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.
Sometimes it is really hard just to get the bike out of the garage
I haven’t been on a ride in over two weeks. It feels like it has been months. I don’t know why I have not made the effort. There have been lots of things going on. There have been lots of changes. Jobs, life, the weather. But I should have made some time. Now it is getting to the point where I don’t know if I will get the chance before the snow really sets in.
Kristin Butcher’s latest piece dives in to her own version of what I am going through. Every rider goes through it at some point.
“There are times when our passion for the ride fades until its last remnants slip between our fingers, leaving behind empty hands that question whether they ever held anything in the first place.”
I need to push through it. I need to do it soon. Read Kristin’s thoughts on this very relevant topic to me here. You can also check out more of her writing by going here, here, or here.
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.
Mountain Biker Micayla Gatto Merges Art And Sport In Her New Video
Professional mountain bike rider Micayla Gatto shares her unique story in the latest video from Red Bull MTB. Micayla uses her artistic and creative energies to drive her to excel at both her art, and her riding. I particularly enjoyed how this video merges both art, scenery, color and action to make a very entertaining watch. Click the video below to watch, and click here for an article about the video.
Also click these posts below to watch more great mountain bike videos.
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.
After nursing my rib injury for just over a week I felt it was time to get back on my bike. It didn’t hurt too much to breathe, and jumping around wasn’t too bad so I figured a ride at my local trails would be good to knock the cob webs off.
It had rained a bit the night before, but it was a beautiful sunny afternoon. I did my pre-ride check and put the bike on the car. I was off to my first post injury ride and was a little nervous.
What is a drive train?
The drive train on your bike is the system that moves you forward. Pushing on your pedals turns the chain, which in turn moves your tires forward. There are many moving parts that contribute to it, but that is basically what it boils down to.
On Tuesday evening it was overcast and cold, but I was determined to get out on my bike. I had been going back and forth all day if it was a good idea or not, and just before dinner I had decided it was a good idea.
After dinner I loaded up the bike on the trunk rack and set off for Fish Creek Park. If I am going for a quick ride in the city the trails there cannot be beat!
A full month ago I decided to start chronicling my journey in to the world of mountain biking. I picked up a bike, got my gear all set and started riding.
I also started this blog. I poured over the themes at WordPress and landed on the Hemingway Re-Written theme. Over the last month I have posted non stop. I have developed both my writing skills and my riding skills, all while having a tonne of fun.
Kristin Butcher has published another stellar article at BikeMagazine.com. The latest tells a tale of overcoming obstacles through the sport of mountain biking.
“Cheers filled the quiet void when Denny nailed the downhill. When he missed the next turn and wedged himself and his bike up against a tree, the clamoring faded until it was met with the sound of a grown man giggling.”
Check out the article by clicking here and read more from Kristin here.