Video: A retrospective of new Mtbr how-to contributor Jeff Lenosky

A look at the rider’s pioneering career ahead of how-to series launch


Jeff Lenosky

Trials, urban freeride, cross country, enduro racing—Jeff Lenosky does a little bit of everything on a mountain bike, and now he’ll contribute a monthly how-to column on Mtbr starting tomorrow.

Mountain bike legend Jeff Lenosky joins the Mtbr staff tomorrow as a contributor with the first of his monthly how-to articles designed to help make you a better rider. Starting out as a BMXer, the New Jersey native eventually graduated to mountain bikes and began riding observed trials—a highly specialized segment of the sport that emphasizes handling skills and balance, requiring competitors to ride, bounce and cajole their bikes over obstacles without putting a foot down.

In this clip, Lenosky and fellow mountain bike great Fabian Barel fly into Spruce Lake near Whistler, British Columbia for a little shred session and end up in a row boat.

Lenosky eventually melded his trials riding with traditional mountain biking, spearheading a movement that took the sport into the city, giving birth to urban freeriding. In 2001, he appeared in the mountain bike film New World Disorder II – Fat Tire Fury and used the concrete jungle of New York City as his “forest.” Lenosky would go on to appear in several more films in the series.

When you’re Jeff Lenosky, everything is a trail, as he proved in his segment of the mountain bike film New World Disorder 7- Flying High Again.

All the while, Lenosky has continued to rack up hundreds of in-person appearances doing his trials show at bike shops, events and on television programs—his positive demeanor and trials’ demonstrative nature making perfect fodder for news broadcasts.

If Jeff Lenosky can explain what mountain biking is all about in three minutes, just imagine what his column here will do for your riding each month.

These clips give you a glimpse into Lenosky’s skill as both a rider and ambassador for the sport, not to mention his wide-ranging skill on a bike. It’s no wonder sponsors like Mavic, Giant, Clif Bar, Shimano, X-Fusion, Native Eyewear, Pro Gold Lube, MRP and Ergon have lined up have him represent their brands.

Jeff is an expert at not only riding, but also overcoming morning show schmaltz. Here he shows the hosts of Vancouver’s Urban Rush what’s up.

About the author: Don Palermini

Chicago-born Don Palermini became a cycling-based life-form in the sixth grade after completing a family road bike tour of his home state. Three years later he bought his first mountain bike to help mitigate the city's pothole-strewn streets, and began exploring the region's unpaved roads and trails. Those rides sparked a much larger journey which includes all manner of bike racing, commuting, on- and off-road bike advocacy, and a 20-plus-year marketing career in the cycling industry that landed him at his current gig with Santa Cruz bicycles. Now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, his four favorite words in the English language are "breakfast served all day," together in that order.

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  • BlackBean says:

    Haha…great vid, He presents well and I think they crew was having fun interviewing him (the last vid where he balances on the rear wheel and touches the reports nose with his front wheel!).

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