Stop Asking for Easy: A Manifesto for Doing Hard Things Voluntarily

Marcel Hagener and Simone Maier, Red Bull Defiance Adventure Race, New Zealand. Photo: Graeme Murray/Red Bull Content Pool

Editor’s Note: “Over a Beer” is a regular column written by Greg Heil. While Greg is the Editor in Chief for Singletracks.com, any opinions expressed in this column are his alone and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Singletracks.com. If our American culture has one fatal flaw, it is our obsession with comfort. In almost every aspect of the …

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Trail Runner Impaled By a “Deliberately-Planted Spike”

A spike booby trap found at Buffalo Creek in Colorado. Photo: Tim Fishback

We’ve reported about trail booby traps many times in the past, and often the argument has arisen in the comments section that spike-based booby traps are likely to be much more dangerous and damaging for hikers or horseback riders than they would be for mountain bikers. This generally-accepted hypothetical argument has unfortunately moved from the realm of …

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Over a Beer: How Bad Is Mountain Biking for the Environment, Really?

Rider: Darren Berrecloth filming for "Where the Trail Ends." Photo: John Wellburn / Red Bull Content Pool

Editor’s Note: “Over a Beer” is a regular column written by Greg Heil. While Greg is the Editor in Chief for Singletracks.com, any opinions expressed in this column are his alone and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Singletracks.com. The stock criticism trotted out by extreme anti-mountain bike conservationists like the Sierra Club is that …

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Introducing the First-Ever Full Suspension 29+ Mountain Bike: The Salsa Deadwood Sus

All photos courtesy of Salsa Cycles

Salsa has just launched the first-ever full suspension 29+ mountain bike: the Deadwood Sus. We have postulated before that creating a mountain bike with both rear suspension and 29+ wheels would be extremely difficult, but Salsa has decided to break barriers yet again! (Recall their innovation with fat bikes, including the first production full suspension fat bike.) …

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Announcing the Winners of the #TrailTales Essay Contest

Photo: Chris Gibbs

The competition in our #TrailTales contest was fierce, with stories of high adventure (and misadventure) submitted from all corners of the globe. The essays were judged based on four different criteria: Cohesiveness of narrative arc Creativity of language and style Uniqueness of perspective Exactness of spelling, grammar, and punctuation Pitting all of these unique essays …

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Constantly Lube Your Chain While You Ride with Flaer’s Revo Terra System – A Review

Photo: Greg Heil

Riding in wet and muddy environments can quickly decimate your chain lube, clogging up your drivetrain with mud and dirt, creating chain suck, causing slow or missed shifts, and creating a whole host of issues. Flaér is a new Scottish company that has engineered a product to eliminate this issue: their Revo Terra chain performance system. Simply …

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IMBA Has a New Executive Director: Dave Wiens

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If you’ve been paying attention, you might be a bit confused right now. “Wasn’t Dave Wiens just elected to be the chair of the IMBA board?” Yes, yes he was. “In what marks the shortest Board Chairmanship in IMBA’s history, Dave Wiens will be stepping down from the Board of Directors to join IMBA staff as …

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Over a Beer: Rutting Up Trails Is an Act of Pure Selfishness

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Editor’s Note: “Over a Beer” is a regular column written by Greg Heil. While Greg is the Editor in Chief for Singletracks.com, any opinions expressed in this column are his alone and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Singletracks.com. The alarm clock squawked obnoxiously at 6am, jerking me rudely from my slumber. I wiped my bleary …

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