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

Myrna Mibus and son Ryan Myrna Mibus and son Ryan - crash

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.

Myrna Mibus, fat biking in Sechler Park Myrna Mibus, fat biking in Sechler Park 4

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

CROCT’s presentation to BikeNorthfield’s Soup & Cycles

Marty Larson, CROCT presentation at Soup & Cycles 2015 Griff Wigley at Soup & Cycles 2015, photo by Michael Lehmkuhl Marty Larson, CROCT presentation at Soup & Cycles 2015

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.  Continue reading CROCT’s presentation to BikeNorthfield’s Soup & Cycles

Michelle Barker is IMBA Upper Midwest’s new Regional Director

Michelle Barker and her IMBA car Michelle Barker, Marty Larson, Griff Wigley

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.  Continue reading Michelle Barker is IMBA Upper Midwest’s new Regional Director

Guest post on Singletracks.com: The Jumping Dismount – 10 Drills to Make You Safer When Bailing Off High Skinnies

singletracks jumping dismount articleI have another guest blog post on Singletracks. com today:

The Jumping Dismount: 10 Drills to Make You Safer When Bailing Off High Skinnies

It’s my fifth guest post for them. The others:

 

Guest post on Singletracks.com: Why Lowering Your Seatpost for Skinnies and Other Technical Terrain Reduces Your Odds of Getting Injured

guest post singletracks lowering seatI have a guest blog post on Singletracks. com today:

Why Lowering Your Seatpost for Skinnies and Other Technical Terrain Reduces Your Odds of Getting Injured

It’s my fourth guest post for them. The others:

 

Rear wheel unweighting and lifts: neglected mountain bike skills

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): Continue reading Rear wheel unweighting and lifts: neglected mountain bike skills

Embedding an MTB Project trail map

MTB Project

MTB Project bills itself as the “next generation of mountain bike trail maps” and is in partnership with IMBA. Among their many map-related features and tools, they make it possible to embed their maps on a website. I’m the webmaster for CROCT and we now have a Sechler Park Trail page where we’ve done this.  Continue reading Embedding an MTB Project trail map

Straw poll: Analyze these two attempts at a logover

Last Saturday morning, my buddy Clay Haglund from MAMB captured my two attempts at a logover that’s along CROCT’s Sechler Park MTB Trail in Northfield.

Watch this 45-second video of the two attempts (each with a 50% slomo clip) and then take the straw poll below.

I’ll post the results on Friday along with my analysis and then open it up for discussion.

12/06 update: See the logover poll results and video analysis in this blog post.

Continue reading Straw poll: Analyze these two attempts at a logover

Advocating for mountain biking to be part of Northfield’s new Meadows Park

Back in the summer of 2013, I blogged about the mountain biking-related possibilities for Northfield’s new Meadows Park. So it was pretty cool to attend the City of Northfield‘s Meadows Park community planning meeting at the Northfield Middle School on Wednesday night and have mountain biking be mentioned by the consultants (Paul Miller Design and SRF Consulting) as one of the possibilities under consideration.

Meadows Park community meeting Paul Miller Design and SRF Consulting Meadows Park community meeting

Even better, there was some support for it from citizens at the small group discussions, helped along by participation from fellow Cannon River Offroad Cycling & Trails (CROCT) members Marty Larson and Scott Klein.  Continue reading Advocating for mountain biking to be part of Northfield’s new Meadows Park

Photo album: CROCT’s inaugural group ride

CROCT logoI’m on the Board of CROCT (Cannon River Offroad Cycling and Trails), a new IMBA chapter here in Rice County. And yesterday, we hosted our first ever group ride in Northfield’s Sechler Park during the area’s first real snowfall of the season.   Nearly two dozen riders participated.

CROCT Board member Carl Arnold made this 1-minute video of some of the rides:

After a couple hours of riding,  we convened for some refreshments at Fit To Be Tri’d in downtown Northfield.

See the large slideshow of 80+ photos (many low res, captured from video) or SLOW CLICK this small slideshow:

The 20th Anniversary MORC Gala: speakers and auctions and beer, oh my!

20th Anniversary MORC Gala at the Varsity TheaterThe 20th Anniversary MORC Gala at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis on Sunday was fabulous. As a MORC board member, I’m more than a little biased, of course.  So with that caveat, here’s a glimpse into the wingding.

Kristin Clark, MORC Board member, meteorologist, and 2WheelWeather bloggerThe doors opened at 2pm for the Surly Brewing Happy Hour, with live music by The Lost Wheels. MORC Board member, meteorologist, and 2WheelWeather blogger Kristin Clark (@2WheelWeather & @KClarkWx) was the Master of Ceremonies and began her duties by introducing each of the speakers.

Continue reading The 20th Anniversary MORC Gala: speakers and auctions and beer, oh my!

Final ranking: Top Ten Difficult MTB technical obstacles in Twin Cities Metro area – 2014

The results are in for the 2014 Top Ten Difficult MTB technical obstacles in Twin Cities Metro area.

Ranking of Top Ten difficult obstacls in Twin Cities 2014

See all the details for the whole project here.

 

Theo’s new South Wirth flow trail: best in the Twin Cities Metro

South Wirth mapI rode the new South Wirth trail at Theodore Wirth MTB Park in Minneapolis on Monday afternoon. It’s a hoot. It’s crammed with flow features that can be rolled for intermediate level riders. But advanced level riders (or wannabes like me) will have a rollicking good time. There’s nothing like this trail in the metro area. It’s like having a slice of the intermediate/advanced flow trails at Cuyuna, Spirit Mountain and CAMBA , all packed into a very small area. Truly amazing. Props to MORC, MOCA, and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board for making it happen (details below).

Here’s a 1 min 45 second video clip, taken with my GoPro in a chest harness. You’ll see when I got to the drops that I stopped and walked them, turned around and walked back, then rode them but not fast enough to clear them. I sorta rolled them and was lucky I didn’t crash. I’ll be back asap to try again. Continue reading Theo’s new South Wirth flow trail: best in the Twin Cities Metro

Guest post on Singletracks.com: How To Prepare Your Eyes to Ignore Your Survival Instincts When Riding Skinnies

How To Prepare Your Eyes to Ignore Your Survival Instincts When Riding SkinniesI have a guest blog post on Singletracks. com today:

How To Prepare Your Eyes to Ignore Your Survival Instincts When Riding Skinnies

It’s my third guest post for them. The others:

Greg HeilIt’s been terrific working with Editor-in-Chief Greg Heil.

I’m hoping the collaboration will continue.

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