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The Specialized Stumpjumper

Ode to the The Specialized Stumpjumper When you don’t ever want to wonder if your Mountain Bike is up to the job you ride a Stumpy. The Stumpy is the ultimate trail bike and it can handle just about anything.  It is the ideal bike for the terrain you’ll find on a Hobart Mountain Bike Tour’s tour. Specialized has been making Stumpys since 1981 and each new model is better that the last. We use Read more…

Come Ride The River

Ok, as a mountain biker I might have a bit of a problem.  I’m don’t think i’m a trail snob.  I’m fully ( and sometimes painfully) aware of my short comings as a rider. Technically I’m not great and my fitness is no where near what it once was, but for me the essence of mountain bike riding is riding mountains.  Remote locations, off the beaten track, challenging trails with lots of vertical both up Read more…

Winter bike rides in Tasmania

Mountain Bike Fashion – What to wear, when

If you’re reading this seriously looking for fashion advice for mountain biking please let me know ( ) because that’s really funny.  I’m the least fashionable person on the planet.  I wear one  pair of Blundstone boots (that changes every 5 years), wife beater singlet, Hobart MTB Tours jumper. Jeans in winter, shorts in summer.  I live in bib and brace bike shorts whether I’m on the bike or not. If you’re still not Read more…

Best Post Ride Beer

OK lets get any conflict of interest out of the way right now.  I live in Hobart and I ride on Cascade land.  I try and support them by drinking Cascade beer… Mountain biking seems to get linked to hipsterism and craft beer.  Not sure why?  Maybe its the deomographic or maybe its because we’re relaxed and social and slightly non main stream. Or maybe craft beer makers try and link themselves to mountain bikers Read more…

Ready to ride

Why don’t roadies smile

Tomorrow morning I’ll hit the tracks with my buddies.  We don’t spend much time on the bitumen but when we do I always smile and way at every other bike rider.  I always have.  I’ve made more friends this way than I can remember but sometimes my intentions aren’t entirely pure.  I usually get a laugh from my riding buddies every time a roadie goes past and they point blank ignore my friendly wave.  Its Read more…

Hydration: Drink when you’re thirsty

Don’t ring me, don’t write a nasty letter, don’t send me a rude email and I don’t want any incendiary text messages cause I know some people are going to get a little excited about this.  But I don’t care.  This is for those riders who are thinking to themselves that the experts theories about hydration are causing them nothing but problems.  How many races, rides and events did I ruined when I listened to Read more…

Follow the Light

It had been raining for hours; Knicks were saturated and rubbing painfully,  gloves were sodden, my semi rainproof jackets was hanging limply off my body, dripping, dripping and dripping.  My eyes were full of mud and had turned into red and brown slits and the bike were making pained groaning noises every time you pedaled. We crested a big gravel climb and briefly looked forward to a nice long descent.  Then mud sprayed up and Read more…

Mountain Bike Night Ride

Riding with Lights

Do you mountain bike at night?  I’m always surprised when I invite someone for a ride in winter and they ask “Will I need lights?”. “Well, its dark so, yeah.” “Oh, I haven’t got lights” I guess, like most people, I have a habit of looking at things through my own perspective.  I ride every day and in winter, when its gets light at 8:30am and dark again at 4:30pm, I assume that if you Read more…

Knowing the back trails

One of the benefits of mountain biking is you get to know a lot of secret back trails that not many that people know about.

I’ve been lucky enough to have ridden on and around the bush lands south of Hobart nearly every day for many years.

I found tracks that few people know and I’ve even made a few tracks that even fewer people know about.  And this mountain biker knowledge allows you to ride some great routes by connecting some of the main routes with some of the lesser know tracks.  I always get a bit of a thrill taking friends riding in areas of Hobart they think they know and showing them one or two trails they didn’t know about and turning the usual ride into something quite different. However a good knowledge of the back trails can sometimes get you into a bit of trouble… (more…)