Geigerrig RIG 650: The Pressurized Hydration Pack You Can’t Live Without

I’ve been riding, running, hiking and skiing for a lot of years, and I’ve gone through a lot of hydration packs. I’ve sampled Salomon, Camelbak, Nathan, and cheap brands from Wal-Mart that I had to pick up because I’d forgotten my good equipment back at home. In all the years I’ve been enjoying outdoor activities, …

How To Start a Mountain Bike Club

Over the years I’ve learned that the thing that brings me the most joy from mountain biking isn’t the actual riding. Let’s face it: although you do sometimes get a jolt of exhilaration as the wind passes through your hair, the majority of the time pushing those pedals is work! The ride is a necessary …

A Tale of a Stolen Bucksaw

“Hey, this is Chris. Are you awake?” The text was from 6 in the morning. Early morning texts like that are never good. “Yes… why?” I replied. “Somebody stole my Bucksaw last night.” I climbed out of bed so I wouldn’t disturb my wife and went to the next room to call Chris. He answered …

Review: Polar Pro Strap Mount

If you don’t have a strap mount for your GoPro then you aren’t getting enough out of your camera. It’s as simple as that. I used to think I could get by with zip-tying my GoPro to my saddle bag, but the result is a bunch of blurry and bouncy photos that go straight to …

The Post-Apocalyptic MTB Scene of Lima, Peru

I lived in Lima, Peru from 2001 to 2009, and I have to say that the MTB scene is a billion times better now than it used to be. However, a billion times something close to zero remains something close to zero. A few minutes in Lima makes you appreciate what you have back at …

How Advocate Cycles Will Change the Bike Industry

If you scroll through the news, chances are the bicycle-related stories you come across will be bad. Drivers are always offering unreasonable complaints about sharing the road with cyclists even while trails are constantly under threat to be designated for some kind of motorized use. Recently the state of Wisconsin proposed a one time $25 …

Review: Dakine Men’s Ridge Short

The Men’s Ridge Short from Dakine is a loose fit short with pockets ideal for casual riding, but also completely functional for when you want to go out and hammer. These days a very large percentage of my riding hours comes from picking up my kids from school in the Burley, and the school parking lot really …

Review: Peak Design Capture P.O.V. Action Mount Camera Clip

I’ve had a GoPro for many years, but I’ve never been satisfied with the straps that come with the unit. As a result, I’ve been more inclined to simply zip tie the camera to my seat bag. Although that’s a semi-functional solution, zip ties do not stabilize the camera, which increases the number of blurry …

3 Under the Radar Cycling Adventure Books

When it comes to the arts, cycling is underrepresented. Sometimes I get so bored re-watching American Flyers and Breaking Away, that I actually dust off my Quicksilver or Rad VHS cassettes. That’s why if a book or film is released that in any way features a bicycle, I feel it’s my duty to support the …

Singletracks Readers Help Preserve Local Trail in Wisconsin; Fight Not Over

A couple weeks ago I wrote this article detailing how local government in rural Wisconsin was considering expanding motorized use on the Gandy Dancer state trail. At the end of the article, I included a list of the emails of local government officials, and encouraged Singletracks readers to send a brief letter discussing the importance …

Sand Surfing the 2015 Mammoth Gravel Classic

Saturday, April 18th marked the 4th running of the Mammoth Gravel Classic. This is a free gravel race that marks the opening of gravel season in Wisconsin. Having an event in late April can be rolling the dice a little bit: two years ago the event had to be cancelled entirely due to twenty inches …

Trails Under Attack: Motorized Use Proposed for the Gandy Dancer Trail in Wisconsin

It’s that time of year again: the temperature is rising, the snow is melting, and special interest groups are launching campaigns to allow motorized vehicles on non-motorized trails. Here in Wisconsin, the reoccurring battleground is the Gandy Dancer Trail. Much of the Gandy is already motorized, but there is a 42-mile stretch from St. Croix …