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Mountain Bike Primer: Accessories

Mountain Bike Primer: Accessories

Getting your bike all put together and ready is one thing, but what about yourself? If you have walked into a bike shop and looked at the massive amount of accessories and odd items around the store, you realize that…

No Comments / 12 View / April 5, 2014

How to Identify Avalanche Terrain

How to Identify Avalanche Terrain

A firm grasp of avalanche safety is a must when venturing into the backcountry on skis or a snowboard. I’ve already discussed the most essential pieces of avalanche safety equipment in previous blog posts. The equipment includes an avalanche probe,…

No Comments / 10 View / March 29, 2014

Top Tips for Spring Hiking

Top Tips for Spring Hiking

Spring is here and that means one thing and one thing only to outdoor lovers like myself: time to go hiking. Though I love winter and the ample opportunities for snowboarding, skiing, and snowshoeing that it provides, nothing quite beats…

No Comments / 7 View / March 29, 2014

Playing For Fitness: Experience the Outdoors, Indoors

Playing For Fitness: Experience the Outdoors, Indoors

I will be the first to admit that I loath cycling and cycling classes. The thought of working stationary on a “hamster wheel” drives me bananas.  There is no change of scenery, no proprioception change, there is really no changes…

No Comments / 7 View / March 28, 2014

Mountain Bike Primer: Pedals

Mountain Bike Primer: Pedals

At this point, you’ve almost read all about the various bike parts and options in this series, but one that often gets overlooked is the pedals. Bicycle pedals are pretty straightforward, or so it might seem, but there are many…

No Comments / 8 View / March 26, 2014

Backcountry Avalanche Safety: All About Avalanche Beacons

Backcountry Avalanche Safety: All About Avalanche Beacons

When worst comes to worst in the backcountry, the one safety tool you do not want to be without is an avalanche beacon. I have already discussed both avalanche shovels and avalanche probes here on Much Awesome. While both are…

No Comments / 10 View / March 21, 2014

Playing for Fitness: Reach for the Sky!

Playing for Fitness: Reach for the Sky!

I hope you all have enjoyed trying out some of my previous suggestions for having a blast while working out, I know I have! But let me tell you, compared to this week’s activity that was just warm up.. this…

No Comments / 8 View / March 20, 2014

Mountain Bike Primer: Brakes and Tires

Mountain Bike Primer: Brakes and Tires

Finding the right mountain bike can be a challenge, but in the end a large amount of the decision comes down to small components and details. Luckily, many of those small components can be switched out or upgraded along the…

No Comments / 7 View / March 19, 2014

Playing For Fitness: Fun with Fido

Playing For Fitness: Fun with Fido

Finally, winter in Minnesota has taken a turn in the right direction and we as Minnesotans are taking every opportunity to enjoy it. One of my most pressing issues was getting my dog outside of the house to release the…

No Comments / 7 View / March 13, 2014

Mountain Bike Primer: Gears and Shifters

Mountain Bike Primer: Gears and Shifters

When most people get onto a bicycle, they realize that there are all these possible gears that they can use, but there is much more to it than “if you need to pedal harder or easier, shift gears.” A lot…

No Comments / 15 View / March 12, 2014