CLIP VS FLAT PEDALS: Which are safer???

Flat (platform) pedals versus clipless (clip) pedals are a crazy hot button topic in mountain biking. Recently, I’ve switched over to riding exclusively flat pedals. A bunch of you have asked why, so we’ll get into it in this video! FYI, I am sponsored by Shimano and Jenson USA. I LOVE my Shimano GR9 flat…

MASTERING SWITCHBACKS: The proven methods

Switchbacks! Switch back turns are a whole different reality than berms. Or are they? The main two differences are lean angle and speed. Switchbacks are just tighter corners that will require a slower entry speed and a bit less lean angle. That’s it. I generally use three techniques for switchbacks: 1.Pumping the turn like a…

To the trailhead and beyond: my Promaster buildout

My 2015 Ram ProMaster 136” conversion van is more of a family camper van, built for mountain biking and camp trips, than the original moto van conversion I first showed on the channel. My daughter and I have recently done a couple of camp outs in the van, and for what’s also my daily driver,…

PURA VIDA: The incredible riding scene in Costa Rica

THIS IS LOCAL LOAM Community. The Central American community. The enduro community. While a few days is nowhere near enough time to really understand a new culture, that one theme kept coming up during our trip to Costa Rica. Just how did this overriding sense of community grab me, you ask? I had never been…

YEEHAW: This is Local Loam AUSTIN, TX

Texas, the second largest US state, has less than 4% publicly accessible land. This creates a substantial challenge for mountain bikers. But we’re nothing if not a determined and crafty group and we’ve found a few unique ways to shred Texas on two knobby tires.

ABOVE LA: Riding the RIPMO in the City of Angels

The riding in the San Gabriel mountain range in LA is unbelievable! We rode up to Mount Lukens- the highest point in LA at 5’066 ft. This edit is a favorite from a bit back, and this bike is still a favorite of mine- and many others- today.

DON’T SLEEP ON ARKANSAS: The MTB mecca

Revolution is a strong word. Even so, it feels appropriate to describe how Northwest Arkansas has incorporated a complete mountain bike experience into the region. The ambitious strategy that began in Bentonville, and now expands throughout northwest Arkansas, paints an exciting new paradigm for what’s possible when developing the sport. These days in northwest Arkansas,…

LOCAL LOAM: Riding Mt. Lemmon with TORCA

Tucson has been all over the mountain biking media as of late. Nearly every major outlet has posted content from the area. During my own Tucson pilgrimage in December 2018, I saw for myself just what makes this riding so special.

RIPMO AF RIDE REPORT

You all keep asking me how I’ve been enjoying the Ripmo AF, even though what you really want to ask me is “will you like a Ripmo AF”?  Well, clearly it’s now time for a bit of a ride report! My Ripmo AF is not a stock bike.  Depending on who you ask, the $4300…

PODCAST: Do you know Hannah Bergmann?

“Women’s advocacy in riding is burgeoning because of this person.” Hannah Bergmann grew up in Hood River, Oregon and now lives in Bellingham, Washington. Her first passion was skiing, and she actually only started mountain biking about seven years ago when her dad got her into the sport. But don’t let that fool you- Hannah…