kind of day where everything frustrates the hell out of you. It was warm and smoky from all the forest fires in B.C. I was tired and the kids were being awful today. I needed a break.

Luckily my wife understood, especially after I sent her a text saying that I would quit my job of stay at home dad. She suggested I go take a quick ride before dinner to get some frustration out.

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Growing My Skill On Some Amazing Trails

Bragg Creek trailsThis Saturday I was back in Bragg Creek. This trail center is very quickly becoming my favorite place to ride. This time I had a friend to ride with. I met Byron at 8 a.m. at the parking lot and we quickly hit the trails.

I had been looking at trail forks and had a plan mapped out. We would start on the north side and head up Demi-Tel for an easier start. I had initially planned on going down Long Descent for a quick warm-up loop, but Byron had different plans.

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