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Category: fitness

First Attempt at the Firecracker 50

As I was lining up at the starting line for my first-ever mountain bike race, I asked my neighbor if…

Giving 1×10 a Try with the OneUp 40t Cog

I finally motivated myself to start working segments on the Colorado Trail. How better to celebrate than by dropping my…

First Wipeout

Now, I’m not a total newb when it comes to cycling and mountain biking, but I would venture to say…

Why the Colorado Trail Race?

500 Miles, Are You Insane? Well, as a matter of fact, it probably depends on who you ask. When I…

Family Treasure: 30 Year-Old Kreitler Rollers

I just bought a new set of Nashbar Reduced Radius Rollers. Upon discovery of my new toy, my aunt declares…

Training Mountain Bike Intensity on the Road

Mountain biking and road biking have a lot in common, but the training conducted on one does not always translate…

Using a Rock Climbing Finger Board

Did I mention I’m also an aspiring rock climber? Like many other sports, rock climbing is dependent on technique, finesse,…

A New Steed: 2013 Trek Superfly AL

Finding the right competitive sport has been hard for me. I’ve tried paintball, running, soccer, and triathlons, each of which…

Gear Review: MetroFlash Safety Zone Tail Light

If you ride in the dark, do yourself a favor and pick up a front and rear safety light. Your…

A Software Engineer’s Take on Sustainable Athleticism

What? Programming and athletics? I wouldn’t have thought that it made sense, but the two concepts turn out to be…

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