How To Interpret Topographic Maps


We’ve all seen it in those high-dollar mountain bike films: the planning montage. The star rider of the movie can be seen, mouth gaping in awe, looking at a mountain, then the camera cuts to him and his cohorts poring over stacks of maps, fingers pointing excitedly at things that one can only assume are …

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How To: DIY Hammock for Bikepacking


So you want to try bikepacking. Do you have a bike? (duh…) A route? (ya!) Loads of unbridled, rookie enthusiasm? (of course!!) Loads of money for high-tech, hard-core, ultra-light, fancy-schmancy gear to sleep in and on, cook with, provide light, and strap it all to your rig for miles on end? (uh… nope). Just like enduro …

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My Mountain Biking Teachers


“I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” – Robert Frost You probably remember very little of the quail shot crammed down your throat during Course XYZ 10, yet some of those who taught you have left lasting tread marks on your mind. What was it about Mr. Benson’s high school biology class that still inspires you today? Was …

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Great Beginner Trails: Definition and 10 Examples


Trails. It’s all about the trails. Especially for beginners. While advanced riders may think they “need” gnarly trails, that’s not so much a “need” as it is a “want.” However, for the new rider, having access to suitable trails is positively essential for both their enjoyment and their ability to grow in the sport. So …

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How To Start Bikepacking

Explore the wild via mountain bike. Photo Credit: Revelate Designs

Hopefully after reading the 10 Bikepacking Races to Put on Your Calendar article some of you may have felt a twinge of inspiration to head out on an adventure. However, you may not yet know exactly how to embark on said adventure just yet. This article is meant for you, budding bikepacker. In its simplest …

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