The biggest mistake we make on our mountain bikes is getting too serious about the ride and forgetting to enjoy the perks. Sure, mountain biking is a great way to exercise, improve balance and dexterity and push yourself out of your comfort zone, but it also needs to be a time to take it all in. This month, Trail Mix pulls to the side of the trail, unclips and takes in the view.
HOPE THIS FITS
Lake Chelan Overlook. Photographer: Dean Shibayama.
Mercer Island, Washington
NEW TO THE VIEWS
Biking in the mountains of Pachuca, Mexico. My uncle, who took the photo, just introduced me to the sport.
My S-Works Enduro SL, during an 8000-foot descent, over 30 miles from La Sal Mountain into Moab, Utah.
DON’T STEP BACK, ZACH
At the Kennecott copper mine overlook, holding my Gary Fisher Wahoo after a long climb from the Tooele side, enjoying the view of the Salt Lake Valley in the background.
Salt Lake City, Utah
My friend Robert, in repose, at the Slickrock overlook.
San Diego, California
RIM OF THE WORLD
A self-supported tour through Canyonland’s White Rim route. Here we are, looking down another mini-canyon along the White Rim Trail. We packed it all in and carried it all out on our mountain bikes–all in 48 hours. We cycled from our Willow Flats campground on the Canyonlands plateau to the starting point, Horse Thief Canyon, camped out on Murphy’s Hogback backcountry campsite, and then headed back out, up and along Shaefer Trail the next day. The only hitch: it was pitch dark on the switchbacks of Shaefer Trail as we exited the canyon!
Port Washington, New York
My commute to work over Bald Mountain. Traffic was horrible–three squirrels and a deer.
“Big Mark” Blaubach
Pete Lane’s River Run Bike Shop
REFLECTIONS ON A GREAT RIDE
Here is a view of Irvine Regional Park from the Puma Ridge Trail in Orange on a gloomy Saturday morning. I have a side view mirror because I pedal from my home to the trails to save gas.
WHY WE LOVE THE GOOSE
We spent a week in Utah during spring break and were completely blown away by the riding, especially on Gooseberry Mesa. My daughter Lauren races for the local Drake High School MTB team, and we are planning another trip soon.
GET ALMOST FAMOUS
Mountain Bike Action Magazine’s monthly Trailmix column features our favorite photos sent to us by riders like you from all over the globe. The photos here appeared in our July 2012 issue. Want to get in on the fun? Here is how to do it.:
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