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Mountain Bike Commute :: Cat Encounter

Mountain Bike Commute :: Cat Encounter

March 28, 2014 · 1 Comment 

I am one of few people in the World who can say, “I ride my mountain bike to work, on dirt.” It is hands down the best part of my job. How many people can say their commute is the best part of their job? Each ride, morning and evening, provides me with an adventure. I meet people, talk to horses,  get muddy, sweat, and literally practically run over Bobcats. It was just around 6pm when I left work. I was practicing cornering in the loose sandy flat turns on the La Canada/Flintridge horse trails. I typically take it easy. There are often walkers with dogs and runners, so I try to lay... [Read the full story]

Events

2013 Courageous Women of Dirt :: Women’s Mountain Bike Clinic

2013 Courageous Women of Dirt :: Women’s Mountain Bike Clinic

April 17, 2013 · Leave a Comment 

What: Courageous Women of Dirt Mountain Bile Clinic for Women Only When: Saturday, 11 May 2013 9AM – 4PM Where: Irvine Lake, 4621 Santiago Canyon Road, Silverado, CA Who: Women who wish to learn or improve mountain bike skills, Girls 12 and up By: Trail Angels, Rock N Road Cyclery, and the Instructors On Saturday, May 11th, a few hundred female mountain bikers, and aspiring mountain bikers, will descend upon Irvine Lake in Southern California. The Courageous Women of Dirt is a women’s only clinic designed to inspire, teach and connect women from all walks of life to one common thing:... [Read the full story]

Races

24 Hour Mountain Bike Racing :: Preparation and How To

24 Hour Mountain Bike Racing :: Preparation and How To

February 5, 2014 · Leave a Comment 

My ear plugs aren’t working. Can I push them farther in my ear? Will they get stuck? They’ll send me to the ER. I don’t want to ride in an ambulance. Why can’t I fall  asleep. I’m tired. I wish they’d turn the music off.  Oh no, already! My tent shake wake up call. It’s my turn to ride. Why am I here? I love racing. I can’t believe I signed up for this again. I’m so excited to be here. I’m cold. I am alive. My light isn’t fully charged and it’s my turn to ride a lap. What if it runs out? Can I conserve during the climbs?... [Read the full story]

Ask-a-Chick

Ask a Chick :: Should I buy a women’s specific mountain bike?

June 30, 2013 · 2 Comments 

Dear mtbchick, I am a beginner rider wanting to buy a mountain bike. I’m researching bikes, and I don’t know if I should buy a women’s bike or a men’s bike. Please help! -Confused Dear Confused: You are not alone in your state of wonder when it comes to whether or not you should buy a women’s specific bike. It depends. If that sounds like an answer a financial advisor would give, it’s for good reason. As a rider I have mixed feelings about women’s specific bicycles– some fit well, some are designed by plugging numbers into a computer program. Here... [Read the full story]

How-To

24 Hour Mountain Bike Racing :: Preparation and How To

24 Hour Mountain Bike Racing :: Preparation and How To

February 5, 2014 · Leave a Comment 

My ear plugs aren’t working. Can I push them farther in my ear? Will they get stuck? They’ll send me to the ER. I don’t want to ride in an ambulance. Why can’t I fall  asleep. I’m tired. I wish they’d turn the music off.  Oh no, already! My tent shake wake up call. It’s my turn to ride. Why am I here? I love racing. I can’t believe I signed up for this again. I’m so excited to be here. I’m cold. I am alive. My light isn’t fully charged and it’s my turn to ride a lap. What if it runs out? Can I conserve during the climbs?... [Read the full story]

People

Optum Pro Cycling/Diamonback Bikes Team Camp 2014 :: Malibu, California

Optum Pro Cycling/Diamonback Bikes Team Camp 2014 :: Malibu, California

March 1, 2014 · Leave a Comment 

Jade Wilcoxson and her brand new National Champion themed bike and kit. Under clear blue Malibu skies, the Optum Pro Cycling men and women led media, sponsors and partners on a 2 hour coffee ride.  The new team intro was not only a showcase of America’s top men’s and women’s cycling teams, but also of their new Diamondback bikes. The Bike For many cyclists, Diamonback has not been the front of mind brand since the early 90s when Susan Demattei and Dave Wiens were racing Diamondback mountain bikes. As of late, Diamondback has reentered the world of racing and is now offering top... [Read the full story]

News and Views

Mountain Bike Commute :: Cat Encounter

Mountain Bike Commute :: Cat Encounter

I am one of few people in the World who can say, “I ride my mountain bike to work, on dirt.” It is hands down the best part of my job. How many people can say their commute is the best part of their job? Each ride, morning and evening, provides me with an adventure. I meet people, talk to horses,  get...

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Review :: Juliana Juno 650b (or 27.5″) Women’s Mountain Bike

Review :: Juliana Juno 650b (or 27.5″) Women’s Mountain Bike

I received for Christmas a Juliana Juno. Juliana is the new women’s line of Santa Cruz bicycles, created by the multi-time World Champion mountain biker Juliana Furtado. Juli’s Juliana has been in the Santa Cruz line for years, offering a women’s touch to a racing bike. Juli’s new line of bikes...

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Optum Pro Cycling/Diamonback Bikes Team Camp 2014 :: Malibu, California

Optum Pro Cycling/Diamonback Bikes Team Camp 2014 :: Malibu, California

Jade Wilcoxson and her brand new National Champion themed bike and kit. Under clear blue Malibu skies, the Optum Pro Cycling men and women led media, sponsors and partners on a 2 hour coffee ride.  The new team intro was not only a showcase of America’s top men’s and women’s cycling teams, but also...

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24 Hour Mountain Bike Racing :: Preparation and How To

24 Hour Mountain Bike Racing :: Preparation and How To

My ear plugs aren’t working. Can I push them farther in my ear? Will they get stuck? They’ll send me to the ER. I don’t want to ride in an ambulance. Why can’t I fall  asleep. I’m tired. I wish they’d turn the music off.  Oh no, already! My tent shake wake up call. It’s my...

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Giro Women’s Helmets, Shoes and Gloves :: mtbchick’s Choice

Giro Women’s Helmets, Shoes and Gloves :: mtbchick’s Choice

Love those dots! Giro Women’s Helmet Xara and Feather “Style is something all of us already has, all we need to do is find it.” Diane von Furstenberg There is nothing quite like slipping into a DVF dress, but one can’t always wear a designer dress, especially while mountain biking. Instead,...

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Events

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Races

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My ear plugs aren’t working. Can I push them farther in my ear? Will they get...


Persian Onager 2013 Furnace Creek 508 :: The Trona 353

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Is this what dying of cancer feels like? You’re under water. Someone is pushing...


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Lazer Helmets Up the Ante For CrossVegas Women’s Prize Purse

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Furnace Creek 508 :: Persian Onager :: Course Recon, 2 September 2013

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