Posted on November 6, 2013
This is a view from the main street of Banff that I am so incredibly lucky to view everyday, without a doubt something that I will never tire of seeing. They really could not have located the main street of Banff any better than to have the amazing Cascade Mountain situated right at the end, as if it is overlooking and guarding our town. Cascade is such a brilliant mountain, it is always different from season to season and day to day, for some days it is not even visible from thick cloud cover to a scene like the one below where it is shining well before our town gets to enjoy the sun. I have still neglected to make it to the top of this mountain, I have come close but not yet to the summit. That is something for next summer. Until then, I will enjoy it in all of it’s incredible winter glory!!!
Posted on October 29, 2013
I was excited to see that we had come to our first snowfall warning of the season this past Sunday, however we ended up not really getting anything in the town of Banff. I was pretty excited to get the Mukluk out in some snow and with just a little bit of climbing I ended up finding an incredible bounty of snow just outside the reaches of town up on Mount Norquay. I ended up riding a fairly technical trail in the area called Upper Stoney Squaw, it was absolutely brilliant and I couldn’t have been happier to be riding up on this mountain all to myself with the beautiful sun shining and the trees completely coated in fresh snow. This ride, this day, has got me unbelievably excited for winter. Winter rules the Bow Valley and the Canadian Rockies and I really wouldn’t want it any other way. My Muk and I are going to have a lot of great adventures this winter for sure.
Can you find the Muk in the first photo below? Just a little bit of elevation in this town gives you a lot to ponder over.
Posted on October 22, 2013
I just recently acquired the incredibly beautiful and highly functional Salsa Mukluk. It is a red bike to begin with, not just any red bike, but probably one of the nicest reds I have seen on any bike, very classic and timeless. This bike is absolutely incredible. I originally got it for the long winter that I live in here in Banff, and that is certainly what I will be using it for, but what has come to really surprise me is how amazing of a summer/fall trail bike it is. I decided to take it on what is arguably the roughest single track around, which is the Rundle Riverside trail between Banff and Canmore. This trail will rattle even the finest of full suspension bikes, but with the Mukluk, not a chance. I rode the completely eroded trail with ease and up and over huge rock slides and everything and anything in between. There are a lot of fat bikes out on the market now but I really feel that Salsa has it nailed. I love all of the mounts for water bottles, it’s perfect convenience for bike packing and everything down to the small details like the homage to the north on the forks. Congratulations Salsa for once again making an incredible bike, your hard work makes my life even more the richer. My recent article in Bunyan Velo touches on my trusty Salsa bikes and these bikes really do have a huge play in my recovery and my continuing progress to health and happiness. Thanks also to the best bike shop out there Bike Bike in Calgary for carrying such amazing bikes and being such awesome people. And as always, thanks so much to my beautiful and lovely wife for encouraging me to continue my path as a cyclist.
And Lastly, a message to Old Man Winter – Please bring the snow and lots of it. The powdery, dry, grippy, and fluffy kind would be much appreciated on a weekly basis starting Oct. 31.
Posted on October 6, 2013
My sweet and lovely wife came along with me to take some photos on a ride through my absolute favourite place to ride on a perfect and sunny fall day. I love riding single track through the montane meadows of Banff this time of the year, the grass is tall, the air is fairly warm, the mountains are coated in fresh snow, and the aspens are glowing in a way that can really only be described as magic, hence why I call this particular aspen stand and meadow – The Magic Forest. I almost always end all of my day rides in this meadow, it is a great ending to many different single track rides around the town of Banff. This time of the year is most definitely the best however. Thanks so much to my amazing photographer wife Kirstie for taking these photos below, I am completely blown away daily by her incredible talent and kindness!!!!
Posted on October 5, 2013
The photo below shows by far my most favourite paved biking trail anywhere. The section of it on the right hand bottom of the photo that I took today is but a small section of a grand trail. I am so thrilled that the Bow Valley has developed an amazing bike path that links the towns of Banff and Canmore and goes through some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet. I ride this trail many times a week to go to Canmore, to have coffee with friends, and to run other errands that can’t be taken care of in Banff. This trail is a real beauty and I am really excited that the Bow Valley has embraced cycling so much and that the tourism bureau is actively promoting and advocating for cycling in the park. I’m a big fan of anyone who advocates cycling by far. There are other ways to get to Canmore from Banff by bicycle via the off road options of the Spray River/ Goat Creek trail, as well as the Rundle Riverside Trail. Both of these trails are amazing but are both much more technical in comparison to the paved Legacy Trail. I love both of the mountain bike trails that link Banff to Canmore but the Legacy Trail is really wonderful for those that need a quicker and easier way to get between towns. It is just a really fun trail to ride and I love that anyone can do it, perhaps it will get more and more people into cycling and eventually start pushing them off the pavement as well to get a taste of riding some dirt. I congratulate all those that put their hard work into making such a beautiful and practical trail for us locals and tourists to ride. Thank you!!!
Posted on October 2, 2013
I am incredibly excited to announce that the amazing Bunyan Velo publication has just come out with Issue No. 3. If you have never heard of this publication you should definitely go have a look at it here, and if you have heard of it, I am sure that you have been waiting with excitement just as I have been doing to see the new issue. Lucas has once again done an unbelievably talented job of designing a beautiful and thoughtful publication for those of us to see that are in love with the bicycle, but also for anyone who is interested in any form of adventure, and definitely for those that are interested in great design. I am happy to say that I have a story of my own in this issue and I am very humbled, honoured, and grateful to be a part of such an amazing group of people in an absolutely stunning presentation. Thank you so much Lucas from Bunyan Velo for including me in your beautiful project, I couldn’t be happier with it and I am overwhelmed and super thankful for all of the hard work that you have put into this. Thank you.
Please go have a look at bunyanvelo.com
Above Photo by Nicholas Carman
Posted on September 21, 2013
My good friend Scott Felter was recently featured on WTB’s Blog under Rad People Who Ride. You should go have a look at it here. He truly is a Rad person who rides. He is an insanely talented maker. He owns a wonderful bike bag company called Porcelain Rocket and I certainly could not be more excited, happy, and proud for him to see exactly how far he has come in his craft and business and I am blown away by each and every bag that he makes, as well as my very own Porcelain Rocket frame bag that lives on my Fargo. Scott has seen me through thick and thin and is the kind of friend that one could only ever hope for in life. He got me into mountain biking, taught me how to ride and work on my bike, brought me to absolutely love bikes and the adventures that abound from them. Scott teaching me how to mountain bike is nothing short of an amazing and incredible gift that I will certainly always appreciate and be grateful for. Scott has always been there for me and most importantly was completely there for my wife Kirstie when I nearly lost my life 5 years ago. He dropped everything to help her through an extremely difficult time and helped both Kirstie and I through what has and most likely will be one of the most challenging points in our lives. I will always be grateful for that and he is always up for an adventure with me and really inspires me to get out. He is without a doubt the kind of person that should most certainly be put under the category of Rad. Super Rad. He just recently finished an epic tour of the Canning Stock Route in Australia and still went on a three day backpack trip with me in the snowy backcountry of Banff National Park. Thanks for everything Scott, I am super proud of you and cherish our friendship like no other.