Packing for the Big Bike Trip Trip

My route to the west: Madison, WI to Ashland, OR I must have been born lucky. I love mountain biking, as Im sure you do. We think about it during the work week, we fit in a ride whenever we can, but sometimes the time is short and we just cant work that long ride …

Introduction: My Journey West to Get Back East, in Haiku

Why would I leave Trek? greatest bicycle making company ever? Wisconsin is where cheeseheads eat brats and drink beer but aint no mountains The job was awesome The perks were incredible Epic local trails But with my wife home We both had adjustment pains To the Midwest scene Even a great job In a place …

My Local Trails, Season 2: The Return

I took you on a tour of my local trails last season, sharing why I think these trails are so special: close to home, pedal-in convenience, that particular knowledge of the fast spots, feedback on your fitness and technical abilities, and the unique opportunity to smoke your out-of-town buddies when they come to visit. Allow …

Ultimate Direction Grind Hydration Pack Review

Front the website of Ultimate Direction, describing the Grind 12 hydration pack: “Loaded with features such as pump and tool pockets, organization for spare tubes and adequate room for an extra layer, this MTB pack is built for the trail. Sleek in design, this pack enables a full range of motion and a molded back …

Shimano SH-XC50N All Season Racing Shoe: Get Intense Without Vents

I was afraid these shoes arrived too late for a review; out here in Wisconsin we got a mercifully mild winter and there was a 2-week spell of 70s and 80s that made me want to pack up all my cold weather gear. I should have known better, the midwest climate can be a cruel …

Slip Me Some Skin: The Importance of Trying Many Tires

The right tool for the job; horses for courses; a nail for every hammer. I don’t even know what I’m talking about! The conclusion I want you all to take away from this blathering: you gotta experiment with rubber and learn what works best based on trail conditions. It can get expensive, but I encourage …

Drop Bars the Right Way: Monstercross

Allow me to preach two conflicting sermons: 1 bike for many uses AND a bike for every task. First let’s have full disclosure: I work in the bike industry and I want all of you to buy bikes. Technology and innovation make your hot-shit full suspension rig obsolete in a season or two. Carbon fiber …

Schwalbe Racing Ralph Evo 29er: Grip is Hip

So I’m biased: I work for a Very Large Bike Company that makes its own tires. When these pretty things arrived, I had to keep them hidden from my coworkers. The Schwalbe Racing Ralph 29X2.25″ tires showed up right before the thaw. It was mighty mild during the winter here in Wisconsin, so things were …

Gravel Metric 2012: Three Videos

Remember when some jackass rode his motorcycle with his cyclocross bike strapped to it for 2 hours through the fog to race on gravel roads? Well the guys from North Central Cyclery are at it again. First I demand that you watch this: After that I strongly recommend you see this: Lastly, check this out …

High School, Hormones, and Singletrack

Ah, to be 16 again. I recently had the privilege of attending the season opener for the SoCal High School Cycling League at Vail Lake Resort in Temecula, California. If any of you grew up like me, the idea of an organized, school sponsored mountain bike racing program is absolutely unpossible. But if you care …

Mushing on the Mound: What to do when snow slows your roll

I remember seeing these trails signs this summer and thinking “What’s with that guy’s feet?” Those of you in the northern parts of the US and in Canada know, right about now the opportunities for good, quality mountain-style bike riding are few. The days are short, the temperatures are forbidding, the ground is frozen and …