Mother’s Day Bike Checks – 2020 Edition

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Mother's Day Bike Checks - 2020

Once again we reached out to moms so they could share their stories and show off their bikes. Everyone’s story is unique, but there are common threads – the freedom that comes from riding a bike, the mental and physical challenges, the rewards of sharing this sport with their children; and living a healthy, active lifestyle. On behalf of the kids, significant others, family, friends, ride club partners, everyone – THANKS MOM!

Nicole Deguise And Her Norco Bikes

Nicole Deguise and her Norco SIght

I am really looking forward to my son and soon-to-be sibling to get into mountain biking with my husband and I! I got into mountain biking 13 years ago as a way to spend more time with my now husband who had moved to BC for the mountain biking! Little did I know that I would fall so much in love with it! I quickly joined an all female mountain biking group to improve my skills and only a few short years later participated in my first enduro here in Squamish “Hot on Your Heels”.

My 18 month old son isn’t too interested in hopping on his Norco Runner since he would rather sit in the Chariot and be pulled by me on my 2020 Norco Fluid VLT 1. This bike has become my saving grace when it comes to keeping fit and on the trails while 5 months pregnant! It’s great at pulling my son to and from daycare and also allows me to get a quick lap in on my local trails.

I can’t wait until baby sibling arrives in September to get back on my favorite bike 2019 Norco Sight Carbon and get back to the North Shore of Vancouver and keep up with my friends!

Nicole Deguise and Norco Fluid VLT1

Sarah Fenton Tippie And Her YT Industries Bikes

Sarah Fenton Tippie and her YT Industries bikes

I’ve mountain biked for the better part of 35 years! I grew up in Deep Cove – North Vancouver, BC; where the first off-road bike shop opened. They rolled these new “fat tire” bikes off the back of the truck from Marin County. I grew up with a hardcore mountain bike influenced lifestyle. And although I never had the urge to race, bikes are in my blood. In 2007, after a decade living abroad in London UK and working in the film business, I was at a party at Crankworx and met my future husband, freeride pioneer Brett Tippie. Sparks flew, and we arranged to go on our first date in the Whistler Bike Park.

Sarah Fenton Tippie dropping in
Sarah Fenton Tippie loves her YT eBike
Sarah Fenton Tippie and Brett Tippie in southern Utah

Before long, we had children, two girls. Jessamy, born in 2008, and Alix, born in 2012; then married (yes in that order) at the top of Whistler Mountain with our DH rigs before all our friends and family. After the ceremony, we rode down to the bottom in a massive party train. Biking gave me my first bite of freedom when I learned to ride a bike at age five. Mountain biking has given me fitness. It had provided an amazing group of friends. It has brought me to my husband. It is everything for us. My younger daughter has some extra needs and it took her a little longer to get the hang of it, but she is now pedaling on her own. I burst into tears seeing that accomplishment! Her smiling face was priceless. My older daughter Jessamy loves to shred, and as a family – mountain biking is a bonding experience creating lifetime memories.

My current bikes: 2019 YT Decoy e-bike (I LOVE my ebike!). A newly built up big bike park shredder, a 2019 YT Tues. I also have a 2016 YT Capra enduro bike.

Carmen Granados And Her Yeti SB6

Carmen Granados and her Yeti mountain bike

I’m a wife and mother of twin boys. I started mountain biking in 2014 with my family and have been enjoying it ever since. We travel a lot due to my husbands work and are fortunate to ride in some really cool places. So far my favorite places to ride have been Colorado and Southern Utah. Mountain biking is a great way for us to spend time together as a family and grow together as riders.

Carmen and her Yeti SB6
Enjoying a break in the Utah desert

I ride an XS Yeti SB6, it was between this and a Yeti Beti Sb5 but ultimately chose this one for its ability to take on any terrain. It climbs extremely well for a long travel bike. I’m running SRAM Eagle XO1 with GX cranks, SRAM Guide R brakes and Maxxis Minion DHF and Aggressor. Fox 36 170MM fork and a Fox DPX2 in the rear.

