10 Things I Loved in 2023: Sarah Moore

Dec 13, 2023 at 17:14
by Sarah Moore  
I actually titled this "10 Things I Loved in 2022" at first, since the last time I put one of these together was in 2021. Coming back to work after a year of maternity leave is a bit like coming back to racing the year after the pandemic was - my whole timeline for things is just a little bit off. Forgive me when I say "last year" for the seventeenth time, when really I'm referring to something that was now two years ago.

Anyways, somehow it's almost 2024 and I'm back behind my computer, so I figured I should pull together a year-end list of some of the things I've been enjoying over the last 12 months.


Intrigue LT Advanced Pro

Thanks to Liv for trusting me to test this bike during my maternity leave. With its 150mm rear travel and 64.8° head tube angle in the low position, it wasn't too much of a beast to pedal and it was forgiving enough that I was able to take it on all my favourite Squamish trails as well as spend a fair bit of time on it in the Revelstoke Bike Park. The large downtube storage compartment meant that I didn't have to think about bringing anything with me and could just grab the bike and go when I got the chance for a ride.

I remember a podcast where we discussed what the shortest length ride that we'd go out for was, and I think I probably said something like an hour and a half. I never used to head out for a 45-minute pedal, but this year I discovered that even 45 minutes is worthwhile. At least, when the trails are relatively dry and you aren't spending an hour gearing up and washing your bike!

Luckily, Canada has great maternity leave and so I've been able to ride over 1,000 kilometres on it so far, the vast majority of which are off-road. I never used to drive to the trailhead since I'm a 20-25 minute pedal to the trails, but since I've been crunched for time more often than not on my rides this year, I usually drive to the trailhead so that I can spend as much time riding in the woods as possible.

Price: $7,499 CDN
More information: liv-cycling.com

Locked and loaded.
Hey mum, you might want to fix this slow leak before towing me to the Farmer's Market.

Thule Cheetah Chariot

My friend who has twins didn’t want to lug them around in this bike trailer anymore so she passed it on to me early on in my pregnancy. It sat in our garage for what felt like a long time before the little guy was big enough and strong enough to ride in it. Since it's a double trailer, it's very wide and just barely fits through a doorway, so I was terrified of catching a wheel on something while riding and coming to a sudden halt or having a wheel fall off the side of the elevated sidewalk. Somehow, we kept it on the straight and narrow on our way to pick up our weekly veggie basket, play at the park, get ice-cream, and tour around Squamish.

It's nothing fancy, but it meant that I could get out on two wheels even if I was solo parenting or my partner didn't have time to watch our son while I went out for a ride. That first ride out towing the trailer was a little scary, but it also felt like freedom. I no longer needed to wait for someone to be available to watch the little guy in order to go for a ride. One of my favourite rides with it was when we went and visited my aunt who lives at the top of a very big hill in town after picking up a double share of veggies. It was like the ultimate low cadence workout to ride my gravel bike with a 42t cassette and 40t chainring up a steep hill with likely over 50 pounds behind me.

Also, the Giro Scamp helmet in XS is so cute and it was pretty special buying a first helmet for the little guy. It almost merits its own line item on this list!

Price: discontinued model
More information on newer models: thule.com

Love the techy climb to get here!
Classic Rupert lap, but the light was exceptional.

Garmin Edge 520 Plus

I’ve always liked riding with a cycling computer, both to see the numbers as I'm riding and to have a record of my rides to look back on, but I feel like I paid extra attention to my computer during rides this year since I often had a specific time I needed to get back for. At first, since I was the only one who could feed our baby and then later because I fit a lot of my rides in during the little guy's nap time and if I timed it just right, I could do my entire ride without my partner ever having to leave his desk. It took seven months for the little guy to have a predictable schedule, but once he did it was pretty great and I'm now an expert on hour and 20 minute loops in Squamish.

This is an older model, but it works great and I like the size for mountain biking. It has great battery life, uploads seamlessly to my phone using Garmin Connect and can receive text messages.

