Philosophy, self improvement and other goings-on

Living in the sweet spot

As you might know, fun happens at the intersection of challenge and skill. Today I found the sweet spot on the Whale Tail at Valmont Bike Park.

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The connection between yoga and cycling

Here’s a nice note from last weekend’s high school MTB coach training in Utah.

If you get into your wife’s yoga, maybe she’ll get into your biking!

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Chasing numbers

Yesterday I hit a personal record for sprint power — stoked! — but the extreme level of stoke got me thinking:

Why are numbers so appealing?

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leelikesbikes is 10 years old!

Too bad I learned this when my 10-year domain registration expired, but everything’s working again and all is good.

10 years ago I had some bike stories to tell, so I whipped up a little site for my friends Now I have almost 40,000 friends each month.

Thanks everyone for your support!

Big things are afoot. Stay tuned.

A big day at the bike park

It’s official: The Bugs are now mountain bikers.

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Ryan Leech and the cons of being pro

So much wisdom in this story by Ryan Leech. I swear an entire essay can be written about each paragraph. Brilliant illustrations too.

Check out Ryan Leech and the Cons of Being Pro.

Even if you’re not a pro rider, you might identify with some of the struggles Leech talks about. I sure do.

Tackling long essays

A little change of pace, but a useful one. Clear writing is one of the most useful — and bankable — skills you can develop.

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As my favorite chart shows, fun happens at the intersection of challenge and skill. As long as you’re trying new things and working your kung fu, you’ll be having fun.

One of the many rad things about cycling: There are a zillion ways to improve your abilities and gajillion ways to challenge yourself.

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Off the clock

Just got back from an hour “off the clock” at Valmont Bike Park.

What a great little adventure — and a test of the new 2.3 Specialized Renegade.

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Mountain bike shoulder fun

Hey Lee,

I read your articles involving your shoulder surgeries and issues. I myself have a torn labrum and am looking into surgery due to the instability of my shoulder and it’s frequent dislocation. I was curious if you went with the open surgery or if yours was laproscopic and how that is working out for you as a rider. On a lighter note, i’ve purchased all three of your books and can’t put them down. Thanks for such a great contribution to the biking community.

Jordan C.

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Hope for aging, busy people

Last week, before we re-built the Lyons pump track, I rolled a new 100-lap record. This is despite more work and family time — and way less time on dirt. It gives me hope.

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Spreading the braaap gospel

I’m in the Cabella’s parking lot in Reno (gotta check out the aquarium with the largemouth bass — so rad), taking care of work and saying “Whew!”

It’s been a heck of a two weeks:

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