Pactimo Terrain Shorts Review

I was a mountain biker during that awkward transition from spandex shorts to baggies, and most of the early versions were ill-fitting junk bordering on dangerous when you snagged the crotch on the nose of a saddle. So I appreciate a well-fitting, functional pair of shorts, and no question the Terrain shorts from Pactimo are both. …

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Pactimo Terrain Jersey Review

If you think Pactimo sounds like an Italian brand of top-tier bike clothing, it’s understandable because that was my impression. But it’s a born-in-the-Rockies cycle clothing company straight out of Colorado whose roots are in custom apparel. “Since 2003, we’ve shipped over 1 million garments to champions, teams, clubs, and individual cyclists around the globe,” their press …

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Riding into the Sunset on the Dusk Patrol

First the light changes, and the landscape is bathed in a golden hue. Sagebrush branches cast long shadows like skeleton arms reaching across the trail. Heat from summer sun is muted, and every shady spot feels like stepping into a cave. The dusk patrol has a different vibe than its antemeridian cousin – the dawn …

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Don’t have any mechanical skills? Here are 10 ways you can STILL maintain your MTB

I understand your dilemma. You’re not mechanically inclined, and your mountain bike looks dangerously close to a Rube Goldberg contraption. It has a myriad of moving parts, gears, bearings, hydraulics, and cables. Maybe you’re not comfortable working on your bike, but you don’t want the hassle of taking it to a bike shop for every little thing. …

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Review: Five Ten Impact Mountain Bike Shoes

Stepping into a pair Five Ten Impact high tops, I couldn’t wrap my head around the fact they were mountain biking shoes. They look and feel more like my 90s-vintage Air Jordans. By comparison, my other bike shoes – Giro Privateers – seem like a ski boot spawned a ballet slipper. The Five Tens also felt a …

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First Ride Blues: The Beginning of the Season Doesn’t Always Go as Planned

It was two month since I had been on my bike, and it felt foreign. My muscle memory was more tuned to the exercise bike in my den than one that actually propelled me forward with every pedal stroke. I was less than a half mile from home, but I wavered twice wondering whether I …

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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 …

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