Essential Mobile Apps For Moutain Bikers

For athletes that take up mountain biking, the obvious first things that are needed are a bike, and the can-do attitude that’s required for such an adrenaline fuelled activity. However, once you have got the hang of it, there are relevant apps that can be downloaded on your mobile device to ensure you reach your full potential.

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Trailforks

This particular app is dedicated to helping riders find the best possible route, while also taking into consideration the climbs, and allowing for interactivity. You can search maps from over 95 countries; with fellow bikers leaving reviews on the routes that they have done, ensuring that you don’t waste a day with a direction that is too easy.

You can also get GPS tracking, trail conditions and a compass. It is full proof and has every base covered; it is essential for mountain bikers. It is also equally as good for beginners as it’s for experienced riders; as the app offers navigation trail networks to ensure that you don’t get lost.

On the app, they already claim to have 160,379 trails to explore across 95 countries, and also provide over 300,000 pictures to get you in the mood for the route you’re about to do.

GoPro

Social media is a popular commodity nowadays, and most riders like to catch their ride by video so they can play it back and watch it and share it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. GoPro allows riders to record the entirety of their journey by using a small video camera that is connected to your phone and place on your helmet. It is the perfect way to relive the adventure that you have made.

It could also make for a new hobby, as you can spend time editing and adding sound and music clips to your videos to produce a short film.

Strava

This app is perfect for all athletes, as it can track your heartbeat, how far you have ridden, and how much power you have exceeded. Strava is the ideal application for monitoring your performance, and it is simple. It can be connected to your phone or GPS watch, and then it can begin to keep records of your performance metrics.

Not only that but the app works perfectly as another social media channel as you can connect with friends to show them how you’re performing and the routes you’re taking. You can post status updates, pictures and videos on your channel. There are also security advantages as family members can see where you are when you’re exercising should you allow them access to your location. This app is now used by thousands of clubs and organisations around the world as a way to track performance levels.

AccuWeather

Let’s face it; weather plays a significant role in whether you can ride and how far you can go. This is one of the most reliable apps, with up-to-the-minute updates. It is also perfect for telling you the correct temperature as well as the temperature that it actually feels like. This means that you will be able to dress either warmer or cooler depending on the weather.

Four ways Mountain Biking can support mental health

Biking is by far the most popular sport in the US in present day. It is more important to Americans than soccer, baseball, and even basketball. And that is not a hyperbole considering the 40 million participants in cycling events every year.

There are many good reasons the American people love mountain biking. Apart from the countless great outdoors that provide a natural terrain for the adrenalin-fueled activity, the health benefits of mountain biking are far from simple.

Mountain biking is a sport that literally engages all your muscles, thereby inducing a full body work out. Your lower limbs grind while going uphill while you put your abdomen, back, arms, chest, and shoulders to use on a descent.

But are the benefits of MTB only for physical health? Majority of the leisure riders think, and some pros, sadly so. MTB does far more than keeping unwanted fat at bay. Here are 4 mental benefits you can get from frequently hitting the trails.

1.     Endorphins

Endorphins are not what you gain directly from riding your bicycle. They are feel-good hormones: chemicals your body releases during a workout regimen. But I’ll spare you all the scientific jargons and cut to the chase about how it works.

These feel-good hormones significantly reduce stress and anxiety levels. We all know how these bad guys can work us over, and how beautiful our lives could be without any of them.

2.     Nirvana

Meditation is good for the mind. It also has its physical benefits. I remember my lessons in ancient Indian philosophy, about the interconnectedness of everything that exists. But you do not need special yoga sessions to attain to oneness with nature.

You can connect with nature, eyes wide open, by hitting the great outdoors. This is called ecotherapy. Recent findings from research prove that ecotherapy specifically targets depression.

3.     Focus

If you have an uncanny ability to work productively for long hours or see your projects to a desired end, thank God for you. Ask people with ADD/ADHD how much they’ll be willing to spend if they could buy ‘focus.’ A lot of things go on in people’s minds and you don’t need any effort to lose focus.

