How To Select a Local Bike Shop

Given the large amount of money you need to plop down to buy a good mountain bike, the selection of a shop to take it to when it needs a little TLC is almost as important as choosing a pediatrician for your first-born child. Of course, just like with the kid, you might be able …

Mountain Bikes and Beer

If Sesame Street were for grown-ups, I’m pretty sure that beer and bikes would be two of those things that “go good together.” This seems to be especially true of mountain biking. You don’t have to look too hard to find proof of the affinity between these two. Peruse this website, or any other MTB …

DiY Bike Racks

When I walked into my local bike shop last summer and asked the salesperson what would be the absolute cheapest option for hauling a bike on top of my minivan—which already had a luggage rack on it—he told me I could expect to spend around $350. Now, being a wage-earner with a wife and two …

How (Not) to Introduce Newbs to Mountain Biking

photo: oakridge.kval.com A TV newswoman in Eugene, OR does a monthly piece in which she engages in and documents her experiences in a variety of extreme, or somewhat extreme, sports new to her and her viewers. Recently, she tried mountain biking. For the piece, she contracted a local MTB guide/shuttle company to provide her with an …

Emergency Prep for Mountain Biking

Mountain bikers often take for granted the fact that we’ll return safe and sane from our jaunts into the backcountryeven those that take us twenty miles or more from the nearest town or main road. I think we get this false sense of security from the fact that long distances can easily be covered on …