Cycling

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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Are You Prepared For Backcountry Riding?

by Andy Amick

In late September a Colorado Springs mountain biker got lost while exploring some new trails.  The good news is she was found the next day.  The bad news is she had to endure a cold and lonely night in the mountains without any emergency gear. UpADownwa posted a full story on the incident and how […]

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Enjoy The Ride One Mile At A Time

by Andy Amick

It’s too easy to focus on mileage, avg speed, or some Strava KOM segment. Sometimes, the beauty and joy of cycling is lost.  What’s needed is a little reminder of why cycling is so great. On a recent ride when I was testing out my bikepacking setup, I decided to look around and take one […]

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Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day

by Andy Amick

Mountain biking is a wonderful thing.  It’s even better when you can share it with your kids.  This Saturday, October 5th is IMBA’s ‘Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day‘. Bring The Kids has a good post that goes into more detail on why IMBA created Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day.  For Saturday, IMBA’s interactive map shows […]

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Helping A Strong Willed Child Ride A Bike

by Andy Amick

Notice how the title does not start with “Teaching”.  With a strong willed, stubborn, independent child, it’s more about helping than teaching. There are plenty of online resources such as REI and Bicycling.com  for teaching a kid to ride a bike.  It’s all laid out with step by step instructions.  However, some kids don’t like […]

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September Sunrises

by Andy Amick

The month isn’t over but there have been some spectacular sunrises.  They are even more enjoyable when they are viewed during an early morning bike ride. Here’s to more awesome sunrises and early rides during the cooler Fall mornings.

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