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 …

Ride Report: Raccoon Mountain, Tennessee

When mudhunny and I left Colorado just over three years ago we knew our opportunities for riding incredible mountain bike trails were limited. Since that time we’ve ridden some good trails but none of the east coast rides really stood out – until now. Raccoon Mountain in Chattanooga, TN has that special mix of fast …

Ladies on Velocipedes

In the history of Mountainbiking, there have been more than a few women who have made huge impressions on the sport, both in the beginning and currently.  Wende Cragg, Jacquie Phelan, Juliana Furtado, Ashley Korenblat, Cindy Whitehead, Alison Sydor, Marla Strebb, Shonny Vanlandingham, Jill Kintner, & Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesja; just to name a few. However, …

Introducing our Senior Bike Editor

If you’re a regular reader of this blog you may have noticed an unusually well written piece yesterday about returning bike tech to simpler times. No, I didn’t suddenly learn all there is to know about bike tech, nor did I take a class on creative writing. In fact, we have a new team member …

Connecting Hall Ranch and Heil Valley Ranch

Employees from 3 outdoor companies are set to work on a new trail in Boulder County, CO tomorrow to connect trails at Hall Ranch and Heil Valley Ranch. Timberland, Go Lite, and Smart Wool are supporting the project and more than 100 volunteers are expected to help construct almost a mile of the planned 5-mile …

Mountainbiking technology comes full circle.

I regularly pick up nearly every mountainbiking rag, covering both the US and UK cycling scenes.  And the coverage of the major industry events & product releases has increasingly focused on the massive advances in suspension and brake technology. However, I’ve noticed a refreshing trend that runs contrary to the rush towards the most technologically advanced frames …

National Mountain Bike Series Ignores East Coast

The guys over at BlueCollarMTB.com posted a complaint a couple days ago about the 2008 National Mountain Bike Series calendar and the fact that only 1 out of the 6 events is on the East Coast of the US. Disappointing? A bit. Surprising? No. In fact I’m more surprised that Idaho gets a stop on …

A frozen Moab?

I never would have thought that November would be ideal mountain biking weather in Alaska but apparently it is. Since much of the Alaskan wilderness is a swampy bog during the short summer it takes the cold fall weather to freeze the mud, making certain trails passable again. The Anchorage Daily News has a pretty …

Trail Weekend @ Hueston Woods: Nov 9-11

Hueston Woods in Ohio is hosting a mountain bike trail weekend next week at the park to raise awareness for trail maintenance and improvement. IMBA will be in town as part of the event and is even hosting a little social on the evening of the 9th. If you’re in the area, definitely check it …

Best trail in the world

I recently found a mountain bike blog called Sacred Rides Mountain Bike Holidays and they’ve posted some good stuff recently. The first post I really enjoyed was about Bikes Without Borders, a non-profit organization that the Sacred Rides guys started to bring refurbished bikes to impoverished areas around the world. Recently the guys brought some …

Mountain bikers: Yield to wildlife?

Ok, so if you’ve been mountain biking more than a couple times you’ve probably seen or heard the rule that mountain bikers yield the trail to hikers and equestrians. Well at one mountain bike 101 class they’re teaching a new rule: mountain bikes must yield to wildlife. Of course you’d be crazy to run into …