The Rough Riders of 2 Wheel Technique Are you ready to take on the Pipe of Death?
By Erin Crowell
Like riding a bicycle.
Its a comparative statement we use when describing life the revisiting
of something we thought once forgotten, but relearned as if second
easy peasy, you could say.
Think about it. How many 30-year-olds do you see swapping spots with their
child after teaching them how to ride? Little Tommy cautiously holding the
back of the bike seat as giggling Dad rides nervously down the driveway?
Hopefully zero; because riding a bike is something you only have to learn
Jonathan Pool believes theres more to riding a bike than just pedaling
forward, and many of us could use a refresher.
2 Wheel Technique is a Traverse City-based group dedicated to the art of
on two wheels. Pool, an avid cyclist, started the group after
moving to the area in 2003 from southeastern Michigan.
When I moved here, I was the only one in the area with trials
experience, said Pool about the biking discipline where mountain bikers
attempt to cross terrain, using any obstacle such as boulders or logs,
without putting a foot on the ground.
Observed trials are also known as technical mountain biking.
I started mountain biking seriously in the early 90s, he said. I had a
friend who could ride over anything. He could even ride up stairs without
putting a foot down. I was so envious.
The group meets every Tuesday during the summer and rides at local spots,
as well as across the state (Marquette) and out-of-state (Rays Mountain