Knowing your limits versus building your MTB skills

I used to tell beginner mountain bikers that they should attempt at least one new trick or obstacle each time they go out for a ride. For some people that means trying to ride a tricky rock garden without dabbing or for others it might mean learning to speed hop log crossings. The point is …

Womens mountain bike camps

Women’s mountain bike camps and clinics popping up all over the country. IMBA is teaming up with Dirt Series by Rocky Mountain bikes at two special camps in Hood River, OR and Park City, UT. Brush up on your technique, master new stunts AND make some new friends at these weekend camps. Rocky Mountain is …

24 Solo mountain bike movie

Movies about mountain biking are usually pretty predictable. Start with an interview/profile of a tatted up rider, show him/her do some gnarly jumps, and end with “outtakes” of said rider taking some nasty falls. Score the film with a little punk or heavy metal and you’ve got yourself a legitimate mountain bike movie ready for …

Riding with your Dog

I agree with Kevin on his thoughts on riding with dogs. I have an energetic 95 lb shepard-lab mix, Jackson, as my running buddy (personal trainer might be more appropriate) but I have way too many concerns about taking him riding on the trails with me. Jackson can run 3-4 miles no problem but once …

Free mountain bike video game

If you’re a gamer wanna-be but would rather spend $300 on bike bling than on a wii, check out this free mountain bike video game. It’s full of precarious drops and tricks, and larger than life energy pills to prevent that dreaded bonk. Thanks to Go Clipless for sharing this addictive game.

Douthat trip not all that

I added Douthat State Park in Virginia to my trail wishlist about two years ago when a friend said the trails there were better than Tsali. The Mountain Bike Virginia Falconguide seemed to confirm it and I even heard people refer to Douthat as “Mountain Bike Disneyland.” After almost a week of rain, wind, and …

Julian 7500 Death March as tough as Leadville?

Good article on the Julian 7500 Death March endurance mountain bike race in San Diego County last month. Only 12 of the 38 who started the race finished it and one racer said “This first (35-mile)¬†loop was as hard as the race in Leadville.” Well, I dunno about a 79 mile race peaking at 5,200 …

Floyd Landis competing at Teva Mountain Games

This is probably old news by now but it looks like Floyd Landis will be riding his mountain bike at the Teva Mountain Games in Vail June 2-3. Landis will be competing on the Team Athletes for a Cure in the Ultimate Mountain Challenge multi-sport team race to raise money for the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Mirror for a mountain bike?

Picture this: You’re riding your mountain bike down a remote section of trail when suddenly, out of nowhere, a mountain lion starts to chase you. You pedal faster and faster but the powerful cat stays just inches behind you. You swerve from side to side but you have no idea if it’s working. If only …

Equestrians gone wild

For once mountain bikers are on the other side of the trail access debate. Apparently mountain bikers are fed up with equestrians illegally using the trails at two parks in the Lubbock, TX area and a recent letter to the editor shows mountain bikers aren’t afraid to speak out. As you may recall, a crazy …

Magellan eXplorist 200: Not for bikers

I’ve been a Garmin guy ever since I got my first GPS for Christmas in 2000. I’m on my fifth Garmin GPS now (the latest: Garmin Edge 305 which is sweet by the way) but I decided it was time to try out another GPS brand for comparison sake. Magellan’s eXplorist series seemed like a …