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Mountain Bike Trail Building Machines

Have you ever cruised down a freshly cut mountain bike trail and wondered how it was built? These days more and more mountain bike trails are being constructed using heavy equipment and we were interested to learn a bit about some of the tools of the trade. If you thought
 

Giving Back: Mountain Bike Trail Building

If you haven't already heard it through the grapevine, the Lunch Loop areain Grand Junction is expanding in a big way! Over 100 acres of property east of the current area will be modified in the next few years to create more hiking and biking trails. Mesa Land Trust purchased
 

Mountain Bike Trailbuilding How-To

Before the Shovel: First Steps As a trailbuilder with 4 years experience, I have worked on more than my fair share of mountain bike trails. I believe its every mountain bikers responsibility to get involved with trailbuilding at some level plus its great exercise, youll meet cool people, and youll be
 

MTB Trail Building How-To: Choosing Your Line Part 2

You've likely read Choosing Your Line Part 1 and Mountain Bike Trailbuild How-To. This article continues to detail the finer points of choosing your line. By the end of this article you should be able to flag out a flowy, well-drained trail with more natural features than Megan Fox. Flow Flow is
 

MTB Trail Building How-To: Choosing Your Line Part I

Last week I wrote about locating and planning for a new MTB trail and this is a continuation of that article. Click here to go back and get caught up. Walk the Area Walking the site is integral to choosing a line for your new mountain bike trail. Walking will help you
 

MTB Trailbuilding Essentials: The Benchcut

If youve been following the singletracks series on trailbuilding, youve read Trailbuilding: Work Smart Not Hard, Choosing Your Line Part 1 and Part 2, and Trailbuilding 101. Now youre ready to put your knowledge to work and start building your trail! But how do you build a trail that is
 

MTB Trailbuilding How-To: Work Smart, Not Hard

If youve been following the Singletracks.com series on trailbuilding, youve read Choosing Your Line Part 1 and Part 2 and Trailbuilding 101. Congratulations, youve learned a lot about trailbuilding and youre almost ready to head out and start digging. But you need something to dig with and some friendly people
 

MTB Trail Density

I recently rode a mountain bike trail that got me thinking: How dense is too dense when it comes to mountain bike trails? Every mountain bike trail planner will inevitably run into this question wherever space is limited - which is pretty much everywhere. First and foremost, a mountain bike trail
 

Sterilized Singletrack: A Spreading Epidemic

Bull Mountain has been castrated.What used to be one of the last remaining bastions of technical mountain biking in the state of Georgia has been cut and bled of its virility.What was once a true man's trail (or a true woman's trail ;) ) for those who wished to challenge
 

A Modest Proposal: Building Mountain Bike Trails for Everyone

No, the answer to all of our problems isn't eating babies. And while I contemplated attempting to write this blog post as a satire, I realized that a) I'm not clever enough to do so and b) the average internet reader probably isn't clever enough to pick up on satire
 

The Science and Math Behind Mountain Bike Trails

If you've ridden a new mountain bike recently you know there's a ton of technology built into almost every bike part imaginable. From carbon fiber handlebars sloped to precise angles to hydraulic disc brakes and nano-engineered tires, it's clear that serious research goes into building the best mountain bike equipment.
 

Mountain Bike Trail Building Machines

Have you ever cruised down a freshly cut mountain bike trail and wondered how it was built? These days more and more mountain bike trails are being constructed using heavy equipment and we were interested to learn a bit about some of the tools of the trade. If you thought
 

Mountain Bike Trail Maintenance 101

We've seen a recent surge of interest in trail building here on Singletracks and we just started a new forum for discussions about building mountain bike trails. But building the trail is only half of the equation; maintaining the trails is a long-term task that will never completely go away. I've
 

The McDonalds of Trail Building: Standardizing Mountain Bike Trails

More and more, I find myself having trail dj vuthe feeling that Ive ridden this trail beforeeven when I havent. With over 350 trails under my knobbies, you might think itd be easy to forget that I had ridden a particular trail before, but thats not it. My mind naturally
 

Mesa Top Trail Construction

Trail construction began on the Mesa Top trailabout a year ago. Designated to be a connector to the Flowing Park Loop off of Land's End Road, the Mesa Top trail is a singletrack trail that runs from a parking area just past Lands End Road on Hwy 65 out towards
 

How To Build a Box Jump

Over the past year, my friends and I have been working to improve one of the trail systems that we ride. We took a look at all the features that were there and falling apart, and decided what should stay, what should be improved, and unfortunately, what should be removed
 
 

 

 

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