Instagram:  @the_caro_family
Buy the Yeti SB6:  Competitive Cyclist

Tania Gregory And Her Trek Top Fuel 9.8

Tania Gregory and her Trek Top Fuel

Eight years ago, when my husband and I first started dating, he got me into mountain biking. Fast forward to today and we now have a 20 month old son, Lawson, who already loves bikes as much as we do. My favorite person to ride with is my husband and I can’t wait until we are out on the trails with Lawson ripping it up too. Right now he rides in a Thule Yepp on the front of our Trek Farley. Although, after some modifications he is finally tall enough for his balance bike!

Riding bikes has become a huge part of my identity. I race cyclocross, triathlon and mountain bikes, but mountain biking is my favorite. I mountain biked until I was almost 8 months pregnant and I was racing again by the time Lawson was 9 months old. I am happy to know my son will grow up riding bikes and be surrounded by awesome people.

I currently ride a 2020 Trek Top Fuel 9.8. It is actually my 3rd Top Fuel. I think it is the perfect bike for me. I like to race XC, but I also like to send it on the rocky technical descents that we have here in New England. It offers a great balance for someone who wants an efficient climber, speed on the flats and enough travel to smooth out the terrain.

Tania Gregory - Trek Top Fuel rider and racer

Kristen Gross And Her Rocky Mountain Element C70

Kristen Gross and her Rocky Mountain Element C70

I have been a rider through every season of my life. I was that kid careening around the neighborhood with a look like a loose Labrador. I raced through university and it also kept me sane in the early days of my career when all I had time for was work, and riding (maybe). It was there for me when I moved to a new country as a new wife, and there still when I became a new mom. And riding was there for me when I became a widowed mom. Never did I imagine I’d also rely on it to get us through a global pandemic, but here we are! My son and I are finding at least 30 minutes of normal a day on our 2.5 mile loop. Riding helps soothe my racing mind just as well as it revs up a tired soul. It’s good on its own, and wonderful in a group. It spans the difference between opposite ends of many a spectrum. So somehow, it always fits.

Keeping mom's Rocky Mountain Element clean and ready to ride
Riding the Rocky Mountain Edge 14
Nothing but smiles aboard the Rocky Mountain Edge 14

My bike is a 2019 Rocky Mountain C70 Element that I customized with We Are One “Insider” wheels laced to Onyx racing hubs, a full SRAM XX1 golden Eagle drivetrain with Qarq power meter, one-up Everyday Carry tool, RaceFace carbon Next bars, and a Specialized Power saddle. With 2 water bottle cages and a Backcountry Research Mutherload strap, I’m officially pack-less on this whip. I planned to race it at the 2019 BC Bike Race but ended up with a plan-ending concussion a couple of weeks prior. This beautiful bike is ready for the next opportunity. I will be too, my young training partner will make sure of it.

Shannon Kochis And Her Scott 900 RC World Cup

Shannon Kochis - Mother's Day Bike Check

I have a love and passion for riding bikes with my children, community and friends! My favorite bike is the Scott 900 RC World Cup full suspension run with Podium wheels. It’s my favorite bike for all trail conditions! My favorite place to ride is Copper Harbor, Michigan. 2nd place is the Vasa!

It was 2015 when I got Into biking. Some amazing friends that I would see at church took me for a mountain bike ride in the woods. It gave me a sense of freedom I haven’t felt that in a long time. I think when you are a mom, you put that in the back burner naturally and start to forget who you really are. There are always challenges that we face with riding. There is always someone who is going to be better and faster than you. It’s easy to forget the reasons you started in the first place. Making time for biking is essential for my strength mentally, physically and emotionally.

My kids and I ride once a week together. They are always involved with Norte and all the biking fun we have in this community. The greatest feeling is seeing your child finish a race they never thought they could do. I always have a smirk on my face when I listen to their race replay. My kids participate in Mud Sweat and Beers, TC Trails Fest, Ore2shore and Iceman.

Shannon Kochis jumps on her Scott mountain bike

What I love most about biking is – I ride with kids that are faster than me. I look up to them as much they look up to me. I don’t know a sport that has adults and kids that run in the same pack. It’s so good for our kids’ self confidence to be around adults ranging from 30’s to 70’s. I love seeing My children know all the adults around bike community. You don’t need to be good or fast at it. You just need to show up. Kinda like racing, The hardest part is showing up. The rest is history.