Price: $379.99 CDN
More information: garmin.com


Nuun Hydration Tabs

Staying hydrated when you have a desk job is easy. When I'm working, I've usually got a glass of water or tea next to me. It's a distraction, a comfort, and a good reason to make sure I get up and take a break every so often! But when I'm not at my desk, it's a lot harder to remember to drink water.

It turns out riding is also harder when you're dehydrated and recovering from a ride takes longer when you're dehydrated. All that to say, I've been popping these little tabs in my water more often lately when I realize that I've gone too long without hydrating. The electrolytes in them apparently help you absorb the water you drink better so I'm pretty sure every bottle I drink is now worth two bottles of straight water, right? Plus they say things like "Immunity" and "Sport" and "Vitamins" on them so I'm pretty sure they're supercharging me.

Price: $11 CAD for 10 tabs
More information: nuunlife.com



There's something I love about the precision of baking. Even when other things in life might be chaotic (hello parenthood), there's still peace and quiet to be found in following a recipe - it's almost like a meditation. When cooking, you can ad lib the ingredients and adjust the seasonings however you like, but with baking you really need to be accurate. I really like how you can focus on a recipe and in a relatively short time, create something delicious.

Anyways, as most people who know me are already aware, I have a major sweet tooth. One of my friends calls me "Bibitte à sucre", which roughly translates to sugar bug in English. I come by it honestly though, my grandmother pretty much sustained herself on chocolate in her old age, my brother's nickname is "Sugar Dan" and I grew up on a maple syrup farm in Quebec.

The great thing with scones is that you can make them sweet, one of my favourites is raspberry and white chocolate, or savoury, my go-to is bacon, parmesan cheese and rosemary. They're straightforward enough to make and don't have that many ingredients, but it's still a challenge to get the texture flakey and perfect. My friend who runs Pascale's Baked Goods, a bakery in Grand Forks, BC (go and visit it if you ever get the chance!) taught me that you can't manipulate the dough too much. She also got me into cutting the cheese up into little cubes instead of grating it, which gives you those big globs of deliciousness in the final product. Also, grating cold or frozen butter is key!

It's an art as well as a science, and even if you mess up, the result will probably be delicious.

Price: Less than at a bakery, but the quality might be more variable
Master Scones Recipe: sallysbakingaddiction.com

Photo: Sarah Niblock, Mountain Mom Strong

Mountain Mom Stronger 2.0

I really enjoyed Sarah Niblock's Mountain Mom Stronger strength and mobility programming this year. I got into it early postpartum thanks to her '24 Days of Fitmas' last December, and then continued with the videos on and off throughout the summer in the on demand library. She has a lot of great videos that are really well targeted for mothers who want to get back to the sports they love, whether that's cycling, running, skiing or all three!

She now has an app where she suggests which videos to do and you can check them off when you've completed them. The accountability aspect of the app, and not having to waste any brainpower choosing which workout to do, has really helped me progress a lot in the past couple of months. I feel stronger biking, have been able to stay injury-free (knock on wood) running, and haven't hurt my back carrying the little munchkin around (again, knock on wood!).

Price: $30 CDN per month for on demand option or $75 CDN per month for group training and app access
More information: mountainmomstrong.com

Osprey Poco Plus

I'm excited for the Mac Ride and Kids Ride Shotgun stage, but we're not quite there yet, so the Osprey Poco backpack was the best way for us to get out and do the things we wanted to while towing the tiny(ish) human along. It allowed us to get out on some pretty cool alpine hikes including Balu Pass and Abbott Ridge in Glacier National Park, as well as a bunch of local hikes. Eventually the little guy would usually fall asleep and I have a large number of photos of him passed out in the backpack with his neck at angles that no adult would tolerate and his face smooshed into the drool pad that I will cherish forever.

It was also the best for carrying him around at Mont-Sainte-Anne and watching the XC and DH World Cups. The little guy loved his noise cancelling headphones and beingamongst the action. I was surprised how long he tolerated being in the backpack, so I think he must find it comfortable. Both my partner and I as well as my dad (we took turns throughout the day when doing longer hikes) found it comfortable and it's got a ton of cool hidden features and adjustments for both the baby and the baby-carrier. It even has a great raincover.

