How well do you know Mountain Biking? The Twisted Trails Series uses terms and product ideas that might be unfamiliar to most people. Some of these are real (Fact) and some are fake (Fiction).
Big Al (Fact) - There is an enormous alligator that has been sighted many times at the T. Mabry Carlton Reserve in Venice, Florida. He is distinguished by the scarring around or on one of his eyes, theories vary as to what might have happened to him. See the Void in Least of the Beast.
B-Line (Fact) - A secondary, less difficult off shoot of the original trail. B-Lines are usually created for riders hoping to avoid a dangerous element like a blind drop. See The B-Line in Twisted Trails.
BoldlyGo (Fact) - The 10+ mile long singletrack trail in the T. Mabry Carlton Reserve in Venice, Florida. It is maintained by the SCORR organization. See The Void in Least of the Beast.
CityStyle (Fiction) - Slopestyle MTB trick riding finally made its way to the inner cities as riders started using enhanced bikes to propel themselves up enormous ramps. This sport began in the town of MacAskill and is enjoyed by millions of viewers worldwide. See Celebrity Nomad in Least of the Beast.
Cogni-Pure (Fiction) - An untraceable performance enhancing drug famously used by disgraced racer Andrew Gamble. Long considered to be a pharmacological myth, no one know what it is made of or how it works. See The Void in Least of the Beast.
Connector Locale (Fiction) - This is a small town that becomes popular due to the connector trail that runs through it. Bicycle visitors use it as a rest stop but hospitality breeds interest and spurs growth. See Celebrity Nomad in Least of the Beast.
Darkwolf Slaven Action Multi-Tread (Fiction) - The DarkSlam is a fictional MTB tire set that can change treads and suppleness with the click of a button. It also comes with glacier ice mode where a red button activates spikes that protrude from the rubber for wintertime fun. See Modest Cycles in Least of the Beast.
Death Messenger (Fiction) - A Military Veteran hired by a corporation to deliver the news of a soldiers death to their family. See One Cog Warrior in Least of the Beast.
Domnarski Farm (Fact) - Run by Matthew Domnarski, this real life horse stable and mountain bike race course hosts events every year. It is located in Palmer, Mass. See Ego Booster in Least of the Beast.
East Coast Greenway (Fact) - This real life trail system is 3,000 miles long connecting cities down the East Coast of the United States. When finished it will run from Maine to Florida. See Celebrity Nomad in Least of the Beast.
Enhanced Bikes (Fact) - Any bicycle that uses a propulsion system in addition to pedaling. See Ego Booster in Least of the Beast.
Flight Biking (Fiction) - Ultra endurance adventure biking using some form of pedal assist. Riders would pick a destination up to a thousand miles away, the distance one might fly for a vacation but instead they ride a couple hundred miles per day while sleeping under the stars at night. See Ego Booster in Least of the Beast.
Hatsumi Karu (Fiction) - A fictional bicycle meant to be the Lamborghini of enhanced mountain bikes. The Karu was designed in Japan with all the top tech components imaginable and is sold in such a manner that the final cost is equal to that of a sports car. See Modest Cycles in Least of the Beast.
Hellion (Fact) - This jump style black diamond trail is one of the most popular attractions at Highland Mountain Bike Park in Northfield, New Hampshire. Full of unique elements it has been ridden by some of the best downhill and slopestyle riders in the world. See B-Line in Twisted Trails.
Least of the Beast (Fact) - This is a term used to describe the slowest rider in a fast group of riders. These people start off as weak prey in back of the pack but they don't stay there for long. The wider metaphor is that of a small cog in a big machine or a disadvantaged citizen in a powerful democracy. See Modest Cycles in Least of the Beast.
Modest Cycles (Fiction) - A bike shop in the town of MacAskill, Rhode Island owned by Neal Gamble. The heart of the store is a wall of muscle powered bikes both commuter and classic meant to celebrate the simplicity of times past. See Modest Cycles in Least of the Beast.
MoonScape (Fact) - A double black diamond trail in Alafia River State Park in Lithia, Florida. It is maintained by the SWAMP trail organization. See MoonScape in Twisted Trails.
Replica (Fact) - A sub-standard bike usually bought at a big box store like Walmart or Target. Replicas are inexpensive, poorly designed and fall apart easily under the strain of rough off road riding. See The Replica in Twisted Trails.
Sandbagger (Fact) - A rider who competes in a class below their skill or ability level in order to take easy wins. Sandbagger is a derogatory term and is considered a form of cheating. See The Sandbagger in Least of the Beast.
Slaplight (Fiction) - A bracelet like device that wraps around the fork or frame of a bicycle providing hours of light for night riding. See The Void in Least of the Beast.
The Old Coot (Fact) - Bill Boles is a real person. He was a columnist for Dirt Rag Magazine for many years writing under the title of The Old Coot. Bill is a longtime bicycle advocate working with the New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA). See Ageless Shredders in Twisted Trails.
The Void - The Void has three meanings. A. (Fiction) It is an award winning novel about cycling by author Darwin Camot. B. (Fact) It is an isolated section of trail in the T. Mabry Carlton Reserve park in Venice, Florida. C. (Fact) It is a point past desperation where an athlete has given up hope yet finds the will to keep moving forward. See The Void in Least of the Beast.
United Bikeways (Fact) - A proposal to create and connect a nationwide system of paths for cycling. See Trail Nazis in Least of the Beast.
Wrist Phone (Fact) - A phone that takes the form of a wristwatch, band or wrist wrap. They come in many styles and are growing in popularity. See The Void in Least of the Beast.
Zappers (Fiction) - A derogatory term for an enhanced bike or a person who rides one. The negative connotation is derived from a story where a rider's bike once broke down during a rainstorm and the rider was electrocuted while trying to fix it. See Trail Nazis in Least of the Beast.
Read about all of these ideas and more in the Twisted Trails Series of books.