Riding alone in that mighty forest can remind you that all the problems in the world are not only yours. There are many awe-inspiring views in America that will make you appreciate other things in life. So, ride on… and keep your head straight!

4.     Confidence

If you think confidence is all about good looks and a charming smile, then this post is definitely for you. Knowing that you can go out in the world and achieve something has more to do with your mental health than a muscular body, or even an impeccable CV. Love can leave you broken and failures can work you over.

What if I tell you, that some of these fears you can conquer right on the trail? When finally you beat that difficult trail feature, achieve that new jump, or make that monstrous climb that has felt impossible to do for months, there’s a sense of achievement you’ll feel. The lessons learnt are not only handy for stunting between the trees. They also reflect significantly in the way you handle many other situations in your life.

2019 Tour de Flanders Preview (Men’s)

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Vlaanderen’s Mooiste and the Tour de Flanders 2019 is back this April 7th in Belgium.

Sure it’s outshined by the Tour de France and other mainstream public events. But for legitimate cyclists, the Tour de Flanders is marked on the calendar in bold red. The 266-kilometer all-terrain race has a rich history stretching back over 100 different iterations is a true test of endurance and cycling technique.

Let’s look at the circuit and peek at the betting odds from top sites. As always, if you plan on taking action on your favorite riders do your due diligence and check this sportsbetting.ag review to compare outlets.

The Course and its Stages

There are 17 hills in this brutal circuit, spanning from slight to a leg burning 22% grade. In the near 267 kilometers, there are five paved sections but the star of this circuit is the infamous Belgian cobble.

The first 80 or so kilometers are fairly bland and we will mostly see a lot of pace setting and riders settling into the initial phases of their strategy. But after 80 kilometers it gets interesting. The first patches of cobbles hits and gives the riders their first bite of this uniquely challenging course.

After around 40 kilometers of gut jarring cobble intermixed with asphalt, Oude Kwaremont appears in Kluisbergen. The cobbled climb has an average gradient of 4.2% and maxes out with parts that hit 11%. Oude Kwaremont is actually a misnomer, it not the name of the hill, but the road leading up to it. The first half kilometer of the cobbled section is the most difficult. The cobbling is uneven and jagged and this takes place during the steepest section of the climb. Flemish decree classified these cobbles as monuments back in the early 90s, so you don’t have to worry about any repaving here, this challenging section is here to stay.

Another 50 or so kilometers takes the cyclists through Korteeker, Wolvenberg and then finally hits the pave cobble section at Holleweg. After various short and arduous climbs, the 170-kilometer mark ends at Ten Bosse, leading to the Wall of Geraardsbergen. The Muur van Geraardsbergen is a little over a kilometer long of steep and narrow climb at a brutal average gradient of 9.3% and sections that reach into the 20% range.

This beloved hill has been a constant in the Tour de Flanders since the 1970s but was excluded due to the logistics of Bruges race starts. Now that the circuit starts in Antwerp, its summit marks the fact that the cyclists have just 95 more kilometers to go and the most exciting sections of the race.

The riders circle back for a second attack on the Oude Kwaremont and eventually the Paterberg with gradients over 20% and a mind-numbing (and leg-numbing) average of 12.9%. After this, it’s a race for the finish!

The Favorites

Last year’s edition was taken by Niki Terpstra caught the leading group in the final 28 km after a magnificent effort on the Kruisberg. The Dutchman pulled ahead and won the race. But surprisingly, he isn’t this year’s odds-on favorite.

