Before we dig into the meat of what you can do with your mountain bike, let’s point out one very important thing. This is not your ordinary bicycle. Sure, it has two wheels and a frame that resembles the 10-speed you had in junior high, but this is a very different type of machine. Picture your old school bike on steroids, and you may get a bit of an idea of where we are going with this. A mountain bike is a rugged, sturdy apparatus that is built to take a fair deal of abuse and keep you safe and sound while you tootle down unbeaten paths that would scare off the ordinary cyclist. With this in mind, we present to you crazy things you can do with that set of wheels.
It was the perfect Sunday. I had studied the McKinney Falls State Park for months, and I had prepared my body and my mountain bike for that day as well. At that point, I knew everything you can know about the park without ever stepping on it. Every review, every story, everything everybody had every said about the park – I knew it. I got up way earlier than necessary today. I was a very strange representation of a kid waking up at dawn on Christmas day. The sun woke me up showering my room in golden tints, and if I concentrated enough, I swear I was able to smell the woods as if my dreams were still clinging to my skin.
If there was anything I feared as a biker; it was crashing.
When my best friend Tyler called to tell me he was sick and wouldn’t be able to come mountain biking with me anymore, I was pretty disappointed. I sat around my house for a little while moping and wishing I had someone else to take with me on the biking trip. As I gazed longingly out the window at my beautiful bike just begging to go out on the trails, I realized I didn’t need anyone else. I was going to go mountain biking all on my own. What could go wrong?
It was only 2 minutes after I got my package and I didn’t look so excited anymore. Rather, I looked worried.
It took me about 13 months, two weeks and three days to save up enough money to get my DJI Maverick pro drone and I was so excited to place the order the moment I spend my final savings. The courier came two days later, at about 10:34 am and it took me just 3 seconds to get the door as I was sitting on the sofa, just 2 feet away from the door. I could tell that the courier saw the excitement that glowed in my eyes as he gave me a wink right before turning his back and heading for his truck.
The North Shore trail that runs from Rockledge Park to Twin Coves Park on the north side of Lake Grapevine is my usual biking trail. With my biker buddy, Luke, we would race down the path for about 11 miles absorbing the beautiful views from the lakes cliffs and shores. Luke is new to this trail since he just moved to Texas, but he is a competitive biker and a worthy contender. So, riding with him is always quite thrilling.
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The first thing he told me was that I needed to learn the basic riding skills first. My bike riding coach, Coach Roach was the meanest of all the humans I have ever met. His cold stare could kill a flying ant that goes past his roving eyes.
Mountain biking has become one of those things that made me look forward to summer to arrive. Going to the mountain to race against other bikers with my bike was the most exciting time of the year for me.
Are you having that antsy feeling? That old feeling which is making you feel a bit agitated–willing to get out the front door and once again take nature by surprise.