We’ve all seen them on the ski slopes: 3-year-olds shredding black diamonds with the parents chasing behind. But where are these little shredders when the snow melts and singletrack appears across the mountain? With the invention of balance bikes, bike parks, and lightweight pedal bikes there is no reason your child can’t start learning to shred singletrack. Start with these five tips and watch your little one rip. TIP 1: START THEM ON A BALANCE BIKE Learning to balance, lean, and get your feet down when you’re in trouble are important skills to learn early. And nothing does that better than a balance bike.
I was 6 miles into a 30 mile day with Kalden (10) when there was a whole bunch of whining, crying and throwing of water bottles. This was not the scene I expected on a beautiful Sunday in the woods. Granted the trail was tough and was testing everyone’s skills but this behavior? Meanwhile, Kalden and I were grinning ear to ear as we dug deep into The Whole Enchilada… The plan was to ride the Magnificant 7 trails on Sunday but as I was picking up a rental bike for the day at Moab Cyclery we found out that The Whole Enchilada trail was
I love the sound of rain and thunderstorms in the distance when we’re camping. It’s soothing knowing we are tucked warm inside the camper. But Kalden and I had a big ride planned from the top of Kennebec Pass down into Durango on the Colorado Trail the next morning. When you have a ride in the high mountains with your 10 year old booming thunder and intense rain all night are not the best signs. But by morning all was clear in Durango and the radar showed no activity until late afternoon. So we packed up and started the long car shuttle up to the
Over the past three days I’ve been trying to find out if there are any races mountain or road for kids under 13 at Sea Otter Classic…you know one of the largest cycling events in the US. I can’t even get an answer direct from them. I did hear from Primal Wear, one of their sponsors, that the answer is no. But then I get confused as I have seen reports from U13 racers that they’ve been racing there for years. So is it allowed, not allowed, or only allowed for some if they are connected or know how to break rules? Just.So.Confused. I get
Yesterday I took Kalden on his first backcountry mountain bike ride outside of Stanley, Idaho called the Potato Mountain Loop. We finally felt at the ripe old age of 9 he was ready to venture out for an epic ride. And more importantly, he felt up to it. Here is my definition of a backcountry mountain bike ride: Hours from any city At least 10-20 min from any town Probably no cell service Probably will not see anyone else Probably will see wildlife (hopefully not the predator kind) 20-30% hike-a-bike Obstacles such as downed trees, water crossings and/or erosion Halfway through the ride Kalden said
Ok, let’s just schedule the C-Section for the 27th of May, that way Kalden can do all 3 of his races over the weekend then on that Tuesday Lars enters the world. It’s a perfect plan. Well one thing is for sure, babies could care less about your plan! Lars arrived 5 days before the scheduled C-Section and 1 day before Grandma and Grandpa flew in. Time for plan “B”. With Jen in the hospital recovering from her VBAC delivery we decided the best plan was for Grandma and Grandpa to stay in a hotel down in Rifle, CO with Kalden for the weekend where
This year my son is very excited about competing in some road and mountain bike races. He’s been racing for a few years but mostly only when we happen to be near a race for other reasons or we discover a race is going on locally. This year we have a few events planned, like the Colorado Mini Classic, and he is getting just a tad serious about wanting to be prepared and do his best. So here are some tips on preparing kids on race day. Use as you see fit and be sure to comment with your experiences and ideas. Above all else, encourage your