Advocacy Alert: Wilderness or Bikes? The Debate Continues in Pennsylvania

Tracy Ridge Trails. Photo by Brittany Dawkins, via

For as long as there have been mountain bikers, there have been those who oppose their use of trails, claiming that they cause damage to wilderness and a disruptive environment for other trail users. In the 517,000-acre Allegheny National Forest in Pennsylvania, a usage debate is at hand. The proposed Tracy Ridge Wilderness would inherently …

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Take the IMBA eMTB Survey

Look closely at the bike in this pic and you'll notice that it has an electric motor. photo & caption: IMBA

IMBA is taking a survey of mountain bikers to “guide our research into the potential social and environmental impacts related to eMTBs.” The survey looks to be pretty quick and easy and you can take it here. More context from IMBA: Electric mountain bikes, also called eMTBs, are a rapidly growing component of the bicycle …

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IMBA Presents eMTB Study Findings at Bosch eBike Theatre


IMBA presented scientific findings from an inaugural study comparing the soil displacement of mountain bikes, eMTBs, and dirt bikes, at the Interbike E-Bike Theatre sponsored by Bosch, the industry leader in e-bike motor technology. This study was conducted in the fall of 2015. A specific test loop was used with a variety of different trail …

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Finding the Spirit of Mountain Biking in the Upper Midwest


With all the news of recent or pending losses of access to blue ribbon trails, it’s great to learn of all the grassroots efforts to provide people quality riding opportunities, especially in less populated areas where small but dedicated bands of locals work tirelessly to secure access and subsequently build and maintain quality trails.  These …

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Video: We just lost some of the best trails in America: Thank you, Wilderness Act

2015-08-21 wilderness

The closure of the Boulder-White Clouds to mountain bikes thanks to its new Wilderness designation and the coincidentally-timed launch of the Sustainable Trails Coalition is brewing a controversy of epic proportions in the mountain bike and conservation world. But that storm of controversy may also create the critical winds of change. I’ve written about this …

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News: Lindarets Motorbike Shirts to Benefit Human-Powered Trail Access

Lindarets "Motorbike" T-shirt (photo: Lindarets)

It seems like trail access is becoming a more prominent issue lately, particularly with regards to e-bikes. Post an article on the subject and watch the comments come flying in from both sides of the debate. Related: Opinion: Electric Mountain Bikes Don’t Belong on Mountain Bike Trails Related: Opinion: Electric Mountain Bikes Belong on Mountain …

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Opinion: Opening Wilderness to Mountain Bikes Is the Most Important Advocacy Effort in History – And STC needs your help!

Mountain bikers aren't allowed to enjoy this beautiful terrain. Collegiate Peaks Wilderness, Colorado. Photo: Greg Heil.

For over 30 years the status quo has remained the same: all Wilderness areas in the United States have been off limits to mountain bikers. Now totaling over 108 million acres of protected wild lands, that’s an area larger than the entire state of California where it is currently illegal to ride your mountain bike–and that …

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Massive Trail Work Project Makes Te Iringa Trail in NZ More Accessible to Mountain Bikers

photo: Destination Great Lake Taupo

The Te Iringa Trail in the Great Lake Taupo region in New Zealand wasn’t known for being mountain bike friendly due to challenging terrain and a massive number of fallen trees that required riders to hike-a-bike much of the trail. But two local mountain bike groups–the Hawkes Bay Mountain Bike Club and Taupo Mountain Bike Club–recently …

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