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 …

Genuine Innovations Air Chuck SL CO2 Inflator Review

I’ve always found small tire pumps to be annoying at best, and even though they will eventually fill a fat MTB tire with air, I’d rather get on with my ride. CO2 inflators provide pretty much instant gratification. There are a number of CO2 inflators on the market, some of which even include a built-in …

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 …

MTB Drivetrains 101: What’s the Big Deal About 2×10?

You have probably heard terms like 3×9, 2×10, or 1×9 thrown around in discussions about mountain bike gearing. In case you are not familiar with the jargon, here is a quick review. When someone says 3×9 (pronounced “three by nine”) they are referring to the setup of the chain rings and cassette on their bike. …

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 …

Mountain Biking Nutrition 101

Askany roadie and they will tell you that mountain bikers survive on a diet of burritos, pizza and beer or soda. While that is mostly true, it turns out that good nutrition helps out no matter what kind of cycling you do. Food preferences are fairly subjective, so you will need to experiment a little …

Mountain Bike Night Riding 101

Here are some tips for going night riding for the first time.

Old Hardtail to New Commuter: How to Convert Your Rig for the Daily Grind

After upgrading to that shiny new full suspension, disc brake equipped, 25 pound trail slayer, your trusty old hardtail gotrelegatedto the back of the garage. You look at it from time to time and remember the good times you had on it: your first crash, your first all day epic, that trip to Moab where …

Help Save 24 Hours of Moab

Photo courtesy Granny Gear Productions, Inc. Last fall I rode 24 Hours of Moab as my first mountain bike race ever. Seeing a tent city pop up in the middle of the desert, riding a fairly technical course at speeds I didn’t think I had in me, and doing it again in the dark while …