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. …

Redesign roundup

We’ve been quietly introducing some changes to the look and feel of Singletracks over the past few weeks and it’s time to show you what we’ve done (if you haven’t already noticed). The idea is to make the site easier to use and to give it a 2007 look and feel. Some of the big …

Our mountain bike gear coverage sucks

I’ll admit it: I’ve never been much of a mountain bike gearhead. Like Lance, for me it’s not about the bike, and never has been. I think this comes from the fact that I started riding mountain bikes as a high school student with no money to spend on cool bike stuff. I’ve even been …

Ice bike racing

Graham Tracey had a great post on his blog about ice bike racing and how lazy alot of us mountain bikers become in the winter. (by the way, Graham’s blog, Go Clipless, is really great – check it out if you haven’t seen it yet). In the south you always hear rumors of people “somewhere” …

Anyone play mountain bike video games?

Since it is cold in some parts of the country right now, does anyone use mountain bike video games to get their off-road fix during the winter? I haven’t personally played any mountain bike games but I recently saw a demo of a game called Mountain Bike Challenge that looked pretty sweet. I’m not sure …

Eco-terrorist targeted mountain bikers

As if mountain biking wasn’t dangerous enough already, now we gotta be on the lookout for terrorists. Well, eco-terrorists, that is – and if you ride in Lubbock, TX you should be safe now that David Knape is behind bars. Apparently local riders had been finding broken glass and nails on the trails – and …

Think you can outrun a motorcycle on your bike?

Cyclelicio.us posted this article about a rider attempting to outrun a motorcycle cop on his Schwinn bicycle. Ricky Martin (no relation to the Latin pop sensation?) was trying to get home in time for the Super Bowl when he ran a red light on his bicycle. Thinking he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest, …

Mountain bike trail video profiles

Dauw had the great suggestion to add helmet-cam videos to singletracks trail listings and the idea was something we had considered for quite some time. In fact, you can read about my attempts at creating my own mountain bike helmet-cam videos on this very blog. There are, however, plenty of people who have mastered the …