Race at the pole (North Pole that is)

For those who haven’t heard, the first ever mountain bike race at the north pole will take place on April 7. There are 13 riders signed up for the 2007 race, though sadly registration is closed at this time. Have no fear though, you too can race your mountain bike to the North Pole in …

Alot of mountain bike trails stink

I was reading an article recently about a former landfill in New Zealand that was being developed into a park with mountain bike trails and I realized something: alot of mountain bike trails are in crappy locations (sometimes literally). Essentially it seems like mountain bike trails are often allowed on land that no one really …

Alaska mountain bike trails are not in Tennessee

Tim Woody knows his mountain bike trails. The Anchorage resident was flipping through the latest issue of Outside magazine when he happened upon an ad for the state of Tennessee: “Knees scraped. Nose sunburned. Heel blistered. Burdens released.” The ad shows an interesting handlebar view of a beautiful mountain trail – the only problem is, …

Mountain bike patrol

A while ago I posted a list of bike jobs and apparently I overlooked one mountain biking occupation: mountain bike police. Yep, there’s even a Police Mountain Bike Association and this year’s annual conference will be held in Baton Rouge. Last year more than 300 people attended the conference and this year’s conclave will take …

Folding mountain bike

The Get Outdoors blog had a short post about the Fuego, a foldable mountain bike from Dahon. I personally haven’t seen too many foldable mountain bikes and this thing pretty much blew me away (but then again I’m still riding a hardtail from 1999). The Fuego has a 7005 aluminum frame and the 17″ version …

Epic mountain bike race

The Absa Cape Epic is easily the most extreme mountain bike stage race in the world. The race takes place in South Africa and runs almost 900 km (about 600 miles) with 16,000 meters (52,000 feet) of climbing over 8 grueling days. This year’s race kicks off on March 24. I had never heard of …

MacGuyver bike tricks

The guys over at Blue Collar Mountain Biking always seem to come up with gnarly quick fix ideas and the latest one I read about, using quick release levers to change a bike tire, seems like a great trick. They also have about a dozen uses for duct tape, definitely check out their blog if …

New feature roundup

Beyond the recent cosmetic changes to singletracks, we’ve also added a ton of new features over the past few weeks. Here’s a run down of what’s new and what’s to come if you haven’t been keeping track: Trail videos: This is probably the biggest enhancement to the site since the beginning and really fulfills our …

This just in: mountain bikers more lazy than not

The BBC reports the Tweed Valley in Scotland could be developed into a killer mountain biking destination, provided adequate chairlifts are installed. Currently about 8,000 mountain bikers ride in Innerleithen but officials predict more than 25,000 mountain bikers might come if a chairlift were installed. So let me get this straight: there are about 8,000 …

Mountain bike country club: The Proving Ground

Get out your white sweaters and tennis shorts: The Proving Ground mountain bike country club is set to open in New Jersey this spring. The founder, Lars Tribus, is building the 23 acre mountain bike oasis in New Jersey on the banks of the Delaware river. The private club will have two mountain cross courses …

The long tail of mountain biking

I just read a blog post by Doug Walsh that was talking about how divisions exist within the mountain biking community along the lines of gear and equipment. Doug pointed to an article from Outside online where the author described feeling like he didn’t fit in with “hard tailers” at the local mountain bike trail. …