Google Maps adds terrain

I noticed an interesting new map view on Google Maps when searching for directions the other day: Terrain. Up until now Google Maps has been a pretty bad choice for mapping mountain bike trails since the maps are built around roads and driving. With this new data layer mountain bikers have a much better choice …

Post pics of your bike(s)

We’ve just created a new way for you to show off your bikes: My Bikes from singletracks.com. Post photos of all your bikes on your profile and browse bikes from all members. Just another way singletracks allows you to catalog your mountain biking life…

Bike company case study: Raleigh

The Guardian has an in-depth article about the transformation going on at Raleigh these days and it’s pretty interesting from a business perspective. Personally, I didn’t realize: Raleigh is a British company Raleigh also makes Diamondback and Triumph bikes Raleigh has been making bikes for more than 100 years The article paints a picture not …

Deer hunting meets mountain biking

Now I’ve heard it all. Apparently hunters in Montana (and I assume other places as well) are ditching ATVs and pickup trucks in favor of mountain bikes in pursuit of the kill. Actually it doesn’t sound like the hunters use bikes to chase their prey but they do use bikes to get out into the …

Wal-Mart bike trail extension proposed

Okay, so that’s not the official name of the trail – but development of the Slaughter Pen Hollow Mountain Bike Trail in north Bentonville, Arkansas is being driven by some heavy hitters, including Tom Walton, grandson of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton. Although I’ve never ridden the trail I *think* it may be listed here on …

Powerful bike computer + GPS from Quarq

Have you ever looked down at your GPS during a ride and thought to yourself, I need more data? If so, you might just want to update to the Qranium from Quarq. It’s a fully loaded cycling computer with GPS, wireless capabilities, 512Mb of internal memory and it runs the linux operating system. Sadly, though, …

The Un-29’er Movement

After more than a few years worth of experimenting, debating, and magazine reviewing; the 29’er is here to stay. The 29″-wheel has become the Super Swamper of mountainbiking. Almost every major bike manufacturer now has a 29″-wheeled mountainbike in their line-up, and the small scale & custom framebuilders have been making them for years. This …

World’s most grueling mountain bike race: La Ruta

Stage 3 of the 4-stage La Ruta mountain bike race is taking place today in the steamy jungles of Costa Rica and from what I’ve read this could easily be the world’s toughest mountain bike race. The first stage covered 59 miles and boasted more than 15,000 feet of climbing through sticky mud and oppressive …

A Link to Mountainbiking’s Past

Recently unearthed by one of Mountainbiking’s forebears, Charlie Kelly; CK’s Mountainbiking Hubsite is a treasure trove of visual history, interesting anecdotes, and commentary.  And going beyond the typical bike “porn” movies laden with stunts, pounding soundtracks, and not much else, is the movie, “Klunkerz”.  It is available now on DVD at Amazon, and here is the Klunkerz trailer. …

Illegal mountain biker winds up in federal court

The Marin Independent Journal posted an article yesterday about Steven Gravenites and his fight in federal court over a $60 fine for riding an illegal bike trail. The entire series of events is rather entertaining, read the article if you have a few minutes. While the entire case and subsequent defense is rather preposterous, Steven …

Mountain bikes as bio-vectors

Apparently mountain bikes carry a lot more than just mountain bikers – your bike could be spreading invasive plant species! At least that’s what a 17-year old New Zealand student found  – and he’s doing something about it with his invention dubbed ‘Didy-Go.’ Photo from Waikato Times Mountain bikes can become contaminated with an invasive …