1. Tape around Seat Post One not-so-obvious cycling tip is to put a bright color tape around the seat post where it contacts the frame. The tape gives a semi-permanent marker for re-installing the seat post when it is removed. The fact that the tape is bright makes it easy to recognize a dropping seat …
I purchased the Crank Brothers Pica multi-tool about 3 years ago so that I could have one on my road bike AND one on my mountain bike. As it turns out, I just move this one back and forth between bikes because I like it so much. After 3 years of use, this is what I have found: (more…)
We spend thousands of dollars shaving grams off our bikes only to stuff our pockets and camelbaks with an extra 800g worth of unnecessary items. I will admit that it is a risk vs reward decision. This is a list of exactly what I carried during the Cohutta 100, Mohican 100, Pisgah 111k, Wilderness 101, Breck Epic, and 12 Hours of Capitol view this past season. (more…)
This is an argument, not for bicycles, but for our communities. We want our communities back. Bicycle infrastructure has a such a dramatic impact on public health and local economies that it should be seen as an investment in our communities. Increases in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure result in healthier citizens, more job …
A common conversation I have:
Friend: “Do you ever work?” “How do you afford all these adventures?”
Me: “I am frugal with my time and frugal with my money. Here is how you can travel cheaply and frequently too…”
I have had this type of conversation many times with friends and acquaintances. They are always surprised with how little these trips actually cost my wife and I to go on. A 4 day trip to Pisgah National Forest costs us about $90-110 in gas, $25 for food, and a few bucks for coffee shop WiFi and drinks. Here are 5 tips for adventures on a budget. (more…)
This is a “post-ride” inspection. Looking over the bike after a ride gives time to order parts and make repairs before the next ride. The trailhead is not the place to discover mechanical issues. By the time the bike situation get sorted out, your friends have already shredded all the singletrack and are out having beers.
Perform this 7 step bike check to avoid getting left behind. (more…)
The Red River Gorge 100 mountain bike race yesterday and we wanted to do some exploring on our last day at RRG. After driving to a location with cell phone reception, I spent about 9 seconds on Hiking Project determining which trail to hike. I got the name and a general idea of where to enter. Let’s go!
I can’t tell you how many times I have gotten to the bottom of a hill only to realize I took a wrong turn and have to climb right back up it. I recently spent the better part of two days figuring out how to put topo maps on my garmin. In an effort to save you that same hassel, I wrote out step-by-step instructions on how to get free maps for your GPS. (more…)