Terpstra is sitting at a cool +1160 (23/2). Peter Sagan is the favorite at most betting sites. HIs average price is a just +270 (or a little less than 3/1). Let’s look at the average odds for the top-10 athletes:

 

  1. Peter Saga (2.7/1)
  2. Greg Van Avermaet (4.3/1)
  3. Philippe Gilbert (9/2)
  4. Zdenek Stybar (23/2)
  5. Niki Terpstra (23/2)
  6. Oliver Naesen (15/1)
  7. Tiesjj Benoot (19/1)
  8. Michael Kwiatkowski (21/1
  9. Michael Mathews (21/1)
  10. Mathieu Van Der Poel (21/1)

 

Peter Sagan finished 6th last year. But Philipe Gilbert made the podium at 3rd and Greg Van Avermaet was in the mix at 5th. So with this year’s route, it is anyone’s race to win.

 

Don’t trust a fart when you’re over 40

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We’ve all been there…you’re riding and you’ve got an urge to fart. Well if you’re over 40…don’t trust that fart! Why? Well for the simple reason of you being older. Your bung hole ins’t as tight as it was when you were younger. Plus you’re not as regular as you used to be. So that means you could still have some poop left over in your colon and when you fart…BOOM! It’s a SHART!

Nothing worse than having to clean out your riding shorts after trusting a fart…don’t even bother right? Just throw those $100 pair of shorts away. I’m sure you tried to hose off the skid marks..but sometimes those poop particles just stay within the padding.

Anyway, let’s get back to what we were talking about…farts at 40. Ya man, hold it in…or better yet, burp it out! I’m sure you know how to do that, right? What you do is this, when you feel the urge to fart, push it back in by doing a simple keigel exercise. This will allow your sphnicter to bounce the fart back up your intestines and you later burp it out. Try it…practice the keigel…did you burp?

 

Local mountain biker late to the Fat Tire Bike Fad

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42-year-old mountain biker finally gets on the fat tire bike fad with his purchase of a new single speed fat tire bike. These types of bikes have been around for quite some time and people who live in non-snowy areas have gotten them too. Ya sure they’re gimmicky and they look fun, but this fad…well, it’s a fad. There are plenty of brands who offer fat tire bikes, but the thing is, these bikes aren’t their biggest sellers. People still love their XC or Enduro/Trail bikes. Heck, even the E-bike craze is starting to become more popular than the fatties. But don’t quote me on that, it’s not like I have scientific data. It’s a matter of what I see on the trail

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With that said, we’ll wait around and see how long he’ll keep this bike. When asked why he bought one, he said: “Well truthfully, I got caught up in a bidding war on eBay…and guess what, I won.” But did he really win?

4 Riders with Mad Skills On AND Off the Road

Mountain biking and road racing may come from the same DNA, but much like Snooker and Pool, there is no denying both are different sports that require different levels of skill, fitness and technicalities.

However, if you find you have certain talent for one, the likelihood is you will be able to utilise a number of those attributes over to the other code.

That is certainly the case in cycling and Mountain biking as we look at some of the most successful transitions from road to dirt and vice-versa.

Now retired, Dane Michael Rasmussen began his career mountain biking and was quite the dab hand at the sport.

So much so in fact he won the 1999 Cross Country World Mountain Bike Championship defeating runner up Frenchman Miguel Martinez and third place Belgian Filip Meirhaeghe.

In 2001, Rasmussen made the switch to the road after earning a Stagiaire with CSC-Tiscali and would go on to shine in the 2005, 2006 Tour de France winning the mountain classification with aplomb.

He clearly put his mountain biking prowess to good use as all four stage wins came in the mountain classification.

However, Rasmussen’s career was tainted by doping scandals and in 2013 he openly admitted that he had cheated for 12 years and was subsequently banned from the sport for two years.

Australian Evans was a serial silver medallist during his mountain biking years in the 1990’s and early noughties.

In fact, five silver medals followed for Evans at various Mountain Bike World Championships before making the switch to road racing in 2001 after impressing on the 1999 Tour of Tasmania.

Evans was proclaimed as a potential future Tour de France winner and achieved the feat in 2011, although one is where it remained unlike 2019 favourite Chris Froome who can be backed at 11/4 with Betway as of the 10th December to win a fifth Tour de France title.

