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Colorado Springs / Ulaanbaatar // MONGOLIA

 
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I started riding at age 50 through the prompting of my sons. Now I am totally addicted and only wish I would have started earlier in life. My favorite riding experience is exploring the beautiful mountains of Mongolia for new potential trails. My wife and I have lived and worked in Mongolia since August 1996.

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mongwolf   10 hours ago
updated Captain Jack's conditions to
 
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mongwolf   9 hours ago
updated Buckhorn Loop conditions to
 
mongwolf   10 hours ago
updated Stratton Open Space / The Chutes conditions to
 
mongwolf   10 hours ago
updated Captain Jack's conditions to
 
mongwolf   1 day ago
updated Palmer Park conditions to
 
I thought this was a waaaaay below average video until the very last scene. HILARIOUS. That is maybe my favorite mtb video scene of the year.
mongwolf   2 days ago
replied to Singletracks homepage changes
 
Hey Jeff, the more I look at the new format, the more I do not like the blue "Mountain Bike Daily" header.  It's not that I dislike it, but it's just kind...
mongwolf   2 days ago
replied to Saddle selection
 
Thanks Chris for the DIY guidance on saddles and measurements.  I'm going to have to try that and see how my saddles compare.  Looking forward to your upcoming article.
I am one of those who has loved winter all my life. I love the snow, the cold and the beautiful crystal clear days. But I must admit, now that I have gained a passion for mountain biking in recent years ... ... and have yet to pick up fat biking, I do kind of…
Wow, beautiful forests and really nice back country experience. I loved the scenery and also the moment you could hear the quiet call of a cuckoo bird. The strength and conditioning of single speeders always impresses me. I seem to need every single gear I have. Riding The Chutes in the Springs the other day,…
Yet another great piece John. Really enjoyed it. I've yet to do a night ride, but I think it's just a matter of time. I hope. I don't think I would make a habit of it though in Mongolia for a couple of reasons. First, pretty much all my Mongolian riding friends can't afford a…
mongwolf   5 days ago
replied to Singletracks homepage changes
 
Jeff, great response to everyone.  Your explanation that the format is set up for mobile users explains A LOT.  Thanks.  Though I'm not a mobile user myself ... we must be supportive...
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mongwolf   5 days ago
replied to Singletracks homepage changes
 
Also, thanks Jeff for pointing out that one can change the "edition" by clicking on it.  That's really helpful.  Nice feature.
Thanks Aaron for collecting all the data and distilling it some. Great resource. Any chance you or someone else might do the same for enduro/all mountain bikes?
I'll be getting a couple of these Munchers because my wife will want one too. Great for biking and camping ... or course biking packing.
mongwolf   6 days ago
replied to Singletracks homepage changes
 
The new format is okay imo.  Seems a bit random which is ok in this day and age.  Currently, there is only a podcast section on the right side of the main...
mongwolf   6 days ago
updated Buckhorn Loop conditions to
 
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mongwolf   6 days ago
updated Palmer Trail / Section 16 conditions to
 
mongwolf   6 days ago
updated Red Rock Canyon conditions to
 
Anyone know what trail(s) were in the video?
The Elks have gotta happen. I've been wanting to explore that range for a long time. It's seems much more off the beaten path and remote than much of the riding in CO. My problem is getting to CO during the warm season. Someday.
Great article Jenny. I should have said that before. Thanks for taking the time to write it and post it.
mongwolf   1 week ago
added a review of Jones Downhill
 

For those interested and have not seen this piece, here is a helpful write up (and comments) of the Jones...
So true Greg. So many times I just love it when nature throws its "elements" at you. I think it was you who said it best one time in response to multiple creek crossings on a trail (maybe Agate), "Embrace the wetness." That's the true spirit we all need.
To me this post directly relates to the "Over a Beer" piece Greg posted yesterday. For most people there is much more money to made in Chicago or NYC than say Salida, CO, But for those of us who have a bent towards the outdoors, the non-monetary benefits of living in Salida would be exponentially…
Having grown up in southern Ohio, I know the battle some people face with SAD. Those who suffer through such difficulty have my empathy. It wasn't so bad for me when I was young, but I also used to run a lot (no matter the weather conditions) and that definitely made a huge difference. At…
mongwolf   1 week ago
updated Buckhorn Loop conditions to
 
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mongwolf   1 week ago
updated Stratton Open Space / The Chutes conditions to
 
I have no speed, so no loss for me there. =)
I think one of the big fitness issues/challenges for mountain biking at least in many climates is the winter layoff and losing the biking fitness gains of the previous year. Of course that loss can be alleviated some now with a fat bike. I hope to start having stronger winters on the bike, so I'm…
Aaron, I remember you expressing your decision to get a personal trainer etc. this year. Big commitment -- I was impressed. It seems to have paid off big in a variety of ways. Though I may never pursue intervals on my mtb =) (I did enough of those in my younger years of running), I…
And great thought questions ("experiments") too Greg. I really like how those encourage reflection. For me, the biggest things in my life have always been the outdoors (primarily expressed in forest management and education), people in general, my wife and family, and faith in Christ. But in the past few years mountain biking has DEFINITELY…
Wow, right on Greg. Great thoughts. The big picture and priorities based on the big picture is where it is at. I would add one more piece to your viewpoint/model. You have eluded to it in various ways. That piece is values. Values help one define the big picture and the specific priorities. The three…
 
There's always an "angle" to be found.
mongwolf   1 week ago
replied to Flow trails
 
I wouldn't call the following "flow trails", but there are some really good rides fairly near you:  The Pota (Potawatomi) (in the Pinckney RA), Fort Custer RA, Brighton RA, Pontiac Lake, Novi...
mongwolf   1 week ago
added 8 photos.
 
Climbing Upper Meadow from the La Veta THD above the high school.
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mongwolf   1 week ago
commented on Podcast: How Does GPS Work?
 
Thanks for the guidance Jeff. I really have had no NEED for a smart phone, so I still do not own one. So it looks like my decision comes down to going with a smart phone or a cheaper GPS. I would enjoy having a unit that has a digital compass, barometer etc., but that…
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