Things I Learned As a Newbie Mountain Biker

This story is for newbie mountain bikers and an invitation from experienced riders to chime in and share their experience, strength and hope for the newbies.  I will add to the tips as things come to mind or people share their tips.  You can email useful tips to mark@3fbc.com. I rode my first mountain bike in 1993, but it wasn’t my first time on a bike.  I spent most of my youth riding BMX and later in my teens I whisked around Orange County on a road bike.  One of my biggest rides at that time was a loop from Santa[…]

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Seat Post Droppers Aren’t Just for Downhill

When I first started mountain biking back in 1993, there were no seat post droppers.  A quick release clamp was as close as you were going to get to lowering the seat without tools.  I didn’t really think about it much then because most of my riding involved going up a long fire road and then descending another longer fire road.  It was no big deal to get off the bike and drop the seat. Fast forward 20 years, and I started seeing what I referred to as “quick release” seat posts.  I saw them as a gimmick that only[…]

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Repair a Tire with Zip Ties

I have mentioned many times before that zip ties should be part of every person’s essential tools and parts for every bike ride. I’ve spoken of how they can be used to repair front chain rings, seat stays and shifters among other things; so I thought I would show you how they can be used to repair a tire. If you’re running a tubeless tire setup, tire boots won’t help seal up a hole. The adhesive won’t stick to the inside of a tire with sealant. It can be used to cover small holes and be supported just fine by[…]

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Indoor Cycling Videos

As an avid cyclist, one of the biggest bummers is not being able to ride because of the weather.  If you’re like me, you have an indoor bike trainer for those rainy days.  But here’s the problem: it’s boring.  Sure, you can watch a movie, the news or music videos while you ride, but nothing compares to riding outside.  And nothing simulates that experience better than Indoor Cycling Videos. Here’s a preview of what you can download to any computer or mobile device, or play on a DVD while you’re riding indoors. There are many others like it, so stop[…]

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Best Places to Ride After (or during) the Rain in Southern California

With beaches so close, one may be surprised to find out that Southern California, and especially the Orange County area are among the most arid areas in the world. It is a “Mediterranean climate” which is shared with countries on the other side of the world surrounding the Mediterranean Sea including Italy, France, Spain and Greece. On average, the Southern California region gets about 15 inches of rain per year in Los Angeles and Orange counties and about 30 inches in the surrounding mountains while Northern California typically gets double and even triple that amount. During the “rainy season”, which[…]

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