Winter Mountain Biking




Final Review: Fatback Aluminum Deluxe Fat Bike

At a time when the only fat bikes in the world were some one-off custom models and the fairly-heavy, steel-framed Surly Pugsley, Greg Matyas at Speedway Cycles in Anchorage, Alaska was inspired to create a fat bike with the terrain-conquering characteristics of the Pugsley, but in a package that rides

Transitioning Ski & Board Skills to the MTB Trail

Looking through the corner. The sport of mountain biking (and especially downhill mountain biking) shares many similarities with the sport of downhill skiing and snowboarding. For the average cross-country or all-mountain biker, most of the congruent skills occur in the mental decision-making department. I first learned of these similarities from my mountain

Stay off the Trainer and on the Singletrack: 7 Essential Pieces of Cycling Apparel for Winter MTBing

It is a weird time of year to be a mountain biker. Depending on where you live, you could either be trying to get up the determination to brave the chill and ride, or putting away your bike and waxing up the downhill skis. Here in the southeast, most of us

Best Trails for Winter Mountain Biking in Colorado

Winter riding in Colorado is a balancing act of temperatures, short days, snow and trail access. Rides after work require decent lights, and most of the popular trails close an hour after sunset. Temps can vary from below freezing to the 70's, sometimes from one day to the next. Storms

A Taste of Winter Mountain Biking on Pinhoti Trail

Sometimes you just gotta go for a ride. Greg (Goo), Jeremy (GoldenGoose), and I were looking for a place to ride on Wednesday and after our first two choices - Dawson Forest (closed for hunting) and Blankets Creek (closed for wet trails) - fell through, we finally settled on Tatum

Dialing Your Mountain Bike in for Fall and Winter Riding

The best few months of riding are upon us: fall! The heat from summer has finally broken and leaves are changing color - it's truly a great time to be in the woods on a mountain bike. But fall and winter in the southeast and other parts of the country

7 Winter MTB Photos

This past week we featured winter mountain biking photos as a nod to those who keep the pedals turning through the coldest temps, the darkest days, and the deepest snows. Hats off to all of you, the hardcore, who never stop spinning! "Triple D (Second Place 2011)." Photo: FloridaSnowman. "December 31 and

Glacier Gloves: Winter Cycling Gloves

The Glacier Glove company has been making neoprene gloves for various wet and cold activities for almost 30 years and their products have been used by the likes of the Navy Seals, the US Coast Guard, Mt Everest climbers, and onAntarctic Expeditions. Next month, the company will be releasing a version

Fat Biking 101: 10 Things You Need to Know Before Biking in the Snow

If you have been shopping for bikes lately, you may have noticed a peculiar bike niche gaining significant market traction, aside from the venerable 650b movement. Fat bikes, or snow bikes, have been around since at least the early 20th century, but in the past 1-2 years several manufacturers, both

What to Wear for Winter Biking

It's winter. It's cold. There may or may not be snow on the ground where you live, but despite all that, you probably want to extend your mountain biking season into the "off" season. Here are some winter clothing and gear tips to help you do so comfortably. While this is

5 Reasons to Take a Break from Mountain Biking During the Winter

I know, I know. Those are fightin' words: take a break from mountain biking? Who would? Why would you? Blasphemy! Except maybe it's not. Here are my top 5 reasons for taking a break from biking during the winter. 1. There's snow! Snow! Snow means skiing and snowboarding. Crosscountry, downhill, snowboarding, backcountry, split

How to Stay Cycling Sharp Through the Winter

While it may not seem like it now for many of you, spring is definitely out there, not that far off waiting to smack you in the face. Ahh, the warmth, the sun, the flowers and that day when the trails are finally dry, you saddle up, and realize within

How to Prevent and Treat Common Cold Weather Biking Ailments

Unless you live in the Southern Hemisphere at the moment, chances are you're going to experience some chilly riding days this year. Being prepared can mean the difference between an enjoyable ride and a miserable one. Outright negligence in cold weather can cost you a finger or a toe, or

News: Unsupported Trip to South Pole--On a Fat Bike!

Juan Menendez Granados has set the bar very high for those of us making 2014 goals, having traversed from Hercules Inlet to the South Pole over the course of 46 days solo and completely unassisted. He's the first person ever to accomplish such a feat and then he had to get

The Lure of the Fat Bike: A Winter Time Story at Lair O' the Bear, Colorado

Think about one of your favorite trails. Now think about how that might look if it is covered in about 8-10 inches of snow. Would you ride it? A little over a year ago, I would have said, "no way. Winter is for snowboarding and dark beer and Xbox." But fortunately, in

Review: Hincapie Arenberg Zero Jacket

The Hincapie Arenberg Zero Jacket features a very similar design and construction to the Arenberg Zero Vest, which I reviewed in December. Essentially, if you add sleeves to the vest, you have the Arenberg Jacket. Specs As I mentioned for the Vest review, The Arenberg Zero Vest features a wind-repellant front panel thats

Overcoming the Winter Blues

Spring is starting to reveal itself. There've been days in New Mexico already where the weather is gorgeous, not a cloud in the sky, and the temperature doesn't dictate the need to cover up your sexy spandex (unless, of course, you're one of the cool kids with baggy mountain bike

Photo Blog: Working with Winter During Days 5 and 6 of #30daysofbiking

So often we mountain bikers fight against winter: we flee to the desert or to the South to ride our bikes, we complain about the snow and the rain, and we grumble and refuse to do anything when we can't ride our beloved singletrack. However, I think that most of the

Photo Blog: #30daysofbiking Days 3 and 4: Fat Biking in the Snow

This weekend, things didn't go quite as planned for 30 Days of Biking, thanks to a big snowstorm blasting into the state of Colorado. Still, what's biking in April like withouta few weather challenges?! Day 3 The snow was falling fast and furious all day in Salida, so I hopped on

Of Ski Bikes, Mustaches, and Humble Pie

"What the heck is a ski bike?" I asked as my friend Kristen tried to explain it to me. "They are simply bikes with skis." "Really?"(No, not really). An avid cyclist who is well connected with the Colorado mountain biking scene, Kristen was friends with Devon Lenz, founder of LenzSport, and she hinted

Review: Bike Nashbar's Big Ol' Fat Bike

Fat bikes might just be the biggest advancement in the mountain bike industry in the last decade. Perhaps that's a bold thing to say, but I can't think of a single change over the last 10 years that has had a bigger impact on the way we look at mountain



About Winter Mountain Biking

Fallen leaves, freezing temps, snow - no problem. Read on as we cover mountain biking in extreme winter conditions.