Writing on Riding

Writing on Riding

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

Trails at St. Crispin’s

I knew I was going to be driving through Oklahoma, not far from an occasional mountain biking buddy’s stomping grounds. I let him know I couldn’t go as far as Tulsa or Oklahoma City, but would like to split up my driving with a bike ride. Roy replied by pointing me to the #1-ranked mountain… (read more)

How Do You Build Your Skills?

But, on that surface, there was not much slowing down. And as soon as I looked at the trees just off my left elbow I started going toward them… I recently read an excellent column on why learning proper technique is vital. It includes a great real-world narrative by a student who came out of… (read more)

Lake Bella Vista Trail

Between the popular Slaughterpen Hollow trails and Blowing Springs lies a relatively unknown trail with no formal name. It provides some flow, one steep switchback climb, and technical challenges to make sure you’re paying attention instead of staring slack-jawed at the bluffs towering over you. What it lacks in miles it makes up for in… (read more)

A Good Way to Ride Blowing Springs

Exciting things are coming to Bella Vista, Arkansas, with about 150 miles of multi-use trail planned, and the first 30+ miles due for completion no later than November, 2016. That’s just in time for the International Mountain Bicycling Association’s (IMBA) World Summit set next-door in Bentonville. Local riders and hikers are hopeful that these new… (read more)

Making Another MTB Memory

I face the kitchen windows, beyond which lies early morning’s darkness. My own reflection looks back at me and I wonder: will that man be ready to take action when the time comes? I’m up on a Saturday. Even before I was a mountain biker, my adult self has always set an alarm on the… (read more)

Hobbs Is Not So Hidden

Near the shore of Beaver Lake just east of Rogers, Arkansas, Hobbs State Park’s Hidden Diversity Multi-Use Trail is a system of loops and spurs that allows hiking, biking, and horseback riding. With such a variety of interested groups, maintenance is never lacking at Hobbs. It also drains very well and is a great place… (read more)

No Rider Left Behind–Much

Your fellow riders are out ahead of you, somewhere. You think you saw one of them around that last curve, but you aren’t sure. Your heart feels like it’s about to beat out of your chest, you’re sucking in breaths through your mouth because your nostrils just don’t pull the air in fast enough. You… (read more)

Learning to Shred with Dust and a Skunk

I struggled to see the trail. I was the last of five riders on a descent filled with tight turns, sketchy gravel, and darkness. Plus, there was dust—lots and lots of dust. My bright helmet-mounted light made it a very well-lit cloud of obfuscation. Then there was the skunk, but that’s a bit later. We… (read more)