Preview of a new freeride trail in Curt Gowdy State Park. This is a great time to be a mountain biker.
Check out this new trail at Cragg Quarry in Bacup, Lancashire, England.
Fully geared up, holding the Stumpy, clicking my heels together … “There’s no place like Bacup, there’s no place like Bacup …”
The web has some sweet videos of pro downhiller Curtis Keene rocking a Stumpjumper in Santa Cruz. Curtis can ride any Specialized he wants; why does he choose a Stumpy instead of an Enduro?
You’re climbing hard and it feels easy.
You’re descending fast and it feels slow.
Yesterday two strange things happened involving skinny guys on bikes.
Yesterday I took the Mighty Carbon Enduro to my favorite OHV area. Findings:
Hey all, I’m back from Sea Otter, back from Ranchstyle and back from two weeks of puking and coughing. It’s time to see what this 2010/11 Enduro Pro Carbon is all about.
Yesterday I rolled my local techy/steep loop, and …
Hey Lee, I am 13 year old kid and I’m going to be racing in the Sea Otter XC. Do you have any tips for me for the race? I have raced the CCCX xc race in similar terrain, so I know there will be a sh*t load of sand. I ride a 2007 Rocky Mountain Element 70 with Specialized The Captain s-work tires. What is the proper way to ride through deep sand? How should I pace myself through the race? Should I use a Camelback? If so, should I bring a spare tube/ tools, and if so, what should I bring?
Oh yes, ’tis good to ride the bikes on real terrain. Today we had a good little adventure at Left Hand Canyon OHV area outside Boulder.
I often drive south through Lakewood, CO on the way to meetings in Littleton. I always pass Dinosaur Ridge on Highway C-470, and I always think, “Oh man I gotta ride there.”
Today was the day.
I just ended the longest not-riding-outside stretch of my life. Four months of work, weather and babies have restricted my cycling to the garage. Yesterday’s weather looked good — finally! — so I took the new Stumpjumper to Left Hand Canyon OHV area.
I’m at a loss with climbing while riding with friends…I just can’t push a bigger gear and I can’t spin a smaller gear fast enough to keep up on climbs…I can bomb the downhill single track just fine but when it comes to climbing I just get left in the dust…and it doesn’t matter if it’s fire road, technical climbing, or just non-tech single track…it makes me just want to shuttle so I don’t look so weak…very frustrating.
So I know part of the deal is overall fitness level…I need to ride more, but it doesn’t really seem to matter how much I ride I still can’t keep up on climbs. Also it doesn’t matter what bike I ride…I have a full on xc bike @ 25lbs and I have an all mountain 6″ travel # 34lbs and I still get left in the dust…so I tend to lean toward the 6″ for the DH fun factor but on longer 18+ miles rides I go xc (most of the time).
What do you suggest to help me climb in a larger gear and or just keep up on climbs? Please point me in the right direction.
Regards, Lance – Sacramento