If you’re here on our website, then you already know the power a bicycle can have. You’re probably just as hooked on the ride and thankful that somehow along the way you found mountain biking. This two-wheeled machine not only transports the body as a simple mode of transportation, but it can also move the soul and offer a number of benefits for both physical and mental health.
As a child, I was lucky enough to grow up with the opportunity to get on a bicycle early on and it was something I instantly fell in love with. While I acknowledge how fortunate I was to have a bike when so many do not, the reality for me was that my bike wasn’t just a toy or mode of transportation. A turbulent and psychologically confusing household made the bicycle my escape mechanism. The time I spent on my bike allowed me to leave the house and craziness with nothing but the unknown in front of me. The wind in my face refreshed my soul and mind. Even now in my mid-thirties I can remember certain rides, personal “racetracks” I’d built and no-handed downhills that made me feel like the world was built for me to explore.
Here we are 25 years later, and I’m amazed to think that what started as a kid trying to experience freedom, challenge himself and escape stress at home has led to a lifelong passion and career.
Today’s current state is one of the most turbulent and volatile times I’ve ever seen. It’s impossible to turn on any digital device without seeing negative news, whether it’s pandemic lock downs or riots, street protests and violence. The barrage of fear and negativity for the last few months has undoubtedly taken a toll on many of us. For the most part, I’d wager to say we’re outsiders to the much of the hardships, living in the suburbs or smaller mountain towns, still able to get out ride, but that doesn’t mean we don’t feel it, or have sympathy for those who are living in the midst of it.
That revelation sparked our latest project. Thinking back to my childhood and I could jump on my bike to escape any time I wanted to was a blessing. As I thought about children in home situations worse than my own, with equally or even more stressful things happening on the streets just outside, the lack of escape hit me hard. I think we all know from experience, whether it’s an injury, bad weather or life’s obligations, if you keep us off the bike and out of nature for too long, we tend to get a bit edgy!
The fact there are so many kids living in volatile places, with so much going on and no way to escape it, served as the catalyst for the Trips for Kids and The Loam Wolf partnership. Our goal is to help get as many kids on bikes and into nature as possible. After a couple phones calls with the folks at Trips for Kids we were stoked to get the project rolling. We reached out to some friends in the bike biz to see if they’d help us out by donating some products for this fundraiser and were met with some amazing responses and support. So a thanks to all the brands and a huge thank you to Trips for Kids for all the hard work and effort they’ve put in so far.