Best thing you can say to any dude…I’ll buy you a beer.

I don’t care if you drink beer or not, but that simple statement is what I call a friend-maker. I bring it up because next week during Interbike I’ll be meeting with a guy who wants to advertise on the sites. He offered to buy me a beer during our meeting…wow, already I’m impressed! But I figured I should be the one buying him a beer. Since he offered, I already thing he’s pretty cool and more likely to lower my rates due to the olive branch that is known as beer.

If you think about it, you can say “I’ll buy you a beer” before you ask a favor and your chances of the person agreeing will be higher because of the beer. Let’s use the following scenario as an example. Let’s say I needed help from my good friend, The Moe with some database programming, all I have to say is; “The Moe, can you help me back up my database, I’ll buy you a beer!” You know his answer will be yes because I followed my request with beer. Try it when you get home. Tell the Mrs, “hunny can we “spend time” tonight, I’ll buy you a beer.” Now if she says NO, that means she’s not cool and most likely not a beer drinker. You can also try this same thing with your boss. “Boss Man, Sir. If you give me a raise, I’ll buy you a beer??!” Watch…you’ll get that raise, and I bet he’ll make it retro-active!

So go on…offer to buy that beer, see how it changes your life! Pint Glasses

Interbike really inspired us to look into getting some pint glasses for the site. Here’s a sample of what it would look like. We’re not quite sure if we should order them or not. So let us know if this is something you’d be interested in. We’re thinking the price will be between $6-$8.00 per glass.

Massive Amounts of Discipline

I just wanted to boast about how great it is to have massive amounts of discipline in my life. As some of you may know I have massive amounts of discipline in my life but I really don’t like to show it off. I may boast about it but to put it out there for everybody to see/read is disrespectful. Anyways, I exhibit this m.a.d. by making difficult tasks look easy.

For example: I always play the sweeper role on all group rides, a difficult task. I ably play this role because I have m.a.d. in my life. Some people think I ably play this role because I’m slow but this is not the case. It’s because I have m.a.d. If I didn’t have m.a.d. I would be the total jerk and leave everybody in the dust because I am actually super duper fast. Sometimes though, I don’t play sweeper but that’s because I am too impatient with everybody’s slow pace not because I lack in massive amounts of discipline in my life.

As a sweeper, this is my view. Thankfully I have m.a.d.

Another example of the m.a.d. in my life is how I never drink beer after rides, a very difficult task. Some people think I don’t drink beer because I hate the taste of beer but this is not true. I actually like the taste of beer as long as it comes in a tasteless, no calorie, no sugar, no hops, no barley, clear version – somewhat akin to water – if it looks like beer and tastes like beer, I don’t like it. Making difficult tasks look easy, the result of m.a.d. in my life.

Lastly, I never like boasting about how good a rider I am, a supremely difficult task indeed. When the time comes to clear some nasty technical portion of the trail I always get off the bike and walk it because I have m.a.d. and I don’t like showing people up. In reality I could totally clear that 17 foot drop on my rigid 29er but if you can’t do it on your 8? freeride bike, I exhibit m.a.d. in my life and I walk it… just like you. Most people incorrectly assume I do this because I have no skills, but this is not true. It’s because I have m.a.d.

My m.a.d. prevents me from one-upping Ryan Leech

In conclusion, I have massive amounts of discipline in my life. If you would like m.a.d. in your life too come ride with me and my m.a.d. might just rub off on you.

Post Ride Chit Chattin’ Session

After a ride many of us are rushing home to get on with our lives. For me, weekday morning rides means rushing back to the house to shower and get ready for work. Night rides means getting back to the family. For many people that’s just life: carve out a couple of hours to ride, then off to ferrying around your kids to soccer games.

Well, this past week I’ve been able to move away from the fast paced life of finish riding then rush back home. Why? Because this week my wife has taken the kids to visit her family 6 hours away. And you know what they say: When the cat’s away the mice will play!

