New 16-mile MTB Trail System on Tap for Kings Mountain, NC

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IMBA and the Tarheel Trailblazers are working with State and National Parks on designing a brand-new 16-mile trail system on the NC/SC border. This project is particularly noteworthy because it takes place not only on National Park land (Kings Mountain National Military Park) but also involves land within both NC and SC State Parks. If you’ve …

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Opinion: Don’t Permit Instances of Anti-Cyclist Rage


Editor’s Note: Walter Rhein is a cyclist who rides road bikes, mountain bikes, and everything in between. He’s also a father, a husband, a son, and a friend. The opinions expressed in this commentary are Walter’s alone and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Spring can be infuriating for cyclists. The minute it …

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Chris’s Overzealous Riding Goals for 2016

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Although it was an extremely ride-productive year for me, looking back on 2015, I really fell short in the pre-season planning department. In fact, out of three goals I had set for myself and submitted to you, I only completed one! Granted, many, many other worthwhile opportunities for adventure presented themselves upon which I capitalized, however, it would simply …

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Opinion: The Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Shop at Your Local Bike Shop

Absolute Bikes, Salida, Colorado. Photo: Greg Heil

Editor’s Note: Rovo Johnson has been cycling for 20 years, and he’s started a website designed to help people who want to save money when buying a bike online: That said, he still recommends buying from a local shop, and thinks there are some really good reasons to do so. The opinions expressed in this commentary are …

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A Fat Bike Love Story


It all started because I was curious about fat bikes: I started talking to the local mountain bike aficionado about these fat-tired contraptions I’d been seeing on the interwebs lately. I was not very much into riding at the time. I biked a couple miles across town to class and work on a daily basis, …

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IPA Blind Taste Test: Our Panel of Mountain Bikers Picks the Best Beers

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Editor’s Note: Singletracks does not encourage or condone underage alcohol consumption or excessive drinking. If you’re underage according to local law, choose to abstain, or just can’t stand when people geek out about beer, we ask that you choose another article to read–perhaps this one. A few months back we asked nearly 2,000 mountain bikers what …

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RIP Kelly McGarry

Kelly McGarry competing in Winter Park, CO. Photo: Michael Paul.

News has reached us that freerider Kelly McGarry has died while riding in New Zealand this weekend. Having met Kelly briefly, in addition to watching probably all of his videos, I can truly say that not only have we lost an extremely talented rider, but we have lost a genuinely great man. Kelly, you will …

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