Our grips were looking pretty sad so we stopped by Trailhead Cycles in west San Jose to replace them. Lars, the owner, pointed us toward the Specialized Contour grips among others.
We spent 2 1/2 years researching and riding demo bikes after we attended the 2013 Fruita Fat Tire Festival in Colorado. We had no idea what a bike festival was about but soon discovered that we were riding waaaay better bikes than our decade old Cannondale cross-country (XC) bikes. We were able to ride farther and at a higher skill level than we ever imagined. But why?
This video shares my research and experience with trail mountain bikes, a category of bike between cross-country and all mountain. I hope it saves you a lot of time and expense. I get into some details but try to focus only on what really matters for intermediates.
See my blog at http://jimprestonmtb.com for information on specific bikes and my trail analysis for intermediates videos. You can also subscribe to this channel to be notified of uploaded videos – and there are a bunch more to come for Lake Tahoe, Moab, Zion-St. George, UT and Fruita – Grand Junction, CO.
The Porcupine Rim Trail and assorted trails above it are part of the famous Whole Enchilada trail system near Moab, Utah. This video analyses the lower sections of the Whole Enchilada from Kokopelli Trail down UPS, LPS, and Porky to the Colorado River, and epic ride for intermediate and advanced riders.
Why do intermediates ride? Why are we interested in mountain biking? What are our concerns? Do we care about racing which is about 90% of the marketing in the MTB industry?
I’ve been in many hundreds of conversations out on the trails with intermediate riders. The following list seems to be what most intermediates want from mountain biking:
I made this video of an 11 year old girl who was learning MTB in the Santa Cruz Mountains but in a couple of months was able to get down the famous 15 miles of the Downieville Downhill trails. Hopefully it will show what is possible for kids to accomplish and interest parents in the ride.
This video is a couple of years old and still very current. I’m moving it from my old channel to Intermediate MTB as I reorganize my media. The Thunder Mountain Trail in Utah is one of the best in the Western U.S. but is far from the popular regions and gets neglected by most riders. The 15 mile loop is worth the effort to get there and ride it!
I am setting up this site to augment my popular Trail Analysis For Intermediates series on YouTube and to blog about other issues important to intermediate mountain bikers. This site will include my MTB YouTube videos in posts. Please subscribe to this blog if you would like to stay current with issues for intermediate mountain bikers.
Subscribe To Intermediate MTB YouTube Channel as another way to be notified of new videos. My focus will be trails in California, Nevada, Utah, and Colorado and bike evaluations at times. I’m planning to re-visit Sedona, AZ where we used to bike long ago. The older videos on my personal channel will be replaced with new ones on this new channel. Finally getting a bit organized.