Mountain Biking

Smith Forefront Bike Helmet and Arena Sunglasses; a Winning Combo

Some things just go together. Like peanut butter and jelly, bacon and eggs, salt and pepper, and even Batman and Robin. The Smith Optics Forefront bike helmet and Pivlock Arena Max sunglasses are another example of a dynamic duo. On their own each is an important part of your summer bike kit, but when you put the two together you can really see and feel the difference. I recently tested the Forefront helmet with Smith's Arena Max sunglasses while riding one of Salt Lake's legendary mo...

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Mountain Bike Suspension Setup Guide

Park City has a lot of singletrack, over 450 miles that vary from smooth velvet trails to aggressive rocks and roots to 40-foot gaps. There are mean, steep climbs or fun twisty descents alongside mellower trails with scenic vistas. St. George and Moab are a short drive away with desert-style riding, and next door in Colorado are some of the rawest trails we have ever ridden. We use these trails to hone our riding skills and tune our bikes to as near-perfect we can get them. The way a bike...

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Park City's Best Post-Work Mountain Bike Rides for Fall

Fall in Park City offers some of the best mountain biking of the season. The temperatures are cool, the dirt is tacky, and the colors are downright psychedelic. It’s riding so good you wish it would never end. But like all things that bring joy to your life, there’s a tradeoff. With the sun setting earlier each day – but your unrelenting soul-crusher of a boss still making you stay until 5:00pm – the window for riding after work is quickly closing. When Mother ...

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New Mountain Bike Terrain Means New Adventures!

As a mountain biker, and general lover of the outdoors, I always love it when I get to explore new trails or terrain. In all likelihood I'm not the first to be there, and certainly not the last, but that's not the point; it's new to me. I figure out the nuances of the trail, what to watch out for, and find those unique treasures that each trail or new mountain offers. This constant desire for a fresh, new trail we've never ridden is what drives a lot of us who choose to advent...

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Mountain Biking At Night - A Different Way To Ride

Starting my ride at twilight, I made my way up to the Corvair trail - 1.4 miles of twisting, flowy singletrack, starting just above 9,000 feet. Corvair is a personal favorite of mine, mostly because when it ends at the Mid Mountain trail, I can access multiple other incredible descents all the way into town. But on this particular ride I wanted a new perspective on a familiar trail. I wanted to ride it at night. Finishing the climb with my light shining brightly and welcoming the darkness, by...

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Getting Into the Group Ride Groove

I'll be honest, group mountain bike rides are not my thing. Typically I like to ride alone or maybe with one, or two other people. Not that I am antisocial, well maybe a little bit, but mostly because it's always so hard to get everyone together to pull a group ride off. So, when your local shop does all the planning and gathering, you really have no excuse not to attend. Especially when there is free food, beer and ice cream to follow.
Cold beers at the ready!
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Jans Adventure Series: 30 Hours of Solitude

The allure of the desert is something to behold. The stark landscape results in harsh light for the eyes and a deadly thirst if left unchecked; it is wilderness in its most raw form. The endless sand peeling off of rocks and scarce resources do little for us physically but do much for our spirit. While some areas of the desert have succumbed to our will for safety and comfort, others are less developed; left to the environment's own tendencies. Explored, charted, mapped, and more; thi...

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Mountain Bike Lessons in Park City

One of the first memories you may have as a kid was learning how to ride a bike. And, as the saying goes, it's one skill that you will never forget. That being said, mountain biking is a bit more involved than say, pedaling around the neighborhood. Rocks, tree roots and switchbacks add a whole new level of complexity, not to mention berms, rollers and the rewarding descent. Whether you're a novice or intermediate mountain biker, if you want to take your riding a bit more seriously...

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How To Build A Bike Shop

Having your own space to work on your bike has many benefits. First and foremost, this is the place that you're going to keep your bike in top shape. A bike that works well cuts down on future maintenance costs and saves time so you can be out on the trails longer. Your personal bike shop is where your ride starts and ends and is a fun spot to hang out and talk all things bike. Working on your own bike is also just plain fun and a good skill set that your riding buddies are sure to apprec...

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Basic Bike Fitting Tips

Your first ride on a shiny new bike can be flat out ruined by the smallest of details. Sometimes a proper bike fit is overlooked out of excitement and you're left wondering why the bike doesn't ride as well as all the magazines said it would. Getting taller, getting shorter, getting in a crash or other circumstances can result in an existing bike not fitting as well. And a proper fit is key for having fun out on the trails. All bikes are different. That means that the fit of your ...

