Mountain Bike Hashing

In May of last year I wrote about hash runs (hashing) and I’m surprised – nay disappointed – that no one told me about mountain bike hashing. For the uninitiated, a hash is a bit like a game of hounds and hares. The hare(s) start out ahead laying a course using some kind of marking …

Crack for MTB trade and more Alaska mountain biking

A couple of mountain bike stories to start off your week: How many crack rocks is your bike worth to you? For George N. Magalhaes the answer is easy: four. The Florida man was arrested for attempting to trade his purple mountain bike for four rocks of crack cocaine. I dunno, I would want to …

singletracks v1.0: Mudhunny

I don’t know if any of our current readers were with us back in the Mudhunny days of 1998 but if you were, prepare for a trip down memory lane. Here, for the first time in 10 years is the original Mudhunny website, the precursor to our current site here at singletracks.com. As you click …

Mountain biking economics study released

IMBA and Shimano are presenting a joint study titled “The Economics and Benefits of Mountain Biking ” at the National Bike Summit in Washington D.C. this week and one of the study’s main findings is pretty shocking: More than 1 in 5 Americans age 16 and over ride a mountain bike. Now at first I …

Downhilling in France; Women’s clinic in Australia

The morzinemtb blog has a good post outlining the basics of downhill mountain biking and clicking through the site it seems to be a great resource. There are some gnarly shots of the downhill scene in Morzine (that’s in France if you hadn’t heard) which was surprising to me since my only impressions of French …

Alaska snow bike racing

Here’s a mountain biking niche you may not have heard of: Snow biking. Of course folks have been riding their mountain bikes in snow and ice since the beginning but today you can actually buy a purpose-built snow bike from Surly with wide tires and rims designed to “float” on top of the snow. The …

New Jersey seeks to outlaw the quick-release axle

This is perhaps the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard: Lawmakers in New Jersey are considering banning the sale of mountain bikes with quick release axles due to reported injuries to children. The bill would require a secondary safety mechanism and the “fork tips” on most forks don’t seem to satsify the bill’s proponents. Meanwhile …

singletracks.com: The origin story

In honor of singletracks.com’s 10th anniversary this year I’m starting a series of posts looking back at the history of the website. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 10 years already- did they even have the internet 10 years ago? Today I’ll fill you in on the singletracks origin story where it all started …

10 great MTB trails in South Africa

If you’re tired of the same old mountain bike trails on your continent, why not head south – waaaay south – to South Africa where the MTB scene is really heating up. Over on iAfrica.com they have a good article detailing 10 of the best mountain bike trails in South Africa including the “Wild Coast” …

Kona to donate 1,000 bikes to AfricaBike

Kona is doubling the number of bikes it expects to donate to healthcare workers in Africa through its ongoing 2-for-1 sales program from 500 to 1,000. Under the program Kona donates one bike for every two bikes that are purchased, though I’m guessing they aren’t giving away Stab Supremes 😉 . I couldn’t find anything …

IMBA needs support for fresh Kentucky singletrack

Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky is considering approving 6 miles of new singletrack open to hiking and mountain biking and you can help! The message from IMBA is pasted below, click the “Take Action” link below to submit your comments to the NPS! IMBA urges all mountain bikers to support new singletrack at Kentucky’s …

Mountain Bike Only “ski resort” in New Hampshire

While many east coast ski areas are adding mountain bike trails to attract summer guests, Highland Mountain Bike Park in New Hampshire is a ski mountain that is strictly for mountain bikes. No one has skied at Highland for 12 years so this mostly abandoned resort was recently made over into a mountain bike destination …