Five2Ride: 5 of the Best MTB Trails in Maryland

For such a small state, Maryland offers a good deal of geographic diversity. Housing the major metropolis of Baltimore and sitting adjacent to Washington D.C., there’s lots of population and all the trappings that go with that. Annapolis is renowned as home of the United States Naval Academy, and for being a world class sailing …

Five2Ride: 5 of the Best MTB Trails in Minnesota

In billing itself as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” Minnesota is actually selling itself short. It turns out this very watery north country has surveyed well over 11,000 lakes of 10 acres or more, 21,000+ if we drop the threshhold to 2.5 acres. For years, riders have also sold the state short in singletrack appreciation, …

Five2Ride: 5 of the Best MTB Trails in Montana

Montana has a bit of an identity crisis. Most people know it by its unofficial nickname, “Big Sky Country.” However, its official nickname is “The Treasure State.” While different, these competing nicknames are actually complimentary, and Montana beautifully reflects both nicknames.  Montana is indeed big. Even better, our fourth largest state has our seventh smallest …

Five2Ride: 5 of the Best MTB Trails in New Mexico

Although I don’t actually live in New Mexico, I spend a great deal of time there and it has become like a second home. Thanks to a work schedule that often takes me south of the (Colorado) border, I’ve had the privilege of riding over 40 trail systems in this most underrated of mountain biking …

How to Make More Time for Mountain Biking

Time. It is the ultimate non-renewable resource. If we break something, we can buy a replacement. If we lose some money, we can make some more. Some things grow, some things shrink, and some things stay the same. But time?  It just… disappears. We get one shot, and one shot only, at each and every …

In Appreciation of the Non-Riding Spouse

We hardcore mountain bikers are a rare breed. Sure, there seems to be a lot of us when we show up at a busy trailhead on a weekend, but relative to the overall population, we are but a drop in the bucket. What’s more, we don’t always gravitate toward each other–romantically speaking, that is. Wouldn’t …

Making the Same Mistake Twice – Never a Good thing!

We’ve all heard it before: “It’s okay to make a mistake, so long as you don’t make the same mistake twice.” Simple as it is, there’s much wisdom in that statement. As a corollary, I’ve always tried to live by the mantra that mistakes are okay so long as they don’t negatively impact others. But …

10 Trails I Like More Than You – 2017 Edition

Early in my career as an Air Force officer, I received some very useful advice. My colonel told me, “Lieutenant, don’t just bring me a problem, bring me a solution as well.” This wise philosophy applies to just about everything in life. Yesterday, I told you about 10 trails that are grossly overrated and worthy …

10 Trails You Like More Than Me – 2017 Edition

In the many thousands of times I’ve set knobbies to dirt, I can’t remember a single time I wasn’t happy to do so. I don’t care what the trail is, what bike I’m on, or what the weather is, I’m always happy to be turning cranks. That said, I still find some trails have a reputation …

A Lament for the Loss of the Dirt Commute

I consider myself lucky, having been able to bike commute for the last six years. Not only have I been able to ride a bike to and from my place of primary employment, I have been able to do so on routes which are largely dirt and when not on trail, at least on city …

Marin Bans all Cycling in County

In an unprecedented move, Marin County, California, has banned all bicycles county-wide. Marin has long been known as the most hostile municipality with regard to mountain biking, having effectively wiped mountain biking off its birthplace on Mount Tamalpais, and now that anti-bike sentiment has spread throughout the county to include fire roads, paved roads, and …