I have seen people pedalling with these on easy rides, but we never did more than a pedal from the car to a picnic spot with the little guy in there since the weight is very awkwardly balanced and he simply grew too fast for us to be able to pedal with him in there.

Price: $520 CDN
More information: osprey.com

This is Duo.


Duolingo is a language-learning app and I'm on a 275-day streak learning Spanish right now and so I feel that it's got a place on my list of favourite things from the past year. I've worked on my German and Italian using the app in the past, but last year I started learning Spanish before going to Spain for a friend's wedding. With lots of time on my phone when the little guy would nurse and then conk out on me, I wanted something that felt a bit more productive than scrolling Instagram and this was it.

I didn't do every single one of the past 275 days since there's something called a "Streak Freeze" that allows you to miss a day or two here and there and still maintain your streak, but I've been pretty committed. Duolingo has a year in review and says that I was in the top 8% of learners in the last year, spent 913 minutes learning Spanish, learned 938 words and uhhh, I've got a fun crew of four friends.

Price: Free if you can put up with watching the ads
More information: duolingo.com

Pretty stoked right here, just rode an eMTB into the alpine to eat M&Ms. One of the best days of the summer!
Another highlight of the summer and my Northwoods was right there for it - riding at Sol Mountain Lodge. Storm clouds rolled in and I definitely put my jacket on for Infinity & Beyond.

7Mesh Northwoods Windshell

This little jacket has spent a lot of time on my handlebars in the past year and I really appreciate all its hard work. It's small and lightweight enough that I don't notice it at all when riding - it doesn't make any noise or flap around when I'm descending - but it makes a huge difference if you get super sweaty on the climb and need a layer for the descent or if the temperature changes while you're out.

It also does double duty as a handlebar bag and I'll often put a granola bar in it when I head out since I'd rather carry it on my handlebars than in my short pockets. This hack doesn't work for anything heavier like a phone and probably isn't the best place to keep your car keys since there's no dedicated pocket and you'll likely lose the key when you decide to put on the jacket, but it's my favourite spot to keep my emergency granola bar. Even on my 45 minute rides, I've always got an emergency granola bar! Sometimes, I'll just carry the coat so that I can put my granola bar in there even though there's a 99% chance I won't wear it since it's 25 degrees Celcius out and sunny.

Price: $230 CDN / $180 USD
More information: 7mesh.com

The website even looks better without all the admin nonsense cluttering it up!


I have to say, not being responsible for any of the content that went up on Pinkbike in the past 12 months made me appreciate this website in a whole different way. Browsing Pinkbike like a regular user is great. I didn't have to worry about typos or fact-checking articles, I only watched the videos and read the articles that interested me and I could giggle at Henry being Henry on the podcast without simultaneously worrying that I'd said something stupid myself.

Some people feel out of touch when they go back to work, but I'm lucky that I was able to mostly stay in the loop the past year, just because I wanted to. I'm a fan of my colleague's work, I'm a fan of racing, I'm a fan of the sport.