He did, however, still go on to have a hugely successful road career outside the Tour de France as well which included a Commonwealth gold medal in 2002 as well as a World Championship gold in 2009.

However, Evans returned to his mountain biking roots in 2017 taking part in South Africa’s epic eight-day Absa Cape Epic stage race in the master’s category.

Remarkably, Evans and team mate George Hincapie won their category at the age of 40.

The Slovakian Tourminator has a fine record on the road including eleven stage wins on the Tour de France and four individual stage wins on the Vuelta a España and three World Road Race Championships.

A host of other wins aside from the grand tours have followed for Sagan but there are too many to list here.

But it is Sagan’s off-road exploits for which he has earned a sturdy reputation.

Most notably at the 2016 Rio Olympics in which were it not for a series of mechanical issues, he may well have claimed an extraordinary gold medal in the cross-country race.

At the end of lap one, Sagan was in the top three and out to spring a surprise, however, a front wheel puncture ended his hopes.

Admittedly, Sagan is a former junior World Mountain Bike champion and is well versed in the discipline and at just 28-years of age, what’s the betting on Sagan to reappear for another crack at Cross-Country gold at an Olympics coming soon?

After all, that is what we all want to see, isn’t it?

American Amber Neben got her mountain biking career underway with a two-and-a-half-year spell with the SoBe HeadShok team and achieved a second place at the 1999 collegiate US National Mountain Bike Trials.

A certain Willow Koerber as the winner that day with Kelli Emmet in third which just goes to show how talented a mountain biker Amber Neben is.

Technology has come a long way since 1999 in mountain biking but rather than stick with the progression of the sport, Neben found she has a remarkable talent for road racing after winning the Cascade Classic in 2001.

More success would follow after making the permanent switch to the road including two World Time Trial Championships in 2008 and as recently as 2016.

However, doping reared its ugly head in 2003 with Neben testing positive for banned substance 19-norandrosterone.

Despite receiving a suspension, it was determined the substance was taken unintentionally and Neben soon accepted regular tests to prove she was clean at all times.

4 Expert Maintenance Tips to Remember for Your Mountain Bike

 

If you love mountaineering, your mountain bike is definitely close to your heart! Isn’t it? Also, you’ve already spent a pretty penny while buying one for yourself. Rather, if you are planning to buy one soon, you can just go to the high-end stores like Argos.

However, when you have a mountain bike which seems to be your favorite, you always want to get the most out of it. To do that, you need to keep your mountain bike efficiently workable and always in the same brand-new look.

Now, how can you do that?

Here are the four potent mountain bike maintenance tips from my end.

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  1. Examine your brake always

 

Aren’t the brakes seem to be the most significant part of your bike? You should certainly try to keep them in a great condition to avoid losing your control while driving which could, in turn, cause serious health injuries.

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All that you need to do to keep the brakes in a proper condition is checking the brake pads. Don’t forget to use a flashlight to understand whether the brakes are wearing properly or not. If you think that they are excessively wearing, replace them.

 

  1. Keep an eye on the wheels

 

When it comes to a smooth ride, wheels seem to be actually significant! They can hold the bike’s tires in the right position. So, you need to keep them in a perfectly tuned condition.

For checking the wheels, you just have to elevate the bike and give a spin to its wheels. Both the wheels of the bike must move evenly. If you think that there is some denting or any kind of damage, just replace at that time itself!

 

  1. Scrutinize the drivetrain

 

What does the drivetrain stand for? Well, it is an amalgamation of everything starting from the chain, pedals, chainring to the derailleur, rear-wheel cassette etc. You should take special care of the whole drivetrain because it actually makes your bike to move. It transforms the power that your leg generates to the rear wheel.drive

For keeping this part of your mountain bike up, you need a bike stand to assist you. Now, just raise the rear wheel and give a spin. Don’t forget to sift through all the gears while spinning. Finally, check the chainrings, chain, derailleur, and cassette for any damage. If you find any problem, go for a replacement.

