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How to Bleed Shimano Mountain Bike Brake Levers

Bleeding your Shimano Levers

Hey guys, Rachelle from Zesty Life here. Today I am going to show you how to do a Shimano brake lever bleed.

This is something that’s good to do in between your full brake system bleed. When you feel your brakes become inconsistent or that they pull all the way to the bar, this doesn’t necessarily mean you need to take your bike to the shop! It can simply mean there’s an air bubble we need to get out of there! Easy!

Bravery/ Happiness/ Meaning & Passion/ Mindfulness/ Zesty Adventures

Life Lessons We Can Learn From Mountain Biking

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The cadence of freedom

My legs find their flow, round and round in the cadence of freedom. I begin to notice beauty everywhere. Life becomes simple, existing within and for this moment only…

Mountain biking for some is like a religion, an on-going adventure, and the way to freedom. It can help us to avoid getting caught up in our thoughts and our worries; bringing a whole new perspective into focus. When riding, we remain centred, blending mindfulness with movement; the bicycle is one of the greatest teachers we have. Continue Reading…

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Squamish Slab Hustle

You got this!

Getting scared is part of mountain biking, especially when you’re returning from injury. When you feel fear coming on, relax, trust your skills, don’t think too hard, and approach confidently. Fear can keep you safe from physical injury or it can push you to be better. Sometimes it wins, but other times you overcome it, and you’re rewarded with joy and gratification.

If you’re coming back from injury, as I am now, don’t expect to jump back into it with full confidence. Work your way back up with smaller features and familiar trails, learn to recognize how you’re feeling and decide when the timing is right to push it. You got this!

Athletic Performance/ Mountain Biking/ MTB/ Zesty Adventures

Pilates: The Mountain Biker’s Secret to Strength, Balance & Recovery

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Crash with grace

Whether you pitch yourself over the bars, slip off a skinny or send yourself wayward on a wet root, if you ride a mountain bike you’re going to crash once in a while…but, I have a secret practice for landing on all fours.

I’ve had a number of crashes, close calls and tricky situations that I know Pilates has saved me from. Whether it’s addressing posture, breathing, strength, flexibility, coordination or awareness, for over 10 years Pilates has trained me to work with my body as whole to increase performance and resilience. If you think Pilates is only for women and ballerinas, you’re way wrong my friend. Continue Reading…