Bike Intelligencer » News Cycle All bike, all the time Wed, 13 May 2015 21:53:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mountain Biker’s Prayer Tue, 13 Jan 2015 19:17:00 +0000
God grant me the serenity to walk what I cannot ride,

The courage to ride what I can,

And the wisdom to know the difference.

(Apologies to Reinhold Niebuhr.)

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Freund Canyon Mountain Biking, Leavenworth WA Fri, 15 Jul 2011 13:46:09 +0000 The brutally cold and sunless spring in the Pacific Northwest has given way to an uncomfortably chilly and sun-deprived summer, leaving our favorite high-country mountain bike rides under piles of snow.

We recently explored the Leavenworth area, home of the Wenatchee National Forest and environs — and subject of the new land-use mtb movie, “Pedal Driven” — and found all but one epic ride still socked in. Not that heavy rain and chilly overcast weather would have been conducive to all-day back-country trekking anyway…

Fortunately the cross-country race loop at Freund Canyon was open and dry. We had a great time doing it backwards, forwards and upside down, running into trail brushers and a family from Duvall in the process. We loved the kid with the 29er doing wheelies all over the clearing at the top.

Although it’s difficult to pick up on the video, there are lots of moderate jumps on the way down that make for a rollicking time. You can ride up either side of the canyon but our preference is to do a counter-clockwise configuration because of a long fire-road connector (a lot of hard-earned elevation to lose in the opposite direction).

There always seem to be other riders and hikers on the trail, it’s close to town, and most importantly it’s open when the big rides aren’t. We’ll hope for clearing asap in the Mad Lake-Klone Peak region, but till then Freund Canyon (and Mission Ridge/Devils Gulch to the east) will have to suffice.

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Tiger Mountain Biking Northwest Timber Trail Wed, 13 Jul 2011 00:51:55 +0000 If you ride Preston Railroad Trail on Tiger Mountain near Seattle, you’ll likely be riding Northwest Timber Trail too. Here’s a look at some of its treats.

Thanks to Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Preston and NW Timber are slated to be linked for a giant singletrack loop on Tiger that will really rock n roll. For now they’re connected by a dull fire road, but still represent the most challenging singletrack in the Seattle area.

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Tiger Mountain Biking: Preston Railroad Trail Fri, 08 Jul 2011 04:45:57 +0000
For mountain biking close to Seattle, it’s hard to beat Preston Railroad Trail on Tiger Mountain just east of Issaquah. There’s a nice 1,500-foot fire road climb to warm up with (you can also climb the trail on an out and back) and then the downhill fun begins. Anyone and any bike can handle Preston, but we prefer our long-travel Pivot Firebird to really rail Preston’s nastiness.

We happened to be running the GoPro Hero HD helmet cam when another rider came to a 3-foot ledge drop midway down. Whoa! Classic endo! You can find it at the 1:12 mark. Enjoy!

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West Coast Mountain Biking Tour 2011: The video set Thu, 07 Jul 2011 22:16:34 +0000
A brutally cold and sunless spring of 2011 in Seattle had us running for the hills — southward — in the month of June.

Armed with a GoPro Hero HD helmet cam, we decided to document our travels aboard our long-travel trail bike, the Pivot Firebird. We hit Ashland OR (to our minds one of the most underrated mtb destinations), San Luis Obispo CA, the San Francisco Bay Peninsula, Santa Cruz and Aptos and finally Fairfax — the birthplace of mountain biking — in the heart of Marin County.

Because our favorite Northwest high country rides are still impossibly snowed in — closing in on mid-July no less! — we wish we were still south, riding our hearts and minds out. Instead we’re sitting at our desk, blogging away as Phil and Bob and the 2011 Tour de France drone on in the background.

So here’s to memories of rides recently past. Enjoy!

Ashland SuperD (partial). We rode part of the race course and had a blast.

Alpine Road, Palo Alto. Trail-blazed as an off-road cycling romp by the legendary Jobst Brandt before mountain bikes even existed, Alpine remains a fun jaunt downward.

Mount Madonna, San Luis Obispo. Praise the Lord! even though the “Madonna” has nothing to do with the Bible.

