How (and Why) To Mountain Bike in the Heat

Last week, the temperature in Phoenix hit 108 degrees Fahrenheit. Yikes… summer has arrived. Fortunately, some of us are “used to it” and can harness the impending gradual increase in heat to acclimate. But, what if you’re not? How do you prepare for the physical stresses? And furthermore, are there benefits to mountain biking in the heat? Training in …

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How to Overcome Arm Pump: Get Out of Your Head!

Between 20 to 25% of mountain bikers suffer from chronic exertional compartment syndrome (CECS), the medical term for a common, performance-related issue: arm pump. But, it’s not a just a physical problem. Stress, anxiousness, distraction – all of these brain drainers lead to a tighter grip and an exacerbation of somatic symptoms. Thankfully, there are plenty …

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How to Prevent Leg Cramps When Mountain Biking // Tips to Avoid Cramping

As temperatures start to rise, many mountain bikers–myself included–are dealing with a sore point: muscle cramps. While muscle cramps are fairly common and mostly benign, they can be painful and annoying to deal with during a mountain bike ride. This article will briefly discuss common causes of leg cramps, and will offer tips for preventing and dealing …

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How to Make More Time for Mountain Biking

Time. It is the ultimate non-renewable resource. If we break something, we can buy a replacement. If we lose some money, we can make some more. Some things grow, some things shrink, and some things stay the same. But time?  It just… disappears. We get one shot, and one shot only, at each and every …

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You’re Never Too Old to Get Better. Here Are 7 Ways to Keep Improving

I accept a certain level of humility by riding a mountain bike in my 50s. I’m probably not going to keep up with young guns, and I fear crashing and injuries more than I did in my younger days. Even if you’re not in your 50s, those things may apply to you as well. Depressing? Not really, just …

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How To: Mountain Bike Stream Crossing Tips and Techniques

Mountain bikers encounter all kinds of obstacles on the trail, and each one requires a slightly different technique to address. Today I want to share some tips for making it across a stream crossing without taking a bath in the drink. Momentum Is Your Friend Honestly I could just end the article with that heading because momentum is …

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