Five2Ride: Five of the Best MTB Trails in New York

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New York is known as the Empire State, due in large part to the state’s influence in US business, culture, and industry. But New York is also quietly building a singletrack empire, one that’s based on high quality, accessible mountain bike trails located throughout the state. As the largest northeastern US state, New York boasts multiple mountain ranges and vast wild areas begging for mountain …

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Smartphone App vs. GPS: “Which One Should I Use for MTB?”

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With so many great GPS apps for smartphones available these days, many mountain bikers are asking themselves: “should I ditch my GPS unit and just use my smartphone on the trail?” And for those who don’t own a GPS yet but are considering purchasing one, answering this question will ultimately cost or save hundreds of dollars. Many …

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10 of the Most Popular Mountain Bike Trail Segments on Strava

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Love it or hate it, Strava is making its mark on mountain biking. Countless mountain bikers all around the world are using Strava to track rides, compete in virtual races, and share adventures with friends. So, we decided to take a look at some of the most popular mountain bike trail segments on Strava to see where …

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Podcast: How to Take Great Mountain Bike Photos

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In this episode of the Singletracks podcast, Aaron, Greg, and I share our tips for taking great mountain bike photos. For additional resources, check out these articles about mountain bike photography. Mountain Bike Photography: How to Work with Light Mountain Bike Photography: 10 Techniques for Beginners Mountain Bike Photography: 10 Editing Tips for Beginners Singletracks …

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Hybrid Mountain Bikes Offer the Worst of Both Worlds

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Editor’s Note: While Jeff has been mountain biking since the early 1990s, he still has a lot to learn about mountain bikes. Any opinions expressed in this article are Jeff’s personal opinions, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Singletracks.com. Occasionally when an acquaintance finds out I run a mountain biking website, their eyes get big and they tell …

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35 Plus Bike Tires: A Comprehensive Guide for Mountain Bikers

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Compared to fat bike tires, plus-size tires, also known as mid-fat tires, are relatively new to mountain biking. But with more and more bike companies offering mountain bikes capable of running plus tires, plus bikes are threatening to go mainstream as riders experience the benefits of wider, burlier mountain bike tires. Unlike fat bike tires, …

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New Mountain Bikes Lose About 45% of Their Value After Year One

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Everyone understands that new cars lose their value quickly, but I was curious to know whether mountain bikes depreciate in the same way. So, I researched sales prices from completed eBay auctions for nearly 100 popular mountain bikes, and also noted bike values on BicycleBluebook.com to double-check my work. Here’s what I found. Mountain Bike Values Tank in Year …

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