Riding After Rain: Advice for New Riders

If your bike tire leaves a rut throughout the trail, it is too wet to ride, according to IMBA’s Mark Eller.

This time of year, mud, snow, and ice cover trails across the continent, and sunshine is in short supply. Most mountain bikers acknowledge that riding soft trails can accelerate erosion and widen precious singletrack into jeep roads. But sometimes, it’s tough to know if trails are dry enough to ride. “It is something that takes some experience,” said …

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Trail Report: Fat Biking Buffalo Creek, Colorado, in the Winter

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Is it just me, or did the “Godzilla El Nino” not get the memo? It’s winter, or at least it should be for a few more weeks. Both winter and spring in Colorado are actually great opportunities to ride fat bikes, especially in the high country. Though this season has seen somewhat variable snow conditions (read: disappointing), …

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Trail Report: Fat Biking the Apex Trail, Colorado, in the Winter

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Apex Park is one of the most popular places to ride and hike in the Colorado Front Range, and until recently, lay somewhat dormant during winter when big dumps would envelope the trails in deep, impassible snow. Enter the fat bike, and the past three seasons seem to have maintained Apex’s popularity even when the mercury pointed …

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Five2Ride: The 5 Best Mountain Bike Trails in Arkansas

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While Arkansas may have flown way under the mountain biking radar for many years, with trail building booming in places like Bentonville, an increase in Arkansas’s marketing efforts promoting the outdoor opportunities that the state holds, and the IMBA World Summit heading to Arkansas this fall, the secret is officially out. Arkansas is flush with excellent trails, and …

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4 Must-Ride Fat Bike Trails in Leadville, Colorado

"That's Mt. Massive (2nd highest 14er in Colorado) in the background."
Rider: Nancy Anderson. Photo: Scott Anderson.

Leadville, Colorado is a small mountain town with the dubious honor of being the highest incorporated town in the United States–we’re talking about elevation above sea level, here, although you can hit up a local dispensary while you’re in town. I say “dubious honor” because while the extremely high elevation has given rise to absurdly-challenging …

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The 51 Mountain Bike Capitals of the United States

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Have you ever noticed when you’ve looked at a map of the United States that every single state has a capital city… even the smallest and seemingly insignificant states? Maybe that seems obvious, but that observation left us wondering: “well, doesn’t every state have a mountain biking capital as well?” After thinking about it we decided that …

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Ride Report: Old Toll Road to Heartbreak Ridge, Montreat, North Carolina

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During a recent trip to visit my friends Gwyn and Kurt, the topic of where to ride quickly came up. The couple had just finished building a house in the mountains near Saluda, North Carolina, from which you can access any number of amazing trails. The trails of Brevard, Dupont, Mills River, Bent Creek, and many …

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