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 I used to love nuun tabs... but then I found out they're owned by Nestle which is like top 10 worst companies in the world... so I avoid them now...
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flag warmerdamj FL (Dec 19, 2023 at 12:18) (Below Threshold)
 ...and everybody clapped.
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 they also provide no sugar and use artificial sweeteners i use skratch now, it works a lot better.
  • 56 1
 Try LMNT P.S. Fuck Nestle
  • 4 1
 Switch to Precision Hydration! Available in various concentrations to suit different sweat-sodium concentrations. And tastier.
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 @mkul7r4: The LMNT salty flavors are so damn good.
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 Thanks for posting this. I didn’t know but now I can make more conscious choices next time I’m in need.
  • 3 1
 Also try Dr. Berg's electrolyte powder for a less salty alternative.
  • 5 1
 Hammer Endurolytes Fizz is a similar and excellent product. Not sure if the parent company has Satan on the board though...
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 @totaltoads: I do like Scratch Labs for longer rides... But I also like how easy it is to pop a tab in my bottle for a short ride and I end up drinking way more.
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 Not so fun fact!
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 @mkul7r4: I'll look into it!
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 Use Drip Drop rather.
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 @totaltoads: I used to drink skratch, but for the last few years I’ve been buying big tubs of Gatorade powder. It’s infinitely cheaper than skratch and surprisingly it works just as well.
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flag rojo-1 (Dec 19, 2023 at 13:21) (Below Threshold)
 @totaltoads: Stevia is probably healthier than sugar
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 @rojo-1: stevia has no carbs and no calories. So it’s just adding flavor to your water with none of the performance benefits of drinking carbs.
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flag rojo-1 (Dec 19, 2023 at 13:35) (Below Threshold)
 @boopiejones: Sure, Stevia is nonnutritive but may have health benefits in terms of blood sugar control, cholesterol and anti cancer effect. On the other hand sugar is known to contribute to obesity, diabetes, dementia, cancer, tooth decay, heart disease. There are better ways to fuel yourself, unless it's a race and you're happy to take the hit on your health.
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 @AndrewFleming: LMNT tastes great, and the salt/magnesium seems to help with recovery.
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 @rojo-1: It only does that if you're stupid with your general nutrition and it takes you into a surplus. Dextrin is probably the best thing to take in during a ride, the only real concern would be insulin sensitivity reduction. Also if you drink alcohol (which lets face it 99.5% of Pinkbike does) that's a million times worse than some sugar water.
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 Dill pickles... all the salt, no sweeteners, not individually packaged.
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 @tempnoo1: I don't drink alcohol or eat sugar.
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 @rojo-1: over eating sugar is bad for you, yes. But glucose/fructose/sucrose etc are the main nutritional sources of energy your body can use while exercising, especially in Z3 and above. It's a crucial source of energy for endurance sports, that's why those products exist and that's why pros use them (and they really do - no pros at endurance events are drinking water in their bottles regardless of what anyone says). Used as they're intended they have no long term detrimental effect as the calories are used up, and if consumed at the correct rate and volume there is no blood sugar spike or liver impact. There is a reason that coke, red bull etc all feature at every feed station at every Ironman, ultra marathon etc in the world, and from personal experience I can tell you that there is nothing as good on this earth as a red bull when you're deep into your Ironman marathon. Fat adaption does not work for situations like that, sugar is by a long way the best solution. Tour de France riders for example are consuming over 100g of sugar per hour these days. The issue is that energy drinks etc are bought by, and marketed at, all sorts of people these days, not just endurance athletes who are the people the products were originally designed for. Sugar as an endurance fuel is awesome, just don't consume it if you're not doing an endurance sport. Easy, war on sugar avoided.
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 @everythingscomingupmilhouse: That's fair enough, but do most people honestly limit their sugar consumption to safe levels inbetween events?
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 @everythingscomingupmilhouse: 100% agree. Our bodies know what to do with sugar when we are exercising. The problems arise when consumed when not exercising. I also agree with @ridedigrepeat Nestle/Nuun is a horrendous company. Hard to top how bad they and Monsanto are and happy to not support either one as much as humanly possible.
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 Nuun was an indendent company that fell victim to the corporate monster Nestle as did others like the higher end supplements company Genestra (Pure Encaspulations, Douglas Labs, Thorne Reseach), Garden of Life, Sisu and others. I know someone that works for Genestra and they told no one working there was happy about being bought by Nestle and many left.
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 @everythingscomingupmilhouse: interesting what various people see as beneficial fuel for activity. Your comments here are good, a couple things you might find interesting: glucose/fructose is required extensively even at much lower intensities, even Z2 training (esp duration work) exhausts glycogen stores surprisingly quickly. Assuming a 60-90g tolerated absorption rate for glucose/fructose on an average amateur rider, it takes diligence to fuel appropriately for longer Z2 rides. You mention sucrose with glucose/fructose> sucrose is a dissacharide, a 1:1 ratio of glucose and fructose. Sucrose (common table sugar) is arguably almost a perfect ratio blend of glucose:fructose - for someone wanting a cheap and effective riding fuel mix, table sugar is an excellent choice.
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 @jjg7000: HEED the warning
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 It's crazy easy to make your own. I can't find the source article, but it was based on nuun. 2 parts sugar, 1 part baking soda, 1 part table salt, 1 part light sodium salt, 1 part Epsom salt. I carry it on a very small plastic container on the bike along with Mio for flavoring (probably a nestle product). Not as easy as a tab but cheap and always available.
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 @rojo-1: speaking for myself and other endurance athletes I know, yes. I have never drank an energy drink or used an energy gel or anything similar outside of training and racing. I can't speak for everyone though, clearly loads of non-athletes smash red bulls everyday, but as I said that's on them for not using the product correctly, not the fault of the product
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 @everythingscomingupmilhouse: Is it really on them, or should there be greater public awareness to protect those who are naively smashing down red bulls in a sedentary environment? There is no safety warning on the side, and it's advertised freely.
I'm well past the point of sounding like a bore, but check the ingredients of regular food items, I suspect for most people, including athletes the majority of their sugar consumption is not from energy drinks/gels during exercise. Very well done to you if that's not the case and that you top up your vitamins and minerals that have been depleted during training.
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 I think you're totally right! I try to avoid buying from big companies too, for the same reasons. But I found out, it's very hard NOT to buy from them. You cannot always find out who produced what you buy, and if you know the company and think it's an OK one, that company might be owned by a "noughty" company. Sometimes the product is just too complex to know where parts of it came from.Very often you have no chance of knowing it.

