Mountain Biking

What to Look For After Crashing Your Bike

1/4 Wheels Check your wheels and axle to be sure they are still spinning freely and are secure on your frame and fork. Photo: Ross Downard 2/4 Cockpit and Saddle : Be sure to check and if needed, align, your handlebars and saddle with your fork and frame. Photo: Ross Downard 3/4 Frame Give your frame a thorough check for any damage. Photo: Ross Downard 4/4 Post-Crash Shakedown The uncanny but helpful Pick-Up and Drop tes...

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More Miles. More Singletrack. New Trails in Park City!

The Park City trail network is constantly changing and evolving. Every year we get new trails and more miles. Every year an old trail is refreshed. And every year new connections are made to link together more and more miles of velvety singletrack. Most trails are machine-made with bits here and there dug by hand. But the toil is the same and the work is honest! We're thankful to live and operate in a community that is so devoted to creating new trails. So far in 2017, the city, in pa...

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Bicycle Geometry Explained!

Bike design is an ever-changing art. As a new category of bike is released, with it comes a suite of new angles and measurements that leaves most scratching their heads. When trying to decide what kind of bike you want, sifting through bike geometry jargon can be overwhelming. Below we've put together a handy guide on what all those numbers and angles mean, and most importantly, what they do for you as a rider. The steeper the head tube angle, the better handling you'll achieve, ...

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How To Clean Your Drivetrain

When I decided to come to Utah six years ago for mountain biking, skiing, and a little school, my mom made sure that I knew how to properly do my laundry and clean my clothes so that they would last. After this year's epic winter and fairly wet spring, the Wasatch Mountains experienced what we call a mud season. Now, you shouldn't go riding your bike through the mud, but as the snow melted and the weather stayed clear for a few days, curiosity and excitement had me out on the trai...

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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.
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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'...