About Credible Cyclist
Hello and welcome to Credible Cyclist. My name is Brian Koehn and I am a bit obsessed when it comes to bikes. I ride both mountain and road and love being outdoors. The freedom the sport offers and my accomplishments in the big and small things have made a huge impact in my life. I can honestly say that the quality of my life would not be where it is without the pursuit of my goals on the bike. As I am writing this, I can’t help but be excited for the gains yet to come, and those I am going to help along the way. As I grow older in life, my purpose becomes less about me and more about how I can give back to this sport which has given me so much. To help others overcome their struggles, both on and off the bike, and to put into perspective their innate value, well, that will be an amazing thing to be a part of!
In the beginning, I am going to be focusing on quality trail reviews and content. My goal is to provide options and maybe even dream-routes that may not be exactly easy for people close by or visiting. I am a working stiff and only have the ability to focus on posting content every two weeks. I was raised as a positive person and that foundation has developed within me the ability to step back and see the big picture. I was taught growing up that I could do anything I put my mind to, if I wanted it bad enough, and that attitude is going to be the foundation of Credible Cyclist. After all, a dream is nothing but a goal without a date on it!
I haven’t always lived in Breckenridge, and I haven’t always owned a road bike. My first love has always been the mountains and the mountain bike. It was my method of exercise after I stopped running cross country when I finished my senior year in high school. During the time I lived up in Coeur D Alene Idaho in my 30’s, I took up road biking to develop strength and endurance. I also rode a lot of mountain trail by myself and didn’t particularly like the exposure, and the potential threats, of wolves and mountain lions in the areas I rode.
The world-class bike paths and road bike routes in the area that had very limited vehicle traffic which also helped me look at the sport more seriously. The Trail of the Coeur D Alene’s was incredible as well as the Centennial Trail. Anyways, I could go on and on about the awesome riding up there but the point I wanted to get out was this: You may scoff at a sport or a particular subsection of a sport like I did with road biking, It wasn’t until I threw my leg over the top tube of my very first road bike that I really understood the potential and the fun of riding road. Soon I was learning about nutrition, the effects of constant power output on the road bike, and in that process, I found a new love for the sport.
Before Coeur D Alene I lived in Phoenix for 13 years and I used to look for roadies to chase down and pass on my xc race mountain bike. In Phoenix, I was strictly a mountain biker and loved spending time in the state and city parks. Phoenix is where I rode my first real bit of single track and where mountain biking really took root and became a lifestyle.
I have ridden a few Fondos, and a few charity events with my road bike and couldn’t be happier with it. I also used to race XC on my mountain bike and have been a part of a 4 person 24-hour relay team. I have always dreamed about a solo 8 or 24-hour race, there is still time!
I have also loved the data collection aspect of cycling. I have been connected to the Garmin ecosystem since the GPS II in the early 2000s. I geek out on data! I like to look back at my rides and see max speed, total vertical, max grade, length of descent, and times spent on climbs, flats, and descents. I now use a Garmin Fenix 5X Plus for all my activities and have added heart rate to the list of data I measure.
If you like the site so far, don’t be shy, sign up for my newsletter! Follow me on Instagram at CredibleCyclist. Subscribe to my YouTube channel at CredibleCyclist. I have been learning a lot about video and you can see the progression on my channel! I will be adding updated trail videos to supplement my trail views as well and I am really looking forward to that process as well as writing trail reviews and bringing well thought out content you can trust and use immediately for your adventures!