Category: Biking

Building Better Bike Balance:

Ryan Leech takes on an arcing skinny line filming for Kranked 5. Whether threading the needle between cars and a curb or lining up for a log ride on your favorite single-track, confident balance in tight situations is a crucial skill for cyclists who challenge the terrain. But learning to let your mind and body relax and roll evenly along a narrow route, elevated or on the ground, is often easier imagined than done. You’re eyes may comprehend that your two-inch tires have plenty of room to negotiate a 10-inch wide path, but convincing your brain and body to confidently follow is another story.

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Cruisers, Clunkers and the Origins of the Off-Road Bike

Charlie Kelly hauling denim down Repack’s Camera Corner, late 1976, on his 50-pound modified Schwinn Excelsior. Notice the safety gear – knee pads, elbow pads, leather gloves and boots – sans helmet. A pickup truck parade that includes a pink 1953 Chevy leaves the last outpost of civilization – the leafy, hippie oasis that is Fairfax – heading up into the hills, with 50-pound bicycles and two chronometers … To Repack. The Repack trail drops 1,300 feet in 2.1 miles down the east side of Pine Mountain. At the top is an open ridge with views of Mt. Tamalpais, Marin, the San Francisco Bay, and the blue sky beyond. Fred Wolf and Charlie Kelly started the race down Repack, on Oct. 21, 1976, to be precise.

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Big Wheels Gaining Traction

One needs only to glimpse a monster truck show to know that big wheels roll over objects easier. So why have mountain bikers stuck to one wheel size for nearly three decades, one that’s three inches smaller than a standard road wheel nonetheless?

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Trail Building for the Long Ride

From the coast to the Sierra crest, more terrain hungry mountain bikers are picking up shovels to improve old trails and create new classics each day. But if you want to build something that will stand the test of time and countless tires without degrading into an environmental nuisance, you’ll need to follow the principles of responsible, sustainable singletrack design.

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"If you’ve kayaked, canoed, swum, canyoneered or stood on the banks of a wild rushing river in California, chances are Ron Stork had something to do with protecting it." ⁠

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The reroute and restoration of the Enchanted Loop Trail at Wilder Ranch State Park marked the first time the then Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBOSC) partnered on a project with California State Parks. ⁠

MBOSC just announced their new name, Santa Cruz Mountain Trail Stewardship and the broadening of their efforts to include ALL trail users. Read more in our linkin.bio ⁠

📷 Santa Cruz Mountain Trail Stewardship
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From our most recent issue — A poppy-strewn hillside at the confluence of the south fork and main stem of the Merced (Friends of the river photo files).⁠ ...

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Class 1 E-Bikes Officially Designated on 35 Miles of Dirt Trails in Truckee.⁠

Photo: Uwe Moser⁠

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Award winning author and ASJ contributor — Matt Johanson shares the first installment of his new "50 Lessons in 50 Years" column ... this one focuses on backcountry adventures. ⁠

Click the linkin.bio to read his backcountry tips for snowy adventures. ⁠

#springskiing #backcountry #backcountryadventures #asjmag #myasj #adventuresportsjournal
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Viva la zine! ⁠

We've been celebrating the printed word for 20 years, and hope to continue for 20 more. Is there room for spirited grassroots media in the age of clickbait and influencer content? We hope so!⁠

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#celebratetheoutdoors ⁠
#adventuresports⁠
#adventure⁠
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Our 20 Year Anniversary Issue is a wrap! Look out for us at your favorite bike or gear shop next week.⁠

A big thanks to our advertisers who believe in and support grassroots media. Cover art by @alsmithart
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Perhaps most well known for their trail building around the Lost Sierra and hosting world class events like the @downievilleclassic, Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship (SBTS) is creating "A Trail for Everyone" — a world-class multiple-use trail system that will cover 300 miles of breathtaking views and link 15 disadvantaged mountain communities across Plumas, Sierra, Butte and Lassen Counties. ⁠

Click the linkin.bio to see "A Trail for Everyone" video highlighting this great project. ⁠

#connectedcommunities #sbts #dirtmagic
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The Environment (E-Bike) Act is a proposed tax credit to help more people have access to E-bikes and help promote green transportation. ⁠

"By incentivizing the use of electric bicycles to replace car trips through a consumer tax credit, we can not only encourage more Americans to transition to greener modes of transportation, but also help fight the climate crisis.” — Jimmy Panetta (D-CA)⁠

See Linkin.bio to read more.
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Her daughter probably says it best when describing her mom, Dore Bietz — “She’s in, all-or-nothing.”⁠

Bietz is a member of the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians and is in the top 5% of women National Ski Patrol in the Far West division — she is a National Ski Patrol Representative and works at Kirkwood and Dodge Ridge.⁠

As a Land Consultant for the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians, Bietz advocates for the return of tribal lands to original inhabitants. She also works as the Emergency Manager/Planner for the tribe and secured PPE for tribal members early in the pandemic — there have been no cases of COVID-19 on the Tuolumne Rancheria.⁠

See Linkin.bio to for more images and info about this powerhouse. Story and photos by @TracyBarbutes⁠

#skipatrol⁠
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“In a moment like that you realize what we are doing at Outdoor Outreach,” explains Lesford Duncan, Outdoor Outreach’s Senior Director of Programs.⁠

“The outdoors is this incredible place where we can help build confidence and resilience, we can help youth find a sense of joy, or belonging or healing. So many youth we work with lack access to these spaces, and that’s an injustice in and of itself.”⁠

Photo: @OutdoorOutreach
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Fresh corduroy on Crystal Ridge at Diamond Peak Ski Resort. Photo by Ryland West⁠

Don't miss this view this season. Make sure to plan ahead. On-line day-of sales possible when inventory is available at @diamondpeak, but pre-purchase in advance for best rates. ⁠

Read more info on resort policies this winter. Know before you go. ⁠

#diamondpeak #skitahoe #tahoe #asj
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