Fat Tire Tuesday

Cycling addict Sarah Hansing reflects on all things fat tire … and then some.

Fat Tire Tuesday: The Limit Laws

Fat Tire Tuesday: The Limit Laws

Coming to appreciate your limits By Sarah Hansing Somewhere in SoCal. Riding micro-marbles on concrete. Photo: Brad Ables. I think it is fair to say that “know your limits” is not one of my favorite phrases. In fact, as much as it is repeated and circulated among the masses, I think it is ALSO fair to say that I can’t remember this well worn piece of advice ever being printed on a t-shirt, a refrigerator magnet, or a bumper sticker. I CERTAINLY haven’t ever seen “Know Your Limits” printed on a coffee mug before. We all tend to like the ones that say “Shoot for the Stars!” “Dream Big!” or “Anything is Possible!” a whole lot more, as far as printable quotes go. Because we don’t really LIKE limitations. We didn’t like them when we were kids, and we sure as hell don’t like them now. Yet as much as...
Fat Tire Tuesday: ish

Fat Tire Tuesday: ish

Allowing for the possibility of … well, a different possibility By Sarah Hansing Photo: Montaña de Oro State Park (Bruce Dorman) It seems that nearly every person I know has started one, is adding to one, or is working on one: The Bucket List. A personal checklist of going and seeing and doing and eating and drinking and adventuring. It’s an admirable thing, really, having a list of must-do’s for one’s time on earth. I honestly always felt a little odd-man-out, because I don’t really have one.  I mean, there’s stuff I want to do, for sure, but I don’t really have a bucket list. I probably tend to be a bit too impulsive for lists when it comes to life, which isn’t necessarily a good thing, I suppose.  But my proclivity towards “I have decided that I want to do this thing, so I am going to do...
Fat Tire Tuesday: I Suppose I’ve Gone Missing for a Bit

Fat Tire Tuesday: I Suppose I’ve Gone Missing for a Bit

Reflections on being grateful for your body when it’s working well, and more kind to it when it’s not  By Sarah Hansing Reflections. Photo by Bruce Dorman. I suppose I’ve gone missing for a bit. It’s an easy thing to do, when you’re a whole ocean away. More relevantly, it’s an easy thing to do when you’re supposed to be writing a mountain bike column and you’ve been injured for a month. And not “I’m going to have to take it a little easier” injured, but “ER, X-RAY, CT scan, MRI and oh by the way you may need to go to a neurosurgeon if this cortisone injection doesn’t do the trick in the next few weeks” kind of injured.   Worst part? I have no idea how it happened. NO idea. Like, zero of them. Maybe a creeper injury from the last crash? Maybe I stood up too fast? Slept...
Fat Tire Tuesday: Be a Good Host

Fat Tire Tuesday: Be a Good Host

Putting out the welcome mat for out-of-towners By Sarah Hansing Somewhere Down Under (Bruce Dorman). For all of the sort of smug satisfaction I have gotten from showing visiting friends the “locals only” side of things, I had the tables turned on me this past week. I was treated to the Sydney “locals only” secret trail by a new friend. Honestly, he had no real reason to do such a thing, or to be so cool about doing it. There was no bragging, no bravado. He didn’t try to rip my legs off, or show me just how much better he knew the lines, or how much faster he could go on the (super rad) super twisty single track. He didn’t have to show me the secret way in, or the best way to get up-n-over the gate that may or may not have been on private property, and may...
Fat Tire Tuesday: I’m NEVER growing up! (and you can’t make me)

Fat Tire Tuesday: I’m NEVER growing up! (and you can’t make me)

Getting blessedly dirty Down Under By Sarah Hansing Sweet, sweet salvation. It was nothing if not a relief to get some dirt on my tires this past weekend – both for myself, and for those poor unfortunate souls who’ve been around road riding, non-mountain biking Sarah for the past few weeks. As I suspected (ok, ok, ok, fine. as I already KNEW) I am not the … erm … (how to put this diplomatically?) … I am not the best version of myself when I stay away from single track for too long.  And a week is too long. Two weeks, and I think I begin to get that murderous glint in my eye, that has most likely started to twitch just a teeny bit. Worst of all, I slowly begin to turn into the thing I fear the most. Well, the thing I fear the SECOND most (although...
Fat Tire Tuesday: Spoiled

