Ride along with the Prez

President Bush is a fat tire junkie and the Washington Post printed an article on Monday that offers some dirt on the who and where of the President’s mountain bike rides. Apparently Bush usually hits the singletrack Saturday mornings at a Secret Service training facility in nearby Beltsville, Maryland with a select group of 8 …

SF mountain biker finalist for National Hero Award

Marilyn Price, founder of Trips for Kids, a non-profit that helps disadvantaged kids experience the excitement of mountain biking, is one of 40 finalists to be named “America’s Hometown Hero” in the 6th Annual Volvo for life Awards. Read on to see how you can help Marilyn receive the recognition she deserves! The program has …

Liberty University to develop mountain bike trails

How do you convince intelligent, fun-loving high school seniors to apply to your conservative Christian university near Lynchburg, VA? You build some gnarly mountain bike trails on campus, of course! At least that’s the plan for Liberty University, founded by televangelist Jerry Falwell, in developing university-owned Liberty Mountain. According to a New York Times article …

Using your GPS for mountain bike training

Believe it or not, cycling specific GPS devices like the Garmin Edge weren’t designed for navigation (trail or otherwise). And although the Edge does a good job plotting your route for you, it’s actually part of Garmin’s fitness line and packs some great features to help you track and achieve your training goals. All GPS …

No such thing as a Free Lunch – until now!

steve32300 recently posted about a new mountain bike trail in Fruita called Free Lunch and I’ve just received more dirt via IMBA and the BLM. Apparently the trail is the first purpose-built downhill mountain bike trail ever on BLM land and from what I’ve read, it’s pretty gnarly indeed. While Free Lunch is only 1.1 …

Bike shop helps out homeless man with new mountain bike

A homeless man in Austin is getting a new mountain bike for Christmas this year thanks to the generosity of local residents. Bicycle Sport Shop, owned by recent mountain bike hall of fame inductee and IMBA board president Hill Abell, donated a new mountain bike plus free maintenance to Jimmy Northen, a 63-year old Austin …

Mountain Biking: A second coming

Gary Fisher gave an interview over at Cycling News about what he sees as a “second coming for mountain biking” that’s going on right now. As one of the fathers of mountain biking Fisher has an important perspective on the industry and this article is a great read for anyone who has been involved in …

Internal Drivetrains for Mountainbikes?

The internal-geared hub has been around for decades, commonly found on city-cruisers & touring bikes.  They’re nearly impervious to dirt & water; have a robust construction, and are available with a wide variety of brake options. These include the classic coaster-brake; the roller-brake; modern disc-brakes, and the v-brake-friendly freehub.  Each manufacturer has their own take …

California wildfires impact bike companies

Bicycle Retailer reports a few bike manufacturers and retailers got scorched in the recent California wildfires though it sounds like for most it’s back to business as usual. The folks at Ellsworth were forced to evacuate their headquarters and some bike retailers lost almost a week’s worth of business. Unfortunately some area mountain bike trails …

3 of the best mountain bikes?

If you could pick the 3 best mountain bikes on the planet, which ones would you choose? Apparently 3Luxe, which claims to help you find “the best of everything,” thinks you should pick the Ellsworth Epiphany, the Sycip Diesel, and the K2 Apache. Questionable choices to be sure, though more because of the bikes they …

Mountain bike + Motorcycle = Rad

A couple college kids studying industrial design built this mountain bike / motorcycle hybrid that looks absolutely gnarly. Everything about it screams mountain bike – from the tires to the handlebars – but it’s got a serious gas engine strapped to the frame! Anyone recognize any of the components on this rig? Aprilia Forum via …

Carbon-Fiber for Mountainbike Making

Recently, a fairly revolutionary bike was released that seems to have pushed the use of carbon-fiber in mountainbikes to a level unseen as of yet. This design will surely raise a great number of eyebrows, and give some of us who tend to be cynical luddites ammunition to attack carbon-fiber bikes as being unsafe & overpriced. …