Opinion: Strava Sucks the Soul out of Mountain Biking

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Editor’s Note: Bob Ward has been riding mountain bikes since 1985. Over the years he’s authored three guidebooks, owned and operated a mountain bike tour company, and much more. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his alone and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Singletracks.com. I was out riding one of my local singletrack …

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The 10 Best Apps for Mountain Biking

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The smartphone is the single most ubiquitous piece of technology today. These days, everyone from your 80-year-old grandma on down to your 12-year-old nephew is walking around with their head down, tapping away on their iPhone. While some have decried the smartphone as a distraction from real life and the natural world around us, these ever-present …

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Interbike 2014: Gadgets for MTB Geeks

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Love it or hate it, technology is becoming an increasing part of peoples’ lives, and that even extends to the mountain bike trail. Check out these mountain bike gadgets we spied at Interbike: Velocity Clip The Velocity Clip is a universal smartphone mount mashed up with a GoPro-compatible clip so you can use your smartphone …

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Review: Annex Quad Lock Bike Kit

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Having finally purchased a phone worth using on the trails, I needed to get a case worthy of holding my Samsung S4. Annex Products has an excellent solution for my problem: the Quad Lock Bike Kit. Not only does it provide protection, but it also features a slim locking system that allows you to quickly …

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How to Use the Singletracks App to Find and Ride New MTB Trails

Example screenshot of navigating a trail using the mobile app. Note: I forgot to take a screenshot while riding Buckwheat Knob. This screen includes the map of the Bull / Jake Mountain Trail System in Georgia.

All of the Singletracks.com employees are dyed-in-the-wool mountain bikers. While we obviously listen to what our users want and seek to provide it, we also build software and resources that we want to use in real life. The Singletracks mobile app was born of just such a desire. Consequently, I constantly use the Singletracks app to …

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Smartphones on the Trail: All Your Mountain Biking Electronics in One Package

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Some people denounce the smartphone as a technological leash forever tying those who own them to the world of digital screens and the internet. I, on the other hand, choose to think of my smartphone as the ultimate liberation from the burden of mountain biking electronics. (Note: In this article, I may say “iPhone” frequently, …

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