For example, I used to drive a VW. We all know they had a "problem". The Toyota I'm driving now is, just like the VW, made from thousands of parts that come from an automotive supplier – not from the OEM. In most cases, I don’t even know the company names. So I can't even find out if these supplying companies belong to the "top ten worst" or maybe the "top 25 worst" companies.

Another example, I bought a frame from Italy - handmade in Italy. I cannot analyse their supply chain, so I don't know from what company the aluminium tubes come from. They might be from a "nice" company in Asia or from a "noughty" one in Europe.
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 I really liked them until one time the silica gel all fell out of the lid without me knowing it, at the same time one of the tablets got broken. I didn't realize it and poured it all into a water bottle. Luckily I noticed the silica in my MOUTH on the first sip.
The design of the lid is poor. There's only a piece of paper covering the silica and no warning, nothing to alert you that the silica has been released into the container.
Anyone else had this happen to them?
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 @rojo-1: I guarantee you DO eat sugar. That's always the biggest lie told about selective eating plans..
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 @BarryWalstead: maybe they are 100% carnivore.
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 @quesoenfuego: DISCLAIMER. If you choose to eat pickles or drink pickle juice it should be after you workout, not during. It is an excess of sodium, lacking potassium and magnesium, 10/10 do not recommend. The research has been out for a while ---and pickle juice is only recommend when a major cramp/cramping has occurred during endurance events, where you must continue (aka the military or your ultra people). On average, it relieved cramps ~45% faster vs when nothing was consumed. Side bar ---it doesn't stop cramps from occurring, that is on the human not hydrating properly prior to exercise. Just your friendly neighborhood sports dietitian Smile
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 @hilkave: can you provide the research?






From what research I’ve found it’s very advantageous to consume sodium prior to and during high output activities. Also from my experience if I drink an LMNT pack during a bike ride I feel much less drained the rest of the day after the bike ride than drinking just water.
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 Good to know about parent company of Nuun. My go to is to create my own "gatorade", in a water bottle mix: a fat pinch of salt, juice a quarter of a lime and a teaspoon of honey from local beekeepers. Cheaper and much tastier than any tablet I've had. Also doesn't leave a funky after taste in the water bottle.
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 @wobblegoblin: I did not say "don't drink sodium" I said pickle juice. Salt WITH other electrolytes are lost in sweat, you need more than just salt ----which is the only electrolyte in pickle juice. All of these three electrolytes in fact work together for hydration status, sodium being the high concentration among the three.

