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So far Erik Fenner has created 8 blog entries.

Bikerafting the Nittalven River

By |2022-06-06T12:10:45-07:00May 27th, 2022|Old Man Mountain|

Hell Biking: Who’s idea was this anyway?! A short history lesson Hell Biking was a term coined by Carl Tobin to describe the type of riding and adventures he, Roman Dial and Jon Underwood were doing in the late 1980’s (Note 1). Roman Dial, regarded as the godfather of bikerafting, was the instigator of these tours and their 1988 adventure from Nabesna to McCarthy in Alaska, was considered to be the first ever [...]

We need you to be our President.

By |2022-03-01T20:56:22-07:00March 1st, 2022|Uncategorized|

We're looking to find the inaugural President of The Loam and Gravel Society. If you’re comfortable talking to yourself in public, love to ride bikes, and feel ready to lead a very public, secret society; Old Man Mountain would like to pay you $20,000, provide you with some great gear, put you in an adventure van provided by Carefree Camper Co., and send you off to ride your bike all over the western [...]

Riding the Oregon Timber Trail – 2021

By |2021-07-01T22:14:50-07:00July 1st, 2021|Old Man Mountain, Robert Axle Project|

We’re Going Bikepacking! There’s some semi-cheesy inspirational saying that goes something like this, “Do what you love and love what you do.” Let’s be honest here. We don’t always love a lot of the things we have to do as a small business, like building inventory spreadsheets, solving technology problems, or talking to bankers and insurance companies. But what we do love to do is spend a few days on our bikes in the [...]

Rolling With The Seasons. 

By |2021-05-19T20:07:16-07:00May 19th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Words by Kait Boyle with Photos by Will Stubblefield   Why would we load our bikes with backcountry skiing and winter camping gear for 3 days and pedal from home to go skiing and winter camping?  As a mountain biker and a backcountry skier, I care about the condition of the environment. Healthy living forests, reliable water sources, and stable trails make my experience on the mountain bike possible. Cold winters, regular winter storms, [...]

Riding The Swedish Snow

By |2021-03-25T22:51:12-07:00March 25th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Words and Photographs by Michael O’Dwyer The word adventure originated in the 13th century from an old french word aventure, meaning “that which happens by chance”  The verb evolved into aventurer  "wander, travel, seek adventure, happen by chance. In the 21st century we know the word more as: an exciting or unusual experience with an uncertain outcome.  On a dark winter’s day, with time on my hands and hours to kill, I decided to look [...]

Crossing The High Atacama Desert

By |2021-03-01T23:56:30-07:00February 26th, 2021|Old Man Mountain|

Karl Kroll has been on a long road from Chile to Alaska. Over the past year he's taken a break due to COVID-19 but it's given him time to write and reminisce while dreaming about the next leg of the journey. Karl also has a great YouTube channel and Instagram feed where he covers his travels from Warsaw to Istanbul, Georgia, Northern Norway, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan. Here's a great read about his ride up [...]

Do I Have A Thru-Axle or a Skewer?

By |2020-01-22T10:19:49-07:00November 7th, 2019|Old Man Mountain, Robert Axle Project, Thru Axle|

The differences between a thru axle and a skewer. We get quite a few questions about the difference between an older style quick release skewer and a newer thru-axle. Thru-axles have been in mountain bikes for nearly five years now, and are now moving into road and cross bikes. But there are still many bikes that have skewers. Learn a little about the difference. Skewers Way back in 1927, Italian bike racer Tullio Campagnolo [...]

Robert Axle Project Owners Acquire Old Man Mountain Products

By |2020-01-22T10:21:22-07:00January 29th, 2019|Old Man Mountain, Robert Axle Project, Thru Axle|

Posted by Katy Bryce Bend, Oregon, August 1, 2019 – The Robert Axle Project, a U.S. manufacturer of thru axles for bikes based in Bend, Oregon, is pleased to announce the purchase of Old Man Mountain Products of Santa Barbara, California. The acquisition of Old Man Mountain will complement the existing product portfolio of The Robert Axle Project and both brands will continue to operate as separate entities. The purchase will support The Robert [...]

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