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Book Launch Week!

by Andy Amick

The book is coming. The book is coming. I think it was Paul Revere who said this first. Although maybe he said something slightly different. I can’t believe it’s here! After more than two years of work, my Tour Divide book will be published this week. I have a few minor details to address, but expect […]

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Three Benefits Of Reducing Your Riding By 90%

by Andy Amick

While out on a ride the other week, it hit me that 2015 saw my riding reduced by 90% over the 2014 levels. Initially, I was a bit disturbed by that realization. However, I kept pedaling and found three positive twists on such a reduction. 1. Recovery When a picture of your bike sparks images […]

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Wrestling The Witch of the Wind

by Andy Amick

As I write this, the forecast for Denver on Feb 27th is high 60s, bright sunshine, and gusty winds. All on a day when the NHL Stadium Series will be played outdoors at Coors Field. Ah, spring(ish) time in Colorado. Earlier this week we had snow. Sunshine and 50s filled the remaining days. With all […]

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The Magic Of The Woods

by Andy Amick

In the last post on balancing being a dad and a dreamer, I discussed my conundrum of spending time outdoors with my boys as wells as having my own personal athletic ambitions. Soon after that post, I took my boys out for two nights of backpacking. Clarity came. The conundrum was gone. Getting outside often […]

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Guest Post- The Trashcan Major Crash

by Andy Amick

This is a guest post from my 8 year old son who had a little “issue” with a trashcan on a bike ride a few weeks ago. These are his words and his chosen title. My only assistance was with formatting. At first I thought he needed to write more, but after reading it, I […]

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Make Your Own Cuben Fiber Vapor Barrier Socks

by Andy Amick

A Little Background I promise I’ll get to the making of the socks after a little introductory material.  After suffering through some miserable rides, I have discovered that as long as my feet and hands stay warm, the ride can be enjoyable.  A big part of staying warm is keeping the hands and feet dry. […]

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Life As Seen From The Saddle

by Andy Amick

A few weeks ago, I posted an Instagram picture with the caption “watching the scenery go by while pedaling a bike is a beautiful thing”.  It is an amazing view to experience the world at 15mph. Each change in incline is felt. A shift in the wind is noticed. A flower on the side of […]

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First Impressions – Luxos U Dynamo Light

by Andy Amick

For my Tour Divide setup, I decided to go with a dynamo hub and light system.  This is my first experience with dynamo based lights, but I can say that I’ve been thoroughly impressed.  I pedal and then the light and my GPS turn on.  Magic!  There is no need for batteries. After researching a […]

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Plan, Save, Ride – Make That Big Trip A Reality

by Andy Amick

The extreme polar vortex or winter weather in general can lead to daydreams of bike touring on a warm summer day.  Now is the time to plan for that trip so that it can become a reality. My own reality is that the Tour Divide ride start in 5 months and I need to save […]

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The Joys Of Gravel

by Andy Amick

The sun is brightly shining.  The ride starts and that familiar sound of dirt under the tires brings a slight smile.  Miles come easily as the dirt, bike, and legs work together. Sounds like a great trail ride doesn’t it?  But the cows, barns, open views reveal it to be a quiet country gravel road […]

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