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  • in reply to: Anyone wear MTB pants (not tights)? #255731

    I have a few different pairs of DH style riding pants that I wear any time it is muddy, or the temps are below 10°C. I like how they keep my legs and kneepads clean, keep my calves warm, don’t require constant adjustment like leg warmers, and they allow me to slide all of the mud off at once when the ride is over. Additionally, I dig the extra layer of cut protection they provide.

  • in reply to: C #255588

    Thanks for these, y’all! The interview is next week, so if anyone has questions they would like to add please get them to me soon.

  • in reply to: Shreditation: Mountain biking and mental health #255383

    Thanks for all of your thoughtful and personal replies, folks. This sort of sharing can be equally difficult and helpful. Your responses are greatly appreciated.

    If it is okay with y’all I would like to use some of your quotes, anonymously of course, for a series of articles on mountain biking and the mind. The focus will be on the positive benefits of riding and spending time in nature, as well as some tactics to overcome cognitive blocks we all form around crashes or ego explosion. I will interview psychological professionals and mountain bike riders of all stripes to share the narrative of better brains through trails.

    If you would not like your quote to be in an article, please let me know and I will omit it. Conversely, if you have an interesting story and want to be interviewed, let’s chat. Feel free to contact me directly if you prefer.


  • in reply to: How do you handle cycling withdrawal? #255003

    On MTB withdrawal: My solution required a mountain of privilege and my own rootless character. I lived in Portland, Oregon, for 15 years, where the only singletrack is a minimum 1+hr drive away, and if it isn’t July or August, it is raining. I drove to trails 2-3 times a week, save the snowy month, deeply depressed in the cold and soaked gray. I asked this question you are asking of my friends often. They mostly had similar sentiments and rode indoor trainers or road bikes 6 months out of the year.

    Fully fed up with it, I made a loose two-year plan to save cash and move someplace where I can enjoy riding year round. I slowly convinced all the people around me that this was a good idea. Now I ride singletrack from my doorstep six days a week, and I feel fortunate that my family made sacrifices to give me this massive mental and physical health gift.


  • in reply to: What do you do when you are just not ripping it? #254984

    Great question, Oldandrolling!

    This typically happens when I can’t stay on someone’s wheel (ie. keep up). My ego takes control of my thoughts and makes a mess of them, leaving me unable to focus/ride. I continue riding and try to turn my focus toward something else, leaving the frustration to fizzle. Whenever possible, I turn it into a skills ride, popping off rocks and working in cornering speed.

    Similar to the kayaker’s slogan SKleen shared above, a shit day on the bike is better than any day on the couch.

  • in reply to: Wear earbuds riding on the trail? #244021

    The sound of drifting tires and varied grip is one of my favorites. Natural forest song is lovely as well. I also want to hear if someone is ahead of or behind me, so I skip earbuds while riding trails.

    On road, gravel, and any other ride I find boring, I almost always wear earbuds. Sometimes I listen to podcasts, or for interval workouts, techno or metal can feel pretty good.

    The only car I would need to hear, rather than see, will come from behind me. Since I don’t look back at cars that are coming to see if they are going to hit me, I am no safer with or without earbuds.

    Speakers on trails are frustrating for sure, but I try to use them as motivation to ride faster away from that person.

  • in reply to: One Line Advice Thread #242936

    Always look fiercely ahead.

  • in reply to: What are the best colleges for mountain bikers? #206215

    If you can swing an international college experience, Florence Italy is ringed with amazing singletrack in every direction. If you like to race enduro or XC there is an event in Italy 2-3 time a week from March-November. There are two large universities here: University of Florence, and the European University Institute, as well as many schools of art and design.

  • in reply to: Grab bag of questions #257824

    I too only buy bikes with external BSA bottom brackets, as I like a quiet bike that I can work on with my own tools. PF tools are expensive and cumbersome.

    If you do buy a bike with a PFBB you can typically swap the pressed bearings for a PF system that threads together in the center. Wheels Manufacturing and several other BB manufacturers make them.

    The threaded PF typically takes care of the creaking noises that PFBB’s are known for. Some brands, Specialized for example, glue the BB bearings in place to keep them quiet.

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