Review: Women’s Club Ride Apparel

I always strive to ride more and lately, I’ve been doing pretty well with my quest to spend more time in the saddle. I’ve been using the bicycle for transportation more than I ever have, doing the 15ish-mile commute a few days a week and riding to and from social events instead of driving whenever …

Behind the Scenes at Dirt Rag’s Dirt Fest

Mountain bikes, food, beer, live music, swimming, boats, wheelie contests, more mountain bikes, and a couple thousand of your new best friends, all in one place. What could be better? This is Dirt Rag’s Dirt Fest, the largest mountain biking festival east of the Mississippi, and the second largest mountain biking festival in the country. …

Review: Endura Women’s FS-260 Pro DS Bibshort

Ever since I started mountain biking, all the guys I rode with always raved about bibshorts and their unmatched comfort. A sentiment I often heard was once you go bibs, you never go back. However, as a woman, I’ve always been hesitant about wearing them. I tend to pee a lot. If a ride is …

6 Ways to Gain Mountain Biking Confidence

As a beginner mountain biker, I think one of the toughest things to grasp is how to have the confidence to “go for it…” but it’s also one of the most important things to learn. It’s something I still struggle with constantly, and I’m sure many of us riders do. While there is no easy …

Ride Report: The Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike

In 1968, a 13-mile section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike was bypassed in favor of a new route that did not require the use of tunnels, which were causing a lot of bottleneck issues as the road began to see more and more automobile traffic. The old road still exists, and about 9 miles of it …

Ride Report: Rattling Creek, Pennsylvania

The area known as Rattling Creek is located in Weiser State Forest, about an hour north of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. I had heard great things about the mountain biking there, but never had the opportunity to check it out, despite the fact that it’s only a couple hours from home. Last weekend, I had a rare …

Review: 45NRTH Wolvhammer Winter Mountain Bike Shoes

Until the explosion of the fat bike, cycling was a warm-weather sport for most people. But now, as more of the masses take on the snow and frigid temperatures, there’s also more of a demand for high-quality cold weather gear. 45NRTH, based out of Minnesota (where they really know cold), meets that demand with their …

Race Report: Frozen Fat 2015

When the alarm woke me Saturday morning at o-dark-thirty, I felt like I got hit by a train. My head was pounding, my stomach was queasy, and my muscles hurt. Coffee helped, as did the small amount of food I choked down because I knew I’d need to fuel up for the 30 miles of …