Cycling

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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2013 Tour Divide Finisher – Scott Thigpen

by Andy Amick

If you follow the Tour Divide at all, you know how much training and work riders put into the race.  If you don’t follow the race, you’re missing out. Earlier this summer, Scott Thigpen finished his Tour Divide in Antelope Wells, NM and was 4th place in the singlespeed category.  It’s a incredible feat to […]

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Become A Better Technical Rider

by Andy Amick

There is no secret formula, product, or shortcut  to become a better technical rider.  The only way to improve those skills is by riding more technical trails on a regular basis.  That is great news because it means more rides and more trails.  Of course, there will be falls and failures, but those don’t have […]

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