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Omaha, NE, 68106
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Mountain bike skills clinic in Omaha, Nebraska.

R&R Outside Blog

Blog about R&R Outside mountain bike adventures.

 

Getting Your Mojo Back

Roxzanne Feagan

For those of us who actually have all four seasons, Spring is upon us and it's time to ride. I don’t know about you but the first few rides on dirt, after being away for a while, can be shaky. I find myself looking down at the rock or root instead of far ahead. I sit more than I should, my foot position is wonky and my timing is off. 

Sound familiar?

As a good friend and skiing instructor said, “No hurries, no worries.” So, be easy on yourselves as you head into the forest for the first time. Take this opportunity to get your mojo back and relish in the moment of rediscovery and retraining that mind/body connection. 

Some suggestions to get you prepared:

Check over your bike! Here are the ABC’s of bike readiness:
(A)ir - Check that your tires have the proper air pressure. How about your suspension?
(B)reaks & Bolts - Look at your brake pads and brake levers. Do a quick once over of the main pivot bolts, saddle bolts and headset (the thing that attaches the fork & handlebar to the bike).
(C)hain & Cables - Do you need to lube or maybe even replace your chain? If you don’t have a chain checker tool, ask your LBS to look at it. A worn chain wears out the chainrings much faster than a newer chain. How does your shifting feel? Warn or stretched cables can affect shifting and cause dropped chains.

Once at the trailhead:
Spin around the parking lot. Shift in and out of all of the gears. 
Practice breaking hard to test that your equipment will do what it’s told. 
Bounce up and down on your suspension and adjust as needed. 
Clip in and out of pedals to make sure our cleats are tight and working properly.

Now that your equipment is ready, are you? Maybe pop over a few curbs, practice leaning the bike side to side and for/aft. Practice level pedals, being relaxed and looking far ahead. And lastly, take a long, deep breath. Smell the dirt. Hear the wind and get back in touch with your mojo!

Ride Inspired!

Blowing out the Cobwebs

Ryan Feagan

We're finally starting to see some warms temps, and it is about time.

It's been a cold, frozen, wet winter in Omaha.  Occasional snowfall, and freezing rains, and freeze/thaw cycles have kept us all off dirt singletrack since about early December.  Sure, some folks have gotten out on the frozen snow on fatbikes, but even for those with the big squishy tires, the "good" snow conditions have been few & far between.  

We watch the forecasts in a few places south of us, always looking for winter getaways to warmer riding and dry dirt!  With temps in the 50's & 60's this last weekend, we headed to the Switchgrass Mountain Bike Trail.  For me, this was my first time riding a mountain bike since Thanksgiving!  

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I wasn't gonna survive the trip without getting a little overzealous on a fast portion of trail littered with loose rock, and laid it down when the front wheel washed off camber.  Seems like I need to blow the cobwebs out of my mountain biking skills!  Even with multiple certifications and years of experience, I still crash sometimes-- and truth be told I do enjoy pushing my own limits on occasion. 

 

We all need to ease into our skills and abilities-- having the right information, then practicing riding under the helpful eyes of coaches and friends can help all of us dial in a better ride, and ride right!

Also, we're dusting the cobwebs off this blog-- we promise to bring you fun, educational mountain bike content, some facts, some informed opinions, and some sharing of fun & adventures.  We hope to inspire you to learn, improve yourself as a rider, and contribute your story to the good times ahead.

Join us for a 1-day beginner clinic this spring on April 21.  

 

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A trip to The Great Wide Open

Ryan Feagan

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When Ryan and I met, it was on a group trip to Moab, Utah. That was 2002. We fell hard for the bleak and beautiful moonscape, returning every year with new friends, excited to share with them our new discovery of the mountain bike mecca.

The last time we were there was around 2014, about the time enduro racing started, taking us to new lands and new landscapes. Enduro found its way to Moab in the theme of The Whole Enchilada, a race down from the peaks of the Las Sals to the the end of the jeep track portion of the Porcupine Rim trail. We tried it three times in the last 7 years. The first time, Ryan was injured so I raced it with a friend of ours who took his race plate. The next year, it snowed like a banshee the day before the race and we had to literally slide on our asses down the steep switchbacks at the top. The next year it snowed again and the race was moved to the next day and we had to go home. It was some kind of curse. We hadn't been back since.

Jump ahead 3 years and The Whole Enchilada race was back on our calendar. It was earlier than it's ever been, mid September, so things were looking good until about Fruita, Colorado where we drove through a desert storm of epic proportions. Once in Moab, the rain was torrential, but we were still 3 days out from race day so we weren't too concerned. Stuff dries within hours in that part of the country. 

We made it to our campsite near the Slick Rock trail head. The skies were clearing but we could see another wave of rain coming on the western horizon. With not much daylight left, we decided to pass the time and scramble up the slickrock behind our campsite. What we saw dropped our jaws. SNOW in the mountains where were were to start the race!!! We could not believe it. The curse was back!

The next two days were spent riding the lower trails but then we heard the start of the race was dry so we self-shuttled up to it and sure enough, the dirt was bone dry. I wouldn't have believed it after seeing the dollup of new powder just two days prior. 

So race day was clear and crisp with just a hint of fall in the air. Pockets of aspens were turning and the rains had forced the fragrance of the junipers and sage into the air and the true, rich colors of the high desert were revealed.

Both of us managed to get on the podium of that race but that was just icing on the cake. Camping under a canopy of stars and gazing upon 360 degree horizon all day were really what we took back with us.

Moab is a special place for us and we'll never tire of returning to her.