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We usually think of grandiose, epic-level expeditions when we start pondering bikepacking trips. Or at least we did until last July. Joey Sparkles and I attended the Specialized product launch in Morgan Hill. This is a trade show. We spend our days seeing product, listening in on seminars and being sold stuff. The evenings are filled with mingling and then you end up in your…

Chubby Biker Festival Report

Despite less than favorable weather leading up to the weekend, the Chubby Biker Festival went off at full volume. The festival began Saturday morning. With drizzly weather forecast right up to the meeting time for our first ride, you could say the day started out grey. Nonetheless, the Chubby Bikers came out in droves for a group ride around Zen….

Riding the Singletrack of Life

Having ridden a mountain bike for the last seven years or so, I have learned five key lessons that easily parallel real life. These five lessons will make you not only a more successful mountain cyclist, but also a more successful person in any aspect of life. Choose your line and focus A key lesson I have learned while mountain biking is the absolute necessity of looking…

It’s Your (mtb) Life, Yo!

People are cyclists for many reasons, and mountain biking is no different: friends, fun, endurance, away-from-the-kids time, riding-with-the-kids time, thrill, competition, a way to challenge oneself, the bragging-rights to living through some epic (or lame) accident; the list could go on and on. I started mountain biking about six years ago with a good friend and good rider. We’d go…

Freedom

Can you remember that feeling of freedom? That moment when the fear of crashing to the ground was suddenly gone and the balance point of being on the bike became second nature and you pedaled away with the wind in your hair and the biggest smile you could fit on your face? You experienced the freedom of the bicycle and if…

I Ride for Me, but Sometimes There Are Other Reasons

I recently bought a road bike. Now, as a devoted mountain biker, I’m hearing some harassment kind words from mountain biking friends for doing so, along with hearing some jokes encouraging tips on how to dress, act, and eat. But a bike is fun, not matter what kind. And there are a few good reasons I bought a road bike, including beauty, intensity, and love. I…

I Ride For Me

Trails are puzzles. I love to pick them apart one move at a time. I don’t get discouraged if I can’t clean them the first time, that just means I get to come back and try again later. The more challenging the trail, the more excited I get about riding. Maybe it was growing up watching No Way Rey videos…