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Rainy Day Mountain Biking Activities

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Depending on where you call home, there may be days or even weeks on end that you struggle to stay dry. In my neck of the woods, the rainy season takes place twice a year—once in spring and once again in fall, when it’s too warm for snow to fall. I know firsthand that days of wet weather can leave you feeling as glum as the overcast skies.

But they shouldn’t.

On a recent trip to Ketchikan, Alaska, the rainiest city in North America, I heeded a local’s sage advice to put on a rain jacket and go about my day as planned. The amount of rain Southeast Alaskans experience makes them appreciate the sunshine that much more. Why not adopt a similar philosophy? Instead of moping around the house during stretches of wet weather, be as productive off your bike as you would be on it.

Here are some ways to keep yourself occupied so you don't go stir crazy.

Clean Your Mountain Bike

I’ll admit, cleaning my bike is a rare occurrence for me. But when I do break out the buckets of soapy water, rags, degreaser and chain lube, I’m oh, so happy I did. After all, it’s only fair I show my bike some love, and nothing says “I love you” like a sparkly-clean steed. Fair warning: Clear a space in your basement or garage for this messy but important task. Bonus? A clean bike will last longer and improve performance.

Plan a Vacation

What better way to pass the time on a soggy day than daydreaming of where you’d rather be. Been there done that. Instead of letting your pensive attitude take a negative turn, put it to good use by planning out your next mountain bike vacation. Don’t know where to begin? We’ve got you covered. Peruse this list of adrenaline-fueled vacation destinations across America. Find firsthand reports from yours truly on places that have it all—from spectacular mountain biking trails to plenty of lodging and dining options.

Read a Book

Yeah, you heard me! But not just any book. Read a book about the sport that’s closest to your heart. I’ve read a fair share of books about biking over the years, and not all of them have been winners. But a few—just a few!—I return to frequently for different reasons. Take a look at the short list I’ve compiled of my favorite books about mountain biking. For one reason or another, these books are within arm’s reach. Need to tune up your steed, want to take your mountain biking skills to the next level, or just want a fun reprieve from reality? Check out these favorites and suggest some of your own!

Sign Up For Your First Mountain Bike Race

No one ever sat me down and told me what to expect before my first mountain bike race. Boy, would I have loved that! If you find yourself craving some competition this year, but don’t know what to expect, you’ve come to the right spot. This article will help you plan ahead to suppress some of those nerves come race day. Chances are, you’ll be fighting some anxiety leading up to your first mountain bike race. That’s totally normal. Find out the best way to beat those internal butterflies so you can focus on what’s really important: riding your bike.

Revisit Your Mountain Biking Goals

Did you make a cycling-specific New Year's resolution? Perhaps you set a personal biking goal, such as mastering that steep hill on your favorite trail or competing in a local mountain bike race. Now is a good time to reflect on any aspirations you may have had and work to make them reality.

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