Peeling the Bark Off: The Magicshine 1000 in Action

This time of year really messes with my mountain bike mojo. Yes its cold, but the mountain bike industry makes all sorts of doodads that allow tough guys and girls to keep riding in damn near any conditions, no matter how sack-shrinkingly cold it gets. If I really need to get out and ride Ill …

MTB Gear Review: Novatec TX 29er Wheelset

A little bird answered my prayers. Just the other day I was thinking to myself: “Self, you’ve got this great Gary Fisher Collection Rig single speed. Why don’t you buy the drive side sliding dropout with a derailleur hanger and make yourself a whoopass 1×9 trail destroyer?” Well, for that I would need a rear …

Dream Ride Week #2: White Rim Trail

Preface: I spent 9 incredible days of riding in back-to-back exotic (for me) locations famous for their mountain bike trails. Ill lay them out in the manner that makes sense to me with liberal bragging thrown in for good measure. Week 1 was in Copper Harbor, Michigan for a work retreat that included daily riding. …

Dream Ride Week #2: Moab, Utah Part 1

Here is part two of my mountain bike immersion experience from last month. As I posted previously I spent a week in Copper Harbor Michigan for a work retreat and riding extravaganza. Before I left for that trip I had to pack up all my gear for a trip to Utah, since I was scheduled …

Dream Ride Week #1: Copper Harbor, Michigan

Preface: I spent 9 incredible days of riding in back-to-back exotic (for me) locations famous for their mountain bike trails. I’ll lay them out in the manner that makes sense to me with liberal bragging thrown in for good measure. Week 1 was in Copper Harbor, Michigan for a work retreat that included daily riding. …

My Ground-Up Mountain Bike Build

Don’t worry about derailleurs, we’ll screw those up later. And reflectors? Really? One can acquire a mountain bike frame. In these dark times one can also acquire name-brand Japanese drivetrain parts on the internet for significantly less than at your local bike shop. Cobble together a cockpit of your choosing and youre damn near ready …

Crackpot Engineering: How to Carry a Bike on a Motorcycle

“Where did you get that?” Uh… my garage. “Is that safe?” Nope, but neither is loud music, mountain biking, casual sex, heavy drinking or eating fried chicken, but they’re so much fun. If you want safe you should stay at home and play with your Wii. My objective: to fabricate a device that would allow …

Gear Review: Ragged Edge Carbon Fiber Wallet

International travel is a highly unique experience, and the act reveals much about ourselves and the things we carry. Those who travel far and often are a ritualistic and superstitious bunch (or maybe its just me). With so many variables that are completely out of your control such as weather, delays, malfunctions, language challenges and …

Trailside First Aid: When the Gnar Shreds You and Your Bike

Have you been watching the Tour de France? Are you seeing what those spandex-clad fellas are getting themselves into? Dozens of hungry looking guys with really bad tan lines tossing themselves onto the asphalt at 50 mph with naught but some stretchy fabric and garishly-colored styrofoam beanies to keep their insides inside. They accept the …

MTB Movie Review: Pedal Driven

10 Reasons to watch Pedal Driven, a BIKEumentary: 1. You saw the earlier Singletracks blog post by trek7k about the fundraising efforts to complete the movie. If you pledged, you’re part of the effort. 2. There are secret/illegal/pirate trails in your area and you want to watch the story of how a group of passionate, …