10-Year Mountain Bike Challenge

Although most social media challenges are a waste of time, Facebook’s 10-year challenge got my attention. Of course, like everyone else, I found a photo of myself from 10 years ago and compared it to my most current photo. Needless to say, I still look 19, so I thought about what could I post that…

Pedaling With Mickey: A Day on the Bay Circuit Trail

Less than 15 minutes from Mickey’s house and we’re already lost. The directions made this intersection seem easy: exit Borderland State Park on the Rockland Street Trail, turn left onto “Rockland St. for 0.1 miles,” and then take a right onto “a woodland trail.” A Bay Circuit Trail marker, designating the turn from the road into the…

Ditch Your Pack and Get Sendy

Have you ever wanted to ride naked and feel free as a bird shredding down those rocky trails? Ok, I know that sounds terrifying, but how about the next best option—pack-less riding. Sure, everybody’s got that cycling-specific pack that’s supposed to hold water, tools, shades, camera, and an extra layer. But the dirty secret is…

My Favorite Mountain Bike Trails of 2018

With the 2018 mountain biking season coming to close, at least for me, it’s the perfect time to reflect on what was a fantastic year of riding. This year one of my main mountain biking goals was to explore more—which meant everything from visiting new trail systems to simply investigating new parts of well-traveled trail…

Surf Station: Late-Summer 2018

Last summer, while working with Tim on several goEast pieces about hiking Vermont’s 4,000-footers, I ended up hiking four of the five peaks (Mansfield, Camel’s Hump, Ellen, and Abraham) in a 24-hour period. Having done four so casually, it was only natural to wonder if we could do those four and Killington (Vermont’s fifth 4,000-footer)…

Mountain Biking’s One-Hit Wonders

When I first discovered mountain biking, the bikes were rigid, they stopped via manual rim brakes, and wheels were still just 26 inches. Back then, the idea of vast trail networks like Kingdom Trails, the Carrabassett Valley, and my local system, Bear Brook, was the stuff of dreams. My earliest memory of mountain biking is…

The Expanding Kingdom

It’s hard to believe that it’s been roughly 15 years since I made my first trip to Kingdom Trails in East Burke, Vermont. In fact, it’s been so long that I can’t even remember how I came to learn about how this sleepy town in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom that was reinventing itself as a mountain…

Spades’ Tips for the First Bike Ride of the Season

It’s riding season, and even though I rode through the winter, others among us—like Doug—are just cleaning the cobwebs off their mountain bikes. For Doug, and everyone else like him, here are ten tips to ensure that your first ride of the season comes up aces. 1. This is a great time to check the…