Just kidding about that, but I have taken advantage of the fact that the rest of the family is out of town by not only riding more often but also relaxing after group rides and chit chattin’ with my fellow riders. Because of this, I have developed a helpful guide for the post ride chit chattin’ session for those who get this great opportunity and don’t want to look/sound/act/be deemed as foolish.

Name dropping: In many facets of life name dropping is extremely discouraged. In fact many people see name droppers in the same light as cow droppings: ugly, stinky and not something you want to be around. But in the post ride chit chattin’ sessions name dropping is very fashionable, especially if you do it loudly and in opportune times. This works perfectly when you want to bring the conversation back to yourself, as we all like to do.

Know your local bike shops (LBS): And when I mean “local? I mean all stores within a 200 mile range of the current ride location. Know all the store’s name, all the store’s address and location, all the bikes lines the store carries, all the store’s mechanics, the weekly group rides the store leads and – most importantly – the price of a water bottle with the store’s name emblazoned on it. These life essential facts should be easily recalled from memory and you should be able to quickly interject this information into conversations. If you are unable to do this practice before embarking on the post ride chit chattin’ session.

Stand with your arms crossed or if you’re sitting around a table for a post ride beer, still keep your arms crossed. Only move said arms when reaching for your beer or your neighbor’s beer… but be careful when doing the latter. Sure science has scientifically proven that listeners who cross their arms during a conversation are being closed off and are in general showing hostility to the speaker but in the post ride chit chattin’ session crossing your arms is socially acceptable and even encouraged. In fact if you see a rider not crossing their arms, look out – they may be listening or even genuinely caring about what you have to say!

Plus or minus 2 to your current bike stable. The question always arises in post ride chit chattin’ sessions: How many bikes do you have in your stable? The correct answer is equal to the number of bikes you actually have plus two. If you have more than 10 bikes you minus 2 from your total. This is to keep you from looking like a bike hog which is not appreciated by those who are poor or rich, or anybody else in between. If you originally have less than 10 but when you add 2 to your actual bike total, this exceeds 10, then divide your actual number by 3 and add 6. Don’t forget to round up.

Don’t mention the spouse or kids. If your spouse is a rider like you, do not mention that you left your toddlers at home alone with the TV on as entertainment. Even in the post ride chit chattin’ session leaving minor minors unattended is frowned upon. Leaving minor minors unattended with the TV on AND with lunchables on the counter is, surprisingly, acceptable. WAIT, no it isn’t… let’s just skip this one, okay?

Don’t mention how great that ride was. At most you can say that the ride you all went on was “pretty good? but always point out that the ride at blah, blah, blah was better. Wherein blah, blah, blah is the gnarliest singletrack you’ve never ridden but want others to believe you have. To make this work you must have intimate knowledge of blah, blah, blah. Make sure to google blah, blah, blah before talking about blah, blah, blah. If you don’t google blah, blah, blah you will sound like blah, blah, blah. This is bad, bad, bad.

Don’t feel bad about cutting people off mid-sentence. After all, how else will you be able to interject loudly the name of the mechanic from that boutique bike shop 17 cities over from where you live? Feel free to always interrupt people especially if they’re detailing how to fix a mechanical to a newbie. This is the best time to interject “Brian at The Path!? at full volume.

Follow this helpful guide diligently and you too will soon be accepted into your post ride chit chattin’ sessions with gleeful aplomb. If not, just buy everyone a round of beer. You can always buy my acceptance.

Beer, it does a body good!

One of our loyal readers, Max, pointed us to an article he read that shows beer is great for post workout hydration.

The subjects in the study were asked to run on a treadmill at temperatures of 104F (40C) until they were close to exhaustion. Once they had reached the point of giving up, researchers measured their hydration levels, motor skills, and concentration ability.

Half of the subjects were given two half pints of Spanish lager to drink, and the other half were given just water.