LMNT has sodium, magnesium, and potassium (all lost in sweat) ----so yes, continue to drink an actual hydrating electrolyte powder/tabs/RTD product ---not pickle juice Big Grin I highly recommend looking at multiple labels to ensure there is an accurate amount of all three of these minerals because the concentrations need to be correct or again you wont hydrate properly. Not everyone can make an electrolyte beverage and actually have it work. The carbohydrate concentration (if needed/wanted) also needs to be within 6-8% or it slows down the absorption rate in your stomach ---again making your hydration status inadequate.

This was a hot topic at CPSDA this year because the military has been putting money into research for special forces. Oh, CPSDA is the Collegiate & Professionals Sports Dietitians Association (MLB/NFL/UFC/Military/Olympic so on --if its activity it is included)


I can pull plenty --but also you prob don't have access to CPSDA, CDR, NATA, or GSSI so I would need to download, then share, and honestly I don't feel like doing that ---but if you really want toooooo we can dive in Smile
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 @wobblegoblin: Job security at its finest for me!! Here is a great sheet to check out on concentrations of electrolytes in your sweat ---and why just drinking a sodium product doesn't work. Not only beverage but foods can hydrate as well --like why we recommend a banana with nut butter (sodium check, carbs check, mag check, potassium check, joy check) www.sportsrd.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Whats-In-Your-Sweat.pdf
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 @hilkave: good info!
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 @quesoenfuego: appreciate you!
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 Welcome back! As a newish dad the best rides I get to go on these days are ones where the little guy is behind me in the burley trailer. The farmers market, the park with the good slide, the children's museum, daycare. Congrats on being a parent and looking forward to reading your work again.
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 Thank you! So much fun!
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 Mac Ride rides are the best, I miss them now that my boys are on their own bikes.
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 @lewiscraik: 100%, nothing looks cooler than a bike with a 64 degree head angle and a Mac Ride. My junior loves it, even a one hour ride is no issue
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 I once tipped a Chariot over with both daughters in it. I was riding up and down an asphalt bank over and over with them and they were giggling like crazy until "they crashed". It was a cyclone of fish crackers, sippy cups and tears. They were fine (helmets, harnessed-in), but were just scared. We all laugh at it now but I still feel bad about it 17 years later.
I used to be a douchebag. I still am, I just used to be as well.
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 @chubby5000: "cyclone of fish crackers, sippy cups and tears" haha wp, that captures my kids toddler years very nicely
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 With scones on here, this is easily my fave list so far!!!
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 Nothing goes together like bikes and baked goods!
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 @sarahmoore: And if/when I ride hard I can enjoy them guilt free Smile !
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 Can we all get on about how good the savory scones are from Purebread?
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 @sarahmoore: Those scones also look excellent. Not easy to do. Respect.
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 @Murphius: They're what started my scone obsession!
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 @TEAM-ROBOT: Thank you! My food photography skills could use work, but the scones taste pretty darn good.
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 @sarahmoore: Umm, bikes and beer. Not even a contest!
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 Welcome back Sara.
You raising that cute kiddo to be a freerider?
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 We'll start with bike rider!!
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 Some great picks!

Some advice as a father of two girls who knows a thing or two about data and privacy: Stop posting pictures of kids. These end up in the darkest places of the internet. You don't wan't that, trust me.
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 Gahhhh I flip and flop on this every other day.
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 @sarahmoore : Please don't flip and flop. My wife works in disrupting harm/CSAM. Your child may not ever be physically victimized, but an image can fuel a creation that keeps evil people being evil.

