Mountain Bike Geezer: live on Periscope

I did my first Mountain Bike Geezer live stream broadcast on Periscope last night:

Mountain Bike Geezer on Periscope - broadcast #1

No biggie if you missed it. I did a 6-minute update on some of what’s been going on in my mountain biking life the past few weeks: new fat bike, CROCT advocacy stuff, track stands, collaboration with Ryan Leech.

The replay is available on Periscope for 24 hours. I saved a copy but I’m undecided on whether to create an online archive.  ‘Scopes’ can be like today’s newspaper. It’s old news tomorrow.

I’m determined to experiment ‘scoping’ daily for at least a week to see if A) I like doing it; and B) if anyone else likes it.

My plan is to broadcast every day from my home office at 9:30 PM Central Time. I’ll experiment doing some broadcasts during the day, out on my bike someplace.

Periscope works best from a smartphone, so get the IOS or Android app. You can register with either a Twitter account or your phone number.  Using Twitter has some advantages. Follow me on Twitter: @mtbikegeezer.  Search for me on Periscope and then click to follow.

Let me know if you have questions.

March 13 update: change of plans! Updates coming soon.

Slippery snowy off-cambers can be ridden more reliably if you know this technique

Many mountain bikers who ride our local CROCT Sechler Park MTB trail fail to clean these two off-cambers, especially in the winter when they’re snow-covered or icy. This 15-second video shows the problem:

Assuming that one’s tire pressure is appropriately low and that the corner leading up to the climb prevents the build-up of speed, there are techniques that can be used to ride slippery off-cambers like these without dabbing. Here’s proof. 15-second video:

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A narrated slide presentation of CROCT’s activities, events, & accomplishments for 2015

As a board member for Cannon River Offroad Cycling & Trails (CROCT), I’ve been taking the lead on our PR and social media, not just to inform local mountain bikers about what we’re doing but also the wider community of Rice County where our IMBA chapter operates.

This is my narration to the slide presentation that CROCT President Marty Larson and I did for BikeNorthfield’s 3rd Annual Soup & Cycles meeting back in January.

It’s an overview of CROCT-related activities, events, and accomplishments in the past year.  Like most any online video, you can pause it, move the slider backwards and forwards, and watch it in full-screen mode. 23 minutes:

(Click here to view this presentation on the CROCT blog without the narration. Advantage: clickable titles to blog posts that provide more background on each topic.)

Mountain Bike Geezer teams up with Ryan Leech, pro mountain biker & coach

Ryan LeechI’m pleased to announce that I’m teaming up with pro mountain biker Ryan Leech at his Performance Mountain Biking & Coaching website, RyanLeech.com. As a longtime customer and student of Ryan’s, I’ve seen firsthand how his instructional philosophy mirrors my beliefs that:

  • Online instructional modules should make use of videos, graphics, text, so you can pick your preferred ways to learn.
  • Online instruction should emphasize how you can learn more directly from your experience, guiding your attention to what happens when you do different things so that you become more confident in your ability to learn.

His first two online courses (30-Day Wheelie Challenge; and Baseline Balance Skills) live up to his site’s tagline: “Creating the highest quality, most comprehensive and effective online technical skill training programs for mountain bikers.”  The depth of the instruction (yes, LOTS of drills and exercises) and the superb production quality are impressive.

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The Camelbak KUDO enduro hydration pack I won has served its purpose

Last spring, Camelbak announced that they were giving away two K.U.D.U. enduro hydration packs a week during their #gnarliestdescent Instagram photo/video contest.

Camelbak gnarliest descent contest 2015

Back in April, I rode the Foxx Rocks portion of the COGGS Piedmont mtb trail that runs along the cliff above Haines Rd in Duluth. A few photos:

Foxx Rocks portion of the COGGS Piedmont mtb trail, Duluth Foxx Rocks portion of the COGGS Piedmont mtb trail, Duluth Foxx Rocks portion of the COGGS Piedmont mtb trail, Duluth

I entered a video of me riding it, taken with my GoPro, chesty view. This image links to the Instagram post with the 15-second video:

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What I’m doing to learn from my nasty skinny drop crash

I crashed hard on my first attempt to ride the new 4-foot high skinny drop at Hillside MTB Park in Elk River, MN a month or so ago. I somehow had it in my head to not go too fast, that it was better to err on the slow side. And since I’m good at riding skinnies, riding it slow was not a problem, or so I thought. 22-second video:

Looking at the video, clearly visible in the slowmo segment, I not only approached the lip too slow but I didn’t use any ‘technique.’ My front wheel dropped immediately and OTB I went.

Fortunately, I was completely armored up: chest and spine protection, shoulder & elbow pads, hip and tailbone pads, knee and shin pads. Unfortunately, I was pretty shaky afterwards and decided to bail on my riding companions, L to R, Paul Hogan, Troy Sierakowski,  and Bradley Cyr:

L to R, Paul Hogan, Troy Sierakowski, and Bradley Cyr

I sustained some cracked ribs on my right side, which have pretty much healed since with no complications.

Here’s a video of Hillside’s DirtWirx trail steward Rich Omdahl riding the skinny drop on the day it was installed this past summer:

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With help from Penn Cycle’s Michael Weiss, Trek replaces my X-Caliber frame

A few months ago I noticed two small cracks developing at the top of the seat tube on the frame of my 2011 Trek X-Caliber 29’er. It gradually got to the point where seat post wouldn’t stay up. A couple of my fellow riders suggested that I check with my local Trek dealer since the Trek Care bike warranty covers “Frames for the lifetime of the original owner.”

I bought the bike from Penn Cycle (see my June 2011 blog post for the story).  And although we have two Trek dealers here in Rice County (Mike’s Bikes in Northfield, Milltown Sports in Faribault) that I regularly patronize, I knew that Penn Cycle would have my original purchase info in their database.

 

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