The elk population in the United States today is well over 1,000,000 animals, with the population growing fairly steadily since a population count was made in 1975, at which time the estimated population was just over 500,000. While I sold my Eagle Talon long ago and my Kona mountain bike is somewhere in Thailand at my father’s house the endearing message is the necessity of a folding mountain bike versus a standard issue mountain bike; especially one that is durable, reliable and delivers performance and style like the Army Recon folding bike from Rietti.

From Tibet to Australia, Alaska to Norway armed with drones, Go-Pros and helicopters, director Jennifer Peedom has fashioned an astonishing symphony of mountaineers, ice climbers, free soloists, heliskiers, snowboarders, wingsuiters and parachuting mountain bikers.

Our headquarters is nestled in the heart of downtown Telluride, home to great backcountry skiing, a lifetime of ice climbs, spectacular hikes, 13 and 14,000′ summits, and the famous Via Ferrata For adventurous visitors to Telluride, the Via Ferrata is a must-do.

After Europeans, such as Sir Alexander Mackenzie , and Americans, such as the Lewis and Clark expedition , began exploring the range, minerals and furs drove the initial economic exploitation of the mountains, although the range itself never experienced a dense population.

Big chunky tyres designed for muddy tracks are not the best for city streets, a gear range designed for steep mountain slopes may not ideal for urban areas, and although city cycling can be tough on a bike, it’s not nearly as tough as riding on a mountain – and hence frames can be overly strong (and hence heavy).