The Best Day of the Year for Mountain Bikers

Flathead ValleyYesterday was the best day of the year.

Yes, it’s true – at least it’s true if you are a mountain biker or some other sort of outdoors enthusiast.

Yesterday was the beginning of daylight savings time, and we all got to tack on an extra hour of daylight to the end of our day. Every year, this day signals the death of winter as temperatures start to warm, snow starts to melt, and plants begin to grow.

But most importantly, that extra hour of daylight signals the beginning of long after-work rides.

  • No longer do we have to return home from the office or the classroom in the grip of darkness.
  • No longer do we have to strap on head lamps and brave the frigid night air.
  • No longer do we have to limit our real rides to the weekends and whenever we can squeeze them into our busy weekly schedules.

No longer.

It is time to mountain bike!

If you haven’t yet, I’m sure you will soon be looking over your rig to make sure that it is ready to go for the warm-weather riding season just around the corner. Now is the time to get all of that maintenance done, so as the warm dry days become more numerous, you’ll just be able to grab your bike and get out and ride!

I recently put on a new pair of tires, courtesy of Singletracks and WTB, and also replaced my chain and cassette. The rest of my rig is in pretty decent condition, and I am pumped for what 2011 holds in store!

  • There are new trails to be explored, and old trails to be ridden again.
  • There are new people to meet and old friends to chase
  • There are goals to achieve and boundaries to push.
  • There are new bikes to ride and familiar ones to love.
  • There are new components to put through the grinder, and old ones to repair.
  • There are photos to take and videos to edit.
  • …and undoubtedly there are endless blog posts to write!

It is amazing how much of a difference an hour of sunlight can make!

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About Greg Heil

My name is Greg Heil, and I am the Editor in Chief for Singletracks.com. I've been mountain biking seriously since 2005, and I love to travel and ride new trails. My travels have taken me across the United States multiple times. To date (November 2013), I have ridden hundreds of different trails in 18 different states, and am adding more singletrack to my trail resume every year! I enjoy all types of mountain biking, from ultra endurance cross country all the way up to chair lift-accessed downhill runs.

13 thoughts on “The Best Day of the Year for Mountain Bikers

  1. You said it goo,for me it’s the start of overtime at work,blahh,right as the warmer weather is right around the corner,I’ll do my best though to ride on with that extra hour of sunlight..

  2. @steve, Thanks man!
    @Bob, I’m with you, I hard a hide time getting up for church on Sunday!
    @RidingPastor, you and me both!
    @eastwood, I’ll bet you’re ready for the snow to melt!
    @dgaddis, Yeah I’m with you, but now the trails start drying faster, and riding in the daylight is almost always better than riding at night.

  3. Sorry to throw mud on your trails, but as I have to keep up with changing time zones. Changing time twice a year is a pain in the ass, and as every state does not change time, makes it a double pain.
    Didn’t get to ride today, will be happier tomorrow.

  4. Really looking forward to the riding season. I am heading to a lower elevation next week to ride for the first time this year, CAN’T WAIT!

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  6. We’ve been squeezing in a post-work ride one day a week for about a month or more now (as soon as we realized there was still a bit of light up until 6:00-6:15, we were sneaking out of work and hitting the trails by 5). I will say that this past week was fantastic. No rush to get outta work (okay, there was a little rush) and we spent 2 hours on the trails. And it only gets better from here, for a while anyway…

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