Writing on Riding

Writing on Riding

Get a bicycle. You will not regret it. If you live. – Mark Twain

Who Expects to Crash?

I made a poor decision on a recent night ride, and had my second-hardest bicycle crash yet. It definitely was the most sudden, because it was over in the same instant I became aware it was happening. To help stay in shape between trail rides, I hit the local multi-use paved paths and sidewalks that… (read more)

Train for the Gain

Before I was a mountain biker, I didn’t exercise on a regular basis. My most strenuous physical activity was a weekly bike ride, via sidewalk and desolate suburban roads, to the donut shop. It was a measly two-mile roundtrip, with no elevation change. I hiked rugged trails on the occasion I had time to drive… (read more)

Seven Tires for Seven Riders

From now on I’m going to be more careful about what kind of tires riders take on The Ledges on Bella Vista’s Back 40. My brother and I enjoy showing other riders our local trails. He and I learned, in large part, by riding with groups who already knew what was coming next. Watching someone… (read more)