Opinion: 10 Reasons Why You SHOULD Race Your Mountain Bike

Editor’s Note: Dustin Gaddis has raced a slew of endurance MTB events and has helped coordinate races ranging from a local time trial to a national championship, but he isn’t very fast in the grand scheme of things. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his alone and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Singletracks.com. …

Review: Yakima Highlite3 Rack

Yakima is well-known in the world of bike racks, offering a variety of ways to transport your bike, with options for virtually every type of vehicle available.  A few months ago I received a Highlite 3 to review, and it’s basically been on the back of my car ever since.  Read on to see how …

Photo Blog: 2014 North American Handmade Bicycle Show

The 10th rendition of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) was held in Charlotte, NC last weekend, and if you live in the Southeast and didn’t go… you seriously missed out.  NAHBS brings many of the best frame builders in the country together, and the amount of bike porn and master fabrication skills on …

Final Review: NOX Composites XCR-29 Carbon Rims

I introduced you to the NOX Composites XCR-29 rims about 3 months ago.  Since that time, I’ve been thrashing these on a regular basis, so click through to see how they stacked up against the marketing claims. Vanity Lets be honest: no matter what we say, we all want our bikes to look good.  Aesthetics should …

Review: Gates Carbon CenterTrack Belt Drive

Over the years bicycles have seen innumerable changes, and yet some things have changed very little.  One thing that has been a constant for a very, very long time is the chain drive.  Now, thanks to the Gates Carbon Belt Drive, riders have another option.  How does the newcomer compare with ol’ faithful?  Read on to …

Riding Through Shadows

The seasonal changes are all part of the fun of mountain biking, giving us something new to look forward to as we keep the pedals turning. In the Southeast, the summer is blazing hot, but we can ride until about 9pm before darkness takes over the forest.  As fall moves in, the temperatures drop, and …

Rigid Fork Shootout: QR Open Dropout VS Thru-Axle

This is a story that started a long time ago in a land far away–in Europe, actually. In 1927 Tullio Campagnolo lost a bicycle race in the Dolomite mountains because he couldn’t remove his wheel.  He had flatted, but could not get the wheel off to repair the flat.  At that time, wheels on racing …

Review: Vassago VerHauen 29er

Vassago is an Arizona-based company that specializes in 29er hardtail frames.  I have owned their singlespeed Jabberwocky frame for a while now, which is one of two of their less expensive Taiwanese models.  It’s a great frame; I highly recommend it to anyone interested in an affordable steel SS 29er. They also have a line of higher-end …

On Review: NOX Composites XCR-29 Carbon Rims

Several years ago carbon fiber scared most mountain bikers, who tended to think carbon was just for road bikes and too light and fragile for beating on it in the woods.  However, advances in design and manufacturing over the last several years have resulted in carbon components that are stronger, stiffer, and more durable than …

Review: Webscorer App, Part 2

For information on the features and some of the uses of the Webscorer app, be sure to read Part 1. Using the Webscorer App, Out on the Trail When recording times for a race, Webscorer is very easy to use.  For our time trial, we used the “individual” start type.  If you know the starting …

Review: Webscorer App

I’ve been involved in helping plan, organize, and run various types of mountain bike races for five years now.  I’ve assisted a local bike shop with a small time trial series and helped my local advocacy club host a 13 hour endurance race and a metric century race. We’ve taken several approaches to timing the events.  For …