Mountain Bikers, Has IMBA Lost it’s Soul?
As a 20 year supporter of IMBA (last year alone BetterRide gave IMBA and quite a few of it’s local chapters over $3,000) I decided not to support them in 2013 (still supported a few clubs though).
Honestly, it really wasn’t a tough decision. I joined IMBA to help them fight the good fight, keep trails open and gain access to more trails. This seemed to be their focus for all of the 1990′s and early 2000′s as they are nonprofit advocacy group. Slowly over the last 10 years they have been acting more like a for profit business by straying from trail advocacy and using their considerable clout and competing with private businesses.
Mountain Bike Much Better in 2 Minutes! A quick, easy and fun exercise you can do pre- ride that will make you ride at the best of your ability level. The “Power Pose”?
n real simple terms if you physically act confident before an event (riding your mountain bike, going for a job interview, surfing, etc.) you will perform better! The body as a huge effect on the mind and this is a way to take advantage of it. Acting confident means standing, walking and looking like a confident person.
In other words, fake it to you make it! This works amazing well for mountain bikers, it won’t improve your actual skill but it will allow you to maximize what ever level of skill you have (which will often lead to performing better than you ever have as most of us perform well short of our maximum). You be more coordinated, confident and even stronger!
How you can do this to help you mountain bike better? What is the science behind this? As the videos below explain, you can do this anytime and two minutes is all you need! The first is a short 6 minute version and the second a TED talk that is just over 20 minutes. Start doing it today and let us know how it works for you!
Mountain Biking, More About the Equipment than the Ride? When I got my first mountain bike it was all about fun and freedom. Wheelies, riding up and down the stairs on campus, exploring area trails, riding the local BMX track, man that bike was fun!
Then a few years ago at a campsite in Fruita, “Is that a free-ride bike or an all-mountain bike?” my reply, “I’m not sure I just ride it. It is a fun bike!” “Wow, is that an X9 derailleur? Does it shift way better than X7? I’m thinking of buying ….”, all night, equipment questions, my bike is better than your bike statements, that bike is good for this but not good for that, my derailleur is better… It was one of the longest, most annoying campfire evenings of my life.
Mountain Biking and coffee go together like mountain biking and beer!
Ever wonder how coffee (or any other caffeine filled stimulant, Redbull, Monster, various teas, etc) gives you energy? I have …
I found an interesting article on how caffeine doesn’t actually give us energy (which makes sense, energy come from the right combination of exercise and recovery, how could something give you energy?) it is all in the mind! The article also talks about how mountain bikers second favorite beverage, beer affects us too.
The Final Say on Mountain Bike Wheel Size! All you need to know about wheel sizes and what size is right for you.
First ask yourself honestly how many mtbs you want at any given time. Can you afford one mountain bike, two bikes (a downhill bike and an xc bike), or three bikes, (a xc bike, an enduro/all mtn bike and a downhill bike), four bikes (a xc bike, an enduro/all mtn bike, a dirt jumper and a downhill bike) or five bikes, (a fat bike, xc bike, an enduro/all mtn bike, a dirt jumper and a downhill bike)?
Then ask yourself what you want to do on each bike as your answer/s will differ greatly if you can afford multiple bikes.
How tall are you? Height is a big factor ……