Garzon said that the rehydration effection in those who were given beer was “slightly better” than those who were given only water. He also believes that the carbon dioxide in beer helps quench thirst more quickly, and that beer’s carbohydrates replace calories lost during physical exertion.

Keep Reading.

With that kind of information, Lance’s Brews Day Beer Reviews will help pick out the best choices for your rehydration beverage.

See…we knew that there was value to beer and mountain bikes in one site. Besides, we were looking out for you! Oh by the way…you’re welcome! 🙂

Brews Day Follow Up

A while back our resident Beer Expert, Lance “Lush” Lowry reviewed a stout called Old Rasputin.

Moe gave me a bottle of this stuff to try. As I’m drinking it I’m reading Lance’s review and trying to see if I could taste what he’s talking about…Well I don’t know about the sweet oatmeal taste he’s talking about, but I do know it certainly has put hair on my chest.

The 9% alcohol is doable…But then again I’m not so great at handling spirits…

So this Old Rasputin is pretty gnarly. I like dark beers, but this like drinking alcoholic espresso! Lance was right, this thing is super thick…but its REALLY GOOD! Man, Lance knows what he’s talking about!

Tuesday Brews Day:Duchesse De Bourgogne

Biking is a great metaphor for life’s ins and outs. Take your trails for instance. If you’re riding the same one for weeks on end it can get dull and tiresome. Not that riding is tiresome but often we just need something different to break up the repetition and revive our minds. Today we’ll do just that and venture into the interesting world of sour beers. Quit puckering your mouth, we haven’t even started!

The Duchesse in her humble abode

Today we’ll sneak a peak at Duchesse De Bourgogne(pronounced Doo-shay). It’s a Belgian ale that comes from the Verhaeghe Brewery in Vichte. It’s named after Mary of Burgundy, who died at the early age of 25 when she fell off her horse while hunting with her falcon. Obviously she didn’t read my article on wearing a helmet. Stuuuuuupid! Interestingly, this brew was one of the few hand picked beers to be served at the crown Prince of Denmark’s wedding in 2004. Very ladee dah!

Verhaeghe Brewery

This is billed as a Flemish Red Ale which is appropriate as it is red and…well, an ale. It’s is supposed to be served in a snifter to accentuate the spicy aromas. The brewers used minimal hops and maximum roasted malts, but the roasted flavors are subtle and mature. The ale is brewed in 80-year-old oak barrels to further heighten the flavor, but how do they make it taste sour? Sour beers are brewed without yeast which lends it a balsamic vinegar taste. Very odd but intriguing.


Be warned, the smell and the initial taste are ferociously sour. I believe my first impression was “Good Gawd, what the hell?!”. But as you continue to drink you realize what a gem this little eccentricity is. It’s like someone backhanding you across the face and then offering a nice warm blanket. Puzzling yet tasty. It’s actually quite delicious once you get used to the sourness. My wife surprised me by ordering two. It has a rich, aged flavor that is silky smooth. You’ll probably only find this at select breweries and I haven’t even seen it any beverage marts I go to. But if you do see the name somewhere, have a try…new trails are the spice of life!

Bikes and Beer…does that put a bad name to mountain bikers

As you all know we do have a Brews Day category where our very own Lance Lowry goes into great detail to talk about the beer of the week. I love his articles because it’s always interesting and makes me want to try something new.

For as long as I could remember, mountain biking and beer have gone hand in hand. Heck my favorite beer is Fat Tire Ale…inspired by a bike riding beer brewing fella. Anyhow, I can’t help but wonder if people have this mental image of beer drinking mountain bikers. Some may assume that these beer drinkin’ athletes are big gutted, slow and unshaven.

But then again there’s people like Lance who leads the Brews Day articles…the dude has less than 10% body fat on him…and he’s fast, plus he doesn’t even have any facial hair. So maybe the generalization that people may associate with beer and mountain bikers are subject to the ones they’ve come across that like both.