Five2Ride: 5 of the Best MTB Trails in Hawaii

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Hawaii!  Surfing, sun, snorkeling, luaus, pineapple, volcanoes, and… mountain biking?  Yep. Despite being small in area and isolated from pretty much anywhere else on the planet, sitting smack dab in the middle of our largest ocean, Hawaii is actually not just paradise in general, but paradise specifically for mountain bikers as well. Between inputs from Singletracks …

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California Representative Tom McClintock Introduces Legislation to Remove the Blanket Ban on Bikes in Wilderness

If new legislation finds its way to law, Mountain Bikers may once again be able to enjoy amazing vistas like this one in the Idaho's Boulder White Clouds (photo: boulderwhiteclouds.org)

According to a March 3, 2017 Press Release from the Sustainable Trails Coalition (STC), Congressman Tom McClintock (R-California) has introduced legislation which would allow federal land managers to regulate bicycle use on wilderness trails, effectively removing the blanket ban on bicycles which was put into place in 1984, some 20 years after the original Wilderness Act …

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Oregon Crater Lake Wilderness Proposal Would Eliminate Treasured Mountain Bike Access

Among the 200+miles  of mountain biking access that stand to be lost in the proposed Crater Lake Wilderness is a 15.6 mile stretch of the IMBA Epic North Umpqua Trail (photo: cogwilde.com)

In what is becoming a depressingly-common phenomenon, yet more access to classic mountain biking trails is threatened by the potential creation of another new Wilderness area. After upwards of a thousand miles lost in Montana, Idaho and New Mexico, the newly-proposed Crater Lake Wilderness Area in Oregon has the potential to be the greatest loss …

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Living it Up Above Laramie: Riding Southeast Wyoming, Part 2

Medicine Bow National Forest. Photo: djvass via Flickr Creative Commons: https://www.flickr.com/photos/djvass/

While the area between Cheyenne and Laramie is an island of terrain in the midst of an endless prairie sea, the area to the west of Laramie is home to a major mountain range, which also hosts expansive, unique, and highly-entertaining mountain biking. After familiarizing myself with all the nearby riding between two of Wyoming’s …

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Wind, Rocks, and Rowdy Singletrack: Riding Southeast Wyoming, Part 1

Some of Curt Gowdy's trails are not for the faint of heart (photo: RoadWarrior)

Between Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyoming, there is a mountain bikers playground of land that runs between I-80 and the Happy Jack Road. Here you’ll find tremendous variety in addition to many miles of singletrack. While Cheyenne and Laramie are the state’s largest and third largest cities respectively, their combined populations still fall short of 100,000, so …

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A Dozen Delicious Descents to Ride in 2017

Alps Schmalps!  You'll find some of Europe's best descents in the Pyrenees like this one on Spain's Gallinero Trail (photo: Greg Heil)

Whoever first decided to make “going downhill” a euphemism for things going badly obviously wasn’t a mountain biker.  While most of us love to ride up, level, or down, it’s the down that really gets the adrenaline going.  It’s the down that we look forward to.  It’s the down that we talk about over a …

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Updated: Legislation Aiming to Sell 3.3 Million Acres of BLM Land To Be Withdrawn

Lands within what is now the Bears Ears National Monument in Southeast Utah may be up for sale if House Bill 621 passes. Photo: Bureau of Land Management via Flickr Creative Commons

Update from the Editor, February 2, 10:32am: Apparently between the time this news article was written yesterday evening and it was published this morning, Congressman Jason Chaffetz posted on his Instagram account that he would be withdrawing House Bill 621 today: I am withdrawing HR 621. I'm a proud gun owner, hunter and love our public …

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8 Reasons Mountain Biking Is Better than Skiing and Snowboarding

Miniskibum informed me that both activities are awesome because you can huck in both

Those who have followed my articles know I originally published under the pseudonym “Skibum.” Indeed, I was a downhill skiing fanatic long before I even thought about mountain biking.  In fact, mountain biking was a sport I originally took up to minimize the boredom that occurred between skiing seasons.  But I quickly became equally, and …

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