7 Things Mountain Bikers Need to Know After a Flood

Let’s face it, things have been tough and are going to stay tough for many people in our state. The impact is so devastating I can’t wrap my troll sized head around it. I can’t fathom what it’s going to take to get us all out of this mess. I know it’s going to be a long road and a muddy road at that. For those of us that mountain bike, we know it’s going to be awhile before we are back on our precious trails. And we also know that people and loss of homes and life and treasures comes before all of that. For now, let’s try to find some joy where we can. And let’s try to remember that collectively we are amazing. We’re mountain bikers. And as my dad likes to say, “We’re tough as nails and twice as strong.”


Author, Cheri Felix

Here are my thoughts to get us through these next few weeks:
Get some exercise. Try to resist the temptation to have your kids make you a sandwich. Try to go to the fridge as often as possible. If you want a beer get it yourself. And on the way to the fridge maybe do a lunge or two. This should keep you in shape for all of that sick downhill you’re gonna want to get after later this fall.
Speaking of beer. Maybe go find a tap house that is open. Or a bar. Drinking with others is way more fun and let’s face it, drinking by yourself usually doesn’t end well. Unless you like nooner meetings where you start off by saying, “My name is Cheri and…”
Wash your bike. I know that after a flood the last thing you want to see is water but it’s a great time to spiffy your bike up and lube your chain. Lifting your bike into the bike stand will help keep up your upper body strength. What? Doesn’t everybody have a bike stand? Go get one. You’ll love it.
Wash your bike clothes. I know I know. For some of you that’s a huge task. I know for me it is. I tend to error on the side of if it isn’t stinky or crinkly don’t wash it but I’m thinking that spare chamois in my bike bag could use a run through the wash about now.
Start planning that next bike trip. It’s not too early to start thinking about a trip for next summer. A few weeks back I went to Park City to ride and let me tell you, I barely scratched the surface. That city has everything you need; great riding, a distillery, great food, free buses and some of the nicest people on this earth. Stay tuned for me to share when and how you should get there. For a 1 hour and 10 minute flight I’d say it should be on your list for next summer for sure.
Think about others. After the beer is gone, the bike is washed and the chamois is once again soft and fresh, take a look around your garage. Many kids lost their bikes or access to their bikes and there is a Colorado high school race this weekend in Leadville. The last race saw over 500 kids line up and I’m bettin’ someone’s going to need a bike to borrow this weekend. You can use this comment section if you have a bike to donate to a team or lend for the season.
Sign up to help rebuild our trails. To volunteer or receive updates, please send an email to: volunteer @bouldermountainbike.org with TRAIL LOVE in the subject line and you will be put on the list to help.

Keep your chin up and let me know if you are heading out for a beer.

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19 Comments

Evacuated, flooded cyclist: rethink. Some experiences

Rather than the beer thing, is to watch your calorie intake but still enjoy the sunny, warm days before fall, winter hits. If a person is personally affected by the flood as a volunteer in flood clean-up/recovery for oneself, family or others in need, or one's building is shut down (like mine), there is a period of self-examination and even dredging up feelings of sadness and loss. For people who have lost property, homes, it is serious stress.

I'm not a mtb biker but live a cycling lifestyle ...for past 22 yrs. Several bike-ped. bridges over the rivers have been completely smashed here in Calgary, Alberta due to a flood that evacuated over 100,000 people this past June. Here's my experience: http://cyclewriteblog.wordpress.com/2013/09/03/major-flood-or-disaster-d...

Beyond the spelling and grammatical errors, what else?

Puzzled by how my article reflects narcissism by being a cyclist. I don't have a car nor have I driven for the last 30 years since I gave up my drivers' license. I just did not feel comfortable driving on highways. Aren't you glad? I'm keeping other people safe by not being a poor car driver.

Cycling how I do travel around my own city not for fun but for shopping, health appointments and work to alternate work sites. Not everyone drives. But I don't wait around and expect people to chaperone me. Not even just after a flood.

As for helping people: I have to help myself first since my storage locker was flooded. Our street was flooded. We needed help. I had a vacation planned just before the flood and made a choice: walk away from a home and personal possessions that were in a flood zone. Not going to be dumb enough to stay in a flood evacuation zone.

Gramer Trolls

Spare us all from the perpetual and elitist comments about proper grammer, spealling and punktuation. This is not grade, middle, high school or a college literature class. It's a friggn blog, go read your Hemming way if the comments are utterly umbearable too U.

I'm hungry, let's eat Grandpa

Or, I'm hungry. Let's eat, Grandpa.

A simple comma makes all the difference.

I'm guessing you're not an engineer. Neither am I, but that's beside the point. Would it be okay for the folks who design your bridges or your car or whatever, or who write the code to run your computer to be satisfied with a 'meh' attitude?

The comments about the problems with that article were spot on. It was almost impossible to discern the author's meaning due to his sentences often making no sense at all.

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