Moreover, when the problem seems to be with the chain, you should change it as soon as possible. It’s because if you wait too long, it will deteriorate the other drivetrain constituents quickly.

 

  1. Check out the cables

 

Cables do all the interconnections in the bike. So, without them, a mountain bike can’t move as expected. Thus, you ought to ensure that those cables are not having any crack, crimp, looseness, or dirt. If you think that you are not able to shift or take brake impeccably, it’s advisable that you get your cables changed or oiled at any local bike shop.

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Summing Up

 

So, this is how you should take care of your mountain bike. Isn’t it that simple? Don’t wait anymore! Just follow these tips to keep your bike in a perfect condition and relish the heightened adventures without any obstacle.

Mountain Biker with Short Arms Finds a Solution

His friends call him “Short Arm” Steve because he’s got short arms. He’s had a hard time finding a mountain bike that has a short top tube and a short stem. He’s been known to use a 25mm stem to help his reach problem.

Here’s Short Arm with his lady friend who doesn’t seem to mind his short comings…pun intended.
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Short Arm almost gave up on mountain biking until he found a solution for short arm problems through an unconventional method. Back scratchers!
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Short Arm Steve stated; “These back scratchers not only changed my riding life, but now I have more confidence to start racing this coming season. My wife also likes my back scratchers. Sometimes she wants me to scratch her back and that always seems to lead to some hot sex right afterwards!”

How to get big calves

If you’ve been mountain biking for a while but haven’t noticed any progress with the size of your calves. Here are some sure fire tips on how to get them bigger!

1. Ride more! Keep putting down the miles and when you are climbing, try standing up. That will get your calves working harder.

2. Do calve raises. Convince someone to sit on your back while you do this exercise. This will isolate your muscles and allow you to make some pretty big gains.

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3. Wear slim/skinny fit pants. Nothing shows off your calves like some slim pants. Got these from Old Navy for about $30, worth every penny!
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4. Genetics. If you weren’t born with good genetics, then you’ll probably be stuck with chicken legs and a balding head. Sorry, not really sure how to help you with this one.

5. Shave your legs. Last but not least. Shave them hairy legs. Porn stars do it with their genitals to make them look bigger. The same principle applies to your legs.
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Hi Sexy!

That’s right, I’m talking to you! Yep, I called you sexy!

Now just to be clear, I’m not gay, far from it! I love vagina! But saying “Hi Sexy” to your riding buddies isn’t a gay act or saying. You’re merely acknowledging the fact that your friend is sexy. Nothing queer about that right? I mean, if you’re a male that is 100% confident in their sexual orientation, then saying such things isn’t going to be a big deal. Think of it this way, women do this all the time. They’ll talk about how some one is pretty or how someone is hot…all the time! But there’s nothing sexual about it, they’re acknowledging that the person they are talking about looks good.

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I know what you’re thinking, you may feel uncomfortable calling your buddies Sexy. Hey, that’s ok…it does take some practice and getting used to. So let’s give it a try, below are some scenarios on how you can practice saying “Hi Sexy!”

  1. Boss: “Hi Sexy, I’ve got those TPS Reports ready for you.”
  2. Father in-law: “Hi Sexy, can I borrow your floor jack?”
  3. Grocery store clerk: “Hi Sexy, I’ll take paper bags.”
  4. Priest: “Hi Sexy, I need to confess my sins…”
  5. Barista: “Hi Sexy, I would like a grande, half calf, triple shot, upside down soy, caramel machiatto with 3 pumps of vanilla and whipped cream.”

See…it’s not so hard right? So make sure you start saying this to your buddies this weekend, you’ll find that they’ll return the favor and start calling you sexy or they might even use an upgraded term, a sexy bitch!