How baggy are your bike shorts?

Apparently I’m still stuck in the 1990s when it comes to the mountain bike gear I own – I ride a 1999 hardtail Trek 7000, I rock fingerless gloves, and I still wear lycra bike shorts on trail rides. Gross, I know but I guess I wasn’t paying attention when mountain bikers decided to go …

Ales and Trails: Brilliant

This past weekend IMBA-California held “Ales and Trails” at China Camp State Park in Marin County and from what I read it sounds like it was a great event. I mean, combining mountain biking and beer is such a great idea it’s amazing you don’t see more events like this. Plus the Ales and Trails …

Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort to Reopen Mountain Bike Park

Just received this press relase from Northstar: TRUCKEE, Calif.– March 26, 2007– After a one-year hiatus, Northstar-at-Tahoe¬† Resort‚Äôs mountain bike park, the largest in Northern California, will reopen this summer offering five new trail segments, two full new trails, increased lift access with the addition of the Tahoe Zephyr Express, a new jump park, skills …

Magellan eXplorist 400 review: Good

After a less than spectacular experience with the Magellan eXplorist 200 I decided to upgrade and give the eXplorist 400 a try. I purchased the GPS unit as part of the “Wilderness Bundle” which included the Magellan MapSend Topo USA software, an extra memory card, and a carrying case for a little under $250. When …

New trails in unlikely spot: NYC

The New York City Mountain Bike Association has advocated and won 3 miles of mountain bike trails in Highbridge Park and the new trails are set to open this Saturday. Highbridge Park is in the Washington Heights area and park officials decided it was time to add some “official” bike trails after seeing BMX and …

Truck runs over biker’s head

If you’re skeptical about your mountain bike helmet being able to hold up in a crash, check out this story from Milwaukee. Ryan Lipscomb was riding down a bike path when an oncoming truck caused him to fall off his bike and under the wheels of the truck. Luckily his helmet saved his head from …

Sideways bicycle?

Somehow I missed this one back in February but apparently a software engineer in Dublin, Ireland invented a bicycle that can be ridden sideways. The BBC News did a good write up about the bike and the article even includes video of a rider demonstrating the bike. The chief advantage of a sideways bicycle seems …

Singletrack for beginners

It’s often tough to find just the right trail for first time mountain bikers. Obstacles like roots and stream crossings that might seem commonplace to experienced riders make beginners cringe and wish they had never ventured off road. I’ve personally given some bad recommendations based on what I assumed would be an easy first trail …

GPS tips for mountain biking

I’ve been collecting mountain bike trail data on my GPS for a few years now and I thought it would be helpful to share some tips for those just getting started. Collecting GPS data can be a great way to build trail maps to share with friends but unfortunately most consumer GPS units don’t make …

The sticky business of bike retailing

After a less than positive review of the Trek Concept Store in Raleigh earlier this week I thought I’d follow up with a run-down of the business considerations that (I assume) went into Trek’s foray into the world of bicycle retailing. Again, this is all pure speculation but I do have an MBA and I’m …