Spring Break Singletrack Trek Part I: New Mexico

I love it when a plan comes together! A combination of my wife wanting to visit family in Tucson, my son’s 10 day spring break schedule, and my surplus of accumulated vacation time prompted me to create a magnificent bike vacation. While my wife didn’t want to drive from Colorado Springs to Tucson, Miniskibum and …

DC’s Dirty Dozen, Part 2: The Virginia Side

In my last article, I described the Maryland half of DC’s Dirty Dozen, 12 great trails close to the Capitol Beltway.  This time we’re crossing the Potomac to the south and east to find six trails in the Commonwealth of Virgina.  These are not the great, remote rides of Virginia’s Appalachian Mountains, but rather somewhat …

How to Choose the Best Mountain Bike Saddle

Choosing the best mountain bike saddle can be difficult, here is what to look for before buying a new seat for your bike. Plus, get our recommendations on women’s mountain bike saddles and the most popular bike seats from WTB, Selle Italia, and others.

Dakine AMP 12L Hydration Pack Review

The internals of the AMP 12L help keep things both organized and secure. I especially like the slot for the mini pump.

Who actually says “hydration pack?” Some brands are so ingrained in the public image their name becomes synonymous with an entire product category.  Nobody goes to the grocery store to pick up some “flavored gelatin”; they go get some Jell-O, regardless of what brand it may be.  So it was with many mountain bikers who …

Riding the Interstate: The I-15 Road Trip Edition

If you’re heading from greater Los Angeles to interior Canada, then I-15 is your ticket. Heck, even if you don’t have a need to travel that direction, you may just want to use the highway to string together some great mountain bike trails. This North-South interstate route dishes up an exceptional treasure trove of singletrack …

The Spiritual Side of Mountain Biking in Seventeen Syllables

Every time I click my cleats into my Shimanos, I expect to have a wonderful interaction with the trail, and those expectations are almost always met. But some rides end up being more. Occasionally, the interaction between knobby and dirt gives way to the spirit absorbing the totality of one’s surroundings. In recognition of those …

Riding the Interstate: The I-70 Road Trip Edition

Stretching from Baltimore in the East to the great Southwestern plateaus, Interstate 70 spans a broad range of American geography—and provides easy access to some of our most excellent singletrack.  While the trails in this edition of Riding the Interstate aren’t as evenly spaced as those in the I-40 edition, there are more of them …

Serfas Trax MTB Shoe Review

Finding the perfect, or even the best, mountain bike shoe is a real challenge–at least for me. When one has a hard-to-fit foot, high demands, and is a cheapskate to boot, it’s unlikely finding a match will come easy. That’s why, upon discovering the Pear Izumi Vagabond, I was loyal for life. But, as they …

Mountain Biking in Seventeen Syllables

Like any recreational activity we pursue, we mountain bike because it’s fun. Sure, mountain biking is great exercise, but so is running, something a lot of hard core cyclists really don’t care to do. For many of us who are “really into it,” mountain biking offers more than just the unadulterated hedonism of “fun.” It …