9 Lightweight, Inexpensive MTB Survival Items You Probably Don

For mountain biking in the backcountry, 9 lightweight, inexpensive survival items that you probably don’t have in your pack yet (but should) include a water filter, emergency bivvy or blanket, a dialed first aid kit, tape and zip ties, navigation tools, a spare battery pack, lights, a whistle, and fire starter and dryer lint.

10 Wilderness Skills Every Adventure Rider Should Have

Mountain biking in the backcountry can be challenging, and it can turn dangerous in an instant. Here are 11 critical skills that you should have before you head out on an adventure ride. They could very well prevent a ride from going from bad to deadly.

7 Mountain Biking Tips that Will Help You in All Pedals of Life

As you climb to the top of a viewpoint and look over the vast valley below, it’s not uncommon to have some kind of epiphany. Mountain biking tips to improve your riding can also help you in this thing we call life. The quiet serenity of nature often spurs the mind to ponder life’s deepest …

Microadventure Bikepacking: How to Tackle a Simple Overnighter

“Microadventure.” The word sounds contradictory. Originally coined by Alastair Humphreys, the word challenges the idea that “adventures” must consist of many days, and require travel and time off work. A microadventure can simply take place between when work ends and when you start the next day. Day trips are great, but a microadventure ideally includes …

11 Off-Grid Races You Need To Ride In 2017

Have you raced your bike yet? Some of the writers at Singletracks are a little conflicted whether we should or should not race our bikes. Personally, I’ve found that a race holds me to my goals and helps me dig down, going places in my mind that I never thought possible. But even as a …

Biking the Big Hole Crest: A Type 2 Adventure

The Big Hole Mountains – you can get lost out there When you look up at a mountain range and dream about traversing along its full crest, what you imagine is likely far from what you’ll experience. This is especially true with the Big Hole Mountains in Teton Valley, Idaho. Their peak elevation hardly rises above …

Bikepacking to Work: Turn Your Weekend into an Adventure

What do you do when you have to work on your day off? Make an adventure out of it, of course! Suddenly, it hardly feels like work. This past year working with the Forest Service, I worked a full-time schedule of four 10-hour days per week. A couple times I had to work on a …

10 Lessons I Learned in a Year of Bikepacking

Bikepacking is an incredible way to see a lot of country. The trip can be a quick overnighter, or spread over several days. This past year I set a simple goal to bikepack more. I ended up pedaling 700 miles over the course of 7 trips. The year prior I only bikepacked 40 miles – …

Opinion: A Fat Bike Is the Best One-Bike Quiver on a Budget

Editor’s Note: When looking to get more serious about mountain biking, Aaron chose to buy a fat bike as his one-quiver bike–and the decision has been working out great for him! While Aaron Couch is a regular contributor to Singletracks.com, any opinions expressed in this article are his alone and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Singletracks.com. You’re …

Pursuing Gravel on a Fat Bike: 120 miles, 7,000 feet of climbing, 13 hours

If you haven’t heard of JayP’s Backyard Series races, you’re in for a real treat! Based in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the Gravel Pursuit route travels along the Yellowstone National Park border in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. It hugs the Wyoming border and cross in and out of the Montana/Idaho state line along the Continental Divide. …

Biking in Bear Country: A Guide To Conflict-Free Adventures

Great tips for what to do if you encounter a bear while mountain biking.