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 …

24-hour mountain bike racing: Solo!

Ever wonder how people get into doing those 24-hour mountain bike races? I mean, plenty of people participate in 24-hour races as a part of a team but you gotta be made of steel to tackle the race solo. Only a few people in the world can actually do this and one of them is …

Beret Helmet

What better way to show your French pride on the road or trail than with a bike helmet shaped like a beret? A young artist in Czechoslovakia has designed just such a helmet, though sadly it sounds like there are no plans for commercial production. Besides the unusual shape of this helmet there also appear …

Winter MTB News Round-up

I hate to keep reminding everyone that it’s the winter but it seems like all the MTB news these days just confirms it. You know the weekend ride in Macon I skipped out on? The Tallahassee Democrat has an in-depth article on the endurance race that was held Saturday despite the weather and it sounds …

Mountain biking in January is rough

Yeah, I chickened out this weekend. I mean, I had every intention of going down to Macon Saturday to the SORBA mountain bike weekend but then they said the white stuff was coming and I got scared. I’m so embarassed. I’m even more embarassed after reading about Jill’s weekend ride up in Alaska: More than …

MLK Day of Service: Trail work

For some folks the upcoming 3-day weekend will be a good chance to hit the slopes but here’s another idea: Give back to your local trails. Students at the University of Washington, for one, are asking volunteers to help build trails at the I-5 Collonade project site in Seattle. If your local club hasn’t organized …

Mountain Bike Investments: Stocks for 2008

Peter Lynch, the legendary Fidelity mutual fund manager and investment guru, always recommended investing in what you know to achieve extraordinary financial returns. If you’re like me you know about mountain biking but is this really a good industry for investment? You be the judge. The most logical place to start when looking for mountain …

MTB News Round Up: January 15, 2008

New USA Cycling Mountain Bike Coach: Mike “Gully” Gullickson took over both the mountain bike and cyclo-cross programs for USA Cycling yesterday. Gullickson brings serious dirt racing experience as a five-time UCI racer in both mountain bike and cyclo-cross events. Seems like a last minute change given that the Olympics are coming up later this …

Thomson Appreciation Day: This Saturday, January 19

SORBA is hosting a big bash down in Macon, GA this weekend that promises to rival any of the big summer MTB festivals. Camping Friday and Saturday night, a tour of the Thomson factory (where they make stems and seat posts), a 4 hour and 20 minute endurance race, games (including my personal favorite, bike …

Togas, Laurels, and Chariots…… Mountainbike Chariots

From IcWales.co.uk “A WELSH town will be transported back into Roman times today as it aims to maximise its visitor appeal. Residents in Llanwrtyd Wells–the self-confessed “wacky capital of Wales”–will don togas and drape themselves in laurels for a Gladiator-style chariot race. The event is to celebrate Saturnalia–an annual festival of Roman drinking, food and …

Mountain bikes: More expensive than a dirt bike

Lee McCormack brought up an interesting question over on his blog yesterday: Why do high end mountain bikes often cost more than high end motorbikes (dirtbikes)? Are mountain bikers being given the shaft from greedy fat-cat bike manufacturers? While I don’t know a thing about motorcycles I do know the mountain bike manufacturing business ain’t …