Handling Uncertainty: On AND Off The Trail

Bekah Descending Hood River, Oregon

I was recently riding with a group of boys ages 10-12 on a trail they had never ridden before. The three boys are all excellent riders and very comfortable on their home trails. As we were riding, the boys peppered me with questions: How many hills are there? What are the rocks like? Is it Read More →

8 Most Common Mistakes: Riding A Drop

drop mistakes - pulling up on the handlebars

Want to learn how to ride a drop? Trying to improve your drop form? Start by reading through last week’s article on “How to ride a drop“. As much as I’d like to think you are now all experts at riding drops after reading the “How to” article, I know that’s likely not the case. Read More →

How to Ride A Drop: Down/Back Technique

Drops come in all shapes and sizes. Rocks, roots, human built wood features and natural elevation changes all create drops ranging from the size of a curb to the size of a building. When ridden correctly, drops are Fun-with-a-capital-F. However, before you start sending yourself off the biggest drop you can find, it’s important to Read More →

Steep Transitions: The Roll Down

Do you find yourself walking around a steep rock on the trail thinking, “How the heck do I ride down that?”. Have you had the very unpleasant experience of getting thrown forward while trying to roll down a short steep transition? If you answered yes to either of these, this is the skill for you! Read More →

5 Life Lessons From My Bike

No matter where you live in the world, 2020 has thrown us all some pretty big curve balls. I’m not a licensed expert on navigating change; but I can confidently say I have extensive hands-on experience with the subject matter. Through all the changes I’ve seen, past and present, big and small, I’ve never stopped Read More →

Secret to Switchbacks – Going Down

Last week we tackled the art of climbing UP a switchback. Did you miss it? Check it out here! This week it’s all about going down those pesky switchbacks. Let’s jump right into the 5 important steps to successfully (and smoothly) navigating a descending switchback. 1. Brake For Speed Setting your speed before you get Read More →

Secret to Switchbacks – Going Up

Switchbacks are one of those trails features that are really fun when ridden correctly, and really frustrating when done incorrectly. Riding up a switchback takes power, proper technique and a bit of practice. Simply trying to hammer up a switchback without considering your line selection, your gearing or your body position will leave you either Read More →

Insanity Check: 10 Tricks to Finding Your Trail Sanity

Are you doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results? Riding the same feature with the same technique and expecting different results is insanity! The next time you find yourself challenged on the trail, take a step back to troubleshoot and change your plan of attack.  To help, we’ve outlined 10 considerations Read More →

How To: Manual Front Wheel Lift

Flashy AND practical? Yep! The manual is a useful skill for lofting your front wheel over a trail obstacle.  Yes, lofting as opposed to lifting. Once you add the manual to your skills toolbox, you’ll start to see the trail completely differently. You’ll be able to effortlessly loft the front end of your bike using your hips instead Read More →

MTB Rules of the Trail

Mountain biking is having a big moment right now. New riders have been hitting the trails in droves and we are over the moon that they are discovering the freedom, exhilaration, and connection with nature (and each other!) that mountain biking provides. So, let us start by saying: Welcome to the mountain biking community! Disclaimer: Read More →