Expanding our mountain bike reviews

Due to popular demand we’re expanding our mountain bike reviews to cover all kinds of gear. From sunglasses to hydration packs, bottom brackets to spokes, if you use it for mountain biking, you can add and review it on singletracks. Just fill out a short form and tell us who makes the gear, how much …

New look, same great taste

We launched a new singletracks homepage today that we’re pretty stoked about. The new page sports simplified options, an oversize trail photo, and the latest news including forum posts, trail reviews, and more. We’ve even posted some of the top searches on the homepage so you can get where you’re going quickly. In other news: …

Are you old school too?

The other weekend we were riding down at FATS in South Carolina when we stopped to chat with a group of guys out on the trail. Here’s a rough transcript of our conversation: Me: Is the Brown Wave trail pretty sweet? We’re thinking about heading down that way. Kid on single speed: Yeah, it’s got …

Favorite Mountain Bike Rides in Colorado

News 7 in Denver has an article on their website about photojournalist Jim Hucks’ 10 favorite singletrack rides in Colorado. Jim couldn’t hold himself to just 10 trails – he threw in some cities and counties as “rides” – but the list is pretty solid nonetheless. One area Jim mentions is “Jefferson County Open Space” …

World Mountain Biking Bog Snorkelling Championship

This past weekend the Wales town of Llanwrtyd Wells hosted the annual World Mountain Biking Bog Snorkelling Championship. Competitors sloughed through a 135 foot long, 6 foot deep pit filled with mud to determine the fastest rider after two passes. Last year’s winner completed the run in 41 seconds. And like all new flavors of …

Wipe off that water bottle: 200 mountain bikers vomit

At least 200 mountain bikers fell ill after the Test of Metal mountain bike race in Sqamish, BC on June 16 and health officials think the cause may have been bacteria in mud out on the race course. Riders could have ingested the campylobacter bacteria after drinking from mud-caked water bottles or eating mud-contaminated food …

What makes a trail a trail? Part II.

Question: When is a dirt road a mountain bike trail? Answer: Sometimes. Is this a mountain bike trail? Okay, so when someone says “mountain bike trail” you probably don’t imagine a wide dusty dirt road or a paved greenway path through the city. But if you think about it, these “trails” might just deserve a …

Continental Divide Trail at risk

Received via email from IMBA: When it comes to the longest trails in the country, mountain bikes haven’t been welcome. Congress banned bicycles from the Appalachian Trail before our sport evolved, and access to the Pacific Crest Trail was eliminated in 1988, before mountain bike advocacy had fully developed. With nearly 5,000 miles of iconic …

FATS is PHAT!

Mudhunny and I finally got a chance to check out the Forks Area Trail System (FATS) just outside Augusta, GA this past weekend and we were seriously impressed. After riding the Stevens Creek and Horn Creek trails for years we didn’t expect to see many (any) riders out at the trailhead on Saturday morning but …

Case of the Mondays? Waste time here.

If you’ve got a case of the Mondays today, how about taking a few minutes to fill out our MTB trail survey? We’re giving out prizes to random winners plus everyone who takes the survey gets free singletracks stickers. Sweet, huh? Here’s the link: Singletracks trail survey

Top 100 MTB Trails in the World

Admittedly when we first posted our list of the top 100 mountain bike trails in the world it was a bit of a gimmick. Obviously we haven’t ridden every trail on the planet so we had to automate things a bit with a “super secret” trail ranking algorithm to build the list. Of course our …

Adaptive mountain biking festival at Keystone last weekend

The second annual Handcycle and Adaptive Mountain Bike festival was held at Keystone (see link for pics) this past weekend and this year’s turnout was about double that of last year. Physically disabled riders got a chance to try downhill adaptive mountain biking where bikes can cost upwards of $10,000 and the learning curve can …