Over a Beer: I Can’t Make Your Bike Buying Decision for You

Editor’s Note: “Over a Beer” is a regular column written by Greg Heil. While Greg is the Editor in Chief for Singletracks.com, any opinions expressed in this column are his alone and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Singletracks.com. There are two types of people who approach me, asking for bike buying advice. Type 1 The …

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How To Safely Transport Your Mountain Bikes on a Long Distance Road Trip

When it comes to traveling with your mountain bike in North America, the road trip is king. Until gas prices climb back up to astronomical levels, it will almost assuredly be cheaper to drive than to fly. Once you’ve computed gas costs and plane tickets, correct those numbers by comparing the cost of flying or shipping your bike, …

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How To Pick Your Trail Dog

It is impossible, I believe, to find a more enthusiastic trail shredding companion than a trail dog. No matter the weather, the destination, the length of the ride, or the speed, they are always keen. Their enthusiasm is infectious; nothing drags me out of the hole of despair on a long climb better than my …

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Listen: Common Mountain Bike Mistakes, And How to Fix Them

In this episode of the Singletracks podcast, Aaron, Greg, and I discuss some common mountain bike mistakes we’ve made or seen others make, and how to avoid those mistakes. Buying the absolute cheapest bike or components Spending too much on a bike Spending money in the wrong places Improper bike setup Ignoring maintenance intervals Washing …

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To: Chico, CA. Thank You.

I estimate that the seed was planted when I was around 12 years old.  Our unremarkable lakeside town in Ohio had a small, private plot of woods just south of downtown, set aside by the owner for us to refrain from “trouble-making” activities. It was littered with questionably built jumps, a small pumptrack, and a six-foot launch …

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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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