Review: SKINS RY400 Recovery Compression Tights

SKINS specializes in compression clothing for athletes of various sports.  Some pieces of their clothing are designed for use during the activity while others are designed for afterward, to help with recovery.  When SKINS contacted Singletracks about doing a review, I was mostly interested in trying the recovery tights, for use after big rides, so …

Review: Vassago OptimusTi Mountain Bike Frame

Vassago only builds big-wheeled bikes, and is best known for their steel single speed frame, the Jabberwocky.  I have been riding one for over three years now, and really like it, so I was sad to see the company go through a rough patch a while back.  But recently Vassago was bought by some former …

The Grind: Your Mountain Bike is Falling Apart

Mountain biking is a beautiful sport.  It’s hard to beat the rush of adrenaline and euphoria felt while bobbing and weaving through the trees on fast singletrack, cleaning a tough technical section of trail, or finally working up the balls to ride that drop you’ve been eyeing for days, weeks, or maybe even longer. Even …

Review: Stan’s NoTubes Crest 29er Rims

Stan’s NoTubes has quickly become one of the most recognized names in the mountain bike world.  Popularized first by their tubeless sealant and conversion kits, which allow nearly any wheel and tire to be used tubeless, it didn’t take long before they came out with more products, including their own line of tubeless-ready rims, and …

Review: Titanium Handlebar by Thomson

L.H. Thomson has two sides of their business: contract manufacturing, mostly for the aerospace industry, and producing their own line of cycling components.  In the cycling world they are well known for their beautifully machined aluminum stems, seat posts, and seat post collars.  Thanks to the top notch quality, riders have long been asking for …

Why I Ride

A lot of people don’t get it.  Why would a grown man want to wear funny looking clothes and ride a bicycle through the woods?  In the heat of summer, cold of winter, and the darkness of night?  Sometimes all day long.  Why would anyone who works 40+ hrs a week be up, dressed, and …

Race Report: 2012 Black Bear Rampage

The 40-mile Black Bear Rampage might be my favorite endurance race in the southeast. It just seems to strike the perfect balance–this race is the most fun for the least amount of suffering. At 40 miles its long enough to really wear me out, but short enough I can push myself somewhat hard and not …

Race Report: Georgia Single Speed Championships

The Georgia State Single Speed Championships – the state championships of single speed mountain bicycle racing in the state of Georgia, for mountain bikes with only one speed. Single speed races are very serious. Yeah… it’s not exactly a super serious results-focused event.  It was however, an awesome weekend of bike riding, racing, and fun-having.  I …