Shannon races for City Bike Shop.

Anne Madeo And Her Specialized Stumpjumper Expert 27.5

Anne Madeo - Specialized Stumpjumper

Biking represented freedom to me as a child. It was a way to explore the world and see my friends without relying on my parents for a ride. Mountain biking was a natural outgrowth of that childhood love, expedited by a move to UT and being hit by a car while road biking. After I was hit, I no longer felt safe riding on city streets, but missed the freedom and joy I felt while biking. A few years after I was hit, I started mountain biking by joining group rides, taking lessons and attending clinics. I haven’t looked back. After a year of riding frequently (and breaking a bone or two), I decided it was time to get a new steed and I wanted a significant upgrade.

My current bike is a 2019 Specialized Stumpjumper Expert 27.5 that I bought after riding it at a women’s MTB retreat. I don’t feel qualified to evaluate the condition of a bike, so had been reluctant to buy a demo. But, I knew the wrench that worked on the fleet, I trusted her and had really liked the Stumpjumper. It’s a carbon frame (I wanted something light), has 150mm of travel front and rear and stock components including SRAM GX Eagle. I like to ride most everywhere (serious DH trails are probably my least favorite), so wanted a bike that was a quiver killer (probably one of the most overused terms in all of mountain bike reviews).

Although I’ve tried to get the other members of my family (2 sons, ages 13 and 16 and 1 husband, ageless!) interested in mountain biking, I’ve had very limited success with those efforts. So, the majority of my riding is with friends and it’s been pretty awesome.

Anne Madeo - riding in Utah

Anja Mueller And Her Rocky Mountain Altitude C70

Anja Mueller and her Rocky Mountain Altitude C70

I am not sure who is more stoked about the two of us riding matching bikes this year – my 3-year-old daughter Sofie (on a 2019 Rocky Mountain Edge 14) or me, the Mom?! She has been on a bike since before she even walked (and loves it so far!) and just recently switched from a run bike to her pedal bike. We love riding on the North Shore as a family – especially now with everything else closed down.

Mountain biking is the perfect escape for kids and for the parents. Having her on a burlier bike with proper tires makes riding in the woods so much more fun. I am currently on maternity leave with my second child, 10-month-old Greta, so getting out on some good personal mountain bike rides has been too rare for my liking. To compensate I have been trying to up my wheelie game with the Ryan Leech #30daywheelie challenge – I’m on Day 10 – and still have a ways to go. I can’t wait for more rides with my husband, girlfriends, colleagues, and of course my two girls! Time to put #2 on a run bike.

Anja Mueller sending from The North Shore
Mother and daughter on mountain bikes
Maple syrup saddle - Rocky Mountain Bikes

I am currently riding a 2020 Rocky Mountain Altitude C70 with an almost fully stock build. Small changes include a Rocky Mountain maple syrup saddle (WTB Deva), some matching RaceFace Next SL cranks, and pink grips (just because). Currently on flats instead of clipless because of the wheelie challenge. I have been on each iteration of the Altitude since 2012 and love it as my go-to bike. It’s playful, has plenty of travel, it’s great on the uphill, and just makes me smile every time I ride.

Thanks to the North Shore Mountain Bike Association and all the volunteers for keeping our North Shore Trails in great shape. Get your membership or trail boost when you ride here!

Ashley Rainey And Her Canfield Balance 27.5

Ashely and her Canfield Balance 27.5

Two years ago I started mountain biking because I thought my dog would enjoy a faster pace than hiking allowed. I was hooked after one ride and dove in quickly, taking as many clinics as I could. I struggled for years to get my son outdoors and become more active with no luck. I was over the moon when he took to mountain biking. At 12, my son has reached the age where he rarely emerges from his room. I cherish our adventures on the trails, which open him up to talking to me. We are extremely fortunate to live in a bike-oriented town. A few blocks from us is a large pump track and we spend hours there sharing our dirt jumper. I love the community of friends I’ve developed through biking. As a single mom, I find their support priceless.

