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Rules:


1) Bike. Eat. Sleep. Bike.
2) Household tables are 
   tagged with at least   
    27 MTB stickers.
3) Work computer history 
    shows more Vital MTB, 
    Pinkbike, & Downhill News than TPS Reports.
4) Showers can only follow mountain bike rides.
5) Make a website about mountain biking.
 

FOR KICKS

  • Sometimes Wheaties and a high five isn't enough for a Dawn Patrol ride. Here's some stuff that gets me, a biker, biking.
  • A Mountain Biker's Motivational Sequel Bike-driven motivational speeches are few and far between. But, here's one that will pick you off your seat. It will draw you to your bike, and it will ...
    Posted Aug 5, 2013, 11:28 AM by Jackie Swider
  • MOTIVATION Some days it is tough to get yourself to ride your bike. It is intimidating to push yourself. Well, tough. You want to be tough, so toughen up. I challenge ...
    Posted Jul 8, 2013, 9:00 PM by Jackie Swider
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BIKE FIX

  • Just because I'm a girl, doesn't mean I cant overhaul [insert anything here] on my bike.
  • BRAKE CHECK! My brakes seemed to get more squishy the more I rode. I was getting pump arm from segments, and holding my brakes (bad technique). But, I didn't feel confident my brakes were working properly. As a side, I could never brake to a nose wheelie; my brakes didn't seem to lock up fast enough.An Art's Cyclery mechanic advised to bleed my brakes, as there was air in the lines. I took initiative to bleed them, on the basis I will learn how to dial my bike properly.What I found, was amazing.BRAKE BLEEDING IS EASY!!My brakes are Formula-The One, and many brakes use a similar bleed process. Only difference pretty much is the ...
    Posted Mar 6, 2013, 8:45 AM by Jackie Swider
  • Importance of Maintaining your Suspension This post is dedicated to a friend with a Shock that was MISSING OIL!!Have you ever felt like your fork or shock wasn't acting right? Ever blamed a crash on your suspension? But, your fork is the new 2012 Fox Float Fit 36 with Kashima Coating, "how can it POSSIBLY" act up? Here's the thing, since these forks first were taken out of their manufacturer's box, they have gone through dust, dirt, rain, mud, crashes, impacts, and caked on Dried-mud. A few times, you likely grabbed your bike to ride after the rain and the stansions still had mud splatters.      WAIT....Those stansions had caked on mud? The mud is going straight into the lowers ...
    Posted Feb 21, 2013, 9:28 PM by Jackie Swider
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STRAVA

  • Riding and training on Strava. Instantly reminisce on my favorite bike rides.
  • Seven Days Makes a Habit. Learning Proper Riding Technique by Chainless DH Training After competing in the Enduro World Series race in Winter Park, Colorado, I realized these girls I competed with were the real deal. They were fast, fierce, and crush trail like no one's business. So I went back to the drawing board to think of... "...what would most effectively make me a better rider."On one thought I thought it would be most effective to: "improve my fitness."So, I started to road ride with friends in the past few weeks. On the other thought, I needed to learn how to "ride better." That was a broad goal, so I made it more specific. I broke it down to the following:    *Cornering speed    *Higher top speeds    *Less brakesHow ...
    Posted Aug 18, 2013, 9:46 AM by Jackie Swider
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MY STORIES

  • A day in the life of Miss. Jackie Swider
  • THE SUN GOES DOWN BEFORE I'M DONE I'm a little bit addicted to mountain biking, as am I addicted to energy. I figured, if I like a product enough, why not connect with them. So, I made a profile with MONSTER, just like I did on Facebook. Maybe the MONSTER guru's will like my stuff. Here's a rule of thumb I live/bike by, described in the about me."I'm stoked on biking. It's all I can think about. I wake up, bike, work, then night bike, because the sun goes down before I'm done." 
    Posted Nov 14, 2012, 5:45 PM by Jackie Swider
  • use Your Imagination mountain biking gets overly delightful when I stop thinking of it as a workout and think of it more as an adventure. So, I took that to heart this morning when the city was all fogged over. I'm usually never stoked to jump on my bike on a foggy day, but today, I changed that.   Once I climbed above the clouds, all of the tallest peaks in SLO were visible. They looked like little islands. There, the adventure opened up. These are little mario islands in the clouds. I have to hop-hop from one to the next! So, I decided to hop on over to the next island, or rather dive under the clouds for a quick sprint ...
    Posted Oct 29, 2012, 6:01 PM by Jackie Swider
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MTB RACE WEEKENDS AND TRIPS!


