How to Overcome Arm Pump: Get Out of Your Head!

Between 20 to 25% of mountain bikers suffer from chronic exertional compartment syndrome (CECS), the medical term for a common, performance-related issue: arm pump. But, it’s not a just a physical problem. Stress, anxiousness, distraction – all of these brain drainers lead to a tighter grip and an exacerbation of somatic symptoms. Thankfully, there are plenty …

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How to Prevent Leg Cramps When Mountain Biking // Tips to Avoid Cramping

As temperatures start to rise, many mountain bikers–myself included–are dealing with a sore point: muscle cramps. While muscle cramps are fairly common and mostly benign, they can be painful and annoying to deal with during a mountain bike ride. This article will briefly discuss common causes of leg cramps, and will offer tips for preventing and dealing …

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9 Do’s and Don’ts for Mountain Biking With a Dog

Dogs are known as man’s best friend, so it’s only natural for mountain bikers to want to bring their buddies along for the ride. Before taking Fido out to the trail for your next ride, be sure to consider these tips for respecting other trail users and your own four-legged friend. 1. Do train and test your dog …

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“Can I Ride X Type of Bike on Y Trail?” Yes! Yes, you can.

Any opinions expressed in this article are Jeff’s personal opinions, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Singletracks.com. There’s a feature on Singletracks that allows registered users to post questions about individual mountain bike trails, and our readers have the opportunity to answer those questions to help a brother (or sister) out. It’s great seeing how helpful our …

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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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Why Mountain Biking Is Good for Our Youth

With nearly two-thirds of kids in the US overweight, it is more important than ever for parents to instill good lifestyle habits in their children’s day-to-day routines.  Many people incorrectly assume chronic conditions are adult-only problems, yet insulin resistance and the development of arterial plaque starts in childhood, leading to diabetes and cardiovascular disease later on. We discussed the …

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