Does Strava Encourage Illegal Trail Riding?

🔖 cycling 

I recently received the following email in my Trail Care inbox (names and locations removed):

Hi, I am a long time mtb rider. I am also on the Board of Directors for the local open space advocacy/trails stewardship group. The actual owner of the surrounding open space is the county. Like other areas, we have a ton illegal trails. Many of the authorities see Strava as a negative in that riders publicly post their illegal trail rides which leads others to follow. There is also the perception that Strava motivates riders to break speed limits to get KOMs. Have you run into this anywhere else and how do you get around this?

This is a controversial subject within the mountain biking community, especially within the advocacy circles. Pretty much everyone has an opinion about Strava. Some people love it, some hate it, any everyone has their theories.


Santa Barbara Solar System Ride

🔖 astronomy  cycling 

LCOGT has participated in this year’s Cyclemaynia event in the best way we know how: by geeking out over both cycling and astronomy at the same time.

I thought it would be neat to do a scale model of the solar system that people could ride in order to experience in order to gain a deeper appreciation of how vast the solar system really is.

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Shralping Shredona (The Weirdest Place to Ride in the World)

🔖 cycling 

There are a few places in North American that, if you know a mountain biker, will probably hear about at least once. They are places where the riding is so legendary, so obscenely epic (we’re talking Sail by AWOL levels here) that they are worth traveling to the obscure corners of the country that they are usually located. Sedona, Arizona is one of those places.


Ride Slower Next Time

🔖 cycling 

Sometimes it becomes far too easy to get caught up in the distractions of being heavily involved in a sport like Mountain Biking. There’s the constant guilt of staying in shape, the ever changing and evolving equipment industry, and of course the big question: “Am I fast enough?”


First Foray into Video Editing: Dusty Sweetness

🔖 cycling  featured 
Thanks to my wonderul parents, I’m now the proud owner of a new GoPro. And thanks to theives in San Francisco, I’m also the proud owner of a new Ibis Mojo HDR which took the place of my lost Santa Cruz Blur LT. I finally got the chance to use both over the weekend on a very dry, very warm, January day: I really enjoyed the process of both filming and editing the video. Read more...

Race Resume

🔖 cycling 
I was recently asked to put together a race resume for a cycling team I am interested in joining. As a web developer, I thought I could have a little fun with it. Take a look

War Bikes

🔖 cycling 
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I can’t think of anything more align with progressive values than the bike. The weapon of choice for the modern day bohemian - with it’s obvious practical use as a means of transportation augmented by the enormous health, environmental and economical benefits endowed to the rider. Not to mention biker’s butt. Nay, it appears there is nothing but butterflies and sunshine surrounding the subject of the cycle.

Except that a bicycle is a machine and a machine’s utility is defined by it’s use.