Fat Tire Tuesday: Spoiled

Pedaling the concrete jungle Down Under By Sarah Hansing Poor me, spending the winter in Sydney, Australia. I’ve been away from home for only about a week and a half now and already have realized that I am essentially a spoiled rotten kid. Not in the literal sense, mind you, but in the gluttonous options that our small mecca provides in the way of epic trails and sick dirt; in the variety of features and the litany of accommodations for different riding styles. I’m not proud of myself, but I have – without question – become the entitled brat of singletrack. I’m currently in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Poor me, spending the winter in Sydney, Australia …  right near epic beaches and clear, warm water. Having awesome  adventures with amazingly rad people (in spite of the occasional language barriers). The weather is phenomenal, the...
Pour One for the Homies: A Love Letter

Pour One for the Homies: A Love Letter

Paying our respects to the two wheeled partners we’ve loved and hated, celebrated and criticized This goes out to the ones we’ve left behind. The ones we’ve let go. The ones that were taken from us, sometimes too soon. The ones we sent to better places, to be loved by people that were better for them than we could be, anymore. This one goes out to the first one. The latest one. And to all of the ones in between. Yep.   This is for all of the two wheeled partners we’ve loved and hated, celebrated and criticized… We will never forget them. Even at our most mismatched madness of buying a bike two sizes too large, with 4 inches of travel more than we need, we have to admit there was at least SOMEthing there.  Otherwise we wouldn’t have stuck with it for the number of rides that it...
Fat Tire Tuesday: Riding at Night for the Solar Powered

Fat Tire Tuesday: Riding at Night for the Solar Powered

 Oh, and psst … wanna win some rad stuff? !! By Sarah Hansing Ok. We’ve all tried to be good sports about the whole Daylight Saving thing … but it’s time someone just comes out and says it: Getting out of work when it’s dark is stupid, and I hate it. I don’t think I’m alone in this sentiment. (I might be a bit more vehement in my objections to Daylight Saving, but I’m certainly not alone). After all, the fact is that I “run on solar-power.” The less daylight, the less energy I have. When it’s dark by 5pm, it’s incredibly unmotivating to run home, change into cycling kit, and get out and ride. Quite honestly, I almost daily feel like an old person that insists upon eating “supper” at 6:30pm, before turning in for the night. I mean, I certainly don’t feel like a rock-star when I’m...
Fat Tire Tuesday: Destructo Brain

Fat Tire Tuesday: Destructo Brain

Squashing the voice in your head that tries to rob you of “the good feels” Conquering Destructo Brain, one pedal stroke at a time. Photo: Cam Day. Well, I had been off of the bike about two weeks until yesterday. In a word: skateboards. Yep. I decided to start skateboarding, and the toll it took on my body was one I just couldn’t pay. So, I found myself unable to do much of anything while I healed up. This hiatus from moving about gave me way more time than I would have liked to ruminate on the state of my brain when I don’t get to ride. Somehow, regardless of the state of my able-bodiness, my brain does what I think all of our brains do: it turns into Destructo Brain. This is the state of mind whereupon, even though you KNOW you’ll feel better for exercising and getting...
Fat Tire Tuesday: !!!!

Fat Tire Tuesday: !!!!

THERE IS HERO DIRT EVERYWHERE! GO RIDE YOUR BIKE! DO IT NOW! Superhero’ing through the forest. Photo: Bruce Dorman. This PSA brought to you by Fat Tire Tuesday. You’re welcome. ​Fat Tire Tuesday columnist Sarah Hansing has been slinging wrenches as a pro bike mechanic for 15 years (with the exception of a one year stint working for Trek Bicycles in Wisconsin.) Epicenter Cycling scooped her up as their lead mechanic and the shop’s crew plans to ​keep her forever. Sarah loves riding singlet​rack, wrenching on bikes, and hanging out with her jerk-face but adorable cat Harlan. (Who is a jerk.)...
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