More riding tips than the Kama Sutra

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About Ridermel

Mel is the spawn of alien-human genetic experiments. He (I mean me, it is so confusing!) is seemingly human minus a few social graces. He lives to travel, ride his bike(s) and explore the outdoors. Based in Moab UT and Ontario Canada,Mel has spent more than a decade riding, writing and publishing mountain bike guidebooks and free-lancing for magazines under a silly human pseudonym.

He spends his time travelling to check out trails and "getting lost so you don't have to". Mel holds the dubious achievement of once owning a vehicle worth 1/15 the value of his bike. He is the self-proclaimed dispenser of "more riding tips than the Kama Sutra" and the owner of a spectacular list of injuries.

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Trails

Bike Safety

6 Bike safety tips for riding in MOAB, Utah.

Bring as much water as you can carry

Bring lots of water

Beware of the weather

Beware of the weather

Pay Attention

Pay Attention

Know your limitations

Know your limitations

Carry tools and know how to use them

Carry tools and know how to use them

The desert is alive

The desert is alive

Factors

Grunt Factor

Physical difficulty comes from mileage, amount and difficulty to climbs, and severity of trail surface.

Techno Factor

Technical difficulty comes from the number and degree of obstacles, and bike handling skills required.

Fear Factor

"Fear Factor" comes from the amount (and degree) of scary stuff. Basically, this comes down to exposure to cliff edges, nasty rock drops, and severity of slope of grade.

Ride Ratings

Classic Rides

Rider Mel's favorite Moab rides! These make me feel all warm and fuzzy.

Giggle Rides

Off-road fun for the whole family. Not too tough, but pues of fun. Second ride of the day?

Moses Rides

Wander-around the desert for 40 years kind of riding. Likely to prompt visions of GOD or epiphanies (like "what the hell was I thinking?").

Dude Rides

Body armor recommended. Sotsa speed and air, not so much climbing. Wear lycra at your own risk. "Cool" facial hair mandatory.

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Rider Mel's Mountain Bike Guide to Ontario

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Top 6 safety tips for riding in MOAB Utah

Top 6 safety tips for riding in MOAB Utah

Dude, riding in the desert just isn't like riding elsewhere. Here area a few keys to getting maximum fun and getting out alive. Live by these 6 tips and you'll make it out of anything alive.

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Welcome to the new Ridermel Website

Welcome to the new Ridermel Website

If you frequent our website, you'll know that it's been freshened up a little. With a much more pleasant look and feel you'll now be able to find what your looking for even faster! We've hired Niagara Web Design's very own HWD to completely overhaul our old website into this master piece.

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