GOOD GEAR

  • The gear, bike, and components that get me stoked on shredding like I do.
  • Shredly - The Rundown On This Booming Line of Women's MTB Shorts I wanted to write about a particular Women's MTB Shorts company that has been booming over the past year. It caught my attention, because it is likely the most ...
    Posted Jun 24, 2013, 10:42 AM by Jackie Swider
  • 99% RIDER, 1% BIKE Once again, I find myself looking at the bike vs. rider philosophy. Maybe, I believe it from having to ride a hard tail for the first year on a mountain ...
    Posted Nov 27, 2012, 1:58 PM by Jackie Swider
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IN ACTION

  • Mountain biking in action!
  • Photos From ProGRT Race #7 Hosted by Southridge USA at China Peak Here are a few photos to preview before the full race recap. The race was a real downhill course, that tried everyone's strength, stamina, and eye for good lines. As much as it beat me up, I am stoked to have raced the course. Enjoy the photos and see how steep it is!
    Posted Jun 24, 2013, 8:51 PM by Jackie Swider
  • Pro GRT #2 - Fontana, CA Race Re-Cap  The second series race proved to be a new challenge. Can this course be ridden on a trail bike? It seemed to be the same debate for Pro Men, as Mitch Ropelato won on a 29" Stumpjumper Evo trail bike. For myself, I ventured into the realm of pinning it over the steep rocky waterfall in hopes to realize that trail bikes can handle just as much technical terrain as DH bikes with the pedal efficiency of a cross country bike. While my practice runs found me friendly lines down the waterfall, My triple crank front was having seizures, dropping chains every-which-where on the top rock gardens. My seeding run was also filled with technicals, and a total ...
    Posted Apr 11, 2013, 9:19 PM by Jackie Swider
  • Photos from the Bootleg Canyon Race Photo by: Chuck walkerPhoto by: Chuck Walker
    Posted Mar 22, 2013, 7:28 PM by Jackie Swider
  • Bootleg Canyon PRO GRT Race #1 Recap Bootleg Canyon can be summed up into the words, "Reality Check." Not only was the course intimidating, but the riders brought their "A" Game. The course traversed over jagged rocks, braking bumps, and the steepest rock faces known to mountain biking. The super-D course was challenging both in fitness and in technicality. It most represented a Trials/XC course than anything else, both of which I feel are some of my weaknesses. There were drops, rocky up-slopes, rocks to hop over, and rocks to preload over. The course took many tires and rims. I pumped up my tire pressure to 30/35 PSI front/rear to handle the course, and thank goodness I had tubeless, because I saw ...
    Posted Mar 20, 2013, 9:19 PM by Jackie Swider
  • CCCX Race Series 2013 ReCap CCCX Super-D Series 2013 is under way! The past few CCCX races have been a great start to the 2013 Series. February 23 started it off with a bang and a win by 14 seconds! Fellow friends and riders, Heather McSpadden and Noelle Champagne got podium too. There was even a reunion with the SLo-Chico crew, so it made for a sweet afternoon.Second race proved a bit more challenging. I got a little intimidated and scrubbed a few corners. With the crashes, I came in third, only two seconds off first! Carol took second and has mad fitness. The first place finisher is new to the race scene and bikes for IBIS. Kudos to her too!The ...
    Posted Mar 8, 2013, 10:58 PM by Jackie Swider
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