Happy Holidays! 🎄Hope you get to spend it in the company of your closest (your bike included). On Friday I completed my annual pre-holiday ride. Check it out on my Instagram. I’m carving out some time during the holidays to think about where to take MTB Weekly next year. If you have any ideas, just reply to this email.
This week I look at the inspiring story of the 82 years old Alf, who’s still sending it, Amir Kabbani’s trip to sunny Mallorca, some tips for winter riding and more. Scroll down! 👇👇👇
👀 Profile: Alf, the 82 years old mountain biker
I love Alf’s story. He is an 82 years old cancer surviver that picked up mountain biking when he was 70 to recover from his illness. Today he is shredding it on the trail, as you can see in this video. His enthusiasm is contagious.
🗺 Places: Mountain Biking in Mallorca
I know it’s cold out there, so here’s some warm sunshine from Mallorca. Amir Kabbani explores the island, on his bike and his paddle board. Check out those gnarly trails!
❄️ Tips: How to prepare for winter riding?
But let’s get real - summer is still far away, so how do you best prepare for riding in the winter? GMBN has 4 tips covering clothing, bike prep, location and post ride preparations.
🔮 Are transmissions the future of MTB drivetrains?
Alex Chamberlin reviews the Pinion 12-speed transmission mounted on Zerode Taniwha instead of a derailleur system. This gives the bike 600% gear range, allows you to shift without pedaling and has almost no maintenance. But is it the future?