Mount Madonna Lemon Grove Loop, San Luis Obispo. A quick ride from town that you can extend into a two-hour workout.

Wilder Ranch State Park, Santa Cruz. Classic singletrack with the best sight lines you’ll find on two wheels.

Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, Aptos. Where some of the best slopestyle riders in the world hang out, and you can see why.

Camp Tamarancho, Fairfax, Marin County. Mountain biking got its start nearby, and Tamarancho is the must-ride not only for locals but mtbers the world over.

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Camp Tamarancho Mountain Biking, Marin County Thu, 07 Jul 2011 13:15:15 +0000 Camp Tamarancho is one of the world’s most famous singletracks — partly because it lies outside Fairfax CA, the “birthplace of mountain biking” — but also because it sports signage like, “Bicycles MUST stay on singletrack!”

You gotta love it.

Our 2011 West Coast mountain biking tour concluded with a romp through the familiar groves and switchbacks of Tamarancho, always a joy, always a place where you run into lots of other mountain bikers from all over the San Francisco Bay Area, and the world.

There’s a campaign to formalize Fairfax’s reputation as mtb’s birthplace with a mosaic in the center of town. According to the Marin Independent Journal: “The chamber is teaming with Quntilia Nylin, ceramic artist and creator of the history obelisk in San Anselmo, to create a ceramic tile installation in downtown Fairfax.” We will miss the fundraiser but wish the locals well.

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Forest of Nisene Marks Mountain Biking: Flowy singletrack defined Wed, 06 Jul 2011 21:42:18 +0000 Our West Coast tour for 2011 next took us high above Santa Cruz and Aptos CA for some ridgeline singletrack in the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park. With mild temps and full-on sun, Nisene Marks can’t help but leave a smile on your face as you find the true meaning of flow. Riders from all over the world come here, lured by DVDs featuring some of the top slopestyle artists on the scene. No one leaves disappointed. Enjoy!

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News Cycle: Holiday greetings on two wheels Thu, 02 Dec 2010 17:15:13 +0000
Seattle Likes Bikes witnesses a hit and run.

Ruthie Matthes will highlight ROMP’s holiday party.

Jacquie Phelan reviews Thirty Ears of Appetite Seminars.

After a friend is killed on a bicycle, a 10-year-old invents a new bike-safety device.

A Yankees pitcher hurt his shoulder riding in Mexico, but no details on how. Let’s hope he was ripping it up in, say, Copper Canyon at the time.

In the Seattle cycling community, CBC usually stands for Cascade Bicycle Club. It could also stand for Cyclists Behaving Cluelessly.

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News Cycle: Giving Cranks for Turkey Day! Wed, 24 Nov 2010 20:51:26 +0000
Thanks to SeattleBikeBlog, Biking Bis and a gang of warm-hearted cyclists on a cold-fingered day, Seattle’s first Cranksgiving was a huge success. 900 miles to the south, we rode ghost tandem. Not sure where we’ll be riding on Turkey Day, but hope to see some feathered compatriots out there as in the below, photographed at Wilder Ranch near Santa Cruz on a recent outing.

In Santa Cruz: Are wild turkeys wilder at Wilder Ranch?

We’ve never met a park ranger we didn’t think the world of, and this one sounds no different. Hope he recovers, they find his assailant, and order is restored in Moab Utah. The latest on the search here.

IMBA announced its big Annual Fund drive. Donate today and you get a free 2011 IMBA calendar, which our wall sports several past versions of. [They need to do an app for the calendar, the pix are always sensational and make great Macbook/iPad/iPhone wallpaper.]

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News Cycle: Writing about riding Thu, 04 Nov 2010 22:36:16 +0000 Helmet cams…to be banned?

Record Web traffic for BikeRadar and Cyclingnews

What’s behind the delays for “Life Cycles” film?

Washington High School Cycling League on the way

B.C. Bike Race Adds New Stage, Host Town

Strollerderby: On suing a 4-year-old cyclist

Critical Mass Cop Crackdown in L.A.

Creative ideas to make San Francisco Bike Mecca

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