No Way! The Hans Rey Story video clip

I came across a video preview of the Hans Rey Story on YouTube today and I have to say once again, Hans Rey is amazing. There are clips on there of his famous mountain bike bungee jump and his 13 story ride down the side of a building, among other amazing footage. If you like …

GPS software review: Delorme Topo 6.0

Over the past several years I’ve tried out a number of topographic software programs for mapping mountain bike trails and GPS data and they’ve all been seriously flawed in one way or another: National Geographic Topo! (crashes often, expensive), Mac GPS Pro (techy, no built-in maps), Google Earth (limited topo support), Trails.com (slow, limited interface), …

The Fruita of the Front Range … In Pueblo?

The Colorado Spring Gazette had a great article two weeks ago about the South Shore mountain bike trails down in Pueblo, Colorado. The trails are being compared to Fruita and apparently alot of Front Range riders are flocking to take advantage of the 48 miles of dry trails this winter. JJonas went down there recently …

The Stair Cycle

The Stair Cycle is a bike you “pedal” by stepping up and down and based on the videos it looks fun as hell. There doesn’t appear to be a mountain-specific version of the bike (yet) but I can just imagine cruising down a gnarly trail on one of these. The standing position would definitely add …

Epic ride: What happened to Gabi?

“I don’t care. Whatever you guys want to do.‚” Joey took off his helmet and ran his fingers through his long, curly hair. “If you guys want to go on, Joey and I will just go back to the car and wait,” said Uri, the youngest of our group. “Ok. That’s cool. We shouldn’t be …

What to do with a broken Garmin eTrex Vista?

Well after a couple years of faithful service, my eTrex Vista GPS finally recorded its last waypoint. I called Garmin to see about a repair (out of warranty of course) and they quoted me a flate rate of $125, about $25 less than a new one on Amazon. Naturally I didn’t take the offer but …

Top 10 mountain bike trails

I’ve ridden a few mountain bike trails over the years (129 trails over 13 years to be exact) and in that time I’ve formed an opinion or two about what makes a good MTB trail. Spectacular scenery, fast descents, great flow, and challenging terrain are just a few of the factors that make a mountain …

Mountain bikers: talk to National Park Service

The US National Park Service is holding several forums around the country this month and listening to park users of all types (including mountain bikers). The meetings are designed to solicit public input into park management issues so show up and be heard! Scheduled stops in March include Alaska, Texas, Colorado, California, Florida, Ohio, Wyoming, …

Guide to building better MTB trails

For most of us mountain bike trails just seem to exist. It’s not that we’re lazy or ungrateful, it’s just that we don’t put much thought into the sacrifices that are often made to build a world-class mountain bike trail. Beyond the physical work that goes into building a great trail system the political, social, …

Spring is great time for GPS mapping bike trails

Spring is in the air here this week and I’ve been having great luck mapping some of the local mountain bike trails with my GPS (Lake Crabtree, Harris Lake, and Southern Village all in the last 5 days). This really is the best time of year to get out and map the trails with your …

MTB non-profit: Gang Resistance Education and Training

Ah, the seductive powers of the mountain bike. In Sacramento a new program aims to use bicycling (I assume they mean mountain biking, cycling is still a pretty elite sport) to lure kids away from gangs and negative influences. The article is sparse on details but it sounds like an innovative way to build kids …