My Local MTB Trails: C’mon, I’ll Show You Around

Ahhhh, home sweet home Your local trails: they’re the home stadium, your turf. I submit that there are a huge list of things that make your go-to singletrack a very special place indeed. I got to thinking about this when I went out for an after work ride to grab some pictures of my new …

Race Report: Gravel Metric 2011

The video above got me curious about this whole gravel riding phenomenon out here in the middle west. Then I saw this and I was hooked: A better name for this race: “A Dangerous and Exciting Thing to do on a Sunday.” The second annual Gravel Metric held by the North Central Cyclery of DeKalb, …

More Fun, Less Pay: Working in the Bike Industry

Where else are you going to meet people like these? “What do you do?” It’s that stereotypically American question. Does what we do define us? Hell no! But aren’t we conditioned from the earliest age to identify our hopes, dreams and aspirations with a vocation? Mom told me I could be an astronaut or a …

My Top Five: Best Mountain Bike Trails in the Philadelphia Area

You may not think the residents of Philly can shred; perhaps you think their waking hours are spent honking at each other, eating dog food sandwiches cheesesteaks, acting crass at major sporting events, or feeling inferior to New Yorkers. You’d be right for thinking all these things, but for the select few who love dirt, …

Ashima PCB “Pancake” Disc Brake Review

Front caliper with trick ano-crossover tube; no piston in sight Let me start this off with a confession: I’m horrible at homework. My internet research skills are second to none, but if my assignment is to do the research before writing a preview post like this one, I will inevitably drop the ball. So when …

Gear Review: Bicycle Technology Book

The Bike Book in all its glory Rob van der Plas’s and Stuart Baird’s publication Bicycle Technology landed on my desk as the first bit of swag to review in my early days as part of the singletracks team. Sitting there in plain view it instantly added credibility to my role as a Bike Dude …

How to Get into the Bike Industry Without Even Trying

So you want to work in the bike industry? Well, realize one thing first: I lied in the title of this post. You’ll have to try pretty darn hard or get lucky (like four leaf clover double rainbow lucky*) to score a gig in the bike business. In addition, it’s very likely that you’ll have …

A Visit to Ray’s Milwaukee: 20 Observations of Rad

A view from above: a small section of the action Things I learned during my visit to Ray’s Indoor Mountain Bike Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin: 1. The amount of rad that can be purchased for $25 approaches infinity. 2. There is an entire generation of riders (maybe two generations) that look way cooler than me. …

Teaser: New Hydros from Ashima

A mystery box arrived on my desk last week, the contents of which attracted loads of interest around here: Ashima composite body hydraulic disc brakes. The 180mm front and 160mm rear setup looks super trick with red anodized highlights at the lever and caliper. But the real attention getter is the composite body. That’s right: …

MTB Beefcake in the Making

A first look at James Wilson’s 12 week MTB DB Combo training course. A weight lifting regimen you can do in 45 minutes 3 times a week to get you stronger for those long trails ahead. Something for us in the deep freeze to look forward to…

Sometimes The Only Thing Left To Do Is Cyclocross

Yup, it feels that way sometimes. When Jeff sent me the email informing me I was picked to be on the Singletracks blog team, I almost turned him down. At the time I sent in my application I was living in Philadelphia, a 15 minute ride from the sweetest trails imaginable in Fairmount Park and …

Nothing But Time to Ride

Sometimes it’s not about the bike at all. Sometimes, through circumstances outside of your control, you’re taking a ride outside your comfort zone. But regardless of the gear, the weather, or the crew we still love the ride and all the variables that shape it. At one time I had my pick from a manufacturer’s …