Disclaimer: I'm not a parent, and I have only this limited perspective on this, and am certainly not trying to tell anyone what to do because I know the world is full of distant family members who want to be in the know on family life. I just think more private methods of distribution may be favourable.
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 Not to mention that every identifiable picture of someone on the internet can be used against them or theirs. Maybe just by future classmates to annoy and bully. Maybe by future employers or future competitors. Maybe by politically motivated smear campaigns. Plus, every single picture on the internet, public or not, ends up in the training data to be used and reproduced by generative AI tools.
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The good: You learn a new language.
The bad: It gets really hard to have these Duolingo addicts go on a trip and stay off their phone or computer for a week. Those streaks are (too) important to them for some reason.
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 Yeah, I've had a long streak before and lost it by going out of cell phone service for longer than Duo allows (I think it's only 2-3 days!). I'll choose going off the grid over keeping the streak again, but proud of it while it lasts!
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 @sarahmoore: Glad to hear you're getting your priorities straight. Mind you this isn't so easy for everyone with the built-in reward system (second level motivation) and the fake emotions of Duo (third level motivation) when you miss out on a practice session. If a student consciously chooses this platform for learning a new language and feels this is the way to get things done then sure it still is a personal and conscious choice. The challenge for people appears to be to set their own priorities when the extrinsic motivation factors are pulling them in one direction. Glad to hear you've found a good balance so my concern wasn't really directed at you in particular Smile . Instead, props for managing to keep all those balls in the air and don't be too hard on yourself if you occasionally drop one or two if need be!
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 Glad to have you back Sarah! You were missed.
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 Happy to be back!
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 This content is 100% not aimed at me, but I found it interesting nonetheless and I kinda think pinkbike should do more stuff life this. I like reading lengthy articles about geometry and enduro bikes and stuff, but messing around on bikes in the woods encompasses more than that. Some of the most interesting stuff I've seen here this year has been the Pinkbike racing series and Alicias articles about recovering from brain injury.
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 My wife and I just had our first baby (a girl!) a month ago. I cannot wait to take her on her first bike ride with me! Kids trailer, Kids Ride Shotugn, etc. I feel like the next major chunk of cash I spend on cycling related stuff will be items to make rides with a kid possible! Thank you for sharing your list!
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 Congratulations! Same priorities here!
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 Makes me think: Hmm... Mike Levy took some time off and the comments asking where he went (even after he posted that he was taking some time off) were relentless. But Sarah has been gone for just as long (longer?) but nobody was nagging about what she was up to...

Anyway, glad to see the update, Sarah! Congratulations!
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 I have a double chariot for my twins, the same helmet (one the same color), and we had scones for breakfast this morning!

The rest of the stuff is Greek to me (maybe I need Duolingo)...

Top Gear top tip, get a strider with brakes. Ours didn't have them until I welded up mounts (Steel is real even for striders) and put some Ali Express V brakes on. Cheaper than a heart attack (even in Canada!
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 @sarahmoore another company you would love is a small company called Ride Force. It a female owned company with an ethos you can stand by. The owner Taylor Ann has an amazing story. I really think you should check it out. www.ride-force.com
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 Welcome back!
Interesting thought about the training app - about not having to spend brains choosing what to do. My Mrs is battling fatigue after breast cancer, op, radiation, and drugs. She really misses training, but find it mentally taxing/impossible to plan. This is a great point about those kinds of apps. Will look into.
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 Thank you! Sorry to hear about her struggles and hope she can find a way to get back to what she loves. I often find that fitness and yoga apps have too much choice and if you're struggling to start or stay motivated it can be overwhelming. Plus, if you only have 20 minutes, you don't want to spend 5 of those choosing what to do! And creating the habit so you don't have to make the choice also makes it easier. Highly recommend Atomic Habits by James Clear!
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 Good to know about parent company of Nuun. My go to is to create my own "gatorade", in a water bottle mix: a fat pinch of salt, juice a quarter of a lime and a teaspoon of honey from local beekeepers. Cheaper and much tastier than any tablet I've had. Also doesn't leave a funky after taste in the water bottle.
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 This is one of my favorite year end lists. I imagine that so many of the readers also have to balance work/partners/kids and I love that you embraced showing that side. Sometimes I'm bummed that I can only squeeze in a 1 hour "lunch ride", but then it turns into a race against myself to see if I can squeeze in that extra 2 mile section and still make it if I haul a$$! Great article and it good to have you back Sarah!
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 Thank you! Glad it resonated with you. I appreciate just getting out more now than I used to for sure, although I do like to squeeze as much as possible into the allotted time too!!
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 Welcome Back Sarah, I always appreciate your point of view and look forward to seeing your content in the new year. I wish I had been back into bikes when I was staying home with my kids, carting them around behind a bike looks like a blast for them and you.
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 I have the scamp for my youngest (2). I have been getting frustrated with the lack of adjustability in kids helmets. Maybe moth my kids have very round heads, but I can tighten the strap all the way, and they are too loose under the chin still.
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 I love seeing this side of Pinkbike! As a dad of two young kids, my riding has changed dramatically. Pretty much the only way I get to ride is with them, and it fills my heart to share the joy of biking with them. Hiking with a good carrier is fantastic too! The kids are growing up, so my littlest is on the Mac ride now and my oldest is on a trailabike. I sold my Chariot on to a new family and it was hard to let go of. There were a lot of memories made with that trailer.

