Sure, Mountain Biking is Fun, but for me this Word Describes it Better

A friend of mine was asking about mountain biking. She knew how involved I was in the sport and seemed genuinely interested. I had a few well framed photos of mountain biking in Arizona and Colorado, so I showed her a few. I purposefully chose the photos with great scenic views and a few action shots. To me, these photos told the story of the sport...
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Belief in Yourself

Picture this ... you are a small child once again ... and somebody asks you if you want to try out this Rrrreally cool new game. What are you going to say?. Without a moment's hesitation, I'm betting you said, "let's do it!". You didn't even know what it was, but you were confident you could handle it and would like it. Now, I know you didn't like ...
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Purchasing Mountain Biking Gear from Your Local Super Market

You know how you start a new hobby, and it takes you awhile to start liking it and even a while longer before you quit borrowing/using your buddy's hand-me-downs and want to invest in your own gear?. Well, that's what happened here. I had just reached that point, and I was all excited. I had finally decided that I enjoy mountain biking enough that ...
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Don't Buy a Walmart Bike

You don't have a lot of money and you're thinking about getting into the sport of mountain biking. Maybe you're thinking about getting a bike for your kid and you want to get something simple. You might be tempted to run down to your local department store. But you don't want to buy a Walmart bike--not for mountain biking. They might look like...
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Baggie vs Compression Shorts, Explained

​Mountain bikers tend to have pretty strong opinions about the style of biking shorts that they wear. It's an argument between baggie shorts versus compression shorts. (Mountain bikers often refer to compression shorts as "lycra" or "spandex" shorts and sometimes "roadie" shorts, but we think the term "compression" is a better description.) The dif...
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How to Buy a Used Mountain Bike on eBay

If you type in the search term "mountain bike" on eBay, there will probably be in the neighborhood of 5000 search results. Those results will include many high end bikes costing into the thousands of dollars all the way down to the kind of bikes you'd find in a department store for a couple hundred dollars. So, you obviously have to narrow the sear...
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Your Bottom, it's Important

So... Mountain Biking Shorts Shorts are "necessary" but the reason I wear them is because I personally don't want to have calluses on my bottom. It's a weird enough place without adding that to the picture. And yes, I know some controversy exists out there about baggy or compression shorts; it's up to you when it comes down to it. The only reason I...
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My Clash with Mountain Biking

Blood, Sweat, Tears, and all that, yada yada yada  From the first ride to now  So, how does one happen upon mountain biking?... it's really not an interesting story, so I'll skip it and go to my first ride on a "real" mountain bike... But first, some backstory.... I have been riding bikes since I was three. My first memorable experience r...
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A Beginner's Mountain Biking Advice

When entering any new experience or sport, there's always a learning curve and tricks of the trade that must be mastered before you can be truly effective.  I have been mountain biking for nearly two years now and still have plenty to learn. The advice I took from more experienced riders that seemed to be the most beneficial for me is: Find ot...
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Top 5 Bike Upgrades: #1 Clipless Pedals

In my experience, the number 1 best upgrade for your bike that will also make the greatest change to your riding experience is riding with clipless pedals. The advantages of clipless pedals are more control over the bike and more efficient pedaling. Since your feet are connected to the bike, clipless pedals allow you to have more control over the b...
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Top 5 Bike Upgrades: #2 Dropper Seatpost

I was a late adopter to the dropper seatpost craze. When I first saw them appearing on bikes several years ago, I thought that it was more of a fade than anything else. Or that it was just a specialty item for serious downhillers. I changed my mind after a serious wipeout on a technical downhill run that broke by clavicle. Now I'm adding a dropper ...
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A Broken Collarbone: My Mountain Biking Experience

...​if you're given the option, my advise is to opt for the surgery, get a cool scar, and get on with your life. by Author ​I had never broken a bone before. Not like this. Sure, there was that stress fracture in my foot, a chip in the knuckle of my pinky, little breaks like that. But nothing like this--a shattered collarbone af...
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