Garmin Forerunner 201 review: So-so for biking

Editor’s note: This review was first posted in August of 2005 on our sister blog at TripleBlaze.com and has been updated with mountain bike specific information. I purchased a Garmin Forerunner 201 in 2005 to use for running and to possibly use on my bike. I had been using a Garmin eTrex for mountain biking …

National Geographic TOPO! – Expensive and sucky

I was all set to write a thoughtful review of National Geographic’s TOPO! software for mapping GPS data but after much frustration, I give up. Okay, I don’t completely give up, but suffice it to say this won’t be helpful if you’re seriously considering buying this piece of junk. (oops, I may have spoiled the …

MTB skills training

Seems like these days most mountain bike training focuses on improving physical endurance, but few take the time to teach technical skills. Most people are either just born athletes or they spend lots of time riding (and crashing) until they get better. Some groups are starting to address this gap in training through clinics like …

MTB park coming to midtown Cleveland

The Presidents of the USA song “Cleveland Rocks” was once just a sarcastic jab at the Forest City but it now looks like Cleveland may actually rock some midtown mountain bike trails in the near future. A million dollar bike trail is being planned in town and the organizers are in line for a $100K …

Who watches MTB races anyway?

For years mountain bike manufacturers have been sponsoring elite level riders as a way of promoting their brands. Everyone knows Lance rode a Trek so that makes Trek bikes cool. But does this really work? I mean, who is out there watching mountain bike races (on TV or otherwise)? I honestly couldn’t tell you what …

4-wheel mountain bikes

What has four mountain bike tires, disc brakes, no gears, and no pedals? Nope, it’s not the pile of cannibalized bikes in your tool shed, it’s the R-one 4×4 – the raddest way to ride downhill on four wheels. The Rough Riderz club in the UK is working hard to increase awareness of this (new?) …

Stripped: mountain bike movie

Graham at Go Clipless posted recently about capturing flow in mountain bike photography and since I read his post I’ve been on the lookout for good examples, particularly in MTB videos. The trailer for Stripped seems to do a good job at capturing flow, and the video isn’t confined to just one style of riding …

MTB: in the Grand Canyon?

If you haven’t heard, there are some guys that are attempting to ride their mountain bikes from Alaska to the tip of South America and according to the blog they’re down in Arizona taking a break as we speak. Calling this an epic ride is a a bit of an understatement and they’ve certainly had …

Automatic transmission for bikes

It seems like there was something like this available before but apparently Shimano’s “Coasting” technology is news worthy enough for CNET this week. The technology uses a computer chip to control automatic shifting between one of three gears. The article specifically says the tech isn’t meant for road or mountain bikes and doesn’t even perform …

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 …