Snow Bike Sunbreak

Snow Biking Park City

A pause before the decent off Lost Prospector Trail

A New Year’s Resolution is spring cleaning for the mind, and if you do it right, for the body. It’s a chance to take stock and issue an epic course correction. Too much fast food? New diet. Too much cheap beer? Microbrew. Too many short rides in the same old places? New bike, new places, new experiences. Those are the bullet points, but the reality, the stuff that gives us the stories we tell, is always much richer. The world goes ever more Technicolor, burns noticeably brighter when body clapping ground seems imminent. There’s a reason the bike industry is in love with fat bikes. They make cycling six-year-old fresh. On snow, everything you know about bike handling becomes a kind of negotiation, like trying to reason with an avalanche. In that, there’s a rush.

At heart, we’re all still kids; that’s when the world was new as a hot meal, as limitless as space, as fun as Disneyland and as possible as a key in a tumbler. While most of the world has grown up—or old, depending on your view—if you’re reading this, there’s a fair chance you ride bikes because it’s a chance to cling to the one thing in your life that has always made sense. And if bikes were ever fun, then bikes on snow are bound to be fun because if a bike is fun and snow is fun then bike times snow equals … well they don’t have words for that. You just gotta try it. Which is how most great things in the world work. Coca-Cola, Led Zeppelin, sex—you couldn’t appreciate how great any of those things were until you tried them. And why would you go back to a life without them?

Even if you don’t have snow, or a budget for a new bike, now is the time to consider new rides, and new reads, such as this one.


Descending that flow trail, was like sledding on a bike: lock up the tires, unweight the front, and steer with body english until the ground levels off and you start pedaling again. On the other side of the ridge, Sundance was happening, and my guide with the Hollywood-like name, Weston Deutschlander said,

The #fatbike was serious #funhogging with @bikehugger and I tested the #downhill capabilities and we found their limit.

Funhogging for sure, at the limits of traction.

New Year New Rides

Descending like a sled on a snow bike was my new year new ride and that’s the theme of Issue 08 of our magazine that drops this week. Subscribe now on iTunes and read more about our biking adventures in 2014, including short stories from Patrick Brady.

Lost Prospector Trail

Lost Prospector Trail

From the Valley to the Mountains

Sunset

Desert Sunset in Red Rock Canyon

Last week we were riding in Vegas and now up in the mountains at Park City. That’s where we found this mine shaft on the Armstrong Trail while snowshoeing with White Pine Touring and are watching the Freesking Grand Prix with I Ride Park City. Tomorrow, we’re back in the Round Valley Snow Biking with posts and photos to follow.

Mine Shaft

Mine Shaft on the Armstrong Trail

Half Pipe

Half Pipe Freeskiers

Japan by Bicycle

Working on Issue 08 of our Magazine and en route to Park City for Sundance Festival and Freeskiing #grandprix, while my mind drifts to a bicycle tour of Japan…

The Sport and Culture at SXSW

Rapha Greg

Greg as seen riding with Rapha

As we’re finalizing the details of what we’re doing at SXSW 14, including a bike shop in the Create space, a Bike Meets Tech for Adventure talk, and of course our annual Mobile Social on the afternoon of March 8th, Lemond’s talk is announced. At 9:30 am on the same day as our ride, in Ballroom D of the Austin Convention Center, Greg is going to talk about The Power of Cycling and the “physiology of cycling, its beauty and the suffering that goes hand-in-hand with the sport.”

Can’t promise a ride with Greg yet, but yep we’re working on it.

Photo: Rapha

Fitbit Force - Full Featured Activity Tracker With A Catch

There is a battle being waged for the hearts and arms of Americans that want to be more fit. At the most recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, dozens of companies showed off their wearable fitness-based products. A market that just a few years ago was nearly nonexistent is not the hottest in the tech sector.

This last weekend I was browsing at a local Nike store and watched as two tweens were putting on their new Nike+ FuelBands for the first time, so ubiquitous is the technology that it doesn’t seem odd for an eleven year old to track their daily step count.

For nearly six months I’ve been working with various fitness trackers from the Jawbone to the FuelBand and while I’m sold on the usefulness of the devices (for most people) each one has had a design limitation that has detracted from their usefulness.

For the last month I’ve been working with the new FitBit Force, the watch-styled fitness tracker from FitBit which offers a wrist-based look at daily activity.

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