Ashley riding in the PNW
Ashley storming the woods

All-mountain riding is my discipline of choice. I’ll gladly endure a suffer-fest of an uphill grind to hit long steep technical descents. I’ve had my current bike since January. It’s a 2016 Canfield Balance 27.5”. I moved up from a small to a medium frame because I’m 5’4” with legs on the longer side. My previous bike wouldn’t accommodate a long enough dropper to get my saddle out of my way. To shorten up the reach, I added an Industry Nine A35 32mm stem. I use a 170mm dropper and my saddle is a Terry Topo – it’s been my saddle since I started riding. I love the stability of my new bike, I’m more than willing to hit small drops and pop over roots and bumps instead of slowing down to roll over everything like I did on my previous bike. A few other additions on my bike are Spank Oozy Trail 345 wheels with Magic Mary tires, a Cane Creek Helm 170mm fork, Cane Creek Double Barrel air/CS shock (165mm), and a One Up 32T oval ring.

I’m not the bravest rider, but I do love a good endorphin rush, and this bike delivers on giving me more confidence to test my abilities to get a little spicier on the trail. My favorite thing, beside the longer dropper post, is how the bike handles turns! My friends always get an earful at the end of a ride about how much fun the turns were!

Ruth Roeber And Her Trek Bikes

Ruth Roeber and Trek Bicycles

Because I was born in the beautifully chaotic city of Bangkok, I didn’t learn how to ride a bike until I moved here for college. However, it wasn’t until I became a mom that biking became a natural extension of my life. We put our kids on Striders as soon as they could walk. When they were old enough to pedal their bikes, mountain biking became a way of life for us.

After breakfast on weekends, we pack our helmets, load the bikes & changing tent, throw lunch in a cooler, put snacks in the kids’ packs, fill the gallon water bottle we keep in our car, etc. This ritual became our family’s rhythm. Now the twins are 14 and they consistently outride me.

We still ride together on weekends, and to be honest, they probably have more fun riding with friends. It’s bittersweet really, but after all, that’s what I hoped for all along—keeping them on bikes on the road less traveled. Our family has traversed five continents together. But in the end, it’s the simple and sweet memories of us sitting and laughing in the trunk of the Subaru all these years after a ride at a local trail that makes motherhood incredibly delightful.

Ruth Roeber mountain biking with her family

I’m lucky to have two amazing bikes: the Trek Procaliber 9.7 pictured above – plus a Trek Stache 9.7. And thanks to my local IMBA chapter (Northern Indiana Mountain Bike Association), I have great places to ride them.

Chris Schieffer And Her Ibis Ripmo AXS

Chris Schieffer and her Ibis mountain bike

Mountain Biking is our social life. I love it. My husband loves it. Our kids love it. The dog loves it. We’ve never done many “traditional sports” but we are outside on trails in some capacity whenever we get a chance. We bike as a family, we bike with friends, we bike locally, and we travel to bike. We ride a variety of trails, we race, we ride cross country, enduro, downhill, dirt jumps and everything in between. For the last few years we purchased the MTBParks Pass and made a point to road trip and bike as many bike parks (in the west) as possible (100% worth it, by the way). This year, with the pandemic, it’s going to be different, but it won’t stop us from riding. The only downside of loving bikes is my boys are the same size, so there’s no hand me downs – that means we’re always making a twofer bike purchase, and it gets rather expensive. As a family we have to stagger our bike purchases year after year so it makes sense financially to enjoy our hobby.

Oh my bike, my sweet, sexy bike… this is actually my SECOND Ripmo in a row, and my fourth Ibis – so needless to say, I’m brand loyal in the bike dept. I seek out (and destroy) rugged trails with lots of rocks and drops so I need something that can handle versatile downhill terrain, but is also amazing at climbing because the trails around me are ALL up, and then ALL down. I switched the suspension to DVO all around. Rev Grips get added to all my bikes, because they save my hands during those long park days (which we have many). For the groupo, I finally moved to the Sram Eagle AXS electronic shifting on this build and HOT DAMN, I LOVE it! I also have the Rockshox Reverb AXS dropper and the responsiveness is the best thing ever. The OneUp Components EDC Tool allows me to go on shorter rides without carrying a pack. The last custom piece of this build is the Shredly SUCCI print custom stickers made by STKRD for my frame.

