First time off-road can be intimidating. What do you do if you’re on your own?
BY JO RUST Negotiating big loose rocks while going uphill can be tricky and intimidating even on a bike without carrying luggage.
DUSTY WESSELS What’s the best approach to steep turns on dirt at speed?
DUSTY WESSELS Determined to conquer fine gravel and sand, but keep dropping your bike no matter how much practice and energy you invest? Don’t get demoralized.
BY PAT JACQUES The short answer to this question is “don’t do it.” Riding when you’re tired exponentially increases the chances of accidents. We’ve all heard “ride your own ride” and “ride within your ability.” Sage advice that applies here! Riding your own ride means
BY DUSTY WESSELS, WEST 38 MOTO Riding in the dark is best avoided whenever possible. But sometimes, you just need to make distance or get to the campsite, and there’s simply no choice.
BY PAT JACQUES Cross rutting happens when the front wheel gets caught in one rut and the back wheel gets stuck in a different rut.
BY DUSTY WESSELS, WEST 38 MOTO How do you make tight U-turns on gravel, especially uphill? Making tight U-turns on gravel can be challenging, and this is one of the things we teach in our beginner classes.
BY PAT JACQUES Photos by Cathy Larson, Griz Girl Photography Target fixation describes a situation where riders fixate or stare at an obstacle they want to avoid and end up hitting the obstacle.
BY DUSTY WESSELS, WEST 38 MOTO What’s a practical wheelie, and when do you use it? Never, unless you are showing off! Seriously. Now, there is a time to lift or “loft” the front wheel, though. Most of the time this is used when getting