If You Think Mountain Bikes Are Expensive, Try Building One from Scratch

Editor’s Note: Roger Phillips bought his first mountain bike in 1989 in Kodiak, Alaska, and the sport has changed drastically over the intervening years. While Roger is a regular contributor to Singletracks.com, any opinions expressed in this article are his alone and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Singletracks.com. Modern mountain bikes are epic feats of engineering …

14 Advanced Tips for Dressing for Cold Weather Rides

Winter riding, fat bikes

You know the basics of dressing for cold weather rides, which boils down to wearing layers and avoiding cotton. But here are some tried and true tips I’ve learned after several seasons of winter fat biking. Mostly I’m referring to riding in sub-freezing weather and dry conditions. Riding in the rain is another matter, which …

It’s OK that You’re Slow

“It’s OK that you’re slow.” Maybe I’m saying that about myself, not you. Maybe I wrote that to make myself feel better, and make you feel better, too. Or maybe, just maybe, I wrote that because it’s true. Being slow on a mountain bike doesn’t make you a lesser person, just a slower one. Your family …

5 Adventurous Alternatives to Bikepacking

Lots of us dream of loading the bike for a multi-day backcountry adventure, but then reality sets in. You have the bike, but you might be looking at hundreds of dollars, if not thousands, to outfit your bike and make it ready for bikepacking. That assumes the bags will fit on your current bike, and let’s …

How To Ride Long Distance on Your Mountain Bike

If you’re a mountain biker with decent fitness, you’re probably capable of extending your mileage and doing an epic ride with eye-popping stats. It doesn’t require a special diet or a 12-week training plan, but it does requires you to think and ride differently. For a long time I was satisfied with my usual 8- …