Adrienne Schneider And Her Norco Bikes

Adrienne - Norco eBike

Growing up in Northern Michigan, I moved to Lake Tahoe at 18 to find a bigger playground! After blowing out my knees repeatedly during my ski career, my orthopedic told me I needed to ride bikes to get stronger. I had no experience with bikes without a throttle previously, and he said I wasn’t allowed to get on my moto for a while.

This riding rehab quickly turned into a career that was eventually sidelined by a broken back in Europe at my last World Cup race. After one more season racing nationally and coaching women’s camps, I knew I wanted a child. And it was time. Then, on December 8, 2016 my life changed forever! I would say being a mother easily became the best adventure I have ever been on! Life changes a lot in a beautiful way, and it gives a new meaning to the concept of absolute love.

Mountain biking is something that I love doing and I don’t think that I’ll ever get tired of. It lets me travel to places I would normally never get to, and meet some of the coolest people. And there is no one better to share that life with but Nikolaj.

Adrienne and son are all smiles when mountain biking together
Adrienne and son pause for a photo during a mother and son bike ride
Adrienne and son mountain biking

Norco Bicycles has supported me in my adventures, later becoming a Sales Rep for them. So, you can probably understand why I have more than one bike. My first bike of choice is an Aurum, but I bought a more versatile Range VLT e-Enduro bike last fall. Nikolaj had bikes before he could even walk. He currently rides a Norco Runner 12. With more and more pedaling lately, I’ve added the Norco Sight A1 (27.5) as my current weapon of choice. It‘s an All-Mountain rig with Norco’s Ride Aligned™ technology that has 160mm/150 travel.

Getting your kids hooked on bikes at a young age is the perfect antidote to the addictive draw of Minecraft and other sedentary indoor activities! And there is nothing like passing on the stoke from one generation on down to another.

Lisa Sklar And Her Custom Sklar

Lisa Sklar and her Sklar mountain bike

I like mountain biking because I get to try and keep up with my kids, and my husband gets to try and keep up with me. We live in a great place, Boulder, Colorado. And, mountain biking is a great way to get out there. We especially like camping and biking high up in the Rockies. Plus, I’m the only mom I know whose kid made her a mountain bike. That’s pretty cool!

Lisa Sklar riding her custom built Sklar mountain bike
Custom Sklar Mountain Bike

My bike has 27.5″+ wheels and tires. It has 120mm of front travel. These custom machines offer so many opportunities for great design – whether it be dialing in just the right combination of geometry, fit and component selection. Or, optimizing flex and feel with material selection.

Katrina Strand And Her Transition Patrol

Katrina Strand and her Transition Patrol

It was an easy sell, mountain biking. Nature is my medicine, and it is a great tool to get me there. I come from racing around the world – DH, Enduro and even dabbled in XC. But my favourite is getting lost high in the mountains away from the world, disconnected and free. My daughter Anna loves joining me on the MacRide, and cruising on her run bike. She already has her call to nature, too! Hopefully soon we’ll be adventuring way out there together.

I’m in love with my Transition Patrol. It is my everything bike. Up, down, all around, great in the park, and capable of all day epics too. I have it spec’d with Fox Shox, Shimano, Maxxis and Chromag – all the best.

Katrina and her daughter out for a ride

Website:  Strand Training
Instagram:  @katrinastrand
Buy the Transition Scout:  EVO
Mentions:  Transition | Fox Head | Fox MTB Suspension | Maxxis | Shimano | Chromag | Evolution Bike Shop | RideWrap

