David Tucker, Biking

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 3:00pm David Tucker

Fat-bike this winter.

Trying new things can be hard, and I'm guilty of new-thing-trying apprehension all the time, most recently concerning smartphones—I was a late convert and often wish I could switch back. I'm the same way about my outdoor pursuits, holding on to what I know until faced with undeniable evidence that change is necessary. My unwillingness to try fat-biking is the current case in point.

Bozeman Fat-biking, Advocate Cycles, SWMMBA
And I've been resistant to this why...?

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Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 1:17pm David Tucker

A first-timer's guide to bikepacking.

Why would you listen to a newbie when it comes to bikepacking advice? That's a valid question, but odds are, if you're seeking said advice, or are at least interested in the activity, you need whatever info you can get. You're probably about to make all the same mistakes I did — so if you want to have a slightly better experience, take it from someone who just fouled up big time. These are lessons learned from a Memorial Day Weekend epic that covered 90 miles in three days, required no less than five hours of thigh-deep postholing, and included a camp arrival no earlier than 1am. Here goes.

Butte Mountain Biking, Montana Bikepacking, Advocate Cycles
Well, here goes nothing...

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 2:11pm David Tucker

Making the most of mush.

Have you ever shown up to a party that feels "too cool" for you? The music is wordless but has a good beat, yet no one is dancing. And everyone is silent. And instead of beer, people are drinking cocktails. Just thinking about it makes me feel uncomfortable. And that's kind of how I feel when it comes to fat-biking; I know the phenomenon is sweeping the outdoor-recreation world, but I'm not really sure if I get it, or if I fit in, or why people are doing it. I guess I'd better chug two PBRs and introduce myself. Afterall, there's no powder to ski—might as well make the most of the mush.

Fat-biking Montana
Enjoying the Bridgers on two wheels, not two planks. 

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Monday, August 31, 2015 - 1:14pm David Tucker

Stop blocking mountain-bike access.

For a while, I’ve resisted the urge to write about mountain-biking access, or the lack thereof as it were. I’ve been forced to grapple with two conflicting interests: my love for biking and my love for wild places. The former employee of the Sierra Club in me cautions that land is finite, and unspoiled land rapidly disappearing. Therefore, everything should be done to manage land under the strictest designations possible: Wilderness. But the mountain biker in me looks around at the way Wilderness is currently managed and shakes his head, asking the simple question, “Why aren’t mountain bikers allowed in? And why are more and more trails being closed, even outside of Wilderness?”

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Monday, August 11, 2014 - 11:43am David Tucker

Big Sky biking gets an upgrade.

Steep, rocky, technical: these are just some of the adjectives folks use to describe downhill biking at Big Sky. When I tell them I’m about to ride there for the first time, a sympathetic smile spreads across their faces. “Hold on tight,” they seem to say. With that unsettling thought in mind, I drive up the canyon to see what all the fuss is about.

“Where have you ridden downhill before?” our guide Adam asks, as he passes out body armor and full-face helmets. “Vermont,” I reply sheepishly, “but I used my cross-country bike.” “That wouldn’t work here,” he says, politely holding back laughter.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 10:58am David Tucker

Tuning into the trails at Pipestone.

“This downhill is pretty fun,” Jim says, a huge smile betraying his guarded excitement. “Just watch out for the stream crossing at the bottom.”

And like that, he’s gone, dipping out of sight with Jessica not far behind as I bring up the rear.

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