Comparing mountain bike trails

With the ongoing intersection of technology and mountain biking there have been some recent efforts to quantify and compare mountain bike trails. While the idea may sounds strange, some interesting progress has been made. The International Bike Parameters Index (IBP Index) “is an index that values the difficulty of a mountain bike route or a …

Bikochondriacs

Bikochondriacs. Maybe you know one, maybe you are one. Or maybe you think you might be one. Here are 5 easy ways to tell if you, or someone you love, is in fact, a bikochondriac. 1. Do you take your mountain bike to the shop for repairs once a month or more? Unless your bike …

Garmin MapSource Review

Out of the box most Garmin recreational GPS units can’t even help you find your way out of the trailhead parking lot. To get true navigational data like landmarks and topography on your GPS you’ll need to purchase MapSource Topo software for your PC, but the question is, is it worth the investment? First the …

Dauset Trails Ride Report

This weekend I got a chance to check out the Dauset trails south of Atlanta and I think I’m impressed. I mean, just looking at the stats – ~17 miles of wooded singletrack, no trail usage fees, and within 1 hour of Atlanta–this trail system should be incredible. Based on my ride Saturday, it nearly …

Training tips for racing in 2008

The Ride-Strong.com blog has a great post about getting in shape for racing in 2008. While this blog mostly focuses on road riding the training info is really applicable to anyone who rides on two wheels. My personal favorite tip – rest and recovery are important so get lots of sleep before racing season! No …

Made in the USA…. Mountainbikes

Recently, I was listening to our local talk-radio station and the host, Russ Johnson, had commented on the difficulty in being able to find products that are still made in the USA. This is true for the most part; companies that produced TVs, hand-tools, and many other items that used to be manufactured in the …

Sea Otter Classic is world’s largest cycling event?

That’s according to Bicycle Retailer but I’m thinking perhaps the Tour de France is a bit larger. Bicycle Retailer claims Sea Otter hosts around 10,000 competitors and 50,000 fans but I know there are stages of le Tour that see total spectators in excess of 100,000. Anyway, Sea Otter is huge and I’ll certainly agree …

All Terrain Cycling becomes Mountain Biking

Earlier this month the US Library of Congress got their heads out of their asses and updated the subject “All Terrain Cycling” to “Mountain Biking” in their extensive catalog system. Perhaps they overhead ‘W’ talking about going out for a mountain bike ride one weekend and decided that had a better ring to it than …

Lance Armstrong loses mountain bike race

Lance raced the Miles of DisComfort Mountain Bike Marathon Event at Flat Rock Ranch in Texas this past weekend and apparently the competition was a bit too much. Armstrong dropped out of the (52 mile?) race with 11 miles to go complaining of leg cramps. The Miles of DisComfort race is just a training ride …

Showcase your inner mountain biker

For those of you on Facebook we’ve developed a quick application that imports your ‘My Singletracks’ trail list to your Facebook profile. Just add the ‘Mountain Biker‘ application, type in your singletracks user name, and your trail list (complete with trail photos and description) will be linked to your FB profile. Sweet! If you’re not …

West Virginia faces loss of bike trails in wilderness bill

Congress is introducing the West Virginia Wilderness Bill next week and according to the West Virginia Mountain Bike Association (WVMBA) it could spell the end of bike access to more than 50 miles of trail in the Monongahela National Forest. Mountain biking is not permitted in wilderness areas so the designation would spell an end …

Snow MTB racing in Maine

If you’re thinking about heading to Shawnee Peak Ski Area in Bridgton, Maine this weekend, skip the skis – bring your mountain bike instead! Ernie’s Cycle Shop Snow Mountain Bike Race will be tearing up the slopes on Sunday and more than 100 racers are expected. Registration is only 30 bucks and includes an all-day …