Pro tip for my fellow cold weather climate riders: Chariot makes a XC ski kit for their trailers, but you can combine it with the bike kit to make an awesome fat bike rig to take out your Littles. youtu.be/HJLRwzgVo0Y?feature=shared
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 Clearly you've never indulged in a proper scone! Also, I felt compelled to share this list with my partner, who doesn't MTB much, but is a Mom and tremendous baker. Great list and welcome back.
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 On the flip side, those that were responsible for the content that went up on Pinkbike in the past 12 months didn't seem too worried about typos either. Wink
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 The Osprey Poco is/was the greatest thing I had for a young for son. We got compliments on it everywhere we went in it.
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 Great...now I need to go to the bakery to get a scone
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 Can totally relate with 1 hour 20 minute lapper... After having two kids under two, that's now 99% of my riding.
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 "....not being responsible for any of the content that went up on Pinkbike in the past 12 months made me appreciate this website in a whole different way"....is that a dig somehow? What did I miss?
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 No dig - I was off the last year on maternity leave!
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 @sarahmoore: cool, didn't know if that was a slight towards Outside or Levy or mgmt or whatever.
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 @cmi85: "Browsing Pinkbike like a regular user is great. I didn't have to worry about typos or fact-checking articles"

She was clearly just calling all of us commenters idiots. Which is fair.
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 @everythingsucks: On the contrary, Pinkbike commenters are very on the ball and usually I read the comments to make sure I haven't made any mistakes! But since I wasn't working, I didn't have to worry about making mistakes and/or fixing them.
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 Good on you loving the tech climbs. That Border Patrol climb from Mashiter up the hard way is one of the 10 best in town IMHO.
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 XC roots - love a good tech climb. And love that there's a great view at the top of where you can catch your breath!
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 Scones to fuel a ride, borscht to refuel afterwards. Grand Forks and Christina Lake are worth checking out, the riding is sweet.
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 I'm so happy to see Sarah back. Her positive attitude towards everything is really wonderful. It makes pinkbike worth visiting.
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 Welcome back. Your list takes me back.
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 Scones = best pastry to take along on a ride too.
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 Welcome back! I always enjoy your articles and have missed the friendliest voice on the podcast.
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 You know what they say about parenting. The first 40 years are the hardest!
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 Welcome back!
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 Cute kid.
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 I used to use all that crap roctane.. scratch..minithines..coke..just stick to beer and weed ..it's really all you need
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 Welcome back and congratulations mama!
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 Are you coming back to the limelight? Always enjoy your bike reviews?
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 What Duo League are you in?
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 Precision of baking?? One of us is doing baking wrong.
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 Poco plus for the win!!! Love that thing
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 Please, if you gotta talk about your ride, don’t tell us you ride an ebike, it’s not important UNLESS you’re trying to make a statement….
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 Mmm love some mommy milkers
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 freudian slip on pinkbike, never would've put that on the bingo card
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