Powder Coating: New Life For An Old MTB Frame

I had always pictured powder coating as something done to Jeep bumpers and wrought iron fences. I knew it could be done to bike frames, but the ones I had seen looked unimpressive, and they were expensive. This past winter, one of my riding buddies got his Santa Cruz Nomad powder coated at Pristine Powder …

How To Carry More Speed Through Turns

First a story… A couple of years ago a friend of mine who is a former pro rider came out to Colorado and naturally, we went for a bike ride. While he can pretty much drop me at will, through high speed turns it wasespeciallyembarrassing. At one point when he politely waited for me to …

Are You A Weight Weenie?

In the tradition of Jeff Foxworthy: If you have ever weighed your bike before and after washing the dirt off…you might be a weight weenie. If you have ever taken your bike completely apart and weighed each component on a gram scale…you might be a weight weenie If youboughtthis bike… you might be a weight …

What To Do When You’re Too Sick To Ride

Heading into the weekend it had been sunny and in the 60’s for three days, and my planned ski trip with my daughter was derailed by a birthday parry and a youth activity. As a result I was looking forward to sneaking some time in the saddle, until either a touch of the flu or …

How to Create GPS Trail Logs With A Smartphone

Logging GPS tracks of your rides can be fun and informative. You can compare your times from previous rides, use the data to make full-blown maps for yourself or others, and you can even use those maps to earn a free, lifetime pro membership here at Singletracks! Just a couple of years ago, tracking your …

Crank Brothers Multi-17 Tool Review

On more than one occasion, I have heard people respond to product reviews with, “You got it for free, of course you like it.” As a reviewer, I can say that it doesn’t really matter, good stuff is good and bad stuff is bad, regardless of the source. If anything, the fallacy of sunk costs …

Final Review: Focus Black Forest 1.0 29er

It’s clear at this point that in general, 29ers are here to stay, and even with incredible developments in full suspension technology, 29″ wheels are allowing hardtails to see aresurgence in popularity due to the way those big wheels help smooth out the bumps. The 2011 Black Forest 29erfrom Focus is yet another entry into …

Shopping For A Kid’s Mountain Bike

With Christmas right around the corner, a new mountain bike can be a great gift for the grom in your life. Severalmanufacturers have models in this market segment, and it is possible to get a “real” mountain bike for riders as young as 5 years old. Here’s a run-down on where to shop and what …

Glacier Gloves: Winter Cycling Gloves

The Glacier Glove company has been making neoprene gloves for various wet and cold activities for almost 30 years and their products have been used by the likes of the Navy Seals, the US Coast Guard, Mt Everest climbers, and onAntarctic Expeditions. Next month, the company will be releasing a version createdespeciallyfor cycling. I received …