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O’er the trails she goes, laughing all the way: fat bikes do that to you

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 8:45pm

 

Back in the summer of 2013, I took Myrna Mibus, a friend who lives near Northfield, and her son Ryan to the Salem Hills Mountain Bike Trail in Inver Grove Heights for their first ride on a mtb trail. They both had fun (Ryan giggled the whole time, despite a few crashes) and not too long after that, Myrna and her husband Owen bought fat bikes.

Today I accompanied her on her first ‪‎fat bike‬ ride on the more challenging sections of CROCT’s Sechler Park mtb trail here in Northfield. Sections of The Spine can eat you up and spit you out, as she found out. Fresh snow made it tougher than normal. But she owned a challenging line in the Velodrome section of the Figure 8 loop. Here’s a 40-second video of her various rides. She was smiling and laughing much of the time, just like her son:

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CROCT’s presentation to BikeNorthfield’s Soup & Cycles

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 11:55pm

  

Last week, fellow CROCT Board member Marty Larson and I made a short presentation to BikeNorthfield‘s 2nd Annual Soup & Cycles community meeting. We reviewed our club’s  progress in 2015 and previewed our activities for 2015.  Many CROCT members attended, as did CROCT board members Galen Murray, Curtis Ness, and Scott Koehler. 

See my album of 80+ photos from the entire night here:

Our photo-infested slide presentation:

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Michelle Barker is IMBA Upper Midwest’s new Regional Director

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 7:40am

 

Michelle Barker is the new IMBA Upper Midwest Regional Director, replacing Hansi Johnson who resigned last summer to take a position as Director of Recreational Lands for the Minnesota Land Trust.

She met with me and fellow CROCT Board Member Marty Larson yesterday at Tandem Bagels in downtown Northfield, on her way back home to Iowa after attending the Cuyuna Lakes annual meeting on Thursday night. 

Michelle was featured twice in Josie Smith’s Life on Two Wheels blog last year, part of the Women Involved series here and part of the Women on Bikes series here.

I’ve gotten to know Michelle’s husband Ken Barker in my short career as a mountain biker. He’s a superb technical rider and loves to session. I like that in a husband.

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  2. Exclusive how-to-ride related content every week that I don't post on my blog.

So do it. Get it through your Thick Skull.

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Rear wheel unweighting and lifts: neglected mountain bike skills

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 10:42pm

I’m thinking my next Thick Skull Mountain Bike Skills instructional series should be about unweighting/unloading, paying most attention to rear wheel unweighting and rear wheel lifts.

Many intermediate/advanced riders I see rely only on their suspension for small-to-medium obstacles and don’t seem to realize the problems that this causes, eg, loss of traction, fatigue, etc. And then they also miss out on some of the fun that a gnarly section of trail or a technical obstacle can provide.

Here’s a 15-second video clip from last October when I was experimenting with some parking lot drills on my hardtail, first showing rear wheel unweighting over some small firewood and then a rear wheel lift up a curb (no front wheel braking):

Today I created this 25-second video of my riding over this snow-covered log, unweighting the rear wheel over the smaller end and doing a rear wheel lift on the larger end:

Now I have to start brainstorming on how to design a progressive set of exercises and drills for both skills. My thinking now is that this unweighting instructional series will be a prerequisite for learning the bunny hop.

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  2. Exclusive how-to-ride related content every week that I don't post on my blog.

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