End Singletrack Prohibition: Donate to the IMBA Legal Fund

Recent IMBA release: Can you believe mountain bikers are still treated as second-class citizens? First, we were accused of speeding erosion. Then, we were labeled a “dangerous menace” and kept at bay under the guise of liability concerns. IMBA has dispelled false allegations, developed risk management tools and reopened trails-but a new danger looms. Now, …

Interbike 2007: Pre-game

Interbike kicks off today with the 2-day Outdoor Demo portion in Bootleg Canyon, NV. I’ll be heading out to Las Vegas tomorrow to catch the opening of the indoor portion bright and early on Wednesday. I’m trying to put together a schedule so I don’t miss anything but it looks like it’ll be tough to …

One more reason to wear a helmet: Bear attacks

Anthony Blasioli was attacked by a bear during a mountain bike ride earlier this month in Banner Forest Heritage Park in Washington state but luckily, he survived. Blasioli credits prayer and his bike helmet with saving his life. I saw Anthony on one of the morning programs yesterday and they showed his bloody helmet with …

Finding the perfect loop

Hannah Nordhaus wrote an article for the Rocky Mountain News website a couple days ago about the new paved bike loop in Leadville, CO where she waxed poetically about the virtues of loop trails. I’ve been obsessed with loops almost since I began mountain biking and I think it’s for many of the reasons Hannah …

New trails coming to Philpott Lake, VA: You can help!

If you’re in southern Virginia, NC Triad or NC Triangle area, this concerns you! Potential for a huge trail system just up the road, read on to find out more. The Philpott Lake area has always been considered a “future” mountain bike destination with tremendous potential to be as big or bigger than Douthat State …

Convert your Garmin Edge cycling data here!

The Garmin Edge GPS series has been our favorite choice for mountain biking for a while but we’ve been frustrated with the ability to import and export data using Garmin’s Training Center application. If you’ve ever tried to convert a single ride to another data format (like GPX for example) you know it’s a huge …

Mountain bike trail difficulty ratings

IMBA has come out with a method for rating mountain bike trail difficulty in the book Trail Solutions: IMBA’s Guide to Building Sweet Singletrack. It’s called the IMBA Trail Difficulty Rating System (TDRS) and, despite its flaws, it seems to be a pretty good start at standardizing trail ratings. First off, IMBA makes a great …

Economic impact of mountain biking

We’ve profiled several towns and regions around the world from Israel to Scotland to the US who hope to revive local economies through bike tourism. But does this ever work and how do you measure the impact? CNBC has a great story this week about a small town in Montana that hosts an annual 24-hour …

This bike could be a bait bike

Watch out bike thieves – GPS bike tracking shows up again! This time it’s at the University of Toronto and the bikes being tracked are actually “bait bikes” placed around campus to trap would-be thieves. The police department is handing out stickers proclaiming “this bike could be a bait bike” for students and faculty to …

How’s your bike handling?

Forget about track stands and bunny hops – check out what this guy can do! You may have seen this or similar vids already but I never get tired of seeing this stuff. My favorite part is when he balances between two handrails and then moves to the rocks – amazing!

Tara Llanes needs your help!

Tara Llanes suffered serious injury after a bad crash at the Jeep King of the Mountain race at Beaver Creek on September 1. Tara landed on her head and back and she’s currently paralyzed from the waist down. Her coach, James Herrera, shared a great article about Tara and her ongoing recovery on Bicycling.com that …

MTB Race Through a Brewpub!

Allentown is hosting a slew of bike races on Sunday including the first ever Tour de Brew Fat Tire Crit. Competitors will ride through a bar/restaurant from back to front as patrons and race sponsors look on while munching on burgers and sipping brews. The race is even a US Cycling Federation sanctioned event and, …