Frosty’s Race Series Kicks Off with Two Downhill Fat Bike Races


Fat bike racing is becoming more and more popular each winter, with races taking place pretty much anywhere it snows. But while most fat bike races are XC-style endurance events, the Frosty’s Fat Bike Race Series is adding a new dimension: fat bike gravity racing. The first two stops on the Frosty’s tour offers a downhill race, …

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Podcast: Almost Everything You Need to Know About Mountain Bike Brakes


In this episode of the Singletracks podcast, Aaron, Greg, and I share (almost) everything you need to know about mountain bike brakes. We start by talking about the history of mountain bike brakes then discuss braking techniques, pad selection, maintenance tips, and a whole lot more. For more information, be sure to check out these …

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How Strava Is Using GPS Map Data to Help Mountain Bikers


Last year, Strava users logged 9.6 fitness activities per second. Think about it: in the time it took you to read that sentence, 50 rides, runs, and workouts were logged by athletes around the world. If you’re like me, you’ve probably wondered what Strava does with the data from those 300+ million activities, beyond the leaderboards and the kudos. Monitoring …

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Podcast: The Best Destinations for Escaping the Snow and Riding Dry Dirt this Winter


In this episode of the Singletracks podcast, Aaron, Greg, and Jeff talk about their favorite winter mountain biking destinations, including some unconventional destinations you might not have considered before. Also, be sure to check out the following articles mentioned in this episode for additional information. The 9 Best Winter Mountain Biking Destinations in the Southwest …

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Should I Buy a Low Spec Mountain Bike and Upgrade Later, or Go for the High End Build Now?


For many, 2017 will finally be the year of the new bike. Getting a new set of wheels is exciting, but it can also be stressful to make the right decision about such a big purchase. One of the questions we often get from Singletracks members in this position goes something like this: “Should I buy this low spec bike, which …

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Five2Ride: 5 of the Best Mountain Bike Trails in North Carolina, According to the Pros


Among eastern US states, North Carolina is literally tops, with Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi River, towering 6,684 feet above the Pisgah National Forest. Though only the far western portion of the state is mountainous, hundreds of excellent mountain bike trails can be found throughout North Carolina, from the coastal plains to the Piedmont to the Appalachian …

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How To Know When It’s Time to Buy a New Mountain Bike VS Upgrading Your Old One


At some point, all of us will be faced with this question: “Should I upgrade the parts on my old mountain bike or just buy a whole new rig?” It’s not always an easy or clear decision, but if any of the following scenarios apply to you, it might just be time to buy a new bike. Your bike doesn’t fit …

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Which Stout Beer Tastes the Best? We Bravely Attempt to Find Out

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Editor’s Note: Singletracks neither encourages nor condones underage alcohol consumption, alcohol abuse, or excessive drinking. If you’re underage according to local law, choose to abstain, or just can’t stand when people geek out over beer, we ask that you choose another article to read–perhaps this one. Following our successful blind IPA taste test earlier this year, we figured …

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Trek Recalling Bontrager Ion Bike Lights


Trek is recalling Bontrager Flare RT and Ion 700 RT lights due to an issue that may cause the lights to turn off unexpectedly, which could leave riders with reduced vision and/or visibility. The Flare RT lights were sold individually, while the affected Ion 700 RT lights were sold as a part of the Transmitr Lighting Set with …

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