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Tour Divide 2015 - Rider Reports From the Trail | Part II

Why is it that, when you feel on top of your game, injuries occur? In last week's blog, I was thoroughly enjoying getting into the groove of the Tour Divide mountain bike race, from western Canada to southernmost New Mexico. Being part of this underground (read: unsupported) race and trying to ride at least 100-120 miles a day, something was bound to go wrong. Crossing the Continental Divide south of Butte, Montana Best Laid Plans But I wasn't thinking about that. It seem...

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Tour Divide 2015 - Rider Reports from the Trail

For weeks leading up to this crazy mountain bike race from Banff, Alberta, to Antelope Wells, New Mexico I've experienced more emotions than I ever would like to feel in regards to doing such a fun trip. Mostly I've been excited, but I've also been very nervous and even scared at times about what on earth I'm getting myself into. I'm racing the Tour Divide, a fully unsupported 2,735-mile mountain bike race along double-track and dirt roads all the way from Canada to Me...

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On-Trail Mountain Bike Repairs - Jans Expert Series

Welcome to our Jans Expert Series. This growing compilation of videos is focused on providing advanced technical tips in a way that is clear, concise, and most importantly, viewer-friendly. On-Trail Mountain Bike Repairs In this installment of our Jans Expert Series we’ll show you how to perform the on-trail mountain bike repairs that every rider needs to know before they hit the dirt. Mountain biking experts Scott House and Cindi Grant will show you how to fix fla...

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Top 5 Things To Take On A Mountain Bike Ride

In a perfect world, we would just get on our bikes and ride. However – according to Murphy – whatever can happen, will happen. We've put together a list of essential mountain biking gear to take along on your next ride, so you can be prepared for whatever the trail may throw at you. 1. Storage for Your Supplies First you will need a way to carry all of your supplies. Here are a few options to consider: A cycling backpack is a sure bet, especially if you ...

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Mountain Bike Cornering Skills

We've all seen videos and photos of the pro mountain bikers riding corners with crazy speed and we say, "yeah, I can do that." However, the reality sets in as you lean into a corner going too fast or too slow, take a foot off the pedal, and are very much out of control. Professional riders make it look easy, but they also get paid to train and race so they should hopefully be better at cornering than the rest of us. So how do you corner a mountain bike like a race winning ch...

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Preseason Mountain Bike Checklist - Jans Expert Series

Welcome to our Jans Expert Series. This growing compilation of videos is focused on providing advanced technical tips in a way that is clear, concise, and most importantly, viewer-friendly. Every Expert at Jans has highly specialized and in-depth knowledge related to their field. The goal here is to harness the collective knowledge of our Experts, organize and consolidate the information, and present it to you in the most useful and efficient way possible. In other words, we don'...

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Mountain Biking in Europe

The trip started in LA, packing our mountain bikes until midnight, trying to decide what really had to go to Europe for 42 days. Our mission - for our two teenage mountain bikers to experience world-class European cross country racing, while the whole family rode all the singletrack we could find near the events. We took everything to the airport at 4am, maneuvered five bike bags and a ton of luggage through check-in, and headed for Stuttgart. We were picked up by good friends and went to...

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Park City, Utah Historic Sites Bike Tour

I was recently lucky enough to go on a guided bike ride called the Park City Historic Sites Bike Tour, with White Pine Touring, Jans' guiding service. It was entertaining to learn about how things were back in the old mining days of Park City. Our guide, Mike Watson, told us how the minerals were found, removed, transported, and used; about the legendary characters who struck it rich or lost it all; and about the lifestyle of an average mine worker. Not only did I learn some valuable Park...

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Fat Bike Rentals in Park City

Our Experts love cycling year round. And Park City's winter trail network is great for getting out on a fat bike. If you're looking to get off the ski slopes for a day or two then stop by and try a fat bike rental. We have a huge fleet of bikes from Specialized and Rocky Mountain with the huge signature fat tires for float and traction in snow. Where to Ride Fat Bikes in Park City But where would you ever ride a bike in the winter? Park City is actually very accommodating as f...

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What is Trek Project One?

If you've never heard of Project One from Trek, you might think it's secret code for a new product that the bike manufacturer wants to keep under wraps. Something like a Trek electric car or maybe even a battery-powered bike. Sorry to burst your bubble, but Project One isn't any of those things. And it's much more than just choosing a unique color scheme for your Trek mountain or road bike. Project One allows you to fully customize your bike from the frame to the drivetrai...