MTB vs. Road: How Much More Effort Does Mountain Biking Take, Really?


Obstacles on the trail. The number and size of trail obstacles can vary wildly, and generally come in the form of rocks and roots. Paved roads, by comparison, are generally smooth and obstacle-free. Trail obstacles slow riders down and increase the amount of physical effort required. The trail surface itself. Dirt and vegetation slow riders down compared to solid, high-traction pavement. …

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How To Ride Long Distance on Your Mountain Bike

Take the technical sections easy when doing a long ride. You can clean them later. The goal is to keep pedaling and avoid crashes.

If you’re a mountain biker with decent fitness, you’re probably capable of extending your mileage and doing an epic ride with eye-popping stats. It doesn’t require a special diet or a 12-week training plan, but it does requires you to think and ride differently. For a long time I was satisfied with my usual 8- …

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Sessioning Trail Features: The Best Way to Enhance Your MTB Skills


Between shooting photos, tinkering with my bike, and wolfing down cinnamon bears (never mind what goes into product reviews), if there was a Strava trophy for “Jester of the Mountain” (JOM), it’d be mine everyday, all day. Still, these time-sucking culprits pale in comparison to the time I set aside for “sessioning,”yet it is during a session …

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Over a Beer: If you want to stay healthy, you can’t JUST mountain bike.

Trail running in the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness with my wife, Summer.

Editor’s Note: “Over a Beer” is a regular opinion column written by Greg Heil. While Greg is the Editor in Chief for, the opinions expressed in this commentary are his alone and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Last week I shared with you my vision for a #move366 challenge. Basically, I’ve …

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The Strava Effect on Mountain Biking


In case you haven’t heard of it, Strava is a website/mobile app that allows you to share information about your mountain bike rides using GPS data collected during the ride. The social network is built around the idea of tracking your fitness progress and challenging friends (and even strangers), which makes the whole thing pretty …

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