Traci Thompson And Her Scott Genius

Traci Thompson - Mother's Day 2020

I grew up spending lots of time in the outdoors: camping, hiking, boating and wandering around in the desert looking for dinosaur bones. I was in 6th grade when my parents bought mountain bikes for our family. We had lots of adventures on our bikes – one especially memorable ride led to us finding and adopting a puppy that some jerk had dropped in the desert to die. Mountain biking made us tougher. Although my sister and I grew up doing gymnastics, we were challenged by this new sport. My dad had to use his favorite catchphrase: “No Sniveling” on more than on occasion. I have some excellent memories of the type 2 fun that we had as a family on our mountain bikes. As an adult, I love mountain biking with my kids for many reasons. First, I love the challenge. There are always opportunities to improve in mountain biking. Mountain biking gives us the chance to do things that scare us and work toward small goals. Second, I like stress relief that comes from being in nature and staying in the moment. Everyone feels happier after a ride! Finally, I enjoy spending time with my family and making memories. We have lots of adventures that we’ll never forget like the time we were caught in a flash flood or the time our youngest kid crashed into a cactus when we were 8-miles into a 16-mile loop trail. Mountain biking memories are the best!

Traci - Guacamole trail near St. George, Utah
Traci Thompson - Riding in Whistler, BC

I’ve had this bike for a few years but its proven all-mountain geometry and set up have been a lot of fun everywhere I ride. All the boys in the family has carbon frames, but with the modifications I’ve made, my bike is the lightest. It weighs less than 30 lbs. I upgraded the drivetrain to a 1x and added Stans wheels. The external RockShox dropper is easy to maintain and the Scott TwinLoc remote lets me adjust my suspension without my hands leaving the bars.

Kasey Wierzba And Her Norco Revolver

Kasey Wierzba and her Norco Revolver

Sometimes a mom just needs to get lost. Lost from the hustle, lost from the daily grind. A mom needs to get lost in the moment with nothing but a dirt trail ahead. This is why I love mountain biking. If I’m training for a race, it gives me a focus and a means to direct energy in a positive way. If I’m riding with Liam, my 11 year old, it’s a back and forth of fun competition. He chases me up the climbs and I follow him on crazy, gnarly stuff as he tells me “no ride arounds, mom.” Riding with my little dude, Adrien (7), is all about exploration. Just this week we were riding in one of my favorite areas and he lead me to a natural spring which I had no idea existed!

Kasey Wierzba takes a break on her Norco Revolver
Trying to keep up with Kasey Wierzba and her Norco Revolver
Long distance call on a long distance bike

I ride a Norco Revolver hardtail while I’m cross country racing. This bike is a little whip. It’s really light, responsive and it feels like a natural extension of my own body. It’s a race machine; high modulus carbon 29er decked out with Sram XO components and a RockShox Sid ultimate. The super light Stans Podium SRD wheels float up any climb. For a hardtail, this bike can take a lot without beating me up. I can roll through rock gardens and down rooted steeps without loosing control. In a straight away I can lock out the front shock, stand up and jam. I’m not a total tech geek, but when you build up a bike that just fits and feels so good it’s completely worth it.

Mentions:  Norte Youth Cycling

Jerel Wilson And Her Trek Top Fuel 9.8

Jerel Wilson and her Trek Top Fuel 9.8

Mountain biking allows me to escape and become part of nature. It gives me the opportunity to feel alive, challenge myself in rock gardens and take calculated risks that often give me butterflies in my stomach – like sending it. I love hitting the trails with my kids (3 and 5) and my colleagues at NICA (National Interscholastic Cycling Association) the most. Getting the opportunity to lead beginner women’s rides through the Trek Women’s Advocacy program as well as training volunteers in communities all across the nation working to get #morekidsonbikes through NICA programming shows me time and time again the power of bicycles and how wonderful mountain biking communities are across the nation. It’s a community I am proud to be part of and I hope that both my girls will become lifelong cyclists.

Crushing rocks with the Trek Top Fuel 9.8
Jerel leads her kids through the forest on her Trek Top Fuel
Jerel enjoying the woods - on bikes

My 2020 Trek Top Fuel 9.8 comes sweetly spec’d and ready to roll right out of the box and it’s even set up tubeless. It flies over EVERYTHING without beating you up so you have energy to play with the little ones or jump on that Zoom call after your mid-day ride. This bike has made me a better technical rider, especially in the rock gardens and is wicked fast on all the flow trails. Smiles for miles!

Photo Credits:  Deborah Hage
Mentions:  TORC, Triangle Off-Road Cyclists

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