Mountain bike weddings

If all you get is a mountain bike wedding ring for your wedding then you’re not obsessed. I’ve been to weddings where friends gave out cycling water bottles as favors (complete with a caricature of bride and groom on bikes) and at my own wedding the groom’s cake had a mountain bike theme. Other friends …

Mountain bike limbo

I’ve never tried mountain bike limbo (aside from low hanging trees on trail) but it seems like a challenge, especially for a 6-footer+ like myself. It’s not an event you’ll see at most mountain bike races but it is something organizers like to bring out at Fat Tire Festivals (FTFs). This guy at this weekend’s …

New singletrack in Savage, MN

Ten miles of new singletrack has been built at Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve outside Minneapolis / St. Paul, MN thanks to the Minnesota Off Road Cyclists (MORC) and the state department of natural resources. There are 3 loops for various skill levels and sustainability was a key consideration throughout the trail design and construction process. If …

Klunkerz screening at Bicycle Film Festival

The 2007 Bicycle Film Festival is set for June 28 – July 1 in Los Angeles and Klunkerz, the documentary about the history of mountain biking, is showing at the Vine Street Theater June 30th at 5pm. If you’re in the area I suggest you get your tickets early, this award-winning film is sure to …

Eroded and confusing trail network? Just start over!

The North Shore mountain bike trail at Shawnee Mission Park near Kansas City has undergone a major transformation over the past 3 years thanks to the hard work of the Earth Riders mountain bike club. Faced with serious erosion and a confusing network of trails with more than 18 different intersections, leaders decided to start …

Floyd Landis takes 36th at Teva Mountain Games in Vail

Floyd Landis returned to his mountain bike roots and saddled up for his first race since the Tour at the Teva Mountain Games this weekend. His 36th place finish time of 2:04:33 put him behind the top three women in the race. Some of the coverage I’ve been reading is pretty negative on Floyd’s performance …

Ever had a GPS freeze up on a ride?

I’ve never seen this happen before: On a ride today, my Garmin Edge 305 completely locked up. It was toward the end of a 30 mile ride and I noticed the map seemed a little off – we were coming up on a turn we had made earlier but according to the map screen we …

How many mountain bike trails is enough?

Have you ridden here yet? I’ve always been a “trail bagger.” Never content to ride the same trail over and over, mudhunny and I started singletracks to share trails with others who could, in turn, share trails with us. Today singletracks has about 1,700 mountain bike trail listings from all over the world and it’ll …

MapSend Topo 3D USA: Does the job

I purchased the Magellan eXplorist 400 “Wilderness bundle” a couple weeks back and I’ve been using the included MapSend Topo 3D USA software for sending detailed maps to my GPS receiver. I was quickly amazed at the improved utility of my eXplorist 400 yet somewhat frustrated with the whole process. The information contained in the …

Off Road to Athens MTB Film: Great

I’m starting to think that all great mountain bike movies have to be documentaries. Fictional cycling dramas always turn out cheesy (think Breaking Away and American Flyers) and most adrenaline flicks just don’t have a plot. Documentaries, on the other hand, combine the rush of riding and competition with the unscripted drama that surrounds the …

Are you fast or slow? Epic or not?

If you’re competitive like me you probably wonder from time to time how you stack up with other mountain bikers. Sure you could enter a race but we all know those things aren’t fair or accurate anyway 😉 Luckily singletracks makes it easy for you to measure up without stepping up to the starting line. …