The New Bell Super 3R Full Face Mountain Bike Helmet – Reviewed

Mountain bike helmets may not be all that exciting, but we all know they’re important–arguably the most important article of riding apparel. All full face mountain bike helmets must meet certain safety standards, but some lids certainly stand out in terms of their comfort, versatility, and added safety benefits. The Bell Super 3R is an …

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8 Reasons to Ditch the Trainer and Ride Outside This Winter

As we recently witnessed the first snow of the season here in Pennsylvania, my mountain biking friends and acquaintances seem to be dividing into two camps–those that love winter and embrace the white stuff with open arms, and those that relegate themselves to indoor workouts on the trainer until spring, claiming that below-freezing temperatures are no …

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Newly-Formed Pennsylvania NICA League Kicks Off with Successful Inaugural Season

As I sipped coffee and braced myself against the cold wind whipping across the lake at Yellow Creek State Park, I listened to 12-year-old Luly speak in nervous anticipation of her first mountain bike race. Luly is a member of the Centre County Crows, a youth mountain bike team based out of State College, PA. …

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How to Build a Bike Park: Navigating an Unprecedented Path in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is notorious for its technical riding. It’s hard to find a trail, much less an entire trail system, that isn’t riddled with rocks and roots. The Allegrippis Trails are different, boasting over 30 miles of flowy, smooth singletrack just a half hour away from Rothrock State Forest, some of the most technical riding that …

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Women’s Mountain Bike Clothing: Pactimo Apex Jersey Review

Pactimo Clothing has traditionally focused on custom cycling attire, such as team kits. They also offer a variety of cool jerseys made-to-order, including their state series and Jerseys for a Cause, which benefits a particular organization or cause each time someone buys a jersey. But Pactimo also offers a catalog of standard apparel, and now, …

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Keep Your Eye on the Prize: One Mountain Biker’s Race Against MS

Grace Ragland is an avid mountain bike racer, coach, IMBA-certified instructor, NICA league board member, Liv Ambassador, motivational speaker, and professional seamstress. She lives in Huntsville, Alabama, but spends an extended period of time in Colorado each summer to hang out and race her bike. She’s raced the Leadville 100 four times, the Breck Epic three …

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Protect Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself: New Body Armor Choices at Interbike

Mountain biking protection continues to improve, both in comfort and safety. Knee and elbow pads have evolved from bulky, hard pieces of plastic to ergonomic accessories that look and feel very much like arm or leg warmers—with material that hardens upon impact. Helmet-makers continue to develop new technologies to increase their